Thursday 19 April 2018
(Tanzania Daily News 06/20/13)
Dodoma — THE government has allayed fears of possible dangers to the environment and the people in Manyoni district, Singida region, during exploration and mining of uranium in the area. The Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr Stephen Masele, said in Parliament in Dodoma that members of the public should not worry about exploration activities being carried out by Uranex, because the company was following national and international laws and regulations governing the exploration and mining of uranium. He was responding to a question from MrJohn Chiligati (Manyoni East-CCM) who sought to know what measures the government had taken to allay public fears owing to the ongoing uranium exploration activities in the district. The deputy minister said the exploration...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/20/13)
THE Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, has described publicprivate partnership as a key weapon for improved and reliable transportation systems in the country, saying he was optimistic that the sector would grow rapidly in the near future. Dr Bilal said this in Dar es Salaam while opening a three day-Regional Africa and Middle East Freight Forwarders Conference (RAME 2013) held under the theme; "Towards more sustainable regional freight forwarding partnership." Dr Bilal said that the effective and reliable transportation infrastructures is key, adding that the government was determined to improve the sector for it to increase its contribution to the GDP, which currently stands at seven per cent. "The contribution of transport sector to GDP is about 5 per cent...
(Ipp media 06/20/13)
Sudan is seeking to revive the former joint ministerial committee with Tanzania which has been inactive for about 18 years in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations between the two specifically. The aim is to link Sudan’s chamber of commerce and businesswomen forum with business lobbies representing their Tanzanian counterparts. The republic’s ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Yassir Mohamed Ali revealed the plan in an exclusive interview with this paper conducted yesterday in Dar es Salaam. “We have a long time standing relationship since the 60s when we had a joint ministerial committee which has unfortunately been inactive since 1995,” recalled the diplomat. “It is the intention of my nation to revive it …,” said the ambassador, who has been in...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/20/13)
THE Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives in a joint venture with Zantel Tanzania and Sibesonke Limited has launched mobile phone services to reach the 33 million Tanzanian farmers with relevant advanced farming information. The services dubbed ZKilimo is an SMS-based application that utilises mobile phone capability and ubiquity to provide farmers in the country access to comprehensive farming methods. Launching the service on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, the Ministry's Crop Development Director, Dr Mshindo Msola said the move will open up new horizons for Tanzanian farmers. "Through this modern communication technology, farmers will now have continuous means of communication as well as wide-scale agricultural guidance on all phases of farming, starting from cultivation all the way through harvesting,"...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/20/13)
THE 37th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair will have a special pavilion for products from Tanzania and 32 countries have confirmed participation. Likewise, the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TANTRADE) has said that this year's ticketing will be done electronically. The Acting Director General, Ms Jacqueline Maleko, whose speech was read on her behalf by the Acting Director for External Trade, Ms Anna Bulondo, said 32 countries have confirmed participation compared to 11 that participated last year. She attributed the larger international participation to Tantrade's extensive advertisement and removal of huddles in the whole process of acquiring space for exhibitions. Addressing exhibitionists attending a one day seminar on laws and regulations of participating at the trade fair, which starts on...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/20/13)
Dodoma — THE mining schedule of uranium at the Mkuju River project in Namtumbo District, Lindi Region, is still not clear as the government has not yet agreed to some terms with the investor. The Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Stephen Maselle, said in Parliament that there were some pending issues yet to be agreed between the government and the investor. "We have already submitted our proposals. The offer is on the table, to take it or leave it," the deputy minister said in his reply to a supplementary question from Vita Kawawa (Namtumbo, CCM) who wanted to know when uranium extraction would begin at the Mkuju River project. The deputy minister further said the new investor owed the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Ipp media 06/20/13)
Four Chadema lawmakers who were on Tuesday held by police for interrogation were yesterday released after they bailed themselves. In another development, the number of people who have died as a result of the Saturday bomb blast at the party’s organised rally has reached four. Head of Police Operations Paul Chagonja told The Guardian through a telephone interview that the MPs, Tundu Lissu (Singida East), Mustapha Akunay (Mbulu), Joyce Mukya (Special Seats) and Said Arfi (Mpanda Urban) bailed themselves, adding that police however continues to collect evidence on the bomb blast incident. Acting director of Selian Hospital Dr Paul Kisanga said that Fahad Jamal (7) who was among those injured and admitted to the facility died yesterday. Others who died...
(24 Tanzania 06/20/13)
Female condoms and emergency contraceptive pills will now be available in public health facilities, thanks to a donation of family planning life-saving supplies from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) to the government. Speaking during a brief handover ceremony, the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi said the donation was in line with the nation’s plan to implement the suggestions of the UN Commission on life-saving commodities for women and children. “Up to 183,000 couples will now have the option to space their children with the help of this support. Lessons learnt from the introduction will help to inform and shape our strategies in future,” he said. UNFP provided 94,016 implant sets, 15,004,800 male condoms, 350,000 female...
(The Guardian 06/20/13)
Mawalima Yamba, 62, shared her husband with another woman. As the second wife she didn't stand to inherit much. When her husband became terminally ill and died, she inherited a small stretch of poor scrubland that borders an unfinished road in Iringa, western Tanzania; the fertile land went to his first wife. There was a separate area of land that Yamba had farmed, but never expected she could own. Encouraged by her husband before he died, she applied for legal ownership. Yamba now holds title deeds to a six-acre plot of good land, where she grows pumpkins and maize. Holding land deeds is rare in Tanzania. According to the NGO Concern, less than 10% of the population have formal certificates...
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
Only days after a bomb blast at a political party rally held here, chaos erupted again yesterday when police used tear gas to disperse thousands of Chadema leaders and followers who had gathered at Soweto grounds. Reports said that the police were trying to disperse the crowd which was preparing to match to Mount Meru Hospital to bid farewell to those who died in the Saturday bomb blast. Police in Arusha have confirmed to have arrested four Chadema lawmakers and 75 other people for interrogation following the incident. Speaking to journalists here yesterday, Head of Police Operations Paul Changonja named the arrested Chadema MPs as Tundu Lissu, Mustapha Akunay, Lucy Nkya and Said Arfi. According to the Police, the chaos...
(24 Tanzania 06/19/13)
At a news conference in Dar es Salaam, the CTI Chairman, Mr Felix Mosha, expressed concern that highly subsidised imported cement is unfairly competing with locally-made cement, thus threatening local producers. “Local producers can hardly compete with their foreign counterparts who are highly subsidised by their respective governments,” Mr Mosha told journalists. The CTI’s Director of Policy and Research, Mr Hussein Kamote, noted also that while indicative price for cement is 100 US dollars per tonne in the world market, some countries are subsidising their producers to enable them sell the same at between 74 and 90 US dollars. Even though he did not mention the countries that are subsidising their cement producers, it is a known fact that Pakistan...
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
The Swedish government has pledged to support East African Community (EAC) projects and programmes that relate to integration and economic development. This was revealed in a press statement issued by EAC yesterday, whereas a delegation from Sweden made remarks during a dialogue at the bloc’s headquarters in Arusha. The dialogue between the two parties focused on the on-going institutional review, financing of the Community, trade and investment, the EAC Partnership Fund, negotiations for the Monetary Union Protocol, political federation, Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations and tripartite talks among Comesa, EAC and SADC as well as human rights issues in Partner States. The statement said the leader of the Swedish delegation and Sweden’s Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania and...
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
Proposed changes in fuel taxes and levies will increase the prices of diesel by 115/- and petrol by 174/-, and as a result the hiked prices will force an increase in the transport costs. In general, this will raise the production costs across the entire economy and in turn, producers will increase product prices meaning that the cost burden will fall on the final consumer, the average Tanzanian. The Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) and academicians said this when discussing the government’s decision to raise tax on fuel and also its crippling reliance on a narrow tax based revenue source. CTI argues that the move contradicts government’s reported efforts to reduce the speeding inflation rate to an estimated 6 percent...
(24 Tanzania 06/19/13)
Tanzania is set to receive a total of 77.7bn/- from Japan as grant and concessional loan to support poverty alleviation efforts and facilitate construction of a flyover at the intersection of Nyerere Road and Nelson Mandela Expressway. Finance and Economic Affairs Minister William Mgimwa and the Japan Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Masaki Okada, signed agreements to that effect in Dodoma. The funds, to be disbursed through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), include 52.5bn/- (Japanese Yen 3.127 billion) for the construction of the ‘Tazara flyover’ to ease traffic congestion in Dar es Salaam. Japan will also provide a total of 25.2bn/- (Japanese Yen 1.5 billion) as a concessional loan to support poverty alleviation strategies through the General Budget Support. Dr...
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
Japan through its International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has endorsed about 52.5bn/- to finance construction of the long-awaited flyover at the Tazara junction in Dar es Salaam. Its construction is now to start any time and the expected completion time is estimated at two years. Speaking yesterday in Dodoma at the grant signing ceremony and loan agreement for the 10th poverty reduction support credit, Japanese ambassador to Tanzania Masaki Okada said the initiative is meant to decongest Dar es Salaam roads. “The flyover will contribute to alleviating traffic jams in Dar es Salaam as well as strengthening the role of Tanzania’s road network as an international corridor connecting Dar es Salaam Port and the nearby land-locked countries,” the Japanese diplomat said...
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
A Cross-Section of Members Parliament yesterday asked the government to scrap mobile phone levies, saying raiding them amounted to bulldozing the ordinary people. Debating the National Budget estimates tabled last week by Finance minister Dr William Mgimwa, here yesterday, the Kigoma Urban MP, Peter Serukamba urged the government to find other revenue sources rather than concentrating on mobile phones. He opposed the proposed levies on mobile phone on the basis that the move is meant to exploit the ordinary people who are not sure of what to eat the next day. “As MPs we should fight these kind of levies which are intended to increase the burden to the ordinary man,” he said, calling on the government to look into...
(Hrw 06/19/13)
(Dar es Salaam) – Tanzanians who are most at risk of HIV face widespread police abuse and often can’t get help when they are victims of crime, Human Rights Watch and the Wake Up and Step Forward Coalition (WASO) said in a report released today. The 98-page report, “‘Treat Us Like Human Beings:’ Discrimination against Sex Workers, Sexual and Gender Minorities, and People Who Use Drugs in Tanzania,”documents abuses including torture, rape, assault, arbitrary arrest, and extortion. The organizations found that the fear of abuse is driving sex workers, people who use drugs, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people away from prevention and treatment services. The groups conducted their research from May 2012 to April 2013, and...
(24 Tanzania 06/19/13)
Tanzania has managed to remove 1,994 children from child labour in various sectors in Zanzibar and mainland. This was said yesterday by the Minister for Labour and Employment (MP), Hon. Gaudentia Kabaka during the 102nd session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland from June 5 to 20th. Child labourShe said that the process was successful following the financial and technical support from various players including the ILO during the financial year 2012/2013. The operation was carried under a special programme on effective application on the forced and child labour conventions. “We managed to withdraw a total of 1,994 children (400 children in Zanzibar and 1,594 in Tanzania Mainland) from child labour in...
(Tanzania Daily News 06/19/13)
Dodoma — A FORMER commissioner of minerals wants the Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) be reviewed as its mandate and responsibilities overlap with that of other agencies. Mr Dalaly Peter Kafumu, a Member of Parliament of Igunga Constituency in Tabora Region said in Parliament on Monday that TMAA roles and responsibilities overlapped those of other institutions, such as the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and the office of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG). "Tanzania Mineral Audit Agency has more or less similar responsibilities with TRA and CAG and Mining Department. It is better the government meets the stakeholders for rearrangement and each one should have specific roles and responsibilities," Dr Kafumu, a former Commissioner for Minerals at the Ministry of...

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