Monday 20 November 2017
(BBC News Africa 05/25/13)
A pregnant woman has been shot dead in Tanzania during a security operation after protests in Mtwara, a journalist in the southern town has told the BBC. The security forces were hunting for those thought to be behind the violent riots that erupted two days ago. Residents were angered that the budget, presented in parliament on Wednesday, confirmed the construction of a gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam. They want a gas processing plant to be built in Mtwara instead. The 500km (310-mile) pipeline is part of a $1.22bn (£807m) project which will also see the construction of a gas processing plant in Dar es Salaam, the main city of the East African nation. Journalist Abdallah Bakari, who...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(The Citizen 05/24/13)
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is expected to sign a multi-billion shilling deal with the Millennium Challenge Corporation after US President Barack Obama arrives in the country in July, the government has confirmed. In a press and diplomatic briefing yesterday, the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe, said it was likely that Tanzania would sign a major deal with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) for funding which will be spent on education, health and road infrastructure. Membe said the coming of President Obama to Tanzania signifies the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries under President Jakaya Kikwete. Though he said Tanzania would be representing the region, it has also invited members of the Smart Partnership to...
(24 Tanzania 05/24/13)
Big businesses and small and medium entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam should brace for a windfall of profits come July 1. Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Hon Bernard Membe. It is on that day when the leader of one of the world’s powerful nations, US President Barack Obama is set to jet into the country. He will be accompanied by a delegation of 700 people.And that is not all. Another 500 delegates, including a dozen heads of state and government, will also be in the country beginning the end this month to attend the Global Smart Partnership Dialogue. In anticipation of the diplomatic and trade windfall, Foreign and International Cooperation Minister, Bernard Membe has urged businesses to stock...
(Ipp media 05/24/13)
Escalating taxes imposed on water equipments is said to be the main reason as to why small holder farmers cannot afford to buy modern irrigation equipment such as water pumps. Speaking at the launching of the TransAfrica Water- the new distributor of the Italian made DAB Pumps in the country, Ril Solution Water Engineering Company, Noah Sawala said that the higher cost of pumps is a result of increased prices by the traders because if the increased taxes. Sawala also said that there was a big demand for the water equipment in the country and that more people could buy it if only the government could reduce the amount of tax imposed on them. “We believe that when the government...
(The Citizen 05/24/13)
Dar es Salaam. The World Bank’s board of executive directors has approved $213 million to support Tanzania’s efforts to rehabilitate roads in the Dar es Salaam corridor. Mr Colin Bruce, WB’s director of strategy, operations and regional integration in the Africa Region said that well-functioning access to the maritime ports of Tanzania and Mozambique was essential for trade movement and economic prosperity, especially for the landlocked countries like Zambia, Malawi and the DRC. “This project will improve intra trade among the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, but will also smooth the way for increased global competitiveness, market integration and poverty reduction for the countries in the region,” he said in statement. The new financing package consists of a $210...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/13)
Tanzania is demanding almost $206 million in taxes from Russian state uranium company ARMZ which has won a licence to build the east African country's first uranium mine, the energy minister said on Thursday. Russia's JSC Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) is the mining arm of Russia's nuclear regulator, Rosatom, which also builds nuclear reactors. Tanzania's tax claim relates to the Mkuju River project in southern Tanzania, which is operated by Toronto-listed Uranium One but owned by ARMZ, the Canadian uranium producer's majority shareholder. "The Mkuju project ...was sold in December 2010 to ARMZ of Russia after acquiring shares from the parent company, Mantra Resources of Australia," Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo said in a newspaper advertisement of his ministry's 2013/14 budget...
(Ipp media 05/24/13)
US President Barack Obama’s visit to Tanzania next month will be accompanied with a windfall as he will bring with him USD800m to support implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in the East African country. Briefing the African Diplomatic Corps and the press yesterday, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe said the US support will be channelled into water, roads and education projects. In his entourage, the seond to the continent sicne he came to power, President Obama will be accompanied by his family and close to 700 delegates comprising CEOs of various companies, the minister said. The American head of businesses are expected to explore venture opportunities in the areas of energy in what has been termed...
(24 Tanzania 05/24/13)
Tanzania government is contemplating evaluation and design of administrative issues related to individual and corporate taxes to achieve equity, economic efficiency, revenue growth and adequacy as well as stability and administrative simplicity. Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Commissioner General Harry Kitilya said in a statement in Dar es Salaam that, Tanzania was within the performance benchmark of most the low income countries. “Admittedly, Personal Income Tax (PIT) is the most difficult to administer due to high degree of informality in the country,” Mr Kitilya said, noting that although it exhibits high potentials for revenue growth, the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) poses big design and administrative challenges. The multinationals that operate in Tanzania’s telecommunications, financial, mining and gas sectors come along with...
(The Citizen 05/24/13)
Dodoma. Security forces will hunt for perpetrators of Wednesday’s mayhem in Mtwara Region and bring all of them to justice, Home Affairs minister, Dr Emmanuel Nchimbi, has said. Presenting the government statement on Mtwara chaos in the National Assembly yesterday, the minister said that already 91 people had been arrested in connection with the violence. “Following a police operation, we have so far arrested 91 people who are accused of unlawful assembly as well as of destroying properties and infrastructure….we will hunt those who orchestrated, instigated and took part in the implementation stage of the commotion from within Mtwara and outside the country,” he said. Calling people behind the uproar as ‘betrayers of the nation’, Dr Nchimbi said people behind...
(Ipp media 05/24/13)
Finland has expressed willingness to work with Tanzanian farmers in a move aimed at imparting to them important information on modern agriculture. Alexander Stubb, the country’s European Affairs and Foreign Trade minister extended the hand of cooperation in remarks at Wednesday’s launch in Dar es Salaam of a partnership meant to enable farmers to access wide-ranging information through their mobile phones. The partnership is between the Finnish government, Finnish company Sibesonke and mobile service provider Vodacom Tanzania. “We have worked with Tanzania in various projects before. We are excited to continue with our relationship by launching this partnership which we believe will be of great importance to the agricultural sector of this nation,” said Stubb. He added: “Agriculture forms the...
(Ipp media 05/24/13)
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved USD213m to support the government’s efforts to rehabilitate roads and bring HIV/Aids and road safety services to people along the Dar es Salaam Corridor. “Well-functioning access to the maritime ports of Tanzania and Mozambique is essential for trade movement and economic prosperity, especially for the landlocked countries in the region (Zambia, Malawi and the DRC),” said World Bank Director of Strategy, Operations and Regional Integration in the Africa Region, Colin Bruce. According to the WB’s information made available to The Guardian, “This project will improve intra trade among the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, but will also smooth the way for increased global competitiveness, market integration and poverty reduction for...
(In2 East Africa 05/23/13)
Vice-President Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal hinted that Tanzania should produce 80 000 skilled graduates annually to meet the demand for skilled workforce. “This calls for enormous additional investment in the higher education infrastructure to double the current intake of 40,000 students on an immediate basis,” Dr Bilal said in Dar es Salaam, while officiating at the 8th exhibition of higher education, science and technology. Dr Bilal referred to the Tanzania Five Year Development Plan 2011/12-2015/16 that was launched in June 2011 which provided key priority areas in education skills. In the education sector alone, more than 900,000 qualified teachers have to be employed from the current level of 238,000 while in the health sector; the current level of 110,000 professionals...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/23/13)
Dodoma and Dar es Salaam — MTWARA Municipality was on Wednesday rocked by riots as police clashed with hundreds of demonstrators reportedly opposing the planned construction of a 532-km gas pipeline from the town to Dar es Salaam. There are unconfirmed reports that at least one policeman has died and dozens of other people were injured in the clashes. However, Mtwara Regional Commissioner Joseph Simbakalia played down the reports, saying nobody has died and the situation was calm in the evening. "It is true that there were attempts to stage a demonstration. But police moved in swiftly and dispersed all the troublemakers," he told one local radio station. Sources told the 'Daily News' that the rioters, mostly youths, have torched...
(Bloomberg 05/23/13)
Cotton output in Tanzania, Africa’s fourth-biggest producer of the fiber, may drop 30 percent this year after lower prices discouraged growers and pesticide distribution was curbed, the Tanzania Cotton Board said. Output may decline from the 354,000 metric tons produced the previous season, Gabriel Mwalo, the board’s director of finance and administration, said in an interview yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital. Plantings have been cut to 1.1 million hectares (2.7 million acres) this growing period, from 1.4 million hectares last year, he said. “International prices for cotton have fallen, pushing some farmers to food crops,” Mwalo said. “Farmers also received less inputs this season, most notably pesticides, because of challenges with the contract-farming system,” which has been...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/23/13)
VARIOUS stakeholders have advised the government to introduce a national infrastructure fund to enable the private sector to complement the meagre public budget in developing key projects. Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA) Chairman Emmanuel Mallya, retired Investment Climate Facility (IFC) Chief Executive Officer, Omari Issa and Rex Attorney's corporate lawyer, Dr Hawa Sinare, said much as the country urgently needed investments, public resources alone cannot meet the demand. "For the port (Dar es Salaam) to function properly, we need to improve the infrastructure by not focusing on a single mode of transportation," Mr Mallya said during the World Bank's launching of the country's Third Tanzania Economic Update on Tuesday. Mr Mallya bemoaned the 'peanut' budget allocation for infrastructure development, saying...
(Ipp media 05/23/13)
Debate over the Ministry of Energy and Mineral estimates is to resume today after it was put on hold yesterday following gas production violence in Mtwara that erupted as the Minister tabled his budget estimates. At least 90 percent of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral’s financial estimates for fiscal year 2013/2014 will be injected into development projects aimed at the provision of reliable energy supply. Presenting his Ministry’s budget estimates yesterday in Dodoma, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, Minister of Energy and Minerals, requested the House to approve the 1.102trn/- budget to be used for both recurrent as well as development expenditures. “Out of the estimates, 992.3bn/- is allocated for development projects, of this, 558.13bn/- is to be domestically sourced and...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/13)
Tragedies resulting from the collapse of multistorey skyscrapers in Tanzania are all too common and likely to keep occurring if the government does not curb corruption in the booming construction industry. Memories are fresh in the minds of many residents of Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam of a 14-storey building that collapsed on March 28, killing more than 36 people and crushing several cars. The building was being constructed under a joint scheme between a private investor and the public agency, the National Housing Corporation. Although the commission of enquiry formed to investigate has yet to finalise its work, rumours are already swirling across the city that corruption and professional negligence are to blame. According to observers, some of...
(The Citizen 05/23/13)
The government will spend 90 per cent of the ministry of Energy and Minerals’ budget on development projects, the National Assembly heard yesterday. Energy and Minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo told the Parliament yesterday that his ministry would spend Sh992.867 billion on development projects during the financial year 2013/2014. He sought the approval of a total of Sh1.102 trillion for the ministry for the 2013/14 financial year. The budget has increased by 33.4 per cent compared to last year. A total of Sh826.27 billion was approved for the ministry in the previous fiscal year. “This is historic development and it shows how serious we are in developing this nation,” Prof Muhongo, a geologist by profession, told the House yesterday. Domestic sources...
(The Independent 05/23/13)
Dar es Salaam - Tanzanian police have made sweeping arrests after a day of protests in which one person was killed in a southeastern town over a gas pipeline project, the government said on Thursday. “Several houses and a lot of property were badly damaged,” Home Affairs Minister Emmanuel Nchimbi told Parliament on Thursday, a day after the riots in the coastal town of Mtwara, close to the border with Mozambique. Police, who on Wednesday fired teargas to break up the riots, had arrested more than 90 people and the town is “now calm and under control”, Nchimbi said, adding that one person had died. The area is rich in natural gas, but many locals have reportedly opposed the planned...

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