| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(Tanzania Daily News 12/22/16)
Postmortem has been conducted on seven bodies retrieved from Ruvu River recently as investigations intensify to establish the identities of the deceased and their death causes. Acting Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Commissioner of Police (CP) Robert Boazi, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the investigators were also probing the whereabouts of Ben Saanane, a policy and research analyst with the opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA). The seven bodies were fished out of the river on December 8, a move that compelled the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, to order an intensive investigation over the matter. The premier condemned the murderous act at the strongest terms, directing the police to leave no stone unturned in identifying...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/16)
Selma saunters on her stilt-like legs, batting thick lashes as she extends a blackish tongue -- as long as an arm -- to grab pellets offered by an awed tourist. The giraffe is after all, eating for two. Her pregnancy is good news for one of the rarest giraffe species, protected at the Giraffe Centre in the Kenyan capital, but experts warn the outlook for the rest of the world's tallest land mammals is far gloomier. While it is hoped the shocking news that the gentle giants of the African savannah are facing extinction will spur action, conservationists largely have their hands tied as many giraffe live in Africa's most conflict-torn regions. Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan...
(The East African 12/21/16)
When Lawrence Mafuru was the Registrar of Treasury, he was quoted as saying that the government had decided to invest in mega projects that would pay later. "If we decide to acquire aircrafts from Canada, it means the money will go to Canada, if we contract a Chinese firm to construct a standard gauge railway this means the money will not circulate here and will go to China... This means that you take this money out of circulation which would pay later. In this case the cash crunch is inevitable." Mr Mafuru was sacked a few days later. But in November, President John Magufuli said that the cash crunch was not real and those who were complaining were used to...
(Tanzania Daily News 12/21/16)
New measures are coming to strictly check the burgeoning lubricant dealers trading in substandard products in the country, the government said in Dar es Salaam yesterday. The measures come amid revelations by the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency (GCLA) that over 50 per cent of imported lubricants in the country are of inferior quality. Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Charles Mwijage said the new measures will involve strict restriction and regulation of lubricant dealers. He told the 'Daily News' that the government had realised that liberalisation of the business has turned into a serious problem, adding that the ministry was aware of the proliferation of trashy lubricants in the market, with many cases at police involving dealers of shoddy products. "We...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Dar es Salaam — Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu assured Tanzanians recently that at least 2.5 million litres of an effective alternative insecticide known as biolarvicides were about to be produced by Tanzania Biotech Products Ltd in Kibaha. The project is implemented by the governments of Tanzania and Cuba. "To begin with, we have already negotiated with Tanzania Biotech Products Ltd to produce at least 2.5 million litres of biolarvicides and this will be distributed throughout the country," she said. "Children will be able to go to school and parents go to work, thus dramatically reducing social and economic burdens of the disease," she said. Ms Mwalimu told The Citizen in an interview that...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania, Norway and Denmark governments have agreed to amicably resolve the dispute between Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) and two Scandinavian firms over the installation of 10 power generation turbines in Nyakato in 2013. The Sh129 billion, 60MW generators, were commissioned and started generating electricity in 2013 to offset shortages that resulted from reduced water levels in dams. Nyakato Power Plant Manager Ernest Nzemya told a delegation that from the beginning, three of the 10 turbines never functioned and another one development mechanical complications and stopped functioning completely earlier this year. This reduced power production capacity from 60MW to 36MW. "Our efforts to try to reach an agreement on the way forward with the suppliers over the non-functioning turbines proved...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Dar es Salaam — Tanzanian women's fertility rate has decreased to 5.2 children per woman in 2015/16 from 6.2 children per woman in 1991/92, the Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey and Malaria Indicator Survey shows. The survey conducted and released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last week shows a steady decline in fertility among women as years advance. For example, in 1996 it shows 5.8 children, in 1999 (5.6 children), in 2004/05 (5.7 children) and in 2010 (5.4 children). The survey also found out that rural Mainland Tanzania women had higher fertility rates than their urban counterparts. Rural women have an average of 6 children compared to 3 children among women in urban centres. Women in Zanzibar have...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy and finance body points out that signs of an expansionary fiscal stance under the Trump administration coupled with spending cuts to accommodate increased infrastructure expenditure are likely to lead to the decrease in aid. "Aid is one of the main...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and heart problems -- proving increasing deadly on the continent. A World Health Organisation (WHO) survey released Tuesday showed that most Africans had at least one risk factor for developing one of these diseases, such as smoking, a lack of exercise,...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
Tanzanian authorities on Friday charged the editor of a whistle-blowing website for failing to reveal the identity of contributors to the site, court documents revealed. Maxence Melo, who co-founded the website Jamii Forums, was charged with operating a website without a local domain, obstructing a police investigation and failing to comply with a police order to disclose data. The website said earlier this week that police were attempting to discover the identities of Jamii Forums' contributors and users, under a recently-passed cyber crimes law, but that their efforts had been thwarted. "We would like to assure our users that their personal information is safe," Jamii Forums said, adding that its servers were located outside
(RFI(EN) 12/16/16)
Police in Tanzania have arrested the co-founder of popular whistle-blowing website Jamii Forums and are demanding that he reveal the identities of its users. Maxence Melo was arrested on Tuesday and is likely to be charged with obstructing a police investigation, according to an organisation that is providing him with legal representation. "The police have asked him several times to reveal the particulars, the identities of the online users," Onesmo Olengurumwa, National Coordinator, Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, told RFI. "But he has been responding that he hasn't the capacity of actually identifying the particulars, the names of the online users." Jamii Forums has become a "safe place" for bloggers, journalists and insiders to talk freely and share information often...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new...
(AFP (eng) 12/15/16)
Human rights activists in Tanzania on Wednesday demanded the release of the co-founder of whistle–blowing website Jamii Forums, detained by police earlier this week. Tanzania's Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) said in a statement that in holding Maxence Melo for more than 24 hours without charge police had violated the constitution. LHRC said Melo's detention was "aimed at inculcating fear in people". He was taken into custody on Tuesday and was still being held late Wednesday. Jamii Forums' social media accounts said that police had visited and searched both the site's office and Melo's home on Wednesday.
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(The Citizen 12/14/16)
Dar es Salaam — Reports that three cement firms-- EAM, Mamba and Sungura --plan to invest at least $9 billion (Sh20 trillion), have raised doubts with some commentators, saying the amount is unrealistic for it is too much for just three companies. But according to minister of Trade, Industries and Investment Charles Mwijage, the reports are credible and he says he is ready to take those doubting to the sites and show them investment plans. Some commentators led by former Kigoma South MP David Kafulila say $9 billion investment by three firms seems unrealistic because it is too huge. In his comments he sent to The Citizen after the publication of the story last week over the planned cement investment,...
(Tanzania Daily News 12/14/16)
The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) plans to amend its constitution to accommodate sweeping reforms, including reduction of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Central Committee (CC) members. The envisaged major reforms, which the party's outgoing Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Mr Nape Nnauye, announced yesterday at the party's Lumumba Sub-Head Office in Dar es Salaam, follows a day-long NEC meeting under CCM National Chairman, President John Magufuli. Under the reforms ever made in the 40-year old political party, the number of NEC and CC members will be reduced to 158 and 24 from 388 and 34, respectively. The party also halved the frequency of its annual internal meetings from the grassroots to national levels. Presenting the new proposals to reporters,...
(Tanzania Daily News 12/14/16)
For the first time in history, Tanzania yesterday launched a National Plan of Action to end violence against women and children (2017-2022) that will provide a comprehensive and coordinated response to the prevention of violence. The plan cuts across all levels, sectors and regions. It commits to address discriminatory legislation and will ensure national laws comply with international conventions on the rights of women and children. It highlights the need for a multi-sectoral approach by proposing interventions ranging from household economic strengthening, women's economic empowerment and access to justice for survivors and victims. It further analyses the engagement of parents and caregivers in ending violence and ending violence against children in schools. Before launching the plan, the Minister for Health,...
(Tanzania Daily News 12/14/16)
CCM Secretary General Abdulrahman Kinana has retained his post as the party's National Chairman, President John Magufuli, made leadership changes in the secretariat yesterday. Conducting his maiden National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting since he took over the ruling party's chairmanship in July, this year, President Magufuli made sweeping changes in the committees' secretariat, appointing Mr Rodrick Mpogolo as Deputy Secretary General (Mainland). In the changes, which were endorsed by NEC, Dr Magufuli appointed Mr Humphrey Polepole as the party's Secretary for Publicity and Ideology and Colonel Ngemela Lubinga, Political and Foreign Relations Secretary. Outgoing Publicity and Ideology Secretary and the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Mr Nape Nnauye, told a press conference that aside from Mr Kinana, others...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(Xinhuanet 12/13/16)
Tanzanian Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan will next week launch a national physical fitness campaign aimed at curbing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, cancer and heart diseases, a senior government official said Sunday. Ummy Mwalimu, the east African nation's Minister for Health, said the campaign was intended to encourage Tanzanians to cultivate the habit of doing regular physical exercises. Lack of physical exercises, tobacco smoking, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets are among the risk factors for the rise of the NCDs in Tanzania, health experts have said. The prevalence of NCDs has been on the rise worldwide for the past two decades, killing 38 million people

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