PRESIDENT INVITES FORMER LEADERS TO BRAINSTORM THINGS

TANZANIA: GOVERNANCE/DAILY NEWS/4/7/18 SABANews 1

Tanzanian President invites former government leaders for advisce (Pic. Kahawa Tungu)

DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA has for the FIRST time in its history witnessed an event where the Heads of State has invited former leaders to discuss a variety of national issues.

The DAILY NEWS says President JOHN MAGUFULI has this week met with former Presidents BENJAMIN MKAPA, ALHAJ ALI HASSAN MWINYI and former ZANZIBAR President AMAN ABEID KARUME.

It says the discussions also involved former Prime Ministers DAVID MSUYA, JOHN MALECELA, Retired Justice JOSEPH WARIOBA, SALIM AHMED SALIM, FREDERICK SUMAYE, EDWARD LOWASSA and PETER MIZENGO PINDA.

Others are former Vice President MOHAMED BILAL, former National Assembly Speakers PIUS MSEKWA and ANNE MAKINDA, as well as former Chief Justices BARNABAS SAMATTA, AUGUSTINO RAMADHAN and MOHAMED OTHMAN.

The powerful gathering further included Prime Minister KASSIM MAJALIWA, Parliament Speaker JOB NDUGAI and other high ranking State officials.

President MAGUFULI says he decided to invite former leaders in recognition of their contributions to the leadership and development of TANZANIA.

He says he has been excited to meet with them and he is looking forward to benefit from their wisdom, which he needs in his administration.

President MAGUFULI says he has also missed his former colleagues, and he has invited them because they did a very good job to the nation, which is very proud of them.

He also says he wishes he could be like the former leaders, and he would like to brief them on what his government has been doing in the past TWO years.

The TANZANIAN Head of State says he would like to hear from the veterans what his administration should do to make the country move forward.

President MAGUFULI says it could be difficult for him to meet everyone privately, but meeting together at State House gives a good platform to exchange ideas and share some wisdom.

He says he is happy to meet with leaders under whom he served in the previous governments, including former Prime Minister LOWASSA who was his rival during the Presidential contest in 2015.

He says the former Premier, to whom he refers as Mzee LOWASSA, is a wise man; and he remembers there was no point when he aired abuses on stage during the campaigns.

On their part, the former leaders have commended President MAGUFULI for inviting them.

They say he should strengthen and build up institutions to supervise different projects under the FIFTH Government, which should have strong institutions and ensure implementation of big development projects.

The major schemes the leaders have mentioned include construction of railways, war against corruption, discipline in offices, increases revenue collection, provision of social services, and ensuring all TANZANIANS work hard to build the nation./Sabanews/cam

SADC LEADERS CONTINUE TO CEMENT BILATERAL AND REGIONAL TIES

SOUTHERN AFRICA: INTEGRATION/SABANEWS/29/6/18 SABANews 1

SADC Regional integration becoming a reality (Pic. SADC)

DAR ES SALAAM – Efforts to create continental, inter-regional, and regional ties, as well as integration, have been ongoing for a number of years now, but results are still discouraging.

ONE of the major culprits in the failure of such efforts has been lack of peace in a number of individual nations of regions such as the SADC, where TWO heads of state last year left office unceremoniously.

It all started, quite unexpectedly, in the ZIMBABWEAN capital, HARARE, where the military intervened following a dangerous campaign led by former FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE in a bid to take over after her husband.

Despite the volatile nature of ZIMBABWEAN politics over the 37 years of independence, the world witnessed a smooth transition into a new dispensation in a manner that left many wondering whether, or not, to call it a coup de tat.

The man who took over from former dictator ROBERT MUGABE has been making rounds around the SADC Region, and this week President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA is in DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.

President JOHN MAGUFULI, who invited him for a State Visit, has congratulated the ZIMBABWEAN Leader, saying peace in ZIMBABWE is peace in TANZANIA and the rest of the AFRICAN Continent.

President MAGUFULI says President MNANGAGWA’s preach of peace is an encouragement for the people of ZIMBABWE, who want to experience national cohesion.

He says the official visit will help improve diplomatic, historical, social and economic bilateral relations between the TWO countries.

BENARD ACHIULA, Senior Lecturer at the College of Diplomacy and International Relations in the commercial capital says the visit of the ZIMBABWEAN Head of State is very crucial to TANZANIA.

President MNANGAGWA has already visited NAMIBIA, ZAMBIA, MOZAMBIQUE, ANGOLA, BOTSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA and the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO in his diplomatic offensive to win back the global community.

Before concluding his TWO-day-long trip to TANZANIA, President MNANGAGWA will travel 75 kilometres north of DAR ES SALAAM to KAOLE Arts College in BAGAMOYO, the COAST Region.

KAOLE Arts College served as a training center for liberation war fighters from different countries of Southern AFRICA that were still under colonial rule after the independence of TANZANIA on NINE DECEMBER 1961.

The ZIMBABWEAN Head of State is ONE of the earliest guerrilla cadres to be hosted at the TANZANIAN institution./Sabanews/cam

EAC LAUNCHES FOREIGN MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM

TANZANIA: MARKETS/DAILY NEWS/21/6/18 SABANews 1

Tanzanian fruit and vegetable farmers at work (Pic. Daily News)

DAR ES SALAAM – The EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, has this week been scheduled to launch a scheme under which member countries can access foreign markets.

The group has received support under the EUROPEAN Development Fund to set up the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Program, which has been dubbed the MARKUP.

The DAILY NEWS says fruit and vegetable growers in TANZANIA and the other FIVE nations of the block will now be able to export their products overseas profitably.

It says farmers in TANZANIA, also a SADC country, KENYA, RWANDA, UGANDA, BURUNDI, and SOUTH-SUDAN, the latest member, stand to benefit if they meet the required standards.

EAC Principal Communication Officer OWORA RICHARD OTHIENO says MARKUP will help small and medium-sized traders across the region to access the EU markets and increase inter-regional trade.

He says it supports producers of a variety of crops, including avocado, cocoa, coffee, horticulture, spices and tea.

Interventions will focus on identification and elimination of barriers to trade; improving competitiveness; and value addition for selected priority sectors.

They will also centre on ensuring compliance with international regulations; providing access to trade finance ventures; and supporting the identification of opportunities for trade and foreign direct investments.

The program will be implemented by the EAC in collaboration with the GERMANY International Development Agency.

The EAC Secretariat and member states will oversee the project implementation by the GERMAN group, mainly focusing on support to the coordination of its Implementation and to the harmonisation of EAC standards.

The DAILY NEWS says the aim is to enhance capacity to exploit fully trade-driven growth potential and strengthen regional integration; amid reports saying the EAC economic growth is consistently surpassing most other AFRICAN regions./Sabanews/cam

FORMER PRESIDENT CALLS ON EXPERTS TO END ENERGY PROBLEMS SUN-WISE

SADC: SOLAR ENERGY/DAILY NEWS/20/6/18 SABANews 1

One of the world’s largest solar power plants is in India (Pic. China News)

DAR ES SALAAM – Former President BENJAMIN MKAPA of TANZANIA says experts and institutions across Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA should work out plans to expand the use of solar to generate reliable and affordable power.

He says the sub-region is gifted with abundant sunlight which, if well utilised, can speed up electricity generation, boost the industrial economy and increase youth employment.

The DAILY NEWS says Mr MKAPA has addressed delegates to the launch of the Solar Photovoltaic Guide Book written by renewable energy expert GODWIN MSIGWA in DAR ES SALAAM.

He says Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA is consuming just a single gigawatt out of the 400 megawatts generated around the world.

However, Mr MKAPA says the fact is contrary to the actual situation in the region because most of its countries are still facing electricity problems despite being a sun-belt region.

He says EUROPE, CHINA, the UNITED STATES, JAPAN and INDIA have other major sources of power, but they are also generating solar power.

GERMANY has already connected more than 40 gigawatts to its national grid, while CHINA has more than 70 gigawatts; which shows solar technology is growing and becoming a reliable source of electricity.

Mr MKAPA says his country, TANZANIA, needs to set up strategic plans to boost solar machinery, and the State has to oversee the implementation of the scheme via institutions like the Science and Technology Commission.

The government should seek collaboration with other development partners and experts from public and private sectors.

However, Mr MKAPA says solar energy technology is ONE of the renewable energy technologies use in the country, but it has been fetching a poor market – especially in rural areas.

He says the sector is further facing a problem of experts who can install the solar systems at required standards, which has left the burden on semi-skilled technicians.

The former Head of State says the new the book will help people learning to become engineers in solar energy to get proper guidance that will help them to improve their work.

The EU Development Cooperation Head of Delegation to TANZANIA, JOSE CORREIA, says energy development plays a key role in the national drive for industrialisation in TANZANIA.

He says his group has had a long-term support to the local energy sector, mainly promoting rural energy access and power generation from renewables such as hydropower and solar.

The author of the guide says the manual will be available free to colleges under the TANZANIA Vocational Education and Training Authority, as well as public and private libraries and others./Sabanews/cam

EFFORTS TO EMPOWER WOMEN REACHES PEAK IN LEGAL CIRCLES

TANZANIA: GENDER/DAILY NEWS/14/6/18 SABANews 1

Gender based violence, a world problem

ARUSHA – The issue of women empowerment has reached high levels among different players in legal and other sections of society in TANZANIA.

The development comes amid reports saying gender-based violence remains a significant problem in the country, with the State agreeing it has the potential to cripple the national economy, health, and social welfare systems.

Researchers say the brutality takes many forms, like physical, sexual, psychological, and economic violence, mainly performed against women and girls.

A number of groups have launched awareness campaigns, advocacy, and mass mobilization with local government leaders, the police, health workers, and others, to help people respond to gender-based violence.

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Minister JOHN PALAMAGAMBA KABUDI has recently addressed a Joint Conference on Gender and the Judiciary in AFRICA.

The gathering, organised, by TANZANIAN Judiciary in partnership with the WORLD BANK, has taken place at the SIMBA Plenary Hall at the ARUSHA International Conference Centre.

Minister KABUDI says the State remains committed to address gender-based violence through empowerment of judges, magistrates and other judiciary staff.

He says their ARUSHA meeting is a vital effort in issues related to the role of the AFRICAN courts.

The DAILY NEWS says Vice President SAMIA SULUHU HASSAN opened the THREE-day-long gathering, running under the theme: ‘Building an Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Judiciary.

The meeting brought together Chief Justices, Judges, Magistrates and concerned stakeholders to discuss ways for the judiciary to guarantee the rights of women to live free of injustice and violence, as well as promote their role in social and economic development.

TANZANIAN Chief Justice IBRAHIM HAMIS says female citizens of his country start facing serious problems once their husbands die, when relatives pounce to grab property and other inheritance.

He says such are times when people get to hear women accused of killing their husbands with witchcraft, simply to smear their names in attempts to disqualify the widows from inheriting their husbands’ wealth.

Chief Justice HAMIS says there comes a time when relatives also snatch away children from their mothers, after realising the deceased would have left his fortunes to his offspring.

A 2013 report by the UN World Health Organisation says violence against women says about 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual intimate-partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetimes.

It says some 45-POINT-SIX percent of women 15 years and older in AFRICA have suffered intimate-partner violence, physical and/or sexual, or non-partner sexual violence or both, the highest prevalence in the world.

The WHO study says violence can affect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health of women, and may increase their exposure to HIV and AIDS./Sabanews/cam

DIRECTORS FIRE 12 SENIOR OFFICERS FROM STUDENTS LOAN BOARD

TANZANIA: DEVELOPMENT/DAILY NEWS/14/6/18 SABANews 1

Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Minister Joyce Ndalichako in 2016 sacked the Higher Learning Students Loans Board Executive Director George Nyatega (Pic. The Citizen)

DAR ES SALAAM – The TANZANIA Higher Education Students’ Loan Board has fired SIX senior officers on charges of gross incompetence.

The DAILY NEWS says the dismissed TWO Directors, THREE Assistant Directors, and a Chief Internal Officer allegedly caused the State losses of up to THREE-MILLION-124-THOUSAND US dollars.

It says the Board, chaired by WILLIAM ANANGISYE, initially suspended them between 2016 and 2017 to pave the way for investigations into their alleged misdeeds.

However, the Board Chairperson has told the media the directors and assistant directors can still appeal against their dismissal within 45 days.

Mr ANANGISYE says they have directed the Executive Director of the Higher Education Students’ Loan Board to inform other government institutions of the decision for further measures – just in case there is need for any.
The SIX officials are Loan Recovery Director JUMA CHAGONJA, Loan Allocation and Distribution Director ONESMUS LAIZER, and Loan Allocation Assistant Director JOHN ELIAS.

The others are Loan Recovery Assistant Director ROBERT KIBONA, Chief Internal Auditor HERI SAGO, and Loan Allocation Assistant Director CHIKIRA JAHARI.

While it is not clear what crimes the officials specifically committed, a statement by the Board says the fired senior officials showed gross incompetence and violated the Public Service Act.

It says the authorities formed a probe committee comprising legal, financial, and public service experts to probe the allegations and question the officials.

The investigations produced a report that went before the Board, which concluded the findings it contained warranted the dismissal of the affected employees.

The TANZANIA Higher Education Students’ Loan Board says it wants to supervise the management to ensure it performs effectively, and has advised other employees to work in line with the laws./Sabanews/cam

NATION OBSERVES WORLD DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

TANZANIA: CHILDREN/DAILY NEWS/13/6/18 SABANews 1

Mbuyisa Makhubu, just 18 years old during the Soweto uprising, famously photographed carrying 12-year-old Hector Pieterson (Pic. Sam Nzima)

DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA is this year joining the rest of the world to mark the 42ND International Day of the AFRICAN Child amid reports of increased criminal acts against in the country.

The day has been celebrated every 16 JUNE since 1991 when it was FIRST initiated by the Organisation of AFRICAN Unity; to honour the children who took part in the 1976 SOWETO Uprising in SOUTH AFRICA on the date.

Health Deputy Minister FAUSTINE NDUGULILE has addressed the media in ARUSHA City.

He says the authorities recorded more than 41-THOUSAND domestic violence cases between JANUARY and DECEMBER 2017 in the country, with 13-THOUSAND-500 of them involving cruelty against and molestation of children.

Deputy Minister NDUGULILE says the government has responded by setting up a ONE-Stop Centre across the nation, with gender desks at local police stations.

He says the facilities will deal specifically with such cases, including providing psychological advice, medical treatment, and refuge to children who are victims of domestic violence and other forms of cruelty in society.

At least 500 gender and children desks are already in place nationwide, manned by specially trained police officers, medical personnel and other child and gender health experts, to deal with such cases.

Deputy Minister NDUGULILE has revealed the information during a sensitisation workshop organised by PLAN INTERNATIONAL for media practitioners in the country.

The DAILY NEWS says the gathering aimed to empower the local scribes in investigating, covering, as well as reporting issues of gender and children.

It says the UN Child Right Act defines any person under the age of 18 to be a child, which means TANZANIA has at least 25-MILLION persons, or 50 percent of the population, under the bracket.

Delegates to the sensitisation workshop organised by PLAN INTERNATIONAL have also included community workers and members of the Police Force.

The PLAN INTERNATIONAL Head of Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health says the community is still harsh against children and women.

SIMWANZA KATANTA says many will continue to suffer in silence unless the media act to bring such matters to the light.

The training workshop in ARUSHA has covered the UN Child Rights, Children Protection, Gender Equality, and how to cover and report the issues.

Ministry of Health, Children Department Director MARGARET MSAI says the Toll-Free Child Help Hotline Number in her country is still 116.

The official says TANZANIA is observing the International Day of the AFRICAN Child on 13 JUNE, instead of the 16TH because the date falls on the MOSLEM EID-EL-FITR Holiday this week.

The well-known 16 JUNE 1976 uprising began in SOWETO high density township of SOWETO and spread throughout SOUTH AFRICA, profoundly changing the socio-political landscape in the country.

The events that triggered the revolution date back to policies of the apartheid SOUTH AFRICAN BANTU Education Act of 1953, and more 20-THOUSAND students took part in the protests, amid fierce police brutality./Sabanews/cam

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AND CHINESE NATIONALS IN COURT

TANZANIA: CRIME/DAILY NEWS/13/6/18 SABANews 1

DAR ES SALAAM – At least EIGHT Immigration Officers and 17 CHINESE have appeared before the KISUTU Magistrate’s Court in the TANZANIAN commercial city of DAR ES SALAAM.

The DAILY NEWS says they are facing SIX counts of conspiracy, furnishing false information, leading organised crimes and fraudulent scheme on labour matters.

It says Principal Resident Magistrate HURUMA SHAIDI is presidening over the case, which also involves alleged engagement in occupation without permit, as well as aiding and abetting commission of offences.

The suspects are SALIM AL-AMRY, FREDRICK KUMALIJA, GEORGE ELIKANA, BHOKE MWITA, FATUMA SONGORO, KELVIN PONELA, ROBERT MKINI and REVOCATUS MUGISHA from the Immigration Department.

Some of the accused CHINESE are BO SONG, LIU YUNLEY, CHAN CHAO HUI and FU ZENG, or WANG.

The others are WU HAI QUING, LIANG DE QING, KE QIU FANG, JING JONG LIN, KU LIAO, YAN YAN GENG, CHEN YING GONG, CHEN GWAN DI, LIN BEN, RUI GUO, LIN XIUNGQUI, CHEN FA and WAN LI.

Prosecution, led by TWO Senior State Attorneys SHADRACK KIMARO and PATRICK MWITA, alleges between ONE JUNE 2017 and 17 MAY 2018 the accused conspired to commit an offence under the Non-Citizens (Employment Regulations) Act.

The State says such an offence relates to furnishing false information in order to get work permits, and all the accused allegedly lied to the Labour Commissioner so they could secure such papers within the same period.

The DAILY NEWS says Mr BO SONG has been charged alone on the count of engaging in occupation without being in possession of a valid resident permit.

It says the prosecution claims the CHINESE committed the offence within the same period when he engaged himself in occupation in TANZANIA.

The immigration officers are also facing ONE joint count of aiding and abetting Mr BO SONG to engage in occupation within the host country, while he had no valid document allowing him to do so.

The State alleges the suspects together intentionally organised and managed a criminal racket by aiding, abetting and furnishing false information so as to get work and resident permits.

The prosecution also charges all the accused persons pretended and claimed to qualify for resident and work permits, before knowingly aiding and obtaining such documents from the TANZANIA Immigration Department and Labour Commissioner./Sabanews/cam

AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT BANK IN TROUBLE OVER LOANS

TANZANIA: FARMING/DAILY NEWS/5/6/18 SABANews 1

Tanzanian farmers at work (Pic. Newstime Africa)

DAR ES SALAAM – A large number of farmers in TANZANIA are failing to access loans for production, despite a government scheme to finance them.

President JOHN MAGUFULI has expressed anger after learning that officials at the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank have used the State-sourced money for other purposes.

The DAILY NEWS says the Head of State has ordered stern measures against top managers of the financial institution involved in the diversion of the 88-MILLION US dollars.

It says he has addressed delegates to the launch of Agricultural Sector Development Program SECOND Phase, where he directed the ministries responsible for the bank operations to act fast.

President MAGUFULI says the government had taken over the 88-MILLION-dollar loan to help the Agricultural Development Bank to provide loans to farmers.

He has condemned the Finance and Planning Minister and his Agriculture counterpart, as well as the Bank of TANZANIA, for failing to discipline the bank officials who have denied farmers the loans they desperately seek.

The DAILY NEWS says the Controller and Auditor General Report for the year ending JUNE 2017 also reveals the bank failed to use the money for the planned objectives.

It says the study, which came before Parliament this APRIL, shows the Agricultural Bank, set up to finance the sector, diverted huge amounts of cash while farmers were facing shortages of funding.

The TANZANIA Controller and Auditor General Report says the financial institution failed to perform its real functions, and it has instead been investing most of the funds in fixed deposit accounts./Sabanews/cam

HIGH COURT THROWS OUT ACTIVIST BID TO REVISE COMMUNICATIONS ACT

TANZANIA: COMMUNICATION/DAILY NEWS/31/5/18 SABANews 1

Tanzania High Court (Pic. Agencies)

MTWARA – The High Court of TANZANIA has dismissed an application by rights campaigners calling for a review of the Electronic and Postal Communication Act.

The involved groups also wanted the removal of the Online Content Regulations of 2018, which the government drafted to create help sanity in online platforms.

The DAILY NEWS quotes the ruling by the MTWARA Zone of the High Court as saying stakeholders who filed the case failed to prove beyond doubt how the regulations would affect their rights.

The newspaper says following the decision, the State has urged operators of blogs, as well as online radio and television stations to register their outlets.

The government says registration with the regulator – the TANZANIA Communications Regulatory Authority – will ensure formal recognition of the entities.

Information Services Director General HASSAN ABBAS, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson, says the regulations also aim create sanity in new media.

He says even developing countries in the EUROPEAN UNION have such rules, and the government is open to better and closer working ties with stakeholders to enforce the rules.

Petitioners wanted the Court to review the draft regulations from the Minister of Information, Culture and Sports, whom they claimed had acted outside his authority; while the new rules violated principles of natural justice.

The High Court early this month issued a temporary injunction preventing implementation of the regulations, including registration of all online platforms by the deadline set for FIVE MAY this year.

The petitioners include the LEGAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE, the MEDIA COUNCIL OF TANZANIA, TANZANIA MEDIA WOMEN ASSOCIATION, TANZANIA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS, and the TANZANIA EDITORS FORUM.

Advocates ALESIA MBUYA, LADISLAUS KOMANYA, KILLEY MWITASI, and ABUBAKAR MRISHA from the Solicitor-General’s Office, as well as Communications Regulatory Authority lawyers FILIPO FILIKUNJOMBE, JOHN DAFFA and JOHANNES KALUNGULA, represented the State.

The DAILY NEWS says the petitioners had hired advocates FULGENCE MASSAWE, JAMES MARRENGA and JEREMIAH MTOBESYA to stand for them in the case.

The government entered THREE injunctions and asked the Court to dismiss the contending arguments, because the applicants did not state definitely how the regulations would violate their constitutional rights.

The TANZANIA Information Services Director General has thus advised all owners of online television, radio, and blogs to proceed with registration processes as required by the law./Sabanews/cam