EAST AFRICAN LEADERS WORRIED OVER LAKE VICTORIA AND KAGERA RIVER

EAST AFRICA: WATER/DAILY NEWS/30/1/18 SABANews 1

Fishing on Lake Victoria

KAMPALA – The giant Lake VICTORIA in East AFRICA and its largest source of water, the KAGERA River, are under threat by a high rate of pollution.

The DAILY NEWS of TANZANIA says the situation is now worrying all the authorities in the region.

It quotes the Chairperson of the EAST AFRICAN HEADS OF STATE Summit, President YOWERI MUSEVENI of UGANDA, as saying they want immediate action to save the water bodies.

EAC Chairperson President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

The Summit groups heads of nations in the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, comprising KENYA, UGANDA, TANZANIA, BURUNDI and RWANDA with headquarters in ARUSHA, TANZANIA.

President MUSEVENI says the leaders are all worried by the continued destruction around and within the TWO important water bodies that link almost all the countries in economic bloc.

He has addressed the East AFRICAN Legislative Assembly sessions held in the UGANDAN capital, KAMPALA, saying the legislators should promote the protection of the resources.

President MUSEVENI says River KAGERA and Lake VICTORIA are both polluted by, and continue to face the wrath of irresponsible human activities around the banks and shores.

He says the authorities in East AFRICA must unite and ensure people protect the water bodies by planting trees around them to help filter the water they receive.

Lake VICTORIA waters KENYA, UGANDA and TANZANIA, and boasts a surface area of about 70-THOUSAND square kilometres.

It is the largest water body in AFRICA, as well as the world largest tropical lake and the SECOND largest freshwater lake by surface area, after Lake SUPERIOR in CANADA.

KAGERA River, stretching for more than 400 kilometres through BURUNDI, RWANDA, TANZANIA and UGANDA, pours SIX-POINT-FOUR-BILLION cubic metres of water into the lake every year./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENTS ENCOURAGED TO IMPROVE DATA SHARING ON WEATHER

SADC: DISASTERS/SABANEWS/24/1/18 SABANews 1
When disaster strikes, women and children suffer most
HARARE – Governments in the SADC Region have been urged to improve on information sharing to ensure communities are evacuated on time when weather-related disasters strike.
 
The Southern AFRICAN Research and Documentation Centre, SARDC, says people expect increased moisture to improve cropping, but floods can destroy crops and disturb food security.
 
It says excessive rainfall may also increase the incidences of malaria and water-borne diseases in the region as well as the possibility of damage to infrastructure due to flooding.
 
SARDC says ONE of the challenges still affecting SADC member states is the lack of current and reliable data on possible weather scenarios, resulting in many people getting killed or becoming homeless.
 
It says there is also need to retrofit, or to add new technology or features to, public infrastructure such as schools – as they act as both centres of learning and as sanctuaries in cases of emergencies such as floods.
 
The Centre says River Basin Organisations, like the ZAMBEZI WATERCOURSE COMMISSION, ZAMCOM, are making efforts to improve the sharing of information on water flow and climate conditions.
 
ZAMCOM is in the process of strengthening information sharing in the EIGHT Basin States: ANGOLA, BOTSWANA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, TANZANIA, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE.
 
The involved nations share the data through the ZAMBEZI Water Resources Information System Enhancement THREE: Hydro-meteorological Database and Decision Support System, or ZAMWIS-DSS.
 
The SARDC says the main objective of the ZAMWIS-DSS is to support the promotion and coordination of the management and development of resources of the ZAMBEZI Watercourse in a sustainable and climate-resilient manner.
 
Authorities expect that once the system is completed, riparian states will be able to respond better to flood hazards in the future; and the region is taking another measure to set up village-based response systems to respond to floods.
 
The alert system includes the use of traditional knowledge systems in raising awareness through civic education, like, for example, the appearance of large populations of ants will indicate occurrence of floods.
 
Weather and other experts say floods may present opportunities to the SADC Region if countries start prioritizing water harvesting projects to harness rains and use the water for agricultural purposes in future, especially during drought years./Sabanews/cam

ONE-STOP BORDER POST NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN

Ugandan side

TANZANIA: FRONTIERS/DAILY NEWS/9/11/17 SABANews 1

MUTUKULA – The MUTUKULA One-Stop Border Post in the RAKAI District of Southern UGANDA on the frontier with TANZANIA is now officially open.

MUTUKULA is rated an important border post and major crossing point for both human and commercial traffic.

Tanzanian side

TANZANIA and UGANDA merged operations of their border posts in FEBRUARY 2016, allowing vehicles and passengers to clear customs and immigration once in the country of departure, with officials from both countries present.

The MUTUKULA-UGANDA and MUTUKULA-TANZANIA Border is now open 24 hours every day of the year.

The DAILY NEWS newspaper says Presidents JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA and YOWERI MUSEVENI of UAGANDA officially opened the facility today (THURSDAY).

It says the TWO leaders have pledged to safeguard the interests of both countries and strengthen their diplomatic ties.

President MAGUFULI is in UGANDA for THREE day following an invitation from the UGANDAN Head of State.

TANZANIA and UGANDA are both in the AFRICAN Great Lakes Region, covering water bodies like Lake VICTORIA, the THIRD-largest freshwater lake in the world by area, and Lake TANGANYIKA, the SECOND world largest freshwater lake by volume.

Environment experts say the lakes collectively contain 31-THOUSAND cubic kilometres of water, and the total is about 25 percent of all the unfrozen surface fresh water of the planet.

The AFRICAN Great Lakes Region comprises BURUNDI, the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, KENYA, RWANDA, TANZANIA and UGANDA./Sabanews/cam

GRENADE BLAST KILLS AND INJURES SCHOOL CHILDREN

TANZANIA: GRENADE/DAILY NEWS/8/11/17 SABANews 1

KAREGA – A grenade explosion has killed FIVE children and injured 24 others this (WEDNESDAY) morning at KIHINGA Primary School in the NGARA District in North-western TANZANIA.

The DAILY NEWS newspaper quotes police in the area as saying the survivors of the incident have been rushed to RULENGE Mission Hospital in the district.

KAGERA Regional Police Commander AUGUSTINE OLOMI has told the publication the blast occurred when pupils gathered at the assembly.

He says THREE of the children died on the spot and the other two succumbed to injuries receiving treatment at the hospital.

The police have teamed up with officers from the TANZANIA People’s Defence Forces to investigate the incident./Sabanews/cam

AU CONSULTS REGIONAL PARTNERS ON COMMON POSITION TO END TB

AFRICA: TB/SABANEWS/7/11/17 SABANews 1
JOHANNESBURG – The AU Partnership and Coordination Forum on AIDS, TB and Malaria has reviewed the draft Common AFRICA Position on TB for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting in 2018.
 
A statement from the continental group says the Draft Common Position on TB was last month reviewed by the Ministry of Health TB Program Managers in HARARE, ZIMBABWE.
 
It says the document focuses on SIX pillars: leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability; universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support.
 
Others are access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies; research and innovation; health financing and strategic information; promoting leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability.
 
The draft calls for sustained political commitment and for increased leadership, ownership, integration, governance and management of TB programs to promote accountability.
 
It further calls on governments to intensify TB responses through working with AFRICAN leaders as champions, cross-sector partnerships, increased oversight and accountability, improved monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
 
The AU says while recognising structural and operational barriers to achieve universal access, the draft calls for Member States to scale up TB programs to reach, find, treat and cure all people with the killer disease.
 
It also calls for Multi Drug Resistant TB to be declared a global emergency and health security threat, to ensure it can be addressed properly in most affected countries.
 
The draft calls for access to TB services in congested settings, high risk areas like prisons, mines and areas affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies, to help guarantee no one is left behind.
 
The Common AFRICA Position calls for governments to pursue new innovations and ensure access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies for TB.
 
The draft says governments should strengthen ties with research institutions to enhance innovation and evidence-informed policies and programs as well as increased investments in research and innovation.
 
AFRICA will also push for increased domestic and international funding to health through innovative financing mechanisms, social health insurance schemes and increased allocations at various levels.
 
The Common AFRICA Position also calls for improved data to inform policy and programs for TB, while the AU Commission has lined up various consultation conferences ahead of the UN meeting.
 
TB is spread through the air from person to person, when a patient coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings; and people nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT TO SEIZE CATTLE STRAYING INTO FOREST RESERVES

TANZANIA: CONSERVANCY/DAILY NEWS/7/11/17 SABANews 1
 
KAGERA – President JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA has come out strongly to condemn the straying of herds of cattle from neighbouring countries into reserved forests.
The DAILY NEWS says he has ordered the seizure of all the illegally grazed animals within the preserved lands as per the national laws.
 
President MAGUFULI says neighbouring countries should also take similar moves against livestock from TANZANIA grazing in their reserved forests, in order to ensure good land management and use.
 
He has addressed delegates to the launch of the BUKOBA Airport in KAGERA Region, saying TANZANIA had now turned into a grazing land for animals from outside.
 
The DAILY NEWS says President MAGUFULI has made his comments amid reports saying livestock from neighbouring countries have entered BURIGI Game Reserve in KAGERA.
 
It says the government has been working on registration of all animals in the country to establish the needs for grazing land, but entry of animals from outside has disturbed the exercise.
 
The cross-border grazing has distorted the data collected, leading to excessive numbers of cattle against the size of land allocated for pastures.
 
President MAGUFULI says former public ranches should be used productively instead of being hired out to other pastoralists, because the State will take them back for reallocation to serious investors.
 
He has commended donors for their appreciation of the good work by the government; like the World Bank, which has provided 57-MILLION US dollar for the expansion of KIGOMA, TABORA and BUKOBA airports.
 
World Bank Program Leader ANDRE BALD says the economy of TANZANIA is growing at a good pace, and the country is among the fastest growing economies in East AFRICA./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT BANS DAILY NEWSPAPER FOR THREE MONTHS

The banned daily

TANZANIA: BAN/DAILY NEWS/26/10/17 SABANews 1

DAR ES SALAAM – The government of TANZANIA has banned a daily newspaper and its on-line service for lying about the levels of HIV infections in the SADC country.

The DAILY NEWS says the TANZANIA DAIMA will not be operating for the next THREE months after it claimed 67 percent of the population was living on ARVs.

Information Services Department Director and Government Spokesperson HASSAN ABBASI has revealed the move in a statement in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

He says the TANZANIA DAIMA Editor has apologized for publishing the misleading information, but the Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports has had no choice except to act because of past events.

Mr ABBASI says the State has been issuing a number of reminders to the publication to respect the national laws and the basics governing the profession of journalism, after committed many offences.

In DECEMBER last year, had a headline saying DANGOTE Aivuruga Serikali, (kiSWAHILI for ‘DANGOTE Confuses the Government’) and told lies about the Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment – and failed to validate the information.

In mid-MAY this year, it carried yet another provocative article headed Mchanga Hofu Tupu, which defamed and mocked the government – pretending to quote Attorney General GEORGE MASAJU.

The DAILY NEWS says the TANZANIA DAIMA Editor then wrote a letter apologising to the authorities, admitting the quotes were not the words of the Attorney General.

Nevertheless, the Editor published yet another story in AUGUST this year – with a headline saying Polisi Wasaka BOMBADIER kwa LISSU (meaning ‘Police search for BOMBARDIER at LISSU’s premises’).

The headline insinuated the law-enforcement agents had gone to the home of opposition MP TUNDU LISSU to search for an aircraft, BOMBADIER Q-400, that the State bought but was seized in CANADA – which was a mockery of the government and its police force.

The authorities demanded an apology to be published on 25 AUGUST 2017, but the Editor of TANZANIA DAIMA only decided to do so on 26 AUGUST this year.

The government of TANZANIA says it has, this time, had to invoke the relevant legal instrument after the daily newspaper suggested only 37 percent of the population was free of HIV, as the rest of TANZANIANS were on ARVs./Sabanews/cam

COUNTRY TO USE RENEWABLE ENERGY ONLY BY 2050

TANZANIA: ENERGY/DAILY NEWS/18/10/17 SABANews 1

DAR ES SALAAM – Climate Action Network TANZANIA has carried out a joint study with THREE foreign expert organisations to determine the potential to use renewable energy in the country.

The DAILY NEWS newspaper says researchers have produced a report saying at current trends, all the electricity produced within TANZANIA will come from renewable energy sources by 2050.

It says the study, dubbed 100 Percent Renewable Energy for TANZANIA, has been unveiled in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

The report says new renewable energy, including mainly wind, photovoltaic systems, ocean and geothermal energy, will then contribute 75 percent to the total electricity consumed.

Climate Action Network TANZANIA jointly carried out the study with the BREAD FOR THE WORLD, a social services group in MASSACHUSETTS; as well as the WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL and the LILIENSTR INSTITUTE of GERMANY.

The researchers say they have used energy scenario software for the long-term projections and economic parameters developed by the GERMAN Aerospace Centre.

They say almost all renewable energy in TANZANIA is technically and economically possible, a realistic pathway to align with the PARIS Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

JOACHIM FUNFGELT of the GERMAN-based BREAD FOR THE WORLD says with renewable energy, TANZANIA will be able to eradicate poverty and advance itself to become middle-income country./Sabanews/cam