We will always need Madiba
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Dec 13
Disability, like any mishap, is a phenomenon that can befall anybody on this mother earth for one never knows when it will strike. Somebody may be feeling well today, but can be maimed through a motor accident the next day, rendering him/her disabled for the rest of his/her life! It is a fact that no one knows when he/she fall victim to disability in the course of his/her life.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Dec 13
Technological wizardry has made the manufacture of air conditioners that fend off mosquitoes a dream come true. For Africa, where 91 per cent of all malaria deaths in the world occur, the gadgets are sure life savers.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Dec 13
Weather forecasts suggest that parts of Tanzania are already – or will soon be – experiencing rains, the only difference being in intensity and duration. Not much as such in the reports, as rains are often supposed to support human survival and development.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Dec 13
Last Saturday the Boxing Federation of Tanzania elected new office bearers at a function held in Bagamoyo, with those picked required to ensure the efficient running of the affairs of the national boxing governing body for the coming four years.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 1st Dec 13
Plans to mine soda ash at Lake Natron have suffered another well deserved setback, with a new study showing that such activity would “almost certainly” wipe out the Lesser Flamingo population.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Nov 13
CCM Secretary General Abdulrahman Kinana has been doing the ruling party a great service by a lengthy visit in various regions and districts, to sort out bottlenecks in party organization and development activity generally.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Nov 13
One of the most pressing problems facing Tanzania today relates to the migration of people from rural to urban areas, with the most impact felt in Dar es Salaam – the country’s commercial capital.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Nov 13
The importance of energy cannot be overemphasized. Throughout the ages, various means of getting energy for use in cooking, lighting homes, etc., have been devised and implemented. Once upon a time, people used crude ways of getting fire for their various needs, methods which remain in widespread use in parts of the world.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Nov 13
The just-released findings of research by Dutch NGO Terre des Hommes Netherlands make massively somber and distressing reading. In fact, they amount to a red alert to countries and nations across the globe.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Nov 13
The just-released 2013 report on the Least Developed Countries, as prepared by UNCTAD, is blunt: Tanzania is on the list of countries that still have a long way to go before becoming middle-class economies.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Nov 13
The ongoing championship earmarked for the Under-20 strings of Mainland Tanzania’s top flight clubs deserves more support if it is to help in uplifting the quality and status of our soccer.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 24th Nov 13
Not that we care so much for the faces involved, but the recent developments within this country’s major opposition party, the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), are worrisome.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Nov 13
It’s now just about official: Tanzania is rich in natural gas and, though possibly to a less extent, oil. Indications are that there has never been any secret about this and that it is highly likely Mwalimu Julius Nyerere was fully aware of this fact.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Nov 13
There is the saying that a stitch in time saves nine. Put simply is the need to ensure that what can be made now is not put off for another day. This is so especially if what is being neglected or set aside for another day may cause disaster or have consequences that could have been avoided had prompt preventive action been taken.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Nov 13
Banana is an important food and cash crop in several regions in the country, mostly prominently in Kagera, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions. Cooking bananas are grown along the Lake Zone, north-eastern and south-western highlands, while dessert bananas are more prominent in eastern Tanzania and Zanzibar.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Nov 13
Millions of people across the globe know Tanzania primarily because it is blessed with species of fauna and flora found nowhere else in the world. It is this rich diversity of wildlife that attracts to the country close to a million tourists every year, most dying to see the animals and plants in their natural habitat – while, in the process, the nation earns much-needed foreign exchange.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Nov 13
It would be safe to assume that Mainland Tanzania’s national soccer team has always sought to excel at international stages, including the Council of East and Central African Football Associations’ (CECAFA) senior Challenge Cup.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 17th Nov 13
News that Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) has on Thursday received six new diesel electric locomotives at a price of $24 million is encouraging. It is encouraging because for the past few years Tazara has put up a dismal performance with aged locomotive engines and poor management.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Nov 13
As the country prepares for funerals and burial of the late Dr Sengondo Mvungi this weekend up to Monday, the rest of us are locked in reflection on his life and career, to discover how rich it was and the gap that remains.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Nov 13
She left her house well before dawn and it is well past mid-morning as she treks back home, but all that the poor woman has ended up with is a single 20-litre bucket of water fit for human use.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Nov 13
The Third International Conference on Family Planning opened in Addis Ababa on Tuesday under the theme ‘Full Access, Full Choice’. While in the Ethiopian capital, countries will present their reports on progress made in ensuring access by women and girls to family planning services.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Nov 13
Communication is chiefly what places humankind at the top of the food chain. Scientists believe it is the urge and ability to communicate better that has made the human race “rule the world”.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Nov 13
The administration of a “special talents” government-run secondary school based in Coast Region recently sent away at least one hundred students who had reportedly absented themselves from classes for a day without notice.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 10th Nov 13
Members of Parliament on Friday threw out proposals by the Attorney General to make changes to certain provisions in the Newspapers Act of 1976 relating to fines that can be imposed on newspapers for publishing what the Director of Information might feel is hate speech.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Nov 13
President Jakaya Kikwete on Thursday issued the country’s stand with regard to an uncertainty that has been engulfing the nation in the past recent months, as far as East African integration process is concerned.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Nov 13
While the World Health Organisation would be happiest if one eye specialist were to care for no more than 250,000 patients, Tanzania has only 40 such specialists for a population of 45 million.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Nov 13
Recent years have witnessed a steep rise in poaching incidents and other forms of crime targeting elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and other species of wild animals in Tanzania. As recently as last weekend, Natural Resources and Tourism minister Khamis Kagasheki and police officers impounded 706 pieces of ivory in a posh Dar es Salaam suburb.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Nov 13
Yesterday the Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda, launched the Enterprise Growth Market (EGM), the second segment of Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) with Maendeleo Bank becoming the first firm to sell its shares under the new setting.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Nov 13
Modern life involves, of necessity, people acquiring gadgets that help them lead lives worlds different from those of their ancestors. For instance, while in those ages gone by people used to walk miles and miles from village to village, now it takes a matter of hours or minutes to do so by bus or car for individuals who can afford the comfort.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Nov 13
Sports grounds are supposed to be just that – sports grounds. Turning them into boxing or wrestling arenas is unacceptable. And that is stating the obvious. But there are indications that this no longer applies to soccer stadiums in Tanzania these days! Otherwise, why all the anarchy and vandalism the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam witnessed last week that left the state-of-the-art facility in a shambles just because some fans could not control their tempers? Before we get too late to put the situation under control, the authorities concerned must devise ways to ensure there is no replay of the ugly situation anywhere in the country.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 3rd Nov 13
Several cabinet ministers along with Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda found themselves in the firing line in Parliament towards the end of the week, as a ghastly picture of massive incompetence and gross victimization surfaced from Operation Tokomeza.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Nov 13
Members of Parliament have lately expressed intense concern at the state of railways in the country, especially the major lifeline central railway, and the now totally disused Tanga-Moshi-Arusha line.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Nov 13
The just-released global water project report paints a horrendously grim picture. It says Tanzania is one of 18 African countries that will likely face an acute shortage of water for domestic consumption as well as for use in agriculture and the industrial sector by 2025.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Oct 13
Exactly two weeks ago today, the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) marked its tenth anniversary. The highlights of the colourful occasion included appeals to society to come together and protect public health by combating substandard and counterfeit products.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Oct 13
Communication plays a role as crucial in a country’s development as blood vessels do in the human body. Poor communication infrastructure spell disaster for the economy in much the same way as the clogging of veins can lead to life-threatening diseases.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Oct 13
Education is among the social services the government is obliged to provide to the citizenry, and remarkable progress has been made in this sector since independence. When Mwalimu Julius Nyerere assumed power then, first as prime minister and a year later as president, Tanzania had only a handful of primary and secondary schools.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Oct 13
For decades football has been a game played and dominated by men throughout the world, until recent efforts by FIFA to introduce women into it. However, despite FIFA’s efforts to make room for women in soccer, most fans are still deeply obsessed with men’s football.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 27th Oct 13
CCM chairman and union president Jakaya Kikwete had a few sober words for ruling party executives at a seminar in the legislative capital of Dodoma on Friday, which is likely to be food for thought for CCM supporters and leaders all over the country, and similarly, to equally dubious effects, for all intents and purposes.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Oct 13
A war of words has been engaged between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Mineral on the one hand and local investors on the other, as to how far the local private sector can participate in harnessing the natural gas ‘manna’ that has been exciting everyone’s imagination, from Makonde elders to the London Stock Exchange.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Oct 13
As parliamentary committees make their rounds among the public institutions they oversee, we sadly hear echoes of the same old story – unvouched for expenditures and outright embezzlements.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Oct 13
A boy is using satellite internet at home. He grumbles at how slow it is downloading. The father pleads for a bit of patience and understanding, saying: “Give it a moment; it has to go to outer space and back, you know!” Yes, with satellite internet, we send information from point A to B via a satellite revolving around the earth at heights of up to 600 km (Mount Kilimanjaro is only about one-hundredth of that high).
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Oct 13
Earlier this year, a delegation of Maasai elders travelled all the way from the slopes of Loliondo in Ngorongoro District to Dar es Salaam, a day’s bus drive away. They, as many who have previously made similar trips from various parts of the country, were headed for the State House for an audience with the President.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Oct 13
A big debate has risen over the disappearance of indigenous seeds. According to small scale farmers in many parts of the country, the indigenous seeds are disappearing at an alarming rate, replaced by newly introduced hybrid seeds.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Oct 13
Barely six days are left before the Tanzania Football Federation conducts elections for new office bearers after nine months of friction between the body and the game’s stakeholders.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 20th Oct 13
Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki has found himself in slippery ground, tasked with defending the country’s wildlife and other natural resources but without the means to do it.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Oct 13
A disorderly clamour has been heard for the past week concerning auditing books of the various political parties with representation in the National Assembly, thus qualifying for a subsidy from the government that is proportional to their representation.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Oct 13
Although malaria cases among Tanzanians have come down significantly, thanks to sustained control efforts, the disease is still the leading cause of deaths in the country. A sizeable proportion of hospital admissions and outpatients in health facilities are due to the disease.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Oct 13
For a long time Tanzania was reputed as a haven of peace and tranquility. As a matter of fact, it is this reputation that has attracted investors and tourists to the country. Sadly, however, recent reports of bank robberies, and a spate of killings threaten to unravel the tranquility that Tanzanians have come to take for granted.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Oct 13
President Jakaya Kikwete and leaders of some political parties met in closed-door session in Dar es Salaam yesterday, chiefly to exchange ideas on the highly contested Constitutional Review Bill of 2011.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Oct 13
At the beginning of this month there was a World Day for Elders and, only as recently as last week, came World Day for the Girl Child. In accordance with the laws of Tanzania, these two and other vulnerable and commonly marginalised groups would be much better catered for through social security benefits as spelled out in the 2003 Social Security Policy.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Oct 13
It is common for the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam to be filled to capacity whenever Young Africans and Simba meet in either the premiership or any other competitive football match.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 13th Oct 13
A Terse statement by the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) said midweek that the authority had conducted inspections in several major urban centres and investigated reports that fake chicken flu vaccines were being sold along with proper ones.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Oct 13
The government has now allowed trucks and upcountry buses to use the old system of a five per cent allowable axle-load for a month pending recommendations from a team of experts and stakeholders currently looking into the matter.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Oct 13
What reading should one make of reports about the undermining of efforts to ensure that malaria patients across Tanzania pay only as much for one of the drugs of choice as they ought to – and not a cent more? Indeed, how should one deal with drugstores forcing people to cough up more money for the drug than ought to apply, given that it is heavily subsidised? There should be no euphemisms or mincing of words here: whoever is behind the practice is engaged in crime and it is not merely a case of running against professional ethics.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Oct 13
The nation is looking on in awe and disbelief as the face-off between the Tanzania Bus Owners Association (Taboa) and the Tanzania Association for Truck Owners (Tatoa) on the one hand and the Works ministry on the other takes its toll.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Oct 13
Once upon a time, the lakes, rivers and other natural water reservoirs Tanzania is blessed with teemed with all manner of fish and one would be pardoned to believe that there was no possibility of the stocks running low or drying up.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Oct 13
A recent visit by this paper to southeastern South Africa included self-guided sightseeing, one unseasonably freezing-cold evening, of a modest building housing a rare institution and bearing a signpost reading: “Library for the Blind – We are on the same page”.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Oct 13
While we have recently been treated to some serious soccer in the Mainland premier soccer league, the standard of officiating still leaves much to be desired. Indeed, several matches involving so-called big guns like archrivals Simba and Young Africans have witnessed poor refereeing.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 6th Oct 13
Experts in the country are posing questions as to which way the country should go in relation to uranium mining, on account of the dangers this poses to public health, and chiefly on the long term character of the dangers it poses.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Oct 13
The government is getting increasingly draconian with the media – for reasons we cannot yet tell. This country is not under a state of emergency. So why close newspapers, if we may ask? We at the Guardian support the stand taken by the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF); the Forum is right when it says the government is using rules which have since been rubbished as unworkable and should be repealed by none other than our own illustrious first chief justice, the late Francis Nyalali.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Oct 13
The national Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) has declared that it has exhausted its budget for academic year 2013/2014. This means that at least 10,000 people aspiring for university education but yet to secure loans will have to approach alternative sources of funding or reschedule their studies.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Oct 13
In an effort to woo foreign investors to put their money in African countries, many a leader has been offering incentives, including tax holidays. For most of these countries, the aim has been to get capital for investing in development projects, such as roads, railways, schools, factories, health facilities and so on.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Oct 13
It is only in August that Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA) issued a statement against fake products proliferating the country’s market but now, only two months later, they are on the receiving end of the fake products blame after being found that the most number of forged certificates in the Tanzanian labour market are VETA’s.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Oct 13
In most cases and judging from experience, countries can liberate themselves economically and alleviate poverty to a great extent if and only if there is a genuine political will amongst the national leaders or rather the movers and shakers of the economy.
NIPASHE | 1st Oct 13
WIKI iliyopita ilikuwa ni mbaya kwa viwango vyovyote katika tasnia ya habari nchini. Ni wiki ambayo serikali iliendelea kuitumia sheria ya Magazeti namba 3 ya mwaka 1976 ambayo inatoa madaraka yasiyohojiwa kwa serikali kufungia vyombo vya habari, kwa kile ambacho kimekuwa kinadaiwa kuwa ni kuendesha uchochezi.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Sep 13
Installation of electronic ticketing machines at football stadiums across the country is the best solution to the current massive gate collection pilferage. Poor revenue collection at stadiums now threatens to undo the crucial work of raising resources to build a strong foundation for this most loved sport in the country.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 29th Sep 13
In our yesterday’s edition, we published a front-page story headlined, “Ghost projects cost taxpayers over Sh 2 trillion” in which we revealed that some 35 companies had received trillions of taxpayers money for the work that wasn’t done.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Sep 13
Last Saturday was one of the worst and tragic days for Kenyans as well as the East African region, following terrorism attacks at the Westgate Shopping Mall in downtown Nairobi, where dozens of innocent civilians were killed, hundreds injured while others are still missing.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Sep 13
Three years ago on November 19, 2010, Dar es Salaam Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Dawasa) and Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) submitted an application for review and approval of water supply and sewerage tariffs.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Sep 13
A few years ago, President Jakaya Kikwete called on Tanzanians to embark on fish farming in a bid to improve availability of the resource in the country and also to improve their incomes.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Sep 13
Road safety across the country has been far less than satisfactory on both regional roads, where speeding vehicles have been a leading cause of otherwise preventable accidents and then on the inner city roads which have occasioned congestions that have chocked the streets and endangered the lives of numerous motorists whose livelihood is dependent on daily commute.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Sep 13
The Mainland premier soccer league has taken off with a slight shake. Elements, said to be soccer fans are trying to cause chaos at stadiums where the matches are taking place. The fifth round of the league was concluded yesterday but the major highlight so far has been violence that has to a great extent tarnished the unfolding season.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 22nd Sep 13
Emotional scenes were noticeable as United States Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt hosted a fund presentation event that was also meant to say farewell to local groups closest to his own heart, namely the most vulnerable groups in society.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Sep 13
The government has recently embarked on expelling all illegal immigrants, currently living in its territory. The move follows the expiry of President Kikwete’s 14-day ultimatum, which he issued last month while on official tour of Kagera Region.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Sep 13
One of the biggest challenges that Africa faces is that of turning the huge potential of its youth into a productive force that will lead the transformation of the continent from poverty and despair to the economic power house it is touted to become soon.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Sep 13
When tomorrow comes and later becomes now but big plans bear little fruit, then big empty words are revealed for just what they are, empty. A press release issued yesterday marks the official announcement of last week’s signing of an MOU to support the Big Results Now (BRN) initiative, pledging 146.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Sep 13
Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) has warned that the city will continue facing water shortages…. unfortunately, almost all the City’s residents are very familiar with that announcement.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Sep 13
Tanzania Football Federation is one of the main sources of information for most media houses in the country, particularly about the activities about soccer, the most loved sport in the country, but also the most controversy-filled.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 15th Sep 13
The inhuman incident in which a Roman Catholic Priest was attacked by chemicals believed to be acid paints a gloomy and frightening scenario in Zanzibar, a romantic and peaceful Indian Ocean archipelago slowly turning into a heaven of criminals.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Sep 13
Tanzania is among five African countries which have written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to exempt Kenya Deputy President William Ruto from attending all hearings of his case in The Hague.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Sep 13
A hungry person is an angry person, so goes the saying, reflecting the importance of food security to stability of any community. Indeed the first priority of any nation is ensuring that there is enough food for its people as a basic security requirement.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Sep 13
The Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) has launched a campaign to clear from the market foods and drugs not certified as fit for human consumption. The aim is to protect the health of consumers, who have become the target of all sorts of desperate sellers, out to make a quick buck at whatever cost.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Sep 13
Some years ago, a train full of tourists chugged up the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) line into its Dar es Salaam main station to a warm reception by the management and media.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Sep 13
For a very long time now the biggest headache for Dar es Salaam city and urban administrations in the country has been how to manage waste, whose production has continued to grow as the urban population grows.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 8th Sep 13
Sixteen years ago, this country embarked on major mining reforms following advice from the World Bank. The reforms, which liberalised the mining sector, attracted credible and dubious foreign investors alike.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Sep 13
On Thursday, our Parliament was turned into a boxing ground on a truly chaotic situation; everyone could literally choose any word to describe the shameful act that took place in our National Assembly.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Sep 13
Interesting developments are taking place in the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) with increased investment reported in factories specialising in value addition for agricultural products.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Sep 13
Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) workers last week downed tools, demanding salaries for May through August 2013. The development saw all those known to have joined the strike, a total of 1,067 or some 70 per cent of the authority’s workforce, sent packing.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Sep 13
A long time ago cooperative unions were the bedrock of the economy. They gave farmers the support that enabled them to supply significant amounts of cash crops, exported for foreign exchange, create jobs and revenues for the economy.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Sep 13
Youth power is a word we have heard uttered often, but sadly it is mainly in the context of the politics of competition. It is in some cases used as a clarion call to the youth to exert their youthful energies for some partisan political interest.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Sep 13
Despite missing the 2014 World Cup qualifier berth in Brazil next year, the Tanzania national soccer team, Taifa Stars, must win their final return leg tie against Gambia this weekend in Banjul.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 1st Sep 13
Our good government is said to have cautioned our parliamentary representatives sitting in Dodoma now against putting pressure on it to name drug kingpins because some of them are on the list.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Aug 13
On Thursday, Premier Mizengo Pinda revealed that Tanzania had officially requested Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to intervene and mediate the two countries which have been engaged in diplomatic squabbles for the past three months now.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Aug 13
Recognising that the small enterprises sector is the largest employer and accounts for more than 80 percent of new jobs every year, Kenya in 2012, enacted the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) Act of which their media reports: “Traders said legal categorisation of their businesses by sector and annual income as required by the MSE Act will enable their enterprises to become formally recognised and facilitate their participation in the tender processes in government and private sector.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Aug 13
There are very compelling reasons why the nation must give top priority to evolving a viable strategy in tackling the problem of drugs in the country. First and foremost is the fact that the arrests of carriers, otherwise known as ‘mules’ or ‘containers’ routinely covered by the press have failed to offer tangible leads to the shadowy individuals, known as drug barons, who threaten the fabric of our society.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Aug 13
Messages on peace and avoidance of conflicts have been the clarion call in the weeklong United Nations World Tourism Organisation which kicked off at Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on Monday.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Aug 13
The Tanzanian HIV/AIDS response is and has always been heavily reliant on foreign funding for understandable reasons. However, recently some major donors to HIV/AIDS projects in the country have announced that they are pulling out financial support.