For media organs to reach rural areas, new paradigm is needed
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Jul 14
Going by the World Bank’s latest Economic Review on business in Tanzania one could say business is doing well. According to it, “the trade-to-GDP ratio has increased from 13.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Jul 14
What bring nausea to football prosperity in the country for many years are not only poor pitches, gate collection or the standard of the game itself, but the questionable integrity of the people behind match results.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 27th Jul 14
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has closed down or moved to indefinitely suspend operations of the teaching hospital attached to the International Medical and Technological University (IMTU) at Mbezi, on the western outskirts of the city of Dar es Salaam, following the discovery of around 80 plastic bags of assorted human organs.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Jul 14
Debate is raging among sections of civil society and political stakeholders as to the reconvening of the Constitutional Assembly early next month, which top level authorities are declaring that it will go ahead, despite failing to make progress as to the participation of opposition parties.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Jul 14
Today it is a score of days ever since the ongoing fighting began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. Within this short period of time hundreds of people have been killed, thousands other injured, besides the gargantuan damage done to infrastructure on both sides.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Jul 14
At least assurance has been made by Health and Social Welfare ministry that it is taking all necessary measures to see that Ebola, the deadly disease that has recently killed many West Africans, does not wreck havoc if it happens to creep into the country.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Jul 14
It is an undisputable fact that science is crucial to human beings, for almost every aspect of their lives depends on it. For instance, for a sick person admitted to hospital they will need a doctor or a health attendant who must have taken science subjects to qualify as such.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Jul 14
In her farewell speech over the weekend, the outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Ingunn Klepsvik, said the measure of a country’s democracy lays in, among other things, the prevalence of a free media.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Jul 14
If there is any sort of change or disruption from the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), this time it should not involve Mainland premiership season’s kick off date. Already premier soccer league clubs have had enough after the football federation made an abrupt postponement of the league’s kick off date.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 20th Jul 14
In the next two or three weeks members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) will be returning to Dodoma to finalise, if not to start again, the task of fine-tuning the second Draft Constitution tabled by the chairman of the defunct Constitution Review Commission (CRC) Judge Joseph Warioba.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Jul 14
Yesterday the public woke up to what it may be described as unexpected news after the commander of the traffic police unit, Commissioner of Police Mohammed Mpinga informed reporters that he had fired 27 traffic police officers for involvement in corruption over a period of six months.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Jul 14
Leaders of the emerging-market bloc on Tuesday met in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia where, among other things, they passed two programmes for the future development of the nascent economic league.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Jul 14
This year’s Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair gave the annual event frequenters many advantages. Among them was how to utilise the country’s soft woods for furniture making to stave off the current massive imports of the same.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Jul 14
Communication is very vital to a country’s economic development, and the cheapest among the four modes-road, air, water and railway- is clearly the latter. Small wonder, therefore, that the founding fathers of the two independent countries of Zambia and Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda and Julius Nyerere, respectively, decided to link their countries by a railway system.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Jul 14
The current housing deficit in Tanzania is estimated to be 3m units and is growing at a rate of 200,000 units per annum. These are daunting figures indeed. The question is how the National Housing Corporation (NHC), the state agency entrusted to handle the housing needs can work on this plight? Their 2010-2015 strategic plan could be taken as the answer.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Jul 14
Shockingly again, Tanzanian athletes are raising skepticism over medals prospects, hardly ten days to the Commonwealth Games that kick off in Scotland’s biggest city of Glasgow.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 13th Jul 14
The government on Friday announced a withdrawal of licenses for Green Miles Safaris Ltd, a tourist hunting firm that is accused of breaching all the rules in the book as to the correct conduct of hunting safaris.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Jul 14
This week Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology January Makamba made headlines in some newspapers after he publicly announced that he is planning to pick CCM presidential nomination forms next year.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Jul 14
Arusha City, Tanzania’s northern tourist hub has of late virtually turned into a confrontation zone. Recurrent incidents of bombings have made life in the sprawling tourism cum business city uncertain.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Jul 14
Cleaning up coal When Ian Smith of the then Southern Rhodesia, the present Zimbabwe, proclaimed the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in November 1965, the whole political scene in the Central and Eastern Africa changed.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Jul 14
Argument (or assumption) in favour of the private sector is that it is efficient and dynamic while the public sector is costly and slow. So, the more we can get the private sector to run things the better the services.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Jul 14
We are just winding up slightly over a week of what has been an impressive show of some world standard products and services – The 38th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Jul 14
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup climaxing coming later this week, one of the most outstanding observations during the finals is the way hosts Brazilians have designed their stadiums and the Japanese appeal that the facilities be kept tidy.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 6th Jul 14
Reports from Addis Ababa say that the African Union towards the end of the week approved a draft decision to grant leaders immunity in a continental court that either is being formed or already exists, namely the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, despite that it is not expected to be operational for several years.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Jul 14
The revelation on Monday that the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA)’s instructor Emmanuel Bukuku had created a versatile unmanned military marine craft mounted with Radio Frequency Remote Control is an innovation that is exhilarating and inspiring.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Jul 14
As we count the remaining days to the 2015 deadline in the implementation of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) we are many a time reminded that a number of African countries are unlikely to achieve some of the more crucial goals, let alone sustain them.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Jul 14
Many people in Tanzania who start businesses, most often find themselves facing the challenge of how to keep the operation going and at the same time raise the needed capital for further growth.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Jul 14
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)…a mouthful indeed, in Kenya they call them, Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) another tongue twister. MSEs are Kenya’s informal sector dubbed Jua Kali (Scorching Sun) and as the name suggests, they work in the mercy of the elements, be it tropical rains or the equatorial sun.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Jun 14
Of late the Tanzania Football Federation has been reported to be hanging by deep financial cliff whose reason behind remains unclear. Never was disorganisation of a level as high as this experienced by the previous regime that handed over the reign to the current office bearers some nine months ago.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 29th Jun 14
Something has been clarified in the aftermath of the failure of a censure motion against the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Ms Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, first within the assembly itself, and then among the wider public.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Jun 14
Yesterday, a section of the media reported about the brewing tension between members of Parliament and the government over the Finance Bill that was earlier planned to be tabled on Thursday morning before it was finally tabled yesterday evening.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Jun 14
Pundits say, the recent visit to the country’s globally famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), by Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao who is on a six-day official visit to the county will significantly boost tourism and also attract other investments that will augment the nation’s development efforts.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Jun 14
That agriculture is Tanzania’s economic lynchpin has perhaps been the most common slogan expounded by the country’s leaders for many decades now. It is argued that the country has abundant fertile land for people to engage in agricultural activities and grow abundant food crops to satisfy the nation’s requirements.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Jun 14
Unfortunately for Tanzanians, when for some adverse reason you find yourself in need of going into a public office, you brace yourself and clear your entire day’s schedule. So when yesterday morning, fate doomed me among that unfortunate lot (I had to go to the National Social Security Fund, NSSF), I psychologically prepared for the terrible ordeal ahead.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Jun 14
For many years, there have never been preparations as intensive ahead of high-profile international events for our athletics teams as we are now witnessing. Bravo, Tanzania! Besides donated funds from the International Olympics Committee and other possible sources, the Government (through the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ministry) has chipped in with much-needed assistance at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 22nd Jun 14
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda on Friday cast aside the diplomatic row simmering between the United Kingdom and Tanzania, following ill advised remarks by Energy and Minerals Deputy Minister Steven Masele on the IPTL-PAP central bank escrow account closure saga.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Jun 14
Last week a shocking scenario emerged in Dar es Salaam whereby over 10,000 persons, mostly university graduates turned up for an interview administered by the Immigration Department.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Jun 14
Customer care is perhaps the most important aspect of tourism, nay any business for that matter. A country can have the most attractive wildlife in the world, but if it handles tourists badly, it will be shooting itself in the foot.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Jun 14
The news carried in local media organs yesterday that over 17,000 students have missed Form Five placements is both disheartening and heartening. It is disheartening because it may be a heart dampener for some of the students who had set themselves high goals and strived so hard to achieve them.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Jun 14
In recent years climate change in the world has adversely affected the environment of many countries in the world. It has, for instance, changed weather patterns so much that farmers are no longer sure when it is time to plant, since they are unable to tell when the rains will fall.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Jun 14
Most people probably know the importance of blood to human beings, especially pregnant women and patients awaiting major surgery. It is well acknowledged that shortage of blood in women about to deliver can easily lead to the death of both the mother and her baby.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Jun 14
The 20th edition of FIFA World Cup is in progress in Brazil, the battle for the ultimate prize involving the 32 countries that have qualified for the global stage. There is no doubt that watching the matches on television provides immense entertainment and joy, but the benefits would be much greater if soccer lovers and the larger population use the opportunity to learn new skills and developments relating to a game adored and prized by millions upon millions of people across the globe.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 15th Jun 14
It is a truism that needs no dispute that Tanzania just like other African countries is now caught up in crossfire between two warring sides, relating to the debate on biotechnology.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Jun 14
Finance Minister Saada Mkuya has decidedly failed to meet expectations of many members of Parliament and civil society activists, who were expecting substantial change in the tax regime in order to curb the revenue drainage twins, namely transfer pricing tax evasion as well as systematic exemptions.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Jun 14
When Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922), invented the first practical telephone, little did he know that it would be used as widely as it is today and would so dramatically change the world.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Jun 14
With the Parliamentary sessions increasingly becoming more dramatic than Hollywood action movies and more addictive than Spanish soap shows, you must have heard the legislators repeatedly condemn the government for not broadening its revenue sources.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Jun 14
One of the most famous presidential quotes is the United States’ John F. Kennedy’s “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Jun 14
It is over five months since the first attempt to deploy electronic tickets at soccer stadiums in Tanzania was halted with neither credible reason nor serious explanation. The new ticketing system was first tested in December 2013 for friendly matches played at Azam Football Club’s Chamazi Stadium in suburban Dar es Salaam.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 8th Jun 14
Upsetting news was visible yesterday in this newspaper, indicating that the number of street children in Sumbawanga municipality keeps rising, beyond control. Statistics issued by Orgnisation Pact -Tanzania earlier this week indicate there are at least 6,872 street children in the municipality alone.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Jun 14
We may argue all day without consensus, but the truth remains that the so-called premiere city of Dar es Salaam is stinking. From residential areas to our central business district in Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke there’s nothing we can show visiting neighbours with pride; every place is stinking.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Jun 14
Scores of government officials have asked, commanded and downright begged parents and guardians of primary school children to send them on to secondary schools despite their financial state, but in vain.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Jun 14
Most people who reside in urban areas of Tanzania eat meat which they purchase from butcheries scattered in areas strategically placed for their easy reach. It is from these places that customers buy beef, lamb or chicken and other types of meat depending on their preference and, of course, price at the particular time.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Jun 14
Health is clearly the most important aspect of life, for people do what they do because they are healthy. On the other hand, people cannot accomplish any type of work, however small it is, if they are sick.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Jun 14
The giraffe, our national symbol that is exempted from the list of legal hunting game short of a presidential permit and is also used as the watermark on several banknotes, is facing a major threat.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Jun 14
The low level of gate collections at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam during Taifa Stars’ recent international matches is enough proof that something is awfully wrong with either the team or the Tanzania Football Federation.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 1st Jun 14
Malawians made a decisive choice when Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika was declared winner of the disputed presidential elections after defeating Joyce Banda. Mutharika, the brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, took 36.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st May 14
Road accidents have now become something like a normal phenomenon with no affirmative action in place to curb them. Every year when we mark the Road Safety Week statistics are given by the traffic police most of which reveal an appalling rate of deaths and injuries, usually on the rise.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th May 14
It is a well-known fact that most Tanzanians, in fact over 80 per cent of them, live in rural areas where they eke out a living through farming and running small scale enterprises. However, most of the farmers cultivate just enough land to meet the food requirements of their families.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th May 14
In yesteryears the spirit of self-reliance was the hallmark of development activities in Tanzania, spearheaded mainly in rural areas to put in place social services infrastructure. Under it villagers organised for communal work, such as building classrooms, health facilities, roads and water among others.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th May 14
Most of our soccer players lead miserable lives after enjoying years of relative glory featuring for their clubs or the national team. A big number of those who have “retired” from the profession end up in such pathetic shape that one is left wondering what really happened to them, particularly for those who chanced to earn a handsome amount of money thanks to their skills and popularity.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th May 14
For nearly 70 days beginning March and this month, the Upper Ruvu water supply point that brings water to the city of Dar es Salaam suffered a number of technical breakdowns, many of which could have been prevented with a bit of foresight or rectified in time.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th May 14
While the floor of the National Assembly has seen more of vitriolic exchanges of sentiment than evident intentionality of resolving the problem of how local investors could participate in exploration and production of natural gas, some new ideas are worth trying.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd May 14
Going by recent media reports, some of the experts under the Attorney General busy drafting Tanzania’s laws are having a hard time doing so in Kiswahili. It is suggested that this is because they pursued their professional studies in English and are so used to employing that language in their work that they find adapting to Kiswahili a herculean task.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd May 14
Travelling or moving cargo by train is, on the whole, much less expensive than flying. It is also generally cheaper than water transport. Additionally, it serves the most number of people and the most cargo at a go.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st May 14
Speaking during his visit to the newly built, state-of-art vehicle inspection centre at the National Institute of Transport (NIT) in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ernest Mangu promised to work closely with the NIT to guarantee that all vehicles in the country are inspected.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th May 14
It is normally the expectation of every job seeker, whether in the private or public sector, that once employed he/she would climb the ladder through promotion. There have been cases where a worker starting as a messenger climbs the ladder to bag a managerial post.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th May 14
Tanzania's national soccer team, Taifa Stars, hit their Zimbabwean counterparts Mighty Warriors one-nil in the first leg of their African Nations Cup preliminary qualifier playoff in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 18th May 14
We learn from Dodoma that the Law Reform Commission of Tanzania has recast the way we deal with conflicts over access to land and its associated resources. The Commission’s latest report presented to the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, faults the old system of addressing land disputes, saying it has since proved rather unwieldy.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th May 14
The spectre of killings of people with albinism which had in the recent past declined has reared its ugly head again, apparently proving that evil forces take quite a while to die. It is also apparent that the evil forces went into temporary hiding, thanks to the hue and cry from all corners of the globe, led by organisations like Under The Same Sun (UTSS).
THE GUARDIAN | 15th May 14
Despite efforts by stakeholders, it is apparent that Tanzania’s wildlife is seriously threatened by increasing poaching incidents, driven by the attractive prices the illegal trophies fetch in international markets.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th May 14
Quality Assurance Officer at Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) Ashura Katunzi has warned the nation through The Guardian that 96 percent of all bakeries currently operating in the country are not recognised by the safety and standards authority TBS.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th May 14
In early February this year the ministry of Health and Social Welfare confirmed an outbreak of Dengue Fever in the country. It launched investigations into the outbreak after noticing an increase of cases in Dar es Salaam and its surroundings.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th May 14
There is no doubt whatsoever that, as a nation, we expect the performance of our athletes to improve significantly at the Commonwealth Games to be staged in Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow, in July.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th May 14
This country is rich in its wildlife, unique for both its sheer numbers and variety, with representatives of 430 species and subspecies among the country’s more than four million wild animals.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th May 14
For the past two weeks, Dar es Salaam residents have been grappling with fear from what others might think is a new disease - dengue. According to press reports, Morogoro municipality has reported one case - if not two.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th May 14
If what is being discussed in the National Assembly is consistently implemented, it could lead to a major revamp in the way we do business in our country and make planned targets more achievable.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th May 14
The Education Week Tanzania is now marking is an encouraging high-profile focus on a crucial aspect in the country’s development. The country has recently initiated various activities, including Big Results Now, some focusing on ways to boost the quality of education.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th May 14
Humans are hard wired to react to adversities although, when confronted by threatening circumstances, there is no uniform way to respond. Whether one fights, merely retreats or flees depends much on one’s perception of whatever the threat is.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th May 14
One of the commercial banks in Tanzania now boasting an enviably loyal clientele has this for its motto: ‘The Bank That Listens’. Giving an authoritative or precise assessment of the degree to which the particular bank has been walking that talk may not be easy, but evidence that efforts have been made to translate word into deed is not hard to come by.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 4th May 14
President Jakaya Kikwete has put to effect his parliamentary vow in an address in November last year that he would form a commission of inquiry to look into how Operation Tokomeza was conducted, and if there was clear breach of the law, to get those indicted by the commission to answer charges in court.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd May 14
years now taxpayers, especially workers have been bitterly complaining over huge taxes slashed from their salaries in the name of Pay As You Earn ( PAYE) or Income Tax. The same ‘song’ which has now become a cliché is again being heard this time when the government prepares to table its new budget in Parliament in the next few weeks.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd May 14
Some Tanzanians may not realise that the leather of the shoes they wear is of skins used originating from this country. For, with 21.3 million cattle, Tanzania is the third country in Africa, after Sudan and Ethiopia with the most cattle.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Apr 14
Arusha will this Saturday host scores of media stakeholders, among them publishers and editors, for what are expected to be lots more than routine World Press Freedom Day celebrations.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Apr 14
For years on end, we have seen many youth and other soccer tournaments staged at the end of the Mainland premiership. These include Coca-Cola, UMISETA (inter-secondary school) and Airtel Rising Stars, all boasting an abundance of talent.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 27th Apr 14
Sessions of the Constituent Assembly have been put off until August, to make way for the ordinary session of the National Assembly, in its all-important Budget sitting that is usually expected to start at mid April, having been shifted from mid-June in previous years.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Apr 14
Today, the United Republic of Tanzania is exactly fifty years old. In human terms, this is a prime age at which wisdom should prevail, and this country has seen a lot of water pass under its bridges.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Apr 14
Scientists at the Soikoine University of Agriculture (SUA) are working on an innovative method to detect Tuberculosis (TB) from saliva samples and after recording and verifying its efficiency, they are now urging the government as well as hospitals across the country to send samples for testing.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Apr 14
In law, it is said, ignorance is no defence, meaning that one cannot commit an offence and get away with it by claiming ignorance of the law against it. In real life, however, one can be forgiven for not knowing the right way to fulfill some commitment and get recompensed for it.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Apr 14
It must be a surprise that in a country where 80% of the population (the informal sector) is all but forgotten, it is also the one that records six figure financial turnovers. Not annually, but daily and sadly all unaccounted for.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Apr 14
Unemployment is a problem that has become chronic, especially in urban areas, all over the world. It mostly affects the youth who have either dropped out of school or have finished school, but have nowhere to go to, many of them loitering in the streets.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Apr 14
We congratulate Dar es Salaam’s Azam FC on winning their maiden Mainland Tanzania premier soccer league title. We are sure they will always stand reminded that championship status calls for tonnes of sweat and toil and mean facing daunting challenges ahead.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 20th Apr 14
Can we call or nickname our politicians ‘Mr and Mrs Never Told’? Taking into account events unfolding in the Constituent Assembly (CA) in Dodoma the answer to this question is a resounding ‘Yes.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Apr 14
Some people talk against genetically modified (GM) products, particularly food, as if it’s a matter of choice between evil and righteousness; the debate is all about free choice.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Apr 14
For years now Tanzania has been hesitant in allowing the country to adopt the widely touted Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Although no official statement has been issued to bar farmers from adopting the biotechnology, the fear has been that the GMOs have harmful effects on humans, animals or environment.