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IPP Media organs impress TPDF Staff College students

31st March 2012
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IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi welcomes senior military officers at a luncheon he organised for them during their visit to the IPP Media at Mikocheni Light Industries area in Dar es Salaam yesterday. (Photo: Selemani Mpochi)

The Command and Staff College, which is owned by the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF), has congratulated IPP Media organs for demonstrating ethics and professionalism in educating the society through its newspapers, radio and television stations.

Head of the college, Brigadier-General Ezekiel Kyunga, made the remarks when speaking to reporters after a tour of instruction for corps students who visited the IPP Media organs in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Brigadier-General Kyunga also said that news which is published by IPP Media touches different sectors of the nation.

Kyunga added that the college was training officer corps from the rank of major to colonel who come from different armed forces in the East African Community and Southern African Development Community member countries with the aim of  increasing their skills in administration and command.

He gave IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi a logo of the collage, a diary, T-shirts and hats.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Dr. Mengi said that one of the key roles of the media was to inform the public about their needs, adding that there was a need for the defence forces to work closely with the media and be transparent so as to protect national interests. 

“Many authorities tend to keep silent when the media look for news, but after its publication or announcement they come out in full force to rebutt it. This is not good. They have to collaborate with the media so as to solve any existing problem,” he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Reena Goruknath from the Republic of South Africa, who is a student at the college, was particularly impressed by the technology and equipment used by IPP Media outlets, saying they were second to none.

Deputy Director of  Capital Radio Abdallah Mwaipaya told the corps officers that the radio was planning to be available on the Internet so as to make more people access its services.

Isack Gamba, Deputy Director of Radio One, told the students that his radio had beefed up their capability of promoting Kiswahili.

“We now broadcast throughout the country and we are proud to say that our goals to promote Kiswahili is being fulfilled,” he said.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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