Taifa Stars' shame: TFF had it coming
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 24th May 15
Early exit of the national soccer side, Taifa Stars, from the Southern African regional championship, famously known as Cosafa Cup, indicates that Tanzania soccer is still below overage.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd May 15
For years now developing countries, Tanzania inclusive, have been relying on foreign aid as one of the sources of funds to run their governments apart from internally generated revenue.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd May 15
The decision by the Weights and Measures Agency (WMA) to start verifying the calibration of electricity meters in the country is long overdue. Amid cries from consumers countrywide complaining that TANESCO is overcharging them, the exercise will clear doubts over the allegations or would uncover what seems to be a long time technological ‘theft’.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st May 15
There is an important event, you want to clad your favourite jacket, you can’t find it. So you ask your better half, kids and maid, and none has a clue. Then you begin to scold everyone for presumed carelessness.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th May 15
For several weeks now there has been turmoil in Burundi, one of the five member countries of the East African Community (EAC) and the African Unity (AU) that has 54 countries as its members.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th May 15
Each year Tanzania’s parliament sits in a marathon Budget session to debate the following year’s budget estimates, as it is doing now. After a month or so of haggling with figures, finally our legislators come out with the blueprint of the following year’s estimates of revenue and expenditure.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th May 15
With the Confederation of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) tournament under way in South Africa, we wish the Tanzania national soccer team – Taifa Stars – all the best.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 17th May 15
Leaders in the Great Lakes Region are waiting for the next move from Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza, how he is going to handle the sentiments around the failed uprising and coup attempt against his regime, and how he will respond to democratic demands.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th May 15
Recently a robbery incident occurred along Sam Nujoma Road in Dar es Salaam whereby armed robbers who were on a motorbike robbed an identified man of his money whose amount could not immediately be established.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th May 15
Reports that the Burundi military attempted a coup d’etat against that country’s President Pierre Nkurunziza is to say the least contemptible. It is more so when Heads of State of the East African Community including Nkurunziza himself were in the country to discuss on the deteriorating situation in Burundi and if possible find the everlasting solution to the war beleaguered the country.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th May 15
Counterfeit and substandard industrial products are still posing serious threats to the country's economy and human health despite efforts by the state and non-state organs to contain the vice.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th May 15
It is well known that Tanzania has vast deposits of various minerals. As a matter of fact this ‘secret’, for lack of a better word, was known even during the first phase of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th May 15
This is the education week, this year’s theme is ‘Education is the right of every child for the development of the nation.’ Well said, however, if quality education is a right, let’s agree, government schools, both primary and secondary, are in stack violation of this basic right.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th May 15
May 25 is Africa Day. On this day, many African countries celebrate the hard-fought achievement of their freedom from European colonial powers but sadly enough the day is marked as a national holiday in only five African states.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th May 15
What is happening in our neighbouring country, Burundi, should raise concern and anxiety to our country as well. This is partly because Tanzania and Burundi have a long history binding them from the days when they were both part of the Germn East Africa.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th May 15
It is beyond comprehension that even some of the very basics of life are now not guarantee. On the contrary, we kick the very cow whose milk we heavily rely on; even worse we slaughter the goose laying golden eggs.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th May 15
TheMainland premier soccer league is just about to come to an end, and clubs must be looking forward to strengthening their squads in preparation for the new season. History shows the poaching of players as easily the option of choice for most relatively well-to-do clubs in the league.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 3rd May 15
May Day was a bad day for job seekers across the country and probably anyone seeking to secure a job opportunity in the civil service. It was a bad day because the Head of State, President Jakaya Kikwete issued an announcement in Mwanza stating that persons nursing hopes for civil service ought to have other ideas.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd May 15
As the general elections date approaches the heat is rising with political stakeholders throwing punches at the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for its failure to have things done in the right way.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st May 15
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments through their respective forest agencies was signed in this week. The MOU which spells out a five-year plan focuses on trans-boundary collaboration around law enforcement to reduce illegal trade in forest resources such as timber and charcoal.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Apr 15
The recent news that over 320m/- has been secured to support reproductive health services in and around the Lake Tanganyika region is heartening. This is because the relief comes amidst bad reports that up to 25 per cent of the children born in the region die before they even reach five years of age.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Apr 15
‘’Chaotic’’ was how to describe the situation in Dar es Salaam as hundreds of travellers were stranded for about three hours at the Ubungo Bus Terminal (UBT) on October 8, last year.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Apr 15
Numerous job seekers out there lament the hardships of securing employment and the related hustles, worst of which is the back and forth fruitless matches in and out of offices. Dressed in their Sunday best, the graduates go upstairs and down elevators, through corridors and sit in boring waiting rooms; the search for employment is an odious task not meant for the faint hearted.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Apr 15
With the current Mainland premier soccer league season coming to an end early next month, teams and players must be pondering their next moves with regard to quality signings and landing greener pastures, respectively.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 26th Apr 15
Election years are usually good for the journalism profession, as they get paid for various consultancy assignments. This includes brushing up the image of an election contestant at a moment’s notice, or blackening the face of another to full public glare for a day or two.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Apr 15
Once again pension funds are on the spotlight and very unfortunately the subject surrounding them is again likely to trigger a tug of war with both pensioners and those who will not have reached retirement age by the time they claim their terminal benefits.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Apr 15
When the public does not participate in the political process, it abandons its responsibility and foregoes its Constitutional right. These rights were on the larger part fought for and blood was shed for the nation to govern itself and to do so democratically.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Apr 15
Xenophobia can simply be defined an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange. So far six people have been killed in the new spate of xenophobic attacks in the Rainbow nation that started in KwaZulu Natal's largest city of Durban and those targeted in the attacks are African immigrants.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Apr 15
Disasters, by their nature, are occurrences that may strike anywhere and at any time. Tanzania has had its share of disasters that have hit various parts of the country. Close to memory have been five people from the same family who lost their lives on the spot in Manungu Village, Kahama, Shinyanga Region, last month.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Apr 15
We have been taken aback, just as many other Tanzanians have, by the recent directive from Home Affairs minister Mathias Chikawe that he would deregister all religious institutions whose leaders engage in politics.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Apr 15
Despite “squandering” their narrow advantage in Saturday’s encounter in Dar es Salaam with visiting Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, Young Africans can still overturns the tables in the return leg away in Tunis a fortnight or so from now.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 19th Apr 15
South Africa, a country with the largest economy after Nigeria, has indeed turned out to be a place of shame, violence and discontent as attacks on black foreigners continue to ravage in various cities.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Apr 15
Once again Tanzanians on Wednesday woke up to the shocking news in relation to terrorism after police on Tuesday arrested ten individuals in Kilombero District, Morogoro Region suspected to have links with a terror group of Al-Shabaab.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Apr 15
What do we – today’s generation of Tanzanians – plan, expect or hope to leave those to come after us with on the ethical conduct and practice plane when we pass on? Do we see any promise of future generations behaving or living any more ethically than us? And do we really care which way the winds is blowing now or will be blowing when we are gone? In asking these questions we have in mind those in high-profile positions of power, authority or influence and those commonly looked to for leadership or guidance at the household level or in the wider sphere.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Apr 15
What is the fate of Kampala University in Dar es Salaam? What will happen to the students of the university who have not yet completed their courses? In yesterday’s edition of this paper we carried one of our front page stories about the plight of 5000 students at Kampala International University’s (KIU) Dar es Salaam campus who had boycotted classes demanding the administration to give them clarifications on unregistered causes that they were pursuing.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Apr 15
The rigmarole to which Tanzanians are being treated in the saga about closure of several public boarding schools because of food shortage is surprising indeed. As reported in our paper yesterday, more of the schools have been closed because their food suppliers have not been paid their dues for a long time.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Apr 15
Of late country has witnessed horrendous, unbelievable and shocking road accidents. This month alone, 34 people had been killed and scores of others seriously injured. These grisly accidents according to police they are caused by speeding and careless overtaking by the bus drivers.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Apr 15
The All Africa Games – or the African Olympics, if you will – are just around the corner but we are not sure how prepared are our athletes to compete in the continent’s prestigious event.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 12th Apr 15
Friday afternoon was a test case of how the country is governed, when the Minister for Labour and Employment, Gaudentia Kabaka, rectified shoddy regulations that led to a countrywide strike by bus drivers, that from hindsight had no reason to have occurred in the first place.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Apr 15
Several times police in Kilimanjaro Region have arrested children confined in houses where they are believed to be undergoing special training. Very unfortunately police have never come out clear to tell the public the kind of training individuals recruiting these children have been offering nor who are the godfathers sponsoring it.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Apr 15
Africa has 52 cities with populations of one million or higher – the same number as for Europe. Dar es Salaam which is the largest city in Tanzania and the country’s trading hub has a population of five million people.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Apr 15
Skin asthma is an inflammatory skin disorder, which causes blisters resulting in scaly skin, itchy rashes and dry thick patches on the skin. If untreated, doctors say it quickly turns into skin cancer.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Apr 15
For most families in Tanzania and Africa as a whole firewood is the common means of getting energy in the homes, mainly for cooking food. In some cases it is used to get hot water for bathing, especially for babies and children.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Apr 15
Trojans had a phrase for it: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. The warning, so Homer’s Iliad informs us, was ignored with dire consequences. The curious Trojans took the giant wooden horse abandoned outside their city inside the walls of the Troy, walls that for 10 years the besieging Greek army had been unable to penetrate.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Apr 15
It has been a happy and generally rewarding Easter weekend for sports lovers, what with Young Africans Sports Club (Yanga) having managed to stay in contention for CAF Confederation Cup league honours.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Apr 15
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has finally announced postponement of the referendum on the proposed new constitution which had earlier been scheduled for April 30. The referendum will now be held on a date to be announced by NEC upon completion of voters registration.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Apr 15
Kenya, an East African member state, is once again grieving over the death of over 140 students after gunmen suspected to be Al-Shabaab militants attacked a university in Garissa on Thursday morning.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Apr 15
At last traders resumed conducting businesses on Wednesday after almost a week of closure to protest the use of Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs). They were also protesting against the court action to put behind bars their embattled leader, Johnson Minja.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Apr 15
The commercial port city of Dar es Salaam and most of the rest of the Tanzanian coastline is well endowed with numerous historical sites and artifacts that date as far back as the era of the Portuguese and Ottoman rule on the East African coast.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Apr 15
Today is the worlds April fool’s Day, the one day in which the world has a verbal legal agreement allowing us to make fools of each other. Ahead of this year’s fool’s day, the government on Monday announced yet another major gas discovery offshore Tanzania.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Mar 15
Introduction of motor cycle taxis in Tanzania several years ago has been both a blessing and a liability. These taxis, commonly called boda boda (because they were originally used to ferry passengers across Ugandan/Kenyan borders) can be found all over this country’s rural and urban areas.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Mar 15
Tanzania’s national women’s soccer team, Twiga Stars, would be well advised to avoid complacency during their return leg qualifier tie of the African Women Championship against their Zambian counterparts in Dar es Salaam this weekend.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 29th Mar 15
A Tragic melodrama is in the course of being enacted in the city of Dar es Salaam physically and mentally or sentimentally spreading to the far outreaches of the country. It is the feud involving Bishop Josephat Gwajima of the Glory of Christ Church, who released an audio and video clip played around the country and massively in the social media, trenchantly taking apart the Catholic Archbishop of Dar es Salaam, Polycarp Cardinal Pengo.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Mar 15
At last the Parliament this week passed the Drugs Control and Enforcement Bill 2014 with imposition of heavy penalty to high profile individuals convicted by the court for involvement in high drugs trafficking.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Mar 15
An appeal was made on Monday by the Namibian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Dr Japhet Isaak, during his country’s 25th Independence Day in Dar es Salaam. The passionate plea was for African countries to ensure that political freedom has sustainable economic development for their people because “human beings do not eat democracy.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Mar 15
How does a person with vision or hearing imparity cross a road in Dar es Salaam or any of the country’s cities? They do not, because it is suicidal, short of a Good Samaritan walking them across against the honking motorists who claim sole proprietorship of the roads.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Mar 15
For many Tanzanians, especially in rural areas who comprise over three quarters of the population, rainfall is a blessing because with it they are assured of getting bountiful harvests from their farms.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Mar 15
What was the reason behind 17 children between the ages of 2 and 16 being found in the house of a Moshi businessman? Was this place a registered orphanage or a care home? Was this businessman qualified to look after vulnerable kids? The businessman, while feeding the children, was also feeding them something else.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Mar 15
Oikocredit, an international co-operative financial institution last year disbursed 10 billion/- to 12 Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies (Saccos) in Tanzania. The micro-finance institutions would subsequently loan out the money to small entrepreneurs to help them expand, formalise and modernise their businesses.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Mar 15
News emanating from National Assembly in Dodoma on Tuesday that Tanzania is third to Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among African countries most hit by malnutrition is bad news indeed.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Mar 15
Of late there have been several incidences of fire outbreaks in this country’s educational institutions. Several of these have involved dormitories of secondary schools. The latest was that which took place at the Mabibo hostel of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) over the weekend.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Mar 15
‘Water Week’ is here once again. What lessons can we draw from the water sector and what steps should be taken to arrest and contain the challenges facing this precious liquid sector.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Mar 15
As the Mainland premier soccer league is just about to come to an end in early May, the Tanzania Football Federation is just about to harbour the worst of accusations with regard to fixture alterations.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 15th Mar 15
On Thursday this week the government announced plans to restructure the Dar es Salaam Water Supply Corporation (Dawasco) and its management following findings that its officials are involved in outrageous installation of pumps in a private manner, denying city residents of water supply and facilitating water sales that sabotage the corporation.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Mar 15
At national level every one believed the day had started very well on Wednesday but before mid day things changed for the worse - a road accident killed over 40 people. Reports that continued to trickle in showed until Thursday evening the death toll had risen to 50 people.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Mar 15
The nation is shocked at the escalating rate of accidents happening in our roads meant for vehicles to carry people and agricultural products among others. It seems a day hardly goes-by without dear lives of our fellow citizens having not been lost.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Mar 15
Two IPP Media brands, The Guardian and Independent Television (ITV) have been awarded the leading media Superbrands in Tanzania for the fourth and second consecutive year respectively.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Mar 15
Tourism, as we all know, is among sectors which earn vital foreign currency for Tanzania. Figures show that in 2013 a total of 1,135,884 tourists visited the country, bringing earnings from the Tanzania tourism sector to an all-time high of USD 1.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Mar 15
Medical experts have warned that malaria and HIV have monopolised interventions geared towards curbing child mortality in Tanzania, thus ignoring the equally deadly killer, diarrhoea.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Mar 15
Recent halting of electronic tickets deployment for all premiership matches of the Mainland league has come as a shock to most of the soccer fans across the country. There was no reason singled out for the abrupt stop to sell the tickets as the government simply said there are some discrepancies to be ironed out.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 8th Mar 15
Suddenly, Tanzania is in the international news limelight - unfornately negatively. ‘Thanks’ to the heinous attacks on people with albinism the country has come to be identified with.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Mar 15
There is a Kiswahili adage that goes…”aliyeshiba hamjui mwenye njaa” which, in essence, means an affluent person does not know the pangs of a poor (read hungry) fellow.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Mar 15
From simple energy saving bulbs to equally simple solar roofing solutions, going green may very well be your ultimate solution to saving some of your hard earned money of which the biggest denomination is a red 10,000/- note.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Mar 15
The policy of Kilimo Kwanza (words literally translated as Agriculture First) which was introduced several years ago in the country, has had very positive results among farmers. Under the policy the farmers were advised to leave the age-old method of cultivating their shambas using the traditional hand-hoe.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Mar 15
Tanzania's mining industry is envisaged to double in value of the sector to $1.28bn from $0.64bn between 2010 and 2015. A study by Business Monitor International (BMI) two years ago forecasted the average annual growth in the sector of 7.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Mar 15
Not more than a year before the Olympic Games get underway in Rio de Janeiro as the rest of the world build up teams to gear up for the event. It has been a tradition for Tanzania to be represented by minority games in the likes of athletics, boxing, ping pong, swimming as soccer teams have been failing to qualify.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 1st Mar 15
Confusing reports have been aired from time to time with regards to graduates from local universities, and increasingly the same is being heard as to graduates of East African universities generally, that they are half baked for the labour market.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Feb 15
Much has been said against the use of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system in the forthcoming general elections but with counter arguments from the government and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) itself.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Feb 15
The recent disclosure by the police force that posts in areas that are relatively insecure should operate only during the day time leaving people around them to care for themselves at night is a very disappointing undertaking.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Feb 15
On being employed for the first time, especially in the civil service and any public entity, one of the conditions for a worker is to work anywhere and at any time if required to do so by his/her boss.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Feb 15
We are more than elated to learn that Tanzania is on the right economic track to achieve middle income status by 2025. The news from none other than the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) Governor, Prof Benno Ndulu, himself comes against the backdrop of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growing at the average of seven per cent each year for the past two years.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Feb 15
It is a widely accepted view that micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) offer both unique economic development advantages as well as equitable and stable growth on any national economy.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Feb 15
As the return legs of both CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup is just around the corner, we wish the two Mainland Tanzania teams, Yanga and Azam the best of luck to advance into the next round.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Feb 15
Disqueting reports reaching various media in the city of Dar es Salaam have lately revealed a scaring episode involving the leader of former servicemen who passed through National Service and have been pressing the government for jobs.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Feb 15
President Jakaya Kikwete has lately changed the district commissioners line up, with changes in up to 45 slots of DCs by new appointments and ending certain others. One name that has crept up in discussion and scores of newspaper headlines is Paul Makonda, an irreverent youth leader in the ruling party who has been given the post of DC for Kinondoni district in the city of Dar es Salaam.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Feb 15
Recently The government officially launched the New Education Policy of 2014. The new baby overhauled the old education system by making basic education run from Standard One to Form Four.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Feb 15
It leaves much to desired when country that boasts an active police force and continental military presence fails to protect its most vulnerable citizens, women and children with albinism.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Feb 15
Several years ago the government established what it called ‘special schools’ for bright students who were enrolled to pursue secondary school education. Such were Mzumbe in Morogoro, Ilboru in Arusha, Mirambo in Tabora and Msalato in Dodoma, to name but a few.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Feb 15
Last week in this paper we published an article about engaging new partners in HIV/Aids prevention, care, treatment and stigma-reduction efforts to strengthen collective determined attempts in the fight against the scourge.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Feb 15
The standard of soccer in Tanzania has kept nose-diving in recent years, the impact manifesting itself in several aspects closely related to the game. Inadequate and insufficient infrastructure is among the factors that have impeded efforts to turn things around.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 15th Feb 15
On Friday a video clip was uploaded on a website by unknown individuals showing a guy disguised in black jacket and sun glasses, bragging to have either engineered or carried out attacks in some parts of the country, killing police officers and getting away with firearms.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Feb 15
Political parties are speaking more or less as one body on the likely defects of holding a constitutional referendum and then the general elections using the biometric voter registration (BVR) mechanism, with no one being confident of a flawless process.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Feb 15
The nation has in the past week been rocked by tragic fires a girls hostel went ablaze in Iringa, a market burnt down in Arusha and only last week, a house fire claimed an entire family of six in Dar es Salaam.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Feb 15
It is high time that the government embarked on a comprehensive survey of Tanzania's labour force. Labour surveys have important objectives of guiding human resources; planning, training and development, deployment and even issuing of work permits.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Feb 15
The news we carried in yesterday’s issue of this paper about Tanzanians being among top Swiss bank account holders is not surprising to many people in the know. This is simply because we have been hearing about it for quite a while now.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Feb 15
The establishment of academies meant to groom sports talent, particularly in soccer, has slowly but surely gained popularity in Tanzania in recent years. Most recently, from virtual obscurity, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has come up a broad-minded approach seeking to boost the standard of our soccer.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 8th Feb 15
Tanzanian tour operators say that the Kenyan ban of our vehicles, which has been lifted if temporarily to pave way for ministerial consultations on the issue, is a wakeup call to Tanzania to improve and market its airports.