Save Ngorongoro Crater from further destruction
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Apr 14
The fact that the Mwanza-based ‘street children’ have fought gallantly enough to win an international championship away in Brazil is an example to be emulated by the Tanzania Football Federation and soccer clubs in the country.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 13th Apr 14
Most of us love to attribute bad weather conditions or extreme climatic conditions as acts of God and so resign to failure to do anything because ‘there’s nothing we can do about it.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Apr 14
For the past two months, Members of the Constituent Assembly have been discussing the Second Draft Constitution presented by retired Judge Joseph Warioba, which proposes the structure of governance – the most contentious of all matters.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Apr 14
Since the enactment of the Sexual Offences Special Provisions Act (SOSPA), 1998, a lot of effort has been invested in educating people on gender violence issues. The act says in part: “Any person who, with intent to cause sexual annoyance to any person utters any word or sound, makes any gesture or exhibits any word or object intending that such word or sound shall be heard, or the gesture or object shall be seen, by that other person commits an offence of sexual assault and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand shillings or to both the fine and imprisonment.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Apr 14
The Food and Drugs Regulatory Authority (TFDA) last week closed down 39 supermarkets and mini-supermarkets in Dar es Salaam, the reasons it cited including what it referred to as conducting unregistered business and selling high-risk food products.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Apr 14
No country is an island, all on its own. None, however rich or powerful, can stand or develop without assistance or cooperation from outside. This is the gist of international cooperation.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Apr 14
Superior as they think they are, Dar es Salaam-based archrivals Simba SC and Young Africans SC (Yanga) and must learn on how to come to terms with reality when they lose to perceived or presumed unheralded teams.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 6th Apr 14
Appeals are being directed at various groups of the Constituent Assembly which have reason to be unhappy with the way things are going, including the composition of the assembly itself and its constituent committees, to take greater care in how opposition is expressed.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Apr 14
This country seems to have every junk you can possibly think of -- junk food, junk cars and about everything else junky in town. You will be lucky to find a genuine spare part anywhere; we import cheap and buy cheap things.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Apr 14
Food is perhaps the most basic need in the life of human beings, nay, for all creatures on mother earth. For they have to eat food in order to survive and lead a wholesome life. Small wonder, therefore, that all governments in the world put emphasis on agriculture, especially the aspect of growing enough food for their people.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Apr 14
Introduction of Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs) at the beginning of this year by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has resulted into many protests from people conducting business in this country.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Apr 14
The country is in the midst of addressing a major challenge in its education system – acute shortage of science teachers. It is a problem whose genesis is historical, made worse by years of neglect.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Apr 14
Tanzania is lucky to have several ports which handle the country’s exports and imports as well as those of neighbouring countries. These can be regarded as among the country’s spinners of the much-needed foreign exchange which has been increasing each year, according to performance reports.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Mar 14
For obvious reasons, the focus is again on the Mainland Tanzania premier soccer league, in particular the race for the title and survival bids by teams at risk of relegation. The conditions in place at this crucial stage of the league are factors that might tempt team officials into resorting to match-fixing schemes.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 30th Mar 14
Chances that the Constituent Assembly shall make some headway and obtain a text that can be presented for a vote in a referendum, within a time frame that caters for other legislative needs, are receding by the day, and at present it appears they are minimal.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Mar 14
President Jakaya Kikwete has announced that his government will repossess all abandoned sisal farms and relocate to others to develop them. The president made the announcement on Thursday in Tanga when he made the tour in the region.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Mar 14
Everybody in this world would like to lead a good life, accessing the basic necessities such as food, housing, clothing, education and health facilities. They would also like that they be treated decently when engaging activities to secure their basic needs.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Mar 14
An alert has been issued of the imminent invasion of the dreaded African armyworm. Preliminary reports say nine regions in the country are threatened with attack by the voracious pest.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Mar 14
It is no secret that there is a widespread perception, right or wrong, that some Tanzanian graduates are being deliberately passed in favour of foreigners when it comes to job placements.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Mar 14
In Dar es Salaam alone, the schools are short of 130,937 desks, about 47.5 percent of the actual need. That is, the country’s busiest commercial port city has only about half the number of desks it needs for its schools.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Mar 14
Complaints by Simba Sports Club over the legality of their being fined 5 million/- in the wake of the destruction of seats at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam during the recent CAF Champions League match between Tanzania’s Young Africans Sports Club (Yanga) and Egypt’s Al Ahly SC ought to be taken seriously.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 23rd Mar 14
President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has made his stand quite clear on the structure of the Union, stating Tanzanians need more time to reflect on contentions of the two-tier government structure.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Mar 14
As Members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) officially start deliberating on the second Draft Constitution a new input has been offered by Kenya’s former Attorney General Amos Wako.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Mar 14
Road accidents in Tanzania have in recent years increased to dangerous proportions. They have become a threat to life and limb of motorists, passengers and pedestrians alike. They are now among the major causes of death in Tanzania, and according to the latest WHO data, deaths caused by road traffic accidents reached 9,029 or 2.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Mar 14
For many of us the coming of motorcycles known as bodabodas and tricycles (bajaj) into the country a few years ago was a major relief for hapless commuters, especially in Dar es Salaam, where traffic jams are dragging down productivity and public morale.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Mar 14
As we rewrite our Constitution, a feat few nations have achieved, a glimpse down memory lane is in order, and what better way to relish Tanzania’s history than to take a look at one of its major historic sites, Bagamoyo, the oldest town in the country.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Mar 14
Dental health is a subject most Tanzanians, both educated and not educated, sometimes take for granted. It is a fact that most of them do not go to a dentist on a regular basis to check the status of their oral teeth.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Mar 14
Barely few months are left before the Commonwealth Games get underway in the Scottish biggest city of Glasgow as Tanzania still negotiates how best to form representative team. The Games which are staged every after four years stand as a perfect stage to mould a team for the global Olympics that follows two years later.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 16th Mar 14
The Tanzania Cycling Association is seeking funds for a rather sizeable squad of cyclists to camp in Karatu, in Manyara Region, on the northern Rift Valley ahead of the Commonwealth Games later this year.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Mar 14
The Tanzania Commission for Universities has launched a novel initiative dubbed the Students Unit Cost Framework aimed at setting guidelines to determine programme costs and tuition fees for higher learning institutions.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Mar 14
Cervical cancer is reported to be the second most common type of cancer among women worldwide. It is the leading cause of cancer related deaths among women in Tanzania particularly among those aged 14 to 44 years.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Mar 14
Tanzania's Child Act (LCA) 2009 Section (11) states: ‘A child shall have a right of opinion and no person shall deprive a child capable of forming views the right to express an opinion, to be listened to and to participate in decisions which affect his/her well-being’.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Mar 14
Before the onset of computers and information technology generally, people depended solely on books to get not only knowledge, but entertainment as well. Books were highly valued and bookshops in the country did roaring business.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Mar 14
Tanzania which comprises more than l20 tribes, hosts a rich mix of traditions and cultures that it holds in great pride as a nation. Sadly in that mix is a tradition that it has had to fight instead of promoting because of its serious negative impact on women and children.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Mar 14
Ever since the change of guard at the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) in October last year, the national soccer governing body has left many sports lovers puzzled given the high speed with which it has made decisions and taken measures within such a relatively short period.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 9th Mar 14
The Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) has already named a provisional squad of 28 athletes meant to represent the country at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. It is the right time for sports associations, the government and TOC to make sure that they prepare a winning team which can be counted upon to stand a good chance of earning medals in the glamorous event.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Mar 14
An animated debate could be gleaned at midmorning in the Constituent Assembly rule-making seminar chaired by House of Representative Speaker Pandu Ameir Kificho, as CA members were raising on the floor alterations proposals they have presented to the technical committee on the issues, chaired by Prof Costa Mahalu.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Mar 14
Anyone monitoring discussions in gender-conscious forums around the country today will not fail to notice how organisers go out of their way to ensure that the delicate balance is maintained.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Mar 14
African cassava mosaic virus (ACMV), East African cassava mosaic virus (EACMV), and South African cassava mosaic virus (SACMV) are distinct species of circular single stranded DNA viruses that are transmitted by the whitefly and primarily infect cassava plants.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Mar 14
All is well when one is healthy and has a source of income, be they a wealthy CEO enjoying the luxuries that money can buy or a street vendor making due a day at time. However, all it takes is a slip in the shower that causes the wealthy CEO a head concussion or malaria attacking the street vendor, rendering both bed-ridden for weeks on end.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Mar 14
No matter what happens during the return leg tie of the CAF Champions league between holders Al Ahly of Egypt and Tanzania’s Young Africans (Yanga), the latter deserve plaudits for posting a home soil win at the weekend.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Mar 14
Today the international community inaugurates World Wildlife Day, which the United Nations calls an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 2nd Mar 14
The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa has declared that the government intends to clear all debts it owes to teachers during this financial year, an announcement that cannot be said to have been too soon.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Mar 14
The events unfolding in Dodoma where members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) are meeting to deliberate on the second Draft Constitution, by all standards, indicate a bad start and could, perhaps, signal a sad ending to the entire review process.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Feb 14
Child malnutrition is a problem that has faced many Tanzanian families for very long, but in some cases absolutely needlessly. For, it is a fact that families can get around this problem simply by ensuring their children get readily available nutritious food – which does not necessarily mean something ordinary people cannot afford.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Feb 14
The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) on Tuesday named 101 media practitioners – 46 from newspapers, 39 from radio stations and 16 from TV stations – to vie for special mention in 19 categories of the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT).
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Feb 14
Unemployment among the youth is a problem that has been facing virtually all countries, and Tanzania is not an exception. The problem has been getting worse each passing day, with seemingly no clear solution in sight.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Feb 14
Tanzania boasts a number of ports, on which most of its export and import trade heavily depends. It is also noteworthy that these same ports are also used by neighbouring landlocked countries in the Eastern and Central African region.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 23rd Feb 14
Stakeholders were in a muted discussion of this year’s Form IV results, after fireworks that have usually greeted the publication of primary school results as well as National Form IV and occasionally, as in the past year, National Form VI results.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Feb 14
On the surface, everyone would love to write them down as tribal feuds pitting sedentary farmers and itinerant Maasai pastoralists, but the killing fields of Kiteto are deeply entrenched economically.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Feb 14
Someone once quipped that there are so many people dealing with life that no one knows the extent of another’s struggle. He added, philosophically: “We are all human. We are going to complain, get discouraged, feel disappointed.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Feb 14
The government through the National Development Corporation (NDC) is proceeding with the development of the controversial Engaruka basin soda ash project despite complaints from residents in the area that they were not involved in the matter.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Feb 14
In recent times Tanzanians have seen the cost of life rising, with people wondering whether it will ever go down. The trend is commonly attributed to increases in fuel prices on the world market.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Feb 14
Does the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewarage Corporation (Dawasco) really know its customers? Does it know them well enough to wonder how they are coping in the struggle to get the life-giving liquid at these times of erratic supplies? We say so aware that all public utilities, Dawasco included, have service charters which require them to serve their customers as efficiently as possible.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Feb 14
It may be dismissed as unconventional or old-fashioned thinking, but the fact remains that hiring full-time national team soccer coaches can prove needlessly expensive. Regardless of the extent to which we are obsessed with relative to other sports or games, it is pure madness retaining a fully (and highly) paid coach for each of the 12 months for the entire duration of the contract.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 16th Feb 14
President Jakaya Kikwete was quite candid before a concerned international audience in providing pieces of data that shows how much the government is striving to combat poaching and why it is probably constrained at a legal and political front to doing much more.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Feb 14
More probing news on Tanzania’s recent actions in a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ to help restore peace in the Congo, namely South Africa and Malawi, are still being beamed from Kigali, liberally mixing fact and fiction, apparently playing to the gallery of a home audience, wishing to believe that Rwanda was a victim in the issue.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Feb 14
No doubt, the wish of most Tanzanians is for the government to take appropriate actions to create an enabling environment for smooth business operations in the country. These include not only instituting tax measures that are rational, but also those which make compliance easy.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Feb 14
The Lands, Housing and Human Settlements ministry has immense explanation to do, in a way just as local government authorities. It revolves around the recent trend that has seen some district councils vigorously advertise what were said to be huge numbers of plots awaiting transformation into residences and industrial or commercial premises.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Feb 14
At least on the economic front, tourism has stood as an asset for Tanzania for decades, earning the country foreign exchange essential for the country’s development. Industry insiders say close to one million tourists visit the country each year, and the number could swell if improvements were made to infrastructure such as roads, airports and hotels.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 9th Feb 14
Names of individuals making it to the Constituent Assembly, a special Parliament in itself for the promulgation of a draft constitution to be placed before the wider electorate in a referendum, were released late Friday by the State House Directorate of Communications.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Feb 14
A sigh of relief has enveloped broad sections of the society, especially in the habitually violent Tarime district, otherwise known as the Tarime Special Police Region, with the arrest of a prime suspect of the serial killings in the area in the past few weeks.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Feb 14
Three United Arab Emirates (UAE) based commercial banks are attempting to recover 30bn/- from some 700 Tanzanians who borrowed the money and three years down the road, are nowhere to be found.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Feb 14
Shelter is one of the most basic requirements for human beings to lead decent lives, the others being food and clothing, not necessarily in that order of importance. In fact, it is sometimes easier for one to get a job than a place to call a home, where one’s body and soul can have a rest.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Feb 14
Chess grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Garry Kimovich Kasparov who infamously beat IBM’s super computer, Deep Blue (’96); capable of examining 200 million moves per second or 50 billion positions in three minutes, is in Tanzania.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Feb 14
Our country – more precisely, the government – has always vowed to wage war on three enemies: poverty, ignorance, illiteracy and disease. It is hard to say which was the most or least critical.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Feb 14
Proffessional boxing bodies in Tanzania are deeply concerned over failure to land reliable sponsorship for the sport. In particular, high-ranking representatives of these bodies are expressing dismay over the way sponsors have been rushing into backing soccer and other games while shunning boxing.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 2nd Feb 14
For the past three years Zanzibaris and Tanzanians in general have witnessed the occurrence of abnormal incidents in the Isles whereby unknown people have targeted certain individuals either with firearms or acid.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Feb 14
Water Deputy Minister Amos Makalla is raising dust on a round trip in the water corporation offices of the city of Dar es Salaam, from DAWASCO the operating corporation often called a company, and DAWASA, the controlling parastatal that presumably acts as a regulator, in a field where its operational wing, DAWASCO is the only entity to ‘regulate.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Jan 14
When the great African leaders founded the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on October 24, l963, they had a vision for a broader organisation, the United States of Africa (USA), like that with a similar abbreviation, the United States of America.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Jan 14
Tanzania is famous for its rich variety of wildlife found in its more than a dozen national parks and game reserves. These are scattered in various parts of the country, but the famous ones are a handful.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Jan 14
What is commonly referred to as gender-based violence has been a fact of life in many ethnic communities since time immemorial. It cuts across a wide range of civilisations and therefore there is scarcely any more need to define it further by elaborating on what it comprises, the avalanche of criticism it has always come under and why it lives on to this day despite all these odds.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Jan 14
Most of our top flight soccer clubs and their fans are positive about the use of electronic tickets at stadiums across mainland Tanzania, but the system calls for vigilance and constant review if it is to bear the fruit many expect.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 26th Jan 14
Works Minister John Magufuli and his closest aides worked overnight from Thursday to midmorning on Friday to get to repair a road stretch connecting the municipalities of Morogoro and Dodoma, in which case being a lifeline for the economy as a whole.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Jan 14
Several African countries are examining their regulations on the use of Japanese vehicle of the brand Noah, of the Toyota giant manufacturer, a relatively cheap vehicle meant for family use as a spacious saloon car.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Jan 14
Ordinary residents of Dar es Salaam and indeed anybody who knows anything about the state of water supply in most parts of the city and its environs will swear that the sooner action is taken to end – not ease – the misery and chaos it has translated into, the better.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Jan 14
In these times of ours, identity cards have become essential to people of the world, for they differentiate who is a bona fide citizen and who is not. Through IDs, authorities can know their citizens so that when it comes to fulfilling national obligations, like paying tax, supplying necessities in times of famine or disasters or doing community work in an area, they can identify who is their own and who is not.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Jan 14
It is only three days since President Jakaya Kikwete announced eagerly awaited changes in his Cabinet line-up, which was chiefly prompted by last month’s resignation of some ministers.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Jan 14
A popular saying implores people of means to empower the poor to stand on their own feet and therefore become as self-sufficient as humanly possible instead of endlessly feeding them on alms.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Jan 14
The Queen’s Baton – the Commonwealth Games symbol equivalent of the Olympic Games torch – is expected to leave Tanzanian soil today after ending a three-day “visit” to the Mainland and Zanzibar.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 19th Jan 14
Events unfolding in the northwestern municipality of Bukoba over the past few days shook stakeholders in local governments all over the country, as the Mayor of Bukoba, Dr Anatoly Amani was forced to resign over a series of faulty contracts and tenders.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Jan 14
We read in one of the newspapers on Thursday that the Central Committee of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), at its meeting held in Zanzibar end of last week questioned former prime minister Salim Ahmed Salim over his failure to defend the party’s stand with regard to the government structure that Tanzania should embrace in the envisaged new constitution.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Jan 14
The Tanzania Meteorological Agency earlier this week warned about the possibility of parts of the country experiencing unusually rough from Tuesday through Thursday. As usual, it stressed the need for people to take “necessary precautions”, saying there could be fierce winds, massive waves and heavy rain, all of which could spell disaster.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Jan 14
Every so often the government has been forced to take care of people whose houses have been swept by fierce floods, during heavy rains or feed those whose food crop dies due to drought.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Jan 14
Chemicals can prove of invaluable use to humankind if well use, a ready example being in the manufacture of products like medicines. Unfortunately, there have been numerous incidents clearly pointing to blatant misuse chemicals, cases in point including the sporadic acid attacks targeting unsuspecting and largely innocent people witnessed in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar up to several months ago.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Jan 14
As the East and Central Africa Junior Tennis Championships continue on our very own home soil – at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club – we take this opportunity to wish our representatives all the best.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 12th Jan 14
A measure of hope was being raised by the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, in relation to what the government can do to tackle the danger of total extinction of elephants, on the basis of news summaries of the press conference the deputy minister gave on Friday.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Jan 14
In recent years, incidents of kidnapping and torture of individuals have been taking centre stage in the country, but more so in the city of Dar es Salaam where little or no effort seems to be done to contain them.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Jan 14
Shortage of water in parts of Dar es Salaam and its environs has become a fact of life for so long now that many are wondering whether the situation will ever improve. The Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) once said the completion of repairs on the Upper Ruvu water plant would work miracles, but the situation on the ground is worlds different.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Jan 14
The other day we read of plans by the Dar es Salaam City Council to turn itself into a tourist destination, instead of just being a transit point into the more established attractions.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Jan 14
The flooding of the market with all manner of fake, substandard and expired goods is one of the most crucial problems facing Tanzania today. The shoddiness is nauseatingly pervasive and few sectors are spared.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Jan 14
Nine regions took part in the just-ended national netball tournament at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, with Temeke emerged winners. The national netball association had a hard time find the financial and other resources that were needed to make the championship materialise – and therefore surely deserves heartfelt commendation even fort the mere fact that the event was held.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 5th Jan 14
Our good power utility firm, Tanesco, is quite adept at pleading poverty every time the staff wants more pay. They simply pass on the bill to the consumer, even when the power doesn’t flow into their homes.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Jan 14
When the founding fathers of this beautiful country struggled to build the nation, equal access to quality education was top on agenda. It was during this period when a child from the furthest south would be posted to the furthest north to acquire education.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Jan 14
Water is life; that’s for sure, as availability of the precious liquid is behind humankind’s very existence, development and civilisation. No one can survive needs without water, which is why it is of fundamental importance for the liquid to be made available at a cost as affordable as possible and on a basis as reliable and sustainable as practicable.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Jan 14
The just-ended year witnessed a lot of goings-on. But most of that is water under the bridge now, and life goes on. However, this should not mean that we repeat whatever we did wrong or refuse to learn from our mistakes! As English musician Dan Pearce would say: “Our greatest mistakes, if we look at them, and digest them, and interact with them, and learn from them… they can be the greatest moments of our lives.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Jan 14
When the Constitutional Review Commission presented the second draft of the envisaged new constitution for Tanzania on Monday, it was passing on the relay baton in a race meant to culminate in the birth of the country’s first truly homegrown mother law.