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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.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Feb 14
Many years has passed since Tanzania qualified for the Africa Nations Cup. That is the sad truth, but our national soccer team – Taifa Stars – couldn’t have performed miracles overnight.
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 | 29th Jan 14
Two days ago Minister of Labour and Employment Gaudentia Kabaka announced the ban of private recruitment agencies from ‘employing’ workers, following complaints by workers trapped in the scam.
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 | 17th Jan 14
The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) unveiled its pay-or-lose power campaign two days ago, saying government institutions alone owed it 129bn/- out of the staggering 233bn/- in debt by the end of last year.
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.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Dec 13
It was in the 1960s that Canadian-born and US-trained political scientist David Easton coined the theory that came to be known as the system analysis. He did so while having one thing in mind: that it would serve some useful purpose in any political system if left to work without being interfered with or being interrupted as people sought shortcuts.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Dec 13
The year ending tomorrow saw Tanzania score average marks in sports relative to most previous years, with overall performance in both competitive and friendly encounters by national and club teams not having much to write home about.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 29th Dec 13
For decades now Tanzania has been fighting against poachers to protect its endangered animal species such as rhinos and elephants. Several such operations have been conducted before in attempt to flush out poachers from national parks and game reserves.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Dec 13
Two months ago or so, the leadership of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi came out in public to claim that some of its members appointed by President Jakaya Kikwete to the ministerial posts have turned out to be a burden.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Dec 13
It is the season of goodwill and the messages coming from houses of prayers and neighbourhoods are about peace, forgiveness and care for those in want. In a word they are all calling for a better world.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Dec 13
It would be most rash, even cynical, to suggest that all development plans and all measures aimed at forestalling danger or mitigating the impact of disasters don’t count for anything.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Dec 13
Every human being on mother earth must die one day, but when this will happen is God’s secret. And from time immemorial the death of a family member has meant great sorrow for those who remain behind.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Dec 13
Countries across the globe are experiencing severe shortage of employment opportunities, mainly spurred by the global economic crisis of recent years. As we now live in the aftermath of financial turmoil, the nightmare of unemployment hasn’t worn off.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Dec 13
Revamping and modernising our agriculture by engaging higher levels of mechanisation, greater use of better seeds and other inputs as well as lending a keener ear to extension staff doubtless pays.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 22nd Dec 13
Two days ago, President Jakaya Kikwete sacked four ministers whose portfolios were put on the spotlight for gross human rights abuses by government officials during implementation of an exercise dubbed “Operation Tokomeza.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Dec 13
MPs on both sides of the divide -- from the ruling party and the opposition alike -- were yesterday calling for the government as a whole to take responsibility for what was described as gross infringements of human rights in various areas in the course of implementation of Operation Tokomeza.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Dec 13
Tanzania has registered noticeable progress in developing various sectors in recent decades, particularly with respect to transport and communications. For instance, while it once took up to six hours to travel by bus on a dusty road from Morogoro to Dar es Salaam, it now takes a mere three hours – and it is even shorter by car.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Dec 13
Every time there is occasion to discuss Mwalimu’s legacy at intellectual seminars, political rallies, etc., all manner of experts and gurus compete in elaborating on – often to deafening applause from the floor – what most would describe as the matchless virtues of the inimitable ‘Teacher’.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Dec 13
The World Bank is convinced that private markets drive economic growth, in part by supporting initiatives and investment to create productive jobs and raise incomes. It cites trade as another driver of economic growth in that it integrates developing countries into the global economy and generates benefits for countries and nations.
NIPASHE | 18th Dec 13
Zimebaki siku chache tu kabla ya kuwadia kwa sikukuu ya Krismasi inayoadhimishwa Desemba 25 ya kila mwaka ambapo Wakristo wote duniani husherehekea siku ya kuzaliwa kwa Yesu Kristo.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Dec 13
Unemployment is an issue countries across the globe contend with, though with varying degrees of seriousness, largely depending on the magnitude of the problem. Those most prone to unemployment, both overt and disguised, are young men and women who have freshly completed their education or training.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Dec 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.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 15th Dec 13
Authorities in the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives need to start an information drive, or at least begin talking earnestly, about the global accord reached in the past two weeks at a plenary session of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Dec 13
Members of Parliament from the ruling party and ‘guest’ ruling party associates from opposition parties, distantly orchestrated by CCM secretary general Abdulrahman Kinana, have been urging not just the resignation of several cabinet ministers but were lately seeking the removal of Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Dec 13
The fact that clean and safe water is of fundamental importance to human beings cannot be overemphasized. However, access to enough supplies of the precious liquid remains a remote dream for millions of Tanzanians.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Dec 13
Population size takes, or ought to take, centre stage in budgeting from the family or household level right up to the national one. This can lead to very tricky circumstances – one being indulging in highly risky methods of dealing with unwanted pregnancies –as efforts are made to strike some form of balance between the number of people in a family, community, etc.
THE GUARDIAN | 11th Dec 13
It's almost a cliché to say that the way children grow much depends on how their health is cared for from the time they leave the womb, chiefly on the type of food they are given.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Dec 13
The Institute of Adult Education’s 49th graduation, held in Dar es Salaam last week, lost most of the lustre following revelations that at least 6 million adults in the country can neither read nor write.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Dec 13
Tanzania Football Federation President Jamal Malinzi recently disclosed that Tanzania will seek to host the Confederation of African Football youth championship lined up for 2019. He added that, as one way of making sure that the country’s junior team performs well in the tournament, plans to form a national Under-12 outfit were already well in progress.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 8th Dec 13
The human species is well known for misusing its immense powers. In fact, humans have a propensity to eat beyond their means and for misusing their reproductive organs for pleasure; none of the other animals mate unless the female partner is ‘on heat’ and ready to conceive.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Dec 13
Our farewell to Nelson Mandela must not be final - we must refuse to say goodbye to his example, his ideals, and the dream we share with him. In truth, we've said goodbye to Nelson Mandela many times before.
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.
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.