War against drugs: Who to bell the cat?
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 | 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 | 6th Mar 15
The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA this week further lowered prices of petroleum products by 116/- for petrol, 145/- for diesel and 134/- for kerosene per litre.
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 | 10th Feb 15
Education, can be described as a process of training and instruction, especially with respect to children and young people in schools and colleges, designed to impart knowledge and develop skills.
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.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Feb 15
Members of Parliament (MPs) blasted the government on Thursday for contributing to the decline of the quality of education in the country as they were deliberating on a report presented by the Standing Committee on Social Services.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Feb 15
Today is the International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. It is a United Nations campaign held on every February 6 to stop genital mutilation on girls and women since the UN first officially commemorated it in 2003.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Feb 15
Tanzania’s Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) is the only specialist cancer treatment centre in the country at the moment. Nearly 4,000 new patients go there every year and is desperately trying to cope with the influx of patients in need of treatment.
THE GUARDIAN | 4th Feb 15
Land is perhaps the most vital asset for one to possess in this country and elsewhere, for a lot of investments depend on its availability. For instance, for a village to build school, health centre or any structure, it has to find a plot where to construct it.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Feb 15
Cotton remains the country's largest forex earner after coffee and therefore it is no wonder that the country through the Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB), last year awarded a seven-year exclusive contract to Quton Tanzania Limited to develop a certified multiplication scheme of local varieties of cotton produced by government research institutes.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Feb 15
Failure to excel has become an integral part of the scripts of every sports category across Tanzania, as if there are no athletes to represent the country at international platforms.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 1st Feb 15
Reports from the meeting of Heads of State of the African Union at its Addis Ababa seat have indicated that there is a concerted effort to bring together a united force from among member countries, especially Nigeria and its immediate neighbours to confront the ravaging forces of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Jan 15
Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday raised concern in Dodoma over the growing impunity for public leaders and civil servants implicated in theft and misappropriation of public funds.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Jan 15
Elsewhere in the world, particularly in developed countries couples (expectant mothers and the fathers-to-be) attend prenatal clinic sessions to learn the basics of delivery and early childhood, what to expect and how to respond.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Jan 15
A public notice by the Dar es Salaam-based Institute of Finance Management now running in a section of the Tanzanian media talks of plans which, if implemented as fully as intended, should make a world of difference in the way the country’s public service operates.
THE GUARDIAN | 28th Jan 15
That climate change has affected many parts of the world is undisputable, and Tanzania is not an exception. For, largely because of climate change there has been less rain which has mostly been unpredictable.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Jan 15
Research conducted by this paper on Wednesday on the way health services are dispensed at the Dodoma Referral Hospital has revealed astonishing outcomes. It has been established that nurses in the regional health facility have the tendency to solicit bribes from patients coming for services.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Jan 15
It has been over a decade now since Tanzanian clubs made strong impression in the Confederation of African Football leagues. Two of our representatives in the continental championships, the Champions League and Confederation Cup, Azam FC and Young Africans, respectively are lined up for the preliminary rounds mid next month.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 25th Jan 15
There is every indicator that the referendum process set for April 30 this year will not meet the required standards and possibly it won’t amuse development partners who have been financially supporting this county.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Jan 15
South Sudan - the youngest nation in Africa - took a big step towards peace and national reconciliation on Wednesday by signing a peace accord that is intended to end hostilities between the warring factions of a hitherto united nationalist movement in the oil rich state.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Jan 15
Female genital mutilation (FGM) continues unabated in Tanzania. It is time now the Parliament enacted a law making the practice illegal. The ritual, normally held in many regions in the country, Mara Region , in particular, involves cutting off of a girl's clitoris as a rite of passage.
THE GUARDIAN | 21st Jan 15
It is estimated that Tanzania’s population was 50,757,459 by October last year. Of this figure women are a bit more than their male counterparts. Yet when young people as a whole are taken into account their number and that of women make a very important segment of the Tanzania population.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Jan 15
As Tanzania strives for economic recovery, a key focus area must be a transformation of the manufacturing sector. Innumerable and diverse measures and actions are a prerequisite for any substantive economic recovery, policies in respect of the agricultural, mining, commercial, tourism, financial and services sectors.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Jan 15
If Tanzania’s long-running failure to win a FIFA World Cup berth has been solely due to financial constraints, this time the hurdle has been cleared. Should the recent FIFA donation to the tune of over 1.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 18th Jan 15
This week the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) through its prosecutors began taking to court individuals believed to have dishonestly received money from Tegeta Escrow Account.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Jan 15
For years now Dar es Salaam region and its environs has been facing acute shortage of water with no end in sight despite numerous promises by the government. The government has at different occasions bragged that come 2015 water shortage in Dar es Salaam city and its surroundings will be history, thanks to multiple water projects the government promised that it would implement.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Jan 15
A new education policy is around the corner. On Wednesday the government announced the introduction of a new education policy after years of sifting and sorting on matters concerning suitable education policy for Tanzania.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Jan 15
In yesterday’s issue of this paper, Finance deputy minister Mwigulu Nchemba underscored the need for the government to prosecute public officials involved in corruption and confiscate their property.
THE GUARDIAN | 14th Jan 15
If ever there was a time when Tanzanians needed peace and harmony most, this year is it. This is because the country is expected to hold yet another General Election – in October – in circumstances that are unique in more senses than one.
THE GUARDIAN | 13th Jan 15
Meat retail business in some parts of Tanzania is experiencing a number of challenges, with both butchers and consumers expressing dissatisfaction with the way things are going. For instance, some meat consumers in Dar es Salaam believe they are systematically cheated by butchers through the use of rigged weighing scales, paying the price of a kilogramme of meat but ending up being ripped off as they walk home with a lighter “load”.
THE GUARDIAN | 12th Jan 15
Tanzania will attempt again to make its presence felt in continental soccer tournaments this year, with two teams competing in the CAF Champions League and as many in the Confederation Cup.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 11th Jan 15
Intermittent feelings that local governments (specifically the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Governments) are not the right public agencies to oversee the welfare of teachers and the profession as a whole in the country were beefed up in an auspicious event on Friday.
THE GUARDIAN | 10th Jan 15
Late October this year eligible Tanzanian voters will participate in the country’s fifth multiparty general elections by electing the new president, members of Parliament (MPs) and ward councilors.
THE GUARDIAN | 9th Jan 15
More than 200 farmers in Gairo District, Morogoro Region are reportedly up in arms against National Food Reserve Agency which has yet to pay them for the maize they have sold. The farmers are threatening to take the law into their hands by breaking the maize warehouse and taking back their maize if their money is not paid timely.
THE GUARDIAN | 8th Jan 15
For a number of years now Tanzania has been infamous for the killing of people with albinism. This problem has mostly taken root in the Lake zone regions of Mwanza, Geita, Shinyanga and Mara.
THE GUARDIAN | 7th Jan 15
For years, malnutrition among children under five years of age has been rampant in many parts of Tanzania, especially in low and medium income families and mostly in rural areas despite efforts by key players including the government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as well as Non-Governmental Organisations.
THE GUARDIAN | 6th Jan 15
On Sunday Water deputy minister Amos Makalla ordered the transfer of two Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (DAWASCO) sub-division managers with immediate effect over allegations of abuse of office and embezzlement of public funds.
THE GUARDIAN | 5th Jan 15
Volleyball stakeholders in Tanzania should open this season in an impressive fashion, as the country is scheduled to host the Africa Zone Five Beach Volleyball Championship early next month.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 4th Jan 15
Various neighbourhoods in the city of Dar es Salaam, those fairly close to the central business districts, were victims of a massive rampage of the ‘panya road’ marauders, a loose brotherhood of petty criminals who find unity in strength, wielding machetes and terrorizing whole streets.
THE GUARDIAN | 3rd Jan 15
Positive reports have been gleaned from interim reports of the National Elections Commission (NEC) on the manner in which it is gearing up for nationwide biometric voter registration, with a rather congested voting calendar this year.
THE GUARDIAN | 2nd Jan 15
The order by Transport Minister Dr Harrison Mwakyembe on Tuesday to arrest six Tanzania Railway Limited (TRL) ticket examiners over fraud allegations is a laudable move but has also to snoop on its leadership who the ordinary workers have alleged are also involved in sabotaging the coffers of the railway firm.
THE GUARDIAN | 1st Jan 15
We have just entered a new year, 2015, and it is understandable if we should be anxious – or eager – to see what is in store for us in our individual capacities as well as for our families, immediate communities, nation and the larger world.
THE GUARDIAN | 31st Dec 14
Marine transport is a major means of travel for millions of people living in, or moving around, the Lake Victoria zone regions. Most have for decades heavily depended on MV Victoria, a Tanzanian passenger ship that also used to call at Kenyan and Ugandan ports in the heyday of the first-phase East African Community that collapsed in 1977.
THE GUARDIAN | 30th Dec 14
In November and December Tanzania normally experiences short rains, with the long and much heavier ones falling from around March. However, owing in part to climatic changes, there were little rains last month in some parts of the country.
THE GUARDIAN | 29th Dec 14
As the world bids the 2014 sporting year farewell, sports enthusiasts must critically reflect on what was largely a season with more disappointments than achievements. Arguably the biggest disappointment Tanzania witnessed is the failure to win medals in the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 28th Dec 14
Twin features in rising cash crimes in the country call for thought, and no authorities have any ready answers for the malady, first being false cards inserted into automatic teller machines (ATM) and defrauding clients, and finally banks which have to reimburse the stolen cash, of millions of shillings virtually each passing day.
THE GUARDIAN | 27th Dec 14
Religious leaders on Thursday came out in unison calling upon authorities to throw their weight into fully waging war against corruption. As they delivered Christmas sermons to their congregations the clerics called on President Jakaya Kikwete to be ‘bolder’ and observe the law in dealing with officials bent on violating leadership ethics.
THE GUARDIAN | 26th Dec 14
The festive season has just set in, yet again, and it is everybody’s wish and prayer that it will be without event and all of us will usher in the New Year in one piece. Whatever we do or plan to do during the period, we must what most we can to uphold the spirit of peace, solidarity and kindness and therefore enter the New Year with a positive attitude.
THE GUARDIAN | 25th Dec 14
Christmas Day is here yet again - and it will be prayers for peace and love followed mostly by family reunions in many parts of the world. New decorations will emerge in urban streets and many houses will be adorned festive lights to match, as children eagerly wait for presents from their parents and other loved ones.
THE GUARDIAN | 24th Dec 14
President Jakaya Kikwete on Monday gave his eagerly awaited stand on the Tegeta escrow account scandal that saw the misappropriation of billions of shillings involving, among others, high-ranking public officials who either personally benefited through hefty payments or facilitated the dubious transactions.
THE GUARDIAN | 23rd Dec 14
Whenever there are scandals such as misappropriation of public funds, poor performance by state-run institutions or mishandling of development projects, there are always calls for accountability by leaders.
THE GUARDIAN | 22nd Dec 14
Efforts by the Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT) to develop amateur boxing received a momentous boost early this week when a mobile telephone company handed over to the body a well-equipped modern boxing ring.
GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY | 21st Dec 14
Many African countries have in the past year been celebrating surreptitious economic growth in their statistical reference manuals and official economic propaganda after rebasing that is, adopting a more recent base year in projecting and evaluating growth presently and recently.
THE GUARDIAN | 20th Dec 14
Last Sunday eligible Tanzanian voters took part in local government elections to elect civic leaders, close to ten months before the general elections slated for this coming year. They were elections that everyone thought would be smoothly held, considering the fact that it has been known for several months that the polls would be held this month.
THE GUARDIAN | 19th Dec 14
For a country to have abundant reserves of oil but run without big enough numbers of the right personnel to serve the industry would be, at best, terribly risky. Earlier this week the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) proudly announced, perhaps understandably, that the country is likely to stumble on abundant oil reserves soon following completion of the first stage of the survey in Lake Tanganyika waters.
THE GUARDIAN | 18th Dec 14
Only years ago, Tanzania was critically short of public secondary schools. In fact, in some districts in upcountry regions there were no more than two secondary schools. In most of these schools there was a serious shortage of teachers as well as basic needs such as classrooms, equipment and facilities like science laboratories, lab apparatus and libraries adequately stocked with the relevant books and other publications or material.
THE GUARDIAN | 17th Dec 14
It is still widely suggested that agriculture is the backbone of Tanzania’s economy, even as more than 70 per cent of the population depends on the sector chiefly for survival and little else.
THE GUARDIAN | 16th Dec 14
It is undisputable that in democratic states, elections are the core ingredients of their existence, unlike in countries following the autocratic rule. Tanzania, that before independence followed the colonial British type of multi-party democracy, adopted single party rule for decades since independence in 1961.
THE GUARDIAN | 15th Dec 14
Darts is one of sports disciplines that have lately made encouraging progress, thanks to stakeholders’ diligence in promoting it. The game’s followers have been busy soliciting support to ensure competitions were organised on regular basis both at the club and national levels, and the efforts are slowly but surely paying off.