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28May 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
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TCU Senior Admissions Officer Dr. Fabian Mahungu said this yesterday in Dar es Salaam when opening a two-day India University Exhibition in the city. He said the exhibition was an opportunity for...

Labour minister Jenista Muhagama.

28May 2017
James Lanka
Guardian On Sunday
Addressing members of the Tanzania Association of Managers and Owners of Non-Government Schools and Colleges (TAMONGSCO), WCF Board of Trustees member Joshua Matiko told participants to a workshop on...
28May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
He said plans were underway to launch a promotion campaign in Asian countries to tap more visitors. “Our marketing campaign will target China, India, Indonesia and other emerging economies in a...

Mau Forest.

28May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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The Ogiek were entitled to live on their ancestral land and the government should not have tried to evict them, a pan-African court ruled. Campaigners hailed the ruling as a huge victory for...

Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage .

28May 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage made the remarks in yesterday in Dar es Salaam when opening a Builder’s Centre which is operated by China National Building Material Group...
28May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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Low-dose aspirin inhibits the abnormal production of two particular proteins associated with the condition, researchers at The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, have discovered in the...

PRESIDENT John Magufuli.

28May 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Magufuli said on Wednesday this week after receiving a report on the exports of gold and copper concentrates by Acacia Mining Plc, Tanzania's biggest mining company, that the country was subject to...
27May 2017
Editor
Guardian On Sunday
He said that half of the charcoal produced countrywide is used up in Dar es Salaam, while a big portion is exported  to neighbouring countries, and even as far away as Oman.All that is...

As the uproar continues over gender-based violence in the country civil society organisations have raised concerns over an apparent reduction in funding for sexual offences courts. Government has responded by saying the funding worries are misguided. By GREG NICOLSON.
Civil society organisations have raised concern over the future of sexual offences courts after Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffrey mentioned a cheaper and less-resourced model to fund the courts which have been hailed as crucial for providing support to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
Cases of violence against women have dominated news in the last week and several political leaders have called for action to prevent attacks and provide support and justice for those affected. Any reduction in resources for sexual offences courts, which were scrapped around 2008 but reintroduced in 2014 on the recommendation of a government task team, could set the fight against GBV back.
“Any plan to reduce the resources to sexual offences courts fundamentally erodes and undermines the whole idea of bringing them back in the first place,” said Sanja Bornman of Lawyers for Human Rights' gender equality programme.
“A decision was made to reintroduce these courts based on the appropriate model recommended in the task team report. Civil society backed the idea and the law was passed for this to happen. It would be unacceptable for the state to now go half-way on implementation.”
Kathleen Dey, national director of Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust said civil society was not consulted on the new costing model and any plan to reduce resources devoted to the courts would go against the task team’s recommendations. “The recommended resources are all there for very specific reasons, directly linked to the needs of victims and improved conviction rates.”
The courts are designed to provide specific care in the handling of sexual violence cases. They are staffed by prosecutors, magistrates, social workers, investigating officers and healthcare workers trained to handle such cases and are located near Thuthuzela Care Centres, facilities lauded as crucial in combatting sexual violence.
Jeffrey was quoted as saying his “department finalised its partnership with Unicef to develop a less resourced and less costly sexual offences courts model.” On Friday, the deputy minister said the reaction from the civil society organisations was overblown and perhaps his comments were misunderstood.
He said the justice department has not entered into an agreement with Unicef on a funding model but has agreed to develop one.
Jeffrey said he would not have been proud to announce a funding cut. He said his critics could have got clarity before releasing their statement. The department planned to revamp 57 sexual offences courts in three years, he said, and it exceeded its goal by one court. Phase two of the plan includes revamping 106 courts over the next 10 years. That plan hasn’t changed, he said.
“This is primarily about the other courts not covered in phase two,” he said of the Unicef agreement. Jeffrey explained that the department and Unicef are looking into how to establish courts in areas with low numbers of sexual offence cases. Those courts would potentially operate on the low-cost model.
Marike Keller, from Sonke Gender Justice, said sexual offences courts provide a crucial service. “They’ve been very effective,” she said on Friday. They offer psycho-social support to reduce victims’ secondary trauma.
She said the courts lower the chances of victims withdrawing cases and they lead to increased convictions. Any reduction in support for the courts could see an accompanying reduction in sexual violence cases laid and a lack of psycho-social support for victims.
Concern over funding for the courts has come as brutal killings and rapes have highlighted the country’s GBV crisis. On Friday, speaking at the funeral of Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend recently, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini was quoted by News24 as saying: “This must be a lesson to all of us. Stop politicising issues that affect us on a daily basis because we’re misleading children.” She continued, “Men, this must come to an end.”
The ANC this week called on the police to charge perpetrators of violence against women and society to stand up against the scourge. “Society has a responsibility to ensure that the most vulnerable amongst us are protected at all times,” said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa. “We call on men in particular to reject and actively organise against this scourge which robs us of our mothers, our sisters; our nation’s pride.”
The DA has requested the National Assembly to hold a debate of national importance on violence against women. The EFF called for a national day of action against patriarchal violence.
Government has been criticised for failing to take necessary steps to tackle GBV. Professionals working in the sector have called on the state to introduce a national strategic plan to confront gender-based violence and to up-scale programmes that have been shown to work on both prevention and response issues. DM

21May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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As the uproar continues over gender-based violence in the country civil society organisations have raised concerns over an apparent reduction in funding for sexual offences courts. Government has...

Small-scale gold mining in gold rich Ishokelahela village in Mwanza region.

21May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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TANZANIA is endowed with a variety of mineral deposits and is recognized as one of Africa’s most mineral-rich countries.The minerals found in the country can be grouped into five broad...

Chadema opposition party flag-bearer at a campaign rally in the 2015 general election.

21May 2017
Francis Semwaza
Guardian On Sunday
Tanzania’s political climate can be described as one that embodies high levels of complexity making it hard to scientifically explain using any known known parameters.With over two decades of...
21May 2017
Michael Eneza
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NOT many people fully expected the national Under-17soccer team, Serengeti Boys, to put up such an impression at the continental finals in the Gabonese capital of Libreville, on account of being...
21May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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Bukoba District Council (BDC) and Missenyi District dwellers in Kagera region, have urged the government and other development stakeholders to seek markets for the newly introduced nutritional sweet...

Prof.Joyce Ndalichako

14May 2017
Felister Peter
Guardian On Sunday
While the government boasts about supplying over 15.79 million textbooks in primary and secondary schools in the country in fiscal year 2016/17, many of these books have been found with glaring...
14May 2017
Editor
Guardian On Sunday
The two were former Home Affairs minister Charles Kitwanga and former minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Nape Nnauye, the first making a far more controversial statement with an...
14May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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The survivors - two girls and one boy identified as Doreen (13), Sadia (12) and Wilson (12) - are scheduled to land in Sioux City, Iowa, for treatment at Mercy Medical Centre - Sioux City, according...

EUROPEAN Union Ambassador to Tanzania Roeland van de Geer.

14May 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
“A university should assist the country by connecting itself in the programme of development that can help the society because the university has a flexible role to feed the society,” he said. He...
14May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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In this era of globalization, economic uncertainty, terrorism, culture crash, family disintegration, corporate distrust, youth disillusionment, political instability and religious corruption, the...
14May 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Lowassa, who has kept somewhat of a low profile since the outcome of the 2015 general election, warned the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) that one day the tables will turn and it will find itself...
14May 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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Passengers were travelling from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, Tabora, Kigoma, and Mwanza regions when the accident happened in early hours between Mazimbu and Morogoro municipality. “One person was...

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