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One year Magufuli: About the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

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Balance: One year Magufuli

About the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

[November 2016]
November 2015 was a turning point in the history of Tanzania. The special thing was not that the presidential candidate promised to fight corruption but that John Pombe Magufuli,  actually started tackling corruption immediately after being elected After one year, we can draw up the balance. Is Magufuli the same as most of his predecessors by mainly enriching himself and his family and revealing himself as a dictator, just like many other African presidents? Or do we see something that has never been done before and will Tanzania be one of the wealthiest states in Africa within a few years?

Booming Africa

East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, with growth rates of 7 percent and more are undergoing an impressing economic development. Countries like China are looking for resources and space, which they find in Africa and are making enormous investments to grab their chances. Tanzania also is hosting businesses like those of the Dutch flower growers and farmers who are well represented in Tanzania. Here they find the space and cheap labour which is not available in the Netherlands. Tanzania is altogether one of the fastest growing economies in the region. Furthermore, discoveries of oil, gas and minerals such as Helium accord Tanzania a respectable place on the economic map.

Until now, the advantage of resources such as oil, minerals, and foreign investors, not to mention huge amounts of aid funds, was doubtful for countries like Tanzania. A small corrupt upper class acquired a position through efficiently channelling resources into their Swiss bank accounts. The majority of the Tanzanian population stayed behind in their humble huts, far from the paved road, the source of water, electricity and other pleasures of a welfare society. Congo is another example of how "resources" can demolish a country causing millions of victims.

Democracy

In Western eyes the Tanzanian elections in 2015 did not go as they should have. There was hardly any distinction between the party programs. The ruling party (CCM) did successfully "all what God and human rights forbid" to bend the result in its favour and freedom of press was curtailed. It should be taken into account that democracy in Tanzania is still very young. Moreover, democracy became the playing field of the immense corruption, heavily fuelled by all charities, that intervened development with "easy money". So, for Tanzania it seems to be a blessing that finally a strong man is establishing law and order. Let us judge and talk about democracy after 10 years from now, when Magufuli has to give up his second term.

Even for the ruling CCM party it was a surprise that the nominated supposedly grey compromise candidate Magufuli turned out to be a real Robin Hood after being elected. Many prominent politicians might have pulled their hair out of their heads, but soon they had no choice but to endorse the now hugely popular Magufuli. Meanwhile, as many as 96% of the population is supporting Magufuli and his measures.

The opposition after the elections

The opposition, that is mainly concentrated in the urban areas, such as around Arusha, is in a difficult package. Magufuli does mostly what they were initially standing for but in a directive manner, without consulting the opposition and any form of protest is suppressed. It would adorn Magufuli if he would argue and collaborate more with the opposition. A missed opportunity which later may lead to unrest, but, yet has little impact, partly because the Tanzanians in general do anything to avoid conflicts.

So Magufuli makes his nickname as "bulldozer" more than worthwhile. Once decisions are made there is (almost) no turning back, and what he says or thinks is done immediately. Protest is not possible or has little effect. Maybe this might be a good way to change things in a country where issues remain unresolved in long discussions and committees. In these committees, one usually remains friendly to each other, allowing changes to be frustrated mainly due to private interests.

Balance

What we have seen over the past year could be the blueprint for a scenario how to reform a banana republic to a prosperous state. Key words like accountability, competence and fighting corruption come together in Magufuli’s Swahili credo "Hapa Kazi Tu" which means as much as "And Now At Work".

One of the most striking changes is that the measurements are really focusing on saving money from excessive spending and recovering money from fraudsters and that these savings are directly spent to public projects such as the improvement of infrastructure and health care.

Unfortunately, there are also almost inevitable side effects. Press freedom and democracy are under pressure.  Measures sometimes are introduced too fast, frustrating business and opportunities for more income and better education.

Let's make a list of achievements in the various fields:

Fighting corruption

Here we have witnessed various highlights over the past year which revealed various long awaited cases, that surpassed all imagination:

  • More than 16,000 (!) "Ghost workers" and "ghost students with a scholarship" were detected. These were teachers and other officials who were dead since long or who never appeared at work. Or "students" not studying at all. Annually more than $ 32 million went to accounts of people who sometimes had up to 10 different accounts to capture the salaries.
  • Corruption is addressed in the harbour. Highlight was an officer who appeared to own 30 houses of which one full of buckets with cash money. Also, several hundred containers were traced which were imported without paying tax and the respective companies rushed to pay their debts.
  • The infamous "sitting allowance" - a reward for attending a meeting or class - responsible for about 7% of the national budget, was abolished.
  • After the abolition of the sitting allowance, it became known that officials sometimes cashed triple: their salary, their sitting allowance and there income as owners or shareholders of the hotels where the meetings where being held. On average, these ancillary revenues represent more than 50% of the income of officials.
  • Candy Trips of civil servants abroad were abolished.
  • More than 1400 "charities" were removed because they could not prove what they did. These charities were mostly used as a cover for funds from donors or the government that were used for private purposes.
  • Officials and politicians are not allowed to have double jobs that can cause conflicts of interest.
  • Many contracts with the government have been revised because they mostly appeared to serve the private interests of individuals.
  • Civil servants and teachers who do not have sufficient qualifications have been dismissed.
  • More than 34 fraudulent judges, fraudulent directors of the PCCB (Anti-corruption Agency), NIDA (Identification Bureau), the Tanzanian 'telecoms regulator', various city councils and other organizations have been dismissed.
  • Smuggling of gems, tusks and other commodities is actively fought

Economics

  • Several investors and countries such as China chose to invest in Tanzania instead of their neighbours. Tanzania is chosen because its business seems getting better organized. Examples include the oil pipeline from Uganda to the ocean shore at Tanga, which was originally planned in Kenya, and the investment of China in the Tanzanian railways.
  • Substandard goods are refused at the border. A whole oil tanker already returned despite an impending shortage of oil at that time. Previously, the economy suffered from products, mainly from China, of poor quality.
  • It has been found that more than 30% of the Tanzanian capital accounts are abroad.
  • There is a budget made available which directly goes to the villages and towns to improve the infrastructure and economy.
  • Projects for rural energy and water supply have been initiated and / or strengthened.
  • The goal is formulated to transform Tanzania from the current low-income agricultural country to a middle-industrial state in 2020.
  • Donor Independence is elevated as being a target and the current government is less afraid of donors quitting for example because the elections were not fair. Moreover, several major donors such as the United States, returned to their initial withdrawal and have yet pledged large sums.
  • Agricultural land used by investors, who do not perform enough is recovered and distributed to local farmers.
  • There is a path to develop Tanzania’s own industry, for example by making import of second-hand goods more expensive.

Education

  • Free education for primary and secondary schools was set up, which has caused an enormous increase in the number of pupils.
  • Schools are ordered to create enough school desks for all students and have this sorted out.
  • Men who impregnate or marry schoolgirls are sentenced with 30 years of prison. The concerning girls may return, to school, unlike previously.

Health and environment

  • A medical insurance has been established for everyone.
  • Hospitals are encouraged to perform better and budgets of national holidays have been made available for the improvement of facilities.
  • Poaching of elephants for ivory and rhino for horns are seriously addressed.

State Housekeeping

  • The bureaucracy is being reorganized and made more efficient.

Law enforcement

  • An intensive inspection started investigating if employers have contracts for their employees and if hotels fulfil the necessary requirements. Previously, it was enough to pay for licenses and inspectors were willing to pocket money to turn a blind eye.
  • A special court is established, in order to act quickly on corruption and fraud cases.
  • A special telephone number (113) is established where corruption and fraud can be reported.
  • Judges are told to increase their production (number of cases per year) by 150%.
  • Traffic Agents, for years number one on all corruption lists, are no longer, or hardly any more for sale. One can continue driving or will be fined with an official receipt.
  • Rights of women and children have been improved. Women have the right to ownership of land and cannot marry too young.

Budget and Taxes

Concerning taxation, it is important to realize that only a small 5% of the population, including most foreign investors were paying taxes. These taxpayers generally are super excited because they finally see that their contribution does not disappear into a black hole, but is spent for the benefit of the country. The remaining 95% is not used to pay tax and is less willing to pay. People will have to get used and understanding has to grow before paying taxes can work well and fairly.

  • Tax revenues peaked. Previously, there was massive tax evasion. This is becoming increasingly difficult now.
  • The tax exemption of church institutions was abolished. These were massively abused for tax exemptions, for example when importing goods.
  • The collection of taxes and fees by private companies is abolished.

Side effects

Not all measures appeared to be positive. The urge for a rapid change and more tax income also has adverse side effects because the plans sometimes have not been well thought through or prepared. We are now starting to see a trend in which many laws, which have a positive effect, are introduced too quickly in principle. For example, exports of raw materials, such as tomatoes, are prohibited even before there is a factory that can make tomato juice. Or import of used goods such as clothing, are heavily taxed before the first clothing factory has been built. The short-term effects are sometimes dramatic:

  • Because new laws such as the Immigration Act (often retrospectively) are introduced rapidly, nobody knows (including officials) what to do and they mostly chose to do nothing, which is stalling everything.
  • Some measures, such as free education, are fantastic for the rhetoric and the setting, but sometimes also lead to wild imaginations. For example, parents in rural areas were no longer willing to contribute school for the school lunch, because, after all, education would become for free.
  • Due to the sudden introduction of VAT without transitional arrangements in the tourism sector, additional costs could not be charged to the clients anymore. It can also have a dramatic effect on tourism because tourists have suddenly have to pay an extra 18% to visit the already expensive wildlife parks. For entrepreneurs, this is often not too damaging because the system for the collection of VAT is not working well yet. Moreover, hotels also had to pay VAT in the past.
  • Introduction of VAT on goods in transit in the port caused a drop of as much as 42% in the flow of goods.
  • On top of all there is a false sentiment that foreigners "steal jobs" and "go off with the money". A new stringent immigration law which is expressing this was already introduced before the elections. Because of Magufuli’s desire for law enforcement this law turned out badly for many foreigners. For example over 5,500 Kenyan teachers were forced to leave the country because they could not get their visa or were no longer able to pay. Whereas these teachers master English very well and Tanzania copes with a nationwide shortage of more than 27,000 science and mathematics teachers.
  • Some laws that were set earlier sometimes for unclear or wrong reasons are being maintained. Examples include the sale of alcoholic beverages being permitted only between 18:00 and 24:00 and companies and organizations are not permitted to have websites other than with the extension - "tz.". Another is the criminalization of homosexuality by criminality contention of 30 years in prison.
  • Some measures are introduced too quickly, despite the loss to the economy and thousands of jobs. Businesses close and schools are left without teachers because visas for foreign experts and teachers are denied before local experts and teachers are trained. Second-hand goods such as clothes, inventory for schools and hospitals and cars put additional load on imports before there is a local industry. Export of wood carvings is made impossible before there is a good structure for the use of sustainable wood is in place. Volunteers are heavily charged before there are others to take over the work they were doing, etc. etc.

Is Tanzania now more attractive for investors and entrepreneurs?

The change from an agricultural country to an industrial nation might be a good idea. But is there also a good business climate that makes it possible? Undeniably the business climate improved, if only because the judges are not corrupt and therefore contracts have more value. However, apart from the lack of trained personnel, the legislation is still erratic and unpredictable. Promises and legislation can change, even retroactively today, being different without the State taking any responsibility for previous agreements and rules. You have sent a container of used goods and on the road suddenly there appears to be a new import tax of 80% on second-hand goods. There are increasingly complex and time-consuming registration procedures and many different taxes and charges, not to mention the outdated banking system checks, stamps and dysfunctional banks. All this is still discouraging entrepreneurs to invest in Tanzania, or Tanzanians to start a business because the costs and legal certainty are unpredictable and can easily get out of hand. China is investing heavily in Tanzania, but with entirely different ulterior motives. They can also afford to gamble. What makes Tanzania attractive for investors however are the many opportunities and underdeveloped sectors waiting for entrepreneurs and the expectation that the business climate will be better within some years like in Rwanda.

And what is not tackled yet

The list above is impressive and deserves respect. So much has already been addressed to in such a short period of time. It is therefore not surprising that some aspects are missing or deserve criticism. Yet we want to mention a few important things:

  • The press is handled spastically. Some newspapers and radio stations have been closed and five people have been charged with insulting through Facebook. They risk a prison sentence of 3 up to 20 years. Although the press in the past was certainly not blame-free: they asked for payment in order to place an article. Magufuli, having received much credit and positive news, has only a little to fear from some minor criticism or insults.
  • A number of powerful figures, including the former president, who sold the land in the past, still are walking freely around and have not (yet?) been addressed. Everyone can think his own of his, what also is happening widely.

Is the policy consistent?

Sometimes it looks like a scattershot policy of measures that have been taken quickly. For example, if you want to improve education but at the same time you are expelling 5,500 Kenyan teachers or when you want to reform the country into an industrial nation, but are annoying foreign investors and workers, who have the knowledge to make that happen, it seems to be consequent but not very consistent. It should also be noted that from the socialist past, there was always a deep distrust of anything commercial. Moreover, in the culture of Tanzania, with its emphasis on the extended family, where everything is shared, it is difficult to run a business. The frequently advertised slogan "Take but many children" certainly does not make things better.

Let's hope Magufuli, except the art of bulldozing, is also able to face the shortcomings to bend the policy, in order to make a more consistent policy.

Is Magufuli a dictator?

The opposition in Tanzania is accusing Magufuli to be a dictator, and that is not entirely unjustified, because the elections were not fair and opposing hardly is tolerated. But Magufuli’s dictatorship cannot be compared to that of the countries bordering Tanzania, where a culture of fear and own dynasties govern. As yet, in Tanzania, there are no known political prisoners – instead the prison is filled with fraudsters! Considering the earlier chaotic and paralysed society, Magufuli deserves all the credit in order to act firmly and he earns credits to violate some democratic principles.

Conclusion - the balance after 1 year

Although a pattern is appearing where a road to dictatorship is not inconceivable, the efforts Magufuli is making are deserving more than the benefit of the doubt. An important difference with others in history where it has gone wrong is that Magufuli is rather a popular president than a populist. He clearly demonstrated that his actions are real and lasting. Not only are rules being introduced and/or maintained, they are also followed-up. Tanzania is organizing and rapidly heading towards (literally and figuratively) prosperity for the majority of the population. That such a rapid development involves hick-ups and problems of transition is logical. If the extent of these problems is outweighing the advantages remain to be seen.

Concluding Magufuli’s government remains special and sustainable as far as we know now and might be an example for many other developing countries. Worthwhile to keep an eye on!

 

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http://en.gotanzania.org/newsblog/details/reportage-the-miraculous-way-to-prosperity-in-tanzania/ April 2016

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Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 32)

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WEEK 32 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 41

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Aug 13th 2016

Discussion: President Magufuli’ s government is causing tremors with the changes it is making, to the chagrin of some people bent on amassing wealth to themselves.  Is that dictatorship? When the dishonest have stolen the public’s billions meant for development or when others have evaded paying tax with glaring evidence of immovable assets in place attesting to their embezzlement, he has forced them to repay and blocked the loopholes through which they looted the nation’s coffers.

http://www.m.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/columnist/153-lawi-joel/52617-the-avaricious-corrupt-think-magufuli-dictator

Aug 14th 2016

Economics: Trade between China and Tanzania has hit $5billion. The Deputy China Ambassador to Tanzania Gou Haodong confirmed that they will continue to invest in Dar while improving their bilateral ties and economic cooperation as trade between the two countries.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608150453.html (Business week)

Aug 16th 2016

Analyse: With porous African borders and the possibility of an African common market, can the goals of job-creation, poverty reduction and industrial development be achieved without the highest level of engagement with the international community? Is the president forgoing important opportunities by not playing personally on the world stage? Magufuli's administration would be well served to build upon the legacies created by Julius Nyerere and subsequent leaders marrying the domestic and international arenas to create a better Tanzania.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608150520.html (South African Institute of International Affairs-Johannesburg)

Aug 16th 2016

Politics: Since independence, Tanzania’s president has always led the ruling party too. But the appointment of Magufuli to the head of CCM last month has raised concerns amongst many within the party. Magufuli’ s approach to governance and his decisiveness could be seen as good attributes for president, but they more likely to be an impediment in his role as CCM chair. If Magufuli doesn’t get his hands dirty in party business, it will be tough for him to lead it.

http://africanarguments.org/2016/08/16/tanzanias-president-magufuli-man-of-the-people-man-of-the-party/

Aug 16th 2016

Fraud: A total of 32,456 households that were enrolled with the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), Phase Three, have been removed from the programme after intensive verification, which established that they lacked qualification. Among the dismissed households, it was discovered that 7,819 members of those households had already, 2,999 were leaders in different local government locations, 3,948 were those who were relocated to different areas before the programme was implemented, 9,342 were ghost households while 8,348 were households that lacked the necessary qualifications.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608160114.html (Daily News)

Aug 16th 2016

Corruption: Right on the Masai doorsteps, unscrupulous people operate one of the most notorious gemstone smuggling ring in the world, carting away loads of the blue jewel - tanzanite - to Kenya where it is then transported to India and China. The Commissioner for Minerals in the ministry, Mr Paul Masanja, announced that the government would tighten the noose on mineral smugglers by building a fence to regulate entry into a 10-sq km area.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170084.html (Daily News)

Aug 16th 2016

Law enforcement: The government is set to conduct inspections at all tourist hotels in the country to establish if services offered meet standards, threatening to take action against those operating contrary to their licences. Poor customer service rendered by most tourist hotels was among the reasons discouraging visitors from coming to Tanzania. The government is planning before the end of this year to provide short courses in customer care services to hotel staff through the state colleges of tourism.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170231.html (daily news)

Aug 16th 2016

Economics: Following the announcement a few weeks ago by the Tanzanian government that two Bombardier Q400NG turboprop aircraft have been purchased for national airline Air Tanzania, due for delivery from next month, has the airline also made plans to re-open several routes it dropped due to lack of aircraft in recent years.

http://www.eturbonews.com/73751/big-plans-announced-air-tanzania

Aug 17th 2016

Corruption: Some of the top leaders of the ruling party's youth wing (UVCCM) including chairman Sadifa Juma were heavily implicated in the illegal sale of the wing's 210-acre farm in Iringa Region, among other things and that they should have been kicked out together with the three national and regional leaders who were suspended on Sunday for their involvement in the scandal.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170888.html (The Citizen)

Aug 17th 2016

Infrastructure/Tax: Where does the money tour operators pay as a road licence go to? Tour operators are concerned about the appalling state of a road leading to the Serengeti National Park. They say the road from the Lodoare gate in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the park has potholes, making driving a nightmare.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170579.html  (The Citizen)

Aug 17th 2016

Press freedom/analyse: The government has signed various international agreements that directly or indirectly touch on press freedom. These include the 1948 Paris Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. While some agree with the need to protect public interests and national security from falsehoods, and abuse of media freedom, many are still of the opinion that the Act has been used to muzzle the press to avoid media scrutiny.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170878.html (The Citizen)

Aug 17th 2016

Business: Kenyan dealers complain they are not allowed to conduct business in the neighbouring country freely. Tanzania authorities at Holili along the Kenya-Tanzania border recently ordered me to return several bags of maize I had bought from farmers in the country. Traders from Tanzania were now transporting cereals to Taveta border for the local traders to buy stuff using the Kenyan currency to make huge profits.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000212299/taita-taveta-traders-accuse-tanzania-border-officials-of-harassment

Aug 17th 2016

Infrastructure: The government and the World Bank yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which the latter will provide 209 million USD (about 456bn/-) for the implementation of six-year Rural Electrification Expansion Programme.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170076.html (Daily News)

Aug 18th 2016

Fraud: Former Director General of the National Identification Authority (NIDA), Dickson Maimu, and seven other senior officials appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday charged with 27 counts, including abuse of position and occasioning loss of over 1.2bn/- ($ 500 million).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180066.html (Daily news)

Aug 18th 2016

Fraud: The government has suspended loans for 2,192 students from various universities who did not show up for verification and ordered their respective institutions to return the funds amounting to 3.9bn/- ($ 1.8 million) they have been receiving for them within seven days. It is believed that the 2,192 students are ghost ones

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180054.html (Daily News 18-8-16)

Aug 18th 2016

Discussion: The notion of democracy does not always guarantee either fairness or development for all in society. One could argue that Chadema is merely claiming their 'democratic right to free speech' at their demonstrations - but if this is at the cost of undermining Tanzania's recent and significant moves towards a better and more socially just society for most of our citizens under President Magufuli, one should also ask if such demonstrations should be allowed?

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180133.html (Daily news)

Aug 19th 2016

Infrastructure: The government has revealed that it can currently move 75 per cent of its servants to Dodoma, following an assessment, which showed they will get housing and other social amenities without any problem. An assessment also showed that 70 per cent of the government offices can presently move to the Capital City.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608190022.html (Daily News)

Aug 19th 2016

Infrastructure: The ministry of development is set to enable title deeds and other documents on land be prepared and issued electronically within short time. The system would make it easy for land owners to apply for and get title deeds and other document from where they live without the need to travel to the to the ministry headquarters. [Note: In Tanzania all land has to be leased from the government. The proses to get these tile deed however was used be long and complicated and subject of corruption]

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180901.html (The Citizen)

Aug 19th 2016

Environment: The government has reiterated that it won't back down on its decision to ban the use of plastic bags effective January next year. Owners of plastic bags manufacturing factories have been advised to take steps towards easing production before the deadline and invest in production of alternative bags and plastic waste recycling facilities.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608190071.html (The Citizen)

Aug 19th 2016

Education: Funds for free education have been increased from 18.77bn/- ($ 8.9 million) per month to 21bn/-($ 10 million) , with Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directing intensive verification to unearth ghost pupils and students in public schools. District Commissioners (DCs), District and Regional Education Officers are directed to conduct a special inspection in schools countrywide in a move aimed at ensuring that the money does not end in individual pockets.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608190137.html (Daily News)

Aug 20th 2016

Accountability: All ministers have been ordered with effect from next week August 25, to announce to the public through the media on how they are implementing the 2016/17 financial year budget in their respective ministries.

http://www.ippmedia.com/en/news/ministers-tasked-monthly-reports-sectors

Aug 20th 2016

Traffic safety: The government would make it mandatory for all bus owners to install tracking gadgets on their buses for easy monitoring. The new system would monitor the speed of the bus, manage its route and schedule for better service delivery.

http://www.ippmedia.com/en/news/new-system-track-country-buses-being-installed-0

 

Tizia from Germany started Viva Tanzania (Arusha) - here's her remarkable story

[August 19, 2016]
Viva Tanzania (www.-tanzania.com) is a young organisation that combines tourism and volunteering in a responsible and sustanable way. Tizia - from Germany - and her Tanzanian husband founded the organisation. Tizia tells her story on GoTanzania.

I want to share my life with you
I am Tizia, 25 years old and originally from Germany. I want to tell you about my life in Tanzania, how I got here and what I am doing here.

But let's start from the beginning:

In Autumn 2009, half a year before graduation conversations where just about one topic: What should I do after my A-Levels? Working? But what? Studying? But which subject? Or should I do something totally different? In this time two of my friends talked about that they applied for „Weltwärts“ (German, word by word: „towards the world“). A year abroad that's what I wanted to do! But where to? The world is big and “Weltwärts”, the programme from the Federal Ministry of Economic Collaboration and Development offers the work in many countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe. The preselection was easy: I wanted to go to Africa, since I spoke English and France and after 13 years of school and studying I didn't want to learn another foreign language.

No sooner said than done, I checked the Weltwärts website for thrilling projects and organizations, wrote ca. six applications and in January 2010 I was accepted at IN VIA belonging to the Catholic Association for Girls and Women Social Work who invited me to work in a kindergarten in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's biggest city.

In mid August the adventure started. With two suitcases and not too many ideas and expectation together with an another volunteer I moved in a convent of the Sisters of Maria Immaculata.

But a convent in Tanzania is not what you imagine if you know European convents. It was just a normal house with a chapel on the same compound. The other volunteer, let's call her Lena, and I got two rooms. One bed and one living room. We were introduced to the work in the kindergarten and it all started: I got my own class and war supposed to teach. Since I am White I would know what to do. There I was, only 18 years old in front of 20 children in their diapers with a stick in my hand and supposed to teach English. I guess you can imagine how this ended since I am not the only one who made the following experiences.

The children were not able to communicate in their mother tongue Swahili but were supposed to learn English. The children didn't show any respect or gave me attention since I didn't use the stick for beating even a single time. Most of the time the work in the kindergarten was quite frustrating, because the nuns in the kindergarten beat the children and this is not compatible with how I was raised. Handicraft work was broken and thrown away as the parents should not see this and think their children wouldn't learn anything in that kindergarten. We had to fight hard to do painting and handicraft sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Nevertheless there were also many great experiences daily: The work with the children was fun and what I denied in first place, to learn a new language, started to make more and more fun. The relation to the other volunteer was okay, but I have to confess that it's not easy if you don't have privacy for a whole year and not even a meter space between the beds, but I believe that we did quite well. All in all was this year abroad one of the best decisions in my live and influenced my future life 100%. Because in April 2011 the whole future thing started over again: What should I do after this year when I am back in Germany?

One day I met a German student in the bus. We started chatting and after I introduced myself and explained what I am doing here he told me that he studies Cultural Anthropology and is doing a research on soap operas in Tanzanian television. I was blown away: to study and to travel at the same time? Sounded like a dream! At home I informed myself more about this degree programme and my heart started beating fast. That’s it! That's what I wanted to study! This and nothing else! Thereupon I applied for different universities and got accepted in Göttingen (central Germany). During my studies I was obligated to learn a non-European language and they even offered Swahili. What a lucky coincidence. In the 5th semester we got a chance to do a semester abroad. An opportunity I didn't want to miss. Since I participated in the Swahili class it made sense to do the semester abroad in East Africa. The University of Göttingen maintains a partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam, so I went back to my second home. In the beginning I was disappointed, I wanted to see more from the world and not go back to the place, where I already spend a year. But that's how it was.

So I packed my suitcases again and said goodbye to friends and family. From August 2013 I would be in Tanzania for eight months. After one week in Dar es Salaam I went to Arusha for a one month internship with an NGO. Through friends I met Tini, my today's husband. We spent eight awesome months in which I travelled more then I studied and at the end of my eight months it was clear: I will come back.

Another part became very important in my life: The debate about (Africa-) stereotypes and racism. I've always been aware of injustices in the world and these issues affected me particularly. So it was understandable that I wanted to settle my bachelor thesis in this area. I wrote about the Maasai, probably the most known ethnic group in Africa. My thesis had the title: “Who benefits from stereotypes? Depiction of the Maasai in Media and Tourism”. I wanted to continue this work and the fight against stereotypes and racism in Tanzania. I finished my studies within one year and on April 1st 2015 I moved to Tini to Arusha. A really brave step, in hindsight. First of all were we separated for a whole year and secondly I didn't have a job. I had tried to find work while still in Germany but this wasn't easy at all. When I arrived in Arusha I learned that a churchy volunteer organization had a job offer in the field of communication as a Volunteer Coordinator. I did not hesitate, went to the office and promptly got the job. In the six months I've been working for the volunteer organization, I learned a lot of what is very helpful in my current self-employment. Another three months, I spent in Moshi as an Internet Marketing Coordinator, for which I especially revised a well known German travel guide. Nevertheless, both employments were not very satisfactory, work days were long, the salary low and with one job I faced great difficulties to obtain a work permit and a contract. Thus Tini and I only saw one way: Self-Employment.

Since I moved to Arusha, Tini and I rented out rooms in our house. After a short while we launched the Nyumbani Hostel (“Nyumbani” in Swahili means “at home”). From the beginning we not just offered vacation (day trips, safaris and mountain climbing), but also helped interested people in finding projects for volunteering and internships. By the end of 2015 we wanted to become more professional and established our organization for volunteering and internships Viva Tanzania. We founded this organization because we see a great need for intercultural exchange and people who want to help to connect with projects and institutes. On the other hand is the demand for affordable project intermediation and very good in-country support huge. We do everything to ensure this, also because e.g. of my rather poor experience as a volunteer.  By now I have more than three years living experience in Tanzania. I know well what it means to live in a totally different culture and environment so I am a good advisor for the volunteers and interns. At the same time we do everything to ensure that the volunteers will have a good time and can participate in meaningful work. Our prices are quite reasonable and the participant's preparation is excellent since we put great emphasis on critical analysis of their own patterns of thought and ideas. We also live together with the volunteers & interns, have common daily dinners, do excursions at the weekends and so much more. We offer placements in the fields of kindergartens, primary schools, women empowerment, health and animal welfare. More projects like the work with street children and HIV-infected and Aids patients will follow soon.

In February 2016 Tini and I got married and I like my life in Tanzania very much. With our three dogs Bella, Takwa and Luna we live together with our guests and I really enjoy the international exchange. Of course, life is not always easy here. Once in a while we don't have electricity and no matter how much you customize yourself, you will always be the foreigner and stranger, because you're already visually seen from a distance as such. Nevertheless, I feel free here, can live with my family and pursue the work that I really enjoy: to show our guests, volunteers and interns the country and the culture in which I live and which I love.

If you also want to become part of the community, whether as a tourist, traveller, for in internship or volunteer works and everything else, then get in touch!

We are excited to get to know you!

Hostel: info@nyumbani-hostel.com, www.nyumbani-hostel.com, on Facebook and TripAdvisor

Volunteering and Internships: info@viva-tanzania.com, www.viva-tanzania.com and on Facebook. Anytime, I am also available via Skype at "Viva Tanzania" and via Whatsapp under +255686490500.

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 31)

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WEEK 31/2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 40

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Jul 31th 2016

Analyse: The man known as The Bulldozer, because of his single-mindedness in fulfilling his promise as a public servant, is shaming his peers across the continent. Magufuli is only 56. If he continues in this vein, and hopefully gets a second term, Tanzania might just reclaim its place as the hub of East Africa.

 

http://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/the-bulldozer-shows-we-still-have-fighting-chance-2051469

Aug 1th 2016

The United States pledged $407 million aid to Tanzania on Monday, months after cancelling a similar payment due to an election that it said had violated the country's commitment to democracy.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tanzania-usa-aid-idUSKCN10C2RD

Aug 1th 2016

President John Magufuli's yesterday banned transporting mineral sands from gold mines for smelting outside the country. The government was losing the much deserved revenue due to poor follow-up on the amount and value of minerals recovered from the sands. Gold miners should invest in smelters right here in Tanzania instead of "exporting" sands to recover minerals in them that include tin, copper and silver.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608010674.html (The Citizen)

Aug 1th 2016

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in Mara Region has uncovered a gang of unscrupulous traders who ferry huge consignments of goods through illegal routes at the Sirari border in Tarime District using motorcycles to evade tax. TRA officials here have teamed up with their counterparts from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to identify the traders who are claimed to use various tricks to evade taxation.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608020834.html (Daily news)

Aug 2th 2016

Touts are expelled from the new bus stand at Ng'erenge're area, a few kilometres from the Tanzanian/Kenya border post.  Sirari is one of the country's busiest border posts connecting the country with the neighbouring Kenya. Every bus company should have not over five people and they should be wearing uniforms and carrying identity cards. Revenues accrued from the bus stand will be directed towards improving facility infrastructure as well as supporting other development activities in area.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608030110.html (Daily news)

Aug 3th 2016

Tanzanians have moved against the reinstatement of a Nigerian oil firm as bulk fuel supplier after it allegedly imported substandard fuel products – The Nigerian oil firm has reportedly flouted Tanzanian regulations on proper standard of products twice in six months – Tanzanian authorities have called for a review of how the Nigerian company won the bid when it is not even qualified to participate in the process

https://www.naij.com/914021-scandal-tanzania-govt-war-nigerian-oil-firm-sad-thing.html

Aug 3th 2016

Tanzania aims to raise sugar production by about 31 percent over the next four years to meet domestic demand. Local growers produce around 320,000 tonnes of raw sugar per year against demand of 420,000 tonnes, with imports from Brazil and elsewhere filling the deficit. President John Magufuli in February tightened restrictions on sugar imports, leading to nationwide shortages and pushing up the local price.

http://www.cnbcafrica.com/news/east-africa/2016/08/03/tanzania-plans-to-boost-sugar-output/

Aug 5th 2016

Child rights activists say they will oppose the move by the government to appeal against the High Court ruling that outlaws the marriage of children below the age of 18. The Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN) has condemned the government for what it says is a portrayal of failure in its obligation to guarantee protection of children's rights.

From <http://allafrica.com/stories/201608050186.html (The Citizen)

Aug 5th 2016

Tanzania Commodity Exchange (TCX) is set to make Tanzania a hub for commodity trading in East African region that will involve setting up exchange associations and fostering relationships with International agencies. Commodity Exchanges integrates functioning of several key components of agriculture trade namely farmers, traders to services like Warehouse and Warehouse receipt system. It brings in standardization of quality and allows people to trade using efficient banking channels making transactions more transparent and fast for the participants.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608050515.html> (Daily News)

     

Aug 5th 2016

The government yesterday announced hard-hitting measures, including introduction of a points' penalty system and straight arraignment of reckless drivers, a fresh move aimed at checking the increasing wave of road accidents. The six-month project aims to reduce road accidents by 10 per cent. Road accidents had increased from 23,578 road accidents in 2012 to 23,842 road accidents in 2013, claiming the lives of 3,969 people in 2012 and an increase of 1,043 deaths in 2013.  Between 2013 and 2014 after introduction of stern measures against reckless drivers, deaths from road accidents decreased from 3,969 in 2013 to 3,760 in 2014.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608050181.html (Daily News)

Aug 7th 2016

From now on science subjects are compulsory to all students from Form One up to Form Four. Currently, according to the education policy, secondary school students may opt either to quit science subjects or continue with other subjects at Form Three level. This measure should, of course, force students to pull up their socks and study the subjects, despite the fact that in the current situation many students consider subjects as very difficult. So, most of them opt for the arts streams.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608080145.html (Daily news)

Aug 8th 2016

Tarime District Commissioner Glorious Luoga has banned the use of mobile phones at the District Hospital during working hours. He said the decision was aimed at improving service delivery at the hospital which serves hundreds of patients, particularly from poor families.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608080166.html (Daily News)

Aug 2th 2016

The Minister for Energy and Minerals, Professor Sospeter Muhongo, revealed yesterday that the government will invest at least 30 billion USD (over 60 trillion/-) for the construction of a gas processing plant in Lindi Region. He said the government is already embarking on the grand plan and that Lindi residents and Tanzanians in general should expect economic revolution in few years to come.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608020173.html (Daily news)

 

 

Aug 8th 2016

Tanzania plans to spend 7 trillion shillings ($3.21 billion) over the next five years to connect about 1 million rural households to electricity by  use some of its natural gas reserves to end power shortages and boost industrial growth. It is expected to benefit up to 5 million people. An estimated 40 percent of Tanzania's population of around 47 million currently has access to electricity. The government wants to lift the proportion of the population with access to electricity to 85 percent by 2025.

http://news.trust.org/item/20160808115855-xjlql/

Aug 9th 2016

The country benefited from a jump in tourist arrivals and rising gold prices, and paid less for oil imports. Earnings from tourism rose 7 percent to $2.3 billion due to more visitor arrivals, the bank said, while revenue from gold rose 4 percent to $1.28 billion, reflecting higher export volumes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3731255/Tanzanias-current-account-benefits-strong-gold-prices-tourism-boost.html

Aug 9th 2016

The government is doing everything in its powers to deliver quality services to Tanzanians, insisting that every citizen must engage in both social and economic activities for the country's better future. Tanzania is tired of begging for aid and support from donors and that it is high time Tanzanians learn to pay tax for the betterment of their nation. We must build and own our economy," he said. Mr Mwijage said Tanzanian farmers have a big role to play in building up the industrial economy.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608100108.html (daily news)

Aug 9th 2016

The Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has saved a total sum of 8,864,158,680/- ($ 4.2 million) following several tips on bribery incidents that were foiled between January and June, this year. Statistics released by the PCCB recently shows that the anti-corruption bureau received a total of 4,138 cases within the period, whereas 412 case files were opened.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608090114.html (Daily news)

Aug 10th 2016

Three media outlets have been fined a total of 19m/- for violating regulations governing broadcasting services in the country. These are the Independent Television ( ITV), which has been ordered to pay 10m/-, Clouds Television and Clouds Entertainment FM both ordered to pay 4m/- and 5m/- respectively.  During the interview the presenter failed to control the interviewee, thus providing room for him to give out statements that insulted the National Assembly Deputy Speaker

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608100239.html (Daily news)

 

 

Aug 10th 2016

Transporters on the Central Corridor now save up to 78 per cent of weighbridge stoppage times, thanks to an April directive by Tanzanian President John Magufuli for transit trucks to stop only three times instead of eight at weighbridges in the country.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608100015.html (The New times)

Aug 11th 2016

Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa initiated the development of six Special Economic Zones. The RCs for Coast, Morogoro, Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya and Songwe regions, will have to initiate economic zones linked with the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608110143.html (Daily news)

Aug 12th 2016

Seven out of every 10 children in Tanzania are living in poverty, according to a new report by the National Bureau of Statistics. The Child Poverty in Tanzania 2016 survey shows that 26 per cent of children are from poor households, and are thus deprived of basic needs like health, education and sanitation in what the report refers to as "multidimensional poverty". The study was conducted in three phases from 2008 to 2013 and involved 5,010 households, of which 3,947 had children. Data was obtained from 11,843 children involved in the study.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608120154.html (The Citizen)

Jul 31th 2016

All hell broke loose this week when the president of the United Republic  announced that the government is moving from Dar to Dodoma.   Does that mean that we will now have to travel to Dodoma to get basic government services?  What exactly does that move mean? That aside; Dodoma is about to become the most expensive city in the country.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608010583.html (Daily news)

Aug 12th 2016

Kiswahili weekly tabloid, Mseto, has been suspended for three years after the government accused it of running stories with the intention of inciting hatred against President John Magufuli. The tabloid invoked the wrath of the authorities in an article published on August 4, this year. The article was headlined "Waziri amchafua JPM"(literal translation, "Minister tarnishes JPM image")

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608120163.html (The Citizen)

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 30)

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WEEK 30 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 38

 

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

Jul 21th 2016

The government hired a team to restore the lost glory of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) The aim is to restructure the cash-strapped Atcl in an effort to revive it. The team is told to come up with the nitty-gritty surrounding ATCL and propose ways of managing it, and the aviation sector as a whole, profitably. It will also look at the right number of employees to run the organization.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607210841.html (The Citizen)

Jul 25th 2016

The government is looking for temporary premises to begin tractor assembling by Polish tractor firm, Ursus S. A, as construction of an assembling plant is scheduled to begin this financial year at Kibaha in Coast Region. The assembling factory is to produce about 2,400 tractors annually for local consumption and for selling to other East African countries

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607250027.html (Daily News)

Jul 23th 2016

Biography: The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, was born on October 29, 1959 in Chato village, Biharamulo District in Kagera Region. Currently, Chato is a district in Geita Region. He is married to Janet Magufuli, a primary school teacher.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607250095.html (Daily News)

Jul 25th 2016

Tanzania has approved the use of urea deep placement (UDP), an innovative technology which increases rice production by more than 20 percent per acre. Farming is Tanzania's economy mainstay, contributing nearly 30 percent to its GDP and 67 percent to total employment during 2014.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=331576

Jul 25th 2016

The government of Tanzania requires schools to teach basic computer lessons but with only 5% of schools having computers, ICT competence remains a mirage. With Tigo’s shot in the arm and other stakeholders’ support, the goal-posts are bound to change and might catapult the government’s resolve to hit the 700-target of schools with internet-connected computers.

http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=5417&pLv=3&srI=69&spI=221&cI=11

Jul 26th 2016

Tanzania has a surprisingly solid fiscal outlook. The nation’s GDP has increased by about 7% for the last several years, and its current account deficit is narrowing. It continues to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) than most of its East African neighbours, with FDI rising 14.5% in 2015 and 61.7% in the last six months alone. It is sitting on 25-30 trillion cubic feet of prime natural gas reserves and 54 billion cubic feet of newly discovered helium. The national debt is around $19.6 billion as of February 2016 – quite manageable for the size and trajectory of the economy. Perhaps the two biggest issues confronting Tanzania’s fiscal and broader economic prospects are the relative lack of FDI in high-growth areas – namely, infrastructure and agriculture.

http://globalriskinsights.com/2016/07/tanzania-solid-fiscally-needs-investment/

Jul 27th 2016

Analyse: President John Magufuli, who succeeded Mr Jakaya Kikwete as CCM chairman at the weekend, will now have to face on two fronts -- at the national level and within the ruling party. He urged Tanzanians to focus on building the nation, stressing that elections were over and that there was no time for cheap and divisive politics. Magufuli had a political career spanning 20 years before he ascended to the presidency early November last year. He has been much of an outsider in the CCM establishment.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607270641.html (Daily News)

e urged Tanzanians to focus on building the nation, stressing that elections were over and that there was no time for cheap and divisive politics. Magufuli had a political career spanning 20 years before he ascended to the presidency early November last year. He has been much of an outsider in the CCM establishment.

Jul 28th 2016

Chadema (opposition) has declared September 1 "Defiance Day" to mark the start of a nationwide campaign against "dictatorship". The party said opposition supporters and other well-wishers across the country are expected on that day hold peaceful processions and rallies against what it claimed as President John Magufuli' s growing "dictatorial tendencies".

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607280071.html (The Citizen)

Jul 28th 2016

Two officials of the Geita Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (Saccos) appeared before the Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday where they were charged with forgery and negligence. The two are accused of accepting false documents and erroneously granting a Sh10 million loan to Gideon Kagoro, who didn't meet the conditions. (Note: Saccos is known from several corruption scandals in the past)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607280061.html (The Citizen)

Jul 29th 2016

A centuries-old local tradition, called ‘nyumba ntobhu’ or ‘house of women’, has been given a modern revival by members of the Kurya tribe in remote villages in the north of the country. Under the tradition, a woman is permitted to marry a younger woman if she is widowed or her husband chooses to leave her. This means she can keep the family home which is jointly owned with the younger woman, despite a tribal law which dictates that only males can normally inherit property. The younger woman is then able to take a male partner and potentially give birth to male heirs on the older woman's behalf.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/straight-women-kurya-tanzania-africa-married-property-domestic-violence-fgm-a7162066.html

Jul 30th 2016

Government institutions that use worn-out or dirty national flags together with those who will be walking while the national flag is being raised or lowered shall face fines or an imprisonment term of not less than two years. Most printers don't get it right on the blue colour on the flag. Instead they make it dark blue, which is legally wrong. The Constitution states that it is only the president who has powers to modify the flag.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607300152.html (Daily news)

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 29)

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WEEK 28 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 37

 

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

Jul 18th 2016

As academicians and analysts welcome President John Magufuli's plan to introduce a centralized tax collection system, the e-Government Agency (e-GA) guarantees that it will use sophisticated technology to protect the information flow from hackers.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607180492.html (Daily News)

Jul 18th 2016

The government says it will make sure the Sh59 billion ($ 27 million) set aside by President John Magufuli to empower villagers is not misused. The money will only be enough for 1,180 villages out of 12,433 villages. The government will review its budget in December to reallocate a total Sh562.6 billion to the remaining villages.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607180814.html (The Citizen)

Jul 20th 2016

The battle lines are now clearly drawn in Tanzania between the country's tourism industry and the government, after President Magufuli told the sector off over their dissent about the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 18 percent, which was unexpectedly heaped on services across the board, national park entrance fees included. Some termed President Magufuli' s decision  was the first major mistake in his presidency.

http://www.eturbonews.com/73030/less-tourists-are-okay

Jul 20th 2016

African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a 200 million US dollars (over 400bn/-) support to the country's transport sector reforms during the 2016/17 fiscal year.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607200038.html (Daily News)

Jul 22th 2016

Tanzania has secured a $110-million soft loan from Poland to establish a tractor assembling factory that will enhance the agriculture sector, the government has confirmed.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607220038.html (The Citizen)

Jul 22th 2016

The government has guaranteed local and foreign investors full support and promised to continue improving the business environment.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607220455.html (Daily News)

Jul 22th 2016

Tanzania’s long-anticipated rail renewal took a step closer this week when it secured a $7.6bn loan from China's Export-Import Bank (Exim) to build a railway network linking the coastal metropolis of Dar es Salaam to the African nation’s landlocked neighbours. President John Magufuli thanked the Exim bank in a statement announcing the deal on 20 July, and said construction would begin this year

http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/china-lends-tanzania-76bn-its-cove7ted-ne7w-ra7il/

 


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WEEK 28 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 36

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Jul 10th 2016

The newly-appointed District Executive Directors (DEDs) have been directed to present their original academic certificates to the State House while taking an integrity pledge with the Public Ethics Secretariat on Tuesday. Issuing the directives in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Chief Secretary (CS), Ambassador John Kijazi, said each DED should bring original certificates and not photocopies. The move has been taken as a reminder to the public that strict measures will be taken against any individual who will try to forge certificates to gain access into government employment.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607110094.html (daily news)

Jul 10th 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 12th 2016

 

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held talks with Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in the African continent, particularly in the economic sphere.

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his country is willing to provide additional funding to the tune of over 1 trillion/- ($ 500 million) to support priority sectors in Tanzania. Police have warned that people who intend to disrupt the Special CCM National Congress planned for Dodoma late this month would face punitive action.  Mr Modi noted the two countries were working on a number of water projects for 17 cities in Tanzania. "For this, India is considering giving an additional USD 500 million US dollars (over 1 trillion/-) line of concessional credit," he said.

 

The visit by the Indian leader is expected to provide a massive boost to Tanzania's industrialization strategy as the two countries agreed to deepen diplomatic and economic ties in agriculture, food security, trade, natural gas and other vital sectors.

http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/narendra-modis-tanzania-visit/article8831099.ece

 

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607110033.html (Daily News)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607130246.html (Daily news)

Jul 12th 2016

The Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa has called on Contractors and Engineers in the country to educate themselves thoroughly on the new system for Civil (Roads and Bridge) construction contracts, where the government will verify services found along the road. The New system which is currently being employed by developed countries will enable the contractor in the country to build roads through long term contracts where the contractor will be paid according to the outcome

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607120590.html (Daily news)

Jul 12th 2016

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe said yesterday that at least 30 people have been sentenced to death after they were found guilty of murdering elders and people with albinism.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607120591.html (Daily news)

Jul 13th 2016

The Deputy Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Ms Angelina Mabula, said yesterday that the government is looking forward to establish an authority that will oversee and regulate all operations in the real estate sector.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607130019.html (Daily news)

Jul 13th 2016

Analyse: Tanzania’s new president promises to shake things up. The economy is among the fastest growing in Africa, but big challenges lie ahead The new president, accused by opponents of authoritarian tendencies, will have to institutionalise change rather than take on everything himself. If the new government can rationalise the business environment, Tanzania — stable, economically diversified and growing quickly — is ripe for further investment. If corruption is tackled, this country has tremendous potential.

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https://next.ft.com/content/e67b0afc-41c7-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1

Jul 14th 2016

The government has annulled the registration of a total of 473 newspapers and magazines for being inactive for three consecutive years. The newspapers had been deregistered through public notice published in a government gazette dated June 10, 2016, number 195 (Supplement No. 23). Tanzania has a total of 881 legally registered newspapers and magazines.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607140110.html (Daily news)

Jul 14th 2016

The Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Kilimanjaro Region has warned journalists who engage in corrupt practices to refrain from the practice forthwith. He said there are about six cases involving journalists who move from place to place demanding bribes from sources so as to write positive stories and stop the negative ones against some people and institutions. (Note: before Magufuli it was common practice to demand bribes for writing articles)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607140844.html (Daily News)

Jul 15th 2016

Another, over 300 Ghost Workers Deleted From Payroll in Morogoro — A seven-man team has identified 315 ghost workers in the region who have reportedly caused the government a total loss of Sh2.2 billion. ($ 1 million)

 

https://next.ft.com/content/0e8b56ee-41ca-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1 (The Citizen)

Jul 15th 2016

Government has nabbed a number of electronic devices used for producing fake documents, including Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) receipts. Other dubious documents that have been impounded include residence permits for foreigners, motorcycle permits, secondary school and marriage certificates. Others are Kampala University certificates, police report forms, birth certificates and various government receipts and boxes of car insurance stickers that were being transported to Tanga.

https://next.ft.com/content/0e8b56ee-41ca-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1 (The Citizen)

Jul 15th 2016

Senior secondary schools in Tanzania are to get internet access points to complement the e-schools project for 2 years. The access points will be provided by telecom giant, Tigo. Tanzania’s ministry of communication, Works and Infrastructure signed and MOU with Tigo to that effect. It is the first time the Tanzanian government and a mobile network operator will be cooperating on an ICT project on a large scale.

http://www.africanews.com/2016/07/14/tanzania-s-secondary-schools-to-get-access-points-in-boost-for-e-schools-project/

 

 

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 27)

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WEEK 27 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 35

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Jul 3th 2016

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has just finished his state visit to Tanzania, where he was the guest of honour at the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair. Tanzanians have attached great importance to President Kagame’s visit as it continues taking the two countries to new heights of bilateral cooperation.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/editorial/51299-rwanda-tanzania-bilateral-relations-set-high-standards

Jul 4th 2016

The government has launched a countrywide ‘Be Proud, Buy Tanzanian’ campaign to promote and market locally-made products to reduce trade gaps with imported products. She elaborated that the initiative is in line with the government’s plans to transform the country into an industrial-powered economy. "All local producers should register their products with Tanzania bar-code 620.

(Note: This is in contradiction with the last TRA directions to buy products from shops like Nakomat instead of local shops since Nakomat is VAT registered. Nakomat is a Kenyan company.)

http://dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/51291-tanzanians-urged-to-buy-locally-made-products

Jul 4th 2016

Tanzania has introduced a special high court to fast-track economic and corruption cases which will be presided over by 14 judges appointed by the Chief Justice. Scheduled to begin operations this month, the court to be situated in the capital Dar es Salaam was instituted after the government amended its founding 1984 legislation awaiting presidential approval.

http://www.africanews.com/2016/07/04/14-judges-to-preside-over-tanzania-s-new-anti-corruption-court/

Jul 4th 2016

Trade volume between Tanzania and Germany is set to grow even more from the current US$320 million (about 300 million Euros) per annum as more companies from the European country eye investment opportunities in the country.

Major exports from Tanzania to Germany include minerals, metal and agricultural produce such as coffee and spices while it imports technology, machinery, motor vehicles and industrial machinery from the European country.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607040860.html

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Jul 9th 2016

Tanzanian men who marry schoolgirls or get them pregnant now face 30 years in prison as the government takes tougher measures to tackle child marriage and teenage pregnancy. The east African nation has one of the highest adolescent pregnancy and birth rates in the world, and 21 percent of girls aged 15 to 19 have given birth, according to a 2015/16 survey conducted by the Tanzania Bureau of Statistics. girls who are kicked out of school for getting pregnant should be allowed to return to their studies after giving birth

 

Police in Ruvuma Region have arrested a man, Justine Ambrose (30), suspected to have raped a 14-year-old student of Mbinga Girls Secondary School. Ruvuma Regional Police Commander (RPC), Zubery Mwombeji, said the suspect committed the offence on July 2 at Kitai village.

 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has applauded a landmark decision by a Tanzanian High Court which ruled that the marriages for girls and boys under age 18 was unconstitutional. The court ruled as unconstitutional sections 13 and 17 of the Tanzania Law of Marriage Act, which allowed girls to marry at age 15 with parental permission and at age 14 with the permission of a court. According to HRW, ‘‘The decision represents a critical step forward in the struggle to end child marriage in Tanzania, which has one of the highest rates in the world.

 

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0ZK1US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607080518.html (Daily News)

 

 

 

 

http://www.africanews.com/2016/07/09/human-rights-watch-applaud-tanzania-s-ban-on-child-marriages/

Jul 4th 2016

By Jakaya Kikwete: When it comes to education,  if successful, the establishment of a well-functioning education system can change a country’s face – and redefine its fate. That is what happened in my country, Tanzania. From 2000 to 2009, primary-school enrolment rates in Tanzania more than doubled, from just over four million pupils to 8.5 million, or 96% of all primary-school-age children. In other words, at the primary level, Tanzania now boasts near-full enrolment. (Note: It looks like mister Kikwete is trying here to clean his street since education never went that bad like during his presidency where the schools where left with ghost teachers and a few real, unmotivated ones, a shortage of desks, books and rooms and terrible results which is now cleaned up by our present president Magufuli)

http://www.azernews.az/analysis/98807.html

Jul 6th 2016

Six major mobile phone firms were yesterday fined a total of 649m/- ($ 309,000) for malpractices and misuse in SIM card registration. They have also been given a seven-day ultimatum, starting yesterday, to deactivate all unregistered SIM cards.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607060079.html>( Daily News)

Jul 6th 2016

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) said yesterday it surpassed revenue collection target by 0.04 per cent during the last financial year. TRA commissioner general Alphayo Kidata told reporters here that Sh13.371 trillion was collected in 2015/16, up from Sh13.366 trillion in 2014/15

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607060606.html (The Citizen)

Jul 6th 2016

Coffee exports earned the country US$135 million (about 294.4bn/-) in foreign exchange during the 2015/2026 farming season as the country produced 59,000 metric tons, which is above average annual production of 50,000 tons.  Tanzania is the fourth coffee producing country in Africa after Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Uganda, while in East Africa it is placed on position number two after Uganda.  Local consumption of coffee is currently at between five and seven per cent.  The majority of Tanzanians consume tea, which is less costly as compared to coffee.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607060529.html (Daily News)

Jul 6th 2016

Tanzania e-commerce is growing at an average of 50 per cent, thanks to government and stakeholders' initiative to improve mobile data.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607060521.html (Daily News)

Jul 6th 2016

Transport authorities yesterday shut down the operations of three bus companies following the recent spate of accidents that claimed the lives of nearly 100 people in less than one week.

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607060066.html (The Citizen)

Jul 7th 2016

President Magufuli said he was aware of many complaints from Muslim institutions over their properties, particularly lands being grabbed by investors through deceptive contracts entered with their clerics. “I know this problem has become rampant as the Mufti (Chief Sheikh) has shared with me in the past. I promise to offer experienced legal experts from my government to recover the properties,” he promised.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/51416-religious-bodies-assets-assured

Jul 7th 2016

Disaster' for safaris in Tanzania as government unleashes tourism tax. Tanzania’s safari industry has been thrown into “absolute pandemonium in every conceivable way”, after the African country’s government introduced an 18 per cent VAT tax on tourist services with just a week’s notice.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/tanzania/articles/tanzania-vat-hike-sends-safari-industry-into-pandamoneum/

Jul 7th 2016

Kilimanjaro Machinery and Tools Ltd (KMT) has resumed production after being dormant for over a decade the National Development Corporation (NDC) revealed. NDC injected a total of Sh450 million ($ 215,000) into the company that was spent on buying iron smelting machines. He added that KMT had started manufacturing various products, including grinding and sawmill machinery.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607070135.html (Citizen)

Jul 8th 2016

Some independent analysts say the recently discovered helium gas in Lake Rukwa could be worth $3.5 billion. The analysts from Global Risk Insights, however, say the discovery of 54.2 billion standard cubic feet of helium could escalate land disputes and conflicts between villages and investors.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607080534.html (The Citizen)

Jul 8th 2016

President John Magufuli has announced a line-up of 185 District Executive Directors (DEDs) that has seen 120 new faces, including Tanzania Standard Newspapers (TSN) accountant, Mr Shafi Kassim Mpenda. Among the 185 DEDs, apart from the 120 new faces, 65 retained their positions although some of them were transferred to new duty stations.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607080380.html (The Citizen)

Jul 9th 2016

Tanzanian authorities have said they were pulling out of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union (EU) bloc. It had no benefits to Tanzania as it favoured Kenya with its flowers and vegetables exports to EU countries duty free. EPA won’t help in promoting our local industries but rather, will benefit a lot given that developing countries have standard goods to sell in EA markets

http://www.coastweek.com/3928-TEXIT-Tanzania-pulls-out-of-EU-sponsored-economic-partnership.htm

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 26)

Disclaimer: Everybody who is sending or relaying nor the composer of the information below is responsible for the correctness of the contents. All information is just copied from other sources and is not necessary the truth.

 

WEEK 26 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 34

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Jun 26th 2016

Summary: There is disbelief in Tanzania and East Africa in general as new elected President John Pombe Magufuli breaks with the past - introducing policies which a growing base of displeased elites are angrily branding as "arrogance" and a creepy Dictator.

President John Magufuli has been a darling of ordinary Africans and he has massive support throughout the continent and better yet, in his own Tanzania. He is seen as the saviour of the poor, the one man who has given himself to the fight against the corrupt systems of governance that the continent was now used to.

http://cameroon-concord.com/editorial/item/6304-meet-john-pombe-magufuli-president-of-tanzania-a-darling-ruler-that-most-african-countries-desire-to-have-as-their-leader

Jun 27th 2016

Leaders of the main opposition party Chadema in Coast Region have vowed to boycott all activities officiated by President John Magufuli in protest of his decision to ban political rallies.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606271128.html The Citizen

Jun 27th 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday dropped 100 District Commissioners in the long-awaited appointments that seek to reshape the fifth phase administration. President Magufuli has said in various occasions in the past that performance would be the key determinant to whether or not one would be retained as a DC.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606271182.html (The Citizen)

Jun 27th 2016

The National Assembly yesterday passed The Written Laws Miscellaneous Amendments Act 2016 which, among others, endorses the Corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court whose penalties for grand corruption charges carries a minimum of 20 years imprisonment. Moreover, witness protection is guaranteed under the amendment whereas the Whistle-blower and Witness Protection Act rules will be applied in Corruption and Economic Crimes contrary to the current law whereas the Inspector General of Police (IGP) was tasked with protection of the witness and his/her family.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606270865.html (Daily news)

Jun 27th 2016

The government has revealed that 80 per cent of Tanzania's labour force is unskilled, a situation that pose an obstacle to moving into a middle income economy. That means 16 million Tanzanians are unskilled. "The government is aware about this problem. We need to upgrade the current composition of unskilled labour. We have to move from 80 per cent to 54 per cent of unskilled working population,"  The problem gives Tanzania an uphill task as it eyes to become a middle income country come 2025.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606271174.html (The Citizen)

Jun 27th 2016

Analyse: Tanzania’s new president shakes up east Africa’s ‘sleeping giant’ In a crowded street in Dar es Salaam, where tailors and scrap-iron merchants vie for space with vegetable hawkers, barber shops and butchers displaying slabs of meat, one incantation is on everybody’s lips: “Magufuli”. Last October, to virtually everyone’s surprise, John Pombe Magufuli, a less-than-glamorous cabinet member who had done two stints as public works minister, became president of Tanzania. He is hopeful the new president will get the economy working for the poor

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0eae9b54-3c5c-11e6-9f2c-36b487ebd80a.html

Jun 27th 2016

Tanzania Fair Competition (FCC) has warned dishonest traders to refrain from importing substandard goods and ensure they stick to business ethics. The commission's Communication and Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mdimi, said this when destroying counterfeit goods seized during various operations conducted by the government watchdog.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606270328.html (Daily news)

Jun 27th 2016

The new master plan for Arusha will cover selected areas in neighbouring districts beyond the city boundaries, according to consultants. Execution of the ambitious plan, prepared by Surbana Consultants Pte Ltd of Singapore, will finally begin in August this year, one of the focus being to overhaul and age-old water supply and sewerage networks.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606280105.html (The Citizen)

Jun 28th 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 1th 2016

Scientists have discovered helium reserves in Tanzania that are a “game-changer” in addressing a critical shortage of the vital-yet-rare gas, Oxford University said. A research group from Oxford and Durham universities in England, working with a Norway-based helium-exploration company, discovered as much as 54 billion cubic feet, or BCf, of the gas in Tanzania’s Rift Valley

The Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, has ordered the drilling of helium to start immediately. Prof Muhongo told The Citizen that the management of the Helium One Company had been given the go ahead to start drilling at Lake Rukwa where 54.2 billion standard cubic feet of the gas had been found.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-28/scientists-discover-game-changer-helium-deposits-in-tanzania

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010430.html (The Citizen)

Jun 29th 2016

Tanzania's central bank said on Tuesday it expects economic growth to accelerate to 7.4 percent in 2017 from an estimated 7.2 percent this year, driven by construction, communications and finance.

<http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFKCN0ZE1FL

Jun 29th 2016

The Civic United Front (CUF) said yesterday it was gathering evidence it would use in suing President John Magufuli at an international court over crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the police in Pemba and some areas in Unguja. The party - which believes it had won the presidency in the October 2015 General Election, which the Zanzibar Electoral Commission chairman, Jecha Salim Jecha cancelled - said it has every reason to believe that Dr Magufuli is aware of all the atrocities some Pemba residents are going through.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606290008.html (The Citizen)

Jun 29th 2016

As human activities continue to encroach into game-protected areas, the toll on wildlife across the country is rising by the day. Because of this, the Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Manyara Region, is now on the verge of collapse. But at the forefront of the ruinous activities, are unscrupulous politicians from 10 villages surrounding the WMA. They have, for years, been fingered in rampant malpractices threatening the protected area.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606290874.html (The Citizen)

Jun 29th 2016

A World Bank report has ranked Tanzania lowly in policy environment on development and poverty reduction. Tanzania scored 4.0 (out of 6) in economic management; 3.7 in structural policies; 3.7 in policies for social inclusion and equity; and 3.3 in public sector management and institutions. Tanzania's score is still above the average CPIA score for sub-Saharan African countries combined at 3.2 in 2015, which remains similar to last year's performance.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606290619.html (The Citizen)

Jun 30th 2016

Although originally discovered in April 2015, recent investigations of the Mambakofi 1 gas discovery in the onshore Ruvu Basin in Tanzania have shown it to be much larger than the 160 Bcfg initially announced. 

https://www.geoexpro.com/articles/2016/06/exploration-update-tanzania

Jul 1th 2016

Magufuli’s 'bulldozing' leadership questioned Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli, popularly known as 'the Bulldozer,' has been lauded for tackling corruption head-on. But his critics warn of a diminishing democratic space.

A group of 11 citizens have filed a petition in the High Court seeking an order to reverse the government's decision to end live broadcasts of parliamentary proceedings. The date for the hearing has been set for July 15.

http://www.dw.com/en/magufulis-bulldozing-leadership-questioned/a-19371737

Jun 30th 2016

The government is planning to set up a body to regulate tax practitioners. That was revealed yesterday by an assistant commissioner at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr Shogholo Msangi, during a stakeholders consultative workshop here on regulating tax practitioners. He said the government believes that tax policies and administration play an important role in the country's development, and therefore there is a need to regulate the profession.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010264.html (The Citizen)

Jul 1th 2016

As the government insisted yesterday on the deadline in dealing with the shortage of school desks countrywide, the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, said data collected by June 17 shows that primary schools have addressed the scarcity by 77 per cent while secondary schools registered 93 per cent compliance.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010575.html (Daily News)

Jul 1th 2016

Commercial banks have announced an increase in transaction fees of 18 per cent effective today. Stakeholders say the increase threatens to reverse gains made in financial inclusion in the country. Banks have announced that fees charged on services such as withdrawals would increase following the government's decision to impose 18 per cent value added tax (VAT) on the charges. The government is targeting the billions of shillings banks have been earning in transaction fees, but, as expected, the additional cost has simply been passed on to customers. The government has also introduced a *10 per cent excise duty tax on mobile money transfers*, leaving people with no viable alternatives.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010056.html (The Citizen)

Jul 1th 2016

The government estimates to have lost at least Sh29 billion ($ 13.8 million) to a tax evasion syndicate allegedly run by a Dar es Salaam businessman and his accomplices between 2010 and 2014 via 4 companies. According to Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Commissioner The businessman, who is in custody, created a fake tax system using electronic fiscal devices and printed and sold to traders fake receipts that they used to demand tax refunds from TRA. 228 other companies were being investigated

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010057.html (The Citizen)

Jul 1th 2016

The church leader Bishop Dr David Mabushi of the International Evangelical Assemblies of God has urged Tanzanians to support government's determination to improve the economy in the next five years. Community support to government development agenda will help end problems contributing to underdevelopment. Problems facing Sinyanga district include killings of the elderly, rape, schoolgirl pregnancies and killings of people with albinism. "Support of religious leaders is crucial because they have tremendous influence over their followers,"

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607010567.html (Daily News)

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 25)

Disclaimer: Everybody who is sending or relaying nor the composer of the information below is responsible for the correctness of the contents. All information is just copied from other sources and is not necessary the truth.

WEEK 25 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 33

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Jun 17th 2016

Analyse: Tanzania - to Be or Not to Be an Investment Haven

Is Tanzania rising? Riding on the crest of the Africa rising wave, that question elicits different answers depending on whom you ask. Those in the overnment who are politicians may quickly say yes, those in the opposition may say no

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606200820.html (The Citizen)

Jun 17th 2016

The government has revoked ownership of 9,025 hectares out of 49,025 owned by an investor. The minister for Land Housing and Human Settlement Development, Mr William Lukuvi, ordered the repossessed land to be divided among Chikutu villagers after the Tanzania Nuthelds Limited failed to develop the farm.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606170215.html (The Citizen)

Jun 18th 2016

The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Tulia Ackson, on Friday suspended two Members of Parliament (MPs) from attending between three and five sessions over lying in the House. Ms Lyimo was accused of deceitfully telling the House that the government has spent over 420bn/- in the purchase of 777 water cannons for anti-riot police, a huge amount that could have sufficed to supply ambulances to all wards in the country.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606180011.html (Daily News)

Jun 19th 2016

Magufuli set for CCM chairmanship July 23 President John Magufuli is to be handed over the baton of the ruling party after a series of meetings of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Dodoma on July 23 when the party holds a special national convention for the purpose.

 

 

After eight months of fighting the ghosts that nearly brought the public service to its knees, President John Magufuli faces his toughest political test yet when he assumes the chairmanship of the ruling party, CCM. President Magufuli has marketed himself as an "outsider within" the party -- a reformist, if not revolutionary.

According to Mr Mbunda, one thing which will put Dr Magufuli at loggerheads with many people within CCM is unshackling the hold on the party some politically-connected businessmen have. "They finance the party hoping for personal favours. There are many such members at all levels of CCM. It becomes very difficult to deal with such people if they are involved, for example, in tax evasion," says the UDSM lecturer

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/magufuli-set-ccm-chairmanship-july-23

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606220982.html (The Citizen)

Jun 19th 2016

Lowassa supports JPM in style Yesterday he came out of the closet for the first time to acknowledge President John Magufuli’s industrialization policy, saying he was particularly impressed with his routine “sweet language” over its implementation.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/magufuli-set-ccm-chairmanship-july-23

Jun 20th 2016

Arusha — Tanzania has started to build its own helicopters in a project that will see the first batch of such choppers taking into the sky sometimes in 2018. "We are complementing President Magufuli's industrialisation policy in pioneering the first locally made helicopters that will be available to ordinary residents at affordable prices," explained the man behind the ATC chopper project, Engineer Abdi Mjema from Mechanical and Engineering Department of the Arusha Technical College

 

A modern hydraulics laboratory costing about $400,000 (Sh864 million) was launched on Saturday at the Arusha Technical College (ATC). The permanent secretary in the ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ms Maimuna Tarishi, inaugurated the facility which will be used for practical training in civil and irrigation engineering courses

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606200085.html> (Daily News)

 

 

 

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606200095.html> (The Citizen)

Jun 20th 2016

Sweden will continue to cooperate with Tanzania in the fight against extreme poverty, a senior Swedish government official declared over the weekend. Sweden's Deputy Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Ulrika Modeer, made the pledge at Nkwenda village in Chamwino district, where she toured development projects geared at poverty eradication which are supported by the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) through Swedish aid.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606201081.html (Daily News)

Jun 21th 2016

All public leaders in the country, including President John Magufuli, will be subjected to five per cent income tax on their gratuity at the end of their tenure in office. Previously, the leaders enjoyed exemptions on their send-off packages through the Public Service Retirement Benefits Act of 1999. Finance and Planning Minister Dr Philip Mpango proposed waiving the immunity for lawmakers when presenting budget estimates for 2016/2017 in the National Assembly on June 8.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606210011.html> (Daily nes)

Jun 22th 2016

A Dar es Salaam Resident, Mr Leonard Mulokozi, was yesterday charged with publishing on WhatsApp messages that were abusive to President John Magufuli. Mr Mulokozi denied the charge at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court and was released on bail. The case will come up for mention on July 18 this year. The text, literally translated from Swahili means: "Does it mean this Pombe Magufuli doesn't have advisers? Is he unadvisable? Or is he just a fool? He's real foolish, this fellow: he doesn't consider the applicable laws before opening his mouth; or does he also suffer from an illness like that of Mnyika?"

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606220022.html (The Citizen)

Jun 22th 2016

Judiciary committee on ethics has suggested that five district magistrates who did not attain the goal of meeting a number of cases set in a year be issued with a warning. In February, the magistrates were given seven days by Chief Justice (CJ) Mohamed Chande Othman to state why they should not be taken to task for failure to hear 260 cases set by the judiciary.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606220623.html (Daily News)

Jun 22th 2016

"The future of the oil and gas industry in Tanzania is bright." regulating of production as well as well as revenue flows from oil and gas is absolutely critical to enable Tanzania to establish or confirm independently the volume of natural gas reserves that the country has. A recent study by Oxford Policy Management (OPM, 2013) estimated that Government revenues through taxes and returns to the planned national gas company will yield an impressive revenue potential of US$1-2 billion a year, equivalent to 2-3% of GDP

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606220641.html (Daily News)

Jun 22th 2016

While a recent warning to Tanzania by the World Bank over the cosying up to China has sparked a backlash from some quarters, it has also re-ignited debate on the sustainability of the country's Look East policy. The value of China's development finance to Tanzania has also grown substantially in recently year.  the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) has dismissed the report as a veiled attempt by the World Bank to protect Western interests in the country by decampaigning China.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606220995.html (The Citizen)

Jun 22th 2016

It appeared there is a law that alcohol drinks only can be served between 18:00 and 24:00. All of the sudden this law is enforced widely.

Hotels and companies in Dodoma who did not pay tax got an official letter nailed on their door which was resulting in a fine once removed without payment.

Local experiences

Jun 23th 2016

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved 200m US dollars from the International Development Association for Tanzania Rural Electrification Expansion Programme. A newly approved loan for the programme will connect 2.5 million poor households in rural areas to the national electricity grid over the next five years.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606230040.html (Daily News)

Jun 24th 2016

The government is producing more medical doctors than it can absorb in its hospitals, a study by healthcare planners revealed yesterday. Over 60 per cent of medical graduates who were trained locally and abroad were not recruited to cover the shortage of doctors in most State-run health facilities. Going by the figures of the medics who have been trained over ten years, it was estimated that the government may have lost over Sh68.3 billion by training the medics it did not absorb. From 2001 up to 2010, a total of 2,248 doctors graduated from medical universities locally and abroad. According to estimates, 1,160 of them cannot be accounted for. They are neither employed in private nor in public health facilities in the country

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606240580.html (The Citizen)

Jun 24th 2016

President John Magufuli said yesterday that elections were over and the Opposition should wait for 2020. Speaking at State House after receiving the official report of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on the 2015 General Election, Dr Magufuli said he would not let politics distract him from his endeavour to deliver on his campaign promises. He urged Tanzanians to focus on building the nation, saying elections were over and there was no time for cheap and divisive politics.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606240578.html (The Citizen)

Jun 13th 2016

To boost revenue collection, the Tanzania government imposed new taxes on financial services including mobile money. These new taxes implemented include 18% to bank fees and commissions in the form of value-added tax and 10% excise duty for sending and withdrawing money through mobile phone money transfer. Tanzania has a growing mobile money user base with 16 Million subscribers across various channels. Previously, the costs were limited sending of money. 

http://www.techweez.com/2016/06/13/tax-on-mobile-money-tanzania/

Jun 24th 2016

In a letter sent today to Tanzanian President John Magufuli, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International strongly urged the government to rescind its decision to grant a hunting concession to Green Mile Company Limited, an operator previously expelled from the country for appalling and abusive killing of wildlife. A 2014 promotional video for Green Mile depicts hunting safari participants killing animals with semi-automatic weapons and pistols, running over animals with their cars, shooting at animals from moving vehicles, and engaging in other deplorable forms of animal cruelty. HSUS and HSI called the 2014 series of incidents “disqualifying” and more than sufficient grounds to deny Green Mile the concession.

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2016/06/tanzania-hunting-green-mile-062416.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/