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

 

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)

 

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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

Jul 4th 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 8th 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

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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/

 

The story about John 'Pombe' Magufuli, the new president of Tanzania

Meet JOHN POMBE MAGUFULI President of Tanzania, a darling ruler that Most African Countries desire to have as their leader
Cameroon Concord, June 26th 2016  

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. However as the First Action leader has been branded with slogans like '' what would Magufuli do?'' he is created a lot of followers and lovers especially on social media who rather find his decisions relevant but hostile and quick. His efforts to sweep out wasteful government spending, root out corruption and discipline lazy public servants seem unfazed. During the period he has sacked dozens of senior public officials for things like refusing receiving government’s salary.

The son of a peasant farmer, John Pombe Magufuli won the election to become Tanzania's next president on his 56th birthday, so it was the perfect gift for him. With the backing of the formidable CCM machinery, Mr Magufuli won the 29 October poll with 58% of the votes to Mr Lowassa's 40% in a fiercely contested election. As works minister in the outgoing government, he was reputed to be a no-nonsense, resultsdriven politician. The 56-year-old is a former school teacher, industrial chemist and outgoing works minister, Nicknamed "The Bulldozer" A devout Catholic with a corruption-free reputation,Performed push-ups on the campaign trail to prove he was fit,Pledged to end power shortages and exploit Tanzania's natural gas discoveries. 

Magufuli was inaugurated on November 5 2015, Just a day after his swearing in, Magufuli made a surprise visit to the Finance Ministry and was shocked to notice that most workers had not reported to work.The President was only beginning to witness inefficiency on an industrial scale. At the finance ministry, Magufuli found literally thousands of requests for foreign travel. For a man who had travelled abroad only six times for the 20 years he had been minister, it was a shocker.In another change of act, Magufuli ordered a ban on foreign travel for ministers and all government officials in order to save costs. All international invitations will be handled by Tanzania's diplomatic missions.

The first Shocker in President Magufuli's trove of surprises was the suspension of the December 9th independence day celebrations and slashed the budget for a state banquet by 70% to mark the official opening of parliament. The president instead decreed that on that day everybody should pick up their tools and clean their backyards. There will always be national cleaning on Independence Day 2015 which has always been celebrated in pomp and style since 1961 when the Tanzania got freedom from the British. The president went on to order for purchase of beds and restocking Tanzania's biggest public hospital where he made surprise visit only to find patients on the floor and fired the board of the country’s biggest hospital. Many complained of not seeing doctors for days. He ordered to use the Millions of Money that was meant for the independence day celebrations to be used to buy hospital beds and Medicines and refurbish hospitals. They immediately purchased more than 300 beds for critical hospitals and refurbished around 15 hospitals in a period of 2 months.

The President reportedly demanded that his presence and that of his prime minister be limited to less than 30mins. Magufuli reportedly also told parliamentary leaders that the people of Tanzania want him to solve their problems, and not him making Empty speeches. That speeches can not provide infrastructure, or buy hospital medicine or stop corruption but ACTION can.

He also banned Brookside milk collection, a Company owned by the president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyata, and directed that all milk produced must be processed locally. He Blasted Uhuru, and stopped Brookside Dairy from exploiting Tanzanians. He claimed it was not fair for Brookside Dairy Limited to collect milk from Tanzania, process it in Kenya and then sell back to them.

Another shocker came in when Magufuli cancelled this year’s Union Day celebrations, celebrated every April 26. Instead he recommended road construction with the funds that were set aside for the celebrations. The cancelation of two national holidays as cost-cutting measures is Magufuli’s rushed attempt to finally deliver on president Julius Nyerere’s vision of self-reliance, accountability and good governance for his country.

He also issued an order directing all foreigners, with or without work permits, to relinquish their jobs to the Tanzanians.The exercise which is dubbed ‘Oparesheni Timua’ was launched in January and it will see Tanzanian immigration officials carry out door to door workplace raids to hunt ‘foreigners’ doing business in Tanzania. its’ main aim was to reduce the number of visitors doing jobs that can be done by the natives. Those who have been greatly affected by this operation are Kenyan teachers working in private schools in Tanzania. Kenyans On Twitter (KOT) have since retaliated by asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to deport all Tanzanians who are working in the country. Only 680 foreigners have work permits, according to the country's immigration department and only 66 have applied for residence permits. The rest must leave the country with immediate effect.

He fired Edward Hosea, the Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) as a move towards strengthening the country’s anti-corruption body after years of disappointingly slow responses to corruption. He also chided the judiciary for failing to play its part in the anti-graft war, offering a carrot to those judges who have done their jobs diligently. Addressing a contractors’ registration board meeting in Dar es Salam, President Magufuli declared, “If you see people wondering, it is because they are used to business as usual. They thought I will be part of them. Never! Not me! I better give up the presidency and return to the village than being a President and entertain the rot that is in this country. I am saying never.” If fighting corruption makes Magufuli a mad dictator, Africa needs more mad dictators at the helm. 

The claim that fighting corruption affects economic development for whatever reason is fallacious. Economic indications show there is confidence in the administration and Tanzania’s investment climate remains favourable. Any allegations to the contrary are malicious and shallow propaganda. He went ahead and recited a litany of ills he found in government, which necessitate his style, including tax evasion, theft at the Dar es Salaam Port, ghost workers and massive swindling at the National Identification Authority (Nida).

Magufuli ordered a ban on ministries, government departments and agencies (MDAs) holding conferences and other meetings in privately-run establishments., instead, the use of ministries' boardrooms and publicly owned facilities as part of instituting financial discipline and cutting costs of running the government a decision that has already started biting, with hotel owners contemplating their next move.

Magufuli sacked the Minister for Home Affairs, Charles Kitwanga for attending parliament session drunk. Mr Kitwanga was dismissed on Friday night for allegedly being drunk in Parliament. He becomes the first cabinet minister to be sacked by President Magufuli since he formed his new government in December last year. "There are rules and regulations in the public service that prohibit workers from drinking alcohol and getting drunk during working hours. Civil servants must have a clear mind to be able to perform government duties properly," It further pointed out that there was a question, which Mr Kitwanga could not respond to properly because he was staggering and stinking. Magufuli fired him there and then.

Magufuli picks another good fight – this time to cut traffic jams in Dar es Salaam by 80% that has been costing Tanzania According to last 2015 statistics, Dar es Salaam loses nearly $188 million to traffic congestion annually. The plans, the Tanzanian president said, included heavy investments towards the construction of roads and railways in the capital of over 5 million people. Magufuli said the government had already allocated $500 million in the next financial year to upgrade the central railway line to standard gauge.

Although most Tanzanians have been yearning for a ‘tough president’ to fix the country, some leading opposition leaders in the country say the Magufuli administration has already displayed some authoritarian tendencies, pointing to the banning of a weekly tabloid, halting of live television broadcasts of full parliamentary sessions, and demolitions of illegally-built houses countrywide,” the failure to restart the constitutional reform process; and the lingering political crisis in Zanzibar, where the general election was annulled in suspicious circumstances.

Constitutional reforms would solve the controversy over the mainland’s relationship with the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago. They would also promote the drive for good governance and accountability that Magufuli is championing. He is likely to succeed with these reforms if he undertakes them now while he is still popular among Tanzanians.

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. That he comes from CCM, a party not particularly famous for being democratic and prudent in its dealings only makes him more remarkable. This is the party that the Economist called “thuggish and undemocratic” yet Magufuli rises against all odds to become the one man who is pruning the Tanzanian system of destructive elements. It therefore comes as a shocker that he would have to defend himself against the charge of being a mad dictator. In response to these allegations, President Magufuli said, “I have decided that this country will move ahead, and it will move ahead. The measures I’m taking are aimed at saving this country. I’m not a madman or a dictator…there are bizarre things going on in the government which I cannot tolerate…I must take action.”

“To public servants I say again, we must change. There is no short-cut. No one will survive thinking this is a temporary situation. This is permanent. It is permanent and unchangeable. We must continue with the same spirit to bring back Tanzania’s lost prestige. Of recent, many investors have been trooping to the country, which even encouraged me to double my efforts. You voted for me to so that I deliver for you. You did not vote for me so that I join the corrupt club. This is our country. We were born here. We will die here.” Magufuli quoted recently.

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 24)

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WEEK 24 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 32

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Jun 12th 2016

Interesting call against corruption: Are Tanzanians fed up living with FRAUD and CORRUPTION? TUMECHOKA !! We are tired of suffering! Enough is enough! Of course we want to know everything about FRAUD and CORRUPTION scandals because we want to see JUSTICE done to those who are caught!  After all, the more who are exposed, the more who are caught, the more who are punished, the LESS will try in the future.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606120311.html (Tanzania business ethics)

Jun 12th 2016

According to the premier, primary and secondary schools in the country is facing a shortage of over 3,000,000 desks with primary schools having a shortage of 2,800,000 while 200,000 desks are needed in secondary schools.

Performance of government leaders at various levels would be assessed based on how they implement orders of the government towards easing shortage of desks in primary and secondary schools in the country, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said. In addition, the premier directed the government leaders including education officers and head- teachers in both primary and secondary schools in the country to ensure that funds which are raised are spent on the required purpose.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606130958.html (Daily news 12-6-16)

Jun 14th 2016

Analyse: The 2016/17 national budget on 8 June was the first for President Dr John Magufuli's administration and may be the most important austerity budget more than ever before tabled in the National Assembly of Tanzania. During the pre-budget consultations, lawmakers, economists, civic groups and other stakeholders, including the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI), shared great ideas about the 2016/17 budget. The unalloyed truth is that Dr Magufuli's administration just couldn't adopt all the ideas at once. That's exactly why the national budget is the most crucial economic policy instrument for any government to make compromises and reach an accord on spending priorities.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606140116.html (Daily News)

Jun 14th 2016

Newly appointed Home Affairs minister Mwigulu Nchemba has declared war on drug cartels and criminals in the country. Speaking shortly after taking oath of office at State House in Dar es Salaam on Monday, Mr Nchemba said criminals should now look for other means of livelihood. He replaces, Charles Kitwanga who was sacked last month and called upon drug dealers to start looking for legal businesses as the government was not ready to keep the lives of youth at risk.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606140107.html (The Citizen)

Jun 14th 2016

Alliance for Change (ACT-Wazalendo) party leader Zitto Kabwe on Monday warned that Dr John Magufuli risked being a one-term president if his government continues to exhibit "dictatorial tendencies" The firebrand opposition politician queried why the Head of State had remained silent amid continued police harassment of opposition leaders and a crackdown on their meetings and other democratic activities countrywide.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606140099.html (The Citizen)

Jun 14th 2016

The Tanzania national budget which was tabled on Wednesday last week in Dodoma that cemented President John Magufuli’s cost cutting measures has drawn mixed feelings including the criticism from stakeholders despite that it settles within the common sources of revenue, this paper can reliably report. “The government should now expand its sources of revenue in order to attract more Tanzanians to become taxpayers whether they are large or small, this eventually will enable the government to reduce the high taxes rates in all discipline.

http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=5270&pLv=3&srI=49&spI=27&cI=10

Jun 14th 2016

The Government of Tanzania has confirmed that it will continue to pursue its quest to attain industrial development pursuing this quest in the context of Tanzania Development Vision 2025. This will be done through the putting up of an internationally competitive business environment to make the country an industrial and logistics hub for the Eastern and Central African region. “The Government of Tanzania Government is committed to working with the private sector, current and new investors, to grow the country together and welcomed more European investors to Tanzania.

http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=5245&pLv=3&srI=49&spI=27&cI=10

Jun 15th 2016

The Government longing for industrialisation will continue to remain rhetoric as the dream is not reflected in the first budget by the fifth government budget. Mr Zitto Kabwe, the ACT-Wazalendo party leader noted in his analysis that the government has failed, through the budget, to set clear policies which would have reinforced and directed its industrialisation desire. He noted in his analysis that the budget tabled by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango, has fallen short of explaining how the government plans to realise its industrialisation drive.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606151026.html  (The Citizen)

Jun 15th 2016

Retired President Benjamin Mkapa has challenged scholars to make use of freedom of speech to discuss issues of national interest that impact on socio-economic development instead of confining themselves to blame games. By so doing, Mr Mkapa hinted that the country will be in a better position to find solutions to various problems and make the right decisions.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606150036.html> (Daily News)

Jun 16th 2016

The banking sector has remained sound and stable with levels of capital and liquidity above regulatory requirements. The sector continued to record steady growth with total assets growing by 14.6 per cent to 26.98tri/- at the end of April 2016, compared to 23.55tri/- recorded at the end of April, last year.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606160415.html (Daily news)

Jun 17th 2016

·         Tanzania is among five African economies whose manufacturing sector are key success stories in Africa after outpacing other countries, which started from similar baselines in 2000, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).  Tanzania's increased exports in the region included vegetable, tea, fruits and various food items, as well as sisal sacks, plastic bags, cotton and coal, the minister said in his presentation of budget estimates for his ministry for the 2016/2017 financial year.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606170109.html (Daily news)

Jun 17th 2016

AT last the importation of substandard goods in the country that has been costing the nation dearly has got a new drive after the government through the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) launched a new approach to curb culprits. It is estimated that the government incurs losses of between 540bn/ $ 260 million) and 900bn/, ($ 428)  ( which is around 15 to 25 per cent of the total domestic revenue annually in tax evasions related to counterfeits and substandard goods.

 

At least 50 per cent of goods consumed in Tanzania including drugs, foods, construction materials and other working tools are counterfeit, according to findings of a research commissioned by Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI).

http://www.ippmedia.com/features/war-against-dealers-substandard-products-gain-momentum

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606170845.html (The citizen)

 

 

Jun 17th 2016

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) initial public offer elicited robust investor response after it was oversubscribed by 377 per cent bringing in new challenges on allotment of funds and reimbursement. As predicted, the IPO received an overwhelming response from investors who put up 35.77bn/-, almost five times the amount earmarked of 8.25bn/-, including 10 per cent of green shoe.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606170840.html (Daily News)

Jun 17th 2016

Potato growers in the country stand to benefit from a new agreement between Netherlands and Tanzania, targeting to help farmers in the country boost the tubers production as well as being provided with potential market outlets abroad. The Netherlands Minister for Agriculture; Mr Martijn Van Dam and the Tanzania Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries William Ole Nasha, have just inked a special agreement on potato seed importation requirements as well as launching the Potato Trade Mission.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606170809.html (Daily news)

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 23)

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WEEK 23 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 31

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Jun 5th 2016

Analyse: Fraud, dishonesty, hostility, bestiality, nudity and every other evil one can think of had become the norm rather than the exception. It became normal for Tanzanians to tell tale and narrate how they were getting away with theft, murder , dishonesty in every facet of life. Every employer had issues with certificates that were forged in order to get good jobs. Today the weights and measures department is advertising measures to protect consumers just as much as Fair Competitions Commission. In other words, the reputation of President Dr Magufuli as a no nonsense manager who will fire lazy public servants has got them to rethink and begin to deliver.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606060216.html (The Citizen )

Jun 6th 2016

Tanzanian police have arrested an army officer and seized 10 pieces of ivory, put at 100,000 U.S. dollars, from his car. Simon Sirro, the Dar es Salaam special zone police commander, said the sergeant and two accomplices were arrested in the city of Dar es Salaam during a police patrol on Thursday.

An investigation is under way, the police officer told a news conference on Friday. The Tanzanian government has committed itself to curbing poaching to protect elephants in the country.

http://www.coastweek.com/3923-Tanzania-arrests-army-officer-seize-dollars-and-ivory.htm

Jun 6th 2016

The Kinondoni Municipal Council suspended four ward executive officers (WEOs) and two others on Saturday for allegedly swindling Sh400 million ($ 180,000).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606060599.html (The Citizen)

Jun 6th 2016

State to Double Jobs, Augment Tourism Earnings: The Government has stated that the Kilimanjaro Tourism and Industry Fair (KILIFAIR) is a shot in the arm in the tourism sector in the country, anticipating that its spill over effect will increase tourists, jobs in the sector and bring more foreign currency for the Government.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606060422.html (Daily news)

Jun 7th 2016

The government of the United States has announced that it will pump 2.650 trillion/- (1.21 billion US dollars) to Tanzania, just two months after its foreign aid agency - Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), pulled 472 million USD (nearly 1tri/-) of funding in protest over alleged suppression of democratic rights.

<http://allafrica.com/stories/201606070158.html (Daily news)

Jun 7th 2016

Tanzania will soon receive a $800 million (about Sh1.8 trillion) grant from the US government to finance development projects, the State House has said. The Directorate of Presidential Communications has said in a statement the country would also sign the agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for support next year.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606070129.html (The Citizen)

Jun 6th 2016

ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe yesterday asked President John Pombe Magufuli to change his modus operandi, saying his style is a threat to democracy. Addressing hundreds of ACT supporters at Mbagala Zakhem grounds in Dar es Salaam, Mr Kabwe also appealed to Zanzibar President Ali Mohammed Shein and his political rival, Mr Seif Sharif Hamad of CUF, to put their differences aside and agree to hold fresh elections in Zanzibar

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606070720.html (The Citizen)

Jun 6th 2016

The Ministry of Home Affairs is intending to put on scrutiny the controversial deal signed between the Police and a local firm - Mara World Tanzania Limited - for the construction of residential units in Dar es Salaam.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606071090.html (Daily news )

Jun 7th 2016

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has collected 1.032 trillion/- ($ 469 billion) in revenue last month, surpassing its target of 1.025 trillion/-. TRA Commissioner General (CG), Mr Alphayo Kidata, said here yesterday that the collection is 100.7 per cent of the target, attributing the success to different efforts to plug loopholes through which tax was evaded. Mr Kidata said collections for a period of 11 months, from July 2015 to May 2016 amounts to 11.956tri/- ($ 5.700 billion), one and the same to 99.2 per cent of the targeted amount that is 12.054 for Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606070189.html (Daily News)

Jun 7th 2016

France, through its International Development Agency (AFD), has granted 65 million Euros (about 161.5bn/) as a concessional loan for the modernisation and extension of the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) Terminal II built in the 1980s.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606080584.html (Daily News)

 

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As Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango tables the maiden budget of President John Magufuli's government in the National Assembly today, analysts expect he will come with fiscal measures that seek to nurture the growth of industries in line with the Second National Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP II). The utmost goal will be to accelerate the rate of economic growth from the current seven to 10 per cent come 2020 and bring the per capita gross domestic product (GDP) from $1,006 presently to $1,500 in the year 2020.

 

The Budget Speech for the coming financial year  2016-17 is available on the website of Ministry of Finance - www.mof.go.tz, in both English and Swahili.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606080231.html (The Citizen)

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 9th 2016

Dr Mpango told the august House that in the 2016/17 Budget, about Sh17.8 trillion ($  8.5 Billion) would come from domestic (tax and non-tax) sources, while Sh3.6 trillion ($ 1.7 billion) (equivalent to 12 per cent of the whole Budget) would come from foreign aid and development grants. Note: (In the past the part from foreign aid used to be up to 40%)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606090199.html> (The Citizen)

Jun 9th 2016

The maiden budget by the Fifth Phase Government has been greeted with approval by economists, who have said that it is likely to help the country move forward if properly implemented. At least 597bn/- ($ 275 million) will be spent to pay salary to government employees in 2016/17, an increase of over 100bn/- (from 480bn/-) paid during 2015/16 under President Jakaya Kikwete's administration. The new budget indicates that about 5.3 per cent of the total budget will be channelled for electricity improvement.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606090235.html (Daily News)

Jun 9th 2016

Religious institutions will no longer be automatically tax-exempt if new proposals by the Finance and Planning minister to tighten the screws on tax havens sail through Parliament.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606090215.html (The Citizen)

Jun 9th 2016

Members of Parliament will have to pay tax like everyone else on their retirement benefits under new measures the Finance and Planning minister has proposed.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606090223.html (The Citizen)

Jun 9th 2016

Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango, unveiled here the 2016/17 National Development Plan whose execution, he said, is subject to the participation of the private sector "The implementation of this plan will depend largely on the involvement of the private sector," said Dr Mpango, noting that the government strategy is to create supportive infrastructure, improve business environment and promote public private partnerships (PPPs) to achieve the strategy's goals.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606090227.html (Daily News)

Jun 10th 2016

The Value Added Tax (VAT) wants to impose on tourism services sent shock waves Wednesday with tour operators calling on the authorities to reverse the plan. As Tanzania reinstates the 18-per cent charge, Kenya has announced to have a zero-VAT in the sector.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606100149.html (The Citizen)

Jun 10th 2016

The new proposed taxes on banks and capital markets products are expected to cause a negative impact to both sectors and dwarfing their growth. The government wants to introduce VAT, 18 per cent, to banks' fees and commissions, also 10 per cent for fees and commissions and 10 per cent excise duty for sending and withdrawing money through mobile phone money transfer that affects banks as well

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606100601.html>  (Daily News)

Jun 11th 2016

Dr Philip Mpango, Tanzania's Minister for Finance and Planning, spelt out four priority areas that the government of President John Magufuli had promised to implement. He said the Annual National Development Plan 2016/17 is looking at interventions to foster economic growth and industrialisation, integrate economic development and human resources, create an enabling business environment and have an effective implementation of project. In order to achieve these goals, the government intends to pursue strategies that will attract private sector to industries and other sectors especially through public private partnerships (PPPs)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606110182.html (The East African)

Jun 8th 2016

Tanzania's tourism industry is facing a number of challenges, which if left unaddressed, would hinder tourism growth, an official has said. Poor infrastructure hinders Tanzania's tourism growth Allan Kijazi, director general of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) noted that some of those challenges include poor road infrastructures particularly those getting into the national parks.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-06/08/c_135423116.htm

Jun 9th 2016

Opposition lawmakers who have been absconding sessions of the National Assembly for almost the second week running will not be paid allowances during the period until they return to the House, Deputy Speaker, Dr Tulia Ackson, ruled.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606090237.html (Daily News)

Jun 9th 2016

Arusha Man Fined Seven Million/ - or Face Three Years in Jail for Ridiculing Magufuli. Habakuki who was debating online via group chats with mates, about the issue of President Magufuli's performance in comparison to the Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, found himself being dragged before the court of law for allegedly speaking foul and belittling the head of state.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606091043.html (Daily news)

Jun 9th 2016

Tanzanian police banned all opposition protests till further notice on Tuesday after security forces used tear gas to disperse a crowd rallying against “undemocratic actions” by President John Magufuli’ s government. Tanzania’s main opposition parties have called for nationwide rallies to protest against the government’s decision to ban live televised parliamentary debates. (Note: on the picture a text is seen "Not all Indians are bad we all are family say no to racism")

 

 

The opposition says it will challenge in court, the recent announcement by the police force in the country to ban all rallies by Opposition parties.

http://m.ewn.co.za/2016/06/08/Tanzania-police-uses-teargas-at-opposition-rally-bans-protests

 

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-/1840340/3243736/-/lbbssa/-/index.html

Jun 10th 2016

Civic leaders have been roped into a racket in which hundreds of households are collecting millions of shillings from the Tanzania Social Action Fund (Tasaf) without meeting the minimum requirements for beneficiaries. Tasaf officials said Thursday there are fears hundreds of poor households across the country could be missing out on the development funds when undeserving people are pocketing the money with the help of local leaders.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606100142.html (The Citizen)

Jun 10th 2016

Opposition members of parliament who are boycotting ongoing parliamentary sessions shall immediately be stripped of their allowances worth millions of shillings, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Tulia Ackson, ordered yesterday as her standoff with the MPs intensifies.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/ackson-strips-boycotting-mps-their-allowances

Jun 10th 2016

Tanzania’s richest man, Mohammed Dewji, who carted away several prizes at the  President’s Manufacturer of Year Awards (PMAYA), and received accolades from the President for being the country’s largest private employer of labor, promised the President that he’ll create thousands of new jobs for Tanzanians within the next few years. His conglomerate, the METL Group, now operates in over 35 industries as diverse as trading, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and petroleum, financial services, mobile telephony, infrastructure and real estate, transport, logistics and distribution.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2016/06/10/africas-youngest-billionaire-mohammed-dewji-promises-to-create-100000-jobs-in-tanzania/#7def447398f3

Jun 10th 2016

Tanzania's year-on-year headline inflation rate accelerated in May, driven by a surge in non-food inflation which climbed to 3.8 percent from 3.5 percent in the same period, statistics office data showed on Friday. Headline inflation in the year to May reached 5.2 percent, up from 5.1 percent in April, while month-on-month inflation remained unchanged at 0.5 percent.

http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFKCN0YW11H

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 22)

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WEEK 22 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 30

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

May 28th 2016

With confirmed funding commitments amounting to US$1 billion and confirmed participation from global investors and funding institutions in control of more than US$200 billion, the Tanzania International Investment Forum For Investments is set out to be the largest gathering of international investors in Tanzania. Scheduled to take place at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, 12-14 July 2016, “We welcome investors throughout the world to participate in the TIFI 2016 and explore the abundant opportunities available in Tanzania, where return on investment is among the highest in Africa

http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=5201&pLv=3&srI=49&spI=27

May 28th 2016

Analyse: Government by gesture A president who looks good but governs impulsively some Tanzanians, especially businessfolk, are having doubts about Mr Magufuli’s flair for the dramatic. When he thinks a public official has misbehaved he fires him on the spot, rather than following due process. More important is that he shows little interest in wider reforms aimed at spurring economic growth. If anything he seems to be making it tougher to invest in a country that already scores dismally on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, where it is ranked 139th out of 189. “What Africa needs is strong institutions, not strong men or women,” says Zitto Kabwe, an opposition leader.

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21699470-president-who-looks-good-governs-impulsively-government-gesture

May 30th 2016

Analyse: Questions now for Magufuli style But he should not be trespassing beyond his proper jurisdiction by doing the work which institutions like the courts, government arbitration bodies and the media are supposed to do.

Two of his neighbours, Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, were widely hailed as aggressive reformists when they came into office. They both later proved to be dictators who have overstayed their welcomes and now ­cannot be removed.

http://mini.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/questions-now-for-magufuli-style-2028231

May 30th 2016

Analyse: Interesting Times Indeed for Journalists If words mean what they say, then journalists in Tanzania have bumped into an inexhaustible source of information and news. It is good that JPM did not say all advanced age civil servants are corrupt. But questions abound: Is it true that the allegedly civil servants started getting corrupt as they grew older?  JPM was quoted by media outlets as saying the following: First that the "seat" in which he sits as President, was not given to him by "any person," but God. Think about it and recall.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605310551.html  (The Citizen)

May 30th 2016

Slightly over six months after the new government came to power, hotel businesses fashioned to host conferences have sounded an alarm of hardship in doing business. This follows the government order banning ministries, government departments and agencies (MDAs) holding conferences and other meetings in privately-run establishments. (Note: it is known that many civil servants were among the owners of these establishments organizing conferences at their  to gain sitting allowances)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605300896.html (the citizen)

May 30th 2016

The new VAT Act, effective from 1 July 2015, has brought about a significant change by subjecting these services to VAT at the standard rate of 18 per cent. As a result, foreign consignees of transit goods will now incur an additional 18 per cent Tanzanian VAT which cannot be claimed in their respective countries. As result Dar es Salaam port has begun experiencing a decline in transit cargo traffic in recent months.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605310317.html

Jun 1th 2016

Tanzania has begun a nationwide programme to seize land left undeveloped by investors and return it to poor farmers, in a bid to quell conflicts between farmers, herders and developers. For more than a decade, foreign investors have bought up large tracts of land for agriculture or for energy projects, but many have left the land unused.

http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3201555-tanzania-seizes-idle-land-from-investors-to-return-to-poor-farmers/

Jun 1th 2016

Analyse: Despite the good intentions, President Magufuli's style makes some people uncomfortable. In fact, a section of stakeholders in the business and political cycles and the academia, are still trying to decipher his style, seven months down the line Magufuli: "If you see people wondering [about his determination], it is because they are used to business as usual. They thought I will be part of them. Never! Not me! I better give up the presidency and return to the village than being a President and entertain the rot that is in this country. I am saying never.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606011117.html (The Citizen)

Jun 2th 2016

Analyse: The article which appeared in the Economist of May 28th 2016 about the Tanzanian leader and government was both distasteful and amateurish to say the least.

Yes Africa needs strong men and strong women to lead strong institutions. And yes Tanzania is just doing that for the benefit of her citizens. Those businessmen or so called foreign investors who used to siphon our resources with absolute impunity using corrupt government leaders and politicians, who do not want strong men and women, should count themselves unwanted.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606020944.html (Daily news)

Jun 2th 2016

The police force requires over 4tri/- ($ 8.4 billion) for the construction of stations, administrative blocks and residential houses for its officers countrywide, the National Assembly heard here yesterday. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Hamad Yusuf Masauni also mentioned the release of mobile numbers of the police leaders to the public, the notification system through the electronic gadgets and establishment of suggestion boxes as other strategies to fight corruption in the force.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606030324.html (Daily News)

Jun 3th 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday revealed the government blessed the suspension of 7,802 University of Dodoma students for vetting. President Magufuli said the students who were studying under a special education programme would be sieved and only those with requisite qualifications recalled to continue with their studies. "Politics is killing our education. Laws and regulations governing education are not being followed! I am now trying to restore order and urge university students to stay away from politics when in campus,"

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606030999.html (The Citizen)

Jun 3th 2016

Analyse: The one thing that Tanzania needs to do though, is to manage the resources efficiently and effectively. This I believe will happen under the administration of the new president, John Magufuli, who was elected on the 29 of October 2015 with 58% of the vote. He is known to be a devout Catholic and corruption free and ran on a message of stamping out corruption. The Tanzanian GDP for the last quarter of 2015 grew at a rate of 7.1% due to substantial increases in defence, communication, financial, and insurance sectors

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/tanzanias-promising-future-cm630014 3-6-16

Jun 3th 2016

According to Mr Luoga, about 59 hectares of bhang (edible preparation of cannabis) farms have in the recent weeks been destroyed in various parts of the district. "In a period of two months alone 59 hectares of bhang farms have been uprooted and burnt", the DC told the 'Daily News' recently. Mr Luoga said people found growing the illegal crop are urged to plant cash and food crops. The use of illicit drugs like bhang contributes to criminal activities, thus elimination of the bhang farming in the area is imperative, the DC said.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606030230.html (Daily news)

Jun 4th 2016

The European Union has taken a decision to maintain minimal contact with the government of Zanzibar President Ali Mohammed Shein, citing the decision of the Zanzibar Electoral commission (ZEC) to annul the October 2015 election results without providing evidence to justify its "unprecedented decision."

http://allafrica.com/stories/201606050099.html (The East African)

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 21)

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WEEK 21 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 29

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

May 23th 2016

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal lodged by tycoon Jayantkumar Chandubhai Patel and others, seeking to challenge criminal proceedings against the "sharks of corruption", involving theft of 9.7bn/-($ 4.6 million) from External Payments Arrears (EPA) account at the Bank of Tanzania. Following the court's decision by Patel, alias Jeetu Patel, and his colleagues, Devendra K. Vinobhai Patel, Amit Nandy and Ketan Chohan Pad will have no other option other than going back to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam to face the criminal charges they had previously tried to avoid.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605231498.html

May 21th 2016

How to Lift 12 Million Tanzanians Out of Extreme Poverty  The World Bank forecasts Tanzania's economy as growing at an average rate of seven per cent over the next two years but wants the government to adopt measures that will see the growth translating into reduced poverty levels. It shows that about 12 million Tanzanians (25 per cent) continue to live on less than Sh1,300 ($ 0.60) per day To get things moving, the World Bank wants Tanzania to stop managing economic matters with the business-as-usual approach and seriously look into the private sector as a sure way of finding the much needed finances to spur economic growth.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605230346.html (The Citizen)

May 22th 2016

As a Region We Should All Be Celebrating the 'New' Tanzania These are very interesting times for those who enjoy following events concerning the East African region. Although the region has five countries with South Sudan slowly making its way as the sixth, a lot of focus remains around Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605230277.html.Rwanda (New Times)

May 23th 2016

The chairman of the Private Sector Federation (PSF), Benjamin Gasamagera, has encouraged Rwandan traders to look for business partnership with Tanzanians and increase competitiveness. He said this on Friday during the first Tanzania Rwanda Trade Forum (TRTF) in Kigali. "We will provide ground not only for partnerships but also possible business opportunities for both our private sector operators, facilitate joint venture opportunities and exchange relevant business information and intelligence," Gasamagera said.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605230954.html (Rwanda Focus)

May 23th 2016

The government wants financial institutions to increase financing of the manufacturing sector as a way of supporting President John Magufuli's industrialisation agenda. Bank of Tanzania figures show that the manufacturing sector mostly comes in the third position with regarding to areas that receive the most credit from financial institutions

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605231015.html

May 25th 2016

The Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has saved 10.3bn/-($ 5 million) in a period of three months, between January and March, this year, that would have ended up in corrupt people's pockets. The campaign is seen as a way to create public awareness and awaken public morals in the fight against corruption through an easier way to receive and give information to PCCB through short mobile text messages.

Giving a detailed use of the emergency number by the public, Mlowola said the public can call 113 and speak with a PCCB officer or using *113# to provide reports on corruption through mobile subscribers; TTCL, Airtel, Tigo, Vodacom, Zantel and Halotel.

During the launch of the 'Speak to us' a PCCB's campaign director general Valentino Mlowola said 230 projects were inspected in PCCB's efforts to ensure taxpayer's money was properly spent to benefit the general public.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605250722.html (Daily news)

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605250244.html (The Citizen)

May 25th 2016

The first ever heart bypass surgery in the East African Region has been conducted in Tanzania, courtesy of Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) and a team of doctors from a leading Indian (New Delhi-based) BLK Super Specialty Hospital - a blessing in disguise for 18 patients battling cardiac complications.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605250234.html (Daily News)

May 25th 2016

Global investors and funding institutions in control of more than US$200 billion US dollars will meet in Dar es Salaam in July for a three-day investment forum to explore business and investment opportunities in Tanzania.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605250771.html (Daily News)

May 26th 2016

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development is collaborating with 18 councils to prepare Master Plans that will help check the escalating land-based conflicts in the country. The deputy minister admitted that to a large extent, land disputes were fuelled by lack of proper land management plans and people's failure to respect land laws and policies. 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605260165.html (Daily News)

May 27th 2016

Communication & Transport Workers Union of Tanzania (COTWU) of Tanzania has temporarily suspended top union leaders over alleged abuse of power.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605270175.html (The Citizen)

May 27th 2016

Will Tanzania be the Switzerland of Africa? The East African country of Tanzania has long been considered an island of stability where chaos appears to reign across the continent, and even in its own region. But emerging concerns will test whether Tanzania can maintain this relative harmony over the next several years.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article80166282.html#storylink=cpy

May 27th 2016

Magufuli Warns Against Corruption in Construction Sector President John Magufuli yesterday said his government won't tolerate shoddy deals in the booming construction industry. He said corruption in the industry has reached unprecedented levels and expressed his determination to step up the war on the vice.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605270968.html The Citizen

May 27th 2016

Tanzania has made significant progress in delivering education and health services, particularly in the areas of rural health infrastructure and teacher attendance, according to the latest Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) published today. However, the new data also highlight weaknesses that are contributing to low levels of learning in primary schools and tragic mortality levels among mothers and newborns. Tanzania’s maternal mortality rate is very high at 432 deaths per 100,000 live births. Keith Hansen, World Bank Group Vice President for Human Development said “Service Delivery Indicators are public data that citizens can use to hold the government accountable for education and health services, and that the government can use to inform reform efforts in these sectors. As Tanzania aspires to achieve middle-income status by 2025, SDI is an example of the kind of data transparency and accountability that could be transformational.”

The World Bank (WB) has urged the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to bank on the process of leveraging technologies and innovations in data production and dissemination.

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2016/05/27/tanzania-new-service-delivery-data-show-some-progress

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605270209.html (Daily news)

May 27th 2016

Magufuli will give directives to all ministers to emulate the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, which ensures that a big percentage of public funded projects go to local contractors. But he told they also must discuss problems that lead to failing to get government projects," he advised. President Magufuli noted that there were many challenges facing the construction sector; some of which were caused by the contractors themselves, including failing to enter into joint ventures to win major government tenders

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605270356.html (Daily news)

 

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 20)

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WEEK 20 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 28

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

May 14th 2016

Malawi Police in Karonga the northern part of Malawi on Friday confiscated a 40 horse power Tanzanian engine boat which was illegally transporting assorted goods from the country to the neighbouring Tanzania and arrested 16 people.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605140008.html (Nuasa Times)

May 15th 2016

Rwanda has initially opted to develop rail links to Indian Ocean ports through Tanzania because they were cheaper and shorter than the route transiting Kenya, Finance Minister Claver Gatete said.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/49818-rwanda-opts-to-link-up-with-ports-via-tanzania

May 16th 2016

Tanzania has removed more than 10,000 "ghost workers" from its public sector payroll after a nationwide audit found their fraud cost the Government over $US2 million ($2.74 million) a month, the Prime Minister's office says. (This news went viral in the world press)

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-16/tanzania-says-over-10000-ghost-workers-purged-from-payroll/7419404

May 16th 2016

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said preventing people from providing and receiving bribes, conducting an anti-corruption crackdown, reviewing various laws and having the political will to address the problem are new strategies of fighting graft. He was in London to attend an international anti-corruption summit. "Corruption is a big problem that needs concerted efforts to resolve," he said. "We are committed to fighting this problem and the fifth phase government is making big changes. Business as usual is not our priority," a statement obtained here quoted him as saying yesterday.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605160480.html The Citizen

May 16th 2016

Swissport, the country’s leading aviation services provider, has stepped up significant improvements on its export and import facilities in a spirited drive to boost the performance of the aviation industry in Tanzania by putting up a of an import warehouse valued at $13 million (Tsh.26 billion) to be completed end of this month .

http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=5168&pLv=3&srI=59&spI=47

May 17th 2016

The United Kingdom (UK) has transferred to Tanzania 7 million US dollars (more than 14bn/-) fine that Standard Bank paid as a result of its failure to prevent bribery, British High Commissioner to Tanzania Dianna Melrose confirmed yesterday. The compensation was paid following the ruling by the British High Court in London in November last year over 6 million USD (about 12bn/-) bribery scandal in a treasury bond deal sealed on March 8, 2013 involving the London-based Standard Bank

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605170130.html (Daily News)

May 18th 2016

Opinion: Qualitative Governance - Why JPM Has Been a Disappointment.

Here comes Dr Magufuli, who could at best be described as being lukewarm about constitutional democracy. KATIBA (constitution) is one thing that would have given a huge boost to Dr Magufuli's crackdown on corruption, unethical conduct in politics and civil service and laziness. But does his government see it this way? May be not!

By Deus, contributor Kibamba International Student Week in Tanzania (ISWT)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605180616.html (The Citizen)

May 18th 2016

Authorities in the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Marketing have destroyed fake and expired products worth over 14.2m/- ($ 64,000) in Pemba Island. The products included 204 bags of expired sugar, apples, cosmetics, toothpaste, soap, juice, coffee, maize flour and baked beans.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605181157.html (Daily news)

May 18th 2016

Revenues From Extractive Industries On the Increase It was reported last year that government earnings from the extractive industry surged from 956 billion/- ($ 434m) in 2013 to 1.221 trillion/- ($ 581m) during the fiscal year 2014 which was according to findings of a report by the Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TEITI).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605180932.html (Daily news)

May 19th 2016

May 21th 2016

Over the past month or so, Tanzania has been grappling with a shortage of sugar. Government and business accuse each other of creating the crisis, but many here believe it started with the decision of President John Magufuli who said the importation process was marked by corruption, the market flooded with poor quality or adulterated products and that the country had failed to protect local factories while importers grew rich. Some of the imported sugar is of inferior quality compared to our locally produced sugar and some poses health risks to consumers. ----

An ambitious project is well underway to establish more sugar plants in the country in the next four years to meet growing demand of the product in the country, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36330216

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605200148.html>

May 20th 2016

Construction of the 5trn/- ($2.3 billion)  Mchuchuma coal and Liganga iron ore projects in Mbeya Region is set to kick off this year, the Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment, Mr Charles Mwijage, told a press conference here yesterday. The projects would be implemented by Tanzania China International Mineral Resources Ltd (TCIMRL), which is a joint venture of the National Development Corporation (NDC) and a Chinese firm, Sichuan Hongda Group.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605200131.html

May 20th 2016

The Ministry of Energy and Minerals has increased the budget for rural electrification by 50 per cent, from 357bn/- in the 2015/2016 fiscal year to 534bn/- in the coming year as it struggles to ensure Tanzanians are supplied with reliable electricity

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605200064.html

May 20th 2016

Tanzania plans to start work this year on a $3 billion fertiliser plant, which it said on Friday will be Africa's largest, as part of an effort to increase its agricultural production. The factory, which Tanzania is building along with a consortium from Germany, Denmark and Pakistan, will use natural gas to produce fertiliser, the president's office said. "The plant, which will become Africa's biggest fertiliser producer, will have a capacity of producing 3,800 tonnes per day," it said in a statement. "The factory is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs and its investment will cost $3 billion." the statement said.

http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKL5N18H1X2?irpc=932

May 21th 2016

The TanzaniaZambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is among the beneficiaries of financial support from China amounting to $60bn, issued during the Forum on ChinaAfrica Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in December last year.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/tazara-among-beneficiaries-china%E2%80%99s-new-60bn-aid-fund

May 21th 2016

Tanzania's president has sacked his home affairs minister after he turned up to parliament and answered questions while under the influence of alcohol, the presidency said late on Friday.

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-tanzanian-president-sacks-minister-for-being-drunk-on-the-job-2016-5

May 21th 2016

Tanzania is ousting Kenya as East Africa's powerhouse. Since John Magufuli's surprise election win last October, it seems Kenya could be losing its grip on East African politics as Tanzania increasingly presents itself as a viable alternative for regional cooperation. President Magufuli's pragmatic, hands-on approach is making this possible. "It is changing the way business can be done: in a more efficient and effective way. When it comes to stability, Kenya is struggling. Security has become a growing fear, not only for Kenyans but also investors. The country's border with Somalia makes it vulnerable to attacks from Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, making Tanzania an attractive alternative.

http://m.dw.com/en/is-tanzania-ousting-kenya-as-east-africas-po

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 19)

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WEEK 19 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 27

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

May 7th 2016

How to spend Magufuli millions for Villages? President John Magufuli is resurrecting a facet of welfare methods of the fourth phase government, some of which has become institutionalised similar to the role of the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), which is supposed to uplift poor families. The government has decided to disburse about TSh50m cash to each village. An earlier model for such expenditure was the 'JK billions' decided early in 2006 and the disbursing of those funds helped to push inflation during the year, as many lower class families sought to purchase household durables.

http://www.ippmedia.com/features/how-spend-magufuli-millions-villages

May 7th 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday directed security organs to pin down and unveil sugar being stored by some crook traders at Mbagala in Dar es Salaam and Kilombero in Morogoro and distribute it freely to the public.  The president said at least 4,000 tonnes of sugar were locked by traders in a city godown with another 3,000 tonnes being  hidden in a godown in Morogoro.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/jpm-trails-sugar-hidden-city-godowns

May 9th 2016

The Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Professor Mussa Assad, has recommended changes of percentage ownership in the over 4.8 trillion/- ($ 2 billion) project involving extraction and exploration of coal mines and iron ores at Mchuchuma and Liganga in southern Tanzania. A review of agreement revealed Hongda Sichuan (Group), a private partner with 600 million USD equity towards implementation of the project, owned 80 per cent shares of the Tanzania China International Mineral Resources Limited (TCIMRL), while National Development Corporation (NDC) owns 20 per cent. "We are of the opinion that share distribution comes with financial responsibilities. Thus, if a loan is to be secured against Tanzanian resources, NDC, on behalf of the government, should have become TCIMRL majority shareholder," Prof Assad suggests in his report.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605090130.html

May 9th 2016

The government, through the Ethics Secretariat that administers ethical conduct of public leaders, plans to table a Bill in parliament that seeks to separate Business and Public Leadership, the National Assembly Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai, has said. Mr Ndugai said before the Bill is tabled, MPs will be sensitised on its importance in addition to the need to separate business and public leadership, which is meant to ensure the integrity of public leaders.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605090144.html

May 10th 2016

The government has launched the Star City development project with an initial $67 million at Tungi Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Morogoro, eastern Tanzania. "Once completed, we are envisaged to create over 100,000 employment opportunities for the youth," Charles Mwijage, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment said last week

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605110361.html

May 11th 2016

Panama Papers Name 45 Tanzanian Tycoons The names of at least 45 Tanzanian businessmen emerged yesterday in the latest release of Panama papers that details the names of people and related companies with offshore accounts in territories that are known as tax havens.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605110950.html

May 12th 2016

Analyse: (Deutsche Welle) Tanzania's Magufuli leads fight against corruption As an anti-corruption conference ends in London, in Tanzania the battle to end graft is on in earnest. At the forefront is President John Magufuli. In his five months in office, he's already shown he means business.

http://m.dw.com/en/tanzanias-magufuli-leads-fight-against-corruption/a-19252614

May 12th 2016

The government should put its house in order if it is to mend its relations with donors, this is an advice given following top government leaders applying innuendo-filled remarks when reacting to the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) decision to halt its Sh1 trillion ($ 450 billion) support to Tanzania.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605120421.html (The Citizen)

May 13th 2016

Thirteen giant mining companies have not paid corporation taxes due to non-declaration of profits in their accounts books, a report by the Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Teiti) has revealed.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605121275.html (The Citizen)

May 13th 2016

President John Magufuli was yesterday the toast of hundreds of people who attended the swearing-in of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, as they wildly applauded when he was being introduced at the Kololo Independence Grounds. Uganda's veteran president, Yoweri Museveni, vowed to fight corruption as he was sworn in to a fifth term in office

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605140001.html  (Al Jazeera) http://allafrica.com/stories/201605130152.html (DailyNews)

May 14th 2016

Analyse about press freedom: The live coverage of proceedings in the Tanzanian parliament ended as a government decision to halt the service went into effect. The move, announced by Information Minister Nape Nnauye in January, has led to protests from the opposition party and journalists' groups, who said they view the decision to stop live broadcasts of parliamentary debates as tantamount to censorship.

https://cpj.org/blog/2016/05/tanzania-cuts-live-parliamentary-coverage-ending-v.php

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 18)

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 18 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 26

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

May 1th 2016

As the world marks International Labour Day, over 8,000 so-called ‘ghost workers’ have been identified on Tanzania’s government pay-roll. Removing these bureaucratic fictions will save the state over $35 million in salaries which would have been paid to non-existent staff from January to April this year.

http://aa.com.tr/en/world/ghost-workers-exposure-saves-tanzania-35-million/564656

May 1th 2016

President John Magufuli has reduced pay as you earn (paye) income tax charged on salaries from 11 percent to 9 percent. Dr Magufuli said it today when addressing the May day celebrations in Dodoma that the move aims at alleviating a burden which workers in the country carry. He said while businessmen have been evading taxes, workers have been faithful in paying the tax because it was directly taken from their salaries. He said that as he continues to fight against ghost workers and corruption, he will continue to work on improving workers welfare.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605010186.html

May 2th 2016

The Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Professor Mussa Assad, has questioned the rationale behind transferring government shares in the Promotion of Rural Initiative and Development Enterprises (Pride Tanzania) Limited to a private company.  The main purpose of establishment of this entity was to provide credit to small and micro-entrepreneurs in Tanzania. It has been claimed, however, that Pride Tanzania was being burdened by loans it has allegedly obtained from financial institutions. "Pride Tanzania has never submitted its financial statements for audit as required by the law," remarks the CAG.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605020044.html

May 2th 2016

Sacked Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) Executive Director Juliet Kairuki fell out with President John Magufuli over tax issues and an apparent arrangement through which she was reportedly earning a salary outside the established government structure, Sources in government with knowledge on the dispute told that Ms Kairuki may also have been punished for granting herself allowances outside the government structure to meet her salary expectations.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604291160.html

May 2th 2016

The $ 2.7 billion-dollar Mchuchuma coal and Liganga iron-ore mining projects in Tanzania's southern highlands will kick off in March next year. Energy and Minerals  The Chinese firm Sichuan Hongda Group owns 80 per cent of the Liganga mine and 70 per cent of the Mchuchuma coal complex with a 100-year lifespan and a total value of $54.8 billion combined

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605021159.html

May 2th 2016

China last week said it is ready to provide $6.8 billion for the construction of Tanzania's Standard Gauge railway along the Central Corridor. (See also http://allafrica.com/stories/201604300184.html about the connection with Rwanda with this railway.)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605030286.html

May 2th 2016

ABB Global Technology has opened a service centre in Tanzania that will serve Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi for the maintenance and rehabilitation of turbochargers in power plants. The company is looking forward to bring electrical technology solutions to Tanzania and the East Africa by introducing new products and providing experts. The ABB Group of companies operates in 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605030334.html

May 3th 2016

Since the liberalisation of the media in Tanzania in the mid-1990s, the press is freer, more professional and independent, but there is still a long way to go. The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) is still dealing with government-imposed bans, ethical lapses and attempts at heavy-handed regulation. (The author is the executive secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania.)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605030843.html

May 3th 2016

Analyse: After five decades of formulating strategies as well as policies, and following repeated political statements on the importance of industries in Tanzania's economic growth, has the time arrived for a take-off?

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605030579.html

May 3th 2016

A dizzying array of exceedingly-generous official tax exemptions have cost Tanzania's national economy close to Tzs 8 trillion/- ($ 3.7 billion) over the past five years alone, creating yawning fiscal gaps that have forced the government to borrow heavily to fund development projects, it has been revealed.  According to latest records, tax exemptions rose consistently in the last five years of former president Jakaya Kikwete's government. Tanzania’s national public debt reached a staggering $19.4 billion (around 42.7 trillion/) by the end of 2015, with foreign debt increasing by more than $1 billion in just one year.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/devastating-cost-tax-exemptions-nation

May 3th 2016

Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage launched a Tzs 140 billion ($ 66 million) star city development project close to Morogoro municipality. When  completed, the integrated township project would generate 100,000 employment opportunities for the youth in the education, light industry, tourism, logistics, commercial, transport and onstruction sectors.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/govt-launches-140bn-integrated-township-project

May 3th 2016

It is clear that Russia is seeking business and economic breakthrough with Tanzania. Whether it is part of its geopolitical adventures or genuine efforts to lessen economic sanctions imposed on it by the West after its forays into Ukraine, it is difficult to tell. But as Russian industrialists seek strategic raw materials, it is not difficult to see why Tanzania, endowed with rich mineral and agricultural resources, could be a target. So far the only major uranium mining company in the country, is operated by Uranium One owned by Russian state Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom by 100 per cent. Tanzania's exports to Russia are $52 million while imports from Russia are $ 60 million. Russian mainly exports ferrous metals, machinery and equipment, fertilisers to Tanzania, while Tanzania exports agricultural products to Russia.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605020863.html

May 4th 2016

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will assist Tanzania to realize its core agenda on nurturing industrialization for economic transformation and human development using the kaizen formula writes ELISHA MAYALLAH. Kaizen or 'continuous improvement', is a strategy where employees at all levels of a company work together proactively to achieve regular, incremental improvements to the manufacturing process.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605030272.html

May 4th 2016

Tanzania has a stockpile of over 90 metric tonnes of ivory, the world's largest haul, which is estimated to be worth well over Tzs 400 billion/on ($ 333 million) The global black market. A common strategy adopted by many countries has been to destroy the stockpiles of ivory to send a message against the illegal trade. Kenya recently destroyed its ivory haul, prompting some conservationists to renew their call for Tanzania to follow suit. But officials in Tanzania remain starkly divided about what to do with the country's stockpile.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/ivory-haul-magufulis-400bn-dilemma

May 4th 2016

The government and key stakeholders of Dar es Salaam port have drawn up a plan to rescue the port in the wake of a steep decline in cargo traffic. Measures proposed include the scrapping of Value Added Tax (VAT) on transit goods.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605041018.html

May 4th 2016

Govt to Act on Freedom of Information Bill after complaints raised by media stakeholders on the Right to Information and Communication Bill is ready in the 2016/2017 financial year. It has also appealed to the stakeholders to form a committee to re-examine and seek a lasting solution to the simmering dispute over live coverage of parliamentary sessions.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201605040030.html

May 7th 2016

THE government has managed to slash tax exemptions to at least one per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning Dr Ashatu Kijaji.  The minister said that from July 2015 to March 2016 the amount that had been exempted from tax amounted to 564,106m/She said her ministry’s forecast indicated that by the end of this financial year exemptions would reach 752,141m/ ($358 million) , equivalent to 0.8 per cent of the GDP.

http://www.ippmedia.com/business/minister-says-tax-exemptions-cut-1-cent-gdp

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 17)

WEEK 17 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 25

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Apr 25th 2016

Tanzanian authorities on Saturday launched a public investment management manual aimed at overseeing the implementation of all public investment projects in the east African nation. The minister said the shortcomings have resulted in a significant number of wasteful “white elephant” projects, and more tragically, have led to the failure to provide the needed quality public services.

http://www.herald.co.zw/tanzania-launches-investment-manual/

Apr 21th 2016

Analyse: Tanzania At 55 - Some Progress Has Been Made but There's a Long Way to Go. The cancellation of two national holidays as cost-cutting measures is Magufuli's rushed attempt to finally deliver on President Julius Nyerere's vision of self-reliance, accountability and good governance for his country. Nyerere, Tanzania's founding father upon its independence in 1961, governed until he retired in 1985.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604251311.html

Apr 25th 2016

The Sh2.9 billion ($ 1.4 million) allegedly stolen by top officials of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) in Mara and Dar es Salaam regions was laundered by establishing several private businesses and buying cars.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604250882.html

Apr 25th 2016

The number of ghost workers in Arusha Region has risen to 350 following the discovery of 180 new names of non-existent employees holding positions and vacancies in public offices here.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604250488.html

Apr 25th 2016

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has formed a subcommittee to investigate the performance of the alleged 39bn/- ($ 18 million) controversial contract between the embattled Lugumi Enterprises Limited and the Police Force involving fixing Automated Fingerprint Information System (AFIS) to police stations.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604250118.html

Apr 26th 2016

The government has scrapped off all charges for treatment and medicine provided to malaria patients in government hospitals in the country. Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Minister Ummy Mwalimu told a news conference here that patients would be required to pay consultation fees only. "Other charges like malaria diagnosis and medication will be free of charge effective from now in all government hospitals.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604260074.html

Apr 26th 2016

Tanzanian President John Magufuli suspended the head of the telecoms regulator on Tuesday, saying the watchdog failed to monitor the industry, resulting in the loss of potential tax revenues of 400 billion shillings ($182.15 million) a year since 2013.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL5N17T5UL

Apr 27th 2016

It Was for a Good Reason That Kenya Lost Pipeline Deal to Tanzania Would it pass through Kenya or Tanzania? Last week, the matter was finally settled. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni announced that the multi-billion-dollar 1,410-kilometre crude export pipeline would run from the western Uganda region of Hoima to the Tanzanian port of Tanga. Uganda and Kenya. It all has to do with Tanzania and its new president, Dr John Magufuli.  If the final pipeline decision had been made in 2014, it would have gone through Kenya

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604271390.html 

Apr 27th 2016

Analyse: Missing the Point - Observe Rule of Law As Anti-Corruption Drive Intensifies. The writer is advocating for the need for adhering to the rule of law.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604271222.html

Apr 28th 2016

The Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Professor Mussa Assad, has discovered long standing tax objection cases, which have denied the government revenue amounting to 6.9 trillion/-.( $ 3.2 billion)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604280104.html>

Apr 28th 2016

Analyse: War On Corruption - Lesson From Tanzania for South Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604280128.html

Apr 28th 2016

The government yesterday banned district councils from hiring private companies to collect revenues on their behalf as it seals loopholes of financial losses.  The Controller and Auditor General (CAG) revealed that 76 local government authorities have not collected Sh 5.3 billion ($ 2.5 million) from agents

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604280688.html>

Apr 29th 2016

Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) has commended President John Magufuli for his graft-fighting drive. The Coalition's National Coordinator, Mr Onesmo Olengurumwa, showered the praise calling the Head of State to intensify the fight and weed out all crooked officials in public offices. He appealed to all citizens to join hands with the government to ensure ethics and discipline in government offices is restored.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604290356.html

Apr 29th 2016

Kigoma urban law maker on ACT-Wazalendo ticket Zitto Kabwe now wants Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Job Ndugai, to form a parliamentary select-committee to probe into $6 million (about 12bn/-) bribery scandal in a treasury bond deal with a UK bank on March 8, 2013.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604290370.html

Apr 29th 2016

Zambia and Tanzania have agreed to end illegal trading activities and to strengthen the security surveillance on the Nakonde -Tunduma border post.

This was agreed during the sixth joint meeting of permanent secretaries of Zambia and Tanzania which was convened to resolve the Nakonde-Tunduma border challenges in Nakonde. The officials from the two countries resolved to curb revenue collection leakages, eliminate smuggling and under-invoicing of taxable imports as well as human trafficking at Nakonde -Tunduma border.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604291159.html

Apr 29th 2016

Tanzania is pressing the Chinese government to begin work as soon as possible on a standard gauge $ 7 billion railway that will run through the central transport corridor. “We are confident that this project will help to bring an economic revolution in our country and in other countries of east and central Africa” – John Magufuli, Tanzanian president

http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/tanzania-asks-china-begin-w7ork-7bn-r7ail-asa7p/

Apr 30th 2016

Tanzania could serve as a springboard for Russia’s expansion into the vast East African market, the Russian industry and trade minister said Thursday. Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) (Sputnik) – Mansurov said Russian manufacturing giants – Russian Helicopters, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and United Wagon Company (UWC) – were eager to work on industrial projects in Tanzania.

http://sputniknews.com/business/20160429/1038805569/market-russia-tanzania.html#ixzz47Gt8nQmN.

Apr 30th 2016

John Magufuli yesterday pledged to allocate more resources to the law enforcers but condemned frauds in the force, threatening stern legal measures against the embezzlers. The president ordered the police force and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to perform their duties, with the national interest at hearts. Dr Magufuli, addressing Regional Police Commanders, Principal State Attorneys and Regional Crimes Officers in their two-day meeting here, acknowledged challenges impeding the performance of the police, promising to address them head-on.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604300006.html

May 1th 2016

Rwanda is in talks with Tanzania and Burundi for a shared standard gauge railway through the Central Corridor after it realised that Uganda was not prioritising the Kampala-Kigali connection that would have seen it transport its goods through Kenya. The ministers commended the prevailing commitment among the three partner states to realise the implementation of the railway project and its importance to foster physical integration of transport modes, economic growth and improved social services in the sub region," said a statement issued by the joint secretariat of the three countries. But it did not say much apart from their commitment to fast-track the project.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604300184.html

 

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 16)

WEEK 16 2016

 

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 24

 

Apr 17th 2016

cybercrime-act-makes-it-dangerous-to-insult-the-president-on-facebook Emily's statements are allegedly contrary to Section 16 of Tanzania's Cybercrime Act No. 14 of 2015, which says: "Any person who publishes information, data or facts presented in a picture, text, symbol or any other form in a computer system where such information, data or fact is false, desceptive, misleading or inaccurate commits an offence, and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not less than three million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to both" (Note this law is settled in 2015 before the elections)

https://globalvoices.org/2016/04/17/tanzanias-cybercrime-act-makes-it-dangerous-to-insult-the-president-on-facebook/

Apr 17th 2016

According to a new by-law everybody has to clean his own place and around voluntarily every last Saturday of the month.

Local village

Apr 17th 2016

The budget session of Parliament, which starts on Tuesday, is expected to be of its own kind, as it has so far drawn the interest of wananchi in various parts of the country. However, wananchi will miss some events and drama that always occur during the proceedings because there will be no longer live coverage by TV of House activities. (note: This is because of budget reasons; it is still live covered by radio)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604170238.html

Apr 18th 2016

Former Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) employee, Deogratius Gerald Nyinge (35), appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday charged with forging documents and obtaining credit of 20m/-($ 9000)  by false pretences.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604181236.html

Apr 18th 2016

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda has unearthed massive cheating in contracts entered between the Dar es Salaam City Council (DCC) and different agents, costing the government millions of shillings in revenue.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604180239.html

Apr 19th 2016

The Government of Norwegian will continue to support local content development in the wake of huge natural gas discoveries in the country.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604191038.html

Apr 19th 2016

President Dr John Magufuli has suspended the appointment of Dar es Salaam City Director, Wilson Kabwe for office malpractice when opening Kigamboni Bridge. The suspension came after Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Paul Makonda told the gathering that the director has denied Dar city council a levy of 3.0bn/- ($1,4 million)  that was to be realised from Ubungo Bus Stand.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604191194.html

Apr 19th 2016

Parliament Session Is Set to Start. The 2016/17 budget would amount to Sh29.539 trillion ($ 14 billion) in all, is scheduled to table the budget estimates on June 9, to be followed by nine days of debate by Members of Parliament.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604191075.html

Apr 19th 2016

The Tanzanian government has ordered the immediate closure of two North Korean medical clinics operating in the major port city of Dar es Salaam because the facilities used fake medicine, unqualified doctors and ineffective treatments that could actually harm patients. The medical facilities had no business licenses but were accepting patients, while most of the North Korean doctors at the clinic had no work permits, The Guardian, Tanzania’s leading newspaper, reported on April 17th.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/tanzania-shutters-two-04192016143509.html

Apr 20th 2016

Finally, the seemingly ‘untouchable’ Dar es Salaam City Council Director Wilson Kabwe has been suspended over inking fraudulent deals that have denied the government billions of shillings. President Magufuli, who had called the Dar es Salaam RC on the podium twice to give more details, stressed that his government will not tolerate public leaders who use the sweat of poor Tanzanians to benefit themselves. “Such leaders have no place in my government. I am announcing that Kabwe is suspended and the anti-corruption institution should investigate this immediately. If he will be found clean, then I have no problem with him.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/49005-dar-city-director-gets-marching-orders-over-dubious-deals

Apr 20th 2016

Reportage: 'The miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania' (very interesting analyse of the first 5 months of Magufuli)

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

Apr 20th 2016

The government, through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, has started to auction gemstones, diamonds, gold and other valuable minerals that were impounded in a consignment belonging to smugglers. The Deputy Commissioner for Minerals, Engineer Ally Samaje, said the value of tanzanite gemstones that will be put up for auction in Arusha is beyond 2.5 billion/- ($ 1.1 million)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604210970.html

Apr 20th 2016

President Magufuli said he was proposing the Nyerere Bridge name in honour of the contribution of the founding father of the nation, Mwalimu Nyerere, to the welfare of his people. He said at the commissioning of the bridge that the idea to construct the structure was conceived during Mwalimu's administration, but could not take off due to financial constraints.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604210910.html

Apr 20th 2016

The government has announced that it will not be extending the June 16 fake cell phone switch off deadline. Tanzania currently has a GSM subscriber base of 35 million and approximately 40 per cent of these subscribers use counterfeit phones, the TCRA said recently

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604180853.html

Apr 20th 2016

The government yesterday unveiled an ambitious plan that it says will serve as a blueprint for the country's economic and social development for the next five years. The National Development Plan 2016/17-2020/21 aims to boost industrialisation and transform Tanzania into a middle-income country by 2020 by pumping 107 trillion/- (51 billion) of public investments into the economy.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/unveiled-boldnew-100trn-national-development-blue-print

Apr 21th 2016

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) reportedly investigated the suspicious transactions after bankers detected an unusual movement of funds from several accounts operated by the company Lugumi in Dar es Salaam. It has now been claimed that the company Lugumi only installed 14 machines at a staggering Sh49 billion ($ 23 million) outside the main agreement.  Some reports say owners of the embattled company are highly connected to top government officials and politicians who are working round to frustrate investigation and shield them from prosecution.  Some analysts feel the Lugumi scandal is likely Magufuli's first major encounter with how corruption takes place in the top echelons of government that would likely stretch his resolve. (Note: from other sources it is known that  Ridhiwani Kikwete, the son of former president Kikwete and Said Mwema, former Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police who is also Said Lugumi‘ s father in-law are the key business associates of the Lugumi company.)

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/How-withdrawal-of-billions-turned-spotlight-on-Lugumi/-/1840340/3167140/-/4jdera/-/index.html

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604210821.html

Apr 21th 2016

The World Bank has praised the African country Tanzania’s fiscal growth, calling it one of the continent’s bright spots. The World Bank has praised President Magufuli’ s anti-corruption crusade. Now, the nation is looking towards the future. There are plans for a new port and a bid for a cross-country oil pipeline, among other projects.

http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/04/21/foreign-investors-look-towards-tanzania

Apr 22th 2016

The National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) is in collaboration with Regional Administration and Local Government looking for suitable ways of implementing President John Magufuli's campaign pledge of providing each village countrywide with Sh50 million ($ 24,000)), Parliament was told yesterday.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604221081.html

Apr 22th 2016

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) is poised to land over Sh100 billion from mining giant Acacia (Formerly Barrick) in a tax windfall after the firm made provision for the payment in its financial report released yesterday. Acacia declared a net loss of $52 million (Sh104 billion) in the results for the first quarter of this year to accommodate the tax bill that was recently declared in a ruling by the Tax Revenue Appeals Tribunal that found the mining firm in arrears.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604221141.html

Apr 22th 2016

The Opposition says it will boycott the Budget session in the National Assembly, accusing the government of high jacking their parliamentary privileges. New guidelines were not "gazetted", allocation of budget funds were not approved by the parliament and limiting of live coverage of parliamentary sessions, is against the basic human right of freedom of expression.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604230066.html

Apr 22th 2016

The main opposition Chadema has criticized President John Magufuli's style of suspending and dismissing public officials accused of corruption or embezzlement of public funds, saying the style is against principles of rule of law and good governance.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604221074.html

Apr 23th 2016

Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children minister Ummy Mwalimu yesterday suspended NHIF acting director general Michael Mhando and three other top officials over the alleged loss of about Sh3 billion ($ 1.4 million) from the fund's account in Mara Region.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604230087.html

Apr 23th 2016

The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Director General Valentino Mlowola was yesterday beside himself with joy after it was announced in the National Assembly in Dodoma that a special court to try corruption and embezzlement of public funds cases would become operational in July, this year.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/pccb-jubilant-mood-special-anti-graft-court-fast-tracked

Apr 23th 2016

Uganda picks Tanzania for oil pipeline. Earlier Uganda had planned to send the pipeline through Kenya, which wanted a joint facility for oil from its own fields that are under development. The 1,400km (800 miles) pipeline will connect Uganda's western region near Hoima, where big oil reserves have been discovered, with Tanzania's port of Tanga.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36121081

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 15)

WEEK 15 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 23

 

Apr 11th 2016

The Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) company paid more government revenues last year than the country’s six major gold mines combined in the latest sign of a hard-to-explain tax rate disparity amid allegations of large-scale tax dodging by the mining firms.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/tax-paradox-when-beer-worth-more-gold

Apr 11th 2016

CCM has vowed to continue supporting the current government initiatives of restoring discipline in the public service in a bid to improve service delivery as well as improve people’s lives. Lowassa (opposition) was quoted as saying Magufuli misuses his power as President, saying those who were found to have abused their responsibilities were supposed to be taken to court to prove their innocence.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/ccm-backs-govt-over-civil-service-discipline

Apr 11th 2016

Tanzania is getting a $65 million World Bank credit to improve citizens’ access to legal services. “There are too many Tanzanians for whom access to justice services is a luxury but it shouldn’t be – it is core to social sustainability and peoples’ well-being. With the economy growing as fast as it is, the country’s justice system which is part and parcel of the enabling environment for business and investment needs to support increased demand,”

http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=5016&pLv=3&srI=49&spI=27&cI=10

Apr 11th 2016

Magufuli promises refreshing times for EAC

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2016-04-12/198880/

Apr 11th 2016

The Prime Minister Kasim Majaliwa has over the weekend launched the NMB Bank Integration with the Local Government Authorities Revenue Collection system (LGRCIS) in a move aimed at getting rid of physical cash collection to electronic revenue collection systems.

(note: this also might end the momentarily unclear and troublesome collection of levies and fees on district level)

http://www.ippmedia.com/business/pm-launches-e-revenue-collection-system-local-govts

Apr 12th 2016

Govt Orders Repay of All Ghost Worker Salaries The deputy minister of State in President Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Suleiman Jaffo, issued the directive in Dodoma today hinting that repayments from individuals who have been receiving illicit salaries are already underway

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604111507.html

Apr 13th 2016

Sumbawanga District Commissioner Mathew Sedoyeka has banned consumption of beer and other alcoholic drinks in bars and pombe shops during working hours effective yesterday.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604130866.html

Apr 13th 2016

Tanzania is among the three East African countries whose economies grew strongly in 2015 despite the overall slowdown in economic activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604140310.html

Apr 13th 2016

A quarterly report compiled by the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Geita states that local government authorities are on top of the list officials reported for corruption. Briefing the media on the first quarter performance report, Geita regional PCCB commander Thobias Ndaro said local government authorities had 10 allegations against them, the highest number compared to other institutions over the last three months

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604141083.html

Apr 13th 2016

The Controller and Auditor General (CAG) is conducting a special audit to verify the validity of debt totalling billions of shillings the government owes public servants. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said yesterday the government had directed the CAG to verify the claims since many of them are "highly questionable"

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604141124.html

Apr 14th 2016

The government has uncovered and ordered an immediate closure of the illegal timber workshop operating within the National Stadium premises in Dar es Salaam.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604140384.html

Apr 14th 2016

The Acting Port Manager, Hebel Mhanga, told the Daily News in an interview yesterday that the VAT on transit was scaring away importers as they fear it would increase port charges hence inflating their costs of doing business. A Kenyan newspaper reported over the weekend that Tanzania business community were ditching Dar es Salaam port for its rivals due to excessive bureaucracy and delays by the port management in making decisions for "fear of annoying the presidency."

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604140212.html

Apr 15th 2016

KivulineI Village Government leaders in Mwanga District have been forced out of office after it transpired that they have allegedly been involved in malpractices such as selling village land without the consent of villagers.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604151149.html

Apr 16th 2016

Man in court for slandering JPM Habakuki Emily (40), a resident of Olasiti area in Arusha was yesterday arraigned before Arusha Resident Magistrate Augustino Rwezile to answer charges of going online in abusive language against President John Pombe Magufuli. He is accused of committing the offense on March 17 by tagging a Facebook message from his mobile phone calling the president a coward not worth a dime compared to founding father Julius Kambarage Nyerere, ridiculing him as an actor and his leadership a stage on which he performs.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/man-court-slandering-jpm

Apr 17th 2016

President John Magufuli revealed yesterday that the long-awaited Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) project took long to commence because some people he described as crooks planned to take over the government’s 49 per cent stake in the project for themselves.

“After the project was completed we could not allow it to start operations because we smelt fraud. The total cost of the project is Sh388bn ($ 185milion) this is taxpayers’ monies who deserve better,” said a visibly perturbed president.

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/why-dart-has-delayed-operate-jpm

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 14)

WEEK 14 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 22

 

Apr 3th 2016

In a move to make services of the Tanzania Posts Corporation more efficient, customers will from Tuesday start receiving letters, documents, reports and various products within and outside the country directly at their homes and offices. “The posts at the door steps” project established in 2008 and officially inaugurated in 2010

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90558

Apr 3th 2016

The British government is under pressure to review UK aid worth £200 million (over 622 billion /-) to Tanzania due to the widely-condemned Zanzibar election rerun. A former United Kingdom cabinet minister warned against “spraying money around” simply to ensure that Britain kept the United Nations target of spending 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid, according to latest media reports.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90610

Apr 4th 2016

Tanzania's biggest gold miner caught in massive tax evasion scam  A Tanzanian tax tribunal has accused Acacia Mining Plc of running an elaborate tax evasion scam by falsely declaring losses in its gold mining operations in the country, while at the same time posting “huge profits” and paying dividends to its London-based shareholders. The tribunal has now ordered Acacia Mining to pay over $41.25 million (90 billion/-) to TRA

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90609

Apr 4th 2016

Former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga, who spent the weekend as a guest of President John Magufuli in his Chato District, Geita Region home village, yesterday explained the origin of the special friendship between the two leaders.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90612

Apr 4th 2016

TRA has added a new weapon to its intelligence gathering arsenal by setting up a scheme of rewarding people who volunteer information on tax evasion. The informer receives three per cent of the paid tax.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604040678.html

Apr 5th 2016

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has cancelled celebrations to mark Union Day as part of his cost-cutting efforts. "People should cerebrate this day at home or continue with their personal business", said a statement by his office. He said the money government had set aside for the celebrations should be spent on improving roads in Mwanza in north-western Tanzania.

 

http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/tanzanias-president-magufuli-cancels-union-day-celebrations-to-save-money.197705/

Apr 5th 2016

The Igunga District Executive Director, Mr Rostrika Turuka, has directed the police to apprehend seven village executive officers for embezzlement of 5.3m/, - ($ 2,500) which were meant as food aid for hunger victims. (before VEO's on the best were transferred after such crimes)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604060198.html

Apr 5th 2016

The government has denied claims that 14 western Development Partners (DPs) have announced withdrawal of general support to Tanzania as depicted by a local media outlet. A statement issued by the Ministry of Finance and Planning sought to clarify a news story carried on the 'Guardian' of March 31 and other social media, titled "Magufuli's government hit by more foreign aid cuts."

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604060254.html

Apr 6th 2016

Mwanza Region will carry out another verification exercise in staff payrolls in the wake of a tip off on the existence of many other ghost workers. In the first exercise, the regional authorities discovered the existence of 334 ghost workers.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604060194.html

Apr 6th 2016

The government has paid over Sh7.5 billion ($ 3.5 million) in taxpayers' money to nearly 8,000 "ghost" workers in local authorities since January. Deputy Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance) Angela Kairuki said the ongoing drive to identify phantom workers had unearthed 7,795 non-existent public employees between January 1 and April 3.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604060917.html

Apr 6th 2016

The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Tanga has launched an investigation into alleged gross irregularities in the use of Sh1.9 billion ($ 9 million) by the local government on development projects.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604060942.html

Apr 7th 2016

DAR es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) has offered the best return above all stock markets in East Africa in the first three months of this year in US dollar term.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604070189.html

Apr 7th 2016

Tanzania plans to raise spending by 31 per cent to 29.53 trillion Tanzanian shillings ($13.53 billion) for its 2016/17 fiscal year budget, the Finance Ministry said in a draft budget proposal. Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango said in a presentation to parliament on Thursday that the aim was to focus on infrastructure and industrial projects.

http://leadership.ng/news/515976/tanzania-raises-201617-budget-proposal-almost-third

Apr 8th 2016

President John Magufuli visited Rwanda on Wednesday for a two-day official visit which sets stage for new order in East Africa. President Magufuli's maiden trip abroad since his election in 2015 signifies a deep resolve to restore Tanzania's clout in the region and shake-off the recent 'lone-ranger' tag among other East Africa Cobenniemmunity (EAC) partners on key integration issues such as trade and infrastructure development. (Earlier Kagagame from Rwanda realised a major development in only a view year time which put Rwanda on place 55 of the corruption index, Tanzania is still on place 116)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604080250.html

Apr 8th 2016

The National Housing Corporation (NHC) is currently finalising technical issues that will enable it to start constructing low-cost houses, raising hope of an improved access to decent houses among Tanzanians.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604080532.html

Apr 9th 2016

Aminex PLC, the Africa-focused oil and gas production and Development Company, has announced first gas production from its Kiliwani North gas field in the country.

http://www.ippmedia.com/business/aminex-reports-first-gas-production-kiliwani-north-tanzania

Apr 10th 2016

The Tanzanian hospitality industry is pondering on cutting jobs following government measures barring public organisations to hold workshops and seminars in hotels to stem unnecessary costs.  The move has sharply affected revenues of a number of hotels which depended much on government and its agencies through seminars, workshops and retreats being conducted in various hotels. (NB: Earlier it appeared that a lot of governmental meetings were organized in luxury hotels. Often this hotels were owned again by public servants who earned triple from their salary, from their sitting allowance and from renting meeting facilities)

http://www.ippmedia.com/news/hotels-mull-laying-workforce

Apr 10th 2016

Pula finds highly prospective graphite potential in Tanzania Pula Group Chairman Charles Stith says, “When you look at the region and the projects that are already in progress, namely Magnis and Walkabout, it would suggest that with the quality and the inferred quantity of our find, Tanzania could overtake China as the world’s largest graphite producer in the near future.” Tanzania has been projected to become the number two producer of graphite by 2017.

http://www.ippmedia.com/business/pula-finds-highly-prospective-graphite-potential-tanzania>

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 13)

WEEK 13 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 21

 

Mar 28th 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday urged Tanzanians of all faiths, races and ethnicities to uphold brotherly and sisterly co-existence in order to maintain peace and tranquillity in the country. The head of state made the call at the Azania Front Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dar es Salaam where he attended Easter mass despite being a Roman Catholic follower.

One who is unwilling to work, shall not eat," he said, quoting 2 Thessalonians 3:10, amid thunderous applause from the church congregation. He insisted that if citizens opt to unite and work hard, Tanzania as a country will neither remain poor nor continue to depend on aid from rich countries. The country is so rich in resources that if all the people played their roles in a responsible manner, it could turn the corner and even become a member of the donor instead of beggar community, the president said.

Ippmedia

Mar 29th 2016

Two top officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism have been arrested after being implicated in the issuance of a permit for exporting 61 monkeys to Albania.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201603290823.html

Mar 30th 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday reiterated his call for Tanzanians to work hard and end the country’s dependence on donor money as a United States government agency confirmed its cancellation of a $472 million (over 1 trillion/-) aid package due to Zanzibar’s  disputed election.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90454

Mar 30th 2016

President Magufuli to cut his salary? The government plans to cut the salaries of the highest paid public sector workers, President John Magufuli said yesterday, revealing that no less than 1,680 "ghost workers" were uncovered on the state payroll in just the first two days of a national audit. "Government employees who are paid the highest salaries of up to 40 million/- (per month) will face a pay cut and a maximum salary cap of 15 million/- will be enforced," State Ho use quoted Magufuli as saying in a statement late yesterday. This effectively means that the president’s own salary is likely to be cut since the position comes with a hefty pay package. Although official figures are hard to come by, one member of parliament has publicly claimed that the Tanzanian president is paid a salary of over 30 million/- per month, which would be slashed by over 50 percent if the plan goes ahead.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90452>

Apr 1th 2016

Members of parliament in court over graft scandal The three senior MPs - all members of a key parliamentary oversight committee - are alleged to have conspired in a grand political kickback scheme seeking to extort a 30 million/- bribe. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90537

Apr 2th 2016

Follow up from earlier news:

Three MPs Arraigned Over Sh30 Million Bribe Request http://allafrica.com/stories/201604010577.html

Ex-TRA chief, two others arraigned over $600m Stanbic Bank loan scam  http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=90553

 

Apr 2th 2016

A bus conductor, Hamimu Seif, (42), appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam charged with threatening to kill President John Pombe Magufuli through a verbal statement. This is the first time in Tanzania's history since independence from Britain for a person to be arraigned in connection with threatening a seating president with death.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604010586.html

Apr 2th 2016

President Magufuli expressed his disappointment that despite poor performance school committees have continued to be headed by the same members for years.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201604010379.html

Apr 2th 2016

Will Magufuli’s Popular Anti-Corruption Drive in Tanzania Last? Since taking office last November, Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli—a former minister of works known as the Bulldozer for his ability to push through his agenda—has seemed to adopt a new title: the broom. He wants to sweep away the country’s reputation for endemic corruption and poor public service. Magufuli has identified three areas of priority for his government: cutting wasteful and unnecessary expenditure; improving public services; and tackling the corruption that has long plagued public life and placed Tanzania 117th out of 168 in the Transparency International 2015 corruption index.

http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/18367/will-magufuli-s-popular-anti-corruption-drive-in-tanzania-last

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 11 and 12)

WEEK 11 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 19

Mar 9h 2016

Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance) Angela Kairuki  The government has pledged to reconsider gender balance in employment opportunities in an effort to meet the target of 50/50 representation.

Mar 9h 2016

Government workers in Tanzania have been banned from using social media and chat apps during work hours. Transport and communication ministry officials have been warned that "gossiping" on social media will lead to dismissal.

Mar 14h 2016

The government has started collecting funds that will be used to buy a new passenger and cargo ship in Lake Victoria. “President John Magufuli is walking his talk; hence plans of buying a new ship remain intact. We are going to buy a passenger and cargo ship in Lake Victoria as the president promised during his campaign rallies,” Majaliwa said. Apart from the plan of buying the ship, the Premier also said the government was set to buy two new planes to boost the air transport sector in the country

Mar 14h 2016

The government has planned to spend 811billion/- ($380 million) in the next five years implementing President John Magufuli’s promise to lend each village 50m/- for development purpose. Already the government has started to engage various stakeholders on the best way to dish out the monies to various citizens’ groups throughout the country.

Mar 15h 2016

President John Magufuli has ordered newly-appointed regional commissioners to clear all ghost workers in local government authorities from the civil service payroll as part of a wider crackdown on public salary fraud. Although the official government payroll lists a total of 556,418 civil servants, it is a badly-kept secret that a considerable percentage of them are actually ghost workers receiving unverified salaries from the state. The payroll itself amounts to a whopping 573.7 billion/- ( $ 272 million) per month, which the president said was unacceptable.

Mar 15h 2016

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has called on the public to stop using religious organisations to avoid paying taxes. TRA’s acting education manager Yeremia Mbaghi made the call this week in Dar es Salaam when speaking to clerics at a seminar organised by the authority. The seminar served as a platform to familiarize the religious leaders on tax issues. “As long as you are doing business through schools investments, hospitals and other services, you will be required to pay tax” he stressed.

Mar 16h 2016

The former managing director of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), David Mattaka, and the ex-chief of the government’s public procurement watchdog were yesterday jointly charged in a $43 million corruption case involving the controversial leasing of a used Airbus plane for the national flag carrier nine years ago.

Mar 17h 2016

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa (pictured) yesterday revoked the ownership of 11 idle tracts of land totaling 7,700 acres in Ngara District, Kagera Region as part of the government’s ongoing repossession of undeveloped land estates.  The prime minister also ordered local authorities to conduct an audit to establish whether the owners of the lands are all bona fide Tanzanians.  Land speculation is rampant in Tanzania, where a few private companies and wealthy individuals own huge tracts of uncultivated land in the hope of selling it in the future for super profits. The country has about 48.7 million hectares of arable land, but it is estimated that less than 15 per cent of it is actually under cultivation.

Mar 17h 2016

The World Happiness Report 2016, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries including Tanzania as the 10 least happy places on earth to live http://5c28efcb768db11c7204-4ffd2ff276d22135df4d1a53ae141422.r82.cf5.rackcdn.com/HR-V1_web.pdf

Mar 19h 2016

Most primary schools in Sumbawanga Municipality are crowded with pupils particularly in Standard Ones where almost all 55 schools are under pressure following the government 's new free education policy. A spot survey carried by the "Daily News" shows that most of the schools face myriads of challenges including dire shortages of desks as well as class rooms as between 250 and 300 pupils are congested in a single room.

WEEK 12 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 20

Mar 22h 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday led by example yet again by surrendering his two personally-owned guns – a shotgun and a pistol - to police for verification under an order issued by recently-appointed Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda. The verification exercise at State House in Dar es Salaam was supervised by Dar es Salaam special zone police commander Simon Sirro. Magufuli thus became the first person to implement Makonda’s order aimed at curbing crime in the city through monitoring of available weaponry.

Mar 22h 2016

With 94% of the votes the ruling CCM party won the elections on Zanzibar which were boycotted by the main Zanzibar party CUF. Meanwhile, CUF deputy secretary general Magdalena Sakaya again made it clear her party did not recognise the election re-run or its results.

Mar 23h 2016

Parliament is staring at a serious credibility crisis as claims of bribery of several Members of Parliament unravelled in dramatic fashion yesterday Speaker Job Ndugai removed three parliamentary committee chairpersons and two vice chairpersons from their leadership roles on the day that reports emerged revealing that investigations had been launched into reports that members of the affected committees had solicited for bribes from state parastatals.

Mar 23h 2016

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday gave the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) three months to recover Sh1.5 billion from companies and institutions that had misused tax exemption. Geita Goldmine is also on the list of the companies that the committee directed should be targeted. PAC also directed CAG to audit all companies that were granted tax exemption, but misused it.

Mar 23h 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission concluded its visit to Tanzania on Wednesday, saying the country's economic performance remains strong.

Mar 25h 2016

Two Dutch brothers Artem Alik Vardanyian, 52, and Eduard Alik Vardanyian, 44 have been arrested as they attempted to export 61 monkeys to Albania. They were stopped at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) on Wednesday before flying with the monkeys on a cargo jet. However, it was discovered that they had obtained a permit issued by the assistant director of Wildlife to take the animals out of the country. Curiously, the permits were issued contrary to a ban to ferry wild animals outside the country.

Mar 26h 2016

No wonder taxes have been hovering in the trillions of shillings in recent months. This can be observed clearly as you enter Tanzania Revenue Authority’s (TRA) domestic revenues head offices as well as those in the districts. The Guardian made observation at the authority’s domestic revenues offices on Monday and Tuesday this week where businessmen and women in Ilala, Temeke and Kinondoni districts lined up in large numbers to pay government dues. The crowded TRA taxpaying offices  was enough evidence that tax compliance was on the increase.

Mar 26h 2016

A cloud of controversy surrounds the recent arrest of tourists from the United States in connection with illegal possession of a government trophy. Jon and Linda Grant, a couple from Foster City, California, claimed to have endured a corrupt system to gain freedom from their mess after their arrest at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) while leaving Tanzania for possessing a hand-carved giraffe bone which they claim was purchased while on a tour in South Africa. In an interview with the Daily Journal from their home in California, the couple said it cost them $70,000 (over Sh152million) to navigate a corrupt court system to make it home. While travelling through Africa, the retired dentist and his wife were thrown into jail and charged with poaching after they purchased what they thought, and asked multiple times to ensure, was a legal piece of artwork made out of a giraffe bone. ut the intricately engraved 18-inch bone bought at a souvenir shop within a wildlife refuge ultimately had the unsuspecting couple each facing a 20-year sentence and $150,000 fine for poaching, as Tanzania laws provide.

Mar 26h 2016

Over 500 ghost workers revealed in 3 regions.

Mar 27h 2016

The government is to investigate hundreds of private companies around the country beginning next week as part of its strategy to focus labour law enforcement on employers who hire workers without contracts.

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 10)

WEEK 10 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 18

 

Mar 7h 2016

Reports circulate that there is intense scrutiny of the government wage bill apparently because it has taken above half of the total revenue collection for February, totalling over half a trillion shillings spent in one month for civil service salaries. If the February salary bill stood at Sh573.7bn and this was above half total revenues, it may still be valid if collections total Sh1.5trn. Although the article is totally chaotic, the bottom line is that there still are many ghost salaries f.e. to people who are retired or in graves and the civil service salaries should be around a third of the revenues.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89630

Mar 7h 2016

Analysts and legal experts have recommended a review of the Public Leadership Code of Ethics Act to give the Ethics secretariat teeth to bite and be able to verify the wealth of retired officials for enhanced integrity and accountability. They however criticized the way such information is handled by the Ethics secretariat as the register of leaders’ wealth is not available to the public.

Ippmedia

Mar 7h 2016

The government has unveiled a massive plan that will see all teachers in primary and secondary schools being accommodated near their working stations. Along with teachers’ accommodation, the government will also construct vocational training colleges at districts levels to offer vocational education to the students failing to make it to the higher learning institutions.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47687-massive-countrywide-teacher-housing-plan-unveiled

Mar 7h 2016

The government has introduced electronic system of paying salaries for public servants in a move to end complaints of arrears. (before many, especially in rural area's lost every month some days for traveling to the towns to get their salaries from the bank)

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89660

Mar 10h 2016

The government is seeking views from the private sector to improve a draft of national skills development strategy aimed at addressing employability of graduates from higher learning institutions in the country.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) findings highlight that formal sector employment in Tanzania accounts for an estimated 2.1 million jobs with the private sector's contribution accounting for 68 per cent of the jobs available in the labour market. Furthermore, studies estimate that about 800,000 of Tanzania youth enter the job market every year and below 10 per cent find a job in the formal sector.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201603100432.html

Mar 11h 2016

Dar es Salaam. Nine managers of the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewarage Corporation (Dawasco) were suspended yesterday in

what could explain some of the reasons why the city of nearly 5 million people is starved of water. The Dawasco employees were accused of diverting water and supplying it for free to Strabag, the German company that is constructing the Dar Rapid Bus Transit (Dart) project. Water and Irrigation minister Gerson Lwenge who announced their suspension claimed that up to Sh2.9 billion was lost in 2014 due to the diversion. If true, the incident would point to a scandal that explains the widely held suspicion among the public that Dawasco employees often diverted water or deliberately interfered with the flow for selfish gain. Some of them have been accused of colluding with big water sellers to frustrate availability of the precious liquid so as to create a shortage from which the vendors profiteered.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Exposed--Water-utility-bosses-in-Sh3bn-scam/-/1840340/3113774/-/dt9mot/-/index.html

Mar 11h 2016

President John Magufuli has ordered the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) to suspend payments amounting to 925.6 billion/- ($ 440 million) meant to settle outstanding government debts pending a fresh and thorough verification exercise. The president also instructed the central bank to conduct a staff audit of its 1,391-strong workforce and terminate redundant employees.

http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=89802>

Mar 11h 2016

A new United Nations report has confirmed that Tanzania is now a popular international transit hub for illegal drugs of various kinds being smuggled to and fro across the country’s borders. According to data presented in the UN-linked International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report for 2015 which was launched in Dar es Salaam this week, local authorities intercepted consignments containing over 321 kilograms of contraband narcotics during the first eight months of 2014 alone.

http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=89804>

Mar 11h 2016

The government has commended efforts by the private sector in stimulating the economy, saying they will be given wider opportunities now that the government wants to revive industries. Speaking at the 16th Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) General Meeting in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Deputy Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage, said that the government would ensure that investment policies would be more friendly to local investors

http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=89806

Mar 13h 2016

The government has denied report that it would block quite a number of social media networks in reinforcement of last year’s infamous Cyber Crimes Act that was condemned by the local human rights activists, the European Union (EU) and the United States of America, saying it infringes media freedom.  Minister for Works, Transport & Communications Prof Makame  Mbarawa allayed fears of the massive blockade, saying the government would focus on boosting the social media in acknowledgement of their crucial  role in bringing about development.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89885>

Mar 13h 2016

Some considering articles

The education puzzle for Magufuli's administration http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89888

 

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 9)

WEEK 9 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 17

 

Feb 28h 2017

The state-run Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) forced to lower its tariffs in line with government directives despite currently selling power at a loss and being crippled by debts now exceeding 765 billion/-. ($360 million)

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89405

Feb 28h 2017

The government has directed the Social Security Regulatory Authority (SSRA) to make sure that all Tanzanians are registered with a social security scheme to help them improve their lives and to increase the number of registered Tanzanians.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89313

Feb 29h 2017

Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has ordered the suspension of a surgeon at Ligula Regional Referral Hospital in Mtwara Municipality, Dr Fortunatus Namahala, who refused to conduct surgery on a patient unless he was given 100,000/- bribe.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47474-medic-fired-over-100-000-bribe

Mar 1h 2017

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), has fined two radio stations, including a Dar es Salaam based Entertainment fm (Efm) for violating content regulations, warning that stern action will be taken against the electronic media if they go against the regulations. Reading the ruling on Efm, Ms Munyagi, said the radio station has been fined 1m/- for airing its ‘Joto la Asubuhi’ magazine programme in a ‘Sala ya Siku’ (prayers of the Day) segment with content aimed at promoting theft and incitement, among others. “The programme host, who introduced himself as ‘Baba Mchungaji’ was heard as praying that thieves should be more creative this year while committing the crime and that those young people who are still bachelors should be given partners by land lords while renting,” she said.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47467-radio-stations-fined-for-violating-content-regulations

Mar 2h 2017

President John Pombe Magufuli was clearly in his element, mixing seriousness and humour, eliciting applause and laughter in equal measure, as he chaired the East African Community (EAC) Summit yesterday.  The Tanzanian leader took his anticorruption drive to the regional body by calling for cuts on unnecessary expenditure. Dr Magufuli said EAC was there to serve the ordinary and poor people of the region and that it should not be turned into a cash cow by few people who did not with the bloc well.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-/1840340/3101466/-/koqgk8/-/index.html

Mar 3h 2017

Hai District Council (HDC) has suspended five departments heads to pave way for investigations on accusations that were involved in embezzlement of Government funds totalling 28m/- ($ 13,000) projects for the public, including agricultural ones and the theft was discovered out after a special audit was carried out.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201603030215.html

Mar 4h 2017

President John Magufuli has said all government leaders and other public officials who of late have been sacked, suspended or relieved of their duties due to misconduct, including corruption, embezzlement of funds and economic sabotage, will be dragged to courts of law

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47586-axed-officials-face-prosecution

Mar 5h 2017

A new global report has listed Dar es Salaam among the top 10 wealthiest cities in Africa with the biggest number of US-dollar millionaires as the rise of the urban middle class in Tanzania continues to encourage modern retail development. According to the World Wealth Report 2015 released yesterday by Knight Frank, the city of Dar es Salaam alone has 36 super-rich individuals whose net assets are over $30 million (close to 80 billion/-). Tanzanian prime minister Kassim Majaliwa last month confirmed the scale of economic inequality in the country when he said just 10 per cent of the population owned the country's entire economy.

 

http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=89548

Mar 5h 2017

Health minister Ummy Mwalimu yesterday issued a stern warning to health workers across the country, who fail to abide by the code of ethics governing their profession.  The minister directed the Medical Council of Tanganyika (MCT) and the Tanzania Nurses and Midwife’s Council (TNMC) to take immediate action against errant health workers caught in the act of corruption or abuse of professional conduct.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Public-medical-staff-warned/-/1840340/3104298/-/yjkdorz/-/index.html

Mar 5h 2017

The minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Professor Jumanne Maghembe, yesterday suspended five accountants of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA). The minister also transferred 15 other officials to the ministry headquarters allegedly for embezzling public funds and abuse of office. Speaking after paying an impromptu tour of the NCAA, Prof aghembe said the ministry had taken such measures after it realised public funds were embezzled within the authority.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Maghembe-suspends-5-Ngorongoro-body-officials/-/1840340/3104278/-/120s21sz/-/index.html

 

Some considering articles

Tanzania: Magufuli’s challenge http://www.theindependent.co.zw/2016/02/26/tanzania-magufulis-challenge/

 

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 8)

WEEK 8 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 16

 

Feb 22th 2016

In order to tackle the daunting challenge facing garbage collection in Dar es Salaam, the government has resolved that each municipal council should have its own dumpsite in the vicinity which is cost effective.

 

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47173-municipal-councils-to-have-own-dump-sites

Feb 22th 2016

Departments falling under the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports have been directed to catch up with President John Magufuli’ s administration speed. The minister, Mr Nape Nnauye, made the directive on Saturday evening during a live programme aired by state-run broadcaster TBC1, insisting that for effective service delivery, all public servants are obliged to embrace patriotism, professionalism and hard work spirit.

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602221574.html

Feb 22th 2016

Inspector General of Police Ernest Mangu has promised to leave no stone unturned in combating crime. Kinondoni district in the city of Dar es Salaam, which is deemed to be the most notorious criminal hub will soon have a heavy police presence. Hardcore bandits are out of their lair again. They maraud, often at night, intent on stealing other people’s property. They injure, main, rape or kill, their victims ruthlessly in their forays. They use weapons that include military style assault rifles. What shocks this nation is what appears to be a large number of illegal firearms in highly dangerous hands.

 

http://dailynews.co.tz/index.php/editorial/47190-criminals-should-be-top-of-police-hit-list

Feb 24th 2016

The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) is stating that the private sector in Tanzania will join forces with President John Magufuli's government in its ongoing war against corruption and tax evasion, admitting that some local businessmen were routinely bribing public officials to be awarded underhand deals. In the past, government initiatives to combat corruption targeted only politicians and senior civil servants, leaving out businesspersons and other citizens while they are the givers of corruption.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89225

Feb 24th 2016

Home affairs minister Charles Kitwanga yesterday ordered the transfer of various key officials in the immigration department, including officers stationed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam and the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). “(Immigration department) officials who have stayed at their working posts for more than three years must be relocated,” said Kitwanga, explaining that the move was aimed at disrupting a network of corruption believed to exist in the department, increasing transparency and enhancing service provision.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89229

Feb 24th 2016

Four employees at the Kondoa District Council have been ordered to explain in writing the loss of over 180.6m/- ($ 850,000) meant as development project funds. There is no doubt that the monies had been stolen," The four employees include the then District Executive Director (DED), Isdory Mwalongo, who has been transferred to Lindi District Council

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602241030.html>

Feb 25th 2016

The special court to try cases of corruption and economic sabotage will soon be operational. It will be a division of the High Court of Tanzania Once a case is filed in the corruption and economic sabotage court, there would be no delays as cases will be heard to the end.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47304-economic-graft-court-set-for-take-off-soon

Feb 26h 2016

Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has warned of sterner action against unethical and corrupt officials as the Ethics Secretariat revealed yesterday that a number of ministers and their deputies had not declared their assets and liabilities as required by the law.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47350-corrupt-officials-face-sanctions

Feb 26h 2016

Minister for Finance and Planning Dr Ashatu Kijaji, has urged banks and financial institutions to extend their services to all regions especially in rural areas so as to make their services closer to people.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/business/47336-banks-told-to-go-rural

Feb 26h 2017

About 2.17 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas reserves have been discovered in coast region, the Tanzanian government has confirmed.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602260272.html

Feb 26h 2017

The Tanzania Media Women Association (Tamwa) revealed yesterday that at least 62 cases of rape and sodomy in Dar es Salaam were not concluded in 2014/2015 due to lack of evidence and corrupt practices among police and medical officers.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/How-officials-cash-in-on-rape-cases/-/1840340/3094806/-/7o4qspz/-/index.html

Feb 26h 2017

Collapsed Building Case File Misses; Principal Resident Magistrate, Hellen Riwa yesterday ordered the prosecution in a case involving 12 people linked with a building that collapsed, leaving several people dead in the city of Dar es Salaam in 2013 to make a follow up on the case file and avail the status in the next session.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602250518.html

Feb 27h 2017

The Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) board has been directed to suspend its three senior officials over irregularities in the printing of more than two million copies of authorised textbooks for Standard One pupils worth over 2bn/-. ($ 1 million)

 

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47414-three-tie-officials-face-axe-over-delayed-textbooks

Feb 27h 2017

Home Affairs minister Charles Kitwanga said yesterday the police will now seek the support of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Forces (TPDF in a fresh bid to curb rising cases of armed robberies in the country.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Military-to-help-police-in-tracking-down-criminals/-/1840340/3095472/-/1xe284z/-/index.html

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 7)

WEEK 7 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 15

 

Feb 15th 2016

TBS Quality Standard Officer Cunbert Kapilima told The Guardian on Sunday that they nabbed more than 5 traders selling the banned tyres. Over 500 used tyres were also impounded.

Ipp media Feb 15 2016

Feb 15th 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday gave a two-day ultimatum to Muhimbili National Hospital executives. The president who made an impromptu visit to the hospital witnessed dozens of mothers sleeping on the wet floor.

Ipp media Feb 15 2016

Feb 15th 2016

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has shut down a diamond mine for allegedly failing to pay taxes amounting to over Sh374.9 million. “TRA will shut down all businesses of all chronic debtors,” the regional TRA boss warned.

Citizen Feb 15 2016

Feb 16th 2016

Despite of a shortage of approximately 27 000 science teachers, more than 5,500 foreign teachers have been expelled from Tanzania following a decision taken by government to kick illegal immigrants out of the country. Many private schools in the country could not afford the Sh5 million ($2,500) work permit. The teachers were among 6,000 foreigners who had been hired to work in private schools across Tanzania.

These private schools are the best schools since recent secondary school results showed that none of the government schools is in the top 10 of the best schools. Further results showed that only 20% of the students passed with more than a level D, 40% passed with level D and 40% failed (in Dutch terms level D is a 5, fail is lower than level D)

http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2016/02/15/5500-illegal-foreign-teachers-kicked-out-of-Tanzania

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89096

Feb 17th 2016

The government yesterday suspended two senior officials of the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC). The corporation recently came under fire after airing a two-hour live broadcast of a wedding. This prompted the government to direct the TBC management to explain why the broadcaster run with taxpayers' money chose to air live and at prime time what was essentially a private ceremony.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602161065.html

 

Feb 17th 2016

The board’s chief executive and three other senior officials of the Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) are sacked over a suspected 3.2bn/- ($ 1.5 million) funds embezzlement scam.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88998

Feb 19th 2016

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development yesterday embarked on the land reform plan that could potentially lead to the seizure and redistribution of thousands of acres of privately-owned land in the country. Too much land concentrated in the hands of too few people. The three-year, nationwide Land Tenure Support Program (LTSP) will include an audit of land ownership and use in the country, targeting holdings that measure 50 acres and above that is considered unproductive or is being used for speculation.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89063

Feb 19th 2016

As the country struggles with cheap imports and substandard locally produced digital video discs (DVDs) and compact discs (CDs), President John Magufuli has directed the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), to conduct a clean-up campaign to remove the piracy products from the market.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602190803.html

Feb 20th 2016

The minister for Industry and Trade, Mr Charles Mwijage, has urged public institutions to apply a special files keeping technology in a bid to avoid loss of government documents. The record keeping products would go a long way in improving public service provision in Tanzania.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-/1840340/3084536/-/kan5nb/-/index.html

Feb 19th 2016

President John Magufuli has banned sugar imports to protect the local sugar industry, which for many years has been hard hit by the continued supply of cheap and illegal sugar from abroad.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89066

Feb 20th 2016

Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has given Tanga Port Master, Mr Henry Alika, until 12 noon today to clarify irregularities in the procurement of barges at a cost of 10 million US dollars The master bought three barges instead of two as was directed and the barges are of very low quality.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/47158-tanga-port-pinned-on-barge-deal

Feb 21th 2016

Some considering articles

Tanzania: It's a Well Oiled System Public Service Needs http://allafrica.com/stories/201602170263.html

Tanzania takes a bulldozer to graft http://www.bdlive.co.za/africa/africanperspectives/2016/02/17/tanzania-takes-a-bulldozer-to-graft

Drive Against Rot in Public Service Must Be Sustained http://allafrica.com/stories/201602190973.html

We must cultivate a culture of paying tax http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=89103

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 6)

WEEK 6 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 14

 

Feb 8th2016

* Busses are obliged to have rubbish bins to collect rubbish (In the past people were used to throw rubbish out of the windows) [Local bus passengers]

Former senior cabinet ministers Basil Mramba and Daniel Yona were yesterday given brooms and other cleaning tools to begin their community service punishment for abuse of public office, marking a new milestone in their gradual fall from grace. The duo, who were convicted last year of irregularly handling a gold auditing contract for the government, will formally start cleaning up the state-owned Palestina Hospital located in Sinza suburb, Kinondoni District, Dar es Salaam. (http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=88725)


Feb 9th2016

* Prof Makame Mbarawa said he has been reliably informed that some workers conspire to fell railway wagons and locomotives in acts of sabotage. He declaredzero tolerance to the saboteurs and emphatically said the government will have no mercy on them. (http://allafrica.com/stories/201602090958.html)

* The implementation of free education in Tanzania has seen a three-fold increase in the numbers of children attending schools in some areas compared to last year, reported The Arusha Times. Hundreds of children lined up to register as schools opened their doors in January. In December last year the government announced their new policy that children enrolled in primary and ordinary secondary schools would receive free quality education.

(https://africatimes.com/2016/02/09/free-education-in-tanzania/)

* A poaching ring working near Tanzania’s famed Serengeti National Park wasdismantled following an investigation into the killing of a British helicopter pilot on January 28. Roger Gower, 37, a pilot for the Friedkin Conservation Fund was shot during an ant poaching operation in Maswa Game Reserve. At least three wildlife officials were arrested as part of investigation that has drawn praise from the pilot’s brother. According to Lazaro Mambosasa, the regional police commissioner, his men arrested nine people in connection with Gower’s death, and a national government task force arrested and detained several others. Mambosasa said Ngile Gonga, 28, a farmer from Sungu, a village near the park where Gower was killed, has confessed to the shooting.

(http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160208-roger-gower-poachers-tanzania-conservation-elephants/)


Feb 10th2016

* Singida regional commissioner, Dr Parseko Kone, has ordered all public buildingsin the region to set infrastructure that will enable them to harvest water. He said the ongoing rain water must be harvested and preserved for future uses He said leaders in various public offices in the region must ensure residents understood the importance of harvesting and preserving water. (The Citizen 10-02-16)

* The country’s move towards using natural gas to generate reliable and affordable electricity will yield huge benefits to the community if the power utility firm is made to run efficiently and profitably. Although Tanzania has for many years depended on hydro-power, the country’s electricity generation has moved increasingly toward gas over the last decade after off-shore natural gas deposits were discovered in the southern regions.

(http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/46802-tanzania-set-to-increase-use-of-natural-gas-to-generate-electricity)

* The Ministry of Finance and Planning yesterday handed over 12.3bn/- to the judiciary in fulfilment of President Dr John Magufuli’ s pledge made last Thursday when commemorating the Law Day. Dr Magufuli had pledged to give 12.3bn/- ($ 5.8 million) to the judiciary in five days to improve the working environment in the country’s courts. (http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88777)

According to prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa there is a growing wealth disparity in the country, despite reports of the economy growing rapidly at an average of 7 per cent per annum over the past decade. Appearing to confirm that the benefits of this economic expansion have not been trickling down to the majority of the people, Majaliwa pointed to “available data” that showed “just 10 per cent of Tanzanians own the country’s economy.” He said the government was now taking measures to ensure that most citizens are empowered economically through creating a favourable business environment and availing equal opportunities to all social groups to develop economically.

(http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88762)

* The government yesterday declared total war against tax evasion, reaffirming its resolve to collect all liable taxes to finance service provision to the citizens. The minister asked the business community to support the government in its strides to fight extreme poverty amongst the citizens and deliver high quality social services.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/46823-total-war-declared-against-tax-evasion


Feb 12th2016

* An overwhelming majority of Tanzanians have given the thumbs up to President John Magufuli’s governance as he clocks 100 days in office.

In a survey commissioned by Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL), publishers of The Citizen, Mwananchi and Mwanaspoti, 90.4 per cent of the respondents said they were satisfied with how President Magufuli is managing the government. (http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-/1840340/3073378/-/ka0uyi/-/index.html)

 

Feb 12th2016

* New Tanzania President stuns social media activists. From what has been said about him, Magufuli seems very much like Tanzania’s first president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who was a very selfless and caring leader who lived an almost ascetic life-style through out his presidency and was much loved by his people and respected even by his enemies.

(http://www.thepatrioticvanguard.com/new-tanzania-president-stuns-media-social-activists)

* Weights and Measures Agency (WMA) Chief Executive Magdalena Chuwa and Tanzania Ports Authority Measurement Department Manager Bernadina Mwijarubi were yesterday suspended for giving directives to suspend the usage of oil flow meters for five years. (From other sources it is known that the $ 1.2 million meter was installed 3 years ago and never worked. This made tax evasion and stealing of oil possible.)

(http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/2-more-govt-officials-suspended/-/1840340/3075232/-/66a70v/-/index.html)

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 5)

WEEK 5 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 13

 

Jan 319h 2016

Kinondoni Municipal Council in Dar es Salaam issued a title deed and a building permit illegally to Indian Ocean Hotel Limited  for construction of an extension to its hotel (Golden Tulip) at Masaki in the city. According to Lukuvi, the owner of the hotel received a building permit from dishonest Kinondoni municipal officials to make an extension to its hotel in an area which had been earmarked by the government as an open space. The government does not employ double standards in its performance. 

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88437

Feb 1th 2016

The government of Tanzania said on Monday it intended to cut donor dependence to 3 percent in the next national budget from 6.4 percent in the current budget.

http://www.coastweek.com/3905-Tanzania-government-to-cut-donor-dependence-to-three-per-cent.htm

Feb 2th 2016

Chief Justice Othman Chande yesterday directed all magistrates in the country to ensure that they meet the target of executing 250 cases per year. The CJ said that a whooping 121 Resident Magistrates countrywide have only managed to hear and decide on only 100 cases last year, a number that is discouragingly small.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88510

Feb 3th 2016

Tanzanian employers have voiced their concern over the high fees they have to pay to secure and even renew working permits for their foreign employees. “We are faced with a heap of challenges which, honestly speaking, continue to make it very complicated to run a business in Tanzania,” stated Dr Aggrey Mlimuka, executive director of the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE).

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88575>

Feb 4th 2016

President John Magufuli has challenged coffee farmers in Tanzania and elsewhere on the continent to improve the quality and quantity of their produce if they are to compete in the global market.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88581

Feb 5th 2016

A new system is introduced for busses which are clearly marked like "luxury", "semi-luxury" and "standard". Before every bus considered themselves as a luxury express bus.

local

Feb 6th 2016

President John Magufuli yesterday directed the judiciary to fast-track the establishment of a special court for cases involving grand corruption. The president directed the judiciary to immediately deal with and decide on a total of 442 tax evasion cases which have been filed since 2010, expressing his astonishment as to why the cases have dragged on for so long at the state’s expense. Citing the tax evasion cases currently outstanding, Dr Magufuli noted that if these had been decided early by the courts, the country could have got at least 1 trillion/- ($ 500 million) in unclaimed revenue.  

http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=88602

Feb 7th 2016

Former president and CCM chairman Mr Kikwete warned all CCM members planning to sabotage President Magufuli’ s administration to get ready for stern measures.  “The CCM manifesto gives directives on addressing corruption, improving infrastructure, education and health services and many other issues of concern to the public,” said Mr Kikwete. “After the party’s chairman speech, we are all going to  disperse to our respective homes, there will be no lunch, no drink or anything, the money you contributed has been used to buy 1,000 desks for our children,” he said.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-/1840340/3066112/-/k9gdbb/-/index.html

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 4)

[31 januari 2016]
 

WEEK 4 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 12

 

Jan 25th 2016

A biogas production project, supported by the Rural Energy Agency (Rea), will be launched. The project, to run for two years, will be implemented by the Tanzania Domestic Biogas Programme (TDBP) in collaboration with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). It targets installation of 10,000 biogas plants in the country by the end of 2017. (Note: this project is very doubtful since the experiences from the realized installations are very bad)

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Business/Pangani-biogas-project-for-inauguration-today/-/1840414/3042426/-/p8wkqoz/-/index.html 

 

Jan 25th 2016

The president suspended the director general of the National Identification Authority (NIDA), Dickson Maimu, and other officials of the authority pending a graft investigation and an audit of the 179.6 billion-shilling ($82.20 million) that NIDA has so far spent on the project.

http://af.reuters.com/article/tanzaniaNews/idAFL2N1591B2

Jan 25th 2016

Magufuli strode into office in November promising to reduce corruption, cut wasteful spending and improve public services. These initiatives are welcome in the East African nation, which, while seen as a bastion of political stability in an at-times volatile region, consistently ranks low on human development and high on graft. But Magufuli’s government imposed new restrictions on the media recently, and brought that commitment into question.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/01/25/tanzania-loves-its-new-anti-corruption-president-why-is-he-shutting-down-media-outlets/

Jan 26th 2016

The government yesterday unveiled the second five year development plan (FYDP II) 2016/2017-2020/21 framework that focuses on industry economy. “The new development plan is in line with President John Magufuli’s plan to have a new Tanzania based on an industrial economy” she told members of parliament. (Note: On request of the opposition at Jan 30th this plan in postponed)

Ipp media 26-1-16

Jan 26th 2016

The National Assembly meetings resume today in Dodoma with legislators expected to debate President John Magufuli’s eleventh parliament inauguration speech. About 156 questions are expected to be asked by Members of Parliament and to be answered by responsible ministries.  At least 18 questions will be asked during the Prime Minister’s instant question session normally held every Thursday morning.

 Ipp media 26-1-16

Jan 27th 2016

Releasing the 2014 report titled ‘Education and Training Policy’ in Dar es Salaam on last week, Prof Suleiman Sunga observed that in developing countries like Tanzania which enjoys a growing economy, albeit it suffers from abject poverty, education policy must focus on economic and poverty reduction. Needless to say, Tanzania is poor and therefore needs to revamp its economy, he said.

Tanzania is in the bottom quartile of countries with the lowest level of human development ranking at 159 out of 187 countries.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88321

Jan 27th 2016

Tanzania went one place down to 117 out of 167 on the transparency international  corruption perception ranking 2015 with 30 points out of 100 (100 = no corruption). On top of the list (countries with the least corruption) we find Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands (87..81 points) On the bottom (countries with the most corruption) Sudan, Afghanistan, Korea and Somalia (12..8 points). Neighbouring countries Kenya and Uganda are on a shared place 139 (25 pnt), and Rwanda on a surprising good place number 44 (54 pnt)

http://www.transparency.org/cpi2015

Jan 28th 2016

Zanzibar's main opposition party said on Thursday it would not take part in a planned rerun of last year's elections in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands which were scrapped after alleged irregularities. (note: the results of the elections in December 15 were scrapped after it appeared that the opposition CUF won)

http://m.news24.com/news24/Africa/News/opposition-to-boycott-zanzibar-election-rerun-20160128-6

Jan 28th 2016

All Tanzanian households are obliged to have a latrine or will be fined Tzs 100,000

Local government

Jan 299h 2016

At least 300 entrepreneur groups in Tanga Region are expected to benefit from loans which will be provided through the 50m/- pledged for every village by President John Magufuli during his election campaigns last year. The money will start to be provided at the end of February this year. He said the aim of providing the loans to small and medium entrepreneurs is to empower groups which perform well in business so as to fight poverty. 

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88379

Jan 299h 2016

The government intends to amend the law governing the Community Health Fund (CHF) to make it mandatory for all people to join and contribute it in order to easily access health services. It said the amendments are also aimed at broadening the use of CHF 

membership cards at regional level so as to enable more people to access health services within their localities.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88382

Jan 309h 2016

The government plans to redistribute specialized doctors and health officers to ensure equal provision of health services in hospitals across the country, the parliament heard yesterday. 

“It might be a painful exercise to doctors who do not want to be moved upcountry, but I humbly ask you, the lawmakers to support the government in this endeavour; we would not like to see politicians defending deviant doctors  once the exercise begins,” the minister said, though short of stating when the exercise was due to start.

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88413

Jan 309h 2016

The government has directed that billions of shillings held in commercial banks by ministries, public corporations and local government authorities be immediately transferred to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT). The order made early in the week will see many commercial banks lose significant deposits. It could also disrupt some of the major bank’s liquidity in the short term. Commercial banks are said to be holding an upward of Sh600 billion ($ 285 million)) at any given time from the different government entities affected by the new directive.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Banks-to-lose-billions-in-new-govt-directive/-/1840340/3054886/-/s8memw/-/index.html

Jan 309h 2016

The government has instructed the Prevention and Combating of Corruption (PCCB) to inspect development projects being implemented by local government authorities (LGAs) in an effort to control embezzlement of funds and substandard projects. 

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=88410

Jan 309h 2016

Assets Recovery and Forfeiture Section (AFRS) has obtained more than 24 court orders for freezing and forfeiting posh cars, cash, bank accounts and real estate owned by corruption convicts estimated at 11bn/-($ 5 million) for the past five years. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr Biswalo Mganga, told a joint press conference in Dar es Salaam that the properties and cash have been recovered from people who were found guilty in corruption, poaching, human traffic and narcotic drugs cases.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201601291461.html>

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 3)

January 17
* The Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) has destroyed 5 tonnes of assorted cosmetics unfit for human use worth Sh48m it impounded in an ongoing operation being carried out in Lake Zone Regions including Mwanza. TFDA Information Officer Martin Malima said the items, which were found in wholesale and retailer shops, were barred for sale in the local market and had therefore been imported into the country illegally. Among the seized items included 77 different types of cosmetics containing harmful chemicals. (source)
* The government yesterday announced that it will switch off 21 radio and six television stations for failure to pay fees for their operating licences and other taxes.  Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Manager of Corporate Communications, Innocent Mungy, made the announcement in Dar es Salaam, saying the authority would switch off the stations’ broadcasts today midnight. (source)
* The acting Director General of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), Mr Charles Chacha, has been suspended while two other senior officials have been transferred following discovery of massive financial and procurement irregularities at the authority. (source)

January 18
* Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) in collaboration with the police force and Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) have seized illegal minerals worth 11.2m/- which were to be smuggled through the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA). (source)
* A local Kiswahili weekly tabloid, ‘Mawio’, has been banned – permanently. According to a statement issued by the government in Dar es Salaam, the newspaper “has been publishing provoking news stories that have all the ingredients of inciting violence in the country’’. (source)
(Jan 21:)The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Tanzania to end their harassment of the weekly newspaper Mawio. The Kiswahili-language newspaper was permanently banned from publishing in print and online Friday and two of its editors were briefly detained, according to reports. (source)

January 19
* Thirty per cent of all African financial wealth is held in offshore banking, costing an estimated $14billion (30.8trillion/-) in lost tax revenues every year, says a new report released yesterday by Oxfam International (source)
An untruth news appeared in Kenyan and Zambian newspapers: It is official; women in Tanzania have three weeks to enjoy their short skirts and dresses. After that, showing of a thigh will be illegal. No tight dress or exposing attire will be accepted in Magufuli-land, especially around Tarime district, Mara region, where a prominent leader has said he will affect the ban. Later it became clear: "There is no doubt that His Excellency President Magufuli and his government are strong proponents of decent dressing, but the ministry wishes to put the record straight that the president has not issued any ban on miniskirts for any reason," read the statement. (source) (source)
* The government has promised to support Tanzania Women Bank (TWB) with 2 billion every year in subsidies to help the bank expand and benefit more women. The announcement was aired yesterday in Dar es Salaam by Ummy Mwalimu the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, the elderly and children when she visited the bank with her Deputy Minister Dr Khamis Kigwangalla and accompanied by other officials from the ministry.Minister Ummy congratulated the bank for having good banking services especially for women entrepreneurs who are small and medium entrepreneurs. 
* Magufuli is a brilliant political tactician. He has by a few strokes removed the rug from under the feet of the opposition. But this may also mean he has legitimized the theft of the election. All of a sudden, everyone has forgotten the election irregularities. One can say that Magufuli is not conducting reform but merely setting the tone of his new government. He may then proceed with his cabinet and CCM executives to define the actual reforms. Unless top CCM executives agreed to his "tone" beforehand he is likely to stimulate resistance(source)
* The Minister of State (Regional Administration and Local Government), George Simbachawene, has sacked two district executive directors (DED) for among other reasons misappropriation of  300 million/-. (bron)

January 20
* The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has completed investigations on individuals believed to have stashed billions of shillings in offshore banks, the Guardian has learnt. “Findings of the report on ‘Swiss Billions’ will be handed over to relevant state organs for further action”,   BoT Governor, Benno Ndulu told the Guardian in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

January 21
A huge consignment of goods worth millions of shillings, being smuggled into the country, has been impounded by Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) special anti-smuggling unit, known as ‘Fast Team’ in collaboration with the Police at an illegal port in Kigombe area, Muheza District, Tanga Region.
* Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Director of Taxpayers’ Education, Mr Richard Kayombo said the operation managed to seize the contraband in three boats coming in from Zanzibar. Mr Kayombo said the consignment comprised 150 bags of sugar from India, 250 bags of rice from Pakistan, 300 plastic containers of Oki cooking oil from Malaysia, 20 tyres, 24 mosquito gauze and other assortments of goods. (note: It was known that f.e. rice from India was imported and sold or even exported as rice from Tanzania) (source)

January 22
* The government yesterday set a new target to improve water access for rural and urban people, committing 100 per cent coverage by 2020. Researches indicates that only one in three people had access to piped water despite government efforts to improve water supplies with most of the population still relying on unsafe water that brings a risk of disease outbreaks. Eng. Gerson Lwenge, the Minister for Water and Irrigation delivering his opening remarks at the 10th joint water sector review meeting in Dar es Salaam said the government would spend 6trn/- (USD3.3bn) in a span of five years (source)

January 23

* Arusha. President John Magufuli chose the perfect symbolic outfit, appearing in a full-fledged military uniform in Arusha yesterday to once again declare a “relentless war” on corruption and related problems that bedevil the country. The President, who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, was in a combative mood as he fired at forces of retrogression, promising hundreds of cheering residents he would continue to fight until the problems affecting the nation are over. (source)

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 1)

[January 4, 2016]
Tanzania is hot today! JPM, as president Magufuli is called, is turning the country around, making an end to all kinds of corruption and power abuse. Read about the developments during the last week in this calender! GoTanzania will update regularly!!

 

Jan 9th

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has ordered reshipment of more than 16,000 litres of engine oil lubricants back to the country of origin for failure to meet the quality standards.

Jan 9th

A new approach being pursued by the government with regard to thedemolition of homes in unauthorised areas for people who built houses in illegal locations but possess legal documents issued by public authorities in that the structures will only be pulled down after they have been given alternative plots. This relieves those who were ill informed or misled into building in unauthorized locations but, more importantly, it intends to hold responsible all public officials who issued the non-sanctioned permits and title deeds to the victims.

Jan 9th

The newly appointed Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango, told The Guardian on Sunday that the government has been losing a lot of tax in the real estate sector which would have helped to fund various development projects. The real estate sector is a great opportunity for the government to improve tax collection. For a long time the government has failed to do so because owners fake property ownership.

Jan 8th

Tanzania's newly appointed prime minister has warned doctors who perform illegal abortions that they will face the sack and possible imprisonment in a crackdown on such operations which are believed to be happening widely across the country. The government warning follows reports that doctors in public and private hospitals in the east African nation are routinely accepting payments to perform abortions, and studies that show high rates of complications from illegal abortions.

Abortion is illegal in Tanzania except when performed to save a woman's life and is punishable by up to 14 years in jail. Tanzania has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates, at 454 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) figures. Government officials say most of these deaths are due to abortion-related complications. Women unable to access safe abortion services may try to terminate a pregnancy themselves or turn to illegal clinics which can endanger their lives.

Jan 8th

The country’s Immigration Department  is embarking on a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants who live and work in the country without permits. Of late we have seen Tanzania facing influx of illegal immigrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia who live and work in the country without legal documents. The operation intends to arrest all undocumented immigrants including those who are working without living permits.

Jan 8th

The government has said the processes for the construction of the Bagamoyo Port will not be halted and will continue. In contradiction earlier it became known that the construction of the $10 billion (about Sh22 trillion) Bagamoyo Port has been suspended. The government wants to focus, instead, on improving the capacity, performance and efficiency of the Mtwara and Dar es Salaam ports. The decisions to suspend building the Bagamoyo Port was because the multibillion project was too big; it needed more attention, a lot of planning and a major source of funding. Opposition politicians have also been complaining that the construction of such a huge project was done without consulting Parliament. President John Magufuli was forced to defend the project during last year’s election campaigns (note: this project looks smelly and reminds on the TED talk story of Peter Eigen "how to expose the corrupt" which tells about huge projects initiated by big foreign companies, in this case the Chinese,  who bribe local ministers and which projects are not really for the interest of the country)

Jan 7th

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has surpassed its revenue collection target collecting a historic of 1.4 trn/- for the month of December (2015)The 1.403 trn/- tax collection for December is equivalent to an average increase of 490bn/- that month compared to the average collections of July through to November where revenue collection averaged 900bn/- a month. (On Dec 16th a target of 1.3 trn was set)

Jan 7th

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development yesterday introduced a digital system whereby the government expected it will be the end of multiple allocation of land plots and at the same time curb corruption. According to the system property ownership information will be digitalised and made accessible via text messaging.

Jan 5th

Over 37,000 metric tonnes of substandard petrol supplied by Nigerian based, Sahara Energy Resources Limited, has been stopped from offloadingat the Dar es Salaam port. Out of the 408 samples taken last year to test fuel imports in the country, 34 failed which equals 8.33 per cent, implying that up to 485,770 liters had been manipulated.

Jan 6th

The minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Ummy Mwalimu said 70% of the medicine the government supplies to hospitals and health centres did not reach patients but instead was sold secretly. The medicine supplied by the government would have special marks, expressing that anyone caught selling it would face legal action

Jan 5th

Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof Jumanne Maghembe has suspended regional forestry officials countrywide pending completion of investigation on mismanagement of government revenues.

Jan 5th

Minister of justice Dr Harrison Mwakyembe issued a stern warning against judiciary staff and state attorneys who take bribes that their days are numbered. It is no longer a secret that some judges, magistrates, state attorneys and state clerks  are accused by public for their tendency to solicit an take bribes. As such they fail to properly administer justice. If you are one of them you should change or leave because we will catch you soon he warned.

Jan 3th

A total of 28 villages in the mountain range of Same District in Kilimanjaro Region have been discovered to have big farms of khat, a plant which is classified as a narcotic. The villages at 13 wards have more than 260 hectares of farms growing khat, which is sold in different parts of the country as well as neighbouring Kenya. Due to the magnitude of the problem, defence and security agencies in Kilimanjaro Region yesterday launched a special operation to destroy all the khat farms.


Previous week

 

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 2)

[January 18, 2016] 
Tanzania is hot today! JPM, as president Magufuli is called, is turning the country around, making an end to all kinds of corruption and power abuse. Read about the developments during the last week in this calender! GoTanzania will update regularly!!

Jan 10th
* Tanzanians may have reason to smile if the latest government plan to make medical insurance cover mandatory for all. This, according to information from the government, will go hand in hand with plans to bolster the healthcare financing system in the country by helping the poor access prepaid health services through the existing health insurance schemes, such as the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the Community Health Fund(CHF). (Source
* The fisheries department in Sumbawanga District, Rukwa Region (lake Victoria) has destroyed 52 unauthorised fishing nets and other illegal fishing gear estimated to have a total value of 41m/-. (Source)

Jan 11th 
* GOVERNMENT plans to introduce a special programme to enable medical specialists reach patients in all parts of the country. “We want to attain the national goal of serving the whole country with medical specialists instead of being stationed in urban areas,” the minister Songea of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children stressed. (Source)  
* MWANZA Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Magesa Mulongo, was on Monday given 48 hours to issue a clear cut explanation why most of the city’s streets were filthy.Deputy Minister in the Vice-President’s Office (Environment and Union), Mr Luhaga Mpina pointed out that hygiene remains national agenda thus everyone in the country had to play part in ensuring that environmental cleanliness is highly observed. (Source)

Jan 13th
* LATEST Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates indicate that the economy has gone up by 6.3 percent in the third quarter of 2015, compared to 5.4 per cent recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. The positive growth trend is testimony that the government has been delivering its various services to people as planned in all sectors of the economy. It also means that there was an improvement in social service delivery during the period under review. (Source)
Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) has disbursed a total of Tzs 2 Billion which will be used to conduct special training for secondary school teachers in order to improve their ability to teach slow learners. (Source)
JOHN Pombe Magufuli may have been a compromise candidate, but less than three months after taking over as Tanzania's president, his radical reforms have the region in awe. Many east Africans are hoping for the "Magufulification" of their countries as they watch the 56-year-old cut perks to officials, channel funding to public services and tackle corruption. (Source)
Kariakoo and Tandale markets which were mopped clean one month ago with traders and local government leadersswearing before cameras that never again these key service areas will allow garbage to pile up, have apparently failed to keep the promise. (Ipp media 13-1-16)
* The government warned Mwanza Factories About Rampant Toxic Pollution. It will not hesitate to shut down factories which pollute the environment with harmful chemicals. (Source)  

Jan 14th 
* The government has assured the public that it is working round the clock to address minor challenges experienced insome schools with the introduction of free education. It has also defended the presence of such trivial shortcomings, insisting that it was not easy to start implementing such policy fully on right footing. The clarification comes amidst complaints from various stakeholders, including parents and teachers, that the implementation of the policy has to some extent gotten off on the wrong foot. (Source

Jan 15th 
* The government has threatened to take stringent measures against dishonest business people involved with illegal importation of refined edible oil as crude product with the purposes of evading tax. The move follows complaints from local producers of sunflower edible oil over lack of fair competition in the market with the government saying verification of the product will now be done at the port Tanga. President John Magufuli has revoked title deeds of five estates in Tanga Region with effect from December 15 last year. (Ipp media 15-1-16)
* The Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr William Lukuvi, told a meeting of regional leaders in the RC’s office that Tanga Region had vast areas of land which had been left idle for a long time without being developed. He declared 2016 as the year for eliminating land disputes countrywide The estates are Kihuhwi, Sagula, Lewa and Bwebwera, all in Muheza District. The fifth is Azimio which is inTanga District. (The citizen 16-1-16)

Jan 16th
* The EastAfrican, the region's authoritative weekly newspaper, is back in circulation in Tanzania after a year out of the market. The ban came days after a cartoon that criticised the country's president Jakaya Kikwete on his fight against corruption and an opinion that criticised Tanzania's stance against UN-backed force to take on the FDRL rebels in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC). (This is good news and a sign for more press freedom!) (Source)
* The government has removed another three heads of department at Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and made immediate appointments to replace them. This was announced in Dar es Salaam yesterday by Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Professor Makame Mbarawa, said the department heads have been removed because of unsatisfactory performance. (Ipp media 16-1-16)

Previous week

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 53)

[January 4, 2016]
Tanzania is hot today! JPM, as president Magufuli is called, is turning the country around, making an end to all kinds of corruption and power abuse. Read about the developments during the last week in this calender! GoTanzania will update regularly!!

Jan 1
* According to Prof Joyce Ndalichako, the newly appointed Minister for Education, Science and Technology and Vocational Training poor inspection of schools and teachers negligence is behind the deteriorating quality of education in the country, the government. The focus of school inspections has been largely on infrastructures like classrooms and toilets rather than classroom activities. She also has directed the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) to speed up supply of authorized textbooks to primary schools before they reopen on January 13.
* The government has uncovered a serious breach of agreements of 49 privatised entities after conducting monitoring, evaluation, and scrutiny of individual Sale Agreements of 177 privatised entities. Dr Magufuli was irked by the revelation that investors have turned the former thriving plants into warehouses, denying jobs to the citizens. He stressed that industrialisation is the key to the development of any country.
* Health and Social Welfare deputy minister Kigwangala has urged reginal medical officers to use the electronic fiscal device. This could prevent dishonest members of staff who used to siphoning money. (Unfortunately in practise this EFD has some major problems and is not really preventing fraud.)
* President John Magufuli forced the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in his government into signing integrity commitment warrant before leaving the State House yesterday, lest they quit the posts for which they had just sworn-in a moment earlier. “If there is anyone who feels he cannot work under the integrity commitment, should dismiss himself and vacate the State House premises right now,” said Magufuli on the podium immediately after swearing in the new executives.

Dec 30
* The government has ordered Coast Region Co-operative Union (Corecu) and Cashew Nut Board of Tanzania to bar from export over 500 tonnes of raw cashew nuts belonging to Sparkle Way Ltd until the firm pays Sh3.4 billion it owes farmers in the Coast Region.
* Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has unveiled yet another thievery of revenues over 11,884 containers from inland container depots (ICDs) and 2,019 car freight stations (CFSs) that were cleared at the Dar es Salaam Port without remitting government revenue. Seven workers of the Tanzania Ports Authority have been arrested over the alleged loss. Eight other TPA workers are reported to have disappeared.
* The new appointed minister for National resources and tourism Prof. Maghembe wasted no time to give Tanzania’s tourism and conservation fraternity the “Sound of Music” when he named stepped up anti-poaching operations, a clamp down on illegal logging and illegal tropical wood exports, and a boosted tourism promotion as key areas in his portfolio on which he will initially concentrate.

Dec 29
* The government expects to generate 18trn/- in tax revenue collections during the coming financial year, according to the newly appointed Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango. “The monies will be enough to finance budgetary requirements for meeting the development vision 2025.” The minister explained Revenue collection projections released early this year indicated a slight increase to 14.68trn/- in the 2015/16 budget, up from estimated 12.17trn/- of the dated fiscal year to offset the effects of reduced donor funding.
* Chadema Secretary General Dr Wilbrod Slaa yesterday asked the government to bring back public funds which were embezzled through the Tegeta escrow account. Harbinder Singh Sethi obtained in 2013 roughly $200 million ( Tzs 440billion/-) from Tegeta escrow account and a free power plant. In what came to be known as the Tegeta escrow scandal, Sethi, with a very warm help from former President Jakaya Kikwete, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the former Attorney General, Frederick Werema, was paid billions of shillings, which he didn’t deserve at all. On top of that he also got a free power plant and a huge power supply contract to Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco)—with no any tender. (Here it looks likes also the censorship of the press is becoming released)

Dec 28
* A statement issued on Saturday night by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), revealed that its board will proceed to vote to release $472.8 million (Sh992.8 billion) after Tanzania met the threshold on good governance, especially on fighting corruption. On Sept 19th this grant was withhold because the US government was concerned with corruption in the country.
* Tanzania and Netherlands have started rehabilitating and expanding the country’s second largest international airport—the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) at the tune of 37million Euros.The BAM International has been awarded a €37 million design and construct contract for the rehabilitation and extension of KIA, which is situated between Moshi and Arusha. (This project was already foreseen before the elections and is of main interest for tourism and the many Dutch (flower) farmers around Arusha and Moshi. Many flowers go to Aalsmeer-NL.)

Dec 27
* Arusha reports of a Sh150 million loss Tanesco incurred in Mwanga District, Kilimanjaro Region. At least 235 suspects have been arrested over the thefts by illegal connections to the Tanesco electricity network. They are also accused of vandalism.
* Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) Chief Executive Officer Dr Kamugisha Kazaura said in Dar es Salaam this week that the plan will increase the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) capacity covering 7500km by four times to improve connectivity and accessibility. (Earlier also Rwanda started with the settlement of a better ICT infrastructure) 
* Police at Tunduma border post have impounded more than 5,000 logs suspected to be smuggled from the neighbouring Zambia, though the consignment bore no official document showing the place of original. The seizure follows the ongoing investigations to establish origin of 31 illegal log containers worth Sh310m destined for China impounded last month at the Dar es Salaam Port.

Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 51)

[December 21, 2015]
Tanzania is hot today! JPM, as president Magufuli is called, is turning the country around, making an end to all kinds of corruption and power abuse. Read about the developments during the last week (week 51) in this calender! GoTanzania will update regularly!!

Dec 11th

19 New ministers and 15 new deputies inaugurated on 15 ministries; about half of the size of the former government. After the ceremony the new sworn ministers hurried to bring surprise visits like Magufuli did before.

Dec 13th

High ranking retired and serving government officials in Oysterbay are leading a move to shoot down the plan to allow construction of high-rise commercial and residential buildings in the Dar-coastal area which caused a lot of land speculation.

Dec 14th

Malpractices are abandoned that ministries are "purchasing a pen" at Sh10,000 while the actual price is only Sh1,000.

Dec 15th

The government is going to effectively implement procurement procedures to block all alleys that have been used to embezzle public funds and leave the government unable to serve ordinary Tanzanians.

Dec 16th

The newly appointed Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) acting Commissioner General, Dr Phillip Mpango, was breaking the record in revenue collection.

According to President Magufuli, revenue collection for this month was likely to go beyond Sh1.3 trillion, which is an increase of about Sh450billion. 

Dec 16th

Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman called on the newly admitted advocates to adhere to professional ethics while defending their clients and refrain from malpractices that tarnish the image of the judiciary.

Dec 17th

The head of the PCCB (anti-corruption office) by name of Hosea is sacked because of inefficiency and also 4 employers who went abroad without permission were sacked. The massive bribery revealed recently at the Dar es Salaam Port and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TPA), one can say, justifies the drastic move against , as it depicted PCCB as an outfit that was sleeping on the job.

Dec 17th

The former minister of tourism appeared to have misused his office where money disappeared.

Dec 17th

The institution of the "Uhuro torch" (freedom torch) abolished. This was a fossil from the Nyerere time used to collect money for the party which was "forgotten" and ended in sucking off civilians and companies for the sake of private pockets. 

Dec 17th

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has embarked on training Chinese business community on taxation laws and regulations to promote revenue collections among the mainly business community. (Chinese business men were used to avoid paying taxes.)

Dec 18th

Authorities move to curb tanzanite smuggling 635bn/- ($ 302 million) worth of gemstones smuggled out without paying tax.

Dec 18th

Tanzania has sentenced four Chinese men to 20 years in jail each after they were convicted of smuggling rhino horns, part of a crackdown in sub-Saharan Africa on lucrative illegal poaching of protected wildlife. Earlier also a Chinese lady was jailed for smuggling ivory. (Before never people where caught for such issues; it was generally known that the son of the former president Kikwete once escaped from death sentence in China for dealing in drugs and since then he worked close together with the Chinese in smuggling of ivory and rhino horns. )

Dec 18th

Civil servants who want to leave the country have to show they have permission from their chief and they did not pay their ticket from public fund.

Dec 18th

Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has seized 1.6 tonnes of counterfeit foods and beverages in a joint operation with Interpol.

Dec 19th

The valve in the irrigation dam in Sunga ward which was broken, lacking a $ 100 repair, for over 15 years and not repaired due to bad leadership. Now, within a month after regime change, it is repaired by local initiative and the lake is full of water again! (Although this is no shocking world news it shows how the new directions reached and are supported also the rural area's)

Dec 19th

Private schools and colleges will face a serious shortage of teachers with effect from next academic year following a massive (few thousands) departure of foreign (mainly Kenyan) teachers lacking work permits which are not granted or too expensive ($ 2,500) and required according a new law introduced before the elections. (no signs for a solution yet)

Previous developments

Revolution in Tanzania

[December 14, 2015]
Tanzania is hot today! JPM, as president Magufuli is called, is turning the country around, making an end to all kinds of corruption and power abuse. Read about the developments in this calender! 
GoTanzania will update regularly!!

Nov 7th 2015

New president Magufuli in charge

 

New female Vice President Samia Saluhu Hassan attracted many voters. Her key promise is to bring clean drinking water.

Nov 8th

All foreign travels cancelled from civil servants; Also all governmental hardtops will be replaced with smaller ones off Jan 2016

Nov 9th

Surprise visit to TRA from Magifuli; 10 civil servants appeared not to be at work

Nov 10th

Surprise visit at main hospital, directors were dismissed and hospital organized next day a start of a "clean up"

Nov 11th

Police officer dismissed; Facebook movie from him demanding and getting bribe in Tanga went viral and the officer was dismissed.

Nov12th

Nigerian Drug baron and pastor arrested living in Tanzania

Nov 13th

New rule to close pharmacists just outside hospitals and to bring more pharmacist in the hospitals and to

Nov 13th

Parents arrested from 14 year old girl for marrying paying 11 cows for dowry. Also headmaster who was bribed 0.5 million Tzs to get her of the register of the school

Nov 14th

Bank of Tanzania adapts ban on foreign travel

Nov15th

Kenyan president loosing support in polls over corruption

Nov 16th

Kenyan president is losing support in polls over corruption

Nov 16th

Magufuli orders reinvestigation in an 7 year old murder case were evidences were vanished.

Nov 17th

TASAF executive officers found guilty on fraud with funds for the poor

Nov 18th

Massive demolishing of illegal structures on public land started in Dar. (note: what is missing here is a kind of support for the affected people)

Nov 19th

274 contracts from firms who were privatized in 2012 are reviewed

Nov 20th

Gifts which were given to MP's were confiscated and transferred to the main hospital to cover costs for improvement

Nov 20th

The election promise is renewed to establish a special court that will squarely deal with corrupt public officials who were making life difficult for most of poor Tanzanian.

Nov 20th

Any public servant that will be implicated in corrupt deals will be sacked even before being prosecuted in the special court.

Nov 20th

There will be free education from primary to secondary school beginning January 2016.

Nov 20th

Going to officially open parliament President Magufuli didn’t go by plane, drove the whole 600 km from Dar to Dodoma and reduced the size of the presidential convoy, and the size of presidential delegation that travels with him

Nov 21th

Instead of a 50 person delegation to a common wealth meeting only 4 persons were allowed to go.

Nov 21th

No more 1st class and business class travel for all officials except President, Vice, and Prime Minister.

Nov 21th

No more workshops and seminars in expensive hotels when their so many ministry board rooms available. It appeared to be a major setback for the  hospitality industry (Dar-Bagamoyo) which is mainly owned by civil servants. (note: Also former president Kikwete established a huge conference centre in his hometown Bagamoyo and which should provide him with income after his presidency)

Nov 21th

No more sitting allowances, that also applies to MP’s.

Nov 21th

Many promises in inauguration speech Magifuli

The days of the corrupt and lazy bureaucrats are numbered.

Alarm bells must be ringing in the executive suites of national power company TANSECO, Tanzania Railways including TAZARA, the Tanzania Revenue Authority, and notably Air Tanzania The president’s assertion that he will give those four parastatals “special attention"

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Magufuli--My-Priorities/-/1840340/2965662/-/36l05oz/-/index.html

Nov 21th

President Magufuli chose a new Prime Minister Majaliwa we haven’t heard of before, a guy with reputation for hard work and no corruption all the big guys we expected could be PM have been let wondering what hit them.

Nov 22th

Magufuli administration is set to completely overhaul the running of Tanzania

http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=86355

Nov 24th

Instead of an independence party the money is spent for "clean-up" activities to prevent Cholera and other.

Nov 24th

Tanesco forms taskforce to trace an disconnect all illegal connections.

Nov 25th

In appeared that in general 48% of the income from civil servants came from their salary and 52% from sitting allowances. Many meetings were organized far from the office and abroad and seen as a paid holiday.

Nov 26th

31 containers with illegal logs for China were confiscated ar DAR airport.

Nov 26th

6 civil servants were put in custody since they were too late in a meeting

Nov 26th

After a visit to the harbour from prime minister Majaliwa 6 officials including the general commissioner of the TRA are suspended over a graft where 327 containers disappeared (went outside the customs leaving $40 mil tax unpaid) from inland stores. The civil servants were arrested waiting for investigation on their assets if they correspondent with their salary. Other sources were mentioning that also a big industrial from Azam is involved and that also a sun of Kikwete is arrested in this matter.

Nov 27th

A cross-section of analysts and academicians yesterday advised President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli to ‘overhaul’ the existing system of government, in order to improve performance in the government and to increase revenues and decrease the donor dependency syndrome.

Nov 28th

Another 3 TRA officials dismissed for container case.

Nov 29th

New concept "Rwandanisation" introduced as being the process to a durable economics and better wealth for everyone.

Nov 30th

Unknown sources are telling that Magufuli closed the "ministry for food" which was established by the former president Kikwete and which supplied food for the president and his guests.

Dec 1th

$6 million appeared to be paid as consultancy fee to civil servants who arranged a $600 million loan from the Standard bank to the government.

Dec 2th

Announced that the current system lacks accountability thus the President is trying to establish a new one that will see all public servants accountable. T’S time up for the local private sector to complain  against lack of government support to become productive and control the economy

Dec 3th

President John Magufuli asked country’s financial institutions to

focus on supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) so that that they 

can grow economically.

Dec 4th

After a renewed visit to the port new reports show that not just 340, but more than 2,300 containers have been cleared without tax payment since March 2014. Unknown sources say another big businessman who is involved in this container scandal by name of Patel escaped to India.

Dec 4th

On district level many "empty" projects like building roads are found which are in reports but actually not done

Dec 4th

Investigation with a TRA official involved in the container scandal learned that he had 73 houses and a bunch of buckets filled with millions of cash money

Dec 5th

7 officials from Tanesco are dismissed

Dec 7th

JPM has sacked the head of Tanzania's ports authority and the top official in the transport ministry, part of a campaign to root out corruption and inefficiency.

Dec 8th

During a visit to a cement factory in Tanga Magufuli announced to cut the cement price with 60% to encourage building activities. Also a rope factory is visited to see why they were not producing anymore.

Dec 9th

Cleaning day instead of Liberation parties. Many activities in the whole country and leaders calling around to encourage people to take part.

Dec 9th

The ruling party CCM is happy with the ethical drive of JPM and declared full support for the new head of state.

Dec 10th

According to a study of the World bank an annual $ 157 million government revenues disappeared at Dar port by corruption cartels.

Dec 11th

Tanzania: Govt Draws Up Rules for Private Operators On Railway Service (earlier this was blocked by MP's and ministers who owned truck and bus companies)

Dec 11th

1400 NGO's are closed and another 1400 have to prove within 2 weeks they are doing something that matters. (general is known that those NGO's are misused to get AID funds for private use)

 

 

This is Africa: 'No more Christmas for Tanzania – Hapa Kazi tu!'

[December 10, 2015] 
Last week #WhatWouldMagufuliDo was trending on twitter as people, inspired by the frugal and conscientious leadership of Tanzania’s new president, John Pompe Magufuli, created memes in which they forego expensive options for more economic ones.

In many ways it is another new dawn for Tanzania, reminiscent of the days of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s founding president, a man famed for his spendthrift ways and his idealism. On October 25, 2015, Magufuli was announced the 5th President of the United Republic of Tanzania. The announcement was received with excitement by many Tanzanians. There was, to be sure, grumbling. Edward Lowassa, who carried the banner for the opposition coalition, UKAWA, claimed the polls had been stolen.
Magufuli’s win was accompanied by a first: Tanzania got their first female vice president, Hon. Samiha Suluhu. One month since his election, people’s sentiments towards him have changed, even those who didn’t vote for him. Magufuli has kick-started his term by making radical changes in the way things are done by the government.

Read the whole article on 'This is Africa'

End to government corruption in Tanzania?

[November 26, 2015]
Every five years on the last Sunday of October: elections in Tanzania. President Kikwete cannot be re-elected, he already is at the end of his second term. The opposition brings the old slogan called ‘change!’ back to life. That’s not that strange, because these are the only moments when the 50 million Tanzanians bear a sparkle of hope from a new government. A government that finally does something about the lack of morals of the leaders of the country. Tanzania is on the top of the worldwide corruption list.

Reading back how things went in 2005 and 2010, you get much food for dejection, also for projection to the near future: it’s always promises, promises, promises about fighting nepotism, abuse of power, disguised censorship and the misleading of international donors. But yes, charity begins at home. “I will fire every public servant that appears to be guilty of corruption”, presidente Kikwete said after his first election in 2006. Even foreign media had more concerns about the unrealistic promises by then, than that they felt this could just be hollow frases. Hollow frases they proved to be: under Kikwete’s administration corruption really got extreme.

In 2010 an online corruption detection system was launched on the internet. Lots of bribary scandals were published online. In 2012 it was one of the most popular websites in the country. Right now the website is nowhere to be found. I find a Facebookpage about the project, but the last message is posted in 20012. Maybe some pressure is being put on the project some years ago?

The Tanzanian people are very proud of the fact they live together in peace and harmony, being together with so many different peoples. Tanzania counts 99 different tribes! Sure, they’re all very much against corruption, but deep down inside it has got more to do with something like ‘accepted human nature’: if you want to climb up in society, you also have to be flexible with the game rules. If you’re not willing to ‘play the game’, you will always be worse of than ‘the others’. Lots of times, while I was traveling in Tanzania last summer, I asked people: who are you gonna vote for? And why? Almost everybody emphasized, with a smile, they would vote for ‘the least poor’. They just don’t trust anybody. By that time it was not yet clear, who would be the running man for CCM, the leading party. Although they knew very well that this party was responsible for a government that is one of the corruption champions of the world, lots of people told me they would give their vote to CCM again. One of the main arguments: we don’t have war here, this is a peaceful country and we’re proud of that.

But something happened last month. At least: it seems something is changing. Really changing. Even the most sceptical spectator feels ‘there is something in the air in Tanzania’. Magafuli, the new president, immediately started actions against corruption. During his first month as president he paid surprise visits to a major hospital, the revenue authority and some other governmental institutions and uncovered abuses instantly. Non-present civil servants, without explanation (quite normal in Tanzania), got fired immediately. Top officials spend lots of public money flying by airplane from meeting to meeting, also getting the so called ‘sitting allowance’ (income for only being present). The new president abolishes all kinds of luxury services of governmental officials. He also promises the people primary and secondary education will be totally free, no school fees anymore.

Last week Magafuli held his inaugural speech in the Tanzanian parliament. His enthousiastic speech lasted one and a half hour. “I will fight corruption without fear or favour. I will personally lead the charge… pray for me and support me in this war because those involved are not the ordinary nwananchi (civillians).” Magafuli promised to compose a smaill and efficient cabinet, asked all members of parliament (all very familiair with power abuse and corruption) to help him fight corruption. Yes, this really looks great. Is change really gonna come?

Hope springs eternal and the least Magafuli deserves is the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he feels Tanzania doesn’t profit enough from its natural resources and its touristic highlights. Maybe he realises Tanzania’s potential: it could be a rich country. During the last decades the people did not profit whatsoever. It’s still one of the poorest countries in the world. Maybe he just knows and feels the time is right after all. But remember 10 years ago. How is the situation different from then? Kikwete by then was talking like Magafuli right now. So the first steps are promising, but only time will tell if he persists on his mission towards a fair society.

The best would be when it comes clear in a couple of years Magafuli achieved something quite extraordinary. Like some kind of an ‘under cover’-revolutionary he spent years and years in the snake pit of parliament and cabinet building up his credibility, being ‘one of the guys’. And when he found the time is right for going for the leadership he brought himself to the right position. Whe he was ready for campaigning, he threw off his jacket: “and now for genuine change!”. The establishment is scratching their head: what have we overlooked!?

Niko Winkel / GoTanzania, November 25, 2015 
(with help from Herman Erdsieck, MamboViewPoint, Mambo, Tanzania)

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"Tanzania now has a president !!!!

AND YOU BELIEVE WHAT TANZANIA's NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT MAGUFULI IS UPTO????

UPDATES FROM TANZANIA POST ELECTION ACTIVITIES

Last weekend they were opening parliament and there was a state dinner planned for all guests that was going to cost about 300 m. President Magufuli cut the budget to 25 m and ordered that the rest be taken to buy hospital beds for Muhimbili they got 300 beds and mattresses and 600 bed sheets from that money.

On 23rd Nov 2015 he announced that there will be no official ceremonies for Independence Day on 9th December, the money is to be used for more pressing issues and the day should instead be spent cleaning up our environment.

On Saturday 21st Nov 2015 a group of 50 people were about to set off for a tour of commonwealth countries (don’t know for what) but President Magufuli cut that list down to 4 people, saving government 600 m in tickets, accommodation and per diems

No more foreign travel, embassies will take care; if it’s necessary to go, special permission must be sought from him or Chief Secretary

No more 1st class and business class travel for all officials except President, Vice, and Prime Minister.

No more workshops and seminars in expensive hotels when their so many ministry board rooms available. President Magufuli asked how come engineers are given V 8s when a pick-up is more suitable for their jobs.

No more sitting allowances, how the hell are you paid allowance for a job which you have a monthly salary; that also applies to MP’s. President Magufuli has literally pressed the reset button; returning Tanzania to default factory settings, because that was the TZ Nyerere left us with.

On the day after he was brought to power, in the morning as State House officials were showing him round he decided to take a walk to ministry of finance, told them to get their act together, asked why some employees weren’t in office (ever since then the traffic jam in mornings has become worse) and ordered TRA to scrap all tax exemptions, everyone must pay taxes especially the big guys

President Magufuli went to Muhimbili Hospital unannounced and walked thru the worst parts that they keep hiding from important visitors he fired the director, fired the hospital board and ordered that all machines that weren’t working (so that people go to private hospitals owned by some doctors) to be repaired within 2 weeks otherwise he fires even the new director; the machines were repaired in 3 days

Finally, last week when going to officially open parliament President Magufuli didn’t go by plane, drove the whole 600 km from Dar to Dodoma.

President Magufuli has reduced the size of the presidential convoy, even reduced the size of presidential delegation that travels with him President Magufuli chose a Prime Minister we haven’t heard of before, a guy with reputation for hard work and no corruption all the big guys we expected could be PM have been let wondering what hit them.

His motto is: Hapa Kazi Tu = "HERE, ALL WE DO IS WORK/ SERVE!"

After President Magufuli visited Ministry of finance and Muhimbili Hospital without announcing it is said the port (most corrupt, delaying, thieving officials) were all of a sudden the most efficient place. No loads are missing, things are done quickly and that habit of forcing for a bribe so that your container is released is no more.

Oh, they say when he was confirmed as winner people started congratulating him and wanting to bring gifts to his place he turned them back, saying he will receive all congrats over the phone, nobody should visit himb All individuals/firms that bought state companies that were privatized but haven’t done anything (20 yrs later) are to either revive the industries immediately or hand them back to the government.

 

The Guardian: Tanzania in for new leadership style

[November 3, 2015]
Tanzanians should brace themselves for a completely new leadership style and major shake-ups in civil service from President-elect Dr John Magufuli according to a cross section of analysts.

Given the competitive nature of last month’s polls that gave him victory by 58.46 per cent - the lowest ever margin recorded by a president - Magufuli is likely to be a no-nonsense leader in a bid to demonstrate to those who voted for him that they did the right thing, they noted.

During interviews with ‘The Guardian’ yesterday, many said that given his record in various portfolios he has held previously as cabinet minister, Magufuli’s presidency will most likely make “hard decisions” geared at transforming the civil service in a move to please the ordinary citizens yet anger corrupt and lethargic civil servants.

Read the complete article

GoTanzania will be visiting projects in Tanzania again

[October 6, 2015]
On January 6 2016 GoTanzania will be on the road again. The aim will be the same as it was during the summer of 2015: to find good Tanzanian development projects that work with volunteers from the western world. On GoTanzania, you can read the stories about these visits to beautiful projects. During the next trip, projects will be visited in the Northwest of Tanzania, around Lake Victoria. Also, some weeks will be spent in Moshi, near Mount Kilimanjaro. Moshi is the touristic and volunteering centre of Tanzania: lots of volunteering agencies are located around this friendly town, which also houses many safari companies. GoTanzania will do some reallife research on the many volunteering possibilities in Moshi Town. This area is also very popular because of the daily flights from and to Europe, from the nearby Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Kilimanjaro
Moshi is a nice little town on the southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free standing mountain of the world. Kilimanjaro’s summit is also the world’s highest place reachable for people who are not mountain climbers: you can just hike to the top. And that really is a magnificent experience. It takes 5 or 6 days.
Kilimanjaro International Airport is just half an hour away from Moshi Town. Moshi and Arusha, 80 kilometers west of Moshi, are the Eastafrican safari tourism capitals: the big parks are just a couple of hours away from there. And ’ let’s not forget to mention lounge island Zanzibar, which is reachable in one day by bus and boat, or only half an hour by (rather cheap) plane.
In Moshi you can also find lots of development projects. Although there is a lot of tourism in this part of East Africa, the local population is extremely poor and many local and international projects are looking forward to the help of volunteers from the west. A fair amount of big internationally operating volunteering agencies develop or support projects in and near Moshi, mainly aiming at the ‘voluntourism’-mix. local agencies, moreover, have their grassroot projects, distinguishing on quality and price. GoTanzania will shed light on the possibilities and choices for the volunteers to be.

Lake Victoria
The GoTanzania discovery/research in the Northwest from the town of Mwanza on the southern shore of Lake Victoria, will shed light on four different development projects. Three of them have their origins in a Dutch initiative, the fourth is a US-project in Musoma, about 100 kilometers north of Mwanza. In Sengerema, a little town close to Mwanza, the Sengerema project will be visited. The mission of this project is to help young entrepreneurs found their own business by microfinance. Sengerema has been doing this for about 10 years now, and the project shows big results. GoTanzania will find out how this is done.
The next project will be Upendo Daima, an organisation founded by the Dutch Marga van Barschot 15 years ago. Upendo Daima is a project for street children in Mwanza. Many children end up on the streets, with no support from family anymore. Upendo Daima tries to find solutions for them, focusing on reuniting them (if possible) with their (extended) families and getting them back to school.
Tukutane Tanzania, also in Mwanza, is owned by the Dutch Anne Kuijs. She has built up a broad network in Mwanza over the last decade and mediates between volunteers from The Netherlands and other countries and care institutions, schools en hospitals in Mwanza. She also owns accommodation which can be used by volunteers.
Finally, GoTanzania will travel to Musoma, where the US-originated NGO called Global Resource Alliance is perched. Global Resource Alliance develops many different projects in communities around Musoma and Kinesi trying to fight poverty, hunger and illness. Examples of Projects are installing waterpumps, reforestation, use of solar power, support in agricultural projects, health improvement and child care.

Of course GoTanzania will publish articles about this trip on the GoTanzania website. The trip will take place from January 6 until February 19, 2016.

GoTanzania - all projects on Google Maps

[May 6, 2015]
New on GoTanzania: all projectes on Google Maps!

On this map you can see, where in Tanzania the volunteering organisations and projects are to be found. You can find some projects in the southwest of the country, but it's obvious that the majority of the projects are located in the vicinity of the cities of Arusha and Moshi and on Zanzibar island. 

Arusha and Moshi are the major hubs in the north, where you can find the main tourist attractions of Tanzania: the wildparks and the vulcano's Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.  

Volunteering goes hand in hand with 'voluntourism'. Tourists tend to come to the north. Hardly any visitor travels to the other ends of the country. 

When you zoom in on the map (click the picture on this page and jump to the Google map), and you'll detect two 'clouds of drops'. 

Every project is clicable on the map, so you can easily find out, which organisation run projects where in Tanzania. Every project or organisation is also to be found in the GoTanzania-database

 

Tanzania dumps English as its official language in schools, opts for Kiswahili

[March 8, 2015]
Tanzania is set to become the first sub-Saharan African country to use an African language as the medium of instruction throughout the schooling years.
As part of far-reaching plans to reform education, President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration announced last week that, going forward, education in Tanzania will have Kiswahili as the sole language of instruction.
 
Currently, public education in Tanzania is bilingual, as it has been since the country’s independence from the British in 1961. At primary level, students are taught in Kiswahili, with English a part of the curriculum as a language subject. At secondary school level, and all the way up to university, the learning process is reversed, with English becoming the medium of instruction.
 

East Africa Business Week: "New York Times selects Tanzania"

[January 26, 2015]
ARUSHA, Tanzania – Tanzania has been named among 52 places to go this year by the ‘New York Times’, in a new development that gives a further boost to the country’s growing tourism industry. The ‘New York Times’ (NYT) an American daily newspaper, has won 114 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization in the world. The paper’s print version remains the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States and second-largest newspaper overall, behind The Wall Street Journal. It is ranked 39th in the world by circulation. The famous US daily mentions in a recent edition the newly high profile hotels and camp sites in the main tourists attractions of Serengeti National Park, Tarangire, Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. The Serengeti National Park, which is a UNESCO heritage site, is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile.

In a statement, commenting on the report, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, said that the report was testimony of continued efforts to implement right policies in the tourism conservation and development. “The New York report makes all of us in Tanzania proud. It is a demonstration of our continued efforts to implement the right policies related to tourism and keep us with an on-going activities against poaching,” he said.

Read the complete story on East Africa Business Week

Transparency International: still much corruption in Tanzania

[December 5, 2014]
There has been a lot of transformation and development in Tanzania since its independence: there is a multi-party democracy and strong economic growth. The government took steps towards better governance and anti-corruption policies through the 'National Anti-Corruption Strategy' and the action plan that came with it. 

Although the media and civil society have grown to be far more free and independent than they had been for decades, they are still subject to limitations imposed on them by the government. These limitations make it harder to fight corruption. 

This way corruption remains a problem in Tanzania, both in the public and in the private sector. This corruption withholds much people to profit from the economic growth. 
 

Volunteer Correct goes to Cape Town

[November 7, 2014]
The foundation Volunteer Correct presented itself online in September. Volunteer Correct aims to improve transparency and accountability in international volunteering. Its founders are concerned about the quality of volunteer work and its effectiveness, and therefore strive to reach a stage where organizations are held responsible for their approaches and are encouraged to reflect on the effectiveness of their programs.
At the same time Volunteer Correct encourages volunteers to take the responsibility to be well informed when participating in a project.

Volunteer Correct brings this objective in practice with "Project Kaapstad." This media- and researchproject aims to make a good volunteerproject in Cape Town more transparent. In February a team of Volunteer Correct's volunteers will travel to South-Africa for 18 days. The result will be an comprehensive documentary.