Revolution in Tanzania (continued - week 52)

[27 december 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 in this calender! GoTanzania will update regularly!!

Dec 25
* Religious leaders took advantage in their Xmas preaches to cooperate with the government as it embarks on reform aimed at improving the lives of ordinary people. Magufuli appears to have good ties with the catholic church. (Can we believe that the Tanzanian Catholic church is turning into a liberation church by example of the Popes central America church? :-)

Dec 24
* Currently 216 fake certificates from civil servants are traced; more expected to follow. 

Dec 23
* The government has issued a 30-day ultimatum to the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) to present Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) certificates to 512, because of the delayed EIA reports stalled investment projects. According to the National Environmental Management Act 2004 those reports should be issued within 60 days of the application.
* Since Magufuli's efforts to root out corruption and increase inefficiency China selected Tanzania as a pilot country for its China-Africa economic cooperation along with Kenya and Ethiopia.
* After tips from citizens Police Dar es Salaam have arrested 2 people with 156 elephant tusks, worth $ 5 million and found in a private home in Dar es Salaam.

Dec 22
* A high ranked official mr Tito from the railways is sacked due to irregularities during awarding a tender for building the $ 7,600 million railway line between Dar and Burundi-Rwanda-Congo.
* Home affairs minister Charles Kitwanga declared the government is posed with immediate effect to make institutional reforms in the Police Force as it intensifies the war against illegal drug trade and corruption in the country. (Sources said that drug dealers enjoyed patronage from senior police officers. Other rumours say that also old president Kikwete's sun Ridhiwani is involved in drug trading.)
* Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has warned against the misuse of relief food citing reports that the food is being used to make local brew. The PM warned that tough disciplinary action will be taken against all found guilty

Dec 21
* It became known there have been plenty of irregularities surrounding tanzanite mining, trading and dealership including theft, tax evasion and smuggling, and so far there are 27 companies in Arusha Region which have been placed under the microscope over the issue.
* Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, sounded the warning that "Anyone who will be found to have embezzled public funds will be removed, I want public servants to know that the Fifth Phase Government is determined to serving the people"

Dec 20th 
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa’s recent directive to ensure Rapid Transit buses start operating on Dar es Salaam roads by January 10, next year, is unlikely to be effected after it came to light that the owner of the buses, UDA-RT, owes Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Sh8 billion ($ 3.8 million) in import duty. (According to other sources this UDA-RT is owed by the son of old president Kikwete Ridhiwani who apparently did not pay his tax)

GoTanzania-lowlights (where not to go) - 1 : K2 Adventure Travel

Extreme voluntourism (1): K2 Adventure Travel
> Volunteer Abroad Organizations to avoid <

K2 Adventure Travel heads trigger information like:
* Helping Can Be Exhilarating
* Spectacular. Significant. And Above All, Safe
* Fulfilling Your Dream Fulfills Ours
* Dreams Don’t Discriminate

“In addition to seeing the world, K2 Adventure Travel is your connection to doing a world of good. Our life-changing adventure travel includes the unique opportunity to actually change lives. All of our international expeditions incorporate time spent doing community service in the local communities or orphanages to help impoverished children in the locations we visit. Just as the views from any mountain will take your breath away, so will the smiling faces of the children living near there. The memory of those faces, and your efforts to improve their lives, just might be more vivid than those you take away from atop the mountain.”

And about the arrangements, an example: One day of safari and eight days of volunteering in community service in Tanzania will cost you USD2500! (airfares, insurances and visa not included).

So: avoid K2 Adventure Travel!!

[GoTanzania will lowlight bad, harmful and too expensive projects, working with volunteers, on this website. This is the first in a series.]

Arusha Maasia Market burnt down to the ground

[December 24, 2014]
I just read online that a month ago, the Maasai Market nearby the Clocktower in Arusha was burnt down to the ground. How tragic!
It was a real tourist market. As a mwzungu (white person) you were not able to comfortably look at the Maasai-trinkets without being spoken to and without feeling guilty about not wanting to take all those souvenirs home.

 



Nevertheless, the market was a wonderful, colorful sight. I genuinely hope they are able to build it up again.
Some links to newsarticles about the fire: ATC, The Citizen, Our Tales From Tanzania