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!!
* 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? :-)
* Currently 216 fake certificates from civil servants are traced; more expected to follow.
* 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.
* 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
* 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"
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)
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