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.

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