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.


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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

[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)