Thursday, 25 May 2017

Preps for Lake Victoria vessel tender in high gear

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News reporter

TENDERS for the purchase of a new passenger vessel to ply between the Lake Victoria ports of Mwanza and Bukoba will be opened next month, as the old vessels are in different stages of massive rehabilitation.

The Acting General Manager of Marine Services Company Ltd (MSCL), Mr Benedict Hamisi, said yesterday that the opening of the tenders will signal a preamble to the assembling of a brand new and specialized vessel that will improve maritime transportation in Africa’s biggest lake.

“We will open the tenders on 12th June, as one of the decisive steps towards implementing a pledge made by then candidate John Magufuli, during the 2015 General Election campaign,” he said.

He recalled that, as candidate on a Chama Cha Mapinduzi ticket, Dr Magufuli had pledged that, if he were to emerge victorious and become Head of State, he would be instrumental in facilitating the purchase of a new vessel with a capacity of 1,200 passengers.

According to Mr Hamisi, apart from the envisaged purchase of a new vessel, the government had also invested heavily in the rehabilitation of Mv Victoria, Mv Butiama and Mv Liemba, to improve services in Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika.

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Ebola advisory: No handshakes, please, you’re in Mwanza

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By PIUS RUGONZIBWA in Mwanza

AN alert on the deadly Ebola disease is sweeping across Mwanza Region as residents here are cautioned to check the movements of visitors from the DR Congo.

The ‘advisory’ now making the rounds was issued Mwanza Regional Commissioner (RC) John Mongela yesterday during a stakeholders meeting called strategically to brainstorm and chart out measures the region could in case of an outbreak.

The City of Mwanza and its environs receives many visitors from across the Great Lakes Region, with at least 100 fish traders alone coming into Mwanza every day – invariably all of them from the DRC where four people are reported to have died from Ebola and 37 others infected lately.

Mr Mongela says even though his officials were yet to report any Ebola cases or suspect, the authorities had “reason to start taking precautionary measures due to its proximity with DRC.”

Our region is not spared when it comes to threats of Ebola due to a number of factors … such as migrations of people from our neighbours in the DRC being the main factor.

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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Mwanza Airport expansion, new ship on state ‘to do’ list

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By PIUS RUGONZIBWA in Mwanza

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has revived new hopes for the Lake Zone regions as he pledged the purchase of a new passenger ship and expansion of the Mwanza Airport.

The two projects have been long awaited for years to become a reality with the Head of State saying special budgets will be allocated this financial year for their full implementation. Addressing a section of city residents and government leaders who turned up to welcome him here yesterday, Dr Magufuli said the projects are now set for completion as promised.

“This is not my official visit; but let me take this opportunity to say something about the two projects. We will allocate the budget enough to cater for the two,” he pledged.

Dr Magufuli was on transit to his home town of Chato in Geita Region for a brief vacation, the first since he was elected president last November.

Looking jubilant as he jetted in for the first time as head of state, the president recalled the intense campaigns carried out for him and the CCM, saying it was now time for serious work.

He pointed out that his election victory meant working tirelessly to bring about development to all the people regardless of their political affiliations.



Saturday, 19 March 2016

Mwanza RC in tough stance against abuse of office

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By PIUS RUGONZIBWA

THE new Mwanza Regional Commissioner Mr John Mongela has announced tough actions against civil servants here as he warned against business as usual tradition in serving the people and abuse of office while calling for serious work.

Speaking as he was introduced yesterday, Mr Mongela (photo) who moved from Kagera Region in the same capacity said he had come into the region with special directives from President John Magufuli and asked all the leaders to comply otherwise they will find themselves in hot soup.

He delivered a message on the urgent need for the government officers both at the Regional Secretariat and the Local Governments to change their work attitudes and serve to the expectation of the public who had built negative image in the public servants.

“I have come here to ensure proper coordination of the government functions and I trust a huge team behind me will be doing the same. Our target should focus on ensuring not only maximum security but also true development of our people,” he said.




Sunday, 13 March 2016

Mwanza residents advised on methods to combat cholera

From Daily News on Sunday, Dar es Salaam
By MOSES MATTHEW in Mwanza

THE Ilemela District authority has reiterated the need for Mwanza residents to continue maintaining a clean environment in order to combat cholera that continues to threaten the community in many areas.

Speaking during the official opening of a two day monitoring committee meeting at Buzuruga health centre yesterday, the Ilemela District Commissioner, Mr Manju Msabya said that residents in Mwanza have to be proactive to combat cholera.

“Cholera has been recorded in Mwanza so people must change and take steps to control it, otherwise things will move from bad to worse and lives might be lost,” said Mr Msabya.

He said that there is no district in Mwanza that is safe, so the best thing to be done is to control it to the maximum through efforts by all the residents in the region. He insisted that residents should concentrate on cleaning efforts of their environment, which in turn will restore the reputation of the region which for several years has been leading in terms of cleanliness.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Horror in Lake Victoria as killer crocodiles now target humans

From The Guardian/IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Lucas Lukumbo

The calm and tranquil waters of Lake Victoria belie a horrifying situation that people living near its banks are facing, in the form of ferocious killer crocodiles lurking in the shallows.

According to reports, hardly a month passes without these predators pouncing on and snatching human beings who venture to the edge of Africa’s largest lake - also the world’s largest tropical lake - to fetch water, wash domestic appliances, go fishing, or make other use of the available waters.

The latest recorded attack was on January 16 this year when eight-year old Avelina Vitus, a Standard Two pupil, was fatally ambushed by a crocodile while in the company of her sisters Mispina (16), Adventina (10) and Sophia (6) in Chelameno village, Nyamboge ward, Geita Region.

Narrating the ordeal, eldest sister Mispina said they were washing their school uniforms in the lake in readiness for class the next day when the crocodile pounced.

“We heard a big splash of water behind us. When I turned back, I saw a huge croc dragging my younger sister away as she struggled in vain to disentangle herself from its clutch,” a tearful Mispina recalled.

The sisters backed away and yelled for help. Other local residents soon assembled at the scene, and a search for the crocodile and its victim was immediately launched, coordinated by the village chairman Majura Ruhwirabache. 

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Albino killers ‘punished heavily’

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News Reporter

DEPUTY Minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni told the august House here yesterday that a total of 133 suspects have been apprehended out of whom 19 were condemned to death after they were convicted of killing people with albinism.

“Between 2006 and late last year, 43 people with albinism were murdered. Leading Regions with gruesome killings include; Mwanza, Shinyanga and Kigoma,” Mr Masauni explained while responding to supplementary question by Special Seats MP, Ms Mgeni Jadi Kadika (CUF).

He said in efforts to curb the killings, the government has put in place several centres to protect people with albinism which have assisted to reduce the incidents.

“Through the police force, the government has conducted manhunt for perpetrators of the crime and brought them to justice,” the Deputy Minister said.

Mr Masauni explained further that the police force has been conducting regular patrols against witchdoctors fond of misleading their customers that they can attain wealth or luck by acquiring body parts of people with albinism.

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