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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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Govt to build over 9000 houses for prison staff

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By Getrude Mbago

The government has announced plans to build over 9,000 houses for prison staff to address the
The Minister for Home Affairs, Charles Kitwanga
shortage of housing that they face.

The project will be rolled out across four regions of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Dodoma and Mwanza and is expected to start early next year detailed Home Affairs Minister Charles Kitwanga (photo). He said the government is keen to address all challenges facing the prison force.

“We have already signed a contract with Poly Technologies Company, a Chinese company to implement the project,” he added.

"Prison workers should rest assured...they will all have good accommodation...we will implement the project in all other regions as well,” he pledged. “It is very important to make sure prison staff reside in good houses for them to work in diligently,” he went on to say.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Police push to curb drunken driving in Mwanza Region

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

THE Police Force in Mwanza Region has pledged to work with other stakeholders to sensitize drivers on the importance of avoiding drunken driving especially during this festive season.

The Head of Traffic in Mwanza, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mohamed Likwata, said during a seminar organized by Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), that drunken driving was one of the major causes of road accidents.

The SBL training seminar is run under the theme: ‘Friends, Don’t let Friends Drink and Drive’ and ‘Taking a Drink? Let someone Take the Key’.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Major housing project underway in regions

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News reporter

A DREAM by the majority of lowly paid public servants to own modern and durable homes is set to be realised soon following a move by Watumishi Housing Company (WHC) to launch a construction drive of 800 houses in four regions.

The move by WHC is a fulfilment of a promise made by the fourth phase government under retired president Jakaya Kikwete for the government to seek a lasting solution to the lack of descent houses by civil servants.

Speaking to the press in Dar es Salaam, WHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Fred Msemwa named the regions with the housing units in brackets as Tanga at Pongwe area (40), Mwanza at Kisesa Township (56) and Dar es Salaam which will receive the bulk of the houses to be built in Kigamboni (400), Bunju (190) and Magomeni Usalama (104). According to the WHC Chief Executive Officer, the Magomeni Usalama project is set to build two flat buildings with 15 floors each.

The buildings to be built right at the heart of a historical part of Dar es Salaam in which it used to be the home for a good number of mid-ranking civil servants of independent Tanzania Mainland (Tanganyika) is set to change once and forever the area’s scenery.

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Mwanza City urged to elect capable, educated mayor

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE newly-elected councillors in Mwanza Region have been urged to ensure that they elect a mayor who is graft-free, educated and impartial and one who will take the city to the next level.

Speaking at different occasions here, Mwanza residents pointed out that due to the rapid growth of the city and the huge economic activities conducted by both local and international investors, the city needs a competent mayor.

“The reputation of the councillor who should be elected as mayor of the city is that he or she must first have sufficient knowledge to question and oversee the revenue and expenditure of the city”, said Mr Robert Masunya, a Mwanza resident.

According to Mr Masunya, the new Mwanza Mayor must be able to interpret various policies, rules operating state authorities and not depend on the old requirement of one just knowing how to read and write.

“That is not applicable in the current environment, perhaps it may be used on councils in small towns and in rural areas”, he said.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Mwanza city roads need urgent repairs

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE Mwanza City Council (MCC), is seeking 822m/- for the rehabilitation of the badly damaged road infrastructure caused by heavy rains that poured in early November this year.

In a letter written to the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Prime Minister’s Office in respect of the matter, the amount is urgently sought to return roads and bridges in their normal order to allow transportation of people and goods as it was the case before.

“Various roads in the city have been badly dilapidated to the point that it is making hard for the public transport to operate and this is mainly caused by the geographical position of the city which is surrounded by the hills,” read part of the letter that was made available to the ‘Daily News’ as signed by the Acting City Director, Mr Jeremiah Mahinya.

Many of the affected are unpaved roads interconnecting the hills surrounding the Lake side City involving damaged culverts and drainage systems. The most damaged part of the City that needs urgent renovation includes the Isamilo-Jeshini road, Mkuyuni-Tambukareli and Maina-Nyakato road and Igoma-Kishiri-Fumagila road.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Meeting seeks to end Mwanza land conflicts

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
DAILY NEWS Reporter in Mwanza

ILEMELA Municipality has been called upon to find lasting solutions to land-related disputes among Bugenda, Monze 'A' & 'B' and Nyamwilolelwa residents that arose from unplanned settlements.

The call was made by the Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) Project Manager (Improving Rural Housing), Mr Musa Masongo, here at the weekend, when he was giving an evaluation of land conflicts in the Municipality and measures taken to resolve disputes that include surveying plots for better housing.

TAHEA is a professional non government organisation (NGO) founded in March 1980 in Mwanza City, with the aim to empower individuals, families and the entire community in the country, socially, economically and with gender perspective through education, training, information and consultancy.

He said residents have bought plots and created unplanned settlements with the government failing to stop them, a situation he said will bring great harm if it is not controlled earlier.

"The biggest problem is having residents build unplanned settlements and later have their plots taken by the government. I am requesting the government to survey unplanned areas in order to avoid conflicts," Mr Masongo explained.