Monday, 29 September 2014

6-month fishing bans plan to save Nile perch

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Lucas Liganga

Mwanza. After years of foot dragging, the three countries sharing Lake Victoria are all set to impose six-month annual fishing shut-downs in a bid to save the dwindling Nile perch and other fish species effective next month, The Citizen can reveal today.

However, it isn’t clear whether the long overdue suspensions would be fully observed by fishermen and fish processors in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Lake Victoria is shared between Tanzania (51 per cent), Uganda (43 per cent) and Kenya (6 per cent).

The planned six-month annual fishing bans would be implemented over a period of five consecutive years, from 2014 to 2018, according authoritative details gathered by The Citizen.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

SPECIAL REPORT: The making of an ecological catastrophe

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Reporter

Mwanza. For years, the success story of the Nile perch has been told in volumes and verses to the extent that this version of reality overshadows the impact of the fish on Lake Victoria.

But, for a predator fish that survives on Charles Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest because of its feeding habits, the Nile perch has also created another disaster in the world’s second largest fresh water lake.

It is for this reason that some fisheries experts have always believed that there might have been a conspiracy to deliberately plant the Nile perch in Lake Victoria during British colonial rule in the 1950s with the aim of disrupting the lake’s ecological system.

For instance, in May 1997, Seafood International Magazine published an article titled ‘Nile perch: Marketing success or ecological disaster’ in which the author says, “Nile perch first appeared in Lake Victoria in the late 1950s, when it may have been introduced deliberately…The ecology of the Lake has been significantly affected by this action.”

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Precision Air to launch 2 local routes, shelve Comoros flights

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Veneranda Sumila

Dar es Salaam. Precision Air (PW) has announced to introduce two direct domestic flights and suspend one international route starting Wednesday this week.

The airline will launch direct flights between Dar es Salaam on one hand and Kigoma and Bukoba on the other and suspend its flights to Hahaya in Comoros the same day.

The company said at the weekend that the direct flights were in response to customers’ outcry.

Precision Air, which is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, has been serving the two local destinations via Mwanza.

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Darwinian theory emerged in Lake Victoria as Nile perch disappears

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Lucas Liganga

Mwanza. It rose from the ashes to become the backbone of the Lake Zone economy, supporting 300,000 livelihoods directly and another 3 million indirectly, but the Nile perch is now on the brink of extinction, posing a serious threat to Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake.

The Nile perch, or Lates niloticus, as it is known scientifically, is a large freshwater fish introduced in Lake Victoria in 1954 by the British government to increase the fish population and can grow to a length of two metres and weigh 200 kilogrammes.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, before the introduction of fish processing plants in Lake Zone regions, Nile perch, or sangara as it is known among locals here, was virtually valueless and was favoured mainly by ordinary families, which could not afford more expensive fish like tilapia.

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Crash kills retired educationist

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Christopher Maregesi

BUNDA. Retired Bunda District Education officer Laban Bituro, has died and four others seriously injured after two cars were involved in an accident at Suguti River on the Mwanza-Musoma highway in Bunda District, Mara Region yesterday morning.

Mara Regional Police Commander Philip Kalangi said the accident occurred after the driver of a Toyota Noah Zedekiah Otieno, refused to stop to allow traffic police to inspect the vehicle at a road block. In the process, he carelessly drove off in a bid to escape from the police.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

South African Airways to increase flight routes, eyes Mwanza, Mbeya

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By The Guardian Reporter

South African Airways (SAA) has announced plans to increase flight routes and frequency to Tanzanian destinations that will among other things, boost tourism for the country.

Marking its 20 years of operations in Tanzania late last week, Regional General Manager for Africa and Middle East, Aaron Munetsi, announced plans to have flights from Johannesburg to new routes in the country like Mwanza and Mbeya, among others.

Speaking at the celebratory function held in Dar es Salaam where the airline awarded a wide range of stakeholders with certificates of achievement the Regional General Manager said the airline will continue to increase its activities in the country.

“Apart from enhancing tourism between the two nations, the airline has been and will continue to facilitate development of fisheries, agriculture and mining sectors,” he went on to say.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Confirmed: No Ebola case, death in Tanzania

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Emmanuel Chacha

Mwanza. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has released the results of the samples sent to Nairobi to establish the cause of the controversial death of Bertha Boniphace (25) who was hospitalized at Geita District Hospital, Geita Region for what was highly rumoured in Geita town that she was suffering from Ebola fever.

The Medical Officer in-charge for Geita District Hospital Dr Adamu Sijaona, told The Citizen on Saturday yesterday that, the results from Nairobi showed that Bertha was not suffering from the Ebola virus, instead she was suffering from viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF).

“The results show that it was not Ebola as it was previously suspected, although the disease she died from falls in the same group of Ebola, dengue and rift valley fever. It is a tropical disease. Technically, we call it arthropod borne virus spread by a mosquito called Aedes Aegyptyi,” he said.

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