Tuesday, 2 September 2014

TCAA probes plane crash in Serengeti National Park

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Katare Mbashiru

Dar es Salaam. The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) is investigating the crash of a Kenyan registered plane in Serengeti National Park on Sunday.

The wreckage of the Safari Express Limited Fokker F-27 was sighted yesterday morning about 25 kilometres from the Kenya-Tanzania border. All the three occupants who were on board were burnt beyond recognition, according to Kenyan media reports.

Yesterday, TCAA acting director general Charles Chacha said the wreckage of the aircraft was found within Serengeti National Park, but added that his team was yet to establish if the three people who were on board were killed in the crash.

He said the aircraft departed from Mwanza Airport on Sunday at 7.26pm and that it was expected to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 8.39pm.

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Marie Stopes opens new health facility

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

Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST), the country’s largest specialist provider of reproductive health services, has launched a new health facility at Nyegezi in Nyamagana District, Mwanza Region, which will expand health services including family planning, youth friendly services as well as cervical cancer screening and treatment.

According to MST country director Ulla Muller, the new centre has been registered at the level of dispensary and will be operating six days a week to deliver high quality healthcare services to Mwanza residents at affordable prices. Key services include testing and treatment of various diseases.

“Mother and child health clinics, cervical cancer screening and other services will be provided under the ministry of Health guidelines governing operations of dispensaries in Tanzania,” she explained.

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Mouth-watering fish dish at Faulu Beach Resort

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By  Elisha Mayallah

It was a warm weekday afternoon when we arrived at the Faulu Beach Resort. The resort is located at the popular Luchelele beach front in Nyegezi in a plush, yet unpretentious environment, nearly 17 kms from Mwanza town.

Tucked behind St Augustine University (SAUT), Faulu Beach Resort is famous for its spectacular location, luxurious accommodation and a restaurant, serving authentic local cuisine. Guests can enjoy extraordinary fish as they dine on the spacious sprawling rocks overlooking Lake Victoria.

We were privileged to sample the popular extraordinary tilapia fish menu as suggested by one of our companions, who resides in Mwanza. And a perfect experience is what the restaurant offered.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Give MV Victoria new role

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By staff writer

Yesterday’s edition of The Citizen featured a photograph depicting a hectic scene at Mwanza port, as cargo was being off-loaded from MV Victoria. The thrust of its caption was the fear that the ship was too old and slow to function properly – a fear that, in our opinion, is wholly justified.

The 18th anniversary of MV Bukoba’s sinking, 30 nautical miles (53 kilometres) off Mwanza was marked on May 21, 2014. An estimated 1,000 people perished in Tanzania’s worst maritime disaster so far.

Experts and extra-observant lay persons remarked that it was an accident waiting to happen, citing shortcomings like overloading, inadequacy of life jackets, lack of periodic maintenance and regular inspection of equipment.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Airport project stalls over funds

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Staff writer

The completion schedule of a project to rehabilitate Mwanza Airport has been interrupted due to government failure to deliver funds to the contractor in time.
This is the second project in Mwanza Region to be disrupted due to financial problems after the construction of Usagara-Kisesa road stopped following a delay by the ministry of Works to compensate villagers who were supposed to be evacuated to pave the way for its expansion.

It was reported that apart from failing to compensate the villagers, the ministry was yet to pay the road contractor, Nyanza Road Works, some Sh4 billion for the completed part of the project.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

NGO to raise Sh1.2 billion for children`s welfare support

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By David Kisanga

SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania in collaboration with Montage Tanzania aims to raise Sh1.2 billion to help support parental care and the wellbeing of children in the country.

SOS National Director, Anatoli Rugaimukamu told reporters end of this week in Dar es Salaam that the fundraising campaign to be carried out in the organisations four village centers of Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar will also help to support children threatened of losing parental care.

He said the theme of the campaign “Care for me, your contribution can achieve a Solution” is set to reach as many children as possible who are in need of shelter, health and education. “Our mission is to build families for children in need, help them shape their own future and take part in the development of their communities, “he said.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Striking traders reopen shop

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

Striking Mwanza traders who threatened to close shop indefinitely have resumed work two days after the strike started.
The Chairman of the Traders Union Christopher Wambura (photo) said over the weekend that they had decided to call off the strike after the city council authority agreed to work on their demands.
“However, we have given them three weeks to work on our demands short of that we will resume the strike and this time we would not listen to anybody,” he threatened.
Wambura said in their meeting with the city council it was resolved that waste levy that was 15,000/- would be reduced to 8,000/- and trucks would now be allowed to offload at night which was previously prohibited.
“Fee for toilet facilities is to be reduced to 200/- from 300/- per,” Wambura said.

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