Thursday, 31 May 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Stars jerseys cause sensation

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE white-with-red stripe jerseys won by 20 Taifa Stars players caused a sensation in Mwanza yesterday during a brief ceremony at the Regional Bloc hall.

Some local fans here complained that the colours of the jerseys were likely to divide them, as they either represented Simba Sports Club or Britain's Manchester United team.

The players and their leaders yesterday were hosted to a colourful reception led by Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Dr James Alex Msekela.

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Mwanza RC saves NCU vehicles from confiscation

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

MWANZA Regional Commissioner James Msekela was yesterday forced to cut short the reception of Taifa Stars here to rescue six vehicles of Nyanza Cooperative Union (1984) Limited (NCU) from confiscation following a court order.

It was all chaos at the NCU head quarters when Silas Lucas Isangi Court Brokers arrived to seize the vehicles. By the time Dr Msekela arrived at the scene of the incident NCU watchman Peter Odoyo, had already lost a front tooth following a severe beating from the court broker’s staff.

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Saturday, 26 May 2007

Licenses issued to allow cotton purchase in Mwanza

From, India

Government has approved licenses for twenty enterprises, allowing them to purchase cotton from Mwanza Region. However, three firms were denied permission.

Agricultural Advisor in the Regional Secretariat, Ndalo Kulwijila explained that the Simon Agency, Nsagali and Kahama Oil Mill were not allowed to buy cotton from Mwanza as they owed large sums of money to Secretary of the Private Schools Board in outstanding education levy.

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Beware! Hoodlums mislead children

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Mind That Child:

A MEMBER of Parliament, Ms Amina Chifupa, railed in the National Assembly a few months ago that more and more young people were indulging in narcotic drug abuse and that the practice was wrecking their lives. She said drug addicts were now a societal menace.

The legislator said the society had a duty to stem the rot. It is the drug barons who should be stopped in their tracks if the vice is to be stemmed, she said. She said apprehending and jailing small-time drug peddlers was proper but this would never end the problem.

Apart from stoning on narcotic drugs, children are sent by the kingpins of the diabolical trade on peddling errands. They are called “red herrings” in the parlance of the underworld. Children look naïve, so their help comes handy to drug barons. They are also not easily suspected by police.

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Use Mwanza regional business council fully

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Kiangiosekazi Wa-Nyoka, Windhoek


FAR away from home, the press helped me learn President Jakaya Kikwete would tour Mwanza Region. He toured the region. Mwanza was in my mind again: the home of cotton, fresh fish, cattle rearing and gold mining. Yes, cotton is also affectionately referred to as white gold. Mwanza city is competing with Dar es Salaam with mushrooming business ventures.

But all said, Mwanza Region is yet to become one of Tanzania's productive centres it should have been by now.

I followed carefully the reports on the president's tour and, I have the liberty to say the region still lacks initiatives to harness the great potentials hidden in cotton production, fish and cattle industries. The president may have said this in different words.

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Thursday, 24 May 2007

SPORTS NEWS: JK to grace Senegal-Stars tie

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete is scheduled to lead thousands of Tanzanians to cheer the national team, Taifa Stars, when they play Senegal on June 2 in a return match at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

The Minister for Information, Culture and Sports, Muhammed Seif Khatib, disclosed this to ‘Radio One’ in a special interview yesterday.

He called on the people in Mwanza and surrounding areas to join the president in encouraging the boys to win the game.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Nairobi teams start cities title campaign

From The Standard, Nairobi, KENYA
By Dann O’were

Nairobi B side take on Arusha in the first match of the East and Central African Inter-cities basketball championships on Wednesday.

The tournament tips off at the Nyayo National Stadium court, Nairobi, at 2.30pm.

Champions Nairobi A then face Mwanza in the second match of the day, according to draws held on Tuesday. Kampala women, Mwanza and Arusha were the first teams to arrive in the Kenyan capital for the region’s local governments’ basketball tournament.

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SPORTS NEWS: Stars leave Friday for Kampala

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE national football team, Taifa Stars, is expected to leave on Friday for a friendly match against Uganda Cranes in Kampala on Saturday.

According to a press release issued yesterday by Tanzania Football Federation's (TFF) Information Officer Florian Kaijage, the team was doing well with preparatory training.

Meanwhile, the CCM Kirumba Stadium, where the match between Stars and Senegal is expected to take place, has been refurbished, giving it a new look ready for the crucial tie.

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Mwanza names cotton buyers

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Pati Magubira, Mwanza

Twenty firms have been passed to buy cotton in Mwanza region for the 2006 season which starts a fortnight from now. Three were denied licenses, Agricultural Advisor in the Regional Secretariat, Ndalo Kulwijila said yesterday.

He said Simon Agency and Nsagali, which had applied to buy the crop in Magu district as well as Kahama Oil Mill, which wanted to buy the crop in Sengerema and Geita districts, were denied licenses because they owed the Secretary of the Private Schools Board colossal sums of money in outstanding education levy.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Middle Eastern Bank invests in refinery to add value to Tanzania’s gold

From MineWeb, Blantyre, MALAWI
By Frank Jomo

A new Tanzanian gold refinery is being financed by a Middle East bank and will help small-scale miners to improve the quality of their gold and generate more from the precious metal.

In a bid to assist small-scale gold producers in Tanzania realize more from their gold production,the Federal Bank of Middle East (FBME Bank) Limited has invested over US$1 million in a new gold refinery plant in the country's Mwanza region. The refinery according to the bank, will add value to gold exports from the small-scale miners.

Fadi Saab, FBME Bank Chief Executive Officer told reporters in Dar Es Salaam that the refinery would target small-scale miners because without a defined market, they have been losing out to middlemen and other businessmen in the black market and to smugglers. This time around, the new refinery would afford small-scale miners to improve the quality of their gold and generate more from the precious metal.

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Mwanza cop arrested over admin officer’s assault

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

POLICE here are holding their fellow law enforcer in connection with a bizarre assault of Kwimba District Administrative Officer (DAO), Azma Swalehe (27).

The incident occurred on Monday last week and Ms Swalehe has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Bugando Hospital here since then.

Ms Swalehe who reported for work on her first appointment about three weeks ago was staying at the house of Kwimba District Commissioner Danhi Makanga, which is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Mr Makanga is staying at a rest house.

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Monday, 21 May 2007

Dar es Salaam Bank Invests $1 Million in Gold Refinery

From East African Business Week, Kampala (Uganda)
By John Lazaro

The Federal Bank of Middle East (FBME Bank) Ltd has invested over US$1million in a new gold refinery plant in Tanzania's Mwanza region to add value to gold exports from small-scale miners.

FBME Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fadi Saab said in Dar es Salaam last week that the refinery would target small-scale miners, who without a defined market-have been loosing out to middlemen and businessmen in the black market, to smugglers and through money laundering.

Saab said the new refinery would cater for small-scale miners by improving the quality of their gold and subsequently their standards of living.

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Friday, 18 May 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Stars to face Cranes

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

THE national team - Taifa Stars - will play a friendly match against Uganda Cranes on May 26 in Kampala. This was confirmed by Tanzania Football Federation spokesperson Florian Kaijage yesterday.

Meanwhile, Stars coach Marcio Maximo says his team, which is a blend of old and young players, has shown confidence and desire to do well in their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal in Mwanza.

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Thursday, 17 May 2007

All is set for Kili Music Awards

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE organisers of the Kili Music Awards have announced that all is set for the gala to take place on May 25 at the Diamond Jubilee hall in Dar es Salaam.

Kilimanjaro Lager brand manager Oscar Shelukindo said yesterday in the city that music lovers will have to part with 50,000/- to witness the event live, while winners in each of the 21 categories would receive between 1m/- and 350,000/- cash prizes.

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IMO talks to provide the legal basis for shipwreck

From The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya
By Vincent Moracha

Transport across Lake Victoria, the Indian Ocean and other marine waters is set to receive a boost as the international maritime organisation (IMO) conference gets underway in Nairobi this week.

If the conference adopts a legal draft on shipwreck removal, the threat of shipwrecks to navigation will no longer be a ship captain’s nightmare.

The draft - "Shipwreck Removal Convention" - will provide the legal basis for IMO member countries to remove wrecks from their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).

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Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Fish from Lake Victoria safe - TFDA

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Guardian Correspondents

The Tanzania Food and Drug Authority yesterday dismissed as completely baseless and unjustified claims that fish transported from Mwanza and the Lake Victoria zone generally to other regions are treated with formalin, a chemical used to preserve dead bodies.

There have been long-running suggestions that dishonest fish dealers out to make quick gains have been using the chemical to preserve their products, most of which are thereafter transported by road from or via Mwanza to other regions.

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SPORTS NEWS: TPDF bars boxers

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

FIVE boxers have been refused permission by the Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces (TPDF) to travel with the national team for the African Boxing Championship slated for May 20 to 27 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The boxers are soldiers in the TPDF.

Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT) Vice-President Chris Mutta said yesterday that the TPDF withdrew their five boxers from the national team which was camping in Mwanza before leaving for Madagascar via Nairobi.

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Monday, 14 May 2007

Tampere provides its twin city with support in waste management knowhow

From Kauppalehti Online, Finland


Tampere Polytechnic University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).

An honourable mention from the Tanzanians for Mwanza’s environmental care.

Tampere provides its twin city with support in waste management knowhow.

Practical training in Tanzania is part of the International Degree Programme of Environmental Engineering at the Tampere Polytechnic University of Applied Sciences and supports in an excellent way the development of Mwanza. Co-operation began already last year, and in May two more students will begin their practical training there. They will provide Mwanza with in particular with knowhow of sorting waste, composting and safe processing of biowaste, and the economicbenefits of recycling.

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Saturday, 12 May 2007

Diallo cheats death

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Emmanuel Chacha, Mwanza

The Minister for Livestock Development Anthony Diallo and several Chama Cha Mapinduzi leaders narrowly escaped death after the boat in which they were travelling from Mwanza to Nansio, Ukerewe Island, capsized in Lake Victoria.

Reports from Ukerewe said the boat, christened Mv. Mlinzi and belonging to the Fisheries Division, sank yesterday at around 10:30am near Mabibi Island after it was hit by strong waves.

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SPORTS NEWS: Yanga detail Mwanza tie outlay

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

YOUNG Africans SC earned 74m/- after deductions from their Confederations Cup quarter final qualifier tie against Sudan’s El Merreikh last Sunday at the CCM-Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

Chairman of the clubs’ interim committee, Francis Kifukwe said yesterday that the income was 65 per cent of gate collections, which Yanga’s main sponsor; Yusuf Manji had bought for 100m/-

Kifukwe said Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) each received 14.9m/- from the collection while the stadium pocketed 9.9m/-.

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Friday, 11 May 2007

Build hotels, JK tells Mwanza

From Daliy News, Dar es Salaam

PRESIDENT Kikwete has directed the regional authorities here to craft a development master plan for Lake Victoria shores, looking particularly to fishing and aqua sports tourism.

Speaking before laying the foundation stone for the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) nine-storey building currently in final touches here, Mr Kikwete urged real estate developers in Mwanza City to eye such market niches, which he said paid handsomely.

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Thursday, 10 May 2007

Nyakalilo road might be a tip of the iceberg

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Editor's Comment

ROADS are described metaphorically as the veins of the national economy because of the role they play in linking producers and consumers.

Roads help producers transfer commodities or goods they have produced to markets where they are accessed by consumers. People from one region who take products to markets in another region generally make friends in the host region. Sometimes they establish business partnerships. So roads do not only serve one function of making our people access markets but they also integrate markets in our country and facilitate interaction between our people. Such interaction strengthens national unity and solidarity with each other.

In Tanzania a majority of our people live in rural areas and their livelihood is tightly tied to the activities they do on the land. Roads, their presence or absence, have a lot to do with promoting or undermining the quality of life of our people in rural Tanzania.

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Kikwete halts land grabbing

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete yesterday ordered the Mwanza City Council to stop grabbing land and farms for surveying without compensation and giving priority to former owners for allocation of some of the plots.

Speaking shortly after laying the foundation stone for the construction of a major bus terminal at Nyegezi on the outskirts of the city, Mr Kikwete said the local authorities had powers to acquire land but not without compensation to owners.

"Take care of this modern bus terminal, lest it becomes filthy in six months only," said the president. He stressed that tenders for renting the 54 stalls at the terminal should be very transparent.

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JK, PM`s upcountry tours earn Opposition backlash

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Guardian Reporter

The top leadership of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi has been accused of deliberate misuse and misappropriation of public funds in advancing party interests.

Members of the opposition blame high ranking CCM leaders for misusing public fuel and vehicles in purely party promotion activities.

Chama cha Demokrasia and Maendeleo (CHADEMA) yesterday issued a statement condemning the recent official tours by President Jakaya Kikwete, who is also the CCM National Chairman and Prime Minister Edward Lowassa in Mwanza and Coast regions respectively.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Uganda explores Dar option to solve diesel crisis

From The East African, Nairobi, KENYA

The Ugandan government has resolved to import additional fuel through Tanzania after problems with Kenya’s Mombasa-Eldoret oil pipeline caused a diesel shortage and higher pump prices.

The decision comes after President Yoweri Museveni accused the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) of worsening the crisis by asking Ugandan oil firms to pay deposits on any fuel loads they collect from Mombasa.

In a statement announcing the decision, Uganda’s Energy and Mineral Development Minister Daudi Migereko, however, concluded that fuel imports through Tanzania will cost more due to the lack of an oil pipeline from Dar-es-Salaam and the need to use both road and water transport.

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Monday, 7 May 2007

JK directs repair of road in Mwanza

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete yesterday directed the Tanzania Roads Agency (TanRoads) authorities in Mwanza Region and Sengerema District to start repairing the Sengerema-Nyakalilo road within six months.

Mr Kikwete admitted that the government had overlooked the over 50-km road, which is in a very bad shape and directed the authorities to send him progress reports after every three months.

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SPORTS NEWS: Manji buys Yanga match

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

YOUNG Africans Sports Club's principal sponsor Yusuf Manji has bought today's do or die encounter between his team and Sudan's El Mereikh at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza, making it free for all. The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Vice-President, Crescentius Magori, confirmed yesterday that the Dar es Salaam based businessman had bought the game at 100m/-.

He said Mwanza soccer fans interested in watching the match billed to be tough should be seated between 11.00 and 13.30 in the popular stands after which the doors would be closed.

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Sunday, 6 May 2007

SPORTS NEWS: El-Merreikh coach predicts tough match

From IPP MEDIA, Dar es Salaam
By Faraja Jube

El-Mrreikh coach Otto Pfister has predicted a tough game when his side will play hosts Yanga on Sunday in a Confederation Cup match at the Kirumba Stadium, Mwanza.

``It is going to be a tough game and we have 50-50 chances,`` he said when the team arrived in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

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Saturday, 5 May 2007

Kenya plane 'crashes in Cameroon'

From BBC NEWS, London

A Kenya Airways plane with 114 people on board has crashed in southern Cameroon, state radio reports.

The flight, which originated in Ivory Coast, was reported missing on Saturday after it failed to arrive in Nairobi.

Kenya Airways has not confirmed the crash. It said people from at least 23 different nationalities were on board, including five Britons.

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'Contact lost' with Kenya flight

From BBC NEWS, London

Kenya Airways says it has lost contact with a Boeing 737-800 airliner flying to Nairobi from Douala in Cameroon with 115 people on board.

The airline says the last message was received by the control tower in Douala immediately after take-off.

Flight KQ 507 left Douala at 2305 local time (0005 GMT) Friday and was due to arrive in Nairobi at 0315 GMT.

Kenya Airways says there were 106 passengers and nine crew. It has set up a crisis management centre in Embakasi.

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SPORTS NEWS: Stars vs Senegal moved to Mwanza

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE highly-awaited African Cup of Nations Group Seven qualifier match between Tanzania's Taifa Stars and their Senegalese counterparts initially planned for Dar es Salaam has been shifted to CCMKirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer Florian Kaijage told reporters yesterday that the match to be played on June 2 would be officiated by South African referees Jerome Damon who would be assisted by Enock Molefe and Lazarus Matela.

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SPORTS NEWS: Yanga-Merreikh match entrance fee reduced

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

THE entrance fee (terraces) for tomorrowís Confederation Cup match between Young Africans SC and El Merreikh of Sudan at the CCM-Kirumba in Mwanza has been reduced from 4,000/- to 3,000/-.

The move is aimed at enabling as many people as possible to watch cheer the home team against, the TFF Information Officer, Florian Kaijage said yesterday.

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UKEREWE: Kikwete supports school

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has pledged to support the construction of sports ground for a school in Ukerewe District and provide sports gear for the school teams.

The newly-built Ilangala Secondary School has no playground for its students, which prompted the president to promise the support, when he visited the school on Thursday.

Kikwete said he would offer each of the 21 secondary schools in the district a set of jersey and two footballs. President Kikwete is in Mwanza for a ten-day official tour where he would visit all districts in the region. Already, the president has visited Ilemela, Ukerewe and Magu districts.

Friday, 4 May 2007

SPORTS NEWS: El Merreikh bank on Sudan’s hostile weather

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

EL MERREIKH coach Otto Pfister has said he is not losing sleep thinking about their Confederation Cup match against Yanga in Mwanza since he is sure of winning the second leg thanks to scotching weather in Khartoum.

Yanga host the Sudanese at the CCM Kirumba Stadium on Sunday, where they need to win by a good goal margin if they are to reach the Confederation Cup group stages.

“I have a good team, which is a mixture of young and experienced players,” boasted the German tactician. “In Mwanza anyone can win but the return leg in Sudan will be decisive, we are very strong at home,” he said adding; “We beat ASO Chlef, which is one of the strongest teams in Africa.

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Patrol boats for Lake Victoria

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By PATI MAGUBIRA at Nansio, Ukerewe

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete announced here yesterday that the government will buy several patrol boats for the police force in Mwanza Region in a move aimed at curbing rampant crime on Lake Victoria.

The president told hundreds of residents at Nansio town and Mibungo village in Ilangala ward here that the government was concerned by increased crime on the lake, saying the trend frustrated development in the area.

Mr Kikwete, who was on a one-day tour of the district to inspect development activities observed that since children formed the vast majority of the island's estimated 300,000 inhabitants, it was imperative that they be given good upbringing, including quality education and health care. He also underscored the importance of family planning.

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Thursday, 3 May 2007

Sports NEWS: El-Merreikh jet in for Yanga tie

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

YOUNG Africans ’ opponents in the Confederations Cup El-Merreikh of Sudan jetted in Dar es Salaam yesterday ready for their first leg tie at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Sunday.

The Sudanese flew in aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight with a contingent of 34-people. They include 21 players and 13 officials. El- Merreikh’s coach Otto Pfiffer expressed hope that they will give Yanga a run for their money. “I’m well versed with African football and I don’t think that our tie with Yanga would make any difference from the ones I’ve encountered before,” the Germany coach remarked.

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Private sector must pay its workers well

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Editor's Comment

THE switch from public to private sector ownership of major commercial and production means was intended to relieve the government of the burden of doing business to enable it to concentrate on policy and administration.

So far the response and implementation has been good. To date, we have in place a number of reputable multinationals which are managing several institutions of economic importance that were hitherto run by the government.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2007

It's May Day Today

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete will today officiate at the May Day celebrations to be held at the national level in Mwanza.

The president will use the occasion to deliver his monthly state-of- the-nation address, a press statement from the State House said yesterday.

President Kikwete tomorrow begins a ten-day working tour of Mwanza, the country’s second most populous region after Dar es Salaam and hub of the nation’s mining industry, cotton growing industry and fish exports to Europe. Cotton is the country’s leading export commodity but currently faces a number of problems including low producer prices and streamlined marketing.

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