Monday, 30 July 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Simba issue new threat to Tusker Cup

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

SIMBA SC have vowed that they will never feature in any Tusker Cup tournament unless all the regulations including contracts are made transparent to them.

The club's Secretary General, Mwina Kaduguda, said this in Dar es Salaam yesterday when clarifying on their decision too withdraw from this year's Tusker Cup competition.

He accused the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) for not protecting the clubs' interests in the competition.

"This is the reason why the tournament has never been hosted in Kenya or Uganda. The reason is that they see Tanzanian teams as cheap", he said.

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Sunday, 29 July 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Kagera Sugar hold Tusker

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Pati Magubira

SHAMTE Ally was a hero for Kagera Sugar, when he scored in the 58th minute to force a 1-1 draw with Tusker of Kenya in the Tusker Cup match played yesterday at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

Ally scored by penalty to cancel Tusker's first minute-lead by Kevin Omondi and give a crucial point to the defending champions.

"We are happy with the resulst and officiating, it is a good start to our title defence campaign," Kagera Sugar assistant coach Mlage Kabange said.

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Saturday, 28 July 2007

Museveni 'Abndons' Trip Back to Uganda at Mutukula

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Kironde

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni undertook a long trek recently to visit both Kenya and Tanzania by road. This is a bit unusual since most Presidents make such trips by air.

Nevertheless, it would appear that the trip did not go as planned. This is reported in the East African Weekly tabloid of July 16-22, 2007 (p. 3) in an article entitled: “Impassable roads cut short Museveni's EA trip”.

According to presidential spokesperson Tamale Birundi (who in the article is also referred to as Mirundi), “under the original itinerary, President Museveni was expected to drive back to Uganda from northern Tanzania through the Mutukula border post, where the 1979 liberation forces entered Uganda, but was forced to 'abndon' the plan by the poor state of the roads”.

“The road from Mutukula to Uganda was impassable”, said Mr Mirundi (Birundi?). “Nor could 'and' the president travel through Bukoba port on Lake Victoria because the ferry …. was considered unreliable”.

We could excuse the typographical error, where one 'a' is missing from the word 'abandon'. Also we note that the typesetter forgot to remove the redundant 'and' in the above sentence. But to say that the road from Mutukula to Uganda was impassable is intriguing. A quick reference to the atlas shows that Mutukula is a border town (indeed the article says so).

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Friday, 27 July 2007

SPORTS NEWS: TFF blasts Simba cup exit

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has described Simba SC's withdrawal from the Tusker Cup as a great discouragement to the development of football.

TFF General Secretary Freddie Mwakalebela made the remarks yesterday, when confirming that Simba's place in the Tusker Cup would be taken by Prisons FC.

“Their decision to withdraw from the tournament is unfair to the game of football. They have acted rather selfishly, instead of considering efforts we are making to develop football,” he said. He added: “Of course we respect their decision but it's a great discouragement because the tournament is very important to the development of our football in the whole of East Africa.

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Thursday, 26 July 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Controversy over Owino’s Simba exit

From Kenya Times, Nairobi

FORMER Harambee Stars midfielder George Owino is at the centre of controversy after ditching Tanzanian club Simba Sports Club to pursue studies in USA.

Owino was reportedly cleared by Simba management to seek further education in America for a period of six months after which he shall rejoin the club.

But Simba officials have denied that they released Owino to leave for USA, adding that the player had been short listed in the squad for Tusker Challenge Cup that kicks off in Mwanza tomorrow.

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SPORTS NEWS: SC Villa travels for Tusker Cup

From Daily MONITOR, Kampala

Group A: Simba, Tusker (Kenya), Kagera
Group B: Yanga, SC Villa, Mtibwa

July 28: Simba vs Tusker
July 29: Yanga vs Villa

A contingent of twenty four SC Villa players and officials left this morning for Tanzania where they are to participate in the Tusker Challenge Cup.

The group headed by team coach and Fufa vice chairman - technical Asuman Lubowa left at 3:00 a.m. aboard the club bus and are expected in Mwanza, Tanzania on Friday where the one week event will be held.

“Besides winning the prize money, we also want our players to get some regional exposure since most of them are young,” Villa secretary Edward Luyimbazi Mugalu said.Record league champions SC Villa are drawn in Group B alongside Yanga and Mtibwa Sugar. The Blues face Yanga in the opening game of the group on July 29.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Tusker Challenge Cup venue altered again in a week

From People's Daily Online, China

The venue for this year's Tusker Challenge Cup soccer tournament has been moved again within a week due to various reasons.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) announced on Tuesday that the venue had been moved from Morogoro to Mwanza.

The cup tourney was originally planned to be played in Dar es Salaam.The venue was first changed late last week due to the fact that the FIFA-sponsored artificial turf had got stuck in the port clearance process and therefore could not be fitted in the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam for the start of the tourney.

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Monday, 23 July 2007

BoB plans more loans to farmers

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE Bank of Baroda (BoB) plans to increase lending to the agricultural sector by 20 per cent, the firm's Managing Director, Mr Umakant Bijapur, said over the weekend.

Mr Bijapur said the bank's loans and advances portfolio stood at 25bn/-, but not much of the facilities were directed to the agricultural sector.

"Transportation, manufacturing, petroleum and pharmaceuticals were areas which benefited most from the bank's loans," Mr Bijapur said on the occasion of marking BoB's 100th anniversary.

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Local financial firm secures billions from IFC

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Perege Gumbo

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will invest USD 20 million (approx.21bn/-) into Blue Financial Services to boost its lending and insurance businesses.

The support coming from this private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group would be split equally between equity and a senior debt facility.

The equity transaction sees the USD 10 million in Blue share and the second USD10 million is made available to `Blue` as a conventional senior debt loan.

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Thursday, 19 July 2007

Thousands of Mwanza residents on Tuesday night slept out of their houses

From The Monitor, Kampala
By Zephania Ubwani, Emmanuel Gyezaho, Richard Mgamba & Agencies

SOME offices in high rise buildings mainly in Arusha, Tanzania and parts of Nairobi were yesterday abandoned as a series of earth tremors continued to hit the East African towns for the fifth day.

Panic gripped the two EA cities with dozens of workers declining to enter the high-rise buildings on Wednesday morning. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency confirmed that the ongoing tremors have triggered panic in every corner of the country but allayed public fears about an impending major earthquake.

TMA chief Mohamed Mhita maintained that such tremors usually occur at least during this period of the year and he described them as normal. He said they cause no major damage.


Vodacom assists Mwanza Children’s ward

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

THE children’s ward at Sekou Toure Regional Hospital here re-opened on Monday after major rehabilitation that cost about 26m/-. It had been closed for more than a year.

Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Dr James Msekela, who graced the short opening ceremony, said the ward could admit 30 children. The cost of its rehabilitation was borne by the Vodacom Foundation. Works included refurbishing, repainting, installation of new sinks, water tapes and beds.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2007

1,130 defective vehicles impounded by police

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

POLICE in Mwanza have impounded 1,130 vehicles following a special operation against drivers with fake driving licences and defective vehicles, the Commander of Traffic Police Unit, SACP James Kombe, revealed yesterday.

Mr Kombe said fines totalling 61.2m/- has to be paid by owners of the defective vehicles inspected by the police.

He also said that ten drivers were caught with fake licences in Kilimanjaro and were due to be taken to court, while 41 vehicles were impounded in Kinondoni, including 34 commuter buses and that a total of 1.2m/ in fines was due to be paid.

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Sunday, 8 July 2007

NSSF collects 7.3bn/- in Mwanza

From Daly News, Dar es Salaam

THE National Social Security Fund (NSSF) here has surpassed its target of collecting members' contributions by 21.7 per cent during last financial year, Regional Manager, Eliud Sanga, said here yesterday.

The fund's target was to collect 7.3bn/- in 2006/07, but, it managed to collect 8.9bn/-, Mr Sanga said.

He said the fund had until last May, enrolled 5,239 members, equivalent to 98 per cent of its target of enrolling 5,338 new members in the region.

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Street boy soldiers on

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Peter Mwangu

It may sound fictitious but it`s real: Nicholaus Issa is three-people-in-one. From sunrise to noon, he is a student and then converts to part-beggar and part-odd jobs operative in the streets up to late evening.

The "third person" rounds off the day when he retires for the night, not in the conventional sense of sleeping under a roof, but in the open.

15-year-old Nicholaus is a street child, who shares the degrading label with several other boys and girls in Dar es Salaam and other Tanzanian urban centres.

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Friday, 6 July 2007

Nation in bumper crop harvest

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

FOOD production in 2007/08 is expected to reach 11.02 million tonnes against national consumption of 10.09 tonnes, the Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Stephen Wassira, has said.

Mr Wassira, who was tabling his ministry’s 2007/08 annual budget estimates in the National Assembly, said the nation will have a nine per cent surplus of food. He said Iringa, Mbeya, Ruvuma, Rukwa, Mtwara, Kigoma, and Lindi will have surplus stocks.

He said that Morogoro, Manyara, Kagera, Dodoma, Mwanza, Tanga, Coast, Mara and Shinyanga regions will have enough stocks of food but will not have surplus. He told the House that Tabora, Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Dar es Salaam will have minimal shortages.

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Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Uganda: Museveni to Travel to TZ, Kenya By Road

From The Monitor, Kampala, Uganda
By Evelyn Lirri, Kampala

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni is travelling to parts of Kenya and Tanzania by road this weekend as a gesture to show that East Africa is now "borderless".

This is the first time the President travels to both countries by road. The journey is expected to cover about 3,000 kilometres.

Daily Monitor has learnt that while in Kenya, Mr Museveni will visit Kisumu town and several industrial establishments within the province.

He will then proceed to Mwanza in Tanzania. From Mwanza, the President will travel to the Kagera region and particularly visit the northern Tanzania Bukoba diocese in Kashozi Kagera region where he will lay a wreath on the grave of the late Laurean Cardinal Rugambwa.

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Twiga Bancorp services at DITF

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DailyNEWS Reporter

TWIGA Bancorp is the only bank offering all banking services at the 31st Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).

The bank's Marketing Manager, Ms Eva Mwasomola, said that the bank decided to do so for convenience to its customers.

"All services are available here. Our customers can deposit or withdraw their money right here," said Ms Mwasomola. Ms Mwasomola further added that loan requesting forms can be filled and begin being processed at the grounds.

The bank has two branches in Dar es Salaam, and one each in Mwanza and Arusha.