Tuesday, 29 April 2008

SPORTS NEWS: Cranes, Hippos still grounded

From The New Vision, Kampala, Uganda
By Fred Kaweesi

Reminiscent of the junior side, Csaba is unlikely to have a full team today, three days before their first leg fixture against Tanzania in Mwanza on Saturday

COACHES Laszlo Csaba and Jackson Mayanja are committed to giving the nation winning performances with the Cranes and Hippos respectively this weekend.

However, the duo’s efforts to achieving that are apparently still being undermined by the ongoing tight Super League schedule.

With just 72 hours left before the U-20 side engages DR Congo on Friday, Mayanja has hardly had more than eight players in camp.

“What can I do, the league has got to continue. I hope the players do not burn out before our game,” Mayanja lamented.

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Saturday, 26 April 2008

Nyamagana Has Lost Stadium Status, Says Prime Minister

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Bernard Missoke

The fight for the demolished Nyamaga stadium took a new turn yesterday when Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda stepped in to say it has lost its status as a stadium.

The Prime Minister said it is now up to the Mwanza City fathers to decide which investment is deemed fit and has economic feasibility for the benefit of the city residents.

He said the stadium before being demolished last year could not be used for sporting activities and the city council is free to set up a new project or estate development for optimal use of the site.

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Planned Sale of Historic Stadium Sparks Protests

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira in Mwanza

The proposed sale of dilapidated Nyamagana stadium in Mwanza continues to raise public anger, with residents now planning to stage protests against city authorities' decision.

The Mwanza city council plans to sell the neglected stadium, regarded by many as a historical site on which many people were killed during the colonial era, to a private investor to build an up-market tourist hotel.

City director Wilson Kabwe said the municipality intended to dispose the stadium to a private investor at $20 million (Sh24 billion). But the residents here have vowed not to allow the sale, also opposed by former Lands, Housing and Settlement minister John Pombe Magufuli. "We have organised a demonstration to be staged tomorrow at 3pm from the stadium to the regional commissioner Dr James Msekela's office. I call for all Mwanza residents to come and rally against this decision by authorities.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Airports to benefit from $150m EAC programme

From The New Vision, Kampala, Uganda
By Ibrahim Kasita

UGANDA is to benefit from a $150m (about sh254.2b) 10-year development programme for East Africa aimed at upgrading regional airports, the managing director of the Civil Aviation Authority has said.

Ambrose Akandonda said the money was approved by ministers in charge of civil aviation and would be used to adopt a regional airport connectivity system.

He said airports in Uganda, which would benefit from the funds are Entebbe International Airport, Kasese and Arua aerodromes.

In Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Kisumu and Wilson will benefit.

In Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport, Mwanza, Zanzibar International Airport and Mtwara will also benefit.

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Monday, 21 April 2008

Stolen Vehicles Found in Mwanza

The East African Standard, Nairobi, Kenya
By Cyrus Ombati

Three stolen vehicles have been recovered

One of the vehicles, a four-wheel drive car stolen in Eldoret last week, had fake foreign registration numbers, T574 ACF.

Officials from Track It company said the car was found in Mwanza on Wednesday. It is suspected to have been driven through the Isebania/Sirare border on a rough unmarked road. Track It Managing Director, Mr Shehzad Tejani, said the car had been hired to two clients.

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Uganda writes off sunk ship, 3 years later

From The East African

Uganda has abandoned efforts to recover a cargo ship that sank in Lake Victoria three years ago. The mv Kabalega sank after colliding with mv Kaawa, also a cargo ship, about 60 nautical miles south of Port Bell in 2005.

According to the State Minister for Works and Transport, John Byabagambi, the sunken ship has no more “economic meaning” to justify its being salvaged.

The $8 million ship owned by Uganda Railways Corporation was carrying 840 tonnes of wheat from Mwanza in northern Tanzania to Port Bell when it rammed into mv Kaawa.

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Sunday, 20 April 2008

Fish scarcity hits Kagera Region

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Darius Mukiza

Centenarian Anastazia Ibeganisa has always found delicacy in fish at her Nshamba home in Muleba but for the past 15 years she has not touched, let alone seen fish of any kind.

The Sangara (Nile perch) and Sato varieties my entire family so much liked to eat are no longer in existence. I do no know what has happened.

"Whenever I ask my grandsons to bring fish they always say nothing is available in the market," the old lady said recently.

She said because of the scarcity of fish people will not live to her age. "Without fish the young generation will not live to reach my age. This is because fish have no harm in humans."

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Friday, 18 April 2008

SPORTS NEWS: TFF Switches Stars-Cranes Clash to Kirumba Stadium

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Majuto Omary

Mwanza's CCM Kirumba Stadium is to host the Stars-Uganda first leg match of the African Nations Cup qualifier for domestic-based players on May 3.

The match was earlier scheduled to be held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam but the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has shifted the venue as confirmed by the soccer body's secretary general, Fredrick Mwakalebela.

Mwakalebela attributed the move is meant to award Lake Zone soccer fans an opportunity to share the pride of the national team.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

US company to issue two million packets of nutrients to vulnerable children

From SomaliNet
By Bonny Apunyu

In an effort to fight against vitamin and mineral deficiency among children in Tanzania, a US-based organization, Global Action, will provide 2 million packets of nutrients to vulnerable children in the East African nation. Michelle Lyden, Global Action chief executive officer told journalists recently in Dar es Salaam that her organization is set to assist in the fight against malnutrition, a major factor for illnesses and deaths of children and women in the country.

"We are going to offer two million packets of nutrients to orphans, school children, and other vulnerable children to regions of the country we have chosen in this initial stage of our programme," she said.

The selected regions are Ruvuma, Mwanza, Manyara, Kilimanjaro and Arusha.

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Building hope

From EducationGuardian.co.uk
By Janet Murray

John Brindle is using his skills to help orphans in Tanzania

I've always been an adventurous traveller. I've travelled widely, for both work and pleasure - Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and even Antarctica. In 2006, a friend told me about a project in Tanzania working in an orphanage funded by a Christian charity known as the Bethany Project.

I wanted to make a difference and liked the idea of making use of my building skills to do that. During the two-week trip, with a group of volunteers, I helped to build 12 bunk beds and refurbish one of the classrooms and a toilet block. You have to pay for your own flight and contribute towards your food and living costs. I used £800 of my savings to fund the trip. I can be quite tight-fisted, but I didn't mind a bit because I knew my money was going directly to support the charity.

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BUSINESS: Manufacturers start leaving

From The New Vision, Kampala, Uganda
By David Muwanga

MANUFACTURERS have started relocating to Kenya and Tanzania due to the high costs of doing business in Uganda, the acting executive director of the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA), Dr. Bruno Emwanu, has said.

“Two big steel companies have reduced production in Uganda and moved to Tanzania and Kenya. Some companies now use Uganda just as a warehouse,” Emwanu said.

“For example, Bata relocated to Kenya and uses Uganda as a warehouse,” he added.

“In the region, Uganda’s tax competitiveness is being lost to partner states and is leading to diversion of existing and intended foreign direct investments. The Government must change the tax policy in this year’s Budget to reduce the tax burden,” Emwanu suggested.

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SPORTS NEWS: Simba Crush Toto Africa By 3-0 Goals

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Phillip Nkini

Toto Africa's striker Hamis Msafiri sprints with the ball as Simba's midfielder Musas Hassan makes the chase during yesterday's Mainland premiership league match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Simba won 3-0.

Holders Simba SC yesterday handed visiting Toto Africa from Mwanza a comprehensive 3-0 thrashing in a mainland soccer league match played at the national Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Cooperation the only way to make our ports deliver

Fra IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Our IPP Media Correspondent

Ports have for years played a pivotal role in Tanzania`s social and economic development. In this article, Our Correspondent argues that things can continue improving if certain conditions are fulfilled.
There has been a deluge of conflicting reports in recent years about the efficiency or otherwise of Tanzania`s transport and communication sector, with most directed at air, marine and road travel, telecommunications.

In sum, the preponderant view appeared to be that the situation was bad and the major culprit was the fact that a large proportion of the activities where the assessment of competence or effectiveness was being made were in the hands of the government or government-run agencies.

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Monday, 7 April 2008

Town has a new twin

From 'thisischeshire.co.uk', United Kingdon

A DEBUT trip to visit Warrington's new partner town in Africa is taking place this week.

The borough is now linked with Mwanza, in Tanzania, and a delegation of youth workers and teachers is currently spending time in the town.

The partnership was set up after Conservative councillor Fiona Bruce made a visit to Africa.

She says the agreement will not only provide grassroots support but allow people in Warrington the chance to learn from another, very different culture.

She added: "One of the key aims of this trip is to pave the way for future visits involving Warrington school pupils, as well as teachers and youth workers.

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Saturday, 5 April 2008

Would-be TRL passengers storm into...

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Austin Beyadi

People lined up for a Dar es Salaam - Mwanza Tanzania Railways Limited train trip for Tuesday this week yesterday marched to the company`s head offices in Dar es Salaam demanding alternative transport.

The development was a new turn to a labour dispute that saw the firm`s workers stage an indefinite strike on Thursday after their management defaulted on a minimum pay rise promise.

The would-be passengers blocked the entrance to the office of deputy executive director Dhanarjay Naik, calling on him to find them alternative transport to the Lake Victoria port city instead of refunding them their fare. The latter is the management's preference.

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Friday, 4 April 2008

Two pilots killed in plane crash

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

A charter Cessna Caravan crashed near Mwanza airport yesterday 15 minutes after taking off, killing its captain and a trainee pilot.

The French-made light aircraft, registered as F06 and belonging to Auric Air, hit a hill and caught fire some 3kms from Mwanza airport around 4.30.

The Mwanza regional commissioner toured the scene of the accident shortly after it had occurred.

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