Thursday, 29 May 2008

Precision Air suspends Mwanza-Bukoba flights

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News Reporter

Precision Air (PW), a leading private carrier, has announced flights suspension between Mwanza and Bukoba effective next Monday. The flights are not expected to resume shortly because the airline has phased-out its LET 410 fleet and the airport’s runway cannot accommodate ATR 42 operations.

The airline operated the route for over ten years but has to take this action because LET 410 aircraft does not meet the International Operational Safety Standards (IOSA) requirements which the airline is maintaining.

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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

SPORTS NEWS: Serengeti Breweries Limited Support Campaign Gains Tempo

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Majuto Omary

The minister for Labour, Employment and Youth Development, Athuman Juma Kapuya, yesterday launched the Serengeti Breweries Limited "Kick the Ball and Score the Goal" campaign in support of Taifa Stars.

The campaign targets at sensitizing soccer fans in the country to rally behind Stars throughout the African Nations and World Cup qualifiers that kick off on Saturday.

"This is a countrywide campaign having already been launched in Mwanza, Arusha and Kilimanjaro. People should step forward to help boost Stars morale," she said.

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Monday, 26 May 2008

Tiba' Eyes Politics After Retiring

Fram The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Bernard James

One of the country's top police brass and long serving public servant announced on Friday that he would be retiring at 60, after reaching the mandatory retirement age.

He is among the estimated 700 police officers expected to bid farewell to the force by the end of the year.

The looming retirements has necessitated major changes within the force that were announced recently by commissioner of police Saidi Mwema in Dar es Salaam.

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Thursday, 22 May 2008

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

President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday ordered investigation on the sharp decline of Nile perch stocks in Lake Victoria. He said the study should be jointly undertaken by experts in the Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries and the Vice-President's Office (Environment).

The head of state said statistics indicates that fish stocks were diminishing at an alarming rate. He cited Nile perch stocks which has declined from 756,000 tonnes in February 2006 to only 375,670 tonnes last February.

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MV Bukoba Anniversary Marred By Poor Turnout

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
Patty Magubira in Mwanza

A poor turnout yesterday marked the 12 anniversary of the MV Bukoba tragedy in which more than 800 people perished in 1996.

Another 280 passengers survived when the steamer sailing from Bukoba capsized and sank a few kilometres from Mwanza.

The anniversary ceremonies were yesterday for the first time organised by the consumer consultative council of the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra).

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Saturday, 17 May 2008

SPORTS NEWS: Ilala Floor Mwanza in Taifa Cup

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Majuto Omary

Star-studded Ilala municipality soccer team yesterday comprehensively demolished Mwanza by a 3-1 score to storm into the quarter finals of the ongoing Taifa Cup championship at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

After yesterday's win Ilala meets the winner of today's match when Coast meet Morogoro at the same venue.

Ilala, comprising most of star players of the city based rival top flight sides, started the match impressively, tormenting the visitors' defense.

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Ex-Workers Sue Mine

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Jane Kajoki in Mwanza

A civil case filed by former workers of the defunct Buhemba Gold Mine demanding payment of terminal benefits, comes up for hearing at the High Court in Mwanza on May 29.

About 130 former workers filed the case mid last month demanding over Sh3.8 billion in terminal benefits and disturbance allowances from their former employer.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Man Arrested At JK Rally

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

A resident of Ilemela district was arrested after waving a placard just as President Jakaya Kikwete started addressing a rally at the Tanzania Fish Development Company (TFDC) yesterday.

Literally translated, the placard, which was written in Kiswahili read: "Our land has been grabbed twice by the Ilemela District Commissioner without compensation, please, your Excellency, help us."

President Kikwete was on a two-day tour of Mwanza region.

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Sunday, 11 May 2008

Injury rocks Tanzania national team

From Sunday Vision, Kampala, Uganda
By Reuben Olita in Nairobi

INJURIES have hit the Tanzania national soccer team, Taifa Stars, ahead of their crucial return leg tie against Uganda Cranes in Kampala.

Head coach Marcio Maximo said the team may miss the services of midfielders Henry Joseph, Abdi Kassim and striker Uhuru Sulemani, who sustained injuries in the last qualifying matches against Kenya and the Cranes.

Maximo said he would only field the trio if they pass a fitness test before the crunch match against Uganda. “They are gradually improving, but I am not sure if I will use them in the return leg match in Kampala,” he said.

Maximo also said custodian Ivo Mapunda and defender Shadrack Nsajingwa were improving after being out of action for the last six months.

Meanwhile, Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) has awarded 100 dollars to each Taifa Stars player for beating Uganda Cranes in the first leg encounter in Mwanza last week.

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Saturday, 10 May 2008

CCM divided over Chenge welcome

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Hannah Mwandoloma and Angel Navuri

CCM secretary general Yusuf Makamba has described the official welcome home accorded to former Infrastructure Development minister Andrew Chenge when he went to his Bariadi West constituency this week as a sign of how the legislator is accepted by his electorate.

Chenge visited his Bariadi West constituency on Wednesday for the first time since he resigned last month following allegations that he had illegally deposited USD 1 billion in a foreign country.

The money was suspected to have been part of a hefty kickback for sanctioning the controversial radar deal which was paid to senior leaders in Tanzania by a British firm.

According to press reports, CCM Mwanza regional secretary Rajab Kundya said that the warm reception accorded to the former Infrastructure minister had been organized to sympathise with him and congratulate him for his brave decision to resign.

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Thursday, 8 May 2008

Who Needs Government Subsidy?

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam

A local legislator on Tuesday called upon the Government to subsidise about 300,000 local fishermen.

Sumve CCM Richard Ndassa argued during a fisheries stakeholders' meeting in Mwanza that subsidised fishermen would be able to acquire efficient working tools.

But the Government later turned the heat to fish processors.

Industry and Trade minister Mary Nagu blamed rampant smuggling on low prices.

Dr Nagu noted that Nile perch was finding a ready market in Kenya and Uganda where higher prices were offered.

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Monday, 5 May 2008

Tenga Backs Nyamagana Revival

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Frederick Katulanda in Mwanza

Tanzania Football Federation president Leodegar Tenga on Saturday said his body is ready to rebuild the recently demolished Nyamagana Stadium in Mwanza.

He told Mwanza City Council officials that should the stadium site be restored to its former use, the football federation would be in a position to embark on its reconstruction depending on agreements to be reached between the federation and the city council.

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Sunday, 4 May 2008

SPORTS NEWS: Tanzania defeat Uganda in CHAN

From BBC SPORT, London, UK

Tanzania boosted their chances of reaching the final qualifying round of African Nations Championship thanks to their 2-0 win over Uganda on Saturday.

Goals from Emmanuel Gabriel and Shaaban Nditi in the first round, first leg game in Mwanza sealed secured the victory for the home side.

Gabriel opened the scoring for the Taifa Stars on 12 minutes when he fired home a cross from Mrisho Ngasa.

Tanzania doubled their lead on the hour mark through Nditi, who toe-poked the ball into the net after a goal-mouth scramble.

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Saturday, 3 May 2008

Precision Air Introduces Jet On Dar - Mwanza Route

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Samuel Kamndaya

Precision Air officially started flying its Boeing 737-300 on Monday by flying to Mwanza and has promised to introduce many new routes.

Briefing reporters on Monday before welcoming reporters to a two-hour Dar es Salaam - Mwanza return ride in the leased 116 seater Boeing, the company's acting chief executive officer, Allen Sharra said the company will be flying its new product to Mwanza on daily basis.

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Ukerewe District now introduces leaders forum to forge solidarity

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By George Ramadhan, PST, Mwanza

Newly appointed Ukerewe District Commissioner in Mwanza Region Paul Chiwile has introduced a forum for leaders as a way of forging closer contact among district functionaries and ironing out differences said to be rampant in leadership ranks.

According to DC Chiwile the team would focus on strategies to increase efficiency among district leaders by resolving minor differences or hitches among them.

"I assumed office in this area recently and the first weakness that I noted, which is greatly undermining efficiency in leadership ranks, is the existence of minor frictions.

We are determined to get rid of them and move forward for the benefit of the people," Chiwile explained.

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