Friday, 31 October 2008

TRL: Raise fares by 50pc

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Kimani Kim

The Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) has requested the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) to accept its proposal to raise passenger fares by 50 per cent.

It said the increase is sought for all classes of coaches. If effected, fares for third class passengers will rise by between Sh2,800 and Sh10,000.

The proposed third class fare from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro (202km), currently at Sh5,500, will be Sh8, 300, for the journey that costs Sh6, 100 by bus.

The proposed fares to Dodoma are Sh12,600, up from Sh8,400 for the 465km journey while Dar to Tabora (850km) would cost Sh19,100 from the current Sh12,700.

Other new fares from Dar are Shinyanga Sh22,400, Mwanza Sh25,400 and Kigoma Sh25,700.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

NSSF to construct Machinga complexes in Arusha, Mwanza

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Rose Mwalongo in Dodoma

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) plans to put up two commercial buildings for petty traders in Mwanza and Arusha municipalities, the House was told here yesterday.

Labour, Employment and Youth Development Deputy Minister Dr. Makongoro Mahanga said this when responding to a question by a Special Seat MP, Maria Hewa who had wanted to know whether NSSF had taken heed of the advice by a special committee on Social Welfare, gender and children to construct buildings for various projects including for petty traders in the two major cities.

Read full story in The Guardian.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Orphanage needs Albertans' help

From 660 News, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
By Todd Kaufman

A group of caring Albertans are busy trying to make a difference for an orphanage in Africa.
The group is attempting to fill a huge shipping container with life's necessities for the children to be shipped over to Mwanza in the spring and they desperately need Albertans' help.

The Starehe Children's Home in Mwanza, Tanzania is run by Ron and Loudell Posein from Barrhead, Alberta.

Everything from helping hands, financial support and everyday items such as baby soap, clothing and farm equipment are needed.

One of the volunteers, Bev Morgan tells 660News on Sunday, the children are so appreciative with even the simplest things.

For more information or if you want to help - you can go to their website at or call 403-256-1949 or 403-399-2061.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Mwanza resident wins Redds Fashion Award

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News Reporter

Said Tambwe of Mwanza won the Redds African Fashion Design Awards (RAFDA) competition that was held at Kempinski Kilimanjaro Hotel in Dar es Salaam on Friday night. Led by Nelson Mandela shirt designer Sonwabile Ndamase, a panel of judges unanimously agreed that Tambwe deserved the ticket to go and represent the country in RAFDA fashion gala set for Botswana later this year.

Read full story in Daily News.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

FEWS Food Security Outlook Oct 2008 - Mar 2009

From ReliefWeb, New York, United States

- The majority of the population in both rural and urban areas is currently food secure. However 240,544 people in localized areas of ten districts in Mwanza, Shinyanga, and Singida regions are moderately food insecure due the effects of 2008 vuli crop failure, below normal performance of masika rains, increasing transportation costs, and above normal increases in food prices.

- In the fourth quarter of 2008, households will likely remain generally food secure. Food prices will increase seasonably, but most households will have sufficient access given good recent harvests. The vuli and msimu rains will start on time, enabling agricultural activities to resume, generating income earning opportunities. The vuli harvest in January/February will increase food availability and access.

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Read full story in ReliefWeb.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Mwanza executes 14bn/- Tasaf projects

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Various health, education, water supply and infrastructure development projects worth 14bn/- have been executed in Mwanza Region during the last two years, officials said.The projects were jointly executed by the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), district councils and communities.

Read full story in Daily News.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Baby home charity night

From Crewe Chronicle, Crewe, Cheshire, UK
By Simon Halewood

A COUPLE are aiming to raise funds for a Tanzanian orphanage set up by their daughter with a 1960s event at Sandbach Town Hall.

Tickets are on sale for Val and Dave Lithgow’s charity night on December 13.

All the money raised will go to the Forever Angels Baby Home in Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest city.

Val and Dave’s daughter Amy Hathaway and her husband Ben moved to the East African country six years ago and adopted two children, Barnabas, five, and Tia, two.

Read full story in Crewe Chronicle.

Mwanza teachers seek permit to stage demo

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Paulina David, Mwanza

Teachers in Mwanza City yesterday resolved to stage a demonstration to push the government to pay their outstanding claims in allowances and other dues.

Some teachers who converged at the Gandhi Hall to deliberate on the fate of their countrywide strike halted by the Labour Division of the High Court, asked union leaders to seek a permit to demonstrate.

"We're no longer in the mood to continue teaching. The TTU (Tanzania Teachers Union) must ensure it obtains permission for us to make a peaceful demonstration so that we can air our grievances," one of the teachers said.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Danish queen to visit Tanzania next month

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Anne Robi

Danish Queen Margrethe II will visit Tanzania for four days starting November 3 at the invitation of President Jakaya Kikwete. Danish Ambassador Bjarne Sorensen told reporters in Dar es Salaam, the queen will be accompanied by her husband Prince Consort and representatives of 40 companies.

Read full story in Daily News.

Journalists discuss religious leaders’ mining report

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

A total of 30 journalists from minerals producing areas in the country are gathering in Mwanza city to discuss the latest mining report released by top religious leaders in Dar es Salaam last week.The three-day workshop has been organized by the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) and sponsored by the Norwegian Church AID (NCA).

CCT’s Communications and Media Advocacy Officer Rev John Magafu, said here yesterday at the end of the workshop the participants would be deployed in mining areas to make critical analysis of the report.He mentioned the target mines to be visited as Geita, Bulyanhulu, North Mara, Nzega and Buzwagi which is still under development.

Read full story in Daily News.

Monday, 20 October 2008

JK orders crackdown to stem murder of albinos

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Orton Kiishweko

President Jakaya Kikwete has called for a thorough crackdown on people behind the murders of albinos in the country.

His orders follow a countrywide outcry over the killings amid reports that more than 50 albinos were murdered since March last year.

The murderers are said to be using albino body parts in their superstitious search for riches. More than 58 people have recently been arrested in Mwanza, Mara, Kagera, Shinyanga, and Mbeya regions where the belief is rife among fortune seekers.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Albinos strike for protection

From Africa News, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
By Deodatus Mfugale, AfricaNews reporter in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The albino community in Dar es Salaam on Saturday took to the streets to protest against the killing of their members and urged the government to do more to protect them.

Killing of albinos of all ages is taking roots in the country as 30 of them have lost their lives within the past 12 months, with the highest number of killings taking place in the lake regions of Mwanza, Mara, Kagera and Shinyanga. Isolated cases have also been reported from Mbeya region.

The killings are spurred by superstitious beliefs of making quick money as witchdoctors advise their clients to get organs and body parts from albinos so as to become rich. Crime scenes are very gruesome - legs, hands, lips, fingers and toes are chopped off from the victims. No one has so far been convicted of the crimes although several people have been charged.

Read full story in AfricaNews.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Only 80 vessels safe, regulatory body says

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Paulina David in Mwanza

The Sumatra safety officer in the Lake Zone, Mr Alfred Waryana, told journalists in his office that out of 1462 vessels inspected in Mara and Mwanza regions, 1,384 were not qualified to operate on the lake.

He said only 78 vessels were qualified to operate on the lake.

Almost all other vessels were either found faulty or having no essential facilities.

These include fire extinguishers and life jackets.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Don't sign blank papers, union cautions teachers

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Citizen Team

The Mwanza City TTU chairman, Mr John Kafimbi, said: "We urge you to be extra careful at this time when teachers countrywide are demanding their rights,including their allowance arrears, as you may be tricked into signing something, which lacks validity."

Mr Kafimbi was addressing hundreds of teachers, who had gathered at Gandhi Hall in the city, to deliberate on their planned countrywide strike, which was blocked by a court order early this week.

As the Mwanza teachers were being cautioned against appending their signatures to the "suspect" documents, in Dar es Salaam, the TTU went to court to contest an injunction granted by the Labour Court, barring them from going on strike.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Mwanza fish market members end strike

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

A week-long strike of Mwanza-based Mwaloni International Fish Market members has ended here amicably, following regional CCM's timely intervention.

Addressing a public rally at the market place on Tuesday, Mr Clement Mabina who previously held talks with Mwaloni Traders' Development Society (MWADESO), told audience their concerns had already been addressed.

He told them how he was extremely dismayed that his previous advice was not heeded by the city fathers, when he was on long tour of Ukerewe District. “The truth is that CCM had ordered the City Council to cease its contract with a tax collecting agent ", he revealed.

Read full story in Daily News.

Albinos threaten to seek refuge in other countries

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Consesa John

Addressing a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the chairman of the Albinos Association Tanzania, Mr Ernest Kimaya, said presently 26 albinos have reportedly been killed, most of them women and children.

He said no suspect had been jailed as a result of the ritual killings as most went scot-free.

"We might be forced to seek refuge in a safe country if the Government will not make enough efforts against albino killings," he stated.

Mr Kimaya said since the Government had not been using enough power to control albino killings they would make a demonstration to act as a wake-up call so that the Government deals with the problem.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Archbishop grieves for victims of mining abuses

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Orton Kiishweko

The film depicted various situations to show how Tanzania is failing to benefit from gold mining activities and was screened at a public forum in Dar es Salaam.

The report, the second by religious leaders, detailed the living conditions of local artisanal miners in Nzega in Tabora, Bulyanhulu in Kahama and Geita in Mwanza following physical visits and interviews.

Archbishop Mokiwa was among the clerics' group which visited these areas on a fact finding mission.

Religious leaders from the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT), the National Council of Muslims in Tanzania (BAKWATA) and the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) attended yesterday's press briefing.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Teachers' go-slow paralyses learning

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Team

The Government on Monday obtained a temporary court order restraining public school teachers from going on strike from yesterday.

A survey carried out in Dar es Salaam and other regions showed that teachers largely turned up for work, but stayed idle the whole day.

However, the national Form Four examinations that began last week were not affected.

Reports from Mwanza, Tarime, Rorya and Kigoma districts indicated that many teachers did not report for duty, vowing not to resume duty until the Government gave in to their demands.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Mwanza call up ’Dibo’, Makani

From ThisDay, Dar es Salaam

TOP Dar es Salaam-based basketball players Mohamed Ally ’Dibo’ and Jije Makani have been named in the Mwanza regional men’s basketball team that will compete in the Taifa Cup tournament scheduled for later this month in Dar es Salaam.

Skipper Kizito Bahati told THISDAY by phone from Mwanza yesterday that the inclusion of Dibo and Makani aims at strengthening the squad.

The two players, who hail from Mwanza, are part of the 17-man ’Rock City’ squad which is yearning to win the trophy for the first time.

Read full story in ThisDay.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Unforgettable: The children of 'Forever Angels'

From The Tidings, Los Angeles, USA
By Anne Hansen

Amber is a young woman with a generous heart and courageous spirit. On Sept. 10 she embarked on what she calls "the biggest adventure of my life so far": to Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania to spend seven weeks volunteering at Forever Angels, a home for orphaned and abandoned babies, some healthy and some who are sick, HIV positive or terminally ill.

Amber took our family along via e-mail. Her stories have brought tears, prayers and renewed awareness that life for many is not as we live it in this country.

Read full story in The Tidings.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

SAUT kicks out 70 finalists

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Paulina David in Mwanza

Seventy finalists have been terminated from studies shortly before they sat for their final examinations at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT). Vice Chancellor Dr Charles Kitima said yesterday that the students could not be allowed to sit for exams because of indiscipline and absconding classes.

Read full story in The Citizen.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

New power hopes for nation as rationing resumes

From THISDAY, Dar es Salaam

CANADA’S Artumas Group Inc (AGI) has said it expects a 300 megawatts (MW) natural gas-powered project it is working on in Mtwara Region to become operational in 2012.

The company’s Chief Executive, Steve Mason, said in an interview here that first stage feasibility work has already been concluded, but ’’we are looking at approximately four years of project development.’’

’’So hopefully, as we move towards 2012, we will be up,’’ he added.

Artumas, along with the government, is currently conducting a comprehensive feasibility study into the scheme, which will also involve the building of more than 500 kilometres of high voltage lines from Mtwara.

Read full story in ThisDay.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Scientists Discover Fish in Act of Evolution in Africa’s Greatest Lake

From EcoWorldly, San Francisco, USA
Written by Sam Aola Ooko

In what could be a first in the world, a fish species known as cichlids has been discovered by scientists in the act of splitting into two distinct species in Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and one of the world’s biggest fresh water bodies.

This may be remarkable because what is causing them to diverge are adaptations to their vision as animals and plants try to cope with increased pollution and the effects of climate change.

The Pundamilia nyererei is a haplochromine type cichlid native to areas in the Mwanza Gulf region of Lake Victoria. This region consists of many islands where each island region has its own color variant of the fish.

Read full story in EcoWorldly.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Uncertainty hangs over regional handball venue By

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE East and Central Africa Handball tournament is shrouded in uncertainty, as officials are locked in a tug of war regarding the venue and dates for the championship.

Tanzania Handball Association (TAHA) have announced to have shifted the tournament from Mwanza to Tanga and its due on October 16 whereas Mwanza Handball Association (MWAHA) claims the tournament would be held in Mwanza come November.

MWAHA Chairman Joseph Mbeho yesterday told the ‘Sunday News’ that TAHA Secretary General Sudi Omari assured him the tournament would be held in Mwanza.

Read full story in Sunday News.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Our aviation industry should perform better

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Editor

A reader reacting to a recent BBC News Magazine article on the factors that combine to add quality to airports has this to say: "Efficient, calm and pleasant - now that's how an airport should be."

Meanwhile, according to the article, it took the expenditure of sterling pounds 4.3 billion over 20 long years making flying from or doing business at London's Heathrow an experience as stress-free and enjoyable as was humanly possible.

By all indications, Tanzania Airports Authority director general Prosper Tesha would like to help work the realisation of similar achievements in our country.

That is if his remarks at a forum for aviation stakeholders held in Mwanza on Tuesday are anything to go by.

Read full story in The Guardian.