Friday, 25 February 2011

Police allow Chadema to demonstrate against JK

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Frederick Katulanda,The Citizen Reporter

Mwanza. The Police Force here has allowed Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) to hold a peaceful demonstration today thus averting any possible confrontations between them.

Chadema leaders said yesterday that they have completed preparations for the demonstration. They aim to pressure President Jakaya Kikwete to step down and to oppose the Sh94 billion compensation payment to Dowans. The demonstration would also challenge the government over the increasing cost of living and increase in power tariffs.

The Police Force said yesterday that it has allowed the demonstration and promised to ensure safety of its participants. The Mwanza regional Chadema secretary, Mr Wilson Mushumbusi, told The Citizen yesterday that the demonstration would start at 2pm, followed by a huge rally at Furahisha Kirumba grounds.

He said the party national secretary general, Dr Willibrod Slaa, had already arrived in Mwanza for the activities. They expected his deputy, Mr Zitto Kabwe, to arrive at any time, he said, explaining: “We have already completed preparations for the demonstration and rally.

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Hundreds walk to work as daladala operators strike in Mwanza

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

CONFUSION reigned here on Monday as hundreds of residents, including students and workers were forced to walk to schools and places of work following a strike by commuter bus drivers.

The strike is said to have been agitated by the drivers and conductors who are demanding a rise in fare following ever increasing petrol and diesel prices.

Speaking in turns at Furahisha grounds in Ilemela District where they had parked their vehicles, the drivers, touts and conductors said that they have arrived into the decision following a failure by the Marine and Surface Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) to respond to their letter which asked for permission to raise fares.

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

NEW restaurant in town: Binti Maringo Restaurant

Binti Maringo Restaurant is located on the grounds of Kuleana Street Children Centre (Balewa Road) in Mwanza.

Binti Maringo services include:

All day breakfast and lunch
Business take away delivery - including sandwiches, jacket potatoes, salads + pizzas
Business menus
Promotional Nights every two weeks, hosting different delicacies from around the world
Fresh bread, cake + biscuit orders
Local menu

We take pride in making our prices affordable for all, and in doing so, we attract a wide range of customers to our growing business.

About Benti
Here at Binti's we aim to cover the monthly outgoings the Centre incurs, such as water and electricity bills and staff salaries. Once these are covered, we then donate 75% of our profit to the Kuleana with 25% going back into the restaurant.

Binti's also helps raise awareness of the issues for children's rights and advertises the work of our NGO (Caretakers of the Environment) to increase awareness of the ongoing issues facing street children and their families. Furthermore, we employ residents of the Centre along with employees from struggling or difficult backgrounds, who are given supported opportunities to learn basic business management, gain work experience, and also to earn a catering qualification while being supported through their education.

Kuleana Street Children Centre aims to reintegrate street children back to their families while providing basic support - such as food, shelter, medical, education. Once these children have returned home, the Centre offers ongoing support. Binti Maringo's provides a sustainable income for this cause as well as valuable life experience for the children at the Centre.