Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Police hold 6 over Chegeni death plot

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

Mwanza police are holding six people including the region’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) political committee member over an alleged murder plot on former Busega MP Raphael Chegeni.

Information reaching The Citizen and confirmed by the region’s police commander, Mr Simon Sirro, said the six were arrested between April 13 and 17 following a tip off.

The information links the incumbent Busega MP, Dr Titus Kamani, through SMS and conversations among the six who have been arrested, including Dr Kamani’s relative, who is allegedly the coordinator of the plot.

However, in a quick rejoinder, Dr Kamani denied having any information regarding the matter, including the arrest of his relative over the plot.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Minister: We have plans to maintain marine vessels

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Daniel Msangya

The Ministry of Transportation has plans to undertake major maintenance of ships and reduce the problem of obsolete vessels belonging to the Marine Service Company.

This was said in parliament yesterday by the deputy minister for Transportation, Mr Athuman Mfutakamba.He said the government also planned to procure new marine vessels for Lake Victoria. In this connection it has requested the Danish government to fund a feasibility study for constructing a ship and the type of ship to be procured.

Mr Mfutakamba said to start with the government would set aside a budget in fiscal year 2011/2012 for the ship’s procurement. However, the ministry would continue to negotiate with the private sector to invest in marine transportation on Lake Victoria, he said. Currently MV Nyehunge provides service between Mwanza and Ukerewe island. On MV Clarias (photo), he explained that it was old, having been built in 1961. It was undergoing routine maintenances from time to time, he explained.

The ship was inspected by Sumatra for seaworthiness certification before being permitted to provide services in the lake, he said. Mr Mfutakamba was responding to questions from Mr Salvador Naluyaga, MP for Ukerewe (Chadema).

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Monday, 11 April 2011

Five killed on Sunday road accident in Singida

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

FIVE people died on the spot and 60 others escaped death when an oil tanker traveling from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza rammed onto the locomotive engine at Manyoni on Sunday night.

Singida Regional Police Commander, Celina Kaluba told reporters here on Monday that the fatal accident occurred on April 10, this year at around 8:00 pm as the tanker exploded after hitting the train engine.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

WAG HILL LODGE is back in business

Mwanza Guide 'online' informs

Wag Hill Lodge has some great prices for April.
By Hans Kristoffersen, Mwanza Guide 'online'

One night: All Inclusive at only US$175 per person. When you take in to account transport, traveling time and bar bills - Wag Hill is better value than any other exclusive lodge within driving distance of Mwanza.

Self catering is only US$100 per person, but it's not like real self catering, because we have staff to help with the cooking and do all the clearing away afterwards.

I will also continue with last month's offer of US$800 for 6 people all inclusive - OR US$500 for 6 people self catering

Great for small parties or birthdays.

Soon we will introduce WAG HILL LODGE as the very 'Honeymoon Destination' in East Africa.

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Finally, a practical solution to Lake Victoria pollution

From IPPMedia/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By Correspondent 

An ambitious project jointly funded by Germany, the European Union and the Government of Tanzania at a cost of 25bn/- is expected to reduce 50 per cent Mwanza City’s total pollution contribution to Lake Victoria, cut down environmental degradation of the Lake, protect the quality of drinking water in the fast growing metropolitan and promote sustainable economic development, a Special Correspondent writes. The project was launched during Maji Week celebrations in Mwanza.

"The lack of access to drinking water and sanitation is one of the main challenges of our time. Water is key to any social and economic development."

This is what the Deputy Head of Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hans Koeppel (photo) recently stated during a ceremony to inaugurate the Mwanza Sanitation Project that was held at Ilemela District in the city during the opening of the national Maji Week celebrations.

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