Tuesday, 26 June 2007

No forceful relocation of Mwanza residents, says deputy minister

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DailyNews Reporter

FORCE will not be used to evict thousands of residents from unsurveyed plots on Igogo, Bugando, Mabatini, Isamilo, Kitangiri and Kilimahewa hills in Mwanza, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Celine Kombani told the National Assembly here yesterday.

Ms Kombani was responding to Mkiwa Kimwanga (Special Seats-CUF), who had expressed her worries over the alleged government plans to remove by force about 40,000 residents from the hills.

However, Ms Kombani clarified that those who built their houses after 2003 would be asked to leave as the city, in collaboration with the local government, had outlawed further building of houses in the area.

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Monday, 25 June 2007

Kiswahili dictionary software at drawing table

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE government envisages working closely with Microsoft to develop a software for a Kiswahili dictionary that will supplement two existing such dictionaries, which were meant for academic consumption rather than day-to-day usage.

The e-Government Advisor from the President's Office (Public Service Management), Mr David Sawe, said a Microsoft and free logging software available were laden with academic words, which were difficult for day-to-day usage.

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Sunday, 24 June 2007

Any solution to lake Victoria travel blues?

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Staff Writer Darius Mukiza

The company whose ship stalled two weeks ago on Lake Victoria igniting un precedented panic to passengers is strangely advising against use of any other ferry boats except its ships which it says are the most reliable under the rough conditions of the lake.

MV Victoria, one of the three-ship fleet of MSC, swayed uncontrollably for about two hours only 30 km to Mwanza port on its voyage from another lakeside port of Bukoba and again stalled hardly 100 metres before it could anchor at Mwanza North port on Saturday, sending alarms throughout Tanzania as wary passengers frantically kept their relatives worried as they stuck to their mobile phones.

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Mwanza Zara Solar wins Ashden Award

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Correspondent in London

THE Mwanza-based Zara Solar has won the 2007 Ashden Africa Award for providing high-quality, reliable and affordable solar-home-systems to communities lacking access to a reliable source of energy.

The company, one of several winners of this year’s award, was announced here on Thursday during a function graced by former US Vice-President Al Gore.
Mr Al Gore congratulated each winner for their inspiring efforts to create lasting solutions to climate change.

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Saturday, 23 June 2007

SPORTS NEWS: No decision yet on Algiers games

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

WITH only two weeks to go before the start of All African Games in Algeria, the government is yet to decide on the budget for the country's delegation for the continent's tough games.

Tanzania plans to send teams for tennis, amateur boxing, judo, paralympics as well as track and field events in the tournament to start on July 5 in the capital, Algiers.

"Nothing has been decided so far. We are still holding talks and the matter will be settled soon", Deputy Director for Sports Development, Juliana Yasoda told the 'Daily News' yesterday.

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Bukombe alienated from Lake zone water project

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DailyNews Reporter

THE current phase of the Mwanza, Shinyanga, Kahama and Nzega water pipeline project, which envisages drawing water from Lake Victoria, will not serve Bukombe town because the area was not in the original plan and needs fresh funding, the National Assembly has been told.

The Minister for Water, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, who was answering a supplementary question in the House, said the 225bn/- pipeline is currently designed to serve only 54 villages and towns and cannot take more. He said Bukombe could be included in the second phase.

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Kili awards winners for regional tour

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

KILIMANJARO Music Awards winners will perform in Moshi on July 1 in the second leg of the countrywide promotional tour.

The tour manager, Oscar Shelukindo, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the tour will also cover Dodoma, Morogoro, Tanga, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Shinyanga and Mwanza regions.

Shelukindo, who is also a brand manager of Kilimanjaro beer, said the first leg started mid this month in Iringa and Ruvuma.

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Mwanza villages to get power from national grid

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE government is planning to build a 33-kilowatt power line from Lamadi village in Mwanza Region to Mkula, Malili and Ngasamo villages, the Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr William Ngeleja, said here yesterday.

He said Kalemera, Nyamikoma and Nyashimo villages, which are in the vicinity of the Mwanza-Musoma road, would also get power from the same source once the project takes off. He said the Spanish government has shown willingness to finance the project.

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Thursday, 21 June 2007

Lake Victoria's water level goes up

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

LAKE Victoria is gradually continuing to recover from its 2.54-metre lowest level recorded late last year, a spokesperson of the lake basin water office confirmed here yesterday.

The Acting Water Officer of the Lake Victoria Basin, Mr Lusekelo Ambokile Mwambuli, said the water level had risen by 1.2 metres in the past eight months.

He attributed the rise in the lake water level to heavy rains still pouring on its archipelagoes more than it does on the mainland.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Singida bus accident victims for mass burial today

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

A MASS burial is to be held today for about 25 people who perished after a Mwanza bound-bus overturned and caught fire on the outskirts of Singida Municipality on Friday.

The Singida Regional Cimmissioner, Mr Vincent Kone, told the Daily News yesterday that burial will be held at 10am at the scene of the accident.

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Monday, 18 June 2007

Mayor wants Mwanza city maintain cleanliness

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THE Mayor of the City of Mwanza, Mr Leonard Bihondo, said although the city has been named the cleanest in the country, some remote suburbs have poor hygienic conditions.

Mr Bihondo, who is also the Chairman of the Association of Local Authorities and member of Commonwealth Local Authorities, said the city should not be complacent with the victory, as a lot still needed to be done.

He expressed concern that some offices in the city centre were filthy and called for immediate steps to improve the situation.

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SPORTS NEWS: Big reception awaits victorious Stars

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By DAILY NEWS Reporters

A HERO'S welcome awaits Taifa Stars, who arrive in Dar es Salaam today from Ouagadougou, where they beat Burkina Faso 1-0 on Saturday night to boost the country's chances of qualifying for next year's African Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1980.

The team left Burkina Faso yesterday and was due to arrive in Mwanza last night where they would spend the night before flying to Dar es Salaam.

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Sunday, 17 June 2007

Names of Singida accident victims released

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Alisante John, PST, Singida

Names of casualties of the ill-fated Mwanza-bound bus from Dar es Salaam that caught fire after its front tyre burst at Kindai area near Singida town on Friday, were disclosed yesterday.

Police in Singida the deceased were Mohamed Jafa, Ayoub Kiwanuka, Lucy Mabula, Chris Biseko, Khadela Mayumba, Kimalo Sichumwi, Haruna Siperi and Andrew Mahunde.

Singida Deputy Regional Police Commander Lawrence Tarimo also named Mwanaila Hassani, Martina Mboya, George Mwinzagi, Monica Mwaputwa, Eaos Bibios better known as Mzungu, Laitoni Mlokozi, Mutalamila and Innocent Buberwa as other victims.

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Ajali mbaya ya Singida: Maharusi wateketea

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
Na Mwandishi Wetu, PST - Singida

Wakati taifa bado limegubikwa na msiba mzito uliotokea jana kufuatia basi la abiria kupinduka na kisha kulipuka na kutetekea kabisa, imebainika kuwa miongoni mwa waliopoteza maisha ni wapenzi wawili waliokuwa wakielekea kwao Mwanza kufunga ndoa.

Habari zilizopatikana kutoka kwenye tukio zinasema wawili hao walikuwa wanakwenda kukamilisha shughuli hiyo kwa wazazi baada mambo yote kuandaliwa Jijini Dar.

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Police arrest driver of ill-fated Mwanza bus

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Sunday News Reporter

THE DRIVER of the Mwanza-bound bus that overturned and caught fire leaving at least 17 people dead and 47 others injured in Singida region on Friday has been arrested, the police have said.

Kharibu Jordan (42) was behind the wheel of the fateful Scania bus belonging to Mohamed Trans. He is being detained for interrogation.

Acting Regional Police Commander Lawrent Tarimo told the Sunday News that most of the dead bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

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Saturday, 16 June 2007

Burned-up bus kills at least 20 passengers in Northern Tanzania

From People's Daily Online, Beijing, China

At least 20 people have been killed while 43 others injured after the bus they were travelling in overturned and caught fire in Northern Tanzania Friday night, local press reported on Saturday.

Singida Acting Regional Police Commander Lawrence Tarimo said that the bursting of a front tyre had caused the bus to overturn near the town of Singida.

The bus, belonging to a local company, was travelling from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza.

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Thursday, 14 June 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Boxers set for six-nation tourney

From The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya
By Samson Ateka

David Munyasia, Commonwealth bronze medalists Black Moses Mathenge and Joshua Ndere are among three top boxers dropped from Kenya’s team for the weekend’s six-nation tournament in Mwanza.

The tournament brings together Rwanda, Burundi, hosts Tanzania, Seychelles, Kenya and Uganda.

Coach George Gichuki explained that the three had been advised to take a break after suffering from malaria after the Military Games in Zanzibar earlier this month.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Mwanza fishery stakeholders given ultimatum

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

LAKE Victoria fisheries stakeholders have been given a one-year ultimatum to devise and implement an action plan against various vices that deny the government fair income.

The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Professor Jumanne Maghembe, enumerated challenges facing the lake as a tremendous increase in illegal fishing, use of illegal fishing gears, smuggling of resources, dwindling of the resources particularly Nile perch, over-fishing and piracy.

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Monday, 11 June 2007

Lightning kills three Mwanza

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

THREE people were separately killed by lightning here at the end of the week, Regional Police Commander Zelothe Stephen said yesterday.

An angler, Mabere Mabura (70), was, in the first incident, hit by the thunderstorm around 3:00 a.m. at Bwiru suburb on Thursday when the victim woke up to harvest rain water, Stephen said, adding that Mabura died on the spot.

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Adel to be buried Saturday

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

A FORMER Permanent Secretary and long serving civil servant, Mr Silvano Lando Adel, who passed away last week will be buried at his Kowak home village in Tarime District, on Saturday, it was confirmed yesterday.

A member of the family, Mr Frederick Ogenga, said over the telephone yesterday that last respects would be paid at the diceased home at Sinza on Thursday before being flown to Mwanza on Friday.

From Mwanza, he said, the body would be transported to Tarime District by special road transport arranged by the family.

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Friday, 8 June 2007

EVENTS: East Africa Trade Fair in Mwanza

From China Daily
By editor Li Yang

More than 300 companies from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are expected to attend this year's East Africa Trade Fair to be held in Tanzania in late August, local organizers announced on Friday.

The trade fair, to last from August 31 to September 10 in Mwanza in northwestern Tanzania, has already drawn participants from such sectors as food and beverage, textiles, building materials, stationeries, chemical and pharmaceutical products, footwears, agricultural products, electronic products, information technology products, banking and insurance services, telecommunications, tourism, and consultancy.

The trade fair is expected to attract some 150,000 visitors, according to Event Organizer Amran Batenga.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

RC tells city fathers to act on 'short calls'

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

MWANZA acting Regional Commissioner Samuel Kamote has directed Mwanza City Council authorities to enact and enforce a by-law that will deal with people who urinate in wrong places.

The directive comes after the city was, for the second consecutive year, declared the country's cleanest during this year's Environmental Day celebration held at the national level in Mtwara Region.

"We have to defend the victory," stressed Mr Kamote, minutes after a short text message from the City Director, Mr Wilson Kabwe, was read before the gathering during the celebration held at regional level at Mahatma Gandhi hall here on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Students in Advocacy Forum to Save Lake Victoria

From allAfrica.com
By Gerald Tenywa, Kampala, Uganda

Students from Sweden, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania at the conference.

MUCH as it heavily rained in Entebbe, two weeks ago, the long queue of 200 youths from more than 30 East African schools, and some Swedish students, outshined nature.

With a bold banner saying: "Conserving Lake Victoria is our concern', they marched to the mayor, Stephen Kabuye's office.

Kabuye, moved by the student's initiative, said: "I was touched to see you walking in the rain. It is good that you are concerned about Lake Victoria because there are many problems including pollution afflicting the lake.

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Monday, 4 June 2007

Boat capsizes in Uganda, 30 drown

From The Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda - A boat capsized on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria and all 30 people onboard drowned, police said Saturday.

The vessel capsized late Friday about four miles away from its destination, Kyatu Island in Lake Victoria, police spokesman Hassan Kasinje said. The passengers boarded the boat on the shores of Lake Victoria, about 125 miles east of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, Kasinje said.

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Sunday, 3 June 2007

Passengers panic as MV Victoria stalls near Mwanza

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Khalfan Said and George Ramadhan, Mwanza

Passengers on mv Victoria, which was sailing from Bukoba to Mwanza, were yesterday cast into tremendous panic when the ship`s engines switched off for two hours, 30 kilometres from Mwanza port and stalled briefly only 100 metres from the port.

One of the passengers who declined to give his name said they were gripped with fear as they remembered the fateful mv Bukoba, which capsized in 1996, entombing nearly 1,000 people.

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SPORTS NEWS: ...Maximo praises team

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

TAIFA Stars head coach Marcio Maximo was full of praises for his boys after holding Lions of Teranga 1-1 yesterday in Mwanza.

"I am proud of my boys and I believe all Tanzanians are proud of this team. Senegal were favourites but we showed what we are capable of," said Maximo. He added: "We deserved victory, but we still have a chance to reach Ghana next year provided we collect three points from the match against Burkina Faso."

The Senegal Polish coach, Henry Kasperczak, also admitted that the ball possession shown by Taifa Stars indicated that the Tanzanian team lacked confidence during the first leg tie in Senegal when Taifa Stars lost 4-0.

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SPORTS NEWS: Senegal stay top of Group 7

From BBC Sport, London, UK

Senegal remained top of Group Seven with a 1-1 draw against Tanzania, in Mwanza, thanks to Demba Ba's second-half equaliser.

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Saturday, 2 June 2007

JK marshals Stars backing today

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Pati Magubira and Kingoba Mgaya in Mwanza

WHILE President Jakaya Kikwete is today scheduled to lead Tanzanians to cheer up the national soccer team, a 19.5m/- bounty awaits Stars after a do or die match with Senegal at the CCM Kirumba Stadium here today.

The president made the promise to attend today’s encounter at the end of his official tour to Mwanza a few weeks ago.

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Mwanza police nab 350 suspected criminals

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

A SPECIAL operation mounted by the police has successfully nabbed over 350 suspected criminals and impounded a number of stolen goods, Regional Police Commander Zelothe Stephen, has said.

Stephen, however, said 123 of the 353 apprehended suspects were released after interrogation.

He said the other 230 were sent to court to answer various charges including illegal possession of weapons, illegal stay in Tanzania and illegal possession of narcotics and illicit brew.

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SPORTS NEWS: Win or lose, let’s cheer Taifa Stars

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By G. Madaraka Nyerere

Letter from Butiama:

THERE was a lot of excitement in Mwanza ahead of Taifa Stars’ match against Senegal’s national soccer team this week. On Wednesday there was a traffic jam at the airport’s parking area when a large group of fans and Mwanza residents convened to welcome their national team on a scheduled Air Tanzania flight from Dar es Salaam.

I had other worries. Would I be able to pick up an arriving passenger and drive off ahead of the Taifa Stars and fans’ convoy so that I would not be held up by traffic? Maybe Dar’s residents are getting used to traffic, but it will take a few hundred years for Butiama’s residents to reach that stage.

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Friday, 1 June 2007

SPORTS NEWS: Go, Taifa Stars go

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
Editor's Comment

TAIFA Stars host Senegal's Lions of Teranga at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza tomorrow in an African Cup of Nations qualifier, which Tanzania must not lose if they are to keep alive their dreams of qualifying for the finals in Ghana, next year.

Senegal lead Group Seven with six points after two wins and one loss, while Tanzania, who have four points, are joint second with Burkina Faso. Mozambique are rooted to the bottom of the group with two points. After the Saturday's match, Taifa Stars will be left with two matches - an away fixture against Burkina Faso and a home tie against Mozambique.

Therefore, Taifa Stars should make their home venue advantage count by upsetting the Star-studded Lions of Teranga in front of thousands of home fans led by President Jakaya Kikwete in the Rock City. There are 12 qualifying groups, where each group winner qualifies automatically for Ghana. They will be joined by the top three runners-up from the groups made up of four teams.

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