Thursday, 27 December 2007

Preparations for Handball Tourney in Full Gear

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Suleiman Jongo

The Tanzania Amateur Handball Association (Taha) secretary general, Sudi Omary, has said preparations for national handball club championships to be held from January 25 to 31 in Mwanza, are in full gear.

The Taha official said the organisers are now finalising the exercise to refurbish the venues for the event to involve male and female teams.

Teams expected to compete in the championship are Ngome, Ngudu, Dar Stars (men and women) and KMKM (men) and holders Magereza (men) and Ruvu Stars (women).

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Monday, 24 December 2007

Dar gets $47m for Electricity V project for peri-urban, rural towns

From The East African, Nairobi, KENYA

Tanzania has received a $47 million boost for its energy sector from the African Development Fund.

The money - comprising a $45.1 million loan and a $2.1 million grant - will be used to extend, secure and improve the supply of electricity to economic sectors and households in rural towns, peri-urban areas and district headquarters in the country.

ADF said Mwanza, Shinyanga, Arusha and Dar es Salaam will benefit from the fund.

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Saturday, 22 December 2007

Awry MOI surgeries: Team blames medics

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Felister Peter

The commission formed to investigate the circumstances that led to the recent twin surgeries at the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) that went awry has blamed the debacle on irresponsibility by medical practitioners.

Health and Social Welfare minister David Mwakyusa unveiled the findings of the team at a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday. He formed the commission two weeks ago.

The minister said the medical practitioners involved in carrying out the operations flouted both professional and administrative procedures.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Charles in dark over theft of special bike

From Stockport Express, UK
By Alex Scapens

AN ADVENTUROUS charity worker faces Christmas heartbreak after the motorbike he used to drive unscathed through the lawless badlands of Africa was stolen by opportunist thieves when he returned to Stockport.

Charles Clark, 29, used his Honda LX250 to drive almost 5,000 miles home from Tanzania following a two-year teaching stint.

After three months riding through countries containing local militia, armies fighting a civil war and zealous border officials Charles thought his bike would be safe left covered up in his sister Claire Clark’s backyard on Bower Street, Reddish.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Government proposes suspension of fishing permits in Lake Victoria

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Bigambo Jeje, PST, Bukoba

The government has proposed immediate suspension of fishing permits for the East African member states following reports of rapid depletion of fish in Lake Victoria.

The Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa made the appeal in Kagera over the weekend during celebrations to mark the International Day for Fishermen marked at regional level in Kagera. All five EA member states were represented.

In a speech read on his behalf by the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, the prime minister said statistics from fisheries department indicated that fish in Lake Victoria, especially the Nile perch type, has dropped significantly in number.

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Monday, 17 December 2007

Trafficking in humans: Another threat calling for public intervention

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Bilham Kimati

The ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children is preparing a comprehensive plan to unravel children currently under exploitation in various sectors ranging from mining, agriculture, domestic servitude, commercial sex operations and other forms of ill-treatment.

Information gathered from a high ranking official in the ministry who preferred anonymity for reasons of not being the spokesperson divulged that the government was working on the final details of a strategy that would ensure a systematic removal of children subjected to exploitation, abuse, torture, humiliation and some said to be denied payment for the service rendered.

"In response to the government policy that all school age children should be in school, the ministry has formed a multi-sectoral task force drawing its members from various departments entrusted with the duty to propose ways to stop child labour in the country and help seal off the loopholes.
Preliminary findings of the team indicated that there has been a very close link between human trafficking and violation of human rights especially among children being deceived to have better life in urban centres," said the officer.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Health ministry issues alert on Ebola

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Guardian Correspondent

The government has called on people living in border regions to take precautions in the face of a possible outbreak of Ebola, which has so far killed 23 people and hit 101 others in Uganda.

Wilson Mukama, Permanent Secretary in the Health and Social Welfare ministry, said in a press statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday that people living in villages bordering Uganda were at great risk of contracting the killer disease.

He said Ebola has no known cure and the ministry has therefore taken a number of preventive measures, including dispatching medical teams to regions at greatest risks of being hit. These are Kagera, Mara and Mwanza.

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Friday, 7 December 2007

Reavie going to Mwanza

From The Nipawin Journal, Saskatchewan, Canada

When Connie Reavie of Carrot River goes to Tanzania, East Africa, in February she’ll do many of the things that tourists do.

Reavie going to TanzaniaWhen Connie Reavie of Carrot River goes to Tanzania, East Africa, in February she’ll do many of the things that tourists do. Plans include a visit to Ruaha National Park and the opportunity to see elephants, lions and wildebeests.

As an ardent gardener, the Amani Nature Reserve, home of African violets, and visiting spice plantations on the Island of Zanzibar are also high on her list. And who would scoff at the opportunity to view Mount Kilimanjaro?

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Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Central Corridor Roads Ready By 2010

From East African Business Week, Kampala, Uganda
By Walter Isenged in Bujumbura

The 'Central Corridor', the road network linking Tanzania to Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and the DRC will be upgraded and completed by 2010, regional officials meeting in Bujumbura have said.

The Central Corridor is an initiative of the Tanzania government to facilitate transport from Dar es Salaam to its northern and western neighbors including Uganda.

Officials from Tanzania attending the forum for customers of the Corridor in Bujumbura that run from November 19 to 24 revealed the timeframe for the completion of the project.

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Monday, 3 December 2007

Dar Should Be Wary of the EPA Agreements

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam

The signing of Economic Partnership Agreement between East African countries and European Union, early this week in Kampala, has divided the region into two different groups.

While the first group strongly believes that EPA deal is a breakthrough to trade prosperity between the region and Europe, the other group views this state with cautionary eye, insisting that this is another big blow to poor countries mainly from Africa.

Those supporting EPA are mainly government officials and their stand is that it was high time Africa opened its trade borders to the key trading partners like European countries.

They believe that a poor farmer from Kilimanjaro or Mwanza region can compete fairly with a heavily subsidised farmer from Holland or Austria under the so called trade liberalisation era.

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