Wednesday, 30 January 2008

NICO puts up 5bn/- fish processing factory in Mwanza

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Patrick Kisembo

The National Investment Company Ltd (NICO) has injected a total of 5bn/- in a fish processing facility in Mwanza Region.

This was revealed yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the company`s board chairman, Felix Mosha, when briefing journalists on the company`s plans to sell more shares to Tanzanians.

He said the fish processing factory, due to start production next February, was the second big investment by the company after the National Microfinance Bank (NMB).

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Tuesday, 29 January 2008

SPORTS NEWS: IDD, Machupa Win Stars Call

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Majuto Omary

Young African's troubled midfielder Athumani Idd and Simba's striker Athumani Machupa, have been recalled by head coach Marcio Maximo to rejoin Taifa Stars.
Maximo is expected to unveil the Stars squad that will re-assemble for an international friendly against Malawi to be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on February 6.

Idd and machupa will be among the 30 players expected to be named in Maximo's line up this morning. Idd was axed from Stars squad as a result of a absurd finger gesture to Simba fans during last year's Tusker Cup championship at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza.

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Budget Community Air Launches in TZ

From East African Business Week, Kampala, Uganda

A new air cargo and passenger service operator in the Tanzanian skies, Community Airlines, has been established "purposely for stimulating a new market in the country which has not yet been fully tapped."

Speaking to East African Business Week last week in Dar es Salaam, Mr. Paul Chizi, the airline's Chief Executive Officer, said the company is owned entirely by local shareholders.

"The name Community Airlines was adopted as a reflection of the Tanzanian community - which means it is a true people's choice, because of its specialized services and operations," Chizi said.

"It also symbolizes its fares structure and services, which are both competitive and affordable for members of the Tanzanian community whatever their economic capability."

The airline's single fare from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro Airport is Tsh 49,000, and Dar es Salaam - Mwanza: Tsh 69,000 - including taxes.

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Costs of Switching to Dar Port

From East African Business Week, Kampala, Uganda
By Joyce Mirembe

After four weeks of unrest in Kenya, Ugandan importers and exporters are increasingly turning to Dar es Salaam port as an alternative to Mombasa port; but how much more will it cost one to transport raw materials, finished merchandise or containers of coffee from Dar es Salaam to Kampala?

Well for starters, the distance to Dar es Salaam is much longer than the one to Mombasa. Logistically, it is much more expensive as part of the journey is across Lake Victoria between Mwanza in northern Tanzania and Port Bell near Kampala.

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Monday, 28 January 2008

Tanzania to build 13 EPZs to export goods to neighbouring countries

From The East African, Nairobi, Kenya

Tanzania will set up 13 Export Processing Zones close to border areas to help its business community access markets in neighbouring countries.

The new initiative seeks to export canned fish and beef, juices, leather items, soft drinks, mineral products, furniture, textiles and garments to the region by 2010.

The focus will be on Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Although the concept of duty-free EPZs has not done well in the region, with such ventures failing in Kenya and Uganda, the Tanzanian government has set aside a total of 2,000 hectares in regions such as Coast, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Morogoro, Mara, Mtwara, Kigoma, Mbeya, Kagera, Ruvuma, Lindi, Tanga and Mwanza for the purpose.

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EAC urged to promote free trade

From The New Vision, Kampala, Uganda
By Milton Olupot

THE secretary-general of the East African Community, Juma Mwapachu, has urged the immigration departments, the police and the revenue authorities in the member-states to promote cross-border trade and free movement in the region.

Mwapachu was speaking during a tour of the Tanzanian border towns of Bukoba, Mutukula and Mwanza a recent statement from the Arusha-based EAC Directorate of Public Affairs said.

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Friday, 25 January 2008

Burundi: Head of State Makes a Brief Visit to Tanzania

From Burundi Réalités, Bujumbura, Burundi

Burundi's head of state, Pierre Nkurunziza, visited Tanzania for a few hours today.

He met the Tanzanian president, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, in the northern city of Mwanza. Their talks focussed on the PALIPEHUTU-FNL movement, the use of the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam in the transport of goods and foodstuffs headed for Burundi and the repatriation of Burundian refugees. President Kikwete called on the leaders of PALIPEHUTU-FNL to stop fighting and return to the peace process.

The two presidents expressed their hopes that the crisis in Kenya, which has already impacted the economies neighbouring countries, may soon come to an end with the help of regional and African facilitators. They also agreed that ministers in charge of trade from the two countries will soon meet in order reach trade agreements.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Appropriate water resources management to mitigate impacts of drought and floods

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Deodatus Mfugale

The storm came without warning and, with it, a torrential downpour that pounded the city of Mwanza for just about 30 minutes.

Yet it caused flash floods that swept down several houses and other property leaving a number of families homeless.

And by the time all was over and as residents were taking stock of their losses, murky pools of water had formed on streets and on some courtyards.

The runoff had taken with it sewage from overflowing latrines and deposited it at some points on its way to Lake Victoria.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Trucks Targeted By Kenyan Poll Rioters

From The Monitor, Kampala, Uganda
By George Ramadhan in Mwanza

THE political turmoil in Kenya has acquired a new turn in relation to regional trade. Reports indicate that only Tanzanian trucks are accorded safe passage in Kenya while those from Uganda are reportedly set on fire or subjected to numerous snags.

Some businessmen whose cargo trucks were in Kenya both before and after the general elections, said at the Tanzanian port of Mwanza over the weekend, that their vehicles managed to return to the country unhindered, while those heading for Uganda underwent turbulent and dangerous incidents.

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Monday, 21 January 2008

Summit for Alternative Sea Route Needed

From The Monitor, Kampala, Uganda
By Moses Byaruhanga

A lot has been said and written about events in neighbouring Kenya. The region has been affected as Kenya provides a cheaper gateway to the sea for Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and south Sudan. Besides, in case of Uganda, Kenya is our biggest trading partner.

So the situation in Kenya now is affecting both our imports and exports, hence revenue collection by URA and inflow of revenue from exports.

In the past few weeks, focus has been on fuel but if the situation is not brought under control, the effect on our economy will be enormous.

Soon grocery shops will run out of supplies and the rising prices as a result of reduction in supply will lead to inflationary tendencies. This calls for Uganda and the other affected countries mentioned above to exploit an alternative cheap route to the sea.

Dar es Salaam and Tanga, both in Tanzania, come into picture. Currently, the Dar route is slightly more expensive but this can be worked on by reducing the costs in infrastructure, railway, road between Dar and Mwanza.

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New dimension to regional trade

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By George Ramadhan, PST, Mwanza

The political turmoil in Kenya has acquired a new turn in relation to regional trade. Reports indicate that only Tanzanian trucks are accorded safe passage in Kenya while those from Uganda are reportedly set on fire or subjected to numerous snags.

Talking to PST, some of the businessmen whose cargo trucks were in Kenya both before and after the general elections, said in Mwanza over the weekend that their vehicles managed to return to the country unhindered, while those heading for Uganda underwent turbulent and dangerous incidents.

One of the traders, who identified himself as Owino James, said his company had sent three cargo trucks to Kenya which managed to drive back safely to Tanzania complete with their cargo.

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Tanzania, Kenya step up war against vandalism

From The East African

Tanzania and Kenya have stepped up their campaign to protect their respective railroads from vandalism. The networks have become prime targets for metal thieves.

Tanzania has already tightened security along the Moshi-Tanga rail route while police in Kenya are on high alert following cases of vandalism of Rift Valley Railways’ lines in the Rift Valley, Kisumu and Mombasa that serve Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi transit goods.

Tanzania Railways Ltd managing director Narasimhaswami Jayaram said the Tanga route will be maintained by engineers from the firm and experts. In addition, 20 trolleys will be positioned on each section, 30 kilometres apart, for security purposes.

“Theft and vandalism have been reported on the central corridor as well as the Dar - Mwanza rail link,” he said.

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Thursday, 10 January 2008

Doctors donating time in Tanzania to perform surgeries

From Winona Daily News, Winona, Minnesota, USA
By Tony Borreson

The contents of Fred Welke’s luggage might seem a bit odd, but he’s no weekend traveler.

Welke and a group of 25 other medical professionals and missionaries from the area are packing for a two-and-a-half-week medical mission to Tanzania. They will leave Feb. 1.

Each will bring two 50-pound suitcases -one with regular items like clothes and hygiene products, the other with supplies to help stock the Nyakato Clinic in Mwanza, a city of 400,000 in the northern region of the East African nation.

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Wednesday, 9 January 2008

A Million Litres of Fuel Arrive

From The Monitor, Kampala, UGANDA
By Dorothy Nakaweesi, Ephraim Kasozi & Martin Ssebuyira

LIFE is gradually getting back to normal as more fuel arrived into the country. On Monday night a shipment of about 387,000 litres arrived at Port Bell from Mwanza.

Yesterday night, another consignment of 21 wagons worth over 1 million litres was expected at Port Bell port in Luzira. Energy Minister Daudi Migereko, in an interview with Daily Monitor yesterday said "The ship left Mwanza on Tuesday at 4:00 AM and is expected at Port Bell at 9:00 PM. The situation has tremendously improved."

He added that another 82 trucks were reported to have arrived by railway from Mombasa via Malaba route. This follows a decision by Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga to call off planned nationwide protests that had disrupted fuel supply in the wake of the post-presidential election violence in Kenya. The disruption in supply triggered a sharp increase in pump prices countrywide.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2008

ANALYSIS: The Cost of Kenya Violence

From The Monitor, Kampala, Uganda

LAST week, Ugandans were jolted to the hard reality that comes with living from hand to mouth

The street-running battles and smouldering scenes in Kenya brought home to Ugandans the realisation that unlike having chaos in Rwanda, DRC or southern Sudan, any minimum instability in its eastern neighbour brings catastrophic economic tremors.

And as Business Power reporters ELIAS BIRYABAREMA, ISMAIL MUSA LADU & DOROTHY NAKAWEESI found out, Kenya's own losses could be riding way into millions of dollars from violent disruptions across the country; Uganda however almost came to a standstill by the end of last week as the crisis exposed the fragility of the nation's economic foundations.

The immediate eye opener was the scarcity of fuel leading to skyrocketing of fuel pump prices by more than 300 per cent at the peak of the scarcity last week as the government frantically tried to explain away the situation as temporary.

Local airlines operating internal flights were ordered to halt business to save on jet fuel, buses plying across the boarder into Kenya stopped operations, thousands of tonnes of goods destined to Uganda remain trapped in Kenya and transport fairs have since tripled across the country.

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Monday, 7 January 2008

TRL spends $30m in leasing locomotive

From The East African

The Tanzania Railways Ltd will lease 15 reconditioned locomotives from Indian rail giant Rites to replace its dilapidated fleet.

The five-year lease will cost Tanzania Railways (TRL) $30 million.

Five locomotives that will run on the firm’s central line system are expected in mid-January.

TRL managing director, Narasimhaswami Jayaram told The EastAfrican that the rail operator is facing shortage of locomotives, frustrating its transport schedules for cargo and passengers along the Dar es Salaam - Mwanza and Tabora-Kigoma routes. These are the main arteries of the country’s rail transport system.

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New Lake Victoria cichlid described

From Practical Fishkeeping

A new species of Haplochromis has been named after the Father of Modern Taxonomy, Carolus Linnaeus (or Carl von Linné), by Dutch scientists.

The description of Haplochromis vonlinnei from Lake Victoria is published in the latest issue of the journal Zoologische Mededelingen by Martien van Oijen and Marnix de Zeeuw.

According to the authors, H. vonlinnei is distinguished from other members of the genus in being “[a] moderately large sized, moderately slender macrognathic species with a smoothly curved dorsal head profile, a rather acute snout, and strongly curved teeth.

The species has a distinct mid-lateral band, which is broader in males than in females, a thinner and interrupted dorsal lateral band.

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Saturday, 5 January 2008

Neighbouring countries also bear brunt of chaos

From The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya
By Peter Opiyo

As Kenya immensely suffers from the unprecedented post-election upheavals, the effects have spilled over to neighbouring countries. This portends a grim scenario for eastern Africa.

Already, the neighbouring land-locked Uganda, has suspended its domestic flights due to fuel shortage occasioned by the violence that has claimed more than 300 lives and displaced about 70,000 people.

The New Vision of Uganda quotes the Civil Aviation Authority, as saying: "We are running out of aviation fuel. We can’t afford to supply our domestic operators anymore. Eagle Air has since suspended its flight due to the shortage."

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Friday, 4 January 2008

Part of Country Bears Brunt of Kenyan Crisis

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Samuel Kamndaya

Supplies of goods from Kenya to Tanzania's lake zone have been cut

The disruption has occurred as Kenya is gripped in post-election violence.

Some businesspeople told The Citizen by phone yesterday that Kenya's insecurity had prompted them to buy raw materials from Dar es Salaam instead of Nairobi.

"We transport such materials by road and pay about Sh3million per consignment as opposed to getting raw materials from Nairobi inexpensively, transporting them through Kisumu and then hauling them to Mwanza," Bright Oyat Manufacturers managing director Charles Mulaki told The Citizen.

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36 fuel trucks expected in Uganda

From The New Vision, Kampala, Uganda
By Raymond Baguma and Ibrahim Kasiita

BY yesterday, a total of 36 fuel tankers heading to Kampala had left Busia district, according to the energy minister, Daudi Migereko.

Addressing journalists at the Media Centre in Kampala yesterday, Migereko said 43 additional trucks were at Eldoret, while 45 were at Nakuru.

He said the trucks would arrive in the country in two days’ time. Migereko said the Government had finalised arrangements with the Tanzanian authorities to ship fuel through Mwanza Port on Lake Victoria and by railway. However, the minister refused to divulge the amount of oil in the national reserves in Jinja saying: “I have been instructed not to reveal the amount.”

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Thursday, 3 January 2008

Fleeing Kenyans entering Tanzania

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Rose Mwalongo

The government yesterday confirmed reports that scores of Kenyans fleeing post-election violence in their country were crossing over into Tanzania.

Public Safety and Security minister Harith Bakari Mwapachu said in an interview with this paper in Dar es Salaam that dozens of Kenyans have been crossing the border separating the two countries since the violence erupted at the end of last week.

He said some of those on the run following the political unrest, mainly blamed on the widely disputed results of last Thursday`s general election that saw President Mwai Kibaki controversially declared the winner and swiftly sworn in, streamed in through Mara, Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions.

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Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Fuel shortage bites in Uganda

From Daily Nation, Nairobi, Kenya
Story by TABU BUTAGIRA and ANDREW BAGALA from Kampala, Uganda

Suggestion that Uganda might hold crisis talks with authorities in Tanzania to permit fuel loading from Mwanza.

The post-election crisis in Kenya is spreading to its neighbours as fuel shortages begin to bite in Uganda.

Pump prices have more than doubled in Kampala as black marketers pocketed staggering profits in roadside sales.

Motorists moved from one “empty” fuel station to another in Kampala and other parts of Uganda as the price of a litre of gasoline, which had risen to USh2,460 on Monday in Kampala, jumped to between USh4,000 and USh5,000 at daybreak on Tuesday. Long queues of anxious clients were witnessed at various pump stations, as local oil suppliers warned of further scarcity if the bloody melt-down in the neighbouring Kenya - and main fuel source for landlocked Uganda -does not calm sooner.

“The continued instability in Kenya has a negative impact not only on fuel supply, but also on other imported goods,” said Mr Ivan Kyayonka, the country manager of Shell Uganda.

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