Monday, 30 June 2008

Radiation from phone towers ‘not harmful’

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has given the general public guarantee that Tanzanians living close to mobile phone towers will not be adversely affected by radiation-laden signals.

The Deputy Director of TCRA Operation for the Lake Zone, Mr Victor Nkya, gave the assurance at a one-day "Public Education Workshop" held over the weekend at Bank of Tanzania (BoT) institute here.

However, he advised people living near towers that produce signals by electronic means as radio and television waves to be “extremely careful” saying that even a brief exposure to the waves may have adverse effects on their health.

The TCRA official was trying to dispel rumours currently spreading here about mobile telephone towers, noticeable almost on all hills surrounding Mwanza City, that radiation emitted will have serious harm on the residents' health.

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Friday, 27 June 2008

Geita district gets 794m/- for routine road maintenance

Fom IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Lusekelo Philemon, Dodoma

The government has set aside a total of 794m/- in the 2008/09 fiscal year for contruction of 643 kilometers of roads in Geita District, Mwanza Region.

Deputy minister in the Prime Minister`s office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Aggrey Mwanri told the National Assembly here yesterday that out of the funds, 24.3m/- would be for spot improvement.

"Spot improvement will be for 112 kilometres of the Katoro-Ibondo-Gengesaba road," he said, adding that 6m/- out of the needed 18.8m/- had been allocated for the district`s routine road maintenance, with priority given to the Nyarwanzanja-Nyakawanga road.

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Families call for translocation of bodies

From Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Nairobi, Kenya
Written by Nickolas Kigondu

Controversy surrounds the killing of three Kenyan robbery suspects in Tanzania with family members alleging it is a case of mistaken identity.

The three were lynched by a mob in Mwanza a fortnight ago in what Tanzania authorities claim was a botched robbery.

Meanwhile, in Mikaro Village in North Kinangop District, as family members and area residents expressed shock of losing their kinsmen.

The victims' families say the trio, Peter Chege, Patrick Njuguna and John Mburu were small-scale traders and were in Tanzania purely for a business trip.

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Monday, 23 June 2008

Mwanza orders phone colours off buildings

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

MWANZA City Council has issued a year's notice to four mobile phone companies to remove the paint on walls and roofs of both residential and commercial buildings in the city without the council’s authorization.

The companies are alleged to have painted the walls and roofs in the unauthorised paints, apparently in their bid to advertise their respective services to the public to lure them -- Zantel, Tigo, Vodacom and Celtel.

The Mwanza City Council Executive Director, Mr Wilson Kabwe, has confirmed that the aforesaid mobile services providers advertising through the green, blue and orangecoloured paints have been banned from painting the city buildings in their paints.The ban was made after a talk between Mr Kabwe and the companies representatives, held in Kabwe’s office.

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Saturday, 14 June 2008

Dentist to tutor Tanzanians

From Bucks Free Press, London, UK
By James Nadal

A RETIRED dentist is hoping to save lives by passing on his expertise to nurses in Tanzania.

Stuart Cripps, 62, Winter Hill, Cookham, will be flying to Mwanza in the East African country in November to teach basic dentistry skills which are severely lacking in the region.

To fund the trip Mr Cripps and daughter Louise, 25, a junior doctor were tested to their peak.

They took on the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge - a climb of nearly 3,500 metres up Britain's highest mountains over three days.

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Thursday, 12 June 2008

Construction of Environment Centre Begins

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Felix Mwera in Musoma

The Musoma Municipal Council in Mara Region has begun building an institute to be used in offering environmental education in the region.

The Lake Victoria Regional Local Authorities Cooperation (LVRLAC) is financing the project that seeks to minimize environmental hazards caused by human activities in Lake Victoria.

"LVRLAC will provide Sh50 million, and we will contribute the remaining Sh6 million of the total sum needed for the project," municipal director Fredrick Ntakabanyula said during the project's launch ceremony.

The centre will be used to offer environmental education in the municipality and neighbouring districts in the region.

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Ailing Basamba needs help to undergo operation

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Rose Mwalongo

Basamba Mayoa (2), suffering from tounge ailment, is seeking financial assistance to undergo treatment outside the country after doctors have failed to find the cure for his ailment.

The two -year-old child has a protruding tongue that has now grown bigger, making him suffer from pain and eat with difficulties. Basamba was born at Maweni Hospital in Kigoma Region where doctors detected his defects and referred him to Bugando Hospital in Mwanza Region for further treatment.

He was born with a number of overgrowth skin on his tongue which have gradually grown and protruded outside his month.

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Monday, 9 June 2008

Access Clean Water, Bariadi Residents Told

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira in Mwanza

Residents of Bariadi district in Shinyanga Region have been asked to access safe and clean water from the multi-billion shillings pipeline that draw water from Lake Victoria. At the moment, only 2.3 per cent of the over 8,000 potential water consumers in the district are connected to the main water main supply lines.

The area district commissioner Baraka Konisaga has stressed that clean water is a key component to a healthy population, noting that with the completetion of the water project, the commodity was now readily available to the residents in the district.

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Thursday, 5 June 2008

Self Project Plans to Cover All Regions

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Mpoki Bukuku

Small Entrepreneurs Loan Facility (Self) project plans to extend its services to the whole country.

According to Self project manager Abiah Kaaya, the scheme operates in Coast, Dodoma, Lindi, Morogoro, Mtwara, Singida, Mwanza, Mara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tanga, Ruvuma, Mbeya and Iringa regions in the mainland and in Zanzibar.

In the coming financial year, it plans to extend services to Kigoma, Manyara, Rukwa, Kagera, Shinyanga, Dar es Salaam and Tabora.

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Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Saut Students Lament Lack of Equipment

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira in Mwanza

About 500 students studying journalism and mass communication share a single movie camera at the Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT), it has been learnt.

Students were also skipping classes as a result of a shortage of computers and sports grounds, students told SAUT vice-chancellor Charles Kitima at the university's main campus in Mwanza.

The students complained of being half-baked as a result of the shortage of the facilities. They lamented that they had reported on the shortage of the working gears to the SAUT management several times, in vein.

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Sunday, 1 June 2008

Orford school's African links

From Warrington Guardian, Orford, UK

PUPILS in Orford have more in common with African school children than they first thought thanks to an enlightening visit by their teacher.

Adam McMillan, head of RE at William Beaumont High School, visited a school in Mwanza in Tanzania with youth workers from the town with the aim of helping children form a link between the two cultures.

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