Saturday, 9 June 2012

Eye services project benefits Mwanza communities

From In2EastAfrica Staff, Dar es Salaam

Base for Education Dissemination in collaboration with Evidente Foundation of the Netherlands and the Victoria Esperanto Klub have provided eye measurement, treatment and provisional spectacles service to about 1 400 people with eye problems in Nyamagana and Ilemela Districts.

The services were offered at Buzuruga Health Centre in Nyakato ward and Karume Health Centre in Bugogwa ward in Ilemela district, Mwanza Region, where the experts say the exercises cost 63m/-. According to the Base For Education Dissemination (BED) Managing director, Mr Nicas Nibengo, the programme became a reality after the key players shared the costs.

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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Mwanza Contractors Vow to Improve Performance

From Daily News via, Dar es Salaam
By Moses Matthew

LOCAL contractors are now looking for better ways to improve working environment and also enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the construction industry.

That is one of the issues that transpired a few days ago, when the local contractors met for a twoday annual consultative meeting in Mwanza city.

It was organized by the Contractors Registration Board and attended by hundreds of local experts. Experts say the construction industry is currently booming and according to the Contractors Registration Board (CRB) statistics released last year, the country's construction sector has in last year alone implemented projects valued at 2.4 trillion shillings, the amount that has automatically contributed to national economical development.

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Saturday, 2 June 2012

Over 500 killed yearly on beliefs in witchcraft

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Bernard Lugongo, The Citizen Reporter

About 500 people are killed every year in the country for being suspected of practicing witchcraft, a new report has said.The 2011 Human Rights Report prepared by the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) indicates that for the last six years, a total of 3000 people, mostly elderly people, were murdered by fearful neighbours who believed them to be witches.

The report has cited witchcraft killings as among leading factors in violation of the right to life mostly last year. Other leading factors included mob justice, extrajudicial killings and road accidents.Said the LHRC executive director, Dr Hellen Kijo-Bisimba: “Thousands of people lose their lives because they are suspected of engaging in witchcraft.”

The leading regions for it still remained Mwanza and Shinyanga. For instance, 242 people were killed for such reasons in Shinyanga from January 2010 to June 2011.

Road accidents also remained major factors of violation of the right to life as statistics show that the number of people who lost their lives in road accidents rose from 3,582 in 2010 to 3,981 in 2011.

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