Sunday, 29 October 2017

JPM two-day Mwanza tour begins tomorrow

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

PRESIDENT John Magufuli is tomorrow expected to begin a two-day working tour here where he is scheduled to inaugurate a number of projects.

According to the Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Mr John Mongela, the President will jet in tomorrow and will launch the Furahisha Pedestrian Bridge and later in the day he will inaugurate the Sayona Drinks factory.

On Tuesday, the President will grace the Victoria Polly bags factory in Nyamagana Municipality before launching another establishment Prince Pharmaceuticals Ltd in Buhongwa area, Nyamagana Municipality as well.

The factory is the only upcountry based pharmaceutical industry out of about five of which the rest are operating in Dar es Salaam Region.

“Mwanza Region has once again been privileged to host the Head of State whose presence will add more thrust as the country embarks on a vigorous campaign on industrial revolution,” said the RC.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Fair mining sector era dawns

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News Reporter

The State, Barrick Gold to share profits on a 50-50 basis

THE government and Barrick Gold Mine Corporation have finally buried the hatchet with a resolution to share profits accrued from the mine on a 50-50 ratio and grant the State a 16 per cent stake in its gold mines.

The negotiations were reached after discussions between experts from the two sides, focused on resolving a tax dispute involving the Canadian company’s subsidiary, Acacia Mining. The company also agreed to pay 300 million US dollars (700bn/- ) as a show of good faith while the negotiations were still underway.

Speaking during the handover of a negotiations report to President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, said that the resolutions had brought great changes in supervising and managing the resource in the country.

“These efforts should not be ignored ... the 50-50 system proposed by Barrick is a great transformation in the sector not only in Africa but also in the world at large because the company, as majority shareholder, has agreed to the profits being shared equally,” Prof Kabudi said.

He said Tanzanians would also get permanent employment at the companies and will no longer stay in camps because they had agreed to drop the contractual employment system. He said under the new arrangement, the companies will also deposit incomes accrued from the business in local banks and transfer its offices from London and Johannesburg to Tanzania.

“We have resolved that the company’s headquarters will be located in Mwanza, but it can also open offices in other areas, the aim being to make sure that the company’s office is located where the mining activities are being conducted,” Prof Kabudi said.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mwalimu Nyerere Museum where history never dies

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By MUGINI JACOB in Butiama

BUTIAMA, the ancestral home of the Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, where his tomb now lies, is located in Butiama District, off Musoma /Mwanza highway, in Mara Region.

This unique place is open for every visitor who wishes to pay a courtesy call on the home of Mwalimu and the Mwalimu Nyerere Museum which is equipped with rich, historical collections on
Mausoleum and family grave.
Photo: Hans Kristoffersen
Mwalimu, the teacher and revered leader.

“We have made the residence of Mwalimu Nyerere accessible to the public, and can be visited by anybody. We’ve established during the visit, many people would like to know about the kind of a leader Mwalimu used to be,” said Madaraka, the sixth son of Mwalimu, in an exclusive interview with the ‘Daily News ‘ during a visit to Butiama early this week.

Therefore, many people including students have been visiting Butiama to learn about his life and leadership. Mr Emmanuel Kiondo , the Director of Mwalimu Nyerere Museum says the museum has a variety of gifts and awards given to Mwalimu Nyerere, from various sources, inside and outside the country.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

12 die, three hurt as bus plunges into Lake Victoria

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News Reporter

AT least 12 people have died and three others survived after a minibus in which they were travelling plunged into Lake Victoria in Mwanza Region.

President John Magufuli has sent a message of condolences to the families of those who perished in the accident, as well as to the Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Mr John Mongella.

“I have received with great sadness news of the death of the 12 people after a minibus they were travelling in plunged into Lake Victoria. I am conveying my condolences to the families of the victims during this time of tragedy and grief,” President Magufuli remarked.

The minibus popularly known as ‘hiace’ plunged into the lake after smashing barriers at Kigongo Ferry in Misungwi.

President Magufuli further said that he had extended prayers to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones in the accident.

He also pointed out that he was praying for the quick recovery of the three survivors who are nursing injuries.