1. The US Signs An Agreement With Tanzania To Increase Investment In The Country
On the 13th July 2012 the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a part of the US government created by the former president of the US George W. Bush, signed a Tshs. 1 trillion agreement with Tanzania to increase investment in energy, water sector and rural roads. MCC is said to be committed to poverty reduction through economic growth. There has been concerns about bureaucrats not consulting the public before signing such agreements that can be detrimental to the welfare of its citizens.
2. Doctors Are Yet To Demonstrate
The police have denied the doctors permission to demonstrate stating that some of the grievances of the doctors have been dealt with and the case is in court. The demonstration was planned to take place this week. The doctors have announced that they will continue to request for a permit to organise the demonstration.
3. Dr. Ulimboka’s Developing Story
The police caught the man said to be responsible for the attack on Dr. Ulimboka. He is described as a Kenyan of 31 years, known as Joshua Mulundi, who claims he had been assigned by an anonymous person to come and execute the mission. The police claimed the man made a confession to a pastor at the Ufufuo and Uzima Church. The church in turn denounced the police claims stating that, Joshua Mulundi, approached the church and confessed to the guards who then escorted him to the police. The church insisted the man is not mentally sound and there should be a proper investigation on the people Dr. Ulimboka mentioned to be responsible of injuring him close to death.
4. The Ongoing Budget Session At The Parliament
The 2012/13 budget session of the Ministry for Justice and Constitutional Affairs debated on the 13th July 2012 was questioned by the opposition over its lavish spending on the Warioba Constitution Review Commission when part of the money could be spent better on poorly paid teachers, doctors and other workers. The Warioba Commission was revealed to be allocated Tshs. 33.94 bn for the financial year 2012/13. Meanwhile, the Ministry for Defence and National Service headed by Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha during its presentation of 2012/13 budget on the 16th of July 2012 complained of delays in releasing of funds from the treasury; hence, making it difficult to implement their planned activities. However, one MP thought it is ridiculous for the government to be also complaining rather than getting things done. Another MP agreed that the treasury is comprised of some arrogant officials who are difficult to deal with. The Ministry of Home Affairs, headed by Dr. Emmanuel Nchimbi, made its 2012/13 budget proposal to the parliament on the 17th July 2011. The ministry’s budget was said to be focussed on hiring 3,000 highly qualified police officers, building houses for police officers and prison wardens, repatriating 38,000 refugees to Burundi and improving the National Identification Authority (NIDA).
5. Smuggling Of Live Wild Animals
No one is safe as it seems almost everything is out for smuggling, including live wild animals. According to a Pakistani interpol working with the government of Tanzania, there is a link in Dubai of people involved in this smuggling. The interpol claims that the smugglers are assisted by some Tanzanian government officials. The animals smuggled include elephants, lions, birds amongst others. Last year some members of parliament appealed to the government to return all the smuggled live wildlife. It is clear this has not been done yet. The government has responded to the current revealations by stating that they cannot say anything till investigation on the matter is completed.
6. Where Are Political Parties Taking This Country?
A man has been killed on the 14th July at 4pm during a CHADEMA rally at the Ndago village, Iramba West district in Shinyanga. CHADEMA and CCM have explained their different stories of how that came about, but there is no justification for such violence. There has to be a way forward towards mutual respect to prevent further loss of lives. The victim in this incident is named as 30 years old Yohana Mpinga.
7. Will The African Union’s First Female Chairperson Resolve The Political Crises In Africa?
The African Union Security Council met in Ethiopia for three days and it seems they could not get along over who should be the next head of the AU. There contestants were Dr. Jean Ping from Gabon and Nsokazana Dlamini-Zuma from South Africa. The female contestant from South Africa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (63 years) emerged the winner on the 15th July 2012 AU elections. She is taking the AU when Africa is facing many challenges like conflicts in Somalia, DRC, Mali, Sudan and Southern Sudan and Nigeria. Will she make good use of her skills and experiences from her previous posts as a foreign minister, health minister, home affairs minister, DRC mediator and participant in changing the OAU to AU?
8. TANAPA To Contribute 70% To Community Initiated Development Projects
The Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) has come up with a brilliant idea of contributing 70% to development projects that commmunities surrounding the parks initiate. The body said this was done to maintain good relations with their neighbours as well as get their neighbours provide security to the parks. Hopefully these are not just empty words as it is not clear what criteria will be used to select what community projects to support and if communities will respond positively to TANAPA’s offer.
9. Hostels Project For Girls To Improve Their Education Performance
The Deputy Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu inaugurated the campaign of setting up hostels for girls in secondary schools. The hostels are hoped to save the girls from walking long distance to school, early pregnancies and give them more time to concentrate on their studies rather than carrying out domestic chores after school. The problem of early pregnancy for girls has been growing enormously in the country. Statistics reveal that a total of 45,256 female students dropped out of school due to pregnancy reasons between 2004 to 2010. That means their drop out is higher if other reasons would be considered like inability to pay school fees, early marriages etc. Some people argue that hostels are not in themselves enough to improve education performance of girls. Of course there is more to be done, but the hostels can be a start.
10. MV Skagit, Passenger Boat Capsizes
MV Skagit, owned by Seagull Company, a passenger boat from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar capsized in the afternoon of the 18/07/2012 at the Chumbe Zanzibar island. The boat is said to have had 290 people aboard. MV Skagit had been reported by the Daily News on the the 20/02/2012 to have had mechanical problems. It is therefore not clear if these mechanical problems were fixed properly, hence, this accident five months later. This will be a gross form of negligence of the owners and the port authorities to let it continue working. It is now ten months since the last accident at Nungwi Zanzibar when a passenger boat MV Spice Islander capsized and more than 200 lives were lost.
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