Maoni ya mdau kuhusu hotuba ya Rais alipozungumzia 'escrow'

Wengi tumemshangaa Rais wetu kwa jinsi alivyokuwa amejiekeza kuwatetea wahalifu na kamwe hakuonyesha uchungu wa hasara iliyosababishwa na wezi wale! Katika nchi wanakotoka hao vibaka kosa la kukwepa kodi lingewagharimu hata mali na kampuni kufilisiwa; lakini la kustaabisha hapa ni Mkuu wa nchi mwenyewe alipanda ulingoni kuwatetea kana kwamba naye ni mmiliki mmojawapo wa hisa katika IPTL!

Jingine lililotuacha midomo wazi ni eti na yeye kufanya uchunguzi ndani ya uchunguzi! CAG alishafanya uchunguzi, Kamati ya Bunge walifanya uchunguzi uliopitiwa, kukosolewa na kusahihishwa ilipobidi na Bunge zima; na vyote hivyo ni vyombo vya serikali hii hii; watu wanajiuliza; haviamini vyombo vilivyoaminiwa na kupewa dhamana hivi au anataka kuleta FBI? 

Tungemwelewa endapo angetwambia waliopokea fedha na aliyegawa wangekatwa, kuhojiwa na kuchunguzwa; lakini hili la kurudia uchunguzi uliokwishafanywa kwa lengo la kuwatoa hatiani watu waliothibitika kukosea ni la kushangaza na linamweka Rais wetu upande wa wahalifu!

Mwisho haiingii kabisa akilini kutuambia eti kutaifisha IPTL kutawatisha wawekezaji! Hatua hiyo ndiyo ingekuwa mujarab ili liwe fundisho kwa wawekezaji wababaishaji kama hao. Si Marekani, Ulaya na hata Asia hiyo Kampuni iliyofanya utapeli kwa miango kadhaa ingepona; licha ya kuongezewa mkataba mwingine wa miaka 20 tena hata baada ya kushindwa kabisa kutekeleza ule wa kwanza ambapo alishindwa hata kifua Megawati 50 tu za umeme!

Aina ya watu hatari wanaonyonya nguvu za wengine

Shukurani kwa Imani Ngwangwalu kwa kutushirikisha makala iliyopachikwa hapo chini. Mawasiliano yake yamepachikwa hapo mwishoni.

Inaweza kuonekana kama ni kitu cha kushangaza lakini huu ndio ukweli wapo watu wanaonyonya nguvu za watu. Watu hawa wana uwezo wa kumwandama mtu hadi anakufa bila kujua. Watu hawa hawajafa,wako hai na tunaishi nao, wengine wakiwa ni watu wetu wa karibu sana, kama wazazi, wapenzi, watoto, jirani, marafiki au mabosi wetu. Hufanya vipi kunyonya nguvu zetu? Hutumia njia za aina mbalimbali, ambazo huzaa matunda kweli.

Mtu anaweza kuuliza, inawezekana vipi mwingine anyonye nguvu zangu na hizo nguvu ni zipi? Kwa mfano, mimi ninapo kuwa nakukera kila siku, ninakugusa kihisia. Ninapokugusa kihisia, unaumia kihisia na kimwili. Baada ya muda Fulani wa kero zangu, nakuwa nimekupa athari kubwa kimwili na kiakili bila mwenyewe kujua na kama imeshawahi kukutokea umekerwa na mtu huwa inapelekea hata unapokutana na mtu huyu anayekukera unakuwa unajisikia vibaya.

Hebu pia tuchukue mfano wa bosi na mtumishi wake. Kama bosi ni mtu wa maringo, dharau, kulaumu bila kujali nini kimefanyika, mkandamizaji na asiyejali kuhusu madhila ya wengine, ni wazi aliye chini  yake ataumia tu, kwanza, kihisia, halafu kimwili. Ataichukia kazi yake na hatimaye anaweza kufika mahali akaona maisha haya maana aliyoitarajia.

Ni vigumu kubaini mtu ambaye ni mnyonya nguvu mapema, lakini kwa kuelekezwa, mtu anaweza kuwa makini na kuwabaini watu wa aina hiyo popote walipo au watakapokuwa. Nimeamua nikuelekeze au kukutajia sifa za watu wanaoweza kuwanyonya wengine na kuwaacha wakiwa maganda matupu, huku wakiwaacha wakiwa wanyonge hawajui ni kipi cha kufanya.

Hizi ndizo sifa za watu wanaoweza kuwanyonya wengine:-

1. Kuna watu ambao tunanaweza kuwaita, “miye maskini.”

Hawa ni watu ambao muda wote unapokutana nao, wanalalamika tu. Hakuna siku ambayo utakutana nao ukute wanazungumzia mambo mazuri au wanafurahia hali. Kila siku wao ni walalamikaji, wanaoamini kwamba, wanaonewa na kuteswa. Unaweza kukuta ni watu wa kulalamika au kukosoa tu, lakini bila kutoa pendekezo au kuonesha ni  njia zipi zingepaswa kufuatwa au njia zipi zingetatua tatizo.

Wao wanaona kwamba, wanaonewa, wananyimwa nafasi, wanatafutwa na kuchukiwa. Hawa kwa kawaida hawana uwezo wa kusema lao, kusema wanachofikiria au walichobuni, hapana. Hata kama wanatakiwa kusema kuhusu jambo fulani maalumu, ambalo halihusiani na kuonewa na mtu, watajikuta wakiingia kwenye kulaumu au kukosoa kwanza, ndipo waweze kujibu, kama basi watakuwa na uwezo wa kujibu.

Hawa ni wanyonya nguvu za wengine. Hawa ni watu wa kuepukwa sana. Kama mtu wa aina hii anakujia na kutaka mjadili jambo, ambapo anaanza malalamiko au kukosoa kwake, huna budi kutafuta sababu ya kukataa kuwa karibu naye. Ni lazima ufanye hivyo, kwani akikuzoea ni lazima atakunyonya nguvu zako zote.

2. Kuna watu ambao wao ni wakuzaji wa mambo.

Hawa ni wanyonya nguvu pia ambao wao kitu au jambo dogo hufanywa kubwa hadi mtu anaweza kuamini kwamba ni jambo kubwa kweli, ingawa awali alijua ni jambo dogo. Hawa wako maofisini na majumbani. Mtu anaumwa na mafua, lakini atalalamika, atagumia na kuaga kabisa na kuacha kabisa wosia, kwamba anakufa.

Yeye mwenyewe huyu anayefanya visa hivyo anaamini kwamba, kwa kufanya hivyo, atapata huruma zaidi, ataona watu wanavyohangaika kuonesha wanavyomjali na kutaka kupima umuhimu wake. Kwa kawaida kukuza kwao mambo kunaweza hata kusababisha hata wengine wakaugua zaidi au hata kupoteza maisha kabisa, kutokana na kuongeza chumvi sana kwenye maneno yao.

3. Kuna wale ambao kwa lugha ya mtaani tunawaita wameza kaseti

Hawa ni wale ambao wanataka waongee wao tu, wanataka wao ndiyo wasikilizwe  na mwingine anapotaka hata kusema moja hapewi nafasi. Mtu atazungumza yeye kuanzia mwanzo hadi mwisho, hata kama ni kwa saa tatu mfululizo. Mwingine anapotaka kuongea, yeye ameshamkatisha na kuzungumza yeye. Hataki kuona mtu mwigine akizungumza kama yeye yupo. Hata kama ni mgeni mahali, akishapewa nafasi ya kuzungumza, huzungumza kweli.

Hajali kama kuna mtu ambaye anataka aseme hisia zake, hapana. Inafika mahali, kama unamsikiliza unachoka kabisa. Hatajali, hata kama utamwonesha kutokujali. Kama ni nyumbani au ofisini, hatajali kukupotezea muda wako kwa vyovyote vile. Kama ni ushauri aliomba kwako, yeye ndiye atakupa ushauri kwa sababu, hatakupa nafasi ya kuzungumza katika kumshauri. Hawa ni wanyonya nguvu ambao tunao kila siku.

4. Kuna wanyonya nguvu ambao kazi yao ni kuwafanya wengine washitakiwe na dhamira.

Kila wakati linapotoea jambo , juhudi yao kubwa ipo kwenye kutafuta njia ya kulaumu ili wengine washitakiwe na dhamira. Wakati mwingine jambo liko wazi kabisa kwamba, hao anaowalaumu hawahusiki, lakini ni lazima atalaumu tu. Hata kama atafafanuliwa na kuona kwamba, anaowalaumu hawana tatizo, bado atasema, ‘hata kama hamtaki anahusika kidogo’Wanyonya nguvu hawa wanatafuta kasoro ili walaumu, ili mtu mwingine ajisikie kukosa, ashitakiwe na dhamira.

Anaweza kuangalia mtu anavyofanya kazi Fulani na kuona ni nzuri sana. Lakini atajaribu kwa kadiri awezavyo kumkosoa mtu huyo kwa kitu ambacho wala wakati mwingine hakihusiani moja kwa moja na kazi ile. Anaweza kusema ‘ile kazi ya mwaka jana angefanya hivi tusingekosa tenda’ lengo ni kumfanya mtu ashitakiwe na dhamira. Hataki kusifia hii kazi nzuri ya sasa, anataka kukosoa ya zamani ambayo iliharibika.Dawa ya hawa ni kuwapuuzia.

5. Kuna wanyonya nguvu wengine ambao ni wale wasioisha kuwa na matatizo yanayohitaji ushauri.

Asubuhi atakuja kukuomba ushauri unaohusu jambo Fulani, mchana atakuja na jioni atakutafuta. Wakati mwingine ushauri anaoomba ni wa kawaida tu. Ni vizuri kumwonesha kwamba, unajali anachosema, lakini ni vema kila wakati kumwonesha kwamba, huna jibu, siyo huna nia ya kumsaidia kwenye tatizo lake. Ajue kwamba, huna jibu kwa sababu hujui. Ukikosa njia au jibu mara kadhaa, atakata tamaa na kukuacha. Usimwoneshe jeuri au dharau ama kisirani.

6. Kuna wanyonya nguvu ambao kazi yao ni kuudhi kwa maneno ya kushushua na kushushua.

Badala ya kunyamaza, akikuona na nguo ya aina Fulani, atakwambia, ‘bwana mzee huwezi kuvaa nguo za mtumba kwa hadhi yako vipi’ Ni wakati ambao kila mkikutana , watatafuta namna ya kukera kihisia zako na kujaribu kukushushua. Anaweza mtu kusema ‘ mbona afya yako inazidi kuwa mbaya’ bila hata sababu ya msingi. Ni watu ambao muda wote wanataka kuumiza hisia za mwingine.

Bila shaka umeshawahi kukutana na mmoja kati ya wanyonya nguvu hawa. Jitahidi wakati wote kuwa makini wasije wakafanikiwa kukuweka chini ya himaya zao. Jitahidi kuwabaini na kujua namna ya kuwaondolea mbali kwenye maisha yako.

Nakutakia mafanikio mema, endelea kutembelea DIRA YA MAFANIKIO kwa kujifunza zaidi na kuhamasika.

DAIMA TUPO PAMOJA MPAKA MAISHA YAKO YAIMARIKE,

IMANI NGWANGWALU, 0713 048 0345/[email protected] 
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Waziri Nyalandu atangaza nia ya kuwa Rais wa Tanzania

Nyalandu na Mkewe wakitoka katika Kanisa la FPCT baada ya kuhudhuria ibada maalum jana asubuhi.

Mbunge wa Singida Kaskazini, Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu ametangaza rasmi kuwania Urais wa Tanzania katika uchaguzi mkuu mwakani.

Amesema amechukua uamuzi huo baada ya kuona kwamba anao uwezo wa kuiongoza Tanzania, katika harakati za kuwafikisha kwenye maendeleo endelevu wanayotaka Watanzania.

Amesema, yuko tayari kushindanishwa na Watanzania wengine watakaoona kuwa wanafaa kuwa Rais, lakini akisema kwanza kila atakayejitokeza itabidi kazi zake zipimwe kwa moto na endapo zitayeyuka hafai.

Nyalandu ambaye alitangaza uamuzi huo kwenye Uwanja wa Michezo wa Ilongelo jimbo la Singida Kaskazini, alisema, yeye anaingia kwenye kinyang'anyiro akiwa kifua mbele kutokana na kuamini kwamba amekwishafanyakazi zilizotukuka.

"Kazi zangu nilizofanya zinajulikana na ninaziamini kwamba ni nzuri, hivyo yeyote atakayetaka urais apimanishwe na mimi kwa kupimwa kazi zetu kwa moto", alisema Nyalandu

Itakapofika siku ya siku, nitaenda Dodoma nikisindikizwa na wana Singida Mashariki, na wengine wengi kutoka pembe zote za Tanzania, kwenda Dodoma kuchukua fomu ya kuwania kuteuliwa kugombea Urais kwa tiketi ya CCM", alisema.

Mkutano huo wa jimbo ambao ulipambwa na shamrashamra mbalimbali zikiwemo za wasanii wakiwemo kina Rose Mhando, ulifurika maelfu ya wananchi waliohamasika kumsikiliza Nyalandu.

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Mbunge wa Singida Kaskazini, Lazalo Nyalandu alisalimia wananachi baada ya kuwasili na mkewe Faraja Kota kwenye Mkutano wa jimbo uliofanyika kwenye Uwanja wa Michezo wa Ilongelo, jimboni humo.

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Mbunge wa Singida Kaskazini, Lazalo Nyalandu alisalimia wananachi baada ya kuwasili na mkewe Faraja Kota kwenye Mkutano wa jimbo uliofanyika kwenye Uwanja wa Michezo wa Ilongelo, jimboni humo

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Mbunge wa Singida Kaskazini, Lazalo Nyalandu alisalimia wananachi baada ya kuwasili na mkewe Faraja Kota kwenye Mkutano wa jimbo uliofanyika kwenye Uwanja wa Michezo wa Ilongelo, jimboni humo

Mwimbaji wa muziki wa Injili, Frola Nkone akiimba kutumbuiza wakati wa mkutano huo


Mwanamuziki wa muizki wa Injili, Rose Mhando akiimba kutumbuiza wananchi katika mkutano huo wa Nyalandu

Wasanii wa kikundi cha Makomandoo cha mjini Singida wakitumuiza wakati wa mkutano huo

Wadau wakifurahia burudani wakati wa mkutano huo wa Nyalandu

Steve Nyerere ambaye ni Msanii na Kamanda wa Umoja wa Vijana wa CCM, akizungumza kabla ya kumwaga vimbwanga vyake vya kuingiza sauti za viongozi mbalimbali wakati wa mkutano huo wa Nyalandu.

Nyalandu na Mkewe Faraja Kota wakiingia kwenye Kanisa la KKKT Usharika wa Ilongelo kwa ajili ya ibada maalum. Pamona nao ni watoto wao Sera na Christopher kabla ya kwenda Uwanjani kutangaza azma yake ya kuwania Urais 2015

Nyalandu na Faraja Kota wakiwa na watoto wao Sera na Christopher katika kanisa hilo 

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Mbunge wa Singida Kaskazini, Lazaro Nyalandu akitoa neno la shukrani baada ya ibada maalum katika katisa la KKKT Usharika wa Ilongelo jimboni humo


Waziri Nyalandu akiwa na watoto wake wakati wa ibada maalum iliyofanyilka katika Kanisa la KKKT Usharika wa Ilongelo Jimbo la Singida Kaskazini

Mbunge wa Singida Kaskazini, Lazaro Nyalandu akitoa sadaka wakati wa ibada maalum iliyofanyika katika Kanisa la KKKT Usharika wa Ilongelo jimboni humo

Mke wa NYalandu, Faraja Kota akipita baada ya kutoa sadaka kwenye kanisa hilo la KKKT Usharika wa Ilongelo

Mwimbaji wa nyimbo za Injili lkatika Kanisa la KKKT Usharika wa Ilongelo

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Mbunge wa Singida Kaskazini, Lazaro Nyalandu akizungumza na viongozi wa shule ya Kiislam ambayo huhudumia watoto wa dini zote katika kata ya Ilongelo, shule hiyo ina watoto 74.

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Lazaro Nyalandu akisalimia waumini kwenye Kanisa la FPCT katika jimbo la Ilongelo alipofika kwa ajili ya ibada maalum.

Waumini wakiwa katika kanisa la FPCT wakati wa ibada maalum aliyohudhuria Nyalandu.

  • Picha zote naTaarifa tumeshirikishwa na  Bashir Nkoromo / theNkoromo Blog

Mansour Yusuf ajiunga rasmi CUF

Katibu Mkuu wa CUF Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, akimpongeza Mhe. Mansour Yussuf Himid baada ya kuamua kujiunga na chama hicho na kumkabidhi rasmi kadi ya CUF katika viwanja vya Paje, Wilaya ya Kusini Unguja.

Aliyekuwa Mwakilishi wa jimbo la Kiembesamaki Mhe. Mansour Yussuf Himid, amejiunga rasmi na chama cha wananchi CUF.

Mhe. Mansour ambaye amewahi kuitumikia Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar kwa kushika nyadhifa mbali mbali ikiwemo ya Waziri wa Kilimo, amechukua uamuzi huo leo kwenye mkutano wa hadhara wa CUF uliofanyika viwanja vya Paje, Wilaya ya Kusini Unguja.
Mwanachama mpya wa CUF Mansour Yussuf Himid akisalimiana na Naibu Katibu Mkuu wa CUF Zanzibar Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, baada ya kujiunga na chama hicho katika viwanja vya Paje, Wilaya ya Kusini Unguja

Baada ya kukabidhiwa kadi ya CUF na Katibu Mkuu wa Chama hicho Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, Mhe. Mansour amesema ameamua kujiunga na CUF baada ya kubaini na kuridhika kuwa chama hicho kimebeba matumaini mapya ya wazanzibari.

Mhe. Mansour ambaye tayari alishateuliwa na chama hicho kuwa mshauri wa mikakati wa Katibu Mkuu wa CUF, amechukua kadi hiyo akiwa miongoni mwa wanachama wapya 108 waliojiunga na CUF kwenye mkutano huo.
Mwanachama mpya wa CUF Mansour Yussuf Himid akizungumza na wanachama wenzake , baada ya kujiunga na chama hicho katika viwanja vya Paje, Wilaya ya Kusini Unguja
Mwanachama mpya wa CUF Mansour Yussuf Himid akizungumza na wanachama wenzake , baada ya kujiunga na chama hicho katika viwanja vya Paje, Wilaya ya Kusini UngujaMapema akizungumza kwenye mkutano huo, Katibu Mkuu wa CUF Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, amempongeza Mhe. Mansour kwa kuamua kujiunga na chama hicho hadharani, na kukiita kitendo hicho kuwa ni cha kijasiri.

Akizungumzia mafanikio ya chama hicho, Maalim Seif amesema kimepata mafanikio makubwa katika mwaka unaomalizika wa 2014, na kutangaza maazimia mapya ya chama hicho kwa mwaka 2015.
Katibu Mkuu wa CUF Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, akihutubia mkutano wa hadhara wa chama hicho katika viwanja vya Paje, Wilaya ya Kusini Unguja


Ametaja mafanikio yaliyopatikana kuwa ni pamoja na kuendelea kukubalika kwa chama hicho katika pembe zote za Zanzibar na Tanzania kwa ujumla.

Kuhusu maazimio ya Chama hicho kwa mwaka 2015, Maalim Seif amesema kimejipanga kuhakikisha kuwa kinashinda kwa asilimia kubwa katika uchaguzi mkuu ujao na kuweza kuongoza serikali ya umoja wa kitaifa.

Hata hivyo amewataka wanachama wasibetweke kutokana na mafanikio yaliyopatikana, bali waongeze nguvu kuhakikisha kuwa malengo ya chama hicho katika uchaguzi mkuu ujao yanafikiwa.

Ameongeza kuwa CUF pia kimejipanga kuimarisha uchumi na kujenga Zanzibar mpya itakayokuwa ya matumaini kwa Wazanzibari wote.

Katika hatua nyengine, Maalim Seif ambaye pia ni Makamu wa Kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar amesema katika uchaguzi mkuu ujao hatowazuia vijana kutetea haki yao iwapo watadhulumiwa.

“Katika uchaguzi mkuu wa mwaka 2010 nilifanya kazi kubwa ya kuwazuia vijana wasifanye vurugu pale hoteli ya Bwawani. Mwanzo niliwatuma wasaidizi wangu waende kuwaondosha lakini hakuna aliyesikia hadi nilipokwenda mwenyewe, tena waliondoka kwa shingo upande kabisa. Kwa hivyo uchaguzi mkuu ujao sina namna yoyote ya kuwazuia vijana kutetea haki yao”, alifafanua Maalim Seif.
Wanachama wa CUF wakionyesha kuunga mkono uamuzi wa Mansour Yussuf Himid kujiunga rasmi na chama hicho kwenye viwanja vya Paje, Wilaya ya Kusini Unguja.


Kabla ya mkutano huo Maalim Seif alifanya ziara ya kukagua uhai wa chama hicho katika vijiji vya Michamvi, Bwejuu, Jambiani na Paje ambako aliweka mawe ya msingi kwenye matawi ya chama hicho, pamoja na kupandisha bendera kwenye barza ya DAY OUT ya Paje.

  • Picha na Taarifa: Ofisi ya Makamo wa Rais

George Weah sasa ni Seneta




Aliyekuwa nyota wa soka George Weah ameshinda kwa kishindo katika uchaguzi wa seneta nchini Liberia, kwenye uchaguzi uliovurugwa na mlipuko wa Ebola.

Bw Weah alipata 78% ya kura zote kwa kiti cha kaunti ya Montserrado, ukiwemo mji mkuu Monrovia.

Alimshinda Robert Sirleaf, mtoto wa kiume wa Rais Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, ambaye alipata takriban 11%.

Idadi ndogo ya watu waliojitokeza kupiga kura, ambao mwanzo ulipangwa kufanyika mwezi Oktoba, ulitokana na wasiwasi wa kuenea kwa Ebola.

Udhibiti mkali wa kiafya uliwekwa kuzuia usambazaji wa ugonjwa huo.

Wengine walioshinda katika uchaguzi huo wa seneta ni pamoja na Jewel Howard-Taylor, aliyekuwa mke wa aliyekuwa Rais wa nchi hiyo aliyopo gerezani kwa sasa Charles Taylor, na aliyekuwa kiongozi wa waasi Prince Johnson. Wote wawili wamebaki na nafasi zao.

Bw Weah alishinda duru ya kwanza ya uchaguzi wa rais wa mwaka 2005, na kushindwa duru ya pili ambapo nafasi hiyo alipata Bi Johnson-Sirleaf.

Ni Mwafrika pekee kutajwa kuwa mwanasoka bora wa mwaka wa Fifa, aliposhinda mwaka 1995.

AirAsia witth 162 on board goes missing en route to Singapore

(CNN) -- An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control early Sunday, gripping Southeast Asia with a second missing plane crisis in less than a year.

The search for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 will resume at daybreak Monday in Indonesia, according to the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency.

Before communication was lost, one of the pilots asked to fly at a higher altitude because of bad weather, officials said.

The aircraft, flying from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, went missing as it flew at 38,000 feet over the Java Sea between the islands of Belitung and Borneo -- a heavily traveled shipping channel with shallow waters, according to Indonesian authorities, who are leading the search and rescue operations.

Of the people on board the Airbus A320-200, 155 are Indonesian, three are South Korean, one is British, one is French, one is Malaysian and one is Singaporean, the airline said.

AirAsia says it lost contact with the aircraft at 7:24 a.m. Singapore time (6:24 a.m. in Indonesia).

Eighteen children, including one infant, are among the passengers, the carrier said. Seven of the people on board are crew members.

Waiting and weeping

At the airport in Surabaya, loved ones gathered and wept as they waited for any word on the passengers.

Some took cell phone pictures of a flight manifest posted on a wall. The black-and-white papers showed every passenger's name and seat number, but not their fate.

Others simply sat and dabbed tears from their eyes.

"Our concern right now is for the the relatives and the next of kin," AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said during a news conference in Surabaya. He confirmed that storm clouds caused the pilot to ask for a change in flight plan, but added, "We don't want to speculate whether weather was a factor. We really don't know." Once the aircraft is found, there will be a proper investigation, Fernandes said.

Families of AirAsia flight passengers given support through the 'nightmare'

The search plan

Seven ships and two helicopters will start searching for the plane as soon as day breaks, according to Indonesia's National Rescue Agency. The plan is to divide the search area into four broad sections of 120 by 240 nautical miles, the agency said. They may also search on land, saying that it is a "very broad search location."

Malaysia will send three vessels and Singapore will add at least one more search plane, according to rescue officials. Australia and India also offered assistance.

Cloudy weather and waves up to 9 feet hampered the search on Sunday, rescue officials said.

As word spread of the missing plane, the airline changed the color of its logo on its website and social media accounts from red to gray.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said his nation was "praying for the safety" of those on board. Pope Francis also prayed for the missing, according to Vatican Radio.

Heavy thunderstorms in area

Flight 8501 "was requesting deviation due to en route weather before communication with the aircraft was lost," the airline said.

The flight's captain asked permission to climb to a higher altitude, the Indonesian Transportation Ministry's acting director general for air transportation affairs, Djoko Murdjatmojo, said, according to the national news agency.

According to flight tracking websites, almost the entire flight path of the plane was over the sea.

What role did weather play?

CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said that if there was an onboard emergency, the pilots should have issued a mayday call or a pan-pan call.

"Mayday means you're immediately in danger of losing the flight; pan-pan means that it is urgent but that you can continue the flight and request an alternate route or an alternate airport," said Schiavo, a former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"It's disconcerting in that the standard procedures for an emergency don't seem to have been deployed," she said.

'Very good' safety reputation

AirAsia is a Malaysia-based airline that is popular in the region as a budget carrier. It has about 100 destinations, with affiliate companies in several Asian countries.

The missing plane is operated by AirAsia's Indonesian affiliate, in which the Malaysian company holds a 48.9% stake, according to its website.

AirAsia has a "very good" reputation for safety, CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest said.

Flight 8501's captain has a total of 20,537 flying hours, with 6,100 of them with AirAsia Indonesia on the Airbus A320, the airline said. The first officer has a total of 2,275 flying hours, AirAsia said. The plane's last scheduled maintenance was on November 16, it said.

The French Foreign Ministry said the first officer is the French citizen who is on the plane. A state-run company in Indonesia that manages airports identified the first officer as Remi Emmanuel Plesel.

Airbus said the plane had "accumulated approximately 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights." The aircraft manufacturer said it would provide full assistance to authorities in charge of investigating the missing plane.

The loss of contact with the AirAsia plane comes nearly 10 months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which dropped off radar over Southeast Asia on March 8 with 239 people on board.

The Malaysia Airlines plane, a Boeing 777-200ER, lost contact with air traffic control over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.

Searchers have yet to find any debris from Flight 370, which officials believe crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after veering dramatically off course.

But some aviation experts don't think the search for Flight 8501 will be as grueling as the search for MH370.

"We are not talking about the deep Indian Ocean here," Quest said. "We are talking about congested airspace around Southeast Asia. There will be much better radar coverage. There's certainly better air traffic control coverage."