Obama adviser to replace Rajiv Shah in running USAID

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama tapped White House adviser Gayle Smith on Thursday to run the U.S. Agency for International Development, putting a former journalist and longtime Africa expert in charge of his global development agenda for the final years of his presidency.

Smith, the senior director for development and democracy at the White House's National Security Council, has had a diverse career working on humanitarian efforts in and out of government, including a former stint at USAID. If confirmed by the Senate, she'll replace former USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, who announced his resignation last year amid intense criticism over the agency's secretive programs in Cuba.

Obama, in announcing Smith's nomination, said she had earned his "full confidence" after working with him for nearly a decade, including six years in a top role at the White House.

"Gayle's energy and passion have been instrumental in guiding America's international development policy, responding to a record number of humanitarian crises worldwide, and ensuring that development remains at the forefront of the national security agenda at a time when USAID is more indispensable than ever," the president said in a statement.

Smith, who worked for nearly two decades in Africa for news organizations including The Associated Press and BBC, joins a small cohort of former journalists who have risen to senior ranks of foreign policy and national security in the Obama administration. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, a vocal supporter of humanitarian action overseas, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, and former Time Magazine managing editor Richard Stengel holds a top role at the State Department.

Obama's decision to nominate Smith comes as the U.S. seeks to ramp up its engagement and development activities in Africa, particularly as China invests billions to expand its influence on the continent.

Earlier in his second term, Obama unveiled a Power Africa initiative involving USAID aimed at dramatically expanding access to electricity, although there have been questions about whether that effort has managed to get off the ground. USAID and the White House have also worked to drive the global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where the epidemic appears to be receding at long last.

No stranger to Africa issues, Smith was the National Security Council's Africa chief in the Clinton administration, during which she also served as an adviser at USAID. Yet the aid agency's scope is far wider, and if confirmed, Smith will also be largely responsible for the U.S. response to situations like the earthquake in Nepal and refugee crises in the Middle East.

"What's inspired me most about Gayle over the years is her activist spirit - her dogged commitment to ensuring that when change is necessary, we find a way to make it happen," said Secretary of State John Kerry.

USAID, which works closely with the State Department, describes itself as the lead U.S. government agency fighting poverty and promoting democracy around the world. Yet the agency has come under scrutiny over its procurement practices as well as its risky undercover work in hostile countries.

Shah's resignation in December came hours before the United States announced an agreement with Cuba to restore diplomatic relations and the release of Alan Gross, a USAID contractor imprisoned in Cuba for 15 years. Havana had been outraged after an AP investigation last year revealed that USAID had created a Twitter-like service to help Cubans evade the government's strict control of information and also infiltrated the island's hip-hop community.

USAID said at the time that helping Cubans communicate with each other and the outside world was consistent with its mission and with U.S. law. Upon his resignation, Shah said he was leaving with "mixed emotions" but gave no public reason for his departure.

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10 PhD positions available at Wageningen University


Wageningen University is looking for 10 talented PhD students.

The PhDs are set up as a 'sandwich', where students spend their first and last year in Wageningen and the time in between on their research locations in Africa.

You can find the call in the document at the following link: www.wageningenur.nl

The deadline for applications is May 28. 

Waziri aiagiza TANESCO ivunje mkataba wa LUKU kwa SELCOM

Waziri wa Nishati na Madini, George Simbachawene akipewa maelekezo leo jijini Dar es Salaam jana, Aprili 30, 2015 na Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa TANESCO Felshesmi Mramba kuhusiana na uboreshaji wa mtambo wa umeme uliopo katika Wizara ya Nishati na Madini.

WAZIRI wa Nishati na Madini, George Simbachawene, amevunja mkataba wa uwakala wa Kampuni ya Selcom kutokana na mitambo yake ya kuuza LUKU kuwa na matatizo ikiwemo matatizo ya kisheria katika kulipa kodi.
 
Simbachawene alitoa kauli hiyo baada ya kulizwa swali na wandishi wa habari kuhusu usumbufu wanaoupata wateja kila inapofika mwishoni mwa mwezi wanapotaka kununua huduma hiyo. 
 
Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari wakati wa kutembelea miradi ya ujenzi ya vituo vya kutoa huduma ya nishati hiyo, Waziri huyo alisema kuna kampuni mbili zilishinda zabuni ya kufanya kazi hiyo ya kuuza umeme kupitia mashine za Luku ambazo ni Selcom na Maxcom. 
 
“Nakuagiza mkurugenzi, kuiondoa kampuni hiyo na atafutwe mtu mbadala ambaeye ataweza kufanya kazi hiyo na sio lazima afanye yeye amabaye ameshindwa kutoa huduma kwa wananchi.
Simbachawene alisema anamtaka mkurugenzi huyo wa Tanesco akamilishe mchakato huo haraka kwani tangu aingie katika wizara hiyo ni mara ya tatu kusikia malalamiko hayo ambayo yanasabishwa na kampuni hiyo, jambo linalowafanya wananchi washindwe kununua umeme na mwisho inayolaumiwa ni TANESCO na Serikali. 
 
“Hali hiyo inatokana na yule anayesimamia mauzo na kuuza umeme mitambo yake ina matatizo lakini zaidi kuna masuala ya kiufundi pia kuna matakwa ya kisheria kwamba lazina alipe kodi lakini kwa sasa wananchi waende kwa wakala wa Max com amabaye mitambo yake haina matatizo,”alisema Simbachawene. 
 
Simbachawene alimtaka Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Tanesco kulishughulikia suala hilo baadala ya kumuacha aendelee kuchezea huduma hiyo muhimu kwa uchumi wa nchi. 
 
Akizungumzia Miradi hiyo, Waziri, alisema baadhi ya miradi inayo endelea kutekelezwa ni pamoja mradi wa Mbagala Megawati 100, Kurasani megawati 50, Gongo la Mboto Megawati 50, Kipawa Megawati 180 na Transmission line ya kuunganisha vituo hivyo. 
 
Simbachawene, alisema kazi zote hizo zinaendelea, baadhi zimekamilika na nyingine zitakamilika kabla ya mwisho wa mwaka huu. 
 
Aliongeza kuwa kukamilika kwa miradi hiyo kutalifanya jiji la Dar es Salaam kuwa miongoni mwa majiji yenye mfumo imara wa umeme katika Bara la Afrika. 
 
Simbachawene, alisema kukamilika huko kutawahakikishia umeme wa uhakika na kuondoa tatizo la kukakatika mara kwa mara kwa umeme katika jiji hilo. 
 
Mkukurugenzi Mtendaji wa Tanesco, Felchesmi Mramba, alisema licha ya matatizo hayo pia wamepokea maelekezo kutoka Malaka ya Mapatao Tanzania (TRA), ya kuitaka TANESCO kufuta mkataba kati yake na Selcom, jambo ambalo wameanza kulifanyia kazi tangu juzi. 
 
“Tatizo la kukosekana umeme halitokani na Tanesco bali linatokana Selcom hivyo tayari tumekwisha mkatia huduma hiyo kutokana kwa hiyo hatunaye kwa maana hiyo serikali imevunja mkata na serikali kutokana na kukwepa kulipa kodi,”alisema Mramba.

Mapitio ya magazeti kwenye Tv, Mei Mosi 2015



Waziri aagiza kikundi cha Kimarekani kifutike Ngorongoro

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu akizungumza na waandishi wa habari mjini Mwanza jana juu ya askari wastaafu wa Marekani wanaodai kuwa nchini kupambana na ujangili.
Picha: Loveness Bernard

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu amepiga marufuku kikundi cha VETPAW cha nchini Marekani kufanya shughuli zozote za uhifadhi nchini Tanzania na kuiagiza mamlaka ya hifadhi ya Ngorongoro kufuta mara moja makubaliano yoyote ambayo wameingia ama wanayotarajia kuingia na kikundi hicho.

Nyalandu ametoa agizo hilo wakati akizungumza na wanahabari mjini Mwanza baada ya kikundi hicho kudai kuwa, kimewasili nchini Tanzania kwa ajili ya kudhibiti vitendo vya ujangili vinavyoendelea katika hifadhi ya Ngorongoro.

Kwa masikitiko makubwa kabisa, nimesikitishwa na maneno ambayo wameyasambaza katika mtandao duniani.
Nimesikitishwa na majigambo ya kikundi hiki cha Kimarekani.
Nimesikitishwa na maneno wanayoiambia dunia kwamba wanafanya nchini huku ikiwa ni uongo na wanajua ni uzushi.
Hivyo basi, ninaagiza mamlaka ya Ngorongoro kufuta makubaliano yoyote ambayo watakuwa wameyaingia na hawa watu au makubaliano ambayo walikuwa wanataraji kuingia na hiki kikundi cha VETPAW na kazi hii ifanyike mara moja.
Hakiruhusiwi kuingia au kufanya shughuli zozote za kiuhifadhi katika nchi yetu ya Tanzania, hii ikiwa ni pamoja na mapori yetu yote ya akiba, ikiwa ni pamoja na hifadhi ya Ngorongoro, ikiwa ni pamoja na maeneo ya TANAPA, ikiwa ni pamoja na maeneo yote yaliyo chini ya WMAs nchini.
Nchi yetu, hairuhusiwi mgeni kuingia katika maeneo yaliyohifadhiwa nchini akiwa amebeba silaha za kivita au silaha za aina yoyote ile kwa sababu ile ni kazi ya maaskari wetu wa wanyama pori na ni kazi ya vyombo vya ulinzi na usalama vya nchi yetu hapa Tanzania.

Waziri Nyalandu amesema jukumu la uhifadhi wa wanyama pori limo mikononi mwa askari wa wanyama pori na si vinginevyo.
Kikundi cha VETPAW kiliingia Tanzania mwaka 2014 kutoa mafunzo kwa askari wa wanyama pori wa hifadhi ya Ngorongoro, lengo ambalo halijatekelezwa hadi leo badala yake, kujitangaza kuwa kipoi Tanania kupambana na majangili.

Only whites living well there. People shouldn't rush to J'burg hoping it's heaven - Mugabe

SADC Chairman, President Robert Mugabe
SADC Chairman, President Robert Mugabe

Heads of State and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe yesterday condemned the recent attacks against African migrants in parts of Durban and Johannesburg in South Africa.

The summit meeting was reacting to a briefing by South Africa President Jacob Zuma on the nature of the xenophobic attacks and measures taken by his government to restore peace.

According to a communique issued after the meeting, "Summit commended the measures that the government of South Africa has put in place and resolved to work together to deal with the situation and ensure it does not recur."

The attacks affected the citizens of SADC member countries of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania, which were forced to evacuate their people.

The violence heightened tension between South Africa and its neighbours, some of whom threatened retaliatory measures.

But briefing the media after the summit yesterday, The SADC Chairman, President Robert Mugabe, said the situation should not be blamed on South Africa alone.

He said an virtually unchecked influx of migrants from neighbouring countries was stretching resources to the limit in South Africa, where the majority blacks were living in dire conditions.

"Only the whites are living well there. Our people should not have the instinct to rush to Johannesburg in the false hope that it is heaven," he said.

The SADC Chair said one way to arrest the influx was for SADC member countries to improve their economies and attract their youth to stay and work at home.

Hundreds of Zimbabweans, Malawians, Mozambicans and Zambians were evacuated following the attacks, but millions more, who are largely unskilled, remain in South Africa.

Twenty six Tanzanians were facilitated by the government to return home last week and the Tanzania High Commission in Pretoria is looking for others who may wish to return home. There was no Tanzanian among eight foreigners reported to have been killed in the attacks

President Zuma has been quoted in the media as saying he would address the root causes of the xenophobic attacks, which he said were poverty, unemployment and immigration.

An estimated 53 percent of the South African population lives below the poverty line, according to the United Nations.

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Communiqué of SADC Summit Extraordinary meeting in Zimbabwe


COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 

EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF THE SADC SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT 

HARARE, ZIMBABWE 

APRIL 29, 2015


1. An Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Harare, Republic of Zimbabwe on 29th April 2015 and considered the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap as decided by the 34th Ordinary Summit held in August 2014 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

2. The Strategy and Roadmap operationalises the theme of the 34th Summit: “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable, Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition”.

3. The Extraordinary Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government and or their representatives:

Botswana: H.E. President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama

Lesotho: Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili

Madagascar: HE. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina

Mozambique: H.E. President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi

Namibia: H.E. President Dr Hage Geingob

South Africa: H.E. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

Swaziland: H.M. King Mswati III

Zambia: H.E. President Edgar Lungu

Zimbabwe: H.E. President Robert Mugabe

United Republic: H.E. Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal of Tanzania

Angola: Hon. George Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Minister of External Relations

DRC: Hon. Raymond Tshibanda N ´Tungamulongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophonie

Malawi: Hon. Dr George T Chapoda, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation

Seychelles: Hon. Vincent Meriton, Minister of Community Development

Mauritius: Ambassador Mrs Usha Dwarka-Canabady, Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs and SADC National Contact Point

4. The Extraordinary Summit was also attended by SADC Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax.

5. H.E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, SADC Chairperson and host of the Extraordinary Summit welcomed the SADC Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the Republic of Zimbabwe. Opening the Summit, President Mugabe applauded the collective resolve by SADC to the industrialization of the region. He underscored the critical importance of beneficiating and adding value to the abundant resources of the region in the quest for socio-economic development and poverty eradication among the people of the region.

6. Summit commended the people and governments of Six (6) SADC Member States namely Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritius, Zambia and Lesotho for holding peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.

7. Summit congratulated Their Excellencies, President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Anerood Jugnauth of Mauritius, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, President Dr Hage Geingob of Namibia and Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho for emerging victorious in the elections held in their respective countries.

8. Summit witnessed the handing over, by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Robert Gabriel Mugabe, of the Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre, a facility established in Zimbabwe to harmonize peacekeeping training in the SADC region. In her acceptance speech, the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, thanked the Republic of Zimbabwe for the generosity of donating the Centre to SADC as it plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of peace, security and political stability in the region, which are prerequisites for development.

9. Summit approved the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap and reaffirmed the importance of industrial development in poverty alleviation and the economic emancipation of the people of the region.

10. The SADC Industrialisation Strategy is anchored on three pillars, namely, Industrialisation, Competitiveness and Regional Integration, and premised on a three-phase long perspective covering 2015 -2063. The Industrialisation Strategy is aligned to the Continental Vision, Agenda 2063, a global strategy aimed at optimising the use of Africa’s resources for the benefit of all Africans.

11. Summit underscored the critical importance of infrastructure in support of industrilisation and the need to explore appropriate funding mechanisms to support the implementation of the Industrialisation Strategy.

12. Summit directed the Secretariat to finalise the development of a costed Action Plan to facilitate the urgent implementation of the Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.

13. Summit directed that the industrialization strategy be accorded top priority in the implementation of the Revised RISDP (2015 – 2020).

14. The Summit commended the Council of Ministers, the Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic Integration, the Experts and the SADC Secretariat for an excellent job in finalizing the Industrialisation Strategy in record time.

15. Summit approved the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (2015 – 2020) that will guide the implementation of SADC programmes in the next five years, with four major priority areas, namely, Industrial Development and Market Integration; Infrastructure in Support of Regional Integration; Peace and Security Cooperation as a prerequisite or regional integration and Special Programmes of regional dimension.

16. Summit noted progress on the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite initiative and the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) by the Tripartite Summit, which is scheduled to take place in June 2015. In this regard, Summit noted the draft Declaration Launching Phase II Negotiations for the TFTA and endorsed the principles to guide SADC in the finalisation of the Declaration.

17. Summit noted progress on the Tripartite Industrialisation Pillar and urged SADC, COMESA and EAC to urgently finalise the Roadmap and programme of work on Industrialisation.

18. Summit also noted the state of preparedness for the launch of the negotiations for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and adopted a common SADC position on industrialisation within the context of the CFTA negotiations.

19. Summit conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family, the people and Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, on the death of Brigadier General Ambassador Hashim Mbita (Rtd), former Secretary General of the then Organisation of African Unity Liberation Committee, during which he immensely contributed towards the liberation of the SADC Region in particular, and Africa in general.

20. H.E. President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa briefed Summit on the recent attacks against foreign citizens, including those from SADC Member States that occurred in parts of Durban and Johannesburg communities of South Africa. While condemning the attacks, Summit commended the measures that the Government of South Africa has put in place and resolved to work together to deal with the situation and ensure it does not recur.

21. Summit received a Report on the progress made with the Madagascar National Reconciliation process. Madagascar expressed appreciation to SADC and international support in this process.

22. The Extraordinary Summit was officially closed by the SADC Chairperson, H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

23. Summit expressed its appreciation to the Government and people of Zimbabwe for hosting the Summit and for the warm hospitality extended to all the delegates.

DONE AT HARARE, ZIMBABWE 
APRIL 29, 2015

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TCU invites applications for RPL Exam 2015/2016

Tanzania Commission for Universities

Invitation for Prospective Applicants to Apply for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Examination as a prerequisite to join degree programmes into Higher Education Institutions for Academic Year 2015/2016.


1. Overview

The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) hereby informs prospective applicants who qualify to sit for the RPL examination to apply through the Central Admission System (CAS) starting from 2ndApril 2015 to 30th June 2015.

2. Eligibility

Candidates who are eligible to apply and sit for RPL examination must meet the following criteria:

a) Must have at least 25 years of age;
b) Must have completed at least standard seven education and attended some extramural or professional development courses in the field intended to apply for;
c) Must have aworkingexperience in the fieldthe applicant intends to apply;
d) Must have the intention to pursue university education at degree level.
e) Must be competent in written and spoken English.

3. Requirements

Applicants for RPL examination must produce the following evidence for evaluation before registration to the examination:

a) Birth certificate/passport/voters ID/ National ID or Driver’s License);
b) Resume/Curriculum Vitae;
c) Certificates of achievement or participation in extramural or professional development obtained prior to applying for RPL;
d) Copies of academic certificates obtained in formal studies previously undertaken;
e) A passport size photo;
f) Other optional evidences as may be applicable:-
i. Performance appraisals/review by the employer, for those employed;
ii. Job/Position Description for those employed;
iii. Evidence of any community work;
iv. Community/ office/industry awards;
v. Completed work products;
vi. Magazine/newspaper articles about work;
vii. Outlines of courses which you have undertaken;
viii. Supervisor reports.

NOTE: Candidates who meet the minimum requirements shall be given an examination card attached with candidate’s photo and be required to appear for the examination at an approved examination centre as announced by the Commission.

4. Registration, examination and application fee

Applicants shall pay the total amount of one hundred and fifty thousand Tanzanian Shillings (Tshs. 150,000/-) for registration, examination and application as follows:-

i) The fifty thousand Tanzanian shillings (TSh.50, 000/-) shall be paid through TCU Central Admission System to cover registration, administration as well as application costs to CAS for those who will be successful;

ii) The other one hundred thousand Tanzanian Shillings (TSh.100, 000/-) shall be paid directly to the RPL centers to cover the RPL examination costs.

5. RPL Examination Centers

No. RPL Exam Centre Discipline/Field

1 University of Dodoma (UDOM)
Education

2 Tumaini University Makumira Dar es Salaam College (TUMADARCo).
Journalism and Mass Communication

3 Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)
Agriculture General, Horticulture,
Agribusiness, Human Nutrition, Forestry,
Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife

4 Mzumbe University (MU) Management and Administration, Accounting, Law and ICT related disciplines.

5 Tumaini University Makumira Music, Divinity/Theology

6. Examination Date

The RPL examination date will be announced in due course. All candidates will be required to visit TCU offices or log into www.tcu.go.tz and RPL centers’ websites with respect to examination timetable and other instructions.

7. Step by step application for RPL

A: Payment of application fee

1. RPL applicants MUST pay the application fee of 50,000/= payable through TCU Bank A/C No. 01J1026795702 CRDB Bank.

2. After paying application fee, applicants are required to scan and send the copy of a Bank payment slip to TCU through email [email protected] applicants who are in Dar es Salaam may bring the
pay-in slip by hand to TCU premises.

NB: Applicants MUST ensure that the payment bank slips contain all the necessary identification details which will facilitate the communication between the two parties. These are proper name of the applicant, valid email address and mobile numbers.

3. TCU having received the payment bank slip and upon payment verification will send an RPLpaymentID Number through the email/mobile indicated which the applicant will use to access the system during registration.

B: Online Registration
1. Open the TCU website www.tcu.go.tz
2. Click CAS link at the top menu of the TCU website to open the Central Admission System.
3. For self-registration of a new applicant Click RPL applicants registration link.
4. Fill self-registration form to register and click Submit button to create your account.
5. After creating the account, successful registration message will be displayed. Click on the continue button to complete registration.
6. Click Additional Details link on the Registration Module, fill in your personal particulars and click submit button.
7. Click Upload Attachments link and thenclickthe respective Browse button to attach your personal attachments. Click Upload Attachments button to submit the uploaded files.

Note:

1. To add/edit your registration particulars click on Add/Edit information link to update your profile.
2. You can print or save your profile in PDF format for future reference

Masjid Kubah, Madrasa Rahman yakualika kwenye Maulid ya Mtume


Asalaam Aleykum

MASJID KUBAH NA MADRASAT RAHMAN SEGEREA, DAR INAWAKARIBISHA KATIKA MAULID SIKU 9 HADI 10 MEI 2015


Tunawataarifu Waislamu wote kuwa tutakuwa na shughuli Haulia ya kisomo cha Maulid ya kumsalia Mtume Muhammad (S.W.A) katika Msikiti wa Masjid Kubah na Madrasat Rahman, Segerea Mwisho, Tabata Dar-es-Salaam siku ya 9 na 10 Mei 2015.

Madrasa wanazotaka kushiriki tafadhali pigeni simu na. 0767617961 au 0712840960 pia 0777000036 karibu sana.

Mnakaribishwa nyote.

Ungana nasi pia Facebook.com


The 5 best and 5 worst cities to rent in the USA

San Francisco (Evening).jpg
"San Francisco (Evening)" by Basil D Soufi - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The 5 Worst Markets for Renters
  1. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
    Average monthly rent: $2,802
    Year-over-year % change: 12.8%
    Median household income: $85,087
  2. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA
    Average monthly rent: $1,815
    Year-over-year % change: 10.5%
    Median household income: $76,493
  3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CAAverage monthly rent: $2,291
    Year-over-year % change: 11.3%
    Median household income: $93,902
  4. New York County (NY)
    Average monthly rent: $3,290
    Year-over-year % change:3.4%
    Median household income:$74,915
  5. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale,CA
    Average monthly rent: $1,785
    Year-over-year % change in apartment rent:6.4%
    Median household income: $55,135
The 5 Best Markets for Renters
  1. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 
    Average monthly rent: $756
    Year-over-year % change: 3.3%
    Median household income:$55,282
  2. Kansas City, MO-KS 
    Average monthly rent: $793
    Year-over-year % change: 2.7%
    Median household income: $56,743
  3. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 
    Average monthly rent: $767
    Year-over-year % change: 3.6%
    Median household income: $52,269
  4. St. Louis, MO-IL
    Average monthly rent: $809
    Year-over-year % change:4.3%
    Median household income: $54,651
  5. Columbus, OH
    Average monthly rent: $788
    Year-over-year % change: 3.3%
    Median household income: $55,181
Full list with more details at Forbes: Wost and Worst Markets for Renters 

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Taarifa rasmi: Yaliyojiri katika kikao cha UKAWA 30.04.2015


UMOJA WA KATIBA YA WANANCHI (UKAWA),
DAR ES SALAAM,
TANZANIA.

TAARIFA KWA UMMA,
DAR ES SALAAM, ALHAMIS, 30 APRIL 2015

UCHAGUZI MKUU OKTOBA 2015 LAZIMA, KIKWETE ASIONGEZEWE MUDA, KURA YA MAONI BAADAE


Vyama vinavyounda Umoja wa Katiba ya Wananchi (UKAWA) leo vimetoa msimamo wao juu ya njama za kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu unaotakiwa kufanyika Oktoba mwaka huu. UKAWA imesisitiza kwamba kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu huo ni sawa na kumuongezea Rais Jakaya Kikwete na Chama chake cha Mapinduzi muda wa kuendelea kutawala Tanzania. UKAWA imesema jaribio lolote la kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu kwa kisingizio chochote kile litakuwa kinyume na Katiba ya sasa ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania na litahesabika kuwa ni sawa na mapinduzi dhidi ya Katiba (constitutional coup d’etat). Msimamo wa UKAWA unafuatia kumalizika kwa Kikao cha Viongozi Wakuu wa Vyama vinavyounda UKAWA (UKAWA Summit) kilichofanyika katika Makao Makuu ya Chama cha Wananchi (CUF), jijini Dar es Salaam kati ya tarehe 28 na 29 Aprili mwaka huu.

Akielezea msimamo wa UKAWA juu ya suala hili, mwenyeji wa Kikao hicho na Mwenyekiti wa CUF Profesa Ibrahim Lipumba alisema kwamba kuna dalili za kuonyesha kwamba zipo njama za kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu na kumuongezea Rais Kikwete na CCM muda wa kutawala. “Tume ya Taifa ya Uchaguzi (NEC) haijaanza maandalizi yoyote kwa ajili ya Uchaguzi Mkuu licha ya kwamba imebaki miezi sita tu Uchaguzi huo ufanyike kwa mujibu wa Katiba. Shughuli zinazohusiana na maandalizi ya Uchaguzi Mkuu na vifaa vinavyotumika kwa ajili yake ambavyo kwa taratibu za miaka yote huanza kufanyika angalau mwaka mmoja na nusu kabla ya Siku ya Uchaguzi hazijaanza kufanyika, vifaa vinavyohitajika havijanunuliwa na fedha kwa ajili hiyo hazijatengwa hadi sasa.”

Profesa Lipumba aliongeza kwamba jambo hili limefanyika kwa makusudi kwa sababu vyama vya UKAWA vimekuwa vinapigia kelele suala la maandalizi ya Uchaguzi Mkuu tangu mwaka 2012. “Licha ya madai ya muda mrefu ya Kambi Rasmi ya Upinzani Bungeni kwamba ratiba ya Uchaguzi Mkuu wa 2015 imevurugwa kwa makusudi kwa kutokutenga fedha kwa ajili hiyo katika bajeti ya Serikali tangu mwaka 2012, Serikali hii ya CCM haijatoa fedha kwa NEC kwa ajili ya Uchaguzi Mkuu. Badala yake, NEC imeendelea kutangaza kwamba inafanya maandalizi kwa ajili ya Kura ya Maoni kuhusu Katiba Inayopendekezwa ambayo imepitwa na muda kisheria na haiwezi kufanyika tena bila kwanza kufanyika kwa marekebisho katika Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni (the Referendum Act) ya mwaka 2013.”

Kwa mujibu wa Profesa Lipumba, Kura ya Maoni ilitakiwa ifanyike ndani ya siku 124 kutoka tarehe Rais Kikwete alipotoa Tangazo la Kura ya Maoni na kutamka kuwa Kura hiyo itafanyika tarehe 30 Aprili, 2015, yaani leo. Profesa Lipumba alisema: “Kwa Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni ilivyo kwa sasa, hakuna uwezekano wa Kura ya Maoni kufanyika tena bila kwanza kufanya marekebisho ya Sheria hiyo. Kila hatua inayotakiwa kuchukuliwa chini ya Sheria hiyo imewekewa muda wake na muda huo haubadiliki. Tangazo la Kura ya Maoni likishatolewa na tarehe kutangazwa haibadilishwi kwa sababu yoyote ile. Hakuna namna yoyote ya kuahirisha Kura ya Maoni na kuifanya tarehe nyingine yoyote.”

Profesa Lipumba aliongeza: “Haya ndio masharti ya Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni. Yasipofuatwa hakuna namna ya kuyarekebisha bila kwanza kurekebisha Sheria yenyewe. Na hadi sasa Serikali hii ya CCM haijapeleka Muswada wa Sheria kuirekebisha Sheria hiyo ili kuwezesha Kura ya Maoni kufanyika kwa tarehe nyingine. Tunashangazwa na Tume inayoongozwa na aliyekuwa Jaji wa Mahakama ya Rufani ambayo ndio mahakama ya juu kabisa katika nchi yetu, na Mkurugenzi wa Uchaguzi ambaye ni Mwanasheria Mwandamizi wa Serikali, kuendelea kutangaza kwamba Kura ya Maoni itafanyika kwa terehe itakayotangazwa baadae wakati Tume inafahamu kwamba jambo hilo haliwezekani kisheria. Kama bado CCM na washirika wake wanataka Katiba Inayopendekezwa ipigiwe Kura ya Maoni na Watanzania ni lazima wapeleke Muswada wa Marekebisho ya Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni Bungeni. Vinginevyo itakuwa na ubatilifu mtupu kama tuliouona wakati wa Bunge Maalum.”

Aidha, UKAWA imesema haiko na haitakuwa tayari kuunga mkono jitihada zozote za kumuongezea Rais Kikwete na CCM muda wa kutawala kwa kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu wa mwaka huu. Kwa mujibu wa Mwenyekiti Mwenza wa UKAWA na Mwenyekiti wa Chama cha NCCR-Mageuzi, Mheshimiwa James Mbatia, haijawahi kutokea Uchaguzi Mkuu ukaahirishwa kwa sababu yoyote tangu mwaka 1960 tulipofanya Uchaguzi Mkuu uliotupatia Serikali ya Madaraka ya Ndani hadi sasa.
Mheshimiwa Mbatia alisema: “Watu hawa wanafahamu kuwa tumekuwa tukifanya Uchaguzi Mkuu kila baada ya miaka mitano tangu mwaka 1960. Hata mwaka 1980, miezi michache baada ya kutoka vitani dhidi ya nduli Iddi Amin wa Uganda na licha ya Baba wa Taifa Mwalimu Nyerere kutangaza miezi 18 ya kujifunga mikanda kwa sababu ya hali mbaya ya uchumi iliyosababishwa na Vita ya Uganda, hatukuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu wa mwaka huo. Watu hawa wanafahamu kwamba Katiba yetu hairuhusu Uchaguzi Mkuu kuahirishwa kwa sababu yoyote ile. 

Wanafahamu kwamba tangu mwaka 1985, Rais anatakiwa atumikie vipindi viwili tu vya miaka mitano mitano. Wanafahamu kwamba maisha ya Bunge ni miezi sitini au miaka mitano kuanzia tarehe ya Uchaguzi Mkuu na haiwezekani kwa maisha hayo kuongezewa muda kikatiba bila ya kufanyika Uchaguzi Mkuu. Na wanafahamu kwamba Rais Kikwete anakamilisha kipindi chake cha pili mwezi Oktoba mwaka huu na maisha ya Bunge la Kumi yanamalizika mwezi huo. Kuruhusu Uchaguzi Mkuu uahirishwe kwa kisingizio chochote kile ni kuwazawadia wazembe na kuwaongezea mafisadi wanaolimaliza taifa letu kwa ufisadi muda wa kuendelea na ufisadi huo. UKAWA haitakubali kuruhusu jambo hilo litokee.”

Aidha, UKAWA imesisitiza kwamba haitakubali na haitaunga mkono jaribio lolote la kufanya marekebisho katika Katiba ya sasa kwa lengo la kumuongezea Kikwete, chama chake na Serikali muda wa kutawala. Akielezea msimamo huo, Mwenyekiti Mwenza wa UKAWA na Mwenyekiti wa chama cha National League for Democracy (NLD) Dkt. Emmanuel Makaidi amesisitiza kwamba suala la vipindi viwili vya miaka mitano mitano kwa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano ni nguzo kuu muhimu ya Katiba ya sasa na UKAWA haitakubali nguzo hiyo iguswe au kufumuliwa kwa sababu au kisingizio chochote kile. Dkt. Makaidi alisema: “Kubadilisha Katiba ya sasa kwa lengo la kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu wa Oktoba mwaka sio tu kutaathiri misingi muhimu ya Katiba ya sasa, bali pia kutahatarisha amani ya nchi yetu. Tumeona kinachoendelea Burundi baada ya Rais Pierre Nkurunzinza na chama chake kuamua kujiongezea muda wa kutawala nchi hiyo. Tumeona yanaoendelea Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasi ya Congo (DRC) baada ya Joseph Kabila kutaka kufanya hivyo hivyo. Kikwete na wanaCCM wenzake wasitake kuiingiza nchi yetu katika majanga yasiyokuwa na sababu.”

Kwa upande mwingine, UKAWA imeitaka NEC kuhakikisha kwamba wananchi wote wenye sifa ya kuandikishwa kwenye Daftari la Kudumu la Wapiga Kura wanaandikishwa kwenye Daftari hilo. Katika Mkutano wake na vyama vya siasa uliofanyika Dar es Salaam tarehe 9 Julai mwaka jana, Mwenyekiti wa Tume Jaji Damian Lubuva alisisitiza kwamba NEC ilikuwa na uwezo na vifaa vya kuandikisha takriban wapiga kura milioni 24 katika vituo vya kuandikishia 40,000 nchi nzima kwa muda wa siku 14 katika kila kituo cha kuandikishia. Mwenyekiti Mwenza wa UKAWA na Mwenyekiti wa CHADEMA Mheshimiwa Freeman Mbowe alieleza kushangazwa kwa UKAWA na matamko ya Tume kwamba sasa Tume itaandikisha wapiga kura kwa muda wa siku saba katika kila kituo.

Mwenyekiti Mbowe alisema: “Tume iliwaahidi Watanzania kwamba watu wote wenye sifa wataandikishwa katika Daftari la Wapiga Kura. Sisi wa UKAWA tulishauri muda wa kuandikisha uongezwe hadi angalau siku 28 kama ilivyokuwa kwa Uchaguzi Mkuu uliopita lakini Tume iling’ang’ania kwamba muda wa siku 14 unatosha. Leo Tume inapunguza muda huo wakati tunafahamu kwamba Tume ina vifaa pungufu vya kuandikishia wapiga kura kuliko ilivyoomba kupatiwa na Serikali hii ya CCM. Hii ni njama ya Tume na ya Serikali hii ya CCM kuhakikisha wapiga kura wengi hawaandikishwi. Sisi UKAWA hatutakubali jambo hilo litokee.”

Wakati huo huo, Viongozi Wakuu wa UKAWA wameeleza kushangazwa na taarifa zilizosambazwa na baadhi ya vyombo vya habari hapa nchini kwamba Chama cha NCCR-Mageuzi kimejitoa au kimeandika barua ya kuomba kujitoa kwenye UKAWA. Viongozi hao wamesema kwamba taarifa hizo ni uzushi mtupu unaosambazwa na wapiga ramli na wanajimu wa kiama cha UKAWA kwa lengo la kuipatia CCM na vyama vibaraka wake ahueni ya kisiasa. Akikanusha taarifa hizo, Mwenyekiti wa NCCR-Mageuzi Mheshimiwa Mbatia amesema kwamba yeye mwenyewe na Katibu Mkuu wake Mosena Nyambabe pamoja na maafisa wa chama chake wamekuwa katika hatua zote za vikao vya UKAWA kuanzia Kamati ya Ufundi na ile ya Wataalam hadi Kikao cha Viongozi Wakuu kilichomalizika jana.

Mheshimiwa Mbatia alisisitiza: “Tangu juzi tupo hapa tukijadiliana namna ya kupata wagombea wa UKAWA wa ngazi zote kuanzia Urais, Ubunge hadi Udiwani. Kwa kiasi kikubwa tumeshakamilisha kazi ya kupata wagombea Ubunge wa UKAWA. Tumeshapata muafaka kwa zaidi ya asilimia 95 ya majimbo yote ya Uchaguzi Tanzania, na majimbo 12 yaliyobakia tunaendelea kuyashughulikia na tutayapatia ufumbuzi muda si mrefu. Tunaendelea na majadiliano juu kupata Mgombea Urais na Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano atakayepeperusha bendera ya UKAWA. Tumeshakamilisha kazi hiyo kwa upande wa Zanzibar na tutaikamilisha kwa upande wa Jamhuri ya Muungano katika muda muafaka. UKAWA iko imara sasa kuliko kipindi kingine chochote tangu Bunge Maalum mwaka jana. Hao wanaosambaza uzushi kwamba tumefarakana na kwamba sisi NCCR tumejitoa au tunataka kujitoa watafute hoja nyingine. Hii imebuma.”

Mungu Ibariki Tanzania!
Imetolewa na;


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Prof. Ibrahim Haruna Lipumba,
Mwenyekiti – CUF – Chama Cha Wananchi,


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Mh.Freeman Mbowe (MB),
Mwenyekiti - CHADEMA


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Mh.James Francis Mbatia(MB),
Mwenyekiti – NCCR MAGEUZI.


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Mh. Dkt. Emmanuel Makaidi
Mwenyekiti – NLD.


Hatua iliyofikiwa na Serikali katika kukamilisha miradi ya Kitaifa

Sehemu ya Wabunge waliohudhuria uwasilishaji wa Mpango wa Maendeleo wa Taifa wa Mwaka 2015/16 Katika Kamati ya Mpango ya Bunge Zima wakimsikiliza Waziri wa nchi (Ofisi ya Rais) Mahusiano na Uratibu, Mhe. Dkt. Mary Nagu kwenye Ukumbi wa Mikutano wa Kimataifa wa Mwalimu Nyerere.

Serikali imesema kuwa ipo katika hatua za mwisho za kukamilisha miradi ya kitaifa ya kimkakati iliyoibuliwa katika Mpango wa Kwanza wa Maendeleo unaofikia kikomo mwaka ujao wa fedha wa serikali.

Hayo yalisemwa na Waziri wa nchi (Ofisi ya Rais) Mahusiano na Uratibu, Mhe. Dkt. Mary Nagu wakati akiwasilisha Mpango wa Maendeleo wa Taifa wa Mwaka 2015/16 katika Kamati ya Mpango ya Bunge Zima kwenye Ukumbi wa Mikutano wa Kimataifa wa Mwalimu Nyerere, jijini Dar es Salaam.

Dkt. Nagu alisema kuwa mpaka kufikia mwezi machi mwaka huu, serikali imefanikiwa kutandika reli za uzito wa ratili 56.12 kwa yadi kwa umbali wa km 9 kati ya stesheni za Lumbe, Mto Ugalla na Katumba; kukamilisha malipo ya ununuzi wa mabehewa 274 ya mizigo ambapo mabehewa yameshaanza kupokelewa Novemba 2014; kukamilika kwa matengenezo ya njia ya reli iliyoharibiwa na mafuriko katika maeneo ya Ruvu – njia panda ya Mruazi.

Waziri Nagu aliongeza kuwa kwa upande wa Barabara hatua iliyofikiwa ni pamoja na kukamilika kwa ujenzi wa kilometa 502.6 za barabara kuu kwa kiwango cha lami dhidi ya lengo la kilomita 560, na ukarabati wa kilomita 78.8 za barabara kuu kwa kiwango cha lami dhidi ya lengo la kukarabati kilomita 131.5. Kwa upande wa madaraja hatua iliyofikiwa ni: kuendelea na ujenzi wa madaraja ambapo daraja la Kigamboni limefikia asilimia 75, Sibiti asilimia 22, Kilombero asilimia 26, Mbutu asilimia 99, Lukuledi II asilimia 25 na Kavuu asilimia 36.

Katika sekta ya Uchukuzi, Dkt. Nagu aliyataja mafanikio yaliyopatikana ni pamoja na kuongezeka kwa shehena iliyohudumiwa katika bandari ya Dar es Salaam kufikia tani milioni 14.3 Machi 2015 dhidi ya lengo la tani milioni 13.0 kwa mwaka 2014/15; kuongezeka kwa ufanisi wa bandari katika kupakua magari kwa kila shifti moja ya saa 8 kufikia magari 886 kwa shifti kufikia Machi 2015 ikilinganishwa na lengo la magari 600 kwa shifti katika mwaka 2014/15; kupungua kwa muda wa meli kupakia na kupakua mizigo bandarini kutoka lengo la wastani wa siku 5 mwaka 2013/14 hadi wastani wa siku 3.7 kufikia Machi 2015; kuanza kwa utekelezaji wa mradi wa malipo kwa njia ya mtandao mwezi Julai, 2014; na kuanza kutoa huduma katika bandari ya Dar es Salaam kwa masaa 24 kwa siku zote za juma. Aidha,kwa upande wa bandari ya Bagamoyo, hatua iliyofikiwa ni kusainiwa kwa makubaliano ya ujenzi wa bandari; na kutangazwa kwa zabuni kwa ajili ya kupata wawekezaji katika bandari za Mtwara na Mwambani -Tanga.

“Katika sekta ya nishati, hatua iliyofikiwa ni pamoja na kukamilika kwa ujenzi wa bomba la gesi kutoka Mtwara hadi Dar es Salaam (km 542) Machi 2015, na ujenzi wa mitambo ya kusafisha gesi Madimba (Mtwara) na Songosongo (Lindi) umefikia asilimia 86.9 ambapo unatarajiwa kukamilika Juni 2015. Kwa upande wa usambazaji wa umeme vijijini, wateja wapya 2,602 wameunganishiwa umeme katika mikoa ya Simiyu, Singida, Kagera, Tanga, Ruvuma, na Iringa,” alisema Dkt. Nagu.

Kwa mujibu wa Waziri Nagu, shughuli nyingine zilizotekelezwa nia katika sekta ya nishati, ni pamoja na kukamilika kwa usimikaji wa mitambo 4 ya kufua umeme yenye uwezo wa jumla ya MW 150, kuendelea na ujenzi wa vituo vya kupoza na njia za kusafirisha umeme, na kuendelea na ujenzi wa karakana, majengo ya utawala, na barabara za ndani katika mradi wa Kinyerezi I; kukamilisha ulipaji fidia kwa eneo la Makambako katika mradi wa usafirishaji umeme wa Makambako - Songea; na kuanza ujenzi wa nguzo za njia ya umeme katika mradi wa msongo wa kV 400 wa Iringa – Shinyanga.

Akiwasilisha kazi zilizotekelezwa katika sekta ya Maji, Dkt. Nagu alisema kuwa ulazaji wa mabomba katika mradi wa maji Ruvu Chini kutoka Bagamoyo hadi Dar es Salaam kazi ambayo imekamilika kwa kilomita 52.43 kati ya kilomita 55.93 za mradi sawa na asilimia 93.8; kwa upande wa mradi wa maji Ruvu Juu: mkandarasi amekamilisha utafiti wa udongo na uchunguzi wa awali wa mahali yatakapojengwa matanki Kibamba na Kimara; na kwa upande wa mradi wa Bwawa la Kidunda, wananchi wamelipwa fidia ya shilingi bilioni 7 kupisha ujenzi wa barabara na eneo litakapojengwa bwawa.

“Kwa upande wa miradi ya maji vijijini, jumla ya miradi 123 ya maji ilijengwa na kukamilika. Idadi hii imenufaisha wananchi wapatao 463,750 na kuongezeka kwa ufanisi katika masuala ya ununuzi wa huduma katika mikataba kutoka siku 265 hadi siku 90. Aidha, Serikali imeendelea na ujenzi wa mabwawa ambapo bwawa la Iguluba (Iringa) na Wegero (Mara) yamekamilika. Vile vile, ujenzi wa bwawa la Kawa (Rukwa) umefikia asilimia 95, bwawa la Sasajila (Dodoma) asilimia 66.09 na Mwanjoro (Shinyanga) asilimia 45.4,” aliongeza Waziri Nagu.

Katika sekta ya kilimo, Dkt. Nagu aliyataja mafanikio yaliyopatikana ni pamoja na: kupatikana kwa hati za mashamba mawili ya Bagamoyo na Mkulazi; maghala 30 yamekarabatiwa na kupatiwa watoa huduma binafsi katika Wilaya za Mbozi na Momba. Vile vile, skimu 30 za umwagiliaji zimepatiwa watoa huduma binafsi katika Wilaya za Mbarali, Kyela na Iringa; na mafunzo juu ya kubaini na kudhibiti visumbufu, matumizi bora ya maji, utunzaji na matengenezo ya miundombinu ya umwagiliaji na kutumia mwongozo wa uendeshaji skimu za umwagiliaji yametolewa. Aidha, ujenzi wa maghala 2 katika Wilaya ya Mlele umekamilika.

Vile vile katika sekta ya viwanda, Waziri Nagu alizitaja kazi zilizotekelezwa ni pamoja na kukamilika kwa ukarabati wa barabara ya Itoni - Mkiu - Liganga na Mchuchuma kwa kiwango cha changarawe ili kuwezesha mitambo kufika maeneo ya Mchuchuma na Liganga; na kuanza uthamini wa mali za wananchi watakaohama eneo la Mchuchuma. Vile vile, fidia shilingi bilioni 53 imelipwa katika eneo la kujenga kituo cha Biashara na Huduma Kurasini; na fidia ya shilingi bilioni 7 imelipwa katika eneo la uwekezaji Bagamoyo na Serikali imesaini mkataba na kampuni ya China Mechants Holding International kwa ajili ya kujenga bandari na eneo la viwanda. Aidha, katika kiwanda cha kuzalisha dawa ya kuua viluwiluwi wa mbu, Kibaha, kazi ya ufungaji wa mitambo na ujenzi wa miundombinu inaendelea na inatarajiwa kukamilika kabla ya Julai, 2015.

Akizungumzia upande wa maendeleo ya rasilimali watu, Dkt. Nagu alisema kuwa kazi zilizofanyika ni pamoja na kuendelea kugharamia wanafunzi 159 wanaoendelea na mafunzo katika fani za mafuta na gesi kwa ngazi mbalimbali za mafunzo ndani na nje ya nchi ambapo wanafunzi 124 wanagharamiwa na Serikali na wanafunzi 35 wanagharamiwa na nchi wahisani; na kuendelea na ujenzi na ukarabati wa miundombinu katika vyuo vikuu na vyuo vya ualimu, ufundi na ustawi wa jamii.

Kwa upande wa utafutaji wa rasilimali fedha, Waziri Nagu alisema kuwa Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania inatumia kanzidata bora inayohifadhi taarifa inayoweza kuthaminisha bidhaa na hivyo kutoa makadirio bora zaidi ya viwango vya kodi. Vilevile, alisema kuwa tozo kwa ajili ya uwekezaji katika elimu umeanza Julai 2013 ikiwa asilimia 2.5 ya mapato ghafi ya kampuni za simu.

“Katika sekta ya fedha, kazi zilizotekelezwa ni pamoja na kuongezea Benki ya Maendeleo ya Kilimo mtaji wa shilingi bilioni 60; kuendelea kuongeza mtaji wa Benki ya Rasilimali kufikia shilingi bilioni 212 ambapo mtaji kutoka Serikalini ni shilingi bilioni 152.2 na shilingi bilioni 59.8 zimetokana na malimbikizo ya faida; na mali za Benki ya Maendeleo ya Wanawake Tanzania ziliongezeka kutoka shilingi bilioni 26.5 mwaka 2013 hadi shilingi bilioni 34.8 mwaka 2014,” alisema Dk. Nagu.

Kuhusu eneo la huduma za utalii, Dkt. Nagu aliongeza kuwa kazi zilizofanyika ni pamoja na usanifu wa ujenzi wa Utalii House awamu ya pili na kuboreshwa kwa mfumo wa ukusanyaji mapato (utalii, uwindaji na upigaji picha). Aidha, idadi ya watalii kutoka nje iliongezeka kutoka watalii 1,090,905 mwaka 2013 hadi watalii 1,102,026 mwaka 2014. Vile vile mapato yatokanayo na utalii yaliongezeka kutoka dola za Marekani bilioni 1.81 mwaka 2013 hadi dola za Marekani bilioni 1.98 mwaka 2014.

“Kwa upande wa Biashara, hatua iliyofikiwa ni kurekebisha sheria ya mfumo wa stakabadhi ghalani na kutoa elimu kwa wadau mbalimbali kuhusu mfumo huo; kuanzishwa kwa kampuni ijulikanayo kama Tanzania Mechantile Exchange plc kusimamia na kuendesha soko la mazao ya bidhaa na kuhamasisha matumizi ya fursa za masoko ya mipakani, Kikanda na Kimataifa,” aliongeza.

Kwa mujibu wa Dkt. Nagu maandalizi ya Mpango wa Maendeleo wa Taifa kwa Mwaka 2015/16 yamezingatia maeneo ya kipaumbele yaliyoainishwa katika malengo ya Dira ya Taifa ya Maendeleo 2025 na Mpango wa Maendeleo wa Miaka Mitano (2011/12 – 2015/16). Aidha, Mpango huu umezingatia Mkakati wa Kukuza Uchumi na Kupunguza Umaskini – MKUKUTA II (2010/11 – 2014/15), Malengo ya Milenia, Mwongozo wa Mpango na Bajeti kwa mwaka 2014/15; Mapendekezo ya Mpango wa Taifa wa Maendeleo 2014/15 yaliyojadiliwa na Bunge Novemba, 2014; Ilani ya Uchaguzi ya Chama cha Mapinduzi (2010 – 2015); na sera na mikakati ya kisekta.

-- Saidi Mkabakuli

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TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI


Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muugano wa Tanzania, Mheshimiwa Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete amewateua Majaji wawili wa Mahakama Kuu ya Tanzania kuwa Majaji wa Mahakama ya Rufani kuanzia Jumamosi iliyopita, Aprili 24, 2015, taarifa iliyotolewa Dar es Salaam, leo, Alhamisi, Aprili 30, 2025 na Ofisi ya Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi (KMK) imesema.
Taarifa hiyo imewataja wajaji hao kuwa ni Jaji  Augustine Gherabast Mwarija na Jaji Stella Ester Augustine Mugasha, ambao wote wamekuwa Majaji wa Mahakama Kuu ya Tanzania tokea walipoteuliwa Novemba 28, 2006.
Kabla ya uteuzi wake, Jaji Mwarija alikuwa Jaji Mfawadhi, Kitengo cha Biashara, Mahakama Kuu, Dar Es Salaam. Kabla ya kuwa Jaji wa Mahakama Kuu alikuwa Msajili wa Mahakama ya Rufani kati ya mwaka 2003 na 2006.
Aliajiriwa kama Hakimu Mkazi Daraja la Tatu Februari 2, mwaka 1987, baada ya kupata Shahada ya Sheria mwaka 1986.
Naye Jaji Mugasha, kabla ya uteuzi wake, alikuwa Jaji Mfawidhi, Dar es Salaam. Alikuwa Mfawidhi, Mahakama Kuu, Kanda ya Arusha na awali Kanda ya Moshi tangu 2009 hadi alipohamishiwa Mahakama Kuu, Dar Es Salaam.
Aliajiriwa kama Wakili wa Serikali mwaka 1983 baada ya kupata Shahada ya Sheria mwaka huo huo, 1983.


Mwisho.


Imetolewa na:
Kurugenzi ya Mawasiliano ya Rais,
Ikulu,
DAR ES SALAAM.


30 April, 2015

Google can locate your muted, misplaced phone: Just type "Find My Phone" and ring


I am not sure if this works outside the US but you can try it yourself.

When you don't remember where you put your phone or if anyone took/misplaced it, now you can find it with the help of a computer desk/laptop.

Go to Google.com and in the search box, type in, "find my phone" (or click here) and Google will try to geo-locate it  for example left it at the gym, school, bar etc.

If your device's location access is turned off, you still have the option for Google to ring it for you. And yes, even if it was muted, it will ring at its max volume for 5 minutes. So you can easily hear it if it's in a nearby location for example under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions etc.

NOTE: Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app installed on your device for this to work.


Last tip, as you can see in the Android Device Manager screen-shot above, you can click on the other options to either "Lock" your phone should it be in an insecure place or "Erase" data in an unfortunate event (stolen).

No more GMOs in Chipotle as Pepsi, McDonald, Nestle, Subway, Kraft strips away ingredients

From left: Nestle chocolates, Chipotle tortillas, Diet Pepsi, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, a Subway sandwich. All of these companies have dropped ingredients over the past year in response to consumer demands.
-- Meredith Rizzo/NPR

America's fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu. It's the latest example of the food industry stripping away ingredients, some more questionable than others, as consumers demand a say in what's in their dinner.

  1. Just last week, Pepsi announced it was getting rid of aspartame — a sweetener federal regulators long declared safe in the amounts commonly used by the food industry — in Diet Pepsi
  2. Kraft announced it was dropping artificial dyes in its iconic bright-orange Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. 
  3. Earlier this year, McDonald's said it would start sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics, and 
  4. Nestle declared it would dump artificial colorings and flavorings from its chocolate candies. 
  5. Last year, a campaign that included 40,000 Facebook posts helped persuade General Mills to make Cheerios non-GMO. 
  6. Another campaign swayed Subway to remove the additive azodicarbonamide from its breads.

You can read the full article at the NPR

SSRA yafafanua kanuni ya uwianishaji mafao ya pensheni ya mwaka 2014




TAARIFA KWA UMMA

UFAFANUZI KUHUSU KANUNI YA UWIANISHAJI WA MAFAO YA PENSHINI YA MWAKA 2014


UTANGULIZI:

Hivi karibuni kumekuwa na taarifa katika baadhi ya vyombo vya habari juu ya kauli ya baadhi ya vyama vya wafanyakazi juu ya kanuni ya uwianishaji mafao ya pensheni kwa wale wanaostaafu kwa hiari. Kauli ambayo imeleta wasiwasi miongoni mwa wanachama wa Mifuko ya Hifadhi ya jamii na Umma kwa ujumla. Mamlaka ya Usimamizi na Udhibiti wa Sekta ya Hifadhi ya Jamii (SSRA) inapenda kutoa ufafanuzi kama ifuatavyo:

Sera ya Taifa ya Hifadhi ya Jamii ya mwaka 2003 iliainisha changamoto mbalimbali zilizokuwa zinaikabili sekta ya hifadhi ya jamii ikiwemo kupishana kwa vikokotoo vya mafao. Utofauti wa vikokotoo hivi ulileta malalamiko mengi kutoka kwa wanachama kwa kuwa vilisababisha kuwepo kwa tofauti kubwa ya viwango vya pensheni vilivyotolewa na Mifuko ya Hifadhi ya Jamii.

Mamlaka ya Usimamizi na Udhibiti wa Sekta ya Hifadhi ya Jamii (SSRA) kwa kushirikiana na Wizara ya Kazi na Ajira; Vyama vya wafanyakazi; Chama cha Waajiri; Mifuko ya Hifadhi ya Jamii pamoja na wadau wengine ilichukua hatua mbalimbali kutatua changamoto hizo kwa nia ya kuboresha sekta hii.Hatua hizo ni pamoja na kutoa Kanuni ya Uwianishija Mafao ya Pensheni. Kanuni hizi zimeanza kutumika tarehe 1 Julai 2014.

UFAFANUZI

Kanuni ya Uwianishija Mafao ya Pensheni ya 2014 ina vipengele 15 ambavyo vinalenga kuboresha mafao ya pensheni ya wanachama, kulinda na kutetea maslahi ya wanachama, kuhuisha kiwango cha uchangiaji na malipo ya pensheni ya wanachama wa Mifuko mbalimbali na kutengeneza mfumo madhubuti ya kisheria katika kuwianisha viwango vinavyohusiana na mafao ya pensheni.

Taarifa zilizotolewa katika vyombo vya habari zinazungumzia kipengele cha 13 cha kuwianisha mafao ya wanachama wanaostafu kwa hiari. Hawa ni wale wanaostaafu kabla ya kufikisha umri wa miaka 60. Wastaafu hawa ni chini ya asilimia 5 ya wastaafu wote kwenye Sekta. Katika taarifa za vyombo vya habari, mwakilishi wa Wafanyakazi anasema wanachama wanaostaafu kwa hiari wanakatwa asilimia 18 ya mafao yao kwa mwaka suala ambalo linatafsiriwa kama ni ukandamizaji wa haki za wanachama. Mamlaka inakanusha kwamba hakuna kipengele kinachoelekeza kukata asilimia 18 kwa mwaka.

Ukweli ni kwamba, kipengele cha 13 kinatoa punguzo la elekeza kupunguzo asilimia 0.3 kwa kila mwezi kutoka kwenye mafao ya mwanachama aliestaafu kwa hiari yaani kati ya miaka 55 mpaka 59. Punguzo hili hukoma pale mstaafu anapofikia miaka 60.

Kiwango hiki kilifikia baada ya kuzingitia mambo yafuatayo; malalamiko ya wanachama ya kupishana kwa mafao; uzoefu wa nchi zingine zenye mfumo sawasawa na wa Tanzania yaani (Defined benefit); umri wa kustaafu kwa lazima wa miaka 60; taarifa ya watathimini wa Mifuko waliopendekeza asilimia 0.6; vilevile ikumbukwe kwamba baadhi ya Mifuko ilikuwa inatoza asilimia 0.5 kwa mwaka kabla ya kanuni hii. Majadiliano yalifanywa na Wadau yalipendekeza kiwango kishuke na kuwa asilimia 0.3. Wadau hao ni pamoja na Shirikisho la Vyama vya Wafanyakazi. Kwa uchache vikao ambavyo vilikuwa na ushiriki wa Shirikisho ni pamoja na tarehe 27 Julai 2012 katika ukumbi wa NSSF, tarehe 23 Machi 2013 ukumbi wa PSPF Jubilee Tower; tarehe 27 Mei 2013 ukumbi wa Wizara ya Kazi na Ajira na tarehe 15 April 2014 ukumbi wa mikutano wa Wizara ya Kazi na Ajira.Hata baada ya kutoa kanuni hizo Serikali imeendelea kutoa elimu na kufanya vikao mbalimbali. Vikao hivyo ni pamoja na kile cha Tarehe 21 Octoba 2104 ukumbi wa SSRA ; 8 Desemba 2014 na Tarehe 25 Februari 2015 kule Morogoro

Tafsiri halisi ya kipengele hiki ni kwamba mwanachama anayestaafu kwa hiari atapunguziwa asilimia 0.3 kwa mwezi sawa na 3.6 kwa mwaka hadi pale atakapofikia kufikia miaka 60. Hivyo si sahihi kusema kwamba kuna kanuni zinakata asimia 18 kwa mwaka. Hapa mwanachama anayestaafu kwa hiari akiwa na miaka 59 anakatwa asilimia 3.6 tu. Mwenye miaka 58 anakatwa jumla ya asilimia 7.2. Hali kadhalika mwenye miaka 57 anakatwa jumla ya asilimia 18 katika kipindi cha miaka mitano au miezi 60. Hata hivyo pamoja na punguzo la asilimia 0.3 bado mstaafu wa hiari anamzidi yule anayestaafu akiwa na miaka 60 kwa asilimia 10. Bila punguzo hilo anayestaafu kwa hiari akiwa na miaka 55 anamzidi mwenzake wa miaka 60 kwa asilimia 28. Hii inaondoa usawa wa mafao katika hifadhi ya Jamii. Jambo ambalo limekuwa likilalamikiwa na vyama vya wafanyakazi na wanachama kwa ujumla.

Kuhusu suala la kutokushirikishwa kwa wadau, Mamlaka inapenda kuweka wazi kuwa Sekta ya hifadhi ya jamii imekuwa ikiendeshwa kwa utatu; yaani Serikali, Wafanyakazi na Waajiri , kwa hiyo hata katika hili utatu ulizingatiwa na wadau walishirikishwa ipasavyo.

HITIMISHO

Mamlaka ya Udhibiti na Usimamizi wa Sekta ya Hifadhi ya Jamii inapenda kuwaondoa wasiwasi wanachama na kutoa wito kwa wanachama wa sekta ya hifadhi ya jamii na kwa watanzania kwa ujumla kuunga mkono Maboresho katika Sekta ya Hifadhi ya Jamii kwa lengo la kuboresha mafao na kuifanya sekta kuwa endelevu.

Mamlaka inapenda kuufahamisha Umma kwamba mpaka sasa haijapokea malalamiko yoyote kutoka kwa wanachama. Iwapo kuna malalamiko yoyote kutokana na utekelezaji wa kanuni hii basi wanachama wasisite kuwasiliana na Mamlaka ili wapatiwe ufumbuzi mapema iwezekanavyo.

Mwisho tunatoa shukrani zetu za dhati kwa ushirikiano mkubwa tunaopata toka kwa vyama vya Wafanyakazi pamoja na Shirikisho lao; chama cha Waajiri; vyombo vya habari pamoja na Serikali kwa ujumla

Imetolewa na:

Mkurugenzi mkuu
Mamlaka ya Usimamizi na Udhibiti wa Sekta ya Hifadhi ya Jamii – SSRA
S.L.P 31846
Dar es Salaam

[video] Mbowe ajibu maswali katika kikao cha UKAWA 30/4/2015


Katika video iliyopachikwa hapo, Mwenyekiti wa CHADEMA Taifa, Mhe. Freeman Mbowe anajibu maswali kutoka kwa waandishi wa habari.

Amesema:
  • CHADEMA inakusudia kufungua kesi kuhusiana na Tume ya Uchaguzi 
  • UKAWA haina imani na Tume ya Uchaguzi (NEC)

UKAWA imesema jaribio lolote la kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu kwa kisingizio chochote kile litakuwa kinyume na Katiba ya sasa ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania na litahesabika kuwa ni sawa na mapinduzi dhidi ya Katiba (constitutional coup d’etat). Msimamo wa UKAWA unafuatia kumalizika kwa Kikao cha Viongozi Wakuu wa Vyama vinavyounda UKAWA (UKAWA Summit) kilichofanyika katika Makao Makuu ya Chama cha Wananchi (CUF), jijini Dar es Salaam kati ya tarehe 28 na 29 Aprili mwaka huu.

Akielezea msimamo wa UKAWA juu ya suala hili, mwenyeji wa Kikao hicho na Mwenyekiti wa CUF, Profesa Ibrahim Lipumba, alisema kwamba kuna dalili za kuonyesha kwamba zipo njama za kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu na kumuongezea Rais Kikwete na CCM muda wa kutawala. “Tume ya Taifa ya Uchaguzi (NEC) haijaanza maandalizi yoyote kwa ajili ya Uchaguzi Mkuu licha ya kwamba imebaki miezi sita tu Uchaguzi huo ufanyike kwa mujibu wa Katiba. Shughuli zinazohusiana na maandalizi ya Uchaguzi Mkuu na vifaa vinavyotumika kwa ajili yake ambavyo kwa taratibu za miaka yote huanza kufanyika angalau mwaka mmoja na nusu kabla ya Siku ya Uchaguzi hazijaanza kufanyika, vifaa vinavyohitajika havijanunuliwa na fedha kwa ajili hiyo hazijatengwa hadi sasa.”

Profesa Lipumba aliongeza kwamba jambo hili limefanyika kwa makusudi kwa sababu vyama vya UKAWA vimekuwa vinapigia kelele suala la maandalizi ya Uchaguzi Mkuu tangu mwaka 2012. “Licha ya madai ya muda mrefu ya Kambi Rasmi ya Upinzani Bungeni kwamba ratiba ya Uchaguzi Mkuu wa 2015 imevurugwa kwa makusudi kwa kutokutenga fedha kwa ajili hiyo katika bajeti ya Serikali tangu mwaka 2012, Serikali hii ya CCM haijatoa fedha kwa NEC kwa ajili ya Uchaguzi Mkuu. Badala yake, NEC imeendelea kutangaza kwamba inafanya maandalizi kwa ajili ya Kura ya Maoni kuhusu Katiba Inayopendekezwa ambayo imepitwa na muda kisheria na haiwezi kufanyika tena bila kwanza kufanyika kwa marekebisho katika Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni (the Referendum Act) ya mwaka 2013.”

Kwa mujibu wa Profesa Lipumba, Kura ya Maoni ilitakiwa ifanyike ndani ya siku 124 kutoka tarehe Rais Kikwete alipotoa Tangazo la Kura ya Maoni na kutamka kuwa Kura hiyo itafanyika tarehe 30 Aprili, 2015, yaani leo. Profesa Lipumba alisema: 

“Kwa Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni ilivyo kwa sasa, hakuna uwezekano wa Kura ya Maoni kufanyika tena bila kwanza kufanya marekebisho ya Sheria hiyo. Kila hatua inayotakiwa kuchukuliwa chini ya Sheria hiyo imewekewa muda wake na muda huo haubadiliki. Tangazo la Kura ya Maoni likishatolewa na tarehe kutangazwa haibadilishwi kwa sababu yoyote ile. Hakuna namna yoyote ya kuahirisha Kura ya Maoni na kuifanya tarehe nyingine yoyote.”

Profesa Lipumba aliongeza: “Haya ndio masharti ya Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni. Yasipofuatwa hakuna namna ya kuyarekebisha bila kwanza kurekebisha Sheria yenyewe. Na hadi sasa Serikali hii ya CCM haijapeleka Muswada wa Sheria kuirekebisha Sheria hiyo ili kuwezesha Kura ya Maoni kufanyika kwa tarehe nyingine. Tunashangazwa na Tume inayoongozwa na aliyekuwa Jaji wa Mahakama ya Rufani ambayo ndio mahakama ya juu kabisa katika nchi yetu, na Mkurugenzi wa Uchaguzi ambaye ni Mwanasheria Mwandamizi wa Serikali, kuendelea kutangaza kwamba Kura ya Maoni itafanyika kwa terehe itakayotangazwa baadae wakati Tume inafahamu kwamba jambo hilo haliwezekani kisheria. Kama bado CCM na washirika wake wanataka Katiba Inayopendekezwa ipigiwe Kura ya Maoni na Watanzania ni lazima wapeleke Muswada wa Marekebisho ya Sheria ya Kura ya Maoni Bungeni. Vinginevyo itakuwa na ubatilifu mtupu kama tuliouona wakati wa Bunge Maalum.”

Aidha, UKAWA imesema haiko na haitakuwa tayari kuunga mkono jitihada zozote za kumuongezea Rais Kikwete na CCM muda wa kutawala kwa kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu wa mwaka huu. Kwa mujibu wa Mwenyekiti Mwenza wa UKAWA na Mwenyekiti wa Chama cha NCCR-Mageuzi, Mheshimiwa James Mbatia, haijawahi kutokea Uchaguzi Mkuu ukaahirishwa kwa sababu yoyote tangu mwaka 1960 tulipofanya Uchaguzi Mkuu uliotupatia Serikali ya Madaraka ya Ndani hadi sasa.

Mheshimiwa Mbatia alisema: “Watu hawa wanafahamu kuwa tumekuwa tukifanya Uchaguzi Mkuu kila baada ya miaka mitano tangu mwaka 1960. Hata mwaka 1980, miezi michache baada ya kutoka vitani dhidi ya nduli Iddi Amin wa Uganda na licha ya Baba wa Taifa Mwalimu Nyerere kutangaza miezi 18 ya kujifunga mikanda kwa sababu ya hali mbaya ya uchumi iliyosababishwa na Vita ya Uganda, hatukuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu wa mwaka huo. Watu hawa wanafahamu kwamba Katiba yetu hairuhusu Uchaguzi Mkuu kuahirishwa kwa sababu yoyote ile. 
Wanafahamu kwamba tangu mwaka 1985, Rais anatakiwa atumikie vipindi viwili tu vya miaka mitano mitano. Wanafahamu kwamba maisha ya Bunge ni miezi sitini au miaka mitano kuanzia tarehe ya Uchaguzi Mkuu na haiwezekani kwa maisha hayo kuongezewa muda kikatiba bila ya kufanyika Uchaguzi Mkuu. Na wanafahamu kwamba Rais Kikwete anakamilisha kipindi chake cha pili mwezi Oktoba mwaka huu na maisha ya Bunge la Kumi yanamalizika mwezi huo. Kuruhusu Uchaguzi Mkuu uahirishwe kwa kisingizio chochote kile ni kuwazawadia wazembe na kuwaongezea mafisadi wanaolimaliza taifa letu kwa ufisadi muda wa kuendelea na ufisadi huo. UKAWA haitakubali kuruhusu jambo hilo litokee.”

Aidha, UKAWA imesisitiza kwamba haitakubali na haitaunga mkono jaribio lolote la kufanya marekebisho katika Katiba ya sasa kwa lengo la kumuongezea Kikwete, chama chake na Serikali muda wa kutawala. Akielezea msimamo huo, Mwenyekiti Mwenza wa UKAWA na Mwenyekiti wa chama cha National League for Democracy (NLD) Dkt. Emmanuel Makaidi amesisitiza kwamba suala la vipindi viwili vya miaka mitano mitano kwa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano ni nguzo kuu muhimu ya Katiba ya sasa na UKAWA haitakubali nguzo hiyo iguswe au kufumuliwa kwa sababu au kisingizio chochote kile.

Dkt. Makaidi alisema: “Kubadilisha Katiba ya sasa kwa lengo la kuahirisha Uchaguzi Mkuu wa Oktoba mwaka sio tu kutaathiri misingi muhimu ya Katiba ya sasa, bali pia kutahatarisha amani ya nchi yetu. Tumeona kinachoendelea Burundi baada ya Rais Pierre Nkurunzinza na chama chake kuamua kujiongezea muda wa kutawala nchi hiyo. Tumeona yanaoendelea Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasi ya Congo (DRC) baada ya Joseph Kabila kutaka kufanya hivyo hivyo. Kikwete na wanaCCM wenzake wasitake kuiingiza nchi yetu katika majanga yasiyokuwa na sababu.”

Kwa upande mwingine, UKAWA imeitaka NEC kuhakikisha kwamba wananchi wote wenye sifa ya kuandikishwa kwenye Daftari la Kudumu la Wapiga Kura wanaandikishwa kwenye Daftari hilo. Katika Mkutano wake na vyama vya siasa uliofanyika Dar es Salaam tarehe 9 Julai mwaka jana, Mwenyekiti wa Tume Jaji Damian Lubuva alisisitiza kwamba NEC ilikuwa na uwezo na vifaa vya kuandikisha takriban wapiga kura milioni 24 katika vituo vya kuandikishia 40,000 nchi nzima kwa muda wa siku 14 katika kila kituo cha kuandikishia. Mwenyekiti Mwenza wa UKAWA na Mwenyekiti wa CHADEMA Mheshimiwa Freeman Mbowe alieleza kushangazwa kwa UKAWA na matamko ya Tume kwamba sasa Tume itaandikisha wapiga kura kwa muda wa siku saba katika kila kituo.

Mwenyekiti Mbowe alisema: “Tume iliwaahidi Watanzania kwamba watu wote wenye sifa wataandikishwa katika Daftari la Wapiga Kura. Sisi wa UKAWA tulishauri muda wa kuandikisha uongezwe hadi angalau siku 28 kama ilivyokuwa kwa Uchaguzi Mkuu uliopita lakini Tume iling’ang’ania kwamba muda wa siku 14 unatosha. Leo Tume inapunguza muda huo wakati tunafahamu kwamba Tume ina vifaa pungufu vya kuandikishia wapiga kura kuliko ilivyoomba kupatiwa na Serikali hii ya CCM. Hii ni njama ya Tume na ya Serikali hii ya CCM kuhakikisha wapiga kura wengi hawaandikishwi. Sisi UKAWA hatutakubali jambo hilo litokee.”

Wakati huo huo, Viongozi Wakuu wa UKAWA wameeleza kushangazwa na taarifa zilizosambazwa na baadhi ya vyombo vya habari hapa nchini kwamba Chama cha NCCR-Mageuzi kimejitoa au kimeandika barua ya kuomba kujitoa kwenye UKAWA. Viongozi hao wamesema kwamba taarifa hizo ni uzushi mtupu unaosambazwa na wapiga ramli na wanajimu wa kiama cha UKAWA kwa lengo la kuipatia CCM na vyama vibaraka wake ahueni ya kisiasa.

Akikanusha taarifa hizo, Mwenyekiti wa NCCR-Mageuzi Mheshimiwa Mbatia amesema kwamba yeye mwenyewe na Katibu Mkuu wake Mosena Nyambabe pamoja na maafisa wa chama chake wamekuwa katika hatua zote za vikao vya UKAWA kuanzia Kamati ya Ufundi na ile ya Wataalam hadi Kikao cha Viongozi Wakuu kilichomalizika jana.

Mheshimiwa Mbatia alisisitiza: “Tangu juzi tupo hapa tukijadiliana namna ya kupata wagombea wa UKAWA wa ngazi zote kuanzia Urais, Ubunge hadi Udiwani. Kwa kiasi kikubwa tumeshakamilisha kazi ya kupata wagombea Ubunge wa UKAWA. Tumeshapata muafaka kwa zaidi ya asilimia 95 ya majimbo yote ya Uchaguzi Tanzania, na majimbo 12 yaliyobakia tunaendelea kuyashughulikia na tutayapatia ufumbuzi muda si mrefu. Tunaendelea na majadiliano juu kupata Mgombea Urais na Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano atakayepeperusha bendera ya UKAWA. Tumeshakamilisha kazi hiyo kwa upande wa Zanzibar na tutaikamilisha kwa upande wa Jamhuri ya Muungano katika muda muafaka. UKAWA iko imara sasa kuliko kipindi kingine chochote tangu Bunge Maalum mwaka jana. Hao wanaosambaza uzushi kwamba tumefarakana na kwamba sisi NCCR tumejitoa au tunataka kujitoa watafute hoja nyingine. Hii imebuma.”

Charlie Hebdo artist quits drawing Prophet cartoons

The cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad for the first issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo after the killings at the publication’s offices in January has said that he will no longer turn his pencil to that subject.

Muhammad “no longer interests me,” Rénald Luzier, who works under the name Luz, said in an interview with the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles that was excerpted on its website on Wednesday.

“I’ve gotten tired of it, just as I got tired of drawing Sarkozy,” he added, referring to the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mr. Luzier’s cover, published after an attack on the magazine’s office by Islamic extremists that left 12 people dead, featured Muhammad holding a sign reading “Je Suis Charlie,” under the caption “All Is Forgiven.”

“The terrorists did not win,” he told Les Inrockuptibles, in his full remarks, as reported by Agence France-Presse. “They will have won if the whole of France continues to be scared.”

Naskia Rais ni Kaka yako...


Walionifukuza ni watoto wasiojua kitu - Mzee Moyo

Nassor Hassan Moyo
Nassor Hassan Moyo

Halmashauri Kuu ya CCM ya Mkoa wa Mjini Magharibi imetangaza kumfukuza uanachama kada na mmoja wa waasisi wa chama hicho, Nassor Hassan Moyo. Moyo, ambaye pia ni mwasisi wa Muungano mwenye kadi namba 000007 ya chama hicho, sasa anaitwa msaliti ndani ya chama alichokitumikia kwa miaka mingi.

Amefukuzwa kwa makosa mawili; kutetea sera za serikali tatu na kutetea mamlaka kamili ya Zanzibar, mambo ambayo kwa jumla ni kinyume na msimamo wa CCM.

Katibu wa CCM Mkoa wa Mjini Magharibi, Aziza Ramadhani Mapuri, alinukuliwa akisema Mzee Moyo amefukuzwa kutokana na mwenendo wake usiozingatia maadili ya chama chake.

Moyo, ambaye ni mmoja wa vinara wa Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar walio bado hai, anasema:

“Sijashtushwa wala kushangazwa na uamuzi wao, maana wenye kufanya hivyo ni watoto wadogo na hawajui wanachokifanya.

Anasema wakati huu ambao Zanzibar inahitaji mabadiliko makubwa ya kimfumo na kiuongozi, kunahitajika watu wenye misimamo madhubuti, huku akiwanasihi kutokuwa na hofu kwani mabadiliko hayawezi kuzuilika.

“Mimi siwezi kurudi nyuma asilani kwa sababu ninachokitetea ni maslahi ya Zanzibar. Kwa hivyo, nitaendelea kukitetea na kukiamini kile nilichosimamia,” 
anaeleza.

Anasema uamuzi uliotolewa na CCM wa kumvua uanachama anauchukulia kama ni wa kitoto, kwani yeye hakuzaliwa CCM na wala hakuna wa kumzuia asiwe na maoni tofauti.

“Hatuwezi kuwa na maoni na mtazamo wa aina moja, kila mmoja ana mtazamo wake na mimi huu ndiyo mtazamo wangu, kwa hivyo siwezi kubadilika. Waache wanifukuze lakini mimi siogopi kwani sikuogopa wakati wa Mzee Karume nilipokuwa nikisema…eeeeh nitaogopa sasa hivi?” 
anahoji Mzee Moyo na kuendelea kusema:

“Basi na tukubaliane kutokukubaliana haidhuru lakini hawawezi kunifunga mdomo nitaendelea kutetea Zanzibar iwe na mamlaka yake kamili na kamwe sitorudi nyuma.
“Mimi hata mara moja sikuwahi kusema au kutamka kwamba nilikuwa mmoja wa waasisi wa Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar ya 1964, na hata mara moja sikuwahi kusema au kutamka kuwa mimi ni mjumbe wa kamati ya watu 14. Ninachosema mimi ni mmoja wa waanzilishi wa Baraza la Mapinduzi na serikali yake ya mwaka 1964”.

Kamati ya Maridhiano ambayo Mzee Moyo ndiye mwenyekiti wake.

Miongoni mwa makosa yalioorodheshwa na chama hicho yanayomhusu Mzee Moyo ni pamoja na lile la kuhudhuria mkutano wa hadhara wa CUF uliofanyika Februari 9 mwaka 2014 katika uwanja wa Tibirinzi uliopo Pemba.

Inaelezwa kuwa alipopanda jukwaani, alisema anamuamini Maalim Seif Sharif na kumkubali Mwenyekiti wa CUF.

Kosa lake jingine alilifanya Aprili 6 2014 katika kongamano lililoandaliwa na CUF. Siku hiyo Mzee Moyo anadaiwa alisema Muungano haukuletwa na ufalme na mkataba wa Muungano haujulikani ulipo.

Anadaiwa pia kutamka kuwa wajumbe wote waliokuwapo katika lililokuwa Bunge la Katiba walipaswa kutetea Zanzibar na Tanganyika na akaonya kuwa wakileta Katiba mbaya wananchi wataikataa.

Kosa jingine la Mzee Moyo kwa mujibu wa CCM, lilifanyika Aprili 30 2014, aliposimama jukwaani katika mkutano ulioandaliwa na CUF na kusema Serikali tatu ndiyo msimamo wa Zanzibar.

Kutokana na tuhuma hizi na nyinginezo, CCM wanasema Mzee Moyo alikiuka taratibu za Chama cha Mapinduzi.

Kwa mujibu wa taratibu hizo za kikatiba, mwanachama anatakiwa kuhudhuria na kutoa maoni yake katika mikutano ya chama.

Nassor Moyo ni nani?

Alizaliwa mwaka 1933. Alipata elimu yake ya msingi kuanzia mwaka 1940 hadi 47 katika shule ya Mnazi Mmoja iliyopo kisiwani Unguja.

Mwaka 1955 alikuwa miongoni mwa waanzilishi wa chama cha wafanyakazi huku yeye akichaguliwa kuwa Katibu Mkuu wa kwanza.

Mwaka 1960, alikwenda nchini Urusi kwa mafunzo ya uongozi wa vyama vya wafanyakazi kwa mwaka mmoja, kabla ya kuteuliwa na chama cha Afro Shirazi Party (ASP) kugombea ubunge wa jimbo la Mwangapwani bila ya mafanikio.

Mzee Moyo aliteuliwa kuwa mjumbe wa Baraza la Mapinduzi kuanzia mwaka 1964 hadi 1985.

Aidha kutoka mwaka 1964 hadi 1985, alikuwa waziri katika Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar na Serikali ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania.

Kwa mfano alikuwa waziri mdogo wa kazi (1964); Waziri wa Sheria wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania (Aprili – Septemba 1964); Waziri wa Kilimo Zanzibar (1964 hadi 1967); Waziri wa nchi wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania (1972-1977); Waziri wa mambo ya Nchi (1977-1980 ) na Waziri wa Kilimo Zanzibar ( 1980-1985).

Alijiunga na chama cha Afro Shirazi Party (ASP) mwaka 1957 na kuwa mjumbe wa Kamati Kuu na NEC ya chama na Katibu Mipango kuanzia 1972-1977.

Mwaka 1977, aliteuliwa kuwa mjumbe wa kamati ya watu 20 waliounda Chama Cha Mapinduzi. Alikuwa Mjumbe wa Kamati Kuu na NEC ya CCM 1977-1992 na baadaye mwaka 1987 hadi 199, aliteuliwa kuwa Katibu wa Mkoa wa Dodoma. Alistaafu rasmi shughuli za kichama na kiserikali mwaka 1996.