Chachage: #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? about the SFO's statement of facts

Even though in some cases people are not mentioned by names, the document does not mince words about those involved. Carefully crafted, the code its uses to mention some of the people have keys therein to decode them. 

[...] "A few weeks after the May meeting Minister B sent his son ST Employee Z to ST with a letter of introduction. BA said he would interview him personally, met him in July and then approved his recruitment as a graduate trainee within SS's (Shose Sinare) team. In due course, ST Employee Z played a minor part in this deal."

...the identity of this minister is already provided on page 4: "The transaction was announced to the market in February 2013. A few days after this announcement, Mr Kitiliya in his capacity as Head of the Tanzanian Tax Authority was part of the GOT team (together with the Minister of Finance known herein as "Minister B" and other government officials) participating in investor calls about this intended sovereign note placement."

His son's identity and role is also evident on page 6: "The ST deal team also included "ST Employee Z", a graduate trainee and son of Minister B who ultimately signed off on this transaction."

Google is also handy in triangulating this information. The Curriculum Vitae (CV) of one of a Member of Parliament (MPs) who fits with SFO's description contains this entry on employment history: Stanbic Bank (TZ) as the company name; Investment Banker as his position; and 2012 to 2014 as the duration. MPs champions conspiracy theories must now be feeling vindicated given that he vehemently opposed their attempt to initiate an inquiry into the death of his father so as to know if it had any connection to the diehard Tegeta Escrow Account scandal.


If there is one lesson that we can learn from these "statements of fact" from SFO, then it is this: What we have seen is just a tip of an iceberg. While it is so easy to zero in on the apparent link between EGMA, Bashir Awale, Harry Kitilya (former Commissioner General of Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)) and the 'said owner' of the plot that its website says it is located at, i.e. 'Alfa House Plot 25', in simply doing so, that is, at the expense of other facts we may lose sight of the bigger picture. When we conclude what we know on the basis of the British media we easily miss the point, nay, iceberg beneath the weight of evidence that SFO has shared.

By focusing on one 'Blacklist', we may easily find ourselves with a 'Blindspot' for the 'full list'. If what was referred to as the 'Network' (Mtandao) operated as a 'Cabal', then Magufuli's work of bursting what he refers to as boils in our 'body politic' is only beginning.

[pdf, 55 pages] UK court case: SFO vs Standard Bank plc (Now ICBC Standard Bank plc)

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Uganda to Tanzanians "Stop Provoking Us"

Ever since their president, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, 55, was elected into office on October 25, 2015, Tanzanians have turned our lives into a hell.

A day hardly passes before you read snippets on social media and in newspapers about yet another 'strange' and provocative act by this new enigmatic president in our neighbourhood.

First, we heard that he made a surprise visit to Muhimbili national hospital to check on the state of service delivery there. We hear shoulders moved because he was displeased with what he saw, and that, since then, things are changing in that hospital. Yes dear Tanzanians, good for you, but don't throw it in our faces.

Do you know how it feels for us to hear of such impossible things to be happening in a neighbouring country? You could have saved us from Idi Amin, but that didn't give you the right to keep giving us a feeling that things are wrong here. Keep your fairytales to yourselves please.

That our president has never made such surprise visits to our Mulago national referral hospital does not mean he does not care about us and our health. It is because you can afford to lose your president that you would allow him to do such risky things. Do you know how unsafe such hospitals are? Would our president's security detail fit in those wards?

If you had ever been to Mulago, you would know that the floors are also occupied; our dear liberator would have nowhere to step. And what if those old shaky beds and drip stands collapsed and injured him? Where else would we get another good president?

Besides, you should know that we are okay and not complaining. Do not make us feel like our own leaders do not care. It is true that many of them, and a few of us, come to your countries for treatment. I think you are misreading this otherwise good gesture. We only come there in a spirit of good neighbourliness and pan-Africanism, not that we lack proper medical care here.

It is in the same spirit and in promotion of inter-state relations that once in a while we may send our daughters to give birth from Germany. Simple knowledge of diplomacy that escapes you!

We also hear that, in a bid to boost government coffers, your president passed a ban on public servants' foreign travels. He ordered that all tasks that necessitated government officials to travel abroad would now be done by the country's high commissioners and ambassadors abroad. I laughed hard on this one! Does this president care for his public servants? How could a patriotic leader do that?

Here our economy is doing very well; so, we don't need lessons on spending. Our fleet of ministers, MPs, and other officials are free to travel to attend all sorts of meetings. Whether the country benefits in proportion to the expenses on their travels is not your business. Uganda is not Tanzania. Do you know our history?

Do you know how we suffered in the past? So, if you see our leaders moving in convoys of huge cars with heavy security detail, do not start making silly comparisons with your country.

Considering what the stories from Tanzania make Ugandans feel, don't you realise that our good leaders need tight security? The actions of your president are harmful propaganda for us.

Your president is not the first to call for modesty in public expenditure. We also had a president with such a sense of humour between 1986 and 1996. He wondered why African leaders would ride in expensive cars and import beds from abroad while there were cheaper options. We miss him ever since he was kidnapped by power.

Nevertheless, our current president has been so good to you. As Uganda president, he has attended three presidential handover ceremonies in your country. From Ali Hassan Mwinyi to Benjamin Mkapa, Mkapa to Jakaya Kikwete, and recently from Kikwete to Magufuli.

What more love do you need? Do you imagine how painful it is to witness things you do not believe in? And all you do to pay us back for this love is to elect a president that makes changes in Tanzania which will incite hatred for leaders in Uganda and cause demand for change!

You know that it is election time in Uganda; how could you do this to us at such a moment!

When we get our own Magufuli, we shall 'revenge'.

By Dr Jimmy Spire Ssentongo
The writer works with the Center for African Studies, Uganda Martyrs University - Nkozi.

Magufuli in "The South African: 10 things Zuma can learn from Tanzania’s new president"

He’s been office for all of three weeks and already Magufuli has earned a reputation for rocking the boat, with his no-bullshit attitude and corruption-busting plan of action.
Sure he’s the son of a farmer, but this guy’s far from simple; his first real job was a school teacher, thereafter he educated himself as an industrial chemist and eventually became Tanzania’s minister of public works. The latter position saw Magufuli tackle some of the country’s largest construction projects without even a whisper of corruption or maladministration. In fact, he’s well-known for being a-corrupt, seriously.
So what is it that makes John Magufuli so great? Well, unlike so many of his counterparts, he’s relentless in his assault on corruption, laziness, and overspending; something that no doubt has already made him very unpopular among his own political comrades as well as leaders like Zuma and Mugabe. Let’s face it; the man makes almost every other leader look like a thief.
Three weeks in office and we’ve already got at least 10 major changes to report, imagine what the man can get done in five years.
Have a look at some of this legend’s highlights so far:
He cancelled Independence Day celebrations, saying that it’s “shameful” to celebrate while people are dying of cholera. Instead, the money that would have been used has now been set aside for street and public area cleaning.
After visiting the Muhimbili Hospital for the first time and seeing the dire state of affairs, the president ordered that more than 200 million Shillings earmarked for parliamentary parties be used to upgrade the hospital facilities. Less than a week later the hospital had 300 extra beds. He then fired the entire hospital board and had broken equipment repaired.
Magufuli cut his inauguration party budget from $100 000 to just $7 000 and gave the difference to the very same hospital mentioned above.
In his first week he ordered a ban on all international travel by government officials; adding that they need to focus on the rural areas of Tanzania and the poor, while commissioners and ambassadors who are already overseas can fulfil any foreign obligations.
All first and business class flights are off limits for government officials; except the president, vice president and prime minister.
Government workshops will no longer be held at hotels and function halls. Instead, they will be held at government-owned chambers so as to use what has already been paid for.
He fired Tanzania’s chief of revenue after 350 containers listed in his books disappeared from Dar es Salaam harbour. The prime minister is currently heading up that investigation.
He appointed the country’s very first female vice president.
When he had to travel 600km from Dar to Dodoma to open parliament; he chose to drive himself rather than have government organise a jet.
Magufuli went on record in the national assembly saying that, now that he’s president “it will not be business as usual.”
Pretty f*cking cool right? Well, here’s one more thing you might like to know about “The Bulldozer;” yeah, that’s what they’re calling him.
His tagline for his presidential campaign was “Work, nothing else.”
*Drops the mic

Is Magufuli the Most Educated African President? - The Independent (Kampala)

John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, PhD, President of Tanzania
John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, PhD, President of Tanzania
It has always been said that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is among the most educated Presidents in the world. In Tanzania, the newly elected President, Dr. Pombe Magufuli may soon claim the spot as the most Educated President in Africa if not the world.

He's a holder of a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, having earned his Bachelor's Degree from the same University. He has at least seven scientific publications to his name.

Magufuli was born on October 29th 1959. He joined the ruling political party of CCM in 1977 slowly growing through the ranks to become a Member of Parliament in 1995 till 2010. In 1995, he served as the Deputy Minister for works and MP for Biharamulo East Constituency. Before his election as the CCM flag bearer, he'd been the Minister for Works and MP for Chato constituency.

Many know him as a man aggressive for results, honest and full of integrity. He becomes the fifth President of Tanzania replacing Jakaya Kikwete who has been President for 10 years. Magufuli defeated Edward Lowassa, a former Prime Minister who crossed from CCM to the opposition party of CHADEMA.

Tanzania Pres. Magufuli in the Lusaka Times, Zambia

Tanzania’s President elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party’s sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman
Newly elected Tanzanian President John Magufuli has scrapped independence day celebrations to spend the money on a clean-up campaign, an official statement said.The president has instead decreed that on that day everybody should pick up their tools and clean their backyards.

“It is so shameful that we are spending huge amounts of money to celebrate 54 years of independence when our people are dying of cholera,” Magufuli said in a statement read on state television late Monday.

Last weekend the Tanzanian parliament was going to open and there was a state dinner planned for all guests that was going to cost about 300million Shillings.President Magulufi cut the budget to 25million Shillings and ordered that the rest be taken to buy hospital beds for Muhimbili they got 300 beds and mattresses and 600 bed sheets from that money.

On Saturday 21st November 2015 a group of 50 people were about to set off for a tour of commonwealth countries but President Magulufi cut that list down to 4 people, saving government 600m shillings in tickets, accommodation and per diems.

It is said when John Magufuli was confirmed winner of the presidential election people started congratulating him and sent gifts to his place which he turned back, saying he will receive all congratulations over the phone and nobody should visit him.

Some other austerity measures include:
  • No more foreign travel, embassies will take care; if it’s necessary to go, special permission must be sought from him or Chief Secretary
  • No more 1st class and business class travel for all officials except President, Vice, and Prime Minister.
  • No more workshops and seminars in expensive hotels when their so many ministry board rooms available.
  • President Magulufi asked how come engineers are given V8s when a pick-up is more suitable for their jobs.
  • No more sitting allowances, how the hell are you paid allowance for a job which you have a monthly salary; that also applies to MP’s.
  • All individuals/firms that bought state companies that were privatized but haven’t done anything (20years later) are to either revive the industries immediately or hand them back to the government
Tanzania’s say President Magulufi has literally pressed the reset button; returning Tanzania to default factory settings which was the Tanzania Julius Nyerere left.

On the day after he was brought to power, as State House officials were showing him round he decided to take a walk to ministry of finance, told government workers to get their act together. He asked why some employees weren’t in offices and ordered the TRA to scrap all tax exemptions, everyone must pay taxes especially the big guys

President Magulufi went to Muhimbili Hospital unannounced and walked thru the worst parts that they keep hiden from important visitors and fired the director, the hospital board and ordered that all machines that weren’t working (so that people go to private hospitals owned by some doctors) to be repaired within 2 weeks otherwise he would fire even the new director.The machines were repaired in 3 days.

Finally, last week when going to officially open parliament President Magulufi didn’t go by plane, drove the whole 600km from Dar to Dodoma.

President Magulufi has reduced the size of the presidential convoy, even reduced the size of presidential delegation that travels with him.

President Magulufi chose a Prime Minister most had never heard of before, a man with a reputation for hard work and no corruption.All the big guys Tanzanians expected would be PM have been let wondering what hit them.

His motto is: Hapa Kazi Tu

Oh, they say.

Tanzania Pres. Magufuli in Australia newspapers: A lesson from Africa

AS TWO in three Australians wallow in the warm glow of Malcolm Turnbull’s first 11 weeks of procrastination, indecision and waffle, over in Tanzania a brand new president is actually getting on with doing the job.
In his first month, President John Magufuli has launched an extraordinary austerity drive (note to young readers – no, “austerity” is not a swear word) to tackle his government’s wasteful spending.
Where Turnbull has headed off parading around the world pontificating at pointless exercises like the Paris climate change conference, upon winning last month’s election Magufuli cancelled all further overseas travel and first and business class airfares for government officials. Where Turnbull has presided over endless economic gabfests where “everything is on the table” and “nothing is ruled in or ruled out”, Magufuli immediately ditched all such seminars being held in expensive hotels, insisting government ministers use their own boardrooms.
Impressively, Magufuli cancelled the Independence Day celebrations and put the money into hospitals and health. “It is so shameful that we are spending huge amounts of money to celebrate 54 years of independence when our people are dying of cholera,” Magufuli said last week.
He also slashed the budget for his own inauguration parties by 93 per cent, putting the cash into a nationwide clean up, and, in an intriguing version of our own Clean Up Australia Day, has instructed people to celebrate his election by cleaning up their own backyards. Where Turnbull boasted to Parliament that it was “no news to anybody” that he is wealthy, Magufuli is lauded for the opposite reason: as a government minister he could have made himself incredibly rich but chose not to. Determined to tackle Tanzania’s endemic corruption, Magufuli has ordered government engineers who are used to driving around in expensive V8s to go and get utes instead, and the new President immediately scrapped a plethora of special tax “exemptions” and “sitting allowances” for wealthy government officials. Where Turnbull likes to pretend he is a man of the people by tweeting on trams, Magufuli actually drives the 600km from his home town to the capital to avoid the cost of the airfare.
On an unannounced visit to a major hospital Magufuli insisted on walking through the worst sections, normally hidden from view. He then fired the director and the board, put in a new director, and told him that unless all the medical equipment was fixed within a fortnight he too would face the sack. Surprise, surprise, everything was repaired within three days.
So popular and successful is his austerity drive that his name has coined a new verb: to “magufulify”, one wit claimed, is “to make something faster and cheaper” and “to deprive public officials of their capacity to enjoy life on taxpayer’s expense”.
Even better, his measures have spawned an entire social media campaign where Tanzanians question their spending habits by asking #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? As with the best social media campaigns, these are both insightful and hilarious. One shows a trio all perched on the one motorbike dragging a wheelbarrow behind them with the caption: “My boys and myself wanted to hire a car to go to the village but then we thought #WhatWouldMagufuliDo?’’
This is practical innovation, rather than the faux-innovation that Turnbull talks a lot about but has yet to demonstrate in any tangible way. As Australian national government debt still sits around $400 billion, it’s a tragedy for our offspring that we didn’t get a John Magufuli instead of a Malcolm Turnbull.
This week, despite making vague mutterings about spending, Turnbull grandly announced there would be “no slashing and burning” of our federal budget. Rather than using his authority and popularity to sell an austerity message, he has done the opposite. The message is clear: our high debt, profligacy and government waste are here to stay. With his astronomical poll ratings, Turnbull could have done anything he wanted on gaining power – if only he’d used his popularity to offer economic leadership as inspirational as that of John Magufuli. Indeed, he justified his coup on the spurious grounds of talking up our economic performance, or some such twaddle. Yet, in the past 11 weeks we’ve had an awful lot of talk, but as the Financial Review reported on the weekend, new research shows “voters marking down the government’s performance in every policy issue of concern since Tony Abbott was replaced.”
Where Turnbull drones on about “agility”, “flexibility” and the like, Magufuli has opted for a simple three word slogan: Hapa Kazi Tu, (loosely translated “here all we do is work to serve”). Now that’s innovative.
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Waziri Mkuu Majaliwa akadhibiwa rasmi ofisi na mstaafu Mizengo Pinda

Waziri Mkuu, Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa akimkaribisha Waziri Mkuu, Mstaafu, Mizengo Pinda ambaye Novemba 30,2015 alikwenda ofisini kwa Waziri Mkuu jijini Dar es salaam kukabidhi Ofisi.

Waziri Mkuu, Majliwa Kassim Majliwa akizungumza na Waziri Mkuu Mstaafu, Mizengo Pinda ambaye alikwenda Ofisini kwa Waziri Mkuu jijini Dar es salaam Novemba 30, 2015 kukabidhi Ofisi.

Waziri Mkuu, Majliwa Kassim Majaliwa na Waziri Mkuu, Mstaafu, Mizengo Pinda wakimsikiliza Katibu Mkuu wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu, Dkt Florence Turuka aliposoma taarifa kabla ya Waziri Mkuu Mstaafu kukabidhi Ofisi, kwenye ukumbi wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu jijini Dar es salaam Novemba 30, 2015.

Waziri Mkuu, Mstaafu Mizengo Pinda akizungumza kabla ya kukabidhi Ofisi kwa Waziri Mkuu, Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa, kwenye ukumbi wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu jijini Dar es salaam Novemba 30, 2015.

Waziri Mkuu, Majaliwa Kassim Majliwa akipokea taarifa ya makabidhiano ya Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu kutoka kwa Waziri Mkuu Mstaafu, Mizengo Pinda kwenye ukumbi wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuujijini Dar es salaam Novemba 30, 2015.

Waziri Mkuu, Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza baada ya kupokea taarifa ya makabidhiano ya Ofisi kutoka kwa Waziri Mkuu Mtaafu, Mizengo Pinda kwenye ukumbi wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu jijini Dar es salaam Novemba 30, 2015. Kushoto ni Naibu Katibu Mkuu wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu Maka Kikula.

Waziri Mkuu, Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa akizungumza baada ya kupokea taarifa ya makabidhiano ya Ofisi kutoka kwa Waziri Mkuu Mtaafu, Mizengo Pinda kwenye ukumbi wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu jijini Dar es salaam Novemba 30, 215. Watatu Kushoto ni Naibu Katibu Mkuu wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu Maka Kikula.

Waziri Mkuu, Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa akifurahia katika mazungumzo na Waziri Mkuu Mstaafu Mizengo Pinda na Katibu Mkuu wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu Dkt. Florence Turuka baada ya Waziri Mkuu Mstaafu kukabidhi rasmi Ofisi ya Waziri kwa Waziri Mkuu Majliwa , kwenye ukumbi wa Ofisiya Waziri Mkuu jijini Dar es salaam Novemba 30, 2015.
(Picha na Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu).

Taarifa ya Wizara kuhusu utatuzi wa mgogoro wa wakulima wa miwa Kilombero



Bodi ya Sukari Tanzania imefuatilia na kubaini chanzo cha malalamiko ya wakulima wa miwa wanaozunguka Kiwanda cha Sukari cha Kilombelo (ILOVO).

Akizungumza katika taarifa yake, Mkurugenzi Mkuu Bodi ya Sukari Tanzania Bwana Henry Semwanza alisema kuwa, chanzo cha malalamiko yanatokana na kiwanda kuharibika bila kutarajia na kusimamisha uzalishaji kuanzia tarehe 14 hadi 18 Novemba 2015.

Hali hiyo ilisababisha miwa ya wakulima ambayo ilikuwa imekatwa kuharibika na hivyo kukosa sifa ya kuchukuliwa na kiwanda kwa ajili ya usindikaji.

Bwana Semwanza aliongeza kuwa hali hiyo ilisababisha tani 250 za miwa kutoruhusiwa kuingia kiwandani kwa vile zilishapita zaidi ya siku tano tangu miwa ilipochomwa.

“Miwa hiyo ilichomwa tangu tarehe 14 Novemba 2015 siku ambayo kiwanda kiliharibika, na kilipotengamaa zilikuwa zimeshapita siku tisa, hivyo miwa hiyo kukosa sifa na ubora unaokubalika, na hivyo ikazuiliwa kuingia kiwandani”

Akizungumzia utekelezaji wa mkataba wa ugavi wa miwa baina ya Kampuni na Vyama vya Wakulima, Bwana Semwanza alibainisha kuwa Kifungu cha cha mkataba huo kinasisitiza kutokuikubali miwa ambayo kiwango cha ubora wake uko chini ya asilimia 80 au miwa iliyopitisha siku tano tangu ilipochomwa kwa mujibu wa kifungu cha

Ili kupunguza hasara inayoweza kutokea kwa wakulima, Bwana Semwanza aliwakumbusha wakulima na wamiliki wa kiwanda kuzingatia taratibu za uvunaji wa miwa.

“ninatoa wito kwa wakulima kupitia vyama vyao kuzingatia taratibu za uvunaji kwakuwa imedhihirika pasipo shaka kuwa baadhi wamekuwa wanavuna miwa mingi zaidi ya mgao wao wa siku, mambo haya yasipozingatiwa yanaweza kuibua migogoro isiyo ya lazima ” Bwana Semwanza alibainisha katika taarifa yake.

Aidha, alisisitiza kuwa kamati iliyoundwa chini ya mkataba wa ugavi wa miwa inayojumuisha wakulima na uongozi wa Kiwanda na ambayo hukutana kila siku iendelee kuwa msingi wa kuamua kiasi cha miwa inayotakiwa kuvunwa na kupelekwa kiwandani katika siku inayofuata.
Semwanza aliongeza kuwa Bodi yake inaendelea kufuatilia utekelezaji wa makubaliano kati ya kiwanda na wakulima, na haitasita kuchukua hatua sitahiki kwa upande utakao kiuka ili kutatua migogoro inayoweza kuzuilika kwa haraka.

Semwanza alisisitza kuwa kwa sasa hali ni shwali ambapo uvunaji na upokeaji wa miwa kiwandani unaendelea kama kawaida na wakulima wameongezewa mgawo wa miwa inayotakiwa kuingizwa kiwandani kila siku.

“hali ya uvunaji inaendelea kama kawaida na mgao wa wakulima kuingiza miwa yao kiwandani umeongezwa kwa zaidi ya asilimia 50; ili kuhakikisha miwa yote ya wakulima wanaozunguka kiwanda cha Kilombero inavuwa” 

Bodi ya Sukari Tanzania inashirikiana kwa karibu na uongozi wa mkoa na Wilaya ili kushughulikia migogoro isiyo ya lazima. Alihitimisha Bwana Semwanza.

Imetolewa na:
Kitengo cha Mawasiliano ya Serikali
Wizara ya Kilimo Chakula na Ushirika
Kilimo Complex,
1 Mtaa wa Kilimo 15471

Zanzibar yaanza ujenzi wa "Public beach" eneo la Mtoni Marine

Sehemu inayoendelea kufukiwa hapo Mtoni Marine ambayo itatumika hapo baadae kwa ajili ya eneo maalum litakalotoa fursa kwa Wananchi kupata mapumziko (Public Beach) 
MRADI mkubwa wa Kimataifa wa ujenzi wa kisiwa cha kitalii ambacho kitatengenezwa kwa mfumo wa ufukiaji Bahari umeanza rasmi katika eneo la hoteli ya utalii iliyopo Mtoni Marine kaskazini magharibi ya Mji wa Zanzibar.

Hata hivyo, gharama kamili za mradi huo bado hazijafahamika wakati utakapokamilika rasmi ujenzi wake hapo baadaye.

Mradi huo unaoendeshwa na kampuni ya kizalendo ya Baghresa Group utahusisha ujenzi wa Hoteli ya Kimataifa ya ghorofa tano ya garaja la tano { Five Star * }, utengenezaji wa eneo la wazi la mapumziko { Public Beach } pamoja na kutengeneza kisiwa cha mji mpya.

Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar Balozi Seif Ali Iddi alishuhudia harakati za ujazaji wa mchanga katika eneo linalofukiwa ambazo hufanywa kwa utaalamu wa hali ya juu.

Mhandisi wa Mradi huo Bwana Ahmed Shamsi alimueleza Balozi Seif kwamba chombo maalum kinachotumika kwa kazi ya uchimbaji wa mchanga Baharini kina uwezo wa kunyonya na kusafirisha mchanga kutoka ndani ya Bahari sambamba na kukata Majabali.

Mhandisi Shamsi alisema kazi hiyo inafanyika kwa saa 12 kila siku ambapo takwimu zinaonyesha wazi kwamba uchimbaji huo wa mchanga unaokwenda zaidi ya mita 15 chini ya Bahari unafikia Tani 600 za mchanga kwa saa Moja.

Alifahamisha kwamba harakati za uchimbaji na kufukia mchanga katika eneo hilo zilizoanza Mwezi uliopita wa Novemba zinatarajiwa kukamilika mwezi Januari mwaka ujao.

Naye Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Wakurugenzi ya Baghresa Group Bwana Said Salim Baghresa alisema kwamba ujenzi wa mradi huo muhimu kwa uchumi wa Nchi utasaidia mapato ya Taifa pamoja na kutoa ajira kubwa kwa vijana Wazalendo hapa Nchini.

Bwana Baghresa alisema mfumo wa ufukiaji Bahari kwa ajili ya kuanzisha miradi ya Kiuchumi ni mfumo unaotumiwa na Mataifa mbali mbali Duniani ambapo kwa Afrika mradi kama tayari umeanza kutumiwa katika Kisiwa cha Seycheles.

Akitoa nasaha zake Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar Balozi Seif Ali Iddi ameupongeza Uongozi wa Baghresa Group kwa uamuzi uliochukuwa wa kuanzisha mradi huo mkubwa wa Kimataifa.

Balozi Seif alieleza kwamba kukamilika kwa mradi huo mkubwa ambao umeshazoeleka katika Mataifa yaliyoendelea utasaidia kuitangaza Zanzibar na Tanzania kwa ujumla Kiutalii Kimataifa.

Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar aliuhakikishia Uongozi huo wa Baghresa Group kwamba Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar itatoa kila msaada unaohitajika katika kuona mradi huo unafikia malengo uliojipangia.

Othman Khamis Ame
Ofisi ya Makamui wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar

Balozi Seif akiwa pamoja na Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Wakurugenzi ya Baghresa Group Bwana Said Salim wakitembelea kuona mradi wa Ujenzi wa Majengo Mapya ya Hoteli ya Mtoni Marine ambayo iko chini ya Kampuni hiyo kwa hivi sasa.

Chief Secretary Sefue comments on British court landmark plea deal approval over Standard Bank ($6 mil in bribes paid to Tanzanian officials)

Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Balozi Ombeni Sefue, akizungumza na waandishi wa habari Ikulu jijini Dar es Salaam leo kuhusiana na tuhuma zilizoelekezwa kwa benki ya Stanbic Tanzania kuwa imetumika katika kufanya udanganyifu wa riba ya mkopo dola milioni 600 iliyopewa serikali ya Tanzania na Uingereza kupitia Kampuni ya EGMA ya Tanzania.
1.1             Jana, tarehe 30 Novemba, 2015, mahakama jijini London ilitoza Standard Bank $ 32.2 milioni. Kati ya hizo $ 16.8 milioni ni faini inayolipwa kwa Serious Fraud Office (SFO), $8.4 milioni ni “disgorgement of profits”; na $ 7 milioni zinalipwa kwa Serikali ya Tanzania. Fedha hizo ni $ 6 milioni ambazo tulitozwa isivyostahili na $ 1 milioni ni riba ya fedha hizo. Fedha tunazorejeshewa zililipwa isivyostahili kwa kampuni ya Kitanzania iitwayo EGMA. Kesi inayohusika ilifunguliwa na SFO dhidi ya Standard Bank.

1.2             Mwaka 2012/13, Serikali ya Tanzania iliamua kukopa fedha ($600 milioni) kwa ajili ya kugharamia miradi ya maendeleo. Huu ni utaratibu wa kawaida, ambapo Serikali inaingia mkataba na Benki moja (Lead arranger) ambayo inatafuta fedha kutoka kwenye benki na taasisi nyingine za fedha. Ni utaratibu wa kawaida pia kuwa Lead Arranger analipwa ada kwa kazi hiyo.

1.3             Serikali ya Tanzania ilitoa kazi hiyo kwa Standard Bank, kupitia Stanbic (T) Ltd. Fedha tulizohitaji, $600 milioni ambazo wakati huo zilikuwa sawa na Sh.947,673,240,000.00 zilipatikana na zikatumika kama ilivyokusudiwa. Standard Bank ililipwa asilimia 2.4 ya fedha hizo kama ada yao. Mkopo ulikuwa na masharti ya grace period ya miaka miwili na nusu na kulipwa kwa miaka 7 (2019).

2.0             Uchunguzi Nchini Tanzania
2.1             Mwaka 2013 kulikuwa na matatizo kwenye Stanbic Bank (T) Ltd, wakati huo ikiongozwa na Bwana Bashir AWALE. Kwa kutumia mamlaka yake chini ya Kifungu 47 cha Sheria ya Benki Kuu ya mwaka 2006 na Kifungu 31 cha Sheria ya Benki na Taasisi za Fedha ya mwaka 2006, Benki Kuu ilifanya ukaguzi wa kulenga (Targeted Examination) benki hiyo.

2.2             Wakaguzi wa Benki Kuu, pamoja na mambo mengine, walibaini malipo yasiyokuwa ya kawaida kuhusiana na kampuni ya Kitanzania inayoitwa EGMA. Malipo hayo yalikuwa kinyume na taratibu za kibenki, na baadhi ya watumishi wa Stanbic Bank (T) walishindwa kuvumilia hali hiyo. Wakaguzi wa Benki Kuu walifuatilia malalamiko hayo na kujiridhisha kuwa uongozi wa Stanbic Bank (T) ulifanya mambo ambayo ni kinyume na taratibu zinazokubalika kibenki. Fedha kiasi cha $ 6 milioni kiliingizwa kwenye akaunti ya EGMA na siku chache baadaye zilitolewa zote kwa fedha taslimu na wala benki haikukusanya kodi ya zuio (withholding tax) kwa mujibu wa sheria ya mapato ya kodi ya mwaka 2004 kutokana na mapato ya Standard Bank kwa kazi ya ushauri iliyoifanya.

2.3             Kama ulivyo utaratibu, Benki Kuu ilitoa taarifa ya ukaguzi kwa Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Stanbic Bank (T) Ltd na kuitaka Bodi hiyo kuchukua hatua za kurekebisha kasoro ndani ya benki, pamoja na kutoa taarifa kwa Financial Intelligence Unit kuhusiana na miamala yenye mashaka kwenye akaunti ya EGMA kwa mujibu wa Sheria ya Anti-Money Laundering Act 2006.

2.4             Taarifa tulizopewa ni kuwa bodi ilikutana na kuchukua hatua zinazostahili, ikiwemo kutoa taarifa FIU kuhusiana na miamala kwenye akaunti ya EGMA, na kwa Wizara ya Fedha kuhusiana na kodi ya zuio.

2.5             Vile vile tumesikia kuwa bodi ya Standard Bank iliona kuwa makosa yaliyobainishwa na wakaguzi wa Benki Kuu ya Tanzania yalistahili kutolewa taarifa kwa SFO nchini Uingereza ambao walianzisha uchunguzi ambao hatimaye ulipelekea kesi kufunguliwa.

3.0             Udanganyifu ulivyofanyika
3.1             Kwa taarifa zilizopo, inaelekea kuwa Standard Bank ilipanga kututoza ada ya asilimia 1.4 tu, yaani $ 8,400,000. Hata hivyo ukafanyika ujanja wa kudai kuwa ati anahitajika local agent wa benki hiyo, ambaye naye alipwe asilimia 1 nyingine, na kufikisha ada yote kuwa asilimia 2.4 ($14,400,000).

3.2             Local agent huyo alikuwa kampuni ya EGMA, ambayo miamala yao kuhusiana na hizo $6,000,000 walizochukua ndiyo ilishtua wakaguzi wa Benki Kuu na taarifa kutolewa kwa Bodi ya Stanbic (T) Ltd na hatimaye Standard Bank, SFO na Mahakama Uingereza.

4.0             Uchunguzi Uingereza
4.1             Tarehe 29 Septemba, 2015, Mkuu wa Idara ya Rushwa kwenye SFO aliiandikia Benki Kuu, akiomba ushirikiano wa Benki Kuu kwenye uchunguzi na uendeshaji wa kesi dhidi ya Standard Bank Plc (ambayo sasa inajulikana kama ICBC Standard Bank Plc).

4.2             Tarehe 29 Oktoba, 2015, Benki Kuu, iliiandikia SFO kutoa taarifa kuhusu ukaguzi-lengwa ambao Benki Kuu iliufanya tarehe 15 – 19 Julai, 2013 kwenye Benki ya Stanbic Bank (T) Ltd. Ushahidi huo kutoka Benki Kuu ulikuwa sehemu ya ushahidi uliosaidia SFO kushinda kesi. Katika kipindi chote ambacho SFO ilikuwa inafanya uchunguzi, ilishirikiana na taasisi zetu ikiwamo TAKUKURU, Benki Kuu, FIU na wengine. Mafanikio haya yaliyopelekea kwenye uamuzi wa Tanzania kurejeshewa $ 7 milioni (Sh.15 bilioni/=) yametokana na dhamira  ya kweli ya Serikali ya  Uingereza na Serikali ya Tanzania kupambana na rushwa.

5.0             Hitimisho
5.1       Tunaishukuru Serikali ya Uingereza, pamoja na SFO, kwa kuonesha njia katika kusaidia nchi maskini zinazodhulumiwa na wapokea rushwa na watoa rushwa. Maana zipo nchi nyingine tajiri ambazo wanapigia kelele rushwa kwa kuangalia upande wa mpokeaji tu, na kusahau makampuni makubwa kutoka kwao yanayopenda kuhonga watu wetu. Natoa wito kwa nchi nyingine tajiri kutoa ushirikiano kama huu wa Serikali ya Uingereza. Nazishukuru taasisi zetu, Benki Kuu, na TAKUKURU, FIU na wengine kwa kutimiza wajibu wao na kutoa ushirikiano kwa SFO uliowezesha SFO kushinda kesi hii, na sisi kurejeshewa fedha ambazo zitatumika kutatua matatizo yetu ya maendeleo na kero za wananchi.

5.2       Baada ya ushindi huo uchunguzi unaendelea ndani ya nchi ili tujue hizo $ 6 milioni zimekwenda wapi, na kama zilitumika kumhonga mtu tujue ni nani. Katika hili tutaomba ushirikiano wa wenye kampuni hiyo ya EGMA ambao kwa taarifa za vyombo vya habari vya Uingereza ni Bwana Harry KITILLYA, aliyekuwa Kamishna Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania, Bwana MBOYA ambaye ni marehemu na Bwana Gasper NJUU.

Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Ombeni Sefue akiongea na Waandishi wa Habari leo, Desemba Mosi, 2015 katika Ofisi ya Mawasiliano Ikulu kuhusu Tanzania kurejeshewa dola za Marekani milioni 7 katika kesi iliyofunguliwa katika Mahakama Jijini Uingereza dhidi ya Benki ya Stanbic Tanzania

Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Ombeni Sefue (kushoto) akiongea na Waandishi wa Habari leo 01 Disemba, 2015 katika Ofisi ya Mawasiliano Ikulu kuhusu Tanzania kurejeshewa dola za Marekani milioni 7 katika kesi iliyofunguliwa katika Mahakama Jijini Uingereza dhidi ya Benki ya Stanbink Tanzania. Kulia ni Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Habari - Maelezo,  Bwana Assah Mwambene na nyuma yake ni Issa Michuzi wa Ikulu

Baadhi ya Waandishi wa Habari wakifuatilia taarifa kutoka kwa Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi kuhusu Tanzania kurejeshewa dola za Marekani milioni 7 katika kesi iliyofunguliwa katika Mahakama Jijini Uingereza dhidi ya Benki ya Stanbic Tanzania.
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Kazi yaanza katika barabara ya Mwenge-Morocco

Gari la kuchimbua "Excavator" likisafisha sehemu ya barabara kuanzia Mwenge hadi Morocco kwa ajili ya upanuzi wa barabara mbili zinazojengwa kwa fedha ambazo zilitakiwa kutumika katika sherehe za uhuru, ambazo hufanyika kila mwaka Desemba 9, ikiwa ni kutekeleza agizo la Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, John Pombe Joseph Magufuli. Agizo la kazi hiyo limeanza kutekelezwa leo jijini Dar es Salaam.

Vijana wakigombania bango ambalo limevunjwa katika upanuzi wa barabara kuanzia Mwenge hadi Morocco leo jijini Dar es Salaam.

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Mafundi wakiendelea na kazi

[video] Taarifa ya kukamatwa makontena 9 Mbezi Tangi Bovu

Jeshi la Polisi kwa kushirikiana na mamlaka ya mapato Tanzania, TRA wamekamata makontena tisa katika eneo la Mbezi Beach, Tangi Bovu jijini Dar es Salaam, makontena yanayosadikiwa kuwa yalikuwa yakitoroshwa bila kulipia ushuru ama kodi ya aina yoyote.

CCM itampa ushirikiano mkubwa Dk Magufuli

Mhariri Mtendaji wa New Habari Corporation Ltd, Absalom Kibanda akimkarbisha Karibu wa NEC, Itikadi na Uenezi, Nape Nnauye ambaye pia ni Mbunge wa Mtama, alipotembelea Ofisi za kampini hiyo leo, Sinza jijini Dar es Salaam

Habari kamili na BASHIR NKOROMO

Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), kimesema, kitampa ushirikiano mkubwa, Rais Dk. John Magufuli, ili aweze kwa ufanisi zaidi mapambano yake dhidi ya mafisadi na mikakati mingine ya kuinua uchumi wa Watanzania.

[audio] Jukwaa Langu Nov 30 2015 : Yanayofanyika yanaleta taswira gani kwa Tanzania?

Kipindi hiki hukujia kila siku ya Jumatatu kuanzia saa 11 jioni kwa saa za Marekani ya Mashariki kuijadili Tanzania ya sasa na ile tuitakayo.

Katika kipindi hiki tumejadili (mbali na mambo mengine) muelekeo wa serikali yatano ya Tanzania.

Yanayofanyika yanaleta taswira gani kwa Tanzania? Na Je!, Yataendelea ama?

Transparency International report: Corruption on rise in Africa


Corruption on the rise in Africa poll as governments seen failing to stop it

Transparency International estimates 75 million Africans paid a bribe in the past year

BERLIN, Germany, December 1, 2015/ -- A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals, according to a new opinion poll from Transparency International.

In the report People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, part of the Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International partnered with Afrobarometer, which spoke to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their country.

The majority (58 per cent) of Africans in the surveyed countries, say corruption has increased over the past 12 months. In 18 out of 28 countries surveyed a large majority of people said their government is doing badly at fighting corruption.

Despite these disappointing findings, the bright spots across the continent were in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Lesotho and Senegal. Citizens in these countries were some of the most positive in the region when discussing corruption.

For the first time, people reported business executives as highly corrupt. Business ranked as having the second highest levels of corruption in the region, just below the police. The police regularly rate as highly corrupt, but the strongly negative assessment of business executives is new compared to previous surveys.

Many Africans, particularly the poor, are burdened by corruption when trying to get access to key basic services in their country. 22 per cent of people that have come into contact with a public service in the past 12 months paid a bribe.

Of the six key public services that we asked about, people who come into contact with the courts and police are the most likely to have paid a bribe. 28 per cent and 27 per cent respectively of people who had contact with these services paid a bribe. Across the continent, poor people who use public services are twice as likely as rich people to have paid a bribe, and in urban areas they are even more likely to pay bribes.

“Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation. We call on governments and judges to stop corruption, eradicate impunity and implement Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals to curb corruption. We also call on the people to demand honesty and transparency, and mobilize against corruption. It is time to say enough and unmask the corrupt,” said Transparency International Chair José Ugaz.

It is increasingly clear that citizens are a key part of any anti-corruption initiative. However, the survey finds that corruption reporting mechanisms are often seen as too dangerous, ineffective or unclear. More than 1 out of 3 Africans thinks that a whistleblower faces negative consequences for reporting corruption, which is why most people don’t report.

“Our work as civil society is clear: we have to spread a message of hope across the continent. Corruption can be tackled. People need to be given the space to stand up against it without fear of retaliation and governments need to get serious about ending the widespread impunity.”

Transparency International recommends:

- Governments strengthen and enforce legislation on corrupt business people and anti-money laundering to curb the high volume of illicit flows from the continent. This could address the negative perception of business if those profiting are held to account.
- Governments establish right to information and whistle-blower protection legislation to facilitate the role of civil society in making public institutions more transparent, accountable and corruption-free.
- Governments show a sustained and deep commitment to acting on police corruption at all levels by promoting reforms that combine punitive measures with structural changes over the short- and medium-term. Cracking down on petty bribery has direct impact on the most vulnerable in society.
- The African Union and its members provide the political will and financing needed to implement the review mechanism established for its anti-corruption convention.

Unless it’s stopped, corruption slows development and economic growth while weakening people’s trust in government and the accountability of public institutions.

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Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.

SOURCE: Transparency International

Mkazi wa Dar akamatwa na polisi Mbeya akiwa na vipusa vya tembo na 4 wakiwa na silaha

Jeshi la Polisi Mkoani Mbeya linamshikilia Lukas Wambura (38) Mkazi wa Banana – Dar es salaam mwenye shahada ya dharura ya kusafiria ab-10044029 akiwa na vipusa vinne vya meno yadhaniwayo kuwa ya tembo vyenye uzito wa kilo 8.4 yenye thamani ya dola za kimarekani 30,000, sawa na tshs 64,140,000/=.

Tukio hilo limetokea Novemba 30 -2015 majira ya saa12 jioni katika eneo la custom – mpakani tunduma, , wilaya ya momba Mbeya.

Kamanda wa Polisi Mkoani Mbeya Ahmed Msangi amesema mtuhumiwa huyo alikuwa anavuka mpaka akitokea nchi jirani ya Zambia kuingia nchini na mzigo huo alikuwa ameuficha ndani ya begi lake la nguo.

Wakati huo jeshi hilo la polisi linawashikilia watu wanne kwa kukutwa na silaha mbili pamoja na nyara za serikali.

Kamanda Msangi amewataja watuhumiwa hao kuwani Mohamed Ndilava [55], Mkazi wa Mkwajuni, Nassora Omary [65] Mkazi wa Tabora na Mwanza Mtokambali [39] Mkazi wa Njelenje pamoja na Frank Jonas [32], Mkazi wa Bitimanyanga.

Msangi amesema watuhumiwa hao sita walikamatwa Novemba 30 mwaka huu majira ya saa 3 usiku katika kijiji cha Kapalala Wilayani Chunya Mkoani Mbeya.

Amesema watuhumiwa walikutwa na silaha moja aina ya riffle 416 yenye nambari c.6539833 na gobole moja lisilokuwa na namba, pia walikutwa na nyara za serikali kichwa kimoja cha paa, nyama ya paa na nyama ya sungura vyote vikiwa na thamani ya tshs 1,176,000/=.

Kufuatia matukio hayo Kamanda Msangi anatoa wito kwa yeyote mwenye taarifa juu ya wahalifu wakiwemo majangili kuzitoa katika mamlaka husika ili hatua za kisheria dhidi yao zichukuliwe mara moja.


Tumeshirikishwa taarifa hii na Emanuel Madafa, JAMIIMOJABLOG, MBEYA

Mlimbwende Mtanzania ashinda Miss Africa USA 2015-2016 Calendar Cover Girl

Miss Tanzania USA 2015-2016 Aeesha Kamara (kushoto) akiibuka mshindi na kuwa Cover Girl kwenye Kalenda ya Miss Africa USA 2015-2016 shindano ililofanyika New York siku ya Jumamosi Novemba 28, 2015.

Walimbwende wengine walioshiriki shindano hilo wakipita mbele ya majaji.

Wadau wakipata picha na walimbwende wakati mratibu wa mashindano ya miss Africa Lady Kate alipokua akitangaza shindi.

Ma Winny Casey (gauni jeusi) pamoja na Lady Kate (mwenye miwani) wakiwa na mamiss.

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Ray Mboya awania nafasi ya Umeya wa Manispaa ya Moshi

Msimamizi wa Uchaguzi wa nafasi ya Meya ndani ya chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) Edward Makabayo akizungumza jambo wakati wa kutangaza matokeo ya uchaguzi huo.