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TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli amesema serikali imeamua kusimamisha kwa muda mfupi usiozidi miezi miwili zoezi la utoaji ajira mpya na upandishaji wa vyeo kwa watumishi wa umma kwa lengo la kupisha uhakiki wa watumishi wa umma katika orodha ya malipo ya mshahara na kuondoa watumishi hewa.

Rais Magufuli amesema hayo leo tarehe 22 Juni, 2016 katika Jubilei ya miaka 50 ya Benki Kuu ya Tanzania (BOT) iliyofanyika katika ukumbi wa Benki hiyo, Mtaa wa Mirambo Jijini Dar es salaam.

Dkt. Magufuli amesema zoezi hilo halina nia ya kuwakatisha tamaa watumishi wa umma na amewahakikishia watumishi wote wa umma kuwa serikali itaendelea kuajiri watumishi wapya na kuwapandisha vyeo waliopo kama kawaida mara baada ya kukamilika kwa zoezi.
"Serikali ninayoiongoza haina nia ya kuwakatisha tamaa wafanyakazi, lengo lake ni kujipanga kwa makosa tuliyoyafanya, na ndio maana nimesema kwa kipindi cha mwezi mmoja hivi au hata mwezi mmoja na nusu, haitazidi miezi miwili, tusiajiri mtumishi yeyote serikalini, lakini pia katika kipindi cha mwezi mmoja hatutawapandisha vyeo wafanyakazi, ninaomba wafanyakazi waelewe hili, kwa sababu tukiendelea tutakuwa tunawapandisha vyeo hata wafanyakazi ambao hawapo, tunafanya ukaguzi wote tukishamaliza wafanyakazi wataendelea kupandishwa vyeo" amesema Rais Magufuli.
Wakati huo huo, Rais Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli ameipongeza Benki Kuu ya Tanzania kwa kazi kubwa iliyoifanya katika kipindi cha miaka 50 katika kusimamia sekta ya fedha na maendeleo, lakini ameitaka benki hiyo kuchukua hatua za haraka dhidi ya baadhi ya changamoto zinazoyahusu majukumu yake.

Miongoni mwa changamoto hizo ni idadi ndogo ya watanzania wanaonufaika na huduma za benki hususani waishio vijijini, benki kutoza riba kubwa na hivyo kusababisha wananchi kuogopa kukopa kwa hofu ya kushindwa kulipa, kuilinda thamani ya Shilingi ya Tanzania, na kukusanya kodi ipasavyo kwa miamala inayofanywa kupitia simu za mkononi kwa kushirikiana na Mamlaka ya Udhibiti wa Mawasiliano Tanzania (TCRA).

Changamoto nyingine ni kusimamia ipasavyo maduka ya kubadilishia fedha (Bureau de change) ili kuthibiti utakatishaji na utoroshaji wa fedha na kuhakikisha ushukaji wa mfumuko wa bei uliotoka asilimia 28 hadi kufikia asilimia 5.1 katika kipindi cha miaka 15 iliyopita unaonesha matokeo katika nafuu ya maisha ya watanzania.

Aidha, Rais Magufuli ameiagiza Benki Kuu ya Tanzania kuchukua hatua mara moja dhidi ya benki ambazo hazizalishi faida zikiwemo benki za serikali, kufuta account mfu (Domant account) na kuanzisha mara moja akaunti moja ya mapato na matumizi ya serikali (Single Treasury Account)

Jubilei hiyo imehudhuriwa na Magavana na Manaibu Gavana kutoka nchi 18 za Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki (EAC) na Jumuiya ya Maendeleo kusini mwa Afrika (SADC), Mabalozi kutoka nchi mbalimbali, Viongozi wa Taasisi za fedha za Afrika na Makatibu wakuu wa Wizara za Fedha na Mipango wa Tanzania Bara na Tanzania Zanzibar.

Gerson Msigwa
Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Mawasiliano, IKULU
Dar es salaam
22 Juni, 2016


SERIKALI imesitisha ajira zote, kama njia ya kukabiliana na wimbi la watumishi hewa.

Kutokana na uamuzi huo hivi sasa hakuna nyongeza ya mishahara kwa watumishi wa Serikali na wakala zake pamoja na utoaji wa vibali wa likizo ya bila malipo.

Akizungumza na MTANZANIA jana jijini Dar es Salaam Katibu Mkuu Utumishi, Dk. Laurean Ndumbaro, alisema kuwa Serikali imesitisha kwa muda utoaji wa ajira, ili kupitia upya muundo wa Serikali na taasisi zake.

Alisema utekelezaji wa mkakati huo utakwenda sambamba na kusitisha kwa muda utoaji wa vibali vya ajira zote mbadala pamoja na uidhinishaji wa ajira hizo zilizopo Sekreterieti ya Ajira katika utumishi wa umma na kwenye mfumo wa taarifa za kiutumishi.

“Ni kweli tumesitisha kwa muda ili kupitia mfumo wa Serikali na hata kuangalia ulipaji wa mishahara kama upo katika malipo stahiki.

“…na hili litakwenda sambamba na hata kusitishwa malipo ya mishahara yanayotokana na upandishwaji wa vyeo kwa watumishi. Tukimaliza zoezi hili ndipo tunaweza kuanza kutoa ajira za Serikali,” alisema Dk. Ndumbaro.

Alisema muundo mpya wa utumishi wa Serikali unakwenda sambamba na uhakiki wa malipo ya mishahara, hivyo ni lazima ujue ni nani unayemlipa kuliko ilivyo sasa.

Kwa mujibu wa maelekezo hayo uhamisho na uidhinishaji katika mfumo wa watumishi ambao wamehamishwa kutoka kwa mwajiri mmoja kwenda kwa mwajiri mwingine ambao atalipwa mshahara mkubwa kuliko ule wa sasa pia utaangaliwa kwa lengo la kupata taarifa sahihi za mtumishi husika.

“Baada ya kukamilika kwa zoezi la uhakiki watumishi pamoja na tathmini ya muundo wa Serikali na taasisi zake, wote wataarifiwa ni lini utekelezaji utaendelea,” alisema.

Taarifa kutoka maeneo mbalimbali nchini, zililiambia gazeti hili kuwa maelekezo hayo yalitolewa Juni 13, mwaka huu na kusambazwa katika maeneo mbalimbali ikiwemo kwa makatibu wakuu wote, makatibu tawala wa mikoa, kwa wakuu wa idara za Serikali zinazojitegemea.

Waliotakiwa kutekeleza maelekeo hayo ya Serikali ni wakurugenzi wote wa majiji, manispaa na miji, wakurugenzi watendaji wa halmashauri za wilaya, watendaji wa taasisi za umma na watendaji wa wakala za Serikali kwa upande wa Tanzania Bara.

Kamata kamata

Wiki iliyopita vyombo vya dola vilianza kuwatia mbaroni watumishi hewa kwa kuwafuata na pingu majumbani.

Hatua hiyo imetajwa kuwa ni mkakati wa Serikali ya awamu ya tano chini ya Rais Dk. John Magufuli, kuanza kupambana na watendaji ambao wamekuwa wakiisababishia hasara Serikali ya kulipa mamilioni ya shilingi kwa watumishi hewa.

Kutokana na uamuzi huo ambapo mtumishi mmoja wa moja za za Mkoa wa Kigoma, alifuatwa na askari wa polisi na kutiwa mbaroni nyumbani kwao Ubungo Kibangu jijini Dar e Salaam.

Tukio hilo la aina yake lilitokea mchana wa juzi na kuibua hisia miongoni mwa majirani ambao waliliambia gazeti hili kuwa, askari hao walifika nyumbani kwao na mtumishi huyo na kumfunga pingu mikono na miguuni na kuondoka naye.

Kutokana na hekaheka hiyo ya watumishi hewa, taarifa kutoka wilayani Nyasa mkoani Ruvuma, zililieleza gazeti hili kuwa walimu watano wastaafu nao walikamatwa na polisi kwa madai ya kupokea mishara hewa.

Mbali na walimu hao pia alikuwepo muuguzi mmoja.

Akizungumzia na MTANZANIA kuhusu tukio hilo la kamatakamata mmoja wa waliokumbwa na hali hiyo, Marco Nyimbi ambaye ni mwalimu mstaafu wa Shule ya Msingi Muungano wilayani Nyasa mkoani Ruvuma alisema hatua ya kukamatwa kwake ilimfanya apigwe na butwaa na kushangazwa na hatua ya kukamatwa yeye na wenzake watano kwa kudaiwa kuwa ni watumishi hewa.

Hivi karibuni akizungumza Dar es Salaam, Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Rais Menejimenti ya Utumishi wa Umma na Utawala Bora, Angella Kairuki, alisema Serikali imewaondoa jumla ya watumishi 12,246 kwenye mfumo wa malipo ya mishahara kwa sababu mbalimbali, ikiwemo umri wa kustaafu kwa lazima, kufukuzwa kazi, vifo na kumalizika kwa mikataba.

Waziri Kairuki alisema kuondolewa kwa watumishi hao kumeokoa Sh bilioni 25 ambazo zingelipwa kwa watumishi hao.

Alisema kuwa fedha hizo zingepotea endapo watumishi wasingeondolewa kwenye mfumo, ikilinganishwa na watumishi 10, 295 walioondolewa kwenye mfumo kuanzia Machi 15 hadi Aprili 30 mwaka huu.

Alisema pia kuwa watumishi hewa 1,951 wameongezeka ikiwa ni pamoja na Sh bilioni 1.8.

Alifafanua kuwa ofisi hiyo ilitoa maelekezo kwa Makatibu Wakuu, Wakuu wa taasisi za umma na Mamlaka za Serikali za Mitaa, kuwasilisha taarifa ya watumishi hewa ifikapo Juni 10, mwaka huu.

Tangazo la ajira ya muda ya kukusanya ushuru wa maegesho ya magari


Taarifa ya Waziri kuhusu mlipuko wa ugonjwa Dodoma


Uteuzi wa M/Kiti Bodi ya TPA na Wajumbe 8

RAIS John Magufuli amemteua Prof. Ignas Aloyce Rubaratuka kuwa Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Mamlaka ya Bandari Tanzania (TPA) katika kipindi cha miaka mitatu kuanzia Mwezi Aprili mwaka huu.

Taarifa hiyo imetolewa na Dk. Leonard Chamuriho, Katibu Mkuu wa Wizara ya Ujenzi, Uchukuzi na Mawasiliano leo jijini Dar es Salaam.

“Kwa mujibu wa sheria Na. 17 ya mwaka 2004 ya Mamlaka ya Usimamizi wa bandari nchini rais Magufuli amemteua Pr. Rubaratuka ambaye alikuwa Mhadhiri Mwandamizi wa Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam kuwa Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya TPA,” amesema Chamuriho.

Amesema kuwa Makame Mbarawa, Waziri wa Uchukuzi ameteuwa watu wanane kuwa wajumbe wa Bodi ya Wakurugenzi ya Mamlaka ya Usimamizi wa Bandari Tanzania (TPA) katika kipindi cha miaka mitatu.

“Aidha, Waziri mwenye dhamana ya sekta ya uchukuzi kwa mamlaka aliyopewa kwa mujibu wa kifungu Na. 6(2) cha sheria Na. 17 ya TPA ameteua watu nane kuwa wajumbe wa bodi ya wakurugenzi ya TPA,” amesema.

Ametaja wajumbe hao na vitengo vyao wakiwemo Jaffeer Mchano kuwa Mkurugenzi wa Mipango na Huduma wa Tanzania Investment Bank, Deusdedit Conatus Kakoko kuwa Meneja Miradi Tanroads.

Wengine ni Malata Pascal, Mkurugenzi Msaidizi, Division of Litigation and Abritration na Masanja Kungu Kadogosa kuwa kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Kampuni ya Reli Tanzania (TRL).

Kurasa za mbele na nyuma za magazeti ya Tanzania leo Juni 20, 2016


Article by Seif Sharif Hamad - Tanzania: A Plea for Democracy in Zanzibar


There is an old Swahili proverb that a small fire can destroy a great forest.

Zanzibar is a small nation, an archipelago of islands and a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Yet what happens here will have a wider impact on the African continent and globally, in that it can either become a catalyst for economic development in the region or a target receptive to the ideas of religious radicals.

On October 25 last year Zanzibar, along with the rest of Tanzania, voted in good faith in elections that were hailed as free and fair by all the international observer missions that were present – from the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth, the African Union, the East African Community, the European Union and Britain and the United States.

Results from the polling units indicated a decisive victory for our party, the Civic United Front (CUF), in Zanzibar. But as we waited for the election to be called in our favour, a contingent of security forces surrounded the hotel where the verification of the results was underway, and the chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC), Jecha Salim Jecha, an appointee of Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), annulled the entire exercise.

That this was an arbitrary and illegal act was confirmed last week by the European Union Commission Observer mission, which concluded that the ZEC did not have the legal power to annul the elections and had supplied no evidence of the alleged irregularities that were used to justify such an extraordinary and unprecedented step.

Though our supporters, especially the youth, were angry and frustrated, we cautioned them to remain calm even in the face of provocation by the security forces because the facts were on our side and we were confident that justice would prevail.

The ZEC announced that a re-run of the election would be held on March 20. It was clear that the purpose of a new election would be to ensure a different outcome – that the ruling party would win. Unwilling to lend our name to such a fraud we decided to boycott the election and called on our followers to follow suit.

The election went ahead and the ruling party claimed a 91 percent victory. International observers refused to participate in the charade, but local and international journalists who were present said the polling areas were virtually empty and we calculate that less than 15 percent of the electorate turned up to vote.

The EU and the U.S. declared that that the elections were neither inclusive nor credible. The board of directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government program, suspended its partnership with Tanzania and put on hold $472 million worth of aid for electricity projects.

Why would Tanzania put its democratic credentials into disrepute over the surrender of such a tiny sliver of power?

We negotiated a pact with the CCM in 2010 to ensure that whichever party came out on top in Zanzibar, there would be a coalition government. This was to forestall the violence seen around previous elections and to ensure that no section of the community would feel shut out of government.

Some have speculated that it was simply a case of “RPS” – “ruling party syndrome” – and attributed it to the authoritarian streak in the CCM, which has effectively been in power since 1961.

But when it comes to Zanzibar there is another, deeper dimension. The ruling party in Dar es Salaam has expressed fear that a truly democratic Zanzibar would opt for self-determination outside of Tanzania.

Secession is not our policy, as we have repeatedly made clear. What we do seek is a redefinition of our relationship with the mainland, not to end the union, but to give us the freedom to rise to our potential as an island economy.

For too long Zanzibar has been economically and politically stifled by the hastily-arranged marriage with Tanganyika which was promoted by the U.S. and Britain in 1964 out of fear that Zanzibar was becoming an African Cuba.

Tanzania was a staunch friend of the West during the Cold War despite its ties to the Soviet Union and China, and until today is one of the major beneficiaries of development assistance from Washington.

Zanzibar has fared less well. In the 52 years since union our famed cosmopolitanism, our record of educational excellence and our status as a trading hub has diminished. For decades our economy has stagnated and our development indicators have declined.

What we offered our people in last October’s elections was the vision of an unshackled future. Through our location alongside the great highway of the Indian Ocean and our deep connections with the Middle East and South Asia we could become the Singapore of Africa.

From our beautiful tropical beaches you can almost see the coast of East Africa. History and geography tie us to that economically-rising region and to the inland markets and export trades of the Great Lakes region.

A new and imaginative set of assumptions based on economic development could create a new partnership between Zanzibar and Tanganyika, benefit the Indian Ocean trading zone and bring prosperity to East and Central Africa.

Furthermore, Zanzibar is a cultural bridge between Africa and the Gulf, and with the inclusive and tolerant Islam that is practiced by Zanzibaris, a successful and flourishing democracy in the islands could serve as a model of the peaceful co-existence of democracy and Islam to the rest of the Muslim world in the Indian Ocean.

Democracy is not just an abstract concept to Zanzibar. We are fighting for more than just the right to vote every five years. We are open, in the short term, to a caretaker government of national unity for Zanzibar, which should be set up as a matter of urgency. And we are prepared to go to new elections under the auspices of a neutral international body.

Until that time, we have initiated a campaign of peaceful non-violent resistance to mobilize our people and to make the statement that Zanzibar cannot return to business as usual.

Our fear is that as long as democratic avenues remain closed, religious radicals will find an opening. Zanzibar has long-standing connections to other centres of Islamist militant activity such as Somalia, parts of the east coast of Kenya and of course the Middle East.

Zanzibar provides almost a textbook example of the conditions that lead societies to fall prey to violent extremism: poor economic governance; poverty and unemployment, especially among the youth; an abiding sense of desperation and injustice; and all of this with no channels for political expression.

That is why we refuse to extinguish hope and why we implore the international community, especially the United States, to get serious about our struggle for democracy. This is about much more than Zanzibar.

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Seif Sharif Hamad

India looks at growing pulses in Tanzania to tackle dal shortage


The Indian Government is exploring the feasibility of contract farming of pulses in African countries -- Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi -- as it looks for a long-term solution to domestic shortage and high prices.

A delegation may visit Mozambique to examine the possibility of growing pulses through contract farming, a senior government official said on Saturday.

"For long-term solutions of the pulses crisis, we are exploring the option of working with Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi. These countries grow tur and arhar similar to our domestic varieties. So, we are exploring this option," the official said.

Stating that farming is unorganised in these countries and done at a very small scale, he said the government will explore the option to take land for contract farming with the involvement of private players. The other option could be offtake agreement with these countries.

The official, however, acknowledged absence of sufficient infrastructure in these countries to raise output and facilitate imports, in which case India may have to offer help.

"No decision has been taken so far. It is only at a discussion stage. These countries have no company or trading organisation for exports or to do contract farming," the official said.

A delegation might visit Mozambique soon to explore these possibilities as well, he said.

Production of pulses is estimated to have declined to 17.06 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop year (July-June) due to drought while domestic demand is around 23-24 million tonnes.

The country imported about 5.5 million tonnes last fiscal, largely through private trade, but it was not enough to cool the skyrocketing prices, which have gone up to Rs. 200 per kg in the retail market.

Short- and Longer-Run Impacts of Management Training: An Experiment in Tanzania

May 2016 

Abstract 

This paper reports the results of a randomized controlled trial of short-term training programs featuring Kaizen management for small garment manufacturers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We collected baseline and follow-up data of the firms in treatment and control groups four times in the span of four years with negligible incidence of attrition. The data reveal that the training intervention improved significantly the management practices of the treated firms, and that the impact remained significant even three years after the intervention. Moreover, the initially insignificant impacts of the training on value added became significant three years later for a sub-group of the treated firms that received both classroom and on-site training components. The data and interview materials indicate that the training effect on business performance was reinforced by the treated firms’ adaptive efforts to select useful management practices and to modify them to fit their business operation. Keywords: Africa, Randomized controlled trial, Management training, Small and medium firms, Industrial cluster.

Full paper available at: pubdocs.worldbank.org

Drug cartel has two factories running in Tanzania; Network spread over Colombia, Morocco, Pakistan


Two months after Mumbai Mirror reported about former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni's involvement in the Rs 2,000-crore ephedrine haul case, Thane police, on Saturday, named her as a key accused and said that they would seek her extradition from Kenya - where she is currently believed to be residing.

"We have included Mamta Kulkarni's name in the first information report (FIR) and are in the process of getting a Red Corner Notice against her. Earlier, we have issued a RCN against her husband Vicky Goswami," Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh told media persons on Saturday.

Two witnesses, in their statements recorded under Section 164 in the presence of a magistrate, referred to 44-year-old Mamta as not only the 'face' of the drug racket, but also credited her with calling the shots.

This, coupled with inputs from the US Drug Enforcement Agency that is already probing Mamta's husband Vicky Goswami's involvement in international drug rackets, helped Thane police name the actress as a prime accused.

Mumbai Mirror had reported in April that Mamta was a central figure of an international drug racket after Thane police seized 20 tonnes of ephedrine from a Solapur factory worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore. According to the police, gangs in India, Poland and some other European countries had planned to send the consignment to Eastern Europe from Mumbai via Gujarat.

The witnesses also named one Abdullah, an international narcotics dealer from Kenya, who is also Vicky's partner-in-crime and operates from Tanzania. The police believe that Abdullah tried to set up a factory in Kenya's Mombasa and already has two factories running in Tanzania.

Mamta featured in several Bollywood movies in the 1990s, including the Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Karan Arjun. Police said that as Vicky could not leave Kenya because of an Interpol notice against him, he asked Mamta to meet clients in Dubai, Singapore, South Africa and the US.

Incidentally, Vicky and Mamta were detained by Kenyan authorities in 2014 on the charge of drug trafficking. Vicky, 52, was earlier imprisoned for 25 years in the United Arab Emirates in 1997 for trafficking around 11.50 tonnes of Mandrax but was released in November 2012 on grounds of good conduct. In 2013, he married Mamta Kulkarni. The couple is reportedly based in Mombasa in Kenya.

The Bollywood angle

It has also emerged that the police are probing a couple of Bollywood distributors and a film financier after the police found that they had been in regular touch with Mamta.

"There is a Bollywood link to the racket and we are probing the roles of some old associates of Mamta," Singh added.

Far-reaching narcotic web

Mamta allegedly also struck business deals with drug networks in Maharashtra, and Vicky used her name to carry out bank transactions. The couple allegedly routed huge sums from drug deals through the hawala channel.

According to the police, the absconding-accused Kishore Rathod, and Jay Mukhi were old friends and Rathod owed more than Rs 2 crore to Mukhi. It was Rathod who asked Mukhi to sell the ephedrine consignment and get back his money. Mukhi, in turn, roped in Manoj Jain - the owner of Avon Sciences factory in Solapur. Rathod was also the one who introduced Vicky to the gang and used to route their consignments through Kenya with Vicky's help.

Mukhi and Jain have both been arrested by Thane police.

Since April when the rich drugs haul was effected in Mumbai, Thane and Solapur, the Thane police have nabbed a total of 10 accused and filed a chargesheet against them in a local court earlier this week.

Another seven accused are still wanted in the case being probed by the Anti-Narcotics Cell of Thane police.

Officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Thane Police are also probing Vicky's alleged drug operations in Africa and Europe, as it is suspected that he is the main conduit of the Eastern European drug cartels. In fact, the police said that he had facilitated a meeting between top drug lords at a 54th-floor apartment in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, during which Mamta was also present. Mamta and Vicky had also been present in another meeting comprising the same set of people, which was held in a hotel in Kenya.
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Investigations into the operations of the ephedrine racket busted by the Thane police Crime Branch have indicated that the cartel, which has players like actor Mamta Kulkarni and her husband Vicky Goswami, has its network spread over several countries.

The India end of the racket spans Solapur, Thane, Mumbai and Gujarat, while the international networks reach as far as Colombia, Morocco, Pakistan and Africa.

According to the police, shortly after a meeting held between key cartel players, including Kulkarni, Goswami, his partner Abdullah from Tanzania, arrested accused Jay Mukhi and Manoj Jain, Mukhi, who was handling the operations in India, sent 100 kilograms of ephedrine to Tanzania.

“The ephedrine was driven to Mumbai and handed over to an accomplice based on Mohammed Ali Road, who sent some of it to Tanzania and the rest to Kenya. In return, Goswami sent several crores of rupees through a hawala route from Kenya to Gujarat to Mumbai. The gang had selected a godown in Virar to store the ephedrine in the future,” said Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

The police have also found that some of the accused in the case were in touch with small-time Bollywood actors, and the police are now working on to find out the nature of this interaction.

On the international end, the police have found indications of Goswami being in touch with drug lords in Columbia, Morrocco and Pakistan. “Mukhi and Jain had a meeting at a Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai on April 8, where two Moroccan drug lords were present. Besides, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States has shared some information with us, according to which Goswami is in touch with Colombian drug lords,” Mr. Singh said.

A source said that there had been recent inputs about Goswami being in contact with drug lords in Pakistan as well, and this was being verified.

Another important player is Abdullah, who owns Saburi Pharma company in Tanzania, which, the police said, is a front for the cartel’s operations. It is here that the ephedrine was processed into amphetamine. “The DEA currently has one team in India and another in Africa, which is looking into the cartel’s operations in Kenya and Tanzania. Information is being shared on a regular basis,” said an officer with the Thane Crime Branch.

From $10,000 per night, A new private island escape off the coast of Tanzania


Private islands are something of an escape theme in 2016, and off the coast of Tanzania a new entry looks set to make a real mark. Thanda (www.thandaisland.com; from $10,000 per night), a 20-acre island estate owned by a Swedish technology investor and philanthropist, about 100 km south of Dar es Salaam – from which it’s accessible by private helicopter or boat – is now quietly available for weekly buyouts. 

Beyond the whitewashed five-bedroom villa, whose cool palette brings something of a Gustavian sensibility to proceedings, are a few bandas and beach tents for kids and additional guests. 

The owners offset the indulgence factor with real sustainability efforts; the entire island is solar-powered, and a percentage of lettings proceeds goes into education and health initiatives for the 60,000-strong local population of nearby Mafia Island.

Chinese woman 'Ivory Queen' in Tanzanian court accused of smuggling more than 700 tusks

Story cross-posted from UK's The Telegraph

Yang's restaurant in Tanzania (credit: China Daily)
Yang Fenglan once described herself the “best example of friendship between China and Tanzania” - but more than four decades after first arriving in the African country she faces a 30-year prison sentence there for smuggling tusks from over 350 elephants.

The 66-year-old has the appearance of a frail, elderly lady, and has been depicted in Chinese media as the innocent victim of a witch-hunt carried out by the African country for political reasons.

But in Tanzania - where she has been nicknamed the “Ivory Queen” - Yang is accused of being the head of an international smuggling ring responsible for more than $2.5m (£1.7m) worth of tusks being trafficked from the country to the Far East.

Court documents said that Yang “intentionally did organise, manage and finance a criminal racket by collecting, transporting or exporting and selling government trophies” weighing a total of 1.889 tonnes, Reuters reported.

She is in court this week accused of smuggling 706 pieces of ivory between 2000 and 2004. She denies all charges.

US-based conservation group, Elephant Action League, described Yang as "notorious".

“It’s the news that we all have been waiting for, for years,” the group’s founder Andrea Crosta said when Yang was charged last October. “We must put an end to the time of the untouchables if we want to save the elephant.”

Beijing-born Yang was one of the first Chinese graduates to become an expert in the Swahili language when it was being promoted by the Chinese government ahead of a new rail-building project between Tanzania and Zambia Railway in the 1960's.

She acted as a translator for the project between 1970 and 1975, and established a long affection for the country after meeting her husband during that period.

The couple’s daughter was named "Fei" – a Chinese character which means ‘Africa’.

Having been required to return back to her home country following the completion of the project, Yang’s next opportunity to return to Tanzania came in the 1990's when many Chinese with language abilities sought opportunities abroad on the back of China’s rapidly expanding global reach.

In 1998 she opened Beijing Great Wall Investment Ltd and a Chinese restaurant in the same building in the consular district of Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam.

“Now I do not count on the restaurant to make money. Instead, I see it as a place where people from China and Tanzania can communicate, get to know more friends and conduct information exchanges,” Yang told the China Daily in 2014, after becoming the secretary-general of the Tanzania China-Africa Business Council.

The Global Times newspaper said Yang was being unfairly targeted by police in Tanzania, quoting associates saying that she was unaware that local employees had been involved with ivory trafficking.

She was being ‘demonised’ by a government seeking to score political points for acting tough ahead of an election, the newspaper said.

However, reports in Africa allege that she had been acting as a link between African poaches and buyers in China for more than a decade before her arrest at the end of a car chase in Dar es Salaam.

The population of East Africa’s elephants shrank from 110,000 in 2009 to little more than 43,000 in 2014, according to a survey released last year.

Experts believe that most illegal ivory is sold in China — where products made from the material are seen as status symbols — with some estimating the country accounts for as much as 70 percent of global demand.

Beijing has made efforts to curb the trade, stepping up prosecutions of smugglers and seizures of ivory at border posts, but campaigners say the measures have not gone far enough.

Additional reporting by Ailin Tang

The arrest and release of Tanzanian musician and activist, Vitali Maembe


Maembe Vitali, Tanzania’s most passionate musician and activist, was arrested in Bagamoyo, Tanzania on June 7 and released the following evening according to Vitali's personal Facebook page as well as East African TV.

Vitali was charged with trespassing at the Bagamoyo College of the Arts (TaSUBa: Taisisi ya Sanaa na Utamaduni Bagamoyo) and disobeying police orders.

His case has been taken to court as the only ‘remedy’ to this perceived ‘security breach’ on campus.

Vitali suffered injuries due to excessive force by police and went to a private hospital for treatment on Thursday following his release on Wednesday evening.

Vitali explained that the police denied him the right to a “PF3,” a legal form confirming his injuries.

His arrest triggered an avalanche of online support by fans, colleagues, and fellow activists who posted photos and song clips, commiserated with the circumstances of his arrest and demanded his release through the hashtag #FreeMaembe.

Vitali's arrest occurred when students at the arts college staged a protest against school exams.

Student activists refused to sit for an exam administered privately by the college, instead demanding that the exam aligns with and is recognized by VETA (Vocational Education and Training Authority of Tanzania).

Students intended to hold a peaceful rally, singing and holding signs yet Vitali reports that Acting Head of TaSUBa Mr. Michael Kadinde called the police to intervene.

The police sprayed tear gas on the student protestors, sparking violence. Police immediately arrested Vitali when he arrived on campus, accusing him of instigating the student protest.

Vitali's outspoken disdain for fraudulent administrative practices at the College of the Arts has caused a breach between him and the college, where he once studied music.

Police said that Vitali ‘demanded to be let inside and when he was asked to leave, he refused.’

This is strongly contested by Vitali himself as well as Rose Peter Maigunga, a witness to Vitali's violent arrest.

Vitali is expected to appear at the Bagamoyo District Court on June 22 to defend his case.

Now in Dar es Salaam recovering from his injuries, his supporters are calling for help on his behalf.

Diana Kamara, a student at the University of Dar es Salaam, reported that Vitali is looking for legal assistance in Dar es Salaam or in Bagamoyo.

She wrote:
Art is not the boil [that will burst] the nation, rather, it’s a burden…This is our chance to get to the essence of our questions. Let’s have a dialogue about evil and powerlessness. And let’s not stop at the College of Arts in Bagamoyo — let’s also look at the state of Butimba College or the Department of the Arts at the UDSM [University of Dar es Salaam] or UDOM [University of Dodoma]. History can't overturn what happened, but this is our chance to explore — without fanaticism, egotism or exclusiveness — how artists are not part of the problem. We ask, what is the position of art and culture in our country, both in terms of the government and society at large? (Translation of the Original Quote).
Kamara urged fans to listen, analyze and contextualize the messages inside Vitali's songs.
“It’s our collective responsibility,” Kamara explains, “to share Maembe's vision and message as widely as possible, as this is his ultimate motivation for creating his music in the first place.”
Kamara concludes,
“Wherever Vitali is in the world, I am not worried, because [his activism] has opened our eyes. Yes, let’s show him compassion, but so that his arrest is not a waste, let’s all take it upon ourselves to get to work.”
Mohamed Ismail Rwabukoba asked:
Today Vitalis Maembe is beaten and attacked as if he is a robber. Is speaking the truth his crime? (Translation of the Original Quote)
Another Facebook user Rachael Mwikali wrote:
My dear Maembe Vitali you are truely a Fighter.
AFRICA is proud to have you as a Son.
Sending you positive energy,quick recovery and lots of love.
Aluta Continua
Tina Mfanga observed:
You are not a soldier, you are not a rebel, they should understand that you are just a fighter… Yes, a fighter of a noble cause.
Maembe Vitali has made a name for himself as an activist, musician, teacher, life coach and counselor, promoting the arts as a powerful tool for political expression.

Known widely for producing and singing original songs about corruption and inequality, fans refer to Vitali as “Baba ya Ukweli” (“Father of the Truth”) and “Sauti Yetu” (“Our Voice”).

From 2012-2013, Vitali took his politics to the streets on a national tour called “Chanjo ya Rushwa,” (“Vaccination Against Corruption”), which covered all regions of Tanzania offering free community shows with his band, The Spirits, followed by open, public debates to “give people a voice on the problems of corruption, laziness and selfishness.”

The vision: “people will be able to discuss vivid situations and identify causes and solutions.”

The controversial tour ended in 2013 amidst security concerns, though Vitali continues to rail against corruption at all levels of government and has called out the Bagamoyo College of the Arts on various accusations of fraud, corruption, and theft.

Supporters insist this arrest was the unjust outcome of living in a climate of heightened censorship, with Tanzania’s new Cyber Crimes Act actively repressing opposition and dissent, especially online.

Vitali founded and directs Jua Arts Center in Bagamoyo, often collaborating with his students as a teacher and mentor.

Students attend weekly rehearsals and gather to learn about community building and social change.

He teaches music, theory and community organizing as a way to encourage young people to speak ‘truth to power’ and to use music as a tool to critically examine Tanzania’s most pressing social issues.

The CDEA (Culture & Development East Africa) has referred to Vitali as a ‘patriotic musician,” collaborating with him to raise funds for CDEA arts programming through pledges to support his 2014 Kilimanjaro climb.

Through his music, Vitali channels freedom fighters and visionaries like Julius Nyerere, Frantz Fanon, and Biko with playful guitar riffs and signature acoustic sounds that invite listeners to consider new possibilities.

“I’m a musician, but my music is more for the streets, it’s not really for radio, or television or the disco,” Vitali explained in an interview during the Green Peace Music Festival.

In response to Tanzania’s 2015 presidential elections, Vitali composed the 2014 song“Vuma,” (“Blow”), which begins with an address to mothers everywhere: “You, mama, inside your home everyday, come outside, you’ll hear the news blowing [in every direction].”

He goes on to sing about the troubled union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the controversial Mtwara gas pipeline, arrogant politicians in parliament, and the pent up frustrations of everyday Tanzanian citizens who want economic justice, transparency and stability.

Vitali's forceful arrest in Bagamoyo occurred in the same week opposition leader Zitto Kabwe, of the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT), wassummoned by police commander Wambura in Dar es Salaam for delivering a speech on “Protecting Democracy” on June 5 in Dar es Salaam, in which Kabwe called on supporters to continue to question the government in an effort to protect and stimulate a multi-party political system that values citizen engagement.

In his speech, he warned against totalitarianism and corruption and urged Tanzanians to question, criticize and correct decisions made under the leadership of President Magufuli of CCM (Chama cha Mapinduzi / The Revolutionary Party), who recently won the election of 2015 despite voter rigging accusations and a debacle on the islands of Zanzibar, where the opposition party CUF (Civic United Front) claimed a premature victory and still insists a botched election.

Kabwe was released and no charges were filed, yet the government banned ralliesfrom all political parties just two days later.

While no direct correlation exists between the two arrests, the message is loud and clear: opposition voices will be silenced.

Last week's arrests raise difficult questions about the constitutional right to gather, form opinions, exchange ideas, and protest. It also underscores the power of the police to disrupt, intimidate and intervene at the slightest hint of dissent.

TIFI: Tanzania to host the largest gathering of International Investors next month


12-14 July 2016 | Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania / -- The Tanzania International Forum For Investments (http://www.tziforum.com) is scheduled to take place at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, 12-14 July 2016.

With confirmed funding commitments amounting to US$1 billion and confirmed participation from global investors and funding institutions in control of more than US$200 billion, the Tanzania International Investment Forum For Investments is set out to be the largest gathering of international investors in Tanzania.

Confirmed participating companies include Credit Suisse International, Africa Finance Corporation, Nedbank, UK Climate Investments, Pembani-Remgro Infrastructure Fund, Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, Intertoll Africa (Pty) Ltd, Advance Consulting, Netherlands, Letsema Consulting & Advisory (Pty) Ltd, Afriwise Consult, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Advanced Finance & Investment Group ("AFIG Funds"), Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries – Netherlands, CRDB BANK PLC, ZHE Africa, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Kibo Mining Plc, Rand Merchant Bank, Frontier Investment Management (FIM), German International Cooperation (GiZ), Mkoba Private Equity Fund, Kibo Capital Partners, CrossBoundary LLC, Metier Sustainable Private Equity, SME Impact Fund, MasterCard, Public Investment Corporation -Africa’s largest asset manager and many more.

The Forum aims to generate more than $4 billion in potential investments and funding commitments.

The TIFI 2016 world class programme comprises intimate highly-interactive sessions that give entrepreneurs, investors and financiers the best platform to build relationships and forge business-to-business and business-to-government partnerships.

The Forum will showcase specific investment opportunities in key sectors including Agriculture & Agro-processing, Tourism, Energy, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, telecommunications & ICT, Mining, and Financial services; and is expected to attract investors and participants at decision making level, comprising local and foreign companies, heads of public institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.

In addition, an exhibition is planned to take place on the side-lines of the Forum to showcase selected export products and display foreign exhibitors as well to market their products. The Forum is expected to secure investment pledges and commitments, joint venture partnerships between local and foreign companies, financial arrangements, and export orders among a few of the deliverables.

With networking support before, during and after the event, TIFI 2016 is a MUST ATTEND EVENT.

“We welcome investors throughout the world to participate in the TIFI 2016 and explore the abundant opportunities available in Tanzania, where return on investment is among the highest in Africa. Should you wish to partner with local investors, we are ready to be of service to link you with credible local companies” - Godfrey Simbeye, Executive Director, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation.

To register, please contact Gadi Mbuya, CEO, Shades of Green Congresses

Tel: + 255 (0) 27 2050081; + 255 (0) 27 2050082, Fax: + 255 (0) 27 2050083
Mobile phones: +255 755 747901; +255 789 655690; +255 759 005481
Email- [email protected]; [email protected]

For further details on the Forum, please refer to the forum website www.TZiforum.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Gadi Mbuya, CEO, Shades of Green Congresses
Tel: + 255 (0) 27 2050081; + 255 (0) 27 2050082, Fax: + 255 (0) 27 2050083
Mobile phones: +255 755 747901; +255 789 655690; +255 759 005481
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Briefing of the 6th ordinary summit of ICGLR heads of state and government in Luanda on June 14th


PRESS RELEASE

THE 06TH ORDINARY SUMMIT OF ICGLR HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT HELD IN LUANDA, ANGOLA ON 14TH JUNE, 2016


The Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) met in Luanda, Angola, on 14th June, 2016 at the invitation of His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos, President of the Republic of Angola and ICGLR Chairperson, to review the political and security situation in the Region. Also in attendance were; H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Joseph kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), H.E. Denis Sassou N’guesso, President of the Republic of Congo. H.E. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa also attended as the Guest of the Chairperson. Other ICGLR Member States were represented by the Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers of Foreign Affairs. 

Hon. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga (MP), Minister of the Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, represented H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to this Summit and also led Tanzanian delegation to the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC), held on 12th June, 2016. It should be recalled that this Summit was scheduled to take place in February 2016; however, it was thought worthwhile to postpone the meeting to a later date due to the lack quorum. 

The Summit whose theme “Accelerating the effective implementation of the Pact and its Protocols for a more democratic and stable Great Lakes Region” reiterated its primary responsibility to find lasting solutions to peace and security challenges in the region and reaffirmed its strong commitment to the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its relatedProtocols.

Among the agenda items, the Summit received and considered the reports and recommendations of the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of Defense held on 11th June, 2016, meeting of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) held on the 12thJune, 2016. After consideration of reports, the Summit decided as follows:-
  1. Welcomed the resumption of the East African led Inter-Burundian Dialogue held from 21stto 24th May, 2016, in Arusha, Tanzania and encouraged the Government of Burundi and the opposition parties to commit to that process. The Summit also recommended that the Facilitator of the Inter-Burundi dialogue, H.E. Benjamin W. Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, be invited to future Ordinary Meetings of the RIMC to brief Member States on the progress of the dialogue;
  2. Commended DRC Government for the preparations of political dialogue aiming at creating a conducive climate for the next elections. Further urged all Congolese political actors to participate in the dialogue and provide full support to the work of the International facilitator appointed by the African Union Commission;
  3. Resolved to redouble regional efforts to neutralize all negative forces including FDLR, ADF, LRA and others which continue to disturbalise the region.
  4.  Urged the UN and other concerned parties to accelerate the repatriation of disarmed ex-combatants of the FDLR in the cantonment camps to Rwanda or resettlement to a third country outside the region.
  5.  Welcomed the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity, and appealed to the region and the international community to sustain support to the government and the people of South Sudan for the sake of peace and stability in the country;
  6. Supported the efforts of the Republic of Sudan to lift the unilateral and coercive economic sanctions imposed on it by the United States of America, and note with alarm the disproportionate and indiscriminate human cost of these measures on the Sudanese civilian population, and in particular women and children.
  7. Commendedthe outgoing Executive Secretary, Prof. Ntumba Luaba, for the good services rendered to the organisation during his term, and wish him well in his future endeavours. Thereafter, approved the appointment of Amb.Zachary Muburi-Muita as the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR for a term of 4 years, effective 14/06/2016.
  8. The Summit avails itself of this opportunity to congratulate the Governments and People of the Republic of Uganda, the Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania for having conducted peaceful, fair and transparent general elections.
  9. The Summit finally expressed its profound appreciation to the Government and the people of the Republic of Angola for the warm hospitality extended to all delegations, and for the excellent facilities placed at their disposal to enable the success of the Summit.
Issued by Government Communication Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation
17 June 2016

Maelezo ya Wizara ya Mambo ya Nchi kuhusu fursa za biashara ndani ya Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki


Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Biashara, Uwekezaji, na Sekta za Uzalishaji katika Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Mashariki Bw. Geoffrey Mwambe.

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI.

Uhuru wa kufanya biashara ndani ya Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki.

Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Mashariki inapenda kuwajulisha wafanyabiashara wa Tanzania na wananchi wote kwa ujumla kuwa wanaweza kutumia fursa za biashara zinazopatikana katika soko la nchi wanachama wa Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki (EAC) kwa kuuza bidhaa zao ndani ya nchi wanachama yaani Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda pamoja na sisi wenyewe Tanzania.

Wafanyabiashara wanatakiwa kuchangamkia fursa hiyo kwa kuwa ni haki yao na ni utekelezaji wa malengo ya Jumuiya ambayo yemebainishwa katika Mkataba wa uanzishwaji wa Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki kifungu namba 5 ambapo Jumuiya ilianzisha Itifaki ya Umoja wa Forodha (The East African Community Customs Union).

Chini ya Itifaki hiyo wafanyabiashara wa Nchi Wanachama wana uhuru wa kufanyabiashara ndani ya Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki bila kutozwa ushuru wa forodha ilimradi bidhaa zao zimezingatia vigezo na kufuata utaratibu ulioainishwa katika Itifaki hii.

Japokuwa Sudan Kusini imeridhia kujiunga na Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki bado fursa za kufanya biashara nchini humo hazijakamilika. Hii ni kwasababu nchi hiyo imejiunga na Jumuiya hivi karibuni na hadi hapo itakaporejesha ‘Instrument’ yaani zile hati za kujiunga na Jumuiya baada ya kufuata utaratibu wa nchi hiyo, ndipo itakuwa mwanachama kamili ambaye atafurahia matunda haya tunayoyaongelea hapa. Yaani, Sudani Kusini itaingia kwenye utaratibu wa utekelezaji wa Itifaki na makubaliano mbalimbali yaliyofikiwa katika Jumuiya.

Ili mfanyabiashara hasa mdogo aweze kufanya biashara katika Soko la Jumuiya hii anapaswa kufuata utaratibu ufuatao:

a. Mfanyabiashara/ Msafirishaji anatakiwa kufika kwenye kituo chochote cha forodha kilichopo mpakani akiwa na bidhaa yake anayotaka kuuza kwenye Soko la Jumuiya.

b. Akiwa Kituoni hapo, msafirishaji atatakiwa kupatiwa cheti cha Uasilia wa Bidhaa Kilichorahisishwa (Simplified Certificate of Origin) ambacho hutolewa bure na ofisi za Mamlaka ya Forodha Tanzania zilizopo mipakani.

c. Mfanyabiashara atatakiwa kujaza taarifa zinazotakiwa kwenye cheti hicho kama vile jina kamili la msafirishaji, anuani, nchi anayotoka, maelezo ya bidhaa na thamani ya bidhaa. Afisa forodha wa kituo husika atajaza maeneo yanayomhusu na kugonga muhuri katika cheti hicho.

d. Mfanyabiashara atatakiwa kuonesha cheti cha uasilia wa bidhaa wakati akiingia kwenye nchi mwanachama anapotaka kuuza bidhaa hiyo.

e. Cheti cha uasilia wa bidhaa ni kwa ajili ya mfanyabiashara mdogo mwenye bidhaa isiyozidi dola za Kimarekani 2000. Aidha, mfanyabiashara mdogo halazimiki kuwa na wakala wa Forodha.

f. Mfanyabiashara mdogo anatakiwa kufuata taratibu zinazohitajika na taasisi nyingine zinazohusika katika kuruhusu uingizaji / uagizaji wa bidhaa kama vile:

- Mamlaka ya Chakula na Dawa Tanzania (TFDA),
- Shirikia la Viwango Tanzania (TBS) na mamlaka nyingine.

Wizara inatoa wito kwa wafanyabiashara na wananchi kwa ujumla iwapo watakutana na vikwazo visivyo vya kiforodha wakiwa katika Nchi Wanachama, wawasilane na Wizara kupitia Mawasiliano yaliyoanishwa hapo juu.

Aidha, wafanyabiashara pia wanaweza kutoa taarifa za vikwazo wanavyokutana navyo kupitia mfumo wa ujumbe mfupi kwa kuandika neno ‘NTB’ na kutuma kwenda namba 15539. Vilevile kwa madereva wa magari makubwa wanaosafirisha mizigo kwenda Nchi Wanachama utaratibu umewekwa ambapo madereva hao wanaweza kutoa taarifa za moja kwa moja kwa Jeshi la Polisi kupitia namba0713631780iwapo watakutana na vikwazo visivyo vya Kiforodha vya barabarani. Kadhalika wafanyabiashara pia wanaweza kuwasilisha malalamiko yao juu ya Vikwazo visivyo vya Kiforodha kupitia tovuti ambayo ni www.tradebarriers.org

Wizara inahimiza wafanyabiashara kutumia njia halali za kuvusha bidhaa kwenye mipaka ya Nchi wanachama kwani njia zisizo halali (Njia za panya) hupelekea wafanyabiashara wengi kudhulumiwa bidhaa au mali zao, kuvamiwa, kuumia na wakati mwingine kuuza bidhaa kwa bei ya hasara. Watanzania wanaweza kufanya biashara ndani ya Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki na bidhaa zao kutolipa ushuru wa forodha ilimradi wamezingatia taratibu zilizokubalika katika Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki. Aidha, mfanyabiashara atatakiwa kuwa na hati ya kusafiria pindi anapotaka kuvuka mpaka kwenda Nchi Mwanachama wa Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki.

Imetolewa na:
Kitengo cha Mawasiliano ya Serikali,
Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Mashariki
Dar es Salaam, 16 Juni 2016.


Mkuu wa Kitengo cha Mawasiliano na Msemaji wa Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Mashariki Bi. Mindi Kasiga (Kulia) akiwaeleza waandishi wa habari (hawapo pichani) fursa za biashara zilizopo katika soko la Afrika Mashariki na taratibu zinazotakiwa kufuatwa, badala ya kutumia njia sizizo halali kuvusha bidhaa zao mipakani. Mkutano huo na Waandishi wa Habari ulifanyika mapema leo katika Ukumbi wa Kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere. Kushoto ni Bw. Geoffrey Mwambe.

Katuni ya tuzo ya Mo Ibrahim: Kwani mliambiwa mi sina viatu...


Dar es Salaam — Former President Jakaya Kikwete will not be a beneficiary of the multi-million dollar Mo-Ibrhaim prize for influential and transformative African Presidents in retirement.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced on Thursday that there would be no winner for the Ibrahim Prize of Achievement in African Leadership for 2015, the fifth time the prize has gone begging since its inception in 2006.

Tanzania would now have two retired presidents who failed to clinch the prize. Former President Benjamin Mkapa who left office in 2005 after serving for 10 years did not qualify for the same prize and was beaten to it by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chisano. Kikwete succeeded him as the country's fourth Head of State.

-- 
The Citizen via AllAfrica

Katibu Mkuu CHADEMA safarini Ujerumani

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

Katibu Mkuu wa Chama, Dkt. Vincent Mashinji ni miongoni mwa wajumbe 23 kutoka nchi 20, duniani walioalikwa kuhudhuria kongamano litakalojadili, pamoja na masuala mengine, umuhimu wa sauti za wananchi kupitia vyombo vya uwakilishi kama bunge, katika maendeleo ya taifa na watu wake.

Kongamano hilo litakaloanza Juni 20-25, mwaka huu nchini Ujerumani, pia litajadili mikakati ya kampeni na kushinda uchaguzi, hususan kwenye mazingira yenye changamoto mbalimbali za kisiasa huku pia wakijifunza umuhimu na nafasi ya Serikali za Mitaa katika maendeleo ya wananchi.

Kupitia kongamano hilo, Katibu Mkuu Dkt. Mashinji pamoja na washiriki wengine watajadili kwa kina na kubadilishana uzoefu wa ushindani wa siasa kutoka maeneo mbalimbali, huku pia wakijifunza umuhimu wa kutumia teknolojia ya mawasiliano kupambana na changamoto za kisiasa, hasa katika nchi zinazoendelea.

Mada zingine katika kongamano hilo zitahusu; mawasiliano kati ya serikali na wananchi, kuwasaidia vijana kutambua umuhimu wa siasa na kushiriki. Aidha, watajifunza mafanikio ya chama tawala cha Ujerumani, CDU, namna ambavyo kwa miaka 70 sasa, mipango, mikakati na sera zake zimesaidia kuboresha maisha ya Wajerumani kiasi cha taifa hilo kuongoza kwa maendeleo barani Ulaya.

Mbali na Katibu Mkuu Dkt. Mashinji kutoka Tanzania, kongamano hilo la majira ya joto, litawakutanisha washiriki kutoka nchi za Ufaransa, India, Ujerumani, Ghana, Philippines, Mexico, Mongolia, Argentina, Ukraine, Poland, Bolivia, Cambodia, Syria, Tunisia, Uganda, Kurdistan, Venezuela, Hoduras na Ugiriki.

Imetolewa leo Jumamosi, Juni 18, 2016 na;

Tumaini Makene
Mkuu wa Idara ya Habari na Mawasiliano

[update - audio, video ya hotuba] Maalim Seif ahitimisha ziara ya nchini Marekani




Juni 18, 2016, Katibu Mkuu wa Chama cha Wananchi (CUF), Maalim Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad alifanya mkutano kuzungumza na waTanzania waishio nje ya nchi kupitia wale waishio jijini Washington DC.

Hii ilikuwa sehemu ya shughuli zake alipokuwa katika ziara yake ya siku 14 nchini Marekani na Canada.

Ameeleza mengi kuhusu uchaguzi wa Zanziba, kilichotokea, kilivyotokea na namna wanavyotafuta suluhisho la mgogoro wa kisiasa, kikatiba na kisheria uliopo nchini Zanzibar.

Karibu umsikilize...


Baada ta hapo, wahudhuriaji walipata nafasi ya kuuliza maswali. Karibu uwasikilize...
 

Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad
Makamo wa Kwanza Mstaafu wa Rais wa Zanzibar na Katibu mkuu wa Chama Cha Wananchi (CUF), maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, jana alimaliza ziara yake nchini Marekani iliyochukua muda wa wiki moja.

Maalim Seif alikhitimisha ziara yake hiyo kwa kufanya mkutano wa hadhara ambapo alipata nafasi ya kuongea na Watanzania waishio nchini humu ambapo alitaja lengo la ziara yake kuwa ni kuuelezea ulimwengu kukhusu kile kilichotokea Zanzibar kufuatia uchaguzi wa Oktoba 25, 2015 na mwelekeo wa demokrasia nchini Tanzania kwa ujumla.

Aliielezea ziara yake hiyo nchini Marekani kuwa imezaa matunda. “Sina budi kumshukuru Mwenyezi Mungu kuwa tumeeleweka na ziara yetu imezaa matunda” alisema Maalim Seif.

Kukhusiana na zoezi la uchaguzi wa mwaka jana Visiwani Zanzibar, Maalim Seif alisema kuwa, uchaguzi huo ulihudhuriwa na waangalizi wa Kimataifa na wa ndani kutoka pande zote za Muungano, Bara na Zanzibar, na wachunguzi wote hao walithibitisha kuwa uchaguzi ulikuwa huru na wa haki. “Waangalizi wote, wote kabisa, walikiri kuwa uchaguzi ulikuwa huru na wa haki”, alisisitiza kiongozi huyo na kuongeza kuwa “Ulikuwa uchaguzi bora kabisa kuliko chaguzi zote zilizotangulia Zanzibar”

Aliuulezea mchakato wa uchaguzi kuwa ulikwenda vizuri mpaka kufikia tarehe 27 Oktoba ambapo jumla ya Majimbo 34 ya uchaguzi yalikuwa tayari yameshatangazwa, na mengine 9 yakiwa yameshahakikiwa ikiwa bado kutangwazwa tu. Na kwa upande wa udiwani na Uwakilishi, uchaguzi ulikuwa umeshakamilika na washindi kupewa shada zao za ushindi.

“Kufika hapo vikashuhudiwa vituko vya Tume ya Uchaguzi khususan Mwenyekiti wake”, alisema Maalim Seif, na kufuatiwa na uamuzi wa Mwenyekiti wa Tume ya Uchaguzi Bwana Jecha Salum Jecha kufuta uchaguzi wote kwa ujumla hapo tarehe 28 Oktoba 2015.

Katibu Mkuu huyo wa CUF na ambaye pia alikuwa mgombea urais wa Zanzibar katika uchaguzi huo, alikielezea kitendo cha Mwenyekiti wa Tume ya uchaguzi kuwa hakikuwa cha kisheria, kilichokiuka taratibu za Tume ya Uchaguzi, na kusisitiza “Kwa kitendo hicho, Mwenyekiti wa Tume ya Uchaguzi aliingiza nchi katika mgogoro wa Kikatiba”.

Kufuatia mgogoro huo wa Kikatiba, Maalim Seif, mwenye uzoefu wa siasa za Zanzibar, alichukua hatua za kujaribu kutatua mgogoro huo, ambapo moja ya hatua hizo muhimu ni kuwasiliana na Rais wa Zanzibar Dkt Ali Mohammed Shein ambaye pia alikuwa akiwania kuchaguliwa kwa kipindi cha pili.

“Niliona mgogoro baada ya kufutwa kwa uchaguzi, na kwa hivyo nikachukua juhudi za kuwasiliana na kiongozi mwenzangu ili kuitoa nchi kutoka kwenye mgogoro”, alifafanua Maalim Seif, na kuendelea kuwa walikubaliana kukutana katika vikao vilivyowajumuisha viongiozi wa Serikali ya Zanzibar ya wakati huo, na wale waliopita.

Mazungumzo kati ya viongozi hao yaliendelea na kufikia jumla ya vikao 8 bila kuzaa matumda, ambapo mada kubwa iliyojadiliwa ilikuwa ni iwapo Mwenyekiti wa Tume alikuwa na haki ya kuufuta uchaguzi. “Kubwa tulilolijadili awali ilikuwa ni iwapo Mwenyekiti wa tume ana haki ya kuchukua uamuzi wa kuufuta uchaguzi”, alielezea Maalim Seif, na kuendelea kuwa “Pili ilikuwa ni kurudiwa kwa uchaguzi, jambo ambalo mimi nililipinga”

Hata hivyo, Maalim Seif alidokeza kuwa hatimaye alikubaliana na wazo la kurudiwa kwa uchaguzi lakini kwa sharti la kusimamiwa na Umoja wa Mataifa, wazo ambalo lilikataliwa. “Niliposhauri uchaguzi urudiwe chini ya usimamizi wa Umoja wa Mataifa, walikataa”, alisema Maalim Seif.

Katibu Mkuu huyo wa CUF, aliamua kujitoa kwenye mazungumzo ya kutafuta suluhu ya mgogoro wa kisiasa Zanzibar baada ya kutangazwa uchaguzi wa marudio bila kufikiwa mwafaka kwenye mazungumzo yaliyokuwa yakiendelea. “Tuliendelea na vikao mpaka walipoamuru Tume kutangaza marudio ya Uchaguzi”, alidokeza.

Sehemu ya hadhira wakimsikiliza kwa makini Maalim Seif 
Chama cha CUF kiliamua kuususia uchaguzi wa Marudio wa Zanzibar uliofanyika tarehe 20 Machi 2016, uchaguzi ambao wataalamu wa mambo ya kisisasa pamoja na wachunguzi waliohudhuria waliuelezea kuwa haukuwa wa haki, khususan ikizingatiwa kiwango kidogo cha watu waliojitokeza kupiga kura ambacho hakikuzidi asilimia 12 ya watu wote wenye haki ya kupiga kura.

Maalim Seif aliyaelezea yale yaliyotokea baada ya Uchaguzi wa mwaka jana kuwa yameirudisha nyuma Zanzibar na Tanzania kidemokrasia, khususan ikizingatiwa kuwa kabla ya hapo palikuwa na serikali ya Umoja wa Kitaifa Visiwani Zanzibar, kufuatia mwafaka kati yake na Rais Mstaafu wa Zanzibar Dkt Amani Abeid Karume ya mwaka 2009.

Alitahadharisha dhidi ya kauli za Wahafidhina wanaodai kuwa Serikali haiwezi kutolewa kwa vikaratasi, na kuonya kuwa hali hiyo inatuma ujumbe mbaya kwa vijana. “Ikiwa utawanyima vijana nafasi ya kuleta mabadiliko kwa njia ya kura, unawaambia nini? Alihoji Maalim Seif na kuonya “Lazima hii isimame.”

“Haki ya Umma na sauti zao lazima zisikilizwe”, alisisitiza.

Mkutano huo wa Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad ulihudhuriwa pia na Mwenyekiti wa Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) Tawi la Diaspora Bwana Kalley Pandukizi.

Maalim Seif yupo nchini Marekani kwa mwaliko wa Taasisi ya Mikakati na Tafiti za Kimataifa ambapo Jumatatu iliyopita alihutubia kwenye Taasisi hiyo. Aidha yeye na ujumbe wake wamepata nafasi ya kukutana na viongozi mbali mbali wa serikali ya Marekani.

Katika juhudi hizo za kutafuta uungaji mkono wa Kimataifa kwa madai ya demokrasia Zanzibar, na Tanzania kwa ujumla, Maalim Seif ambaye anafuatana na Mkurugenzi wa Mambo ya Nje na Uhusiano wa Kimataifa wa Chama cha CUF Bwana Ismail Jussa, pia alifika kwenye Makao Makuu ya Umoja wa Mataifa jijini New York, ambapo aliielezea ziara yake hiyo kuwa ilikuwa ya ufanisi.

Maalim Seif na ujumbe anaofuatana nao unaomjumuisha pia Mkuu wa Watumishi katika Ofisi ya Katibu Mkuu wa CUF, Bwana Issa Kheir Hussein wanatarajiwa kuondoka leo kuelekea nchini Canada.