Tanzania unveils new discovery of ancient footprints


ARUSHA, Tanzania, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania has unveiled new sets of fresh footprints believed to belong to earliest human beings who could have walked in Ngorongoro area in northern Tanzania nearly 4 million years ago.

"The new discovery is another milestone in boosting the country's historical, cultural and science-based tourism," said Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania's Minister for Natural resources and Tourism.

Maghembe said on Sunday here that the new footprints and imprints were found at the Laetoli archaeological site within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.

According to Maghembe, the new discovery places Tanzania at the forefront of human origin research.

The new development is the results of thorough work by two Tanzanian scientists -- Prof. Fidelis Masao, a researcher and senior lecturer of archaeology, and his colleague Dr. Elgidius Ichumbaki from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Fidelis Masao said the footprints were located about 60 meters from the site where similar humanoid prints were found in 1976.

Experts led by Tanzanian archaeologist Prof Charles Musiba are still working in the area to trace the hominid footprint and trackway to see whether there could be more pre-historic human trails.

But as far as Dr. Charles Musiba is concerned, discovering humanoid trails is one thing, preserving the same is the most challenging and if ultimate care wasn't taken, the prints may disappear faster than the time taken to expose them.

So far, Tanzania is the only country in the world boasting the oldest marks of human beings in the form of hominid footprints found in Laetoli area, of Ngorongoro. These are reported to be 3.7 million years old.

Neighbouring Kenya also reported to have discovered similar footprints a few years ago, but those ones date back just 1.5 million years ago. Tanzania also has other imprints at Lake Natron shores, in Ngorongoro District, dating back some 200,000 years.

Kurasa za mbele na nyuma za magazeti ya Tanzania leo Julai 11, 2016


























Wakamatwa kwa kukashifu serikali kwa fulana yenye maandishi ‘Dikteta Uchwara’

JESHI la Polisi mkoani Dodoma linawashikilia viongozi watatu wa Baraza la Vijana la Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (BAVICHA) Taifa, kwa uchochezi na kuikashifu serikali.

Pia viongozi hao wanadaiwa kuvaa fulana zenye maandishi demokrasia imenyongwa, huku nyingine zikiandikwa dikteta uchwara.

Wanaoshikiliwa ni pamoja na Mwenyekiti wa Bavicha- Taifa, Patrobas Katambi, Katibu wa Bavicha-Taifa, Julius Mwita na Mwenyekiti wa Bavicha mkoani Mbeya, George Tito.

Kamanda wa Polisi Mkoa wa Dodoma, Lazaro Mambosasa alisema watuhumiwa hao watashikiliwa mpaka Jumatatu watakapofikishwa mahakamani.

“Hawatadhaminiwa mpaka Jumatatu, watakapofikishwa mahakamani,” alisema.

Kamanda Mambosasa alisema kitendo cha viongozi hao kuvaa fulana inayosema demokrasia imenyongwa, inamaanisha serikali inanyonga demokrasia, jambo ambalo ni la uchochezi.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari kuelezea tukio hilo Mjumbe wa Baraza Kuu la Chadema-Taifa, Joseph Kasambala alidai walikuwa katika ziara katika baadhi ya mikoa, wakianzia mkoani Mara katika Kijiji cha Mwitongo, Mwanza kabla hawajafika Dodoma juzi saa 8:00 mchana.

Alisema jana walikusudia kukutana na vyombo vya habari mjini Dodoma kuelezea hatua iliyofikiwa katika mpango wao wa Bavicha – Taifa kushirikiana na Jeshi la Polisi mkoani Dodoma, kuzuia wanachama wa CCM kufanya Mkutano Mkuu wa Taifa, Julai 23 mwaka huu.

Alidai wakiwa katika baa ya Cape Town, usiku aliwaacha wenzake na kwenda kukutana na jamaa yake mwingine na baadaye alipata taarifa za wenzake kukamatwa na polisi.

Kwa mujibu wa madai ya Kasambala, kilichomsikitisha ni kukataliwa kuonana nao alipofika kwenye kituo kikuu cha polisi jana asubuhi ambapo alitakiwa kwanza akaonane na viongozi wa Polisi wa wilaya na mkoa (OCD, RPC).

Kasambala alidai taarifa alizopatiwa kwenye kituo hicho cha polisi, zilieleza kuwa kosa wanalotuhumiwa kufanya ni kukashifu serikali, kwa kuvaa fulana yenye maandishi ‘Dikteta Uchwara’, tuhuma alizodai kuwa si za kweli.

Alionesha fulana aliyokuwa amevaa, yenye rangi nyeusi na maandiko meupe yanayosema, ‘Mwl. Nyerere: Demokrasia inanyongwa’ upande wa mbele ikiwa na maandishi ‘haki na amani’.

Alidai kuwa ziara yao inajumuisha viongozi sita wa Bavicha, akiwemo yeye, watatu waliokamatwa ambao ni Katibu Mwenezi wa Bavicha – Taifa, Edward Simbeye na Katibu wa Bavichamkoani Temeke, Hilda Newton.

Kasambala alidai kuwa baada ya kikao hicho, wangerejea Dar es Salaam, ili kukamilisha mikakati hiyo akisema ingawa wanafahamu kuwa hawana mamlaka ya kuzuia mkutano huo wa CCM, lakini wanao wajibu wa kushirikiana na polisi kama raia wema, kuhakikisha maagizo ya serikali yanazingatiwa.

Hivi karibuni, viongozi wa BAVICHA wakiwa jijini Dar es Salaam, walitangaza msimamo wao wa kuzuia mkutano huo kwa kutumia wanachama wake wapatao 4,000.

Makamu Mwenyekiti wa Bavicha, Patrick ole Sosopi, alidai kuwa vijana hao watatoka sehemu mbalimbali ili kuzuia mkutano huo wa CCM ili kusaidia Jeshi la Polisi kutekeleza amri yake ya kuzuia mikutano ya kisiasa hadi 2020.

Blow for Kenya flower exporters as Tanzania stabs where it hurts most


Tanzania has back-stabbed Kenya by chickening out of a trade pact that would have given Kenya’s exports unfettered access to the European Union.

The decision by Dar to bolt out of the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between East African Community (EAC) and the EU leaves Kenya’s exports exposed to heavy taxes. These taxes have been estimated to range from eight to 12 per cent of the value.

Kenya exports tea, coffee and flowers to the 28-member market which has lately been pushed into a fire-fighting mode after citizens of one of its members, Britain, voted to leave the union.

The decision which has come as a shocker to other members of the EAC might also spell doom to more than 600,000 workers mainly in the flower farms and fresh foods producers.

Friday, Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary for foreign Affairs Dr Aziz Mlima said his country would not sign the EAC-EU EPA citing ‘turmoil’ in the EU occasioned by the impending exit of the United Kingdom.

Apart from Kenya, the other four EAC member States - Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda- which are still classified as least developed countries (LDCs) will not be affected by this development as their low economic status allows them to access the EU market tax-free.

“Tanzania has been proving difficult and slow in firming up the new deal, which if not actualised by end of September, it will have serious implications,” said a senior government official, who asked not to be named. He added, “Tanzania’s decision is not surprising, going by her behaviour lately.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta informed the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium recently that the negotiations with the EU were concluded and the EAC member States had set a date for signing.

Currently, Kenya’s exports to the EU are categorised under the latter’s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), which applies tariffs on Kenyan exports and thereby is less favourable than the duty-free-quota-free (DFQF) scheme.

Meanwhile, the LDC members of the EAC continue to benefit from DFQF access to the EU under the Everything But Arms regime (EBA). It will be harder for Kenya’s flower exporters who have been hoping for an extension of the pact. Kenya’s horticulture risks losing about Sh4 billion a month should the levies take effect.

Kenya Flowers Council Chief Executive Officer Jane Ngige recently said that failure to sign the pact will put Kenya in an awkward position as the country needs to continue accessing the European market. “Failure to pass the deal would mean exports into Europe would be taxed to access the lucrative 28-member-State union,” said Mrs Ngige in a past interview with The Standard.

“Should Kenya miss out on signing the EPAs, trade between it and Europe would be reverted to the less generous market access terms under the General System of Preference (GSP),” she added.

Working day and night

Flower exporters will be waiting to see whether a government that promised to have the pact signed and ratified before the deadline can pull a rabbit out of a hat. The agreement is due for signing and ratification by October 1.

The Government assured flower exporters that the deal would be signed by August 1. Principal Secretary State Department of Trade at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Dr Chris Kiptoo said during the Kenya Flowers Council 20th year anniversary that negotiations were ongoing. “We want to assure you that we are working day and night to ensure that we sign the EPA by August 1, 2016 then implement it so that we meet the official deadline of September 30 and enjoy the benefits that comes with it,” said Dr Kiptoo.

According to Industrialisation and Trade Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed the talks on the new agreement were concluded and what remains is the respective nations to append their signatures. “Kenya is not negotiating as a country. We are negotiating as EAC. It is a block agreement. If we fail to meet the deadline, there will be far reaching consequences,” the CS warned.

He explained, “This deal if signed will give us leverage in the global market. We will have the opening to explore trade opportunities in the EU market, as Kenya is known for flower export and fresh production among other products. EU is a major trade partner.”

“What will delay us once we have the agreement is that it has to go through the Cabinet and Parliaments of all the EAC members for approval. Some countries have different timetables, others have just finished their elections, others going into,” he noted.

President Kenyatta also confirmed last month in Brussels Belgium, EU’s headquarters, that negotiations were complete. The agreement was first ratified in October 2014 after 10 long years of negotiations.

When the pact was signed, the four EAC countries agreed to gradually open up their market to EU imports. In exchange, all EAC’s exports would benefit from “duty-free quota-free access to the EU market.” The (DFQF) provision was particularly vital for Kenya which has since been upgraded into a developing country status.

Tanzania, which has been accused of rocking the EAC boat, has had some spats with Kenya in recent times with some observers noting that relations between the two EAC economic giants was headed to the rock-bottom.

The country also won the battle for Uganda’s crude oil pipeline after Kampala snubbed the Kenyan route citing insecurity and grid-locked land compensation system.

Flex its muscles

Also, Rwanda decided to reroute its standard gauge railway from Kenya to Tanzania in what was seen by some as a blow the Sh327 billion project. Before it was finally ratified, Kenya was reluctant on signing the deal fearing for the erosion of its infant industries.

There were fears that giving EU’s imports unrestricted access into the country will out-compete the home-grown products and thus loss of jobs. Indeed, Kenya had refused to sign the EPA, only for the EU to flex its muscles by imposing duties of between eight and a half and 30 percent on Kenyan cut flowers, coffee, tea and tinned pineapple.

Dissenting voices against trade have grown louder as the deadline approaches with some activists asking the five members of the EAC to reject the pact. “We must critically analyse what this agreement means for the EAC, it is dangerous for our trade,” said Nathan Irumba, the executive director of the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (Seatini).

Latest: Internet 2016 vs 2000 Statistics


Please be advised that the mid-year 2016 Internet World Stats and the world population have both been updated in our database. The bottom line indicates that there are now 3,566,321.015 Internet users in the world, as of June 2016. The total world population is estimated at 7,340,093,980. The penetration rate of the Internet in the world, is equivalent to 48.6%. 

These stats can be seen on the web page that we call the Big Picture because it shows the users, population and Internet penetration in main the seven world regions. Only this table has been updated on the web site More stats tables and graphs will be updated and published very soon.

Below is a table and a short summary about Internet Growth between 2000 and 2016. So without further delay, please enjoy this new issue of the IWS Newsletter.


Internet 2016 vs 2000 Statistics
The following table below shows Internet growth between years 2000 and 2016 (mid-year) for the main seven  World Geographic Regions.
World Regions
Internet
Users 2000
Internet
Users 2016
Growth %
2000-2016
4,514,400
333,521,659
7,288.0 %
114,304,000
1,766,289,264
1,445.3 %
105,096,093
614,974,023
485.2 %
3,284,800
129,498,735
3,842.4 %
108,096,800
320,067,193
196.1 %
18,068,919
374,461,854
1,972.4 %
7,620,480
27,508,287
261.0 %
360,985,492
3,566,321,015
887.9 %
Source: Internet World Stats, data accessed on July 10, 2016.
It is interesting to see that the growth rate has been very different for the various geographic regions. Most impressive is the very high growth rate for Africa and the Middle East.

The main pages of Internet World Stats for all world regions will be updated with Internet user and population for mid-year 2016. In the coming weeks we will comment about the updates and website changes. See you in the next issue with more stats and Internet news.

Best regards,

Enrique de Argaez, editor
Miniwatts de Colombia Ltda.
www.internetworldstats.com

Nasaha Islam: Maendeleo yanapotutenganisha na familia zetu


Miaka ile ya enzi zile, tulikuwa tukikaa tukizunguka moto tukisimuliawa ngano, riwaya, hadithi na simulizi mbalimbali za kimaisha.

Watoto wa rika mbalimbali, walikuwa wakikusanyika kipindi cha jioni kumsikiliza Bibi au Babu au mtu mzima mmoja akisimulia visa vya kusimumua, visa vya kishujaa, visa vilivyoweza kuamsha hisia chanya kwa vijana na wasiwe wavivu katika maisha yao.

Miaka ikasonga mbele vijana na wasichana wakakuwa na wengine wakaanza kujitegemea, wapo walio olewa na wapo walio oa. Wakakuta dunia imesonga mbele kimaendeleo, dunia ikawa imepata aina mpya za telnolojia mbalimbali.

Wengi wakawa waajiliwa kwenye viwanda na wengine wakawa wafanyakazi serikalini. Walipozaa watoto wao, wazazi wale wapya wakajikuta wamekamatika na shughuli za kutafuta maisha, wakakosa tena muda wa kukaa na watoto zao kuwasimulia hadithi au Ngano au Liwaya mbalimbali.

Chombo pekee kilichoweza kupeleka habari kwa haraka, japokuwa ilibidi umuombe opereta akuunganishe kilikuwa simu za mikonga, hakika chombo iki kilisaidia sana, japokuwa ni wachache mno walioweza kukimiliki na haswa maafisa wakubwa wa serikali.

Ilikuwa chombo iki kiitwacho simu za mikonga, unaweza kuomba kwa opereta, saa moja asubuhi akuunganishie namba fulani, ukasubiri baada ya saa moja nzima ndio simu yako inaita na kuambiwa sasa waweza kuongea umekwisha unganishwa tayari.

Na hata hivyo maongezi hakuzidi hata dakika tano, ni kiasi cha kutoa taarifa muhimu tu kama vile habari za vifo au harusi.

Chombo iki simu za mikonga, hakikuwa maarufu sana, labda kwa kuwa umiliki wake ulikuwa ni wa tabu, lakini binadamu hakuchoka, ndipo baadae nafasi ile muhimu ikachukuliwa na chombo kingine ambacho kilikuja kupata umaarufu szaidi.

Chombo iki kiliwaunganisha ndugu, jamaa na marafiki kwa kuweza kutumiana salamu na habari muhimu katika maisha yao ya kila siku. Chombo ambacho kiliweza kuleta changamoto kubwa kwenye harakati mbalimbali za kimaisha, chombo iki kiliitwa Radio.

Enzi zile Radio ilikuwa kifaa muhimu sana cha kuhabarishana, hakukuitajika tena tarishi au mjumbe kutoka serikalini kupita na ngoma yake kuwahabarisha wanachi matukio muhimu, uku akirindima kwa maneno ya "...La Mgamboo... La Mgambo Likilia Lina Jambo...!"

Nafasi ile adimu ikachukuliwa na chombo iki kiitwacho Radio, hakika chombo hiki kilikuwa muhimu sana kwa maisha ya watu wengi haswa wafanyakazi na wakulima ambao hawakuwa na nafasi kubwa ya kukaa na familia zao na kusimuliana matukio mbalimbali.

Ilikuwa tu ikifika jioni familia ikikaa pamoja na kusikiliza vipindi mbalimbali vilivyorushwa na watangazaji, ilikuwa raha sana pale unaposikia jina lako likitajwa kuwa umesalimiwa na ndugu yako au rafiki yako anayeishi mji mwingine mbali kabisa na unapoishi. Na hata wakati mwingine uliweza kuhabarishwa taarifa za misiba ya ndugu na jamaa wanao kuhusu na wasio kuhusu.

Ilikuwa kila baada ya taarifa ya Habari na mazungumzo baada ya habari, tukikaa kimya kusikiliza matangazo ya vifo, maana tulichelea labda tunaweza kusikia habari za ndugu na jamaa wanao tuhusu kupitia chombo iki kidogo cha mawasiliano.

Na si radio tu ambayo ilikuwa imeweza kuwakutanisha watu, vilevile kulikuwa na kitu kimoja kikitumika sana kupelekeana salamu na habari za kifamilia na haswa kama ilikuwa haifai kutumia chombo cha habari kama vile Radio. Hapo tuliendelea kutumia njia ambayo ilikuwa ikiendelea kutumia tangia binadamu alipoanza kujua kusoma na kuandika, nayo ni utumiaji wa Barua au waraka.

Maisha yakaendelea mbele Bara la Afrika nalo halikubaki nyuma watu wake wakazidi kupata maendeleo, kidogo kidogo kikaja chombo kipya cha kupatanishana habari na matukio. Hapo ndipo kikaingia kwenye baadhi ya majumba na haswa wale waliokuwa na uwezo wa kifedha.

Hakika chombo iki, kilileta mambo kwelikweli, maana kina sie ambao hatukuwa na uwezo nacho ilitubidi tuwe na marafiki hata kwa kulazimisha ili nasi tuweze kudoea majumbani mwao kwenda kukiangali.

Chombo iki kilikuwa na maajabu yake, maana kiliweza kuonyesha binadamu na matendo yake na tena wakati mwingine kilionyesha watu walioishi mbali sana na bara la Afrika. Ajabu sana chombo iki kiliweza hata kuonyesha baadhi ya watu ambao walikwisha fariki zamani.

Chombofkaa iki kiliendelea kupata sifa nzuri na mbaya, kilipata sifa nzuri pale baadhi ya wazazi walipoweza kurudi majumbani mwao mapema na kukaa na familia zao kwa pamoja na kukikodolea macho.

Na wakati huo huo kiliweza kusababisha baadhi ya watu kuchelewa kurudi majumbani mwao kwa sababu aidha walipitia kwenye vilabu vya pombe au majumbani mwa marafiki au ndugu zao waliokuwa na uwezo wa kumiliki chombo iki.

Chombo iki ambacho tulikijuwa kwa jina la Televisheni na baadae tukakipa jina la Runinga, bado kiliweza kutuunganisha vizuri tu.

Watu waliweza kukaa na ndugu, kutembeleana kukaongezeka na haswa ukiwa nacho basi nyumbani kwako hakutakosa wageni, aidha wawe majilani zako na watoto zao, marafiki waishio mbali na wewe na hata ndugu kutoka mikoani waliweza kufunga safari na kuja kukaa kwako masiku kadhaa wa kadha.

Wale watoto watundu waliokuwa hawapendi kukoga, waliweza kukubali kukoga kwa kuwa tu, kama hawakukoga basi hawakukaribishwa kenye majumba ambayo wanamiliki kifaa iki, na hata kama nyumbani kwako kilikuwemo, basi kilikuwa ni fimbo tosha kwa watoto wasiosikia, maana akileta ubishi au ukahidi ilikuwa ni kumwambia tu, leo hutotizama tiivii, basi kama maajabu vile utaona mtoto mwenyewe anaelekea, kama kuutumwa dukani atakwenda kama kukoga atakoga hata mara tatu kwa siku.

Na kwa wale watu wazima, kama uliwahi kugombana na rafikio au nduguyo, ilikuwa rahisi sana kuombwa au kwa wewe kumuomba muyamalize ili muendelee kuishi kama zamani, kwa kuwa tu aidha wewe au yeye alikuwa anamiliki chombo iki cha maajabu kilichoweza kuwaonyesha watu na wakifanya mambo mbalimbali ya kufuraisha na kusikitisha.

Maisha hakusimamia hapo tu, Bara la Afrika likazizima kwa maendeleo na haswa wakaazi wa Afrika ya Mashariki hawakubakia nyuma, walienda sambasamba na maendeleo hayo.

Chombo iki Runinga au kwa kifupi TV, kilipozidi kupata umaarufu, watu wengi wakawa na uwezo wa kukimiliki, labda tu kwa kuwa kiliweza kupatikana kwa urahisi, si kama miaka ile ya mwanzo mwanzo, maana sasa wale jamaa wanao fanana sana wenye majina ya ajabu ajabu yasioweza hata kutamkika vyema, walianza kuvitengeneza kwa wingi sana na kuviuza kwa kina sie tusio na uwezo mkubwa.

Runinga za bei rahisi zikamiminika toka kwao Mwenyekiti Mao, zikaenea madukani, wengi tukazipata kwa mikopo na kulipa polepole, mradi tu nasisi tuwe nazo, hatukujali kama ni za rangi hiwe nyeusi au nyeupe, wenyewe wataalamu wakiita kaladi au bleki endi waiti, sisi tulizichukuwa na kuziweka majumbani mwetu.

Hakika majumba mengi ya kina siye yalijaa furaha siku ambayo kifaa iki kilipo ingia majumbani mwetu. Watoto walikoga vizuri na kuvaa nguo safi, wale ambao awakupenda kutumwa waliwauliza wazazi au walezi wao kama kuna chochote wanataka kuwatuma gengeni au dukani basi wawatume kabisa ili wasikose au kupitwa na vipindi vya kwenye Runinga.

Wengi wetu tulio bahatika kuwa na Runinga japo ya ukubwa wa inchi 15, hatukuwa tena na muda wa kuwatembelea majilani au ndugu au jamaa zetu. Tufate nini tena ilihali nasi tunamiliki Runinga?

Kidogo kidogo, tukaanza kujitenga na jamaa zetu, rafiki zetu, na hata ndugu zetu, maana kila mmoja alikuwa akitoka kazini anarudi nyumbani na kukaa na familia yake na hata siku za mapumziko tulikuwa bize kwenye Runinga.

Nani atoke kwenda kwa jilani au ndugu yake au jamaa yake kisha akose vipindi avipendavyo na haswa zile tamsilia zenye kuendelea zisizo na mwisho

Maisha yaliendelea, Runinga ikishindana na Radio na haswa pale Radio zilipoanza kutumia frikyuensi (Fri - Kyu - ensi) za EfuEm, maana kukazaliwa vituo vya Radio bila kujali uzazi wa mpango, vituo vikazaliwa vingi kama vile panya pori. Kila kona na kila mkoa kulikuwa na Radio za EfuEmu zisizo pungua kadhaa wa kadha.

Wakati huo huo kukaanza kuenea kwa kifaa kipya kiitwacho simu ya mkononi, yaani Kilongalonga, wakati kinaanza kuingia ni watu wachache mno ndio walikimiliki na haswa wafanyibiashara wakubwa wakubwa na wale wa kati na kati.

Wengi wetu tuliojifanya tunazo, tulibakia kukibeba tu na kila tukitaka kupiga, tulichokuwa tukifanya ni kubipu na kusubiri aliyebipiwa kupiga. Na kama unao uwezo kidogo wa muda wa maongezi kwenye simu yako ya analojia, basi utapiga na kuongea sekunde zisizo zidi kumi na kisha unaangalia salio. Wapo wale kina sie ambao tulipenda kubipu na kisha kuangalia salio maana unaweza kukukuta kasi ya aliyebipiwa ni kubwa kwenye kupokea kuliko ya aliyebipu.

Mara chombo iki kiitwacho simu ya mkononi au Kilongalonga, kikabadilika ghafla bin vuu, badala ya kuwa analogi kikawa digitali, hapo sasa ndio balaa likaanza kidogo kidogo.

Hapo ndio Wabongo tulipoanza kuonyesha kuwa sisi tunajuwa kukitumia kifaa hiki, tulihakikisha kuwa hata kama hatuna ugomvi basi tutatafuta bifu na marafiki, ndugu na jamaa, na kutumiana meseji za matusi kedekede.

Tulikuwa na tabia ya kwenda studio au kuwatafuta wapiga picha kutufotoa picha za kumbukumbu, tena tukikaa kwa pozi hizi na zile. Wakati mwingine tukisubiri mpaka wiku ili kupata picha zetu.

Na wataalamu wa kifaa iki walipo ona kuwa Wabongo ni mahodari sana kwenye matumizi ya iki kifaa, wakakiboresha zaidi na kukitia akili, wenyewe wakakiita smatifoni. Hapo ndipo balaa kubwa likaanza kuenea kwenye jamii zetu zilizokuwa zikipendana na kutembeleana.

Maana baada ya ya Runinga kuingia kwenye majumba ya watu na kukata udugu na urafiki na ujamaa wa kutembeleana, smatifoni hii ndio ikaja kumalizia kabisaaa...!

Maana utake nini tena kwenye smatifone, kwa sababu smatifoni huyu ana kila kitu, Radio EfuEm yumo ndani ya smatifoni, Luninga yumo ndani ya smatifoni, smatifoni kakusanya kila kitu.

Kawakusanya hata wale kina Fesibuku, Twita, Skaipu, yutyubu, vaiba na huyu mwingine wasapu na wengine wengi tunao wajuwa na tusio wajuwa, mpaka kamera katuwekea, ilihali ya kwamba amehakikisha hakubakisha kitu na kukupa sababu ya kufunga safari kwenda kumtembelea kama si mzazi wako au nduguo au jamaa yako.

Hakuna tena kutembeleana, maana kila kukicha tunashinda tukibofya bofya tu, mara Skaipu, mara wasapu, mara Fesibuku, Twita, au vaiba.

Hata ile hamu iliyokuwepo kabla ya familia kukaa pamoja na kuangalia Runinga, imepotea kabisa, ukibahatika kuingia kwenye majumba ya ndugu zetu au marafiki zetu, wala si jambo la kushangaza kukuta kuanzia, baba mwenye nyumba, mama mwenye nyumba, watoto na hata mfanyakazi wao wa ndani na shamba boi, wote wanavilongalonga vya smatifone, na kila mmoja anabofya tu, mara uku mara kule.

Hakuna tena mwenye muda na Runinga, labda kuwe na tukio maaluma na hata hivyo unaweza kujikuta upo peke yako kwenye kushangalia Runinga, maana hii smatifone tayari ina uwezo wa kurusha matangazo ya Runinga.

Ndipo hapo sasa tumeshajitenga si na jamii yetu tu bali hata na familia zetu humu majumbani, hatuna tena muda hata wa kufundisha watoto, maana hata mtoto wa miaka mitano akitaka kujuwa kiti, anabofya tu, gugo na anapata majibu elfu kidogo, yawe mazuri au mabaya atajuwa mwenye.

Picha zisizo na maadili ndio zimeenea kupitia kifaa iki cha smtifoni, maana imefikia watu badala ya kuwasaidia waliopata ajali, ukimbilia kwanza kuwafotoa foto, ili uwe wa kwanza kurusha kwenye mitandao ya kijamii.

Hata wagonjwa waliopo ICU hawajasalimika, wamiliki wengi wa teknolojia hii ya smatifoni wamekuwa wambea kwa teknolojia hii na wana habari wasio rasmi.

Mtu atajifanya kuja nyumbani kwako au kuja kumuona mgojwa, au kuja kwenye msiba, basi nafasi hiyo ya kipekee ya kusimama na kumuombea dua mgonjwa au maiti ndio atamfotoa foto na sekunde si nyingi, mara mgojwa wa watu kajaa duniani kote ana mipira kohoni, puani na waya za vifuani, au maiti ya nduguo si ajabu ukaikuta kwenye kuta za mitandao ya kijamii, tena usishangae kuikuta haina hata stara.

Maendeleo ni nehema, lakini sisi Waafrika wa Afrika Mashariki, hatutumii hizi nehema vyema, tena na wakati hatuutumii ipasavyo, baadhi yetu hivi sasa hatuwezi kustaamiri dakika, tusivute simu zetu, tupigiwe au tusipigiwe, kila mmoja kainamia anapangusa kioo cha simu kama mganga na bao la kupigia ramli.

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Nasaha Islam: nasahazetu blog

Britain Tanzania Society AGM

Britain Tanzania Society AGM – 19th November, 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Britain Tanzania Society will take place on Saturday, 19th November at 2pm at Central Hall Westminster. We are delighted to announce that our speaker will be H. E. Asha-Rose Migiro, Tanzania High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Sabuni zitokanazo na mchikichi Kigoma



Sabuni mara nyingi tumezoea kuziona zikitengenezwa na viwanda vikubwa nchini na kupakiwa katika maboksi nadhifu. Lakini kumbe kila mtu anaweza kuwa na kiwanda kidogo cha kuzalisha sabuni nyumbani kwake na kuwauzia majirani zake na kujipatia kipato yeye na familia yake baada ya kupata ujuzi maalum kutoka kwa watalaam.

Shirika la Kuhudumia Viwanda Vidogo (SIDO) ni mingoni mwa mashirika na taasisi ambazo zimekuwa zikiwafundisha wananchi mbalimbali kuendesha viwanda vidogo vidogo na kufanya kazi za mikono pamoja na usindikaji kutokana na malighafi ambazo zinapatikana katika maeneo yao.

Akina mama wa Kigoma ni mingoni mwa waliopata ujuzi huo na sasa wao wanazalisha sabuni zitkanazo nazo mabaki ya michikichi baada ya kukamuliwa mafuta. Bei ya mche mmoja wa sabuni hii ni Sh 1,000. 

Uzalishaji wa sabuni hizo umeongeza pato la wakuliwa wa michikichi ambao awali walikuwa wakitegemea zaidi mapato kutokana na mafuta yake.


Katika baadhi ya mitaa mjini Kigoma ukipita huwezi kukosa aina hii ya sabuni ikiuzwa kwa wingi. Wauzaji wake ni akina mama na watoto ambao husaidia wazazi hao kufanya bishara hiyo na kukuza pato la familia, licha ya changamoto za soko la uhakika.



Mbali na mkoani Kigoma, sabuni hizi hivi sasa zinapatikana katika maeneo mengi nchini. 

Sabuni hizi zina majina mawili ya MZAZI na BORA. Hayo ni majina ya mihuri tu lakini si kuwa zinazalishwa na watu wawili bali kila mtu huzalisha kivyake na kupiga mihuri hiyo.

UDART yatangaza mwisho wa matumizi ya tiketi na kuanza kutumika kwa kadi tu

David Mgwasa (kushoto) na Deogratius Lazari
Na Dotto Mwaibale

SHIRIKA la Mabasi yaendayo haraka Dar es Salaam (UDART), imetangaza kuwa terehe Julai 30 mwaka huu ndiyo mwisho wa matumizi ya tiketi za kawaida kwa abiria, na badala yake zitatumika kadi.

Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa UDART, David Mgwasa ametoa taarifa hiyo alipozungumza na waandishi wa habari Dar es Salaam, asubuhi ya Jumapili ya Julai 10, 2016.
"Tiketi zitaendelea kutumiwa na wanafunzi lakini watu wengine wote watatumia kadi maalumu za kupandia mabasi yetu" alisema Mgwasa.
Alisema UDART imepunguza bei ya kadi hizo kutoka sh. 4,500/= ya awali hadi kufikia sh. 2,000/= ili kutoa fursa kwa kila mwananchi kuweza kuipata kadi hiyo na kuitumia.

Mgwassa alisema kadi zilizouzwa ni 55,000 na zilizobaki ni 150,000.

Mkuu wa idara ya Fedha wa Kampuni ya MaxMalipo iliyoingia ubia ma UDART katika mpango huo, Deogratius Lazari alisema wateja wataweza kulipia kadi hizo kupitia kwa mawakala wao waliopo katika vituo vyote vya UDART na kwa njia ya mitandao yote ya simu.


Mkuu wa Idara ya Fedha wa Kampuni ya MaxMalipo walioingia ubia ma UDART katika mpango huo, Deogratius Lazari (kulia), akizungumza katika mkutano huo.

Meneja wa Uhusiano wa UDART, Deus Bugaywa (kushoto), akichangia jambo kwenye mkutano huo.

Mkutano na wanahabari ukiendelea

Kurasa za mbele na nyuma za magazeti ya Tanzania leo Julai 10, 2016