Herbalife Agrees To Pay $200 Million To Settle Complaints It Deceived Consumers


Herbalife has agreed to pay $200 million to reimburse consumers who lost money on its nutrition supplements and will also make major changes in its sales and distribution practices, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Friday.

The FTC filed a complaint accusing the company of deceiving consumers about how much money they could make selling its products, noting that most Herbalife distributors make no money at all.

But federal officials stopped short of calling the company a pyramid scheme and allowed it to keep operating. That was seen as a victory for the company on Wall Street, where Herbalife had become the target of a short-selling campaign by investor William Ackman.

Still, the FTC had extremely tough words for Herbalife and made clear it sees many of its practices as deceptive.

"Herbalife is going to have to start operating legitimately, making only truthful claims about how much money its members are likely to make, and it will have to compensate consumers for the losses they have suffered as a result of what we charge are unfair and deceptive practices," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez.

Among other things, the FTC said Herbalife would have to revamp its compensation system so that participants are rewarded for how much they sell, not simply for signing up new distributors.

At least two-thirds of a participant's compensation must be based on actual sales that can be tracked and verified, it said.

"This settlement will require Herbalife to fundamentally restructure its business so that participants are rewarded for what they sell, not how many people they recruit," Ramirez said.

The FTC said in a statement that the overwhelming majority of Herbalife distributors earn little or no money:
"Finding themselves unable to make money, the FTC's complaint alleges, Herbalife distributors abandon Herbalife in large numbers. The majority of them stop ordering products within their first year, and nearly half of the entire Herbalife distributor base quits in any given year."
Harsh as the decision seems, it is a big blow to hedge fund manager Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management, who has been trying for years to tar Herbalife as little better than a pyramid scheme.

Ackman reportedly shorted the company by a billion dollars, essentially betting that it would fail, in which case he would have made a lot of money. But after the FTC's announcement allowing Herbalife to keep operating, its stock price rose.

Herbalife said in a statement that many of the FTC's allegations are "factually incorrect" but chose to accept the settlement to avoid lengthy and costly litigation.

"Moreover, the Company's management can now focus all of its energies on continuing to build the business and exploring strategic business opportunities," the statement said.

"The settlements are an acknowledgment that our business model is sound and underscore our confidence in our ability to move forward successfully, otherwise we would not have agreed to the terms," said chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson.

Job: Food Security Monitor, Consultant - Tanzania

Organization: Chemonics
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 01 Aug 2016

Chemonics seeks a part-time food security monitor consultant to support USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). FEWS NET is a leading global provider of objective, evidence-based food security information and analysis to inform decisions on humanitarian response and other assistance programs. FEWS NET collaborates with international, regional, and national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and analysis of potential, emerging, and/or evolving food security issues. FEWS NET monitors Tanzania as a non-presence, remote monitoring country. To support its monitoring, Chemonics seeks a food security monitor consultant to collect information from partners and field visits, and to strengthen FEWS NET’s relationships with partners.

The food security monitor will collect, evaluate, and report information on food security conditions and observed anomalies in food security relevant indicators, and assist with classification of current and projected food security outcomes. The consultant will facilitate access to food security related data and information, maintain contact with food security partners in Tanzania, and support/participate in relevant meetings and activities as necessary. This is a part-time consultancy, up to 10 days per month. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:
  • Collect relevant food security information from partners
  • Maintain strong relationship with partners (i.e. World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, Ministry of Agriculture, etc.)
  • Participate in MUCHALI information sharing meetings
  • Liaise with the East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya regularly
  • Travel to areas of concern to collect information, as necessary
  • Deliver information on current and expected food security conditions to the East Africa Regional Office and assist the East Africa Regional Office with classification of current and expected food security outcomes, alerts, and special reports (as needed) about Tanzania ​
  • Supervise cross-border data collection by cross-border monitors Participate in IPC analysis of Tanzania based on monitor availability and as required
Qualifications:
  • A university degree in a discipline relevant to FEWS NET work, such as agricultural economics, agronomy, nutrition, climatology, anthropology, or social geography
  • Experience working with and coordinating partners, networking, and collaboration
  • At least five years of relevant experience in early warning/food security information systems, food security analysis, or other related fields
  • Experience in and knowledge of the following technical areas: food security, markets and trade, livelihoods and household economy approach (HEA), agro-climatology (agro-meteorology, remote sensing, GIS, etc.), nutrition, agricultural sciences (crops, livestock, pasture, etc.), field assessments (quantitative and/or qualitative), integrated food security phase classification (IPC), analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent computer skills. GIS applications and mapping skills an advantage
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication and writing skills
How to apply:

Send electronic submissions to [email protected] by August 1, 2016. Please include "food security monitor consultant" in the subject line. This position is based in Dar es Salaam and is open to all qualified Tanzanian national citizens. No telephone inquiries. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

In addition, please download and complete Chemonics’ equal employment opportunity self-identification form and submit it separately to [email protected] with only "food security monitor consultant" in the subject line. If you prefer not to disclose your sex, race, or ethnicity, you may check “I do not wish to complete the information requested.” Thank you for completing the form and supporting our equal employment opportunity reporting requirements.

​​​​Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.​​​​

Job: EQWIP HUBS - Country Manager - Tanzania

Organization: Canada World Youth
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 24 Jul 2016


Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Project Title: EQWIP HUBS: Powering Youth Innovation for Sustainable Livelihoods

Starts: September 2016

Status: Manager Level, contract

Schedule: Full-time

Salary: 4000-4500 CDN per month including benefits

INITIATIVE DESCRIPTION

EQWIP HUBS is a dynamic platform of diverse actors and young people working together to develop solutions to both local and global social, economic and environmental challenges in six countries around the world. EQWIP, an innovative youth serving partnership between Canada World Youth (CWY) and Youth Challenge International (YCI) has brought together a global consortium including UN-HABITAT, TakingITGlobal (TIG) and the Education Development Centre (EDC) to collaborate on this initiative.

Through 17 youth centered EQWIP HUBS in urban areas in six countries, participatory programming supports young people in accessing a sustainable livelihood. Key project interventions include the provision of proven employability and entrepreneurship training, access to finance through an innovation fund, and global and national networking through an innovative on line platform. Through the engagement of a multi-stakeholder EQWIP HUB Network, EQWIP HUBS fosters a supportive and responsive enabling environment for youth livelihood activities by providing mentorship, coaching and access to capital. The EQWIP HUB Network will strengthen the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders and civil society related to youth mainstreaming for policies, products and services.

EQWIP HUBS is a team of energetic, skilled and passionate individuals who are motivated by the prospect of exploring new and creative approaches to solving complex global challenges.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Country Manager for Tanzania, reporting to the Chief of Party based in Ottawa, will bring initiative, innovation and leadership to the management of the EQWIP HUB project, across the national EQWIP HUB locations and will be accountable for achieving project results at the country level.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provide leadership and management for the delivery and oversight of the project in Tanzania.
  • Monitor and manage annual and multi-year program budgets, ensuring compliance with programme, donor regulations and requirements.
  • Mitigate risk by identifying areas of risk and take steps to reduce vulnerabilities.
  • Carry out management responsibilities in accordance with project’s policies and applicable laws including recruitment, development, performance management, risk management to ensure quality project delivery.
  • Ensure preparation and submission of financial and project activity reports according to the project reporting processes and standards.
  • Ensure and manage conditions for performance and project delivery through staff and in- country Canadian volunteers.
  • Provide guidance, support and leadership to Canadian volunteers.
  • Provide guidance regarding tools and strategies to ensure that programming is based on input from stakeholders, a thorough understanding of the context, and technical best practices.
  • Ensure program quality and timely program delivery through implementation of project review systems, comprehensive M&E systems, and staff/partner development.
  • Remain well-informed about national and regional issues affecting youth and where possible position the project to respond appropriately.
  • Lead the development and update of sector strategies in relevant areas of programming and ensure it is complimentary to strategic planning at both the country level and globally.
  • Provide strategic support to ensure that activities are meeting their goals and targets, recommend program adjustments when necessary to keep the project on track.
  • Liaise and coordinate with technical consortium partners, implementing partners and key local/national actors (public and private sector) to ensure effective delivery of activities.
  • Engage private sector and relevant actors in forming a multi-stakeholder network to support youth employment/entrepreneurship objectives.
  • Perform other duties as delegated by the Chief of Party.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Applicant must be citizen of Tanzania.
  • University Diploma.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible management and leadership experience at a management/director level.
  • Understanding of, and compatible vision, for effective community development with a focus on networking and organizational management skills.
  • Ability to work with and through partners.
  • Demonstrated passion for working with youth and an understanding of the current situation for young people.
  • An appreciation of the contribution of volunteers to international development and ideally, experienced in supporting or working with volunteers.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships and deliver programming through a range of stakeholders, including civil authorities, community group leaders, donors, private sector and other international NGOs, on initiatives.
  • Experience with current approaches to adult learning, participatory methods for M&E and partnership development.
  • A successful track record in supervising, designing, managing and implementing donor-funded projects.
  • Sound financial planning and budget management skills.
  • Proven ability to develop, implement, monitor and deliver results through work plans and training plans.
  • Demonstrated team management, mentoring abilities and experience supporting staff teams.
  • Proven understanding and commitment to addressing gender and equity issues.
  • Strong time management, planning and prioritization skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, networking, representation, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Strong verbal and written English skills.
How to apply:

Deadline to apply: Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at 5pm EDT. Applications will be considered upon submission. Please submit your cover letter and CV as a one document Word or PDF e-mail attachment to [email protected] with “Tanzania HUBS Country Manager” in the subject line.

No phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job: Zanzibar HUB - Training Coordinator - Canada World Youth

Organization: Canada World Youth
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 24 Jul 2016

Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Project Title: EQWIP HUBS: Powering Youth Innovation for Sustainable Livelihoods

Start: August 2016

Status: Coordinator Level, contract

Schedule: Full-time

Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits

Initiative Description:

EQWIP HUBS will be a dynamic platform of diverse actors and young people working together to develop solutions to both local and global social, economic and environmental challenges in six countries around the world. EQWIP, an innovative youth serving partnership between Canada World Youth (CWY) and Youth Challenge International (YCI) has brought together a global consortium including UN-HABITAT, TakingITGlobal (TIG) and the Education Development Centre (EDC) to collaborate on this initiative.

Through 17 youth centered HUBS in urban areas, participatory programming will support young people in accessing a sustainable livelihood. Through the engagement of a multi-stakeholder HUB Network, EQWIP HUBS will foster a supportive and responsive enabling environment for youth livelihood activities by providing mentorship, coaching and access to capital. The HUB Network will strengthen the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders and civil society related to youth mainstreaming for policies, products and services.

EQWIP HUBS is building a team of energetic, skilled and passionate individuals who are motivated by the prospect of exploring new and creative approaches to solving complex global challenges.

Position Description:

The Training Coordinator, reporting to the HUB Training Manager, will support training activities at the HUB. S/he will facilitate and coordinate activities for young people to build livelihood capacity. S/he will establish and maintain positive, collaborative and productive relationships with project staff, implementing partners, youth participants and relevant stakeholders.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

§ Coordinate youth participant outreach, application process and selection

§ Support coordination of training schedule in and outside of HUB

§ Oversee printing/production of training materials and resources

§ Lead training activities

§ Ensure quality management of training

§ Manage and distribute stipends for participants

§ Facilitate data collection for M&E framework

§ Liaise and coordinate with consortium partners and implementing partners to ensure effective delivery of training activities

§ Perform other duties as delegated by the HUB Manager

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

§ University Diploma

§ 5 to 7 years of facilitation, training and coordination experience

§ Understanding of and experience with participatory training techniques

§ Ability to collaborate with partners and colleagues

§ Excellent skills in planning and coordination

§ Passion for working with youth; an understanding of the current situation for young people

§ Proven ability to develop and monitor work plans and training plans

§ Strong interpersonal and communication skills

§ Strong verbal and written English skills required

§ Applicant must be citizen of Tanzania

How to apply:

Deadline to apply: Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at 5pm EDT. Applications will be considered upon submission. Please submit your cover letter and CV as a one document Word or PDF e-mail attachment to [email protected] with “Zanzibar HUB Training Coordinator” in the subject line.

No phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job for Area Manager - Kibondo, Danish Refugee Council

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 31 Jul 2016

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promoting long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement. Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized business unit within DRC focused on the prevention and reduction of armed violence. DDG’s work in the region spans five sectors:

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) invites applications for the position as Area Manager Kibondo who plays a critical role in the Tanzania operation.

BACKGROUND

The Danish Refugee Council has been operating in Tanzania from October 2015 since the establishment of Nduta refugee camp. DRC are now working in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps, with a current combined population of 80,000 refugees, and expected population of 100,000. DRC are working in the sectors of Camp Management and Community Services (CCCM), Protection and Shelter/Construction. With the consolidation of the DRC Tanzania program in 2016, moving away from pure emergency response, a new sub-base is being opened up in Kasulu to support a new Camp Management program in Nyarugusu (population 100,000 refugees) in support of a local partner organisation, TWESA, as well as expanding the protection program in Nduta and Mtendeli, and initiating a pilot livelihoods intervention in these two camps. DRC are also opening a liaison office in Dar es Salaam for representation and administration purposes.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Area Manager represents the Danish Refugee Council at both local and national level and has the direct responsibility for the management, implementation and continued development of the large DRC programme. The Area Manager will directly manage program and support teams in the three program locations of Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu camps, and ensure the quality and effectiveness of the CCCM, protection, livelihoods and shelter/construction programming. The AM pays a key role in the identification of new program opportunities in the Kigoma region and is expected to seek further funding for the programme with support from the Country Director.

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Under the overall guidance of the Country Director, and the Management Team in the Uganda-Tanzania Country Office, the Area Manager represents DRC, ensures the quality implementation of projects, compliance to financial and administrative procedures for the projects, and is responsible to implement adequate measures within the programme area to ensure the safety of all staff and assets.

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Project management
Supervise effective, efficient and timely implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets, policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements for the relevant projects
Prepare project work plans and M&E plans in accordance with annual planning and funding cycles;
Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analysed and distributed and that relevant assessments are conducted in the project area;
Provide regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy matters and external relations, based on agreed formats and schedules;
in collaboration with the CD, continue the development a sustainable strategy for DRC’s multi-sectoral assistance in Tanzania, including partner development
Line manage the TZ Grants and Reporting Officer, ensuring high quality and timely submission of donor reports and proposals at Tanzania level, in liaison with the country team

Administration and Personnel Management
Supervise budgeting and project expenditures with assistance from the Grants and Finance staff and support from the HOFA;
Supervise human resources in the Tanzania program. This includes further development of staff job descriptions, their training and monitoring, and recruitment;
Implement and monitor (and where necessary revise) implementation of DRC administrative guidelines and -policies, safety– and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient day-to-day running of the operations;
Be responsible for organisational development for the program, including staff assessments.
Manage the partnership with the local CCCM partner in Nyarugusu, with technical support from the Camp Manager, including setting up the partnership framework, maintaining regular contact with the Country Director, and addressing organisational and administrative issues as they arise

External relations
Maintain close relations with all relevant stakeholders including donors and UN agencies, officials of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), District and Regional authorities, INGOs, NGOs and CBOs;
Ensure participation by technical program managers/coordinators in relevant sector coordination meetings in the field and ensure DRC’s inputs to development of assistance modalities that adheres to humanitarian principles and other international frameworks that DRC has subscribed to.
Participate in task force or working group meetings relating to potential program development or spheres of influence for DRC in Tanzania, including at Dar es Salaam level when required
In consultation with the Country Director and Head of Finance and Administration, ensure correct and timely narrative and financial reporting to donor(s);
Together with the Country and Kibondo teams, identify opportunities for new projects;
lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets and project proposals with appropriate levels of support from country team;
Ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors and relevant stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential**:**
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in programme development and implementation in emergency context, including quality monitoring and evaluation processes.
Experience in a country-level senior management/coordination position
Experience working in refugee operations in more than one context
A University level degree in relevant subject such as social sciences or economics.
Relevant technical expertise/experience in some sectors of humanitarian programming such as CCCM, shelter, livelihoods/resilience, and protection, etc.
Proven ability to build external relationships with diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and demanding environment.
Demonstrated ability to manage and support multi-sector programmes including operational planning and problem solving.
Demonstrated experience of people management and team-building.
Demonstrated experience of financial and asset management including multi-donor programming
Demonstrated ability to undertaken representation with senior government officials.
Excellent written and presentation skills in English
Strong analytical capacity for programme design and development.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Proficiency in computer packages and financial software i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc.
Must show ability to work in an isolated and challenging environment.

Preferable**:**
French language skills beneficial

DRC encourages all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.

General

Commitments:

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC

CONDITIONS

Availability: 15th September 2016

Duty station: Kibondo, Tanzania with frequent travel to the field sites within Tanzania.

Reporting: This position reporst to Country Director based in Kampala in general policy matters, strategy development, external relations, administrative guidelines and personnel regulation.

Supervisory: The senior staff based in Kibondo and the three camps report to the Area Manager – this includes technical program managers or coordinators for four programme sectors, as well as the manager or Team Leader for each support function..

Contract: 1 year contract dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available atwww.drc.dk under Vacancies). This position is graded as A13.

For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff


How to apply:


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.dk under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.dk under vacancies no later than 31st July 2016

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact [email protected]

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk

Job for a Business Development Specialist - SAGCOT Center

Be a central part of Tanzania’s agricultural transformation – the SAGCOT Center Ltd. is looking for top-tier talent to join our team at the forefront of public and private sector development of Tanzania. Candidates must have strong analytical abilities and communication skills, an excellent academic record, and a passion for development. Those with at least 8 years field and technical experience are strongly encouraged to apply at: [email protected]

Launched in Dar es Salaam at the World Economic in 2011, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) is an international public private partnership that aims to transform agricultural in Tanzania’s Southern Corridor. Partners include local and international companies, farmers, development partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Tanzanian Government. By 2030, the partnership aims to attract USD 3.2 billion of investments, transforming 350,000 hectares of arable land into profitable production and lifting 10,000 small scale farmers into commercial farming.

SAGCOT Centre Ltd. functions as the operational hub, promoting investments in inclusive, sustainable commercial value chains. The SAGCOT Centre Ltd. is also a neutral broker and catalyst that links different agriculture stakeholders in order to help achieve major economic growth in Tanzania.

SAGCOT Centre Ltd. is currently seeking to fill the role of Business Development Specialist; a dynamic and motivated professional, with the analytical and communication skills to play a central role in driving the success of the organization. Full details below:
Full Time Position: Business Development Specialist

Job Purpose: Assist the Cluster Coordinator in the implementation of cluster development activities in the Ihemi cluster (Njombe and Iringa districts).

Eligible candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Agribusiness, Business Management, Business Finance or in another relevant field from a recognized institution
  • Minimum of 8 years field and technical experience with agribusiness development, private public partnership engagement, or entrepreneurship development in Tanzania is required
  • Strong project management, planning, implementation, financial analysis skills
  • Strong networking and coordination skills
  • Experience working with public, private partnerships
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop a well-written, cohesive analyses and reports
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships
  • Exceptional ability to manage time and handle multiple tasks and priorities
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations with minimal supervision
  • Fluent in English and Swahili
  • Demonstrate initiative, maturity and good judgment
  • Willingness to be based in Iringa and has the ability to travel to various places including remote rural villages
Desired experience:
  • Experience working with public, private partnerships
How to Apply

Qualified candidates who meet the criteria above are welcome to apply now before the deadline on July 31st 2016. This opportunity is only open to Tanzania nationals. A complete job description for this position can be found on the SAGCOT Centre official Website www.sagcot.com

Interested persons with the required background and experience are invited to submit their applications to the address or e-mail below by July 31st 2016. Please include a detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter clearly indicating which job you are applying for.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Physical Address: Favorite Group Ltd, Infotech Place, 2nd Floor South, 565 Mwai Kibaki Road, Kawe Beach

Postal Address: Recruitment, Favorite Group Ltd., P.O. Box 105300, Dar es Salaam

Email Address: [email protected]

Job for Office Administrator - SAGCOT Center

Organization: Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 26 Jul 2016

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Be a central part of Tanzania’s agricultural transformation – the SAGCOT Center Ltd. are looking for top-tier talent to join our team at the forefront of public and private sector development of Tanzania. Candidates must have strong analytical abilities and communication skills, an excellent academic record, and a passion for development. Those with at least 3 years of progressively responsible experience are strongly encouraged to apply at: [email protected]

Launched in Dar es Salaam at the World Economic in 2011, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) is an international public private partnership that aims to transform agricultural in Tanzania’s Southern Corridor. Partners include local and international companies, farmers, development partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Tanzanian Government. By 2030, the partnership aims to attract USD 3.2 billion of investments, transforming 350,000 hectares of arable land into profitable production and lifting 10,000 small scale farmers into commercial farming.

SAGCOT Centre Ltd. functions as the operational hub, promoting investments in inclusive, sustainable commercial value chains. The SAGCOT Centre Ltd. is also a neutral broker and catalyst that links different agriculture stakeholders in order to help achieve major economic growth in Tanzania.

SAGCOT Centre Ltd. is currently seeking to fill the role of Office Administrator; a dynamic and motivated professional, with the analytical and communication skills to play a central role in driving the success of the organization. Full details below:

Full Time Position: Office Administrator

Job Purpose:

As a member of the operations team, he/she will contribute in provision of high quality services and support in Human Resources, Administration, procurement, IT systems and general administrative processes within SAGCOT Centre ensuring service-orientation and customer centrism. He/she will be based in the Iringa office and will play an operational and office assistance role by performing a variety of administrative functions of the office
Eligible candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:

· Bachelor Degree in the fields of Business Administration with Finance/Accounting, Human Resources, Public Administration, Materials Management or Office Management, procurement and any social sciences.

· A minimum of three (3) years, in an office administration and Finance/Accounting role

· Computer skills in MS Office

· Fluency in the English and Kiswahili languages is required.

· Ability to work independently

· Ability to be flexible, use initiative and problem solve.

· Ability to plan daily/weekly workloads, meet deadlines and be punctual.

· Demonstrated fluency with English and Kiswahili speaking and writing skills
Desired experience:

• Working experience in Office Administration and Finance/Accounting role


How to apply:


Qualified candidates who meet the criteria above are welcome to apply now before the deadline on July 26th 2016. This opportunity is only open to Tanzania nationals. A complete job description for this position can be found on the SAGCOT Centre official Website www.sagcot.com

Interested persons with the required background and experience are invited to submit their applications to the address or e-mail below by July 26th 2016. Please include a detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter clearly indicating which job you are applying for.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.*Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification**

Physical Address:

Favorite Group Ltd, Infotech Place, 2nd Floor South, 565 Mwai Kibaki Road, Kawe Beach

Postal Address:

Recruitment, Favorite Group Ltd., P.O. Box 105300, Dar es Salaam

Email Address:

[email protected]

Job for a Driver - SAGCOT Center

Organization: Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 31 Jul 2016

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Be a central part of Tanzania’s agricultural transformation – the SAGCOT Center Ltd. are looking for top-tier talent to join our team at the forefront of public and private sector development of Tanzania. Candidates must have strong analytical abilities and communication skills, an excellent academic record, and a passion for development. Those with at least 3 years driving experience in a reputable organisation are strongly encouraged to apply at: [email protected]

Launched in Dar es Salaam at the World Economic in 2011, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) is an international public private partnership that aims to transform agricultural in Tanzania’s Southern Corridor. Partners include local and international companies, farmers, development partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Tanzanian Government. By 2030, the partnership aims to attract USD 3.2 billion of investments, transforming 350,000 hectares of arable land into profitable production and lifting 10,000 small scale farmers into commercial farming.

SAGCOT Centre Ltd. functions as the operational hub, promoting investments in inclusive, sustainable commercial value chains. The SAGCOT Centre Ltd. is also a neutral broker and catalyst that links different agriculture stakeholders in order to help achieve major economic growth in Tanzania.

SAGCOT Centre Ltd. is currently seeking to fill the role of Driver; a dynamic and motivated professional, with the analytical and communication skills to play a central role in driving the success of the organization. Full details below:

Full Time Position: Driver

Job Purpose:

The driver will be based in Iringa and will assist in providing safe and reliable transportation for project staff, visitors and materials, keeps the project vehicle/s in good mechanical and functional condition, ensures compliance with all vehicle-related legal and institutional /management requirements.
Eligible candidates should have the following minimum qualifications:

· Ordinary Level Certificate – Secondary Education
Class C driving licence.
Minimum 3 years driving experience in a reputable organisation
Knowledge of basic vehicle mechanics.
Basic English and ability to understand simple instructions in English.
Good communication skills in Kiswahili.
Basic understanding of mechanics
Ability to be flexible, use initiative and problem solve.
Ability to organise, plan daily/weekly workloads, meet deadlines and be punctual, time management
Desired experience:

· Driving experience from a reputable organization and knowledge of basic vehicle mechanics

How to apply:

Qualified candidates who meet the criteria above are welcome to apply now before the deadline on July 31st 2016. This opportunity is only open to Tanzania nationals. A complete job description for this position can be found on the SAGCOT Centre official Website www.sagcot.com

Interested persons with the required background and experience are invited to submit their applications to the address or e-mail below by July 31st 2016. Please include a detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter clearly indicating which job you are applying for.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Physical Address:
Favorite Group Ltd, Infotech Place, 2nd Floor South, 565 Mwai Kibaki Road, Kawe Beach

Postal Address:
Recruitment, Favorite Group Ltd., P.O. Box 105300, Dar es Salaam

Email Address:[email protected]

FAA: Republican Convention is a No Drone Zone


The Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week promises to be buzzing with activity, both inside and outside Quicken Loans Arena. There’s one thing that shouldn’t be buzzing around, however – drones.

Cleveland and its surrounding communities are a “No Drone Zone” under flight restrictions the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has put in place from 6 p.m. on July 17 through 3 a.m.on July 22. The prohibited area is a circle of airspace 30 nautical miles in radius around the Quicken Loans Arena.

Flying a drone anywhere in the prohibited area during the Republican Convention is against thelaw. Violating the airspace may result in criminal or civil charges. The restriction applies to all unmanned aircraft, including radio-controlled model aircraft.

The FAA has posted a No Drone Zone video for the convention.

In addition to the drone restrictions, there are also airspace restrictions for traditional manned aircraft during the convention within the 30 nautical mile radius ring and within two even more restricted rings of airspace within a three-mile radius and a 10-mile radius of the arena. Gateway airport procedures will be in effect for general aviation aircraft flying into and out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport. Pilots can view thetemporary flight restrictions on our website.

Similar restrictions will be in place for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia the following week.

Please see Contact FAA page for contact information.

Loveness Sanga - Fighting gender violence after living through it

Loveness Sanga (photo by Michael Schall)
Loveness Sanga grew up in a community where women weren't just neglected — they were often the victims of gender-based violence. Now, all across her home country of Tanzania, she's empowering young women to break the cycle of discrimination that has plagued so many of their towns for decades.

Sanga is part of a group called Restless Development, whose mission is to empower the youth to solve some of the world's most pressing crises: everything from climate change to sexism. Since young people are ultimately the ones who will have to deal with the issues of the future, Restless Development believes they should be at the front of finding solutions.

Today, Restless Development has more than 300 full-time staff in 10 different countries, and Sanga — one of its brightest stars — is leading the charge in Tanzania.

"I've been there, I've grown up in that kind of society that does not support women," Sanga told A Plus. "We also deserve to be treated equally and with respect, and it was something I wished: that if I ever had a way to make a change I would go for it. And then having an opportunity to work with Restless Development fit that goal."

Her Story

Disowned by her family at 17, Sanga grew up in Dar es Salaam, a coastal city on the east side of Tanzania. She has spent the majority of her adult life trying to change the society that she had to live in as a young woman. The program she runs for Restless Development, Girls Let's Be Leaders, is what they call a peer-to-peer empowerment program, where volunteers educate people who are from the same neighborhoods and of similar backgrounds as them. Girls Let's Be Leaders tackles everything from how women are treated to the challenges of facing HIV.

Sanga began working for Restless Development as an intern in 2008. She was trained for two months before spending six more in a village near her hometown, and throughout a stint of volunteering, she was tasked with teaching life skills, sexual education, and women's rights to a community that had little exposure to that kind of information.

During her first job, she oversaw programs throughout the country and handled human resources while managing her own team. At the time, Sanga explained, Restless Development saw something in her that she otherwise never would have recognized. Restless Development says it hires on potential, but even it probably couldn't predict how far Sanga would go.


"Restless Development trusted in me," Sanga said. "They gave me a job and pulled out this professionalism in me that I didn't even realize was there."

Today, Sanga heads a team in Tanzania with five staff members, two interns, and 36 volunteers. Along with HIV education and pushing back against misogyny, the program also provides seed funds for young entrepreneurs and runs health clinics for women, where they can get birth control and STD tests in privacy.

Changing Lives

When I met Sanga, she proudly told me the story of a girl whose life was turned around by the Girls Let's Be Leaders program.

The girl's mother died of AIDS when she was young. In the aftermath, she became entirely discouraged by life when people in the community told her that her mother died of AIDS and accused her of being infected with the same disease. After moving in with her grandmother, it became apparent that her future was going to be a struggle. Her grandma couldn't provide much and the girl was tempted to get the things she needed — such as money — by getting into relationships with older men.

"Most women are dependent and don't have power because they are not contributing anything to society because of poverty and having no access to programs that could improve themselves," Sanga explained.

At the age of 12, she got pregnant. Not long after that, she dropped out of school. Staying at home to take care of the child, she dedicated herself entirely to raising her baby on the little means her and her grandmother had.

By the time Sanga discovered the girl through local leaders, she joined the program with little optimism about what was to come. But with an internship and some vocational training, her attitude started to turn around.

The girl became a community volunteer in Sanga's program, then a peer educator, teaching other girls who had similar backgrounds about opportunities for a future that they might not be able to see. Soon enough she was overseeing community volunteers across Tanzania, which led to her being recruited to work for the local government as an administrative secretary of child protection.

"Now she's having dreams, and hope and feeling like she could do better and do better for her daughter," Sanga said. "Through the election process last year she was used to recruit young people and used that chance to recruit many of the girls we have in projects to be involved in recruitment process, growing the program."

That story is the manifestation of Sanga and Restless Development's goals: to give young women the opportunity to better themselves and in turn give them a chance to change the communities they live in.

Challenges

In Dar es Salaam and all across Tanzania, the deep-rooted gender violence can be extremely difficult to tackle.

"It's hard because most of the gender-based violence is also dealing with family issues," Sanga said. "A father raping a daughter, an uncle raping a niece, and so on."

In the culture they encounter, if a girl is 10 years old, she can get married as long as the parents agree to the match. Sometimes, a 10-year-old ends up with a 40-year-old man, and as long as parents see value in the union, the girls are left with little choice.

These serious issues make it difficult for people like Sanga to leave their mark in places where members of the community don't initially accept their presence, they work closely with local village authorities to allow them to educate the youth throughout a town.

"When we sell our product to them and help them understand it becomes easy to work with their community," Sanga said. "Working with issues like birth control and condoms and things that don't align with African culture is hard, but if they see why we're doing that and the importance of it, they get it … life has changed and they need to cope with it."

The Mabinti Tushike Hatamu (MTH) project is a ground-breaking initiative that has been designed to test and evaluate strategies for empowering adolescent, out-of-school girls aged 10-19 years old. Photo courtesy of Restless Development

The Future

As Sanga and Restless Development spread out across Tanzania, they are also laying down more long-term plans to help shape the future of the country.

Sanga is excited about initiatives to get young women involved in the government. In Tanzania, which has a female vice president, the Tanzanian government is actually reworking its constitution, and young people are forcing the government to adopt some pro-youth and pro-female policies. So far, it's working: there is actually language talking about gender equality in a draft of the new constitution.

"The government is really supportive of getting itself more involved in youth sector issues,
Sanga said. "Things are going slowly, but it's changing people, they're more informed and know their rights."

Not only is Restless Development enabling change through the government, it is also working closely with parents who have children in the programs to see real, tangible progress. It has quarterly seminars with parents and explains to them the programs it is running since the girls they work with frequently interact and look up to older women in the community. Sanga has also facilitated mentorships so that young girls can talk to older women they trust.

Some of those same girls are also creating businesses that may lead to long-term financial stability. The girls are making things like liquid soap, shampoo, opening their own shops, creating clothes, and even hosting community events to show off some of their own talents. Restless Development helps some lucky young members of the community secure finances to launch some of their companies.

All of these strides come down to a simple philosophy: people are agents of change, and young women — even in the worst circumstances — are capable of amazing things.

"We don't want to call them vulnerable because we know they can create change," Sanga said. "We're not taking them as vulnerable young people, were taking them as partners."

Source: aplus.com

Tanzania upgrades storage facilities at JNIA


Storage facilities at the Julius Nyerere International Airport have been upgraded in a move meant to support Tanzania’s fresh produce exports as international demand rises.

The move was also meant to abide by the International Civil Aviation Organisation that requires clear separation of the import and export cargo terminals.

The expansion is one of the many expansions that the airport authorities are looking at to increase growing demand for meat, fish and horticultural produce.

The Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Charles Tizeba noted that trade imbalance has impacted airlines and freighters as they bring cargo and leave with empty ballies.

Tizeba said it is important to look at both macro and micro economic factors and policies to support the aviation industry with aligned strategies and implementation.

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Arusha Hotel to reopen as a Four Points by Sheraton hotel


The former Arusha Hotel, currently undergoing a major modernization and reconstruction, will reopen, according to a source from Arusha, as a Four Points by Sheraton hotel, brining another global hospitality brand to the city knows as 'The Safari Capital of East Africa'.
While an exact reopening date has yet to be announced is it now known that the hotel will offer 108 suites and rooms for guests plus a range of amenities usually expected from a hotel operated under this brand.

In Dar es Salaam is it the New Africa Hotel, which is undergoing the same transformation and on reopening will offer 126 suites and rooms in the heart of Tanzania’s commercial capital.
According to information sourced are presently some 8 Four Point by Sheraton in the pipeline for Africa, two of them now coming up in Tanzania while one is under construction in Nairobi near the international airport.

Starwood, like other global hospitality brands, has been pushing into Africa where several Sheraton operations, mostly under franchises, operate in Kampala/Uganda, Djibouti, Addis Ababa/Ethiopia but also in Nigeria. In the Seychelles does the Starwood luxury leisure brand Le Meridien manage the Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove in Bel Ombre.

Across the continent of Africa has in recent years become a focal point for global brands to establish or expand their presence, most recently with Carlson Rezidor coming to East Africa with two Radisson Blu hotels in Nairobi and Kigali. Marriott, Hyatt, Ramada and others too are competing for management contracts with Nairobi being on top of the list in the region, a sign of a vibrant economy and confidence in the future of the country’s tourism and MICE industries.



Four Points by Sheraton brand in Tanzania and Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam will be introduced in the Tanzanian market this comes with the signing of Four Points by Sheraton Arusha during the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Togo.

Michael Wale, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East confirmed the news and said that their entry into the Tanzanian market is a plus for their brand.

“The entry of Four Points to Tanzania is a milestone addition to our fast growing footprint in Africa and it highly reflects the strong traction the brand has gained in the region, Tanzania has long been on travelers’ bucket list and Four Points by Sheraton is reinventing travel by offering guests exactly what they need whilst on the road.” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Both hotels are expected to offer contemporary rooms, food and beverage options which consist of an all-day dining restaurant and a pool bar. Guests will also have the chance of experiencing the brand’s signature Best Brews™ program featuring local beers at the lobby bar and lounge that is an ideal spot to watch sports matches while unwinding with friends and colleagues.

Other hotel facilities in the hotels comprise of a fitness center, an outdoor pool and flexible meeting spaces. Furthermore, the hotels will provide all of the brand’s defining elements including the famous signature four points bed, fast and free Wi-Fi in the hotel, free bottled water in all rooms and suites, and an energizing breakfast with fresh coffee that boosts guests energy and help them start and end the day well.

The Four Points brand has the largest global pipeline in Starwood’s portfolio of brands.

With two Four Points by Sheraton hotels presently operating in Africa and eight more presently in the pipeline, the brand is enjoying immense interest from developers across the continent due to Starwood’s conversion-friendly approach and the ability to convert hotels within a short amount of time.

In 2015 Sheraton announced that it was constructing a high end hotel in Kenya.

U.S., Dutch, Ugandan medical team supporting exercise Eastern Accord 2016 in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Dutch Sgt. Maj. Moniek Van Vlijmen and U.S. Army Spc. Ron Brossard, Eastern Accord 2016 medical support team, transport a simulated casualty to a role one battalion aid station during a tactical casualty care exercise at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 15, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Dutch, Ugandan and U.S. medical team supports approximately 200 personnel for the annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together nine partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) - CLICK HERE FOR 6 MORE PHOTOS

Though they are not part of the training audience, the U.S., Dutch and Ugandan medical team supporting exercise Eastern Accord 2016 held their own multinational exercise on July 15, 2016, at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The three medical teams provide real world care to the EA16 training audience during their stay in Tanzania. Bringing their own supplies, the medical staff took the opportunity to learn about each other’s practices.

“It is a good experience being here for two weeks, practicing with each other, getting to know each other and how we operate with our materials. It is very good training,” said Dutch Sgt. Maj. Moniek Van Vlijmen, trauma nurse.

The exercise involved two simulated casualties scattered in the field in front of the training center. Without hesitation, the medics ran out of the training center to discover the casualties with multiple simulated wounds.

“We basically went through management over the casualties and the incident medical team moved very fast and handled (the casualties) on the ground, controlled bleeding and quickly rushed them to a level one facility where we received them,” said Ugandan Maj. Richard Katungye, Ugandan People’s Defense Forces general physician. “After more stabilization, immediately after that, the emergency ambulance was organized and the casualties were (simulated) transferred to the local hospital.”

The training was successful but there is always room for improvement which is why training and the after action reports take place, said U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Obando, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy surgeon and EA16 officer in charge of role 1 care at the battalion aid station.

“It’s been a great experience working with the Dutch and Ugandans, we have been sharing best practices for role one operations,” said Obando. “I always enjoy working with the coalition partners every time because I always learn something new and take something away from the training and I hope they get the same when they work with us.”

These exercises have both a local and a multinational impact where the medical teams can take what they learned and apply to real world situations in the future.

“This training is important because when you look at the dynamics of security now, security is moving into an era where you will be in a mission and there will be several other players in the mission,” said Katungye. “So when you meet and do (training) together, you harmonize, so that in the execution of operations you are speaking the same language and somehow it makes your thinking even broader instead of limiting yourself to what you are practicing in your country.”

The medical staff supports approximately 200 personnel for the annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together nine partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations.

Tanzania, Kenya, Algeria defend Kazibwe for AU Commission Chair

Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine Mahiga backs Kazibwe
Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine Mahiga has backed former Uganda vice president Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe for the chairperson of the African Union Commission.

“We back Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe solidly and encourage you all to support her,” Mahiga told her counterparts meeting in Kigali on Friday.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, expressed the same solidarity.

“Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe has served the sub-region, served the region and the globe, it’s time for her to be the Chairperson of the African Union Commission,” Amina said.

Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister, H.E. Ramamtane Ramamra re-echoed Hon. Kutesa’s remarks saying postponement of elections would amount to breaking of African Union rules.

“It would send a wrong message to Africa’s people that we break the organisation’s rules.”

On H.E. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe’s candidature, Minister Ramamra said: “We support her. She meets all requirements to be elected Chairperson of the African Union Commission.”

Earlier, Uganda Foreign minister Hon. Sam Kutesa introduced Dr Wandira as the Eastern African candidate to AU Foreign Affairs Ministers who were attending the breakfast meeting.

“Dr. Wandira has impeccable Pan-African credentials. She is a team player and meticulous worker. She is also clearly a fantastic administrator. She will make a very good Chairperson of the African Union Commission,” Kutesa said.

Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister, H.E. Ramamtane Ramamra also backs Kazibwe
On reported calls to postpone election of members of the African Union Commission, the Minister said: “We cannot break our rules. The integrity of our organisation (African Union) will be judged on how we conduct ourselves in accordance with the rules.”

The former vice president is running against Agapito Mba Mokuy, 51, the Foreign minister of Equatorial Guinea also the choice of Central Africa and Southern African Development Community [SADC]’s Dr Pelomi Venson Moitoi, 65, the Foreign Affairs minister of Botswana.

South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not running for a second term.

The current Deputy Chairperson, and two other commissioners second mandate ends and are not eligible for re-elections, while the remaining six commissioners can still contest, reports CCTV.

The positions of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and four commissioners (Political Affairs; Human Resources, Science and Technology; Infrastructure and Energy; and Rural Economy and Agriculture) are open, reported the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria in a recent article.
Amina, Kutesa and Kazibwe in Kigali
CCTV says a number of influential Africans approached the AUC arguing that the submission process should be re-opened in order to accept new candidates of a higher calibre.

However, if new candidates are to be accepted, the elections would have to be postponed until January 2017 and this would require consensus among the various African states and their respective governments to change the rules that govern the elections.

Postponement of the elections would result in the new commission only taking up its responsibilities in March 2017, three months after the January 2017 Summit.

And there are suggestions that the vote could be postponed for another six months, due to a lack of so-called “competent contenders”.

Source: theinsider.ug

Uganda joins Tanzania in ditching EU deal

Members of the East African Community are split down the middle again after Uganda joined Tanzania in pulling out of signing a trade pact that is key to continued access to the European Union market without paying duty.

Although Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi are ready to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, World Trade Organisation rules do not allow countries aligned to a trade bloc to sign up individually.

Uganda indicated last week that it was not going to sign until the bloc had reached a common position on all issues.
“Everyone, including the EU is now agreed that we don’t sign,” said Julius Onen, the Permanent Secretary in Uganda’s Ministry of Trade.
“We must have a common position on all the issues. As EAC, we maintain solidarity and want to move together as a common market. It’s now the agreed position, even for the EU, that we have to sign together,” he added.
A week ago, Aziz Mlima, Permanent Secretary in Tanzania’s Ministry of East Africa, said the country would not sign the agreement following the vote by Britons to leave the EU.
“Our experts have analysed the pact and established that it will not be to our local industry’s benefit. Signing this pact at the moment would expose young EAC countries to harsh economic conditions in post-Brexit Europe,” Dr Mlima said.
On Thursday, Tanzania’s Minister for Trade, Industries and Investment Charles Mwijage said Britain was Tanzania’s key trade partner in Europe.
“Internationally, we trade with Britain, China, India and South Africa. When you don’t have Britain in a deal with Europe, what do you have? We have to think it over and this can take any duration to decide,” he said.
Tanzania officials have variously raised concerns over the lack of export duties in the EPA and import duties for intermediate and finished goods, saying the joint impact would be revenue loss from swamping of the Tanzania market with EU goods while allowing export of raw materials critical to industrialisation.

“We have to discuss this and ensure we do not lose under these agreements,” Mr Mwijage said.

Rwanda is keen to have the partnership signed to establish a predictable trade regime with the EU saying unilateral bilateral offers can be withdrawn any time.
“In the EU-EAC-EPA, you cannot talk about one country (signing). Talk about a bloc,” said Rwanda’s Trade and Industry Minister, Francois Kanimba.
A trade consultant who participated in drafting the EAC-EU EPA has questioned Tanzania’s motives, saying the concerns raised had been fully addressed.
“The draft was jointly initialled, every country contributed to the negotiations before the EU and EAC lawyers checked it,” John Bosco Kanyangoga, a regional and international trade consultant at the Kigali Trade and Development Links said.
The breaking of ranks over the pact which was set for signing at the beginning of next month has kicked off a diplomatic frenzy as the clock ticks towards November 1, the deadline the EU gave.

In default, products would be charged duty of up to 8.5 per cent under the Most Favoured Nation status accorded to countries that have traditional trade ties with the EU.

Kenya is in a unique position within the EAC by virtue of its ranking as a developing country, meaning only its products would be denied duty free access.

Its partners — who are ranked least developed countries — would continue to enter the EU market duty free under the Everything but Arms concessions for the world’s poorest countries. Under this protocol however the rules of origin are much tighter.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohammed was in Tanzania’s on Wednesday to lobby her counterparts to rescind their decision. After the meeting, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli held a telephone conversation with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Tanzania had three days before Dr Mlima’s announcement skipped a virtual EAC Secretariat meeting chaired by Uganda’s Minister of Trade, iIndustry and Co-operatives, Amelia Kyambadde, to deliberate on the preparation for the signing of the pact ahead of the conference.

Dr Chris Kiptoo, Permanent Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Trade, said that Kenya has since activated multi-level talks with its regional partners.

Two months ago, ministers from the five partner states agreed to sign the document during the Council of Ministers meeting in Arusha in the first week of August, although the EU had wanted it to be signed on the the sidelines of the Unctad conference in Nairobi this week.

This was to be followed by ratification by the European Commission on October 1.
“We envisage Tanzania reaching middle-income status in the next few years, where a different set of rules will apply. For now this is an EAC affair and we shall await the decision from the bloc,” said Roeland Van De Geer, EU head of delegation in Tanzania.
EAC Director General of Customs and trade Peter Kiguta said that if any member states doesn’t sign the EPA, then it will bring more inconsistencies into the market.
“What this means is that countries will employ different trade regimes with the EU, complicating the enforcement of the common eternal tariffs (CET) for goods entering the market outside of the region. As one integrated union, goods entering the market need to be subjected to one CET,” Mr Kiguta said.
This is the second time that Tanzania — the current EAC chairman — will be throwing the region into a diplomatic spin over the EPA, after a similar move in 2014 that saw Kenyan exports to the EU attract duty of up to 22 per cent, under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), for three months.

The stakes are higher for Kenya fresh produce (vegetable, fruit, flowers and fish) farmers this time round because the items are also set to be removed from the GSP list from January next year.

The EPA dispute comes just two months after Uganda and Tanzania parted ways with Kenya on the construction of a pipeline to take the region’s oil to export markets.

[update] Kuna huyu kaelekezewa bunduki, analabuliwa, anataja ndugu zake wako Magomeni


Anasema, “Nakaa Magomeni mtaa wa Chem Chem na Idrisa kwa hiyo Mwambieni Juma, mama yangu anaitwa Rukia Daudi, baba yangu anaitwa Akida anakaa Idrisa na Chem Chem mwambieni Juma amekula hela za watu, mimi kaniweka 'guarantor' (bondi ). Mma yangu anaitwa Rukia Daudi, mama yake Juma anaitwa Mariamu Rauwa. Kwa hiyo Juma afanye arudishe hela za watu. Juma anakaa Kunduchi.”

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*Mtanzania awekwa rehani Pakistan

Na Jonas Mushi, Dar es Salaam - Gazeti MTANZANIA

NI biashara haramu ya unga, ndivyo tunavyoweza kusema baada ya kijana Mtanzania aliyejitambulisha kwa jina la Adamu Akida, mkazi wa Magomeni jijini Dar es Salaam kudai kutekwa nyara na kundi la maharamia nchini Pakistan.

Katika kile kinachoonekana kuwa ni dhuluma za kibiashara, inadaiwa kuwa Adamu alichukuliwa na mfanyabiashara mmoja anayejihusisha na biashara ya mihadarati, aliyemtaja kwa jina moja la Juma mkazi wa Kunduchi Dar es Salaam na kumweka rehani kwa maharamia hao, kwa ahadi kwamba angemfuata baada ya kumalizana nao kibiashara.

Taarifa zilizopatikana kwa watu wa karibu na Adamu waishio Dar es Salaam, walisema kijana huyo alikwenda na mfanyabiashara huyo nchini humo, lakini baadaye alimwacha katika mikono ya maharamia hao kama dhamana ili baadaye awapelekee fedha zao.

Akitoa maelezo yake kwenye video ya sekunde 33 ambayo ilianza kusambaa juzi katika mitandao ya kijamii, Adamu anasikika akiomba msaada huku watu waliokuwa wamevalia mavazi ya ‘kininja’ wakiwa wamemshikia mitutu ya bunduki upande wa kushoto na kulia.

Katika video hiyo, kijana huyo alipofika katika eneo la kuanza kutaja mahali alipo watu hao walianza kumshambulia kwa mateke na ngumi, huku wakiahidi kutoa video nyingine ikionesha akiwa anachinjwa, iwapo fedha hazitatumwa.

Katika maelezo yake mafupi, Adamu alisema yupo Garita nchini Pakistani ambako aliachwa kama dhamana na mfanyabiashara huyo ambaye ni mkazi wa Kunduchi, jijini Dar es Salaam.

Kijana huyo alisikika katika video hiyo akitaja majina ya wazazi wake na eneo wanaloishi jijini Dar es Salaam pamoja na jina la mtu huyo aliyemweka rehani ughaibuni.
“Nakaa Magomeni Mtaa wa Idrisa na Chemchem, Mama yangu anaitwa Rukia Daudi na baba yangu anaitwa Akida namwomba Juma ambaye mama yake anaitwa Mariamu alipe hela za watu kaniweka ‘Gerenta’ huku Juma anakaa Kunduchi,” alisikika kijana huyo akisema katika video hiyo huku watu hao wakimpiga alipoanza kutaja eneo alipo.

MTANZANIA yafika nyumbani kwao

Kutokana na video hiyo, gazeti hili lilifanya uchunguzi ili kubaini ukweli wa tukio hilo, ambapo lilifika Magomeni nyumbani kwao na Adamu na kukutana na mmoja wa ndugu zake ambaye alithibitisha taarifa hizo.

MTANZANIA lilifika Mtaa wa Idrisa na Chemchem nyumba namba 3 Kata ya Magomeni Manispaa ya Kinondoni jijini Dar es Salaam, ambapo majirani wa wazazi wa Adamu walisema wazazi wa kijana huyo wamehama na kumwacha baba yake mdogo aliyefahamika kwa jina la Kessy Baharia.

Baada ya kubisha hodi katika nyumba hiyo alitoka mwanamke aliyejitambulisha kwa jina la Khadija Katundu, ambaye ni mke wa Baharia.

Baada ya kuulizwa kama anamfahamu Adam ambaye ametekwa nchini Pakistani, Khadija alikiri kumfahamu na kusema kuwa ni mtoto wa shemeji yake, Akida (baba wa Adamu).

Mama huyo alisema, kwa sasa mzee Akida haishi katika nyumba hiyo kwani alishaiuza na kuhamia Bagamoyo mkoani Pwani.
“Hapa ni nyumbani kwao Adamu kwa sababu alizaliwa hapa na kukulia hapa, lakini baadaye nyumba hii iliuzwa na aliyenunua ni baba yake mdogo ambaye ndiye mume wangu,” alisema Khadija.
Maisha yake
Alipoulizwa wanapoishi wazazi na ndugu wa kijana huyo alisema baada ya nyumba hiyo kuuzwa uliibuka mgogoro baina ya ndugu hao na kusababisha wazazi wa kijana huyo kuondoka bila kuaga na kwamba hawana mawasiliano hadi sasa zaidi ya kusikia kuwa walihamia Bagamoyo.

Kuhusu anavyomfahamu Adamu, Khadija alisema kijana huyo ni kinyozi na ana mke na watoto wawili ambao walikuwa wanaishi bonde la Mkwajuni ambalo hivi sasa nyumba katika eneo hilo zimebomolewa, hivyo kwa sasa hajui mahali wanapoishi.

Polisi wafika

Taarifa za mkanda huo wa video zimelishtua Jeshi la Polisi ambapo tayari askari polisi jana walifika katika nyumba hiyo na kumuhoji mama huyo kuhusu Adamu na kumwonyesha video hiyo.
“Nilikuwa nasikia tu lakini sikuamini sana lakini leo (jana) askari walifika hapa na kunihoji na wakanionyesha video hiyo ndiyo nikaamini kuwa ni kweli Adamu ametekwa,” alisema Khadija.
Kuhusu watu waliotajwa na kijana huyo kwa jina la Juma na mama yake Mariamu, alisema hawafahamu watu hao.

Akielezea hisia zake baada ya kupata taarifa za kijana huyo alisema anasikitika sana na kwamba kijana huyo yupo katika hatari ya kuuawa kama suala hilo halitapewa uzito na kufuatiliwa kwa kina.
“Kwakweli nimeshtushwa sana na taarifa hiyo na nilivyomwona Adamu yupo katika hatari ya kuuliwa kama hatofuatiliwa lakini naamini kwa sababu suala hili limekwisha enea dunia nzima ufumbuzi wake utapatikana na wazazi wake watajulikana walipo,” alisema Khadija.
MTANZANIA ilipomtafuta Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Mashariki, Kikanda na Kimataifa, Balozi Dk. Augustine Mahiga, hakupatina. Hata hivyo mmoja wa maofisa wa Kitengo cha Habari katika wizara hiyo, alisema hawezi kuzungumzia suala hilo kwani yupo likizo.
“Mimi niko likizo na leo ni ‘wekiend’ (mwisho wa wiki) binafsi siwezi kulisemea suala hilo sina taarifa rasmi juu ya suala hilo,” alisema ofisa huyo ambaye aliomba asitajwe jina lake gazetini.
Waziri wa Mambo ya Ndani ya Nchi, Mwigulu Nchemba hakupatikana kwani simu yake iliita kwa muda mrefu bila kupokewa na baadaye alituma ujumbe mfupi wa simu kwamba yupo kikaoni.

Hata alipotumiwa ujumbe mfupi wa simu ili kutoa ufafanuzi kuhusu suala hilo hakujibu hadi tunakwenda mitamboni.

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Gazeti la MTANZANIA Julai 18, 2016

Timu ya MTANZANIA ilipiga kambi jana katika eneo la Magomeni, Mtaa wa Idrissa, ambako pamoja na mambo mengine, ilifanikiwa kuzungumza na kaka wa Adamu aliyejitambulisha kwa jina la Hemed Abdallah (si jina lake halisi).

Akisimulia mkasa huo, alisema miezi minane iliyopita, Adamu alikwenda kwa kaka yake ambaye ni mtoto wa mama yake mdogo aliyetambulika kwa jina la Juma, na kuomba msaada wa mtaji kwani kazi yake ya kinyozi haikuwa ikilipa na hali ya maisha ilikuwa ngumu.

Baada ya kueleza shida yake hiyo, kaka yake huyo (Juma) alimuhoji kama yupo tayari kwa ajili ya kutafuta maisha nje ya nchi, na Adamu alikubali kufanya kazi ya aina yoyote ili mradi aweze kupata pesa.
“Adamu kwa sasa ameshikiliwa kwa muda wa miezi minane, hatujui kama alikuwa ameingia katika janga hili hadi pale tulipoona video zake katika mitandao ya kijamii. Hapa aliyepo ni baba yake mdogo, Kessy Baharia na baba yake mzazi yupo Bagamoyo Mlingotini, ndiko anakoendelea na maisha yake.
“Awali alikwenda kwa kaka yake mtoto wa mama yake mdogo anaitwa Juma na kuomba asaidiwe mtaji kwani amekuwa na maisha magumu sana. Baada ya hali hiyo aliambiwa kuna safari ya kwenda Pakistan ambayo waliondoka wakiwa wameambatana watu watatu pamoja na Juma na kijana mwengine ambaye jina lake limenitoka, ila anaishi Kinondoni.
“Walipofika kule, Juma akachukua mzigo akiwa na yule kijana wa Kinondoni, huku Adamu akiachwa Pakistan kwa maelezo kuwa baada ya siku tano atakuja nchini na mzigo mwingine. Muda wote hata tukihoji alipo Adamu tunaambiwa yupo anaendelea na kazi huko aliko ana angerudi mwezi wa tisa nane.
“Sasa hii video ndiyo imetupa picha halisi ya Adamu, maskini sijui kama tutampata akiwa hai. Hata hivyo kwa kipindi cha hivi karibuni, tulikuwa tukishangazwa na mwenendo wa Juma kwani amekuwa na fedha nyingi sana hadi kufikia kuwajengea nyumba dada zake pamoja na kuwanunulia magari,” alisema Abdallah huku akibubujikwa na machozi.
Mke wake

Inaelezwa kuwa mke wa Adamu ambaye alikuwa akiishi Mtaa wa Sunna, Magomeni, alihamia Kijitonyama.

Kwamba alihamishwa na shemeji yake, Juma ambaye ndiye aliyempangia nyumba nyingine Kijitonyama.
“Katika suala hilo, tuna shaka kuwa hata mke wa Adamu anajua kinachoendelea, maana miezi mitatu iliyopita alihama Magomeni na kuhamia Kijitonyama, tena huku akisema mume wake karibu anarejea nchini.
“Lakini baada ya video kuanza kuonekana, sasa hata kupatikana hapatikani, na hatujui amehamia nyumba gani huko Kijitonyama,” alisema Abdallah.
Serikali ya Mtaa

Akizungumza na MTANZANIA, Mwenyekiti wa Srikali ya Mtaa wa Idrissa, Issa Mpangile, alisema kuwa jana askari kutoka Makao Makuu ya Jeshi la Polisi walifika katika ofisi yake na kumtaka waongozane kwenda katika nyumba ya baba mdogo wa Adamu.

Alisema walipofika nyumbani kwa Kessy Baharia, ambaye ndiye baba mdogo wa Adamu, polisi walichukua maelezo yake na baadaye wakarudi katika ofisi ya Serikali ya Mtaa kuchukua maelezo ya mwenyekiti huyo.

Akizungumza kuhusu kijana huyo, Mpangile alisema kuwa ni mzaliwa wa mtaa huo, lakini baadaye alihamia Mtaa wa Suna ambao ni jirani na Mtaa wa Idrissa, Kata ya Magomeni.

Alisema wakati kijana huyo anahama mtaa huo, alikuwa bado ni kinyozi na hakuwa na rekodi ya kusafiri kwenda nje ya nchi.
“Wakati Adamu anahama Mtaa wa Idrissa, alikuwa bado ni kinyozi na hakuna rekodi kwamba alikuwa anasafiri nje ya nchi,” alisema Mpangile.
Alisema katika mazungumzo na Baharia, alimweleza kuwa amewasiliana na baba wa kijana huyo ambaye anaishi Bagamoyo mkoani Pwani.

Mpangile alisema kwa mujibu wa Baharia, baba wa kijana huyo anayejulikana kwa jina la Akida, amesikia habari za mtoto wake na kwamba atakwenda kuripoti kituo cha polisi.

Naye mama mdogo wa Adamu, aliyetambulika kwa jina la Khadija Katundu, alikiri maofisa wa polisi kumuhoji mume wake.

Alisema wameendelea kutoa ushirikiano kwa watu wanaofika nyumbani kuhoji kuhusu suala hilo, na kwamba wanaamini ufumbuzi utapatikana.

Serikali yahaha

Baada ya taarifa hizo kuripotiwa na gazeti hili jana, Wizara ya Mambo ya Ndani ya Nchi kupitia Jeshi la Polisi wanafanya mawasiliano na Serikali ya Pakistan ili kuangalia namna ya kumwokoa Adamu katika mikono ya maharamia hao.

Akizungumza na MTANZANIA jana, Msemaji wa Polisi, Advera Bulimba, alisema tayari wamepata taarifa dhidi ya Mtanzania huyo.
“Kwa sasa tunafanya mawasiliano na wenzetu wa Pakistan tuone namna ya kumtoa kijana huyo katika mikono ya hao watekaji, na tukikamilisha hilo tutatoa taarifa rasmi juu ya jambo hili,” alisema Advera.
Wakati hayo yakiendelea, Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Mashariki, Kikanda na Kimataifa, kupitia mmoja wa maofisa wa idara ya habari ambaye hakupenda kutajwa jina lake gazetini, alisema wamepata taarifa ya tukio hilo, na sasa wanafanya mawasiliano na Wizara ya Mambo ya Ndani ya Nchi.

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UPDATE - Julai 22, 2016

KIJANA Juma Neti anayedaiwa kumweka rehani mdogo wake, Adamu Akida, kwa maharamia wa dawa za kulevya nchini Pakistan, ametoroka nchini na kukimbilia Afrika Kusini.

Taarifa za uhakika ambazo MTANZANIA inazo kutoka kwa mtu wa karibu wa Neti, zimeeleza kuwa alitoroka usiku wa Julai 19 mwaka huu kwa kutumia gari binafsi hadi Kenya ambako alipanda ndege kwenda Afrika Kusini.

Neti anadaiwa alitoroka nchini ikiwa ni siku moja kabla ya polisi na vyombo vingine vya usalama kuvamia nyumbani kwake Kunduchi Ununio wilayani Kinondoni Dar es Salaam juzi, kwa ajili ya kutaka kumkamata.

Chanzo hicho kilisema polsi waliambulia patupu kwa vile tayari Neti alikuwa ameondoka siku moja kabla.

Kwa mujibu wa chanzo hicho, kabla ya kutoroka, Neti alionekana akiwa na mshirika wake wa biashara (jina linahifadhiwa kwa sasa) ambaye humtambulisha kuwa ni ofisa masoko wa moja ya kampuni zake za ndani na nje ya Tanzania.

Inadaiwa pia kuwa mshirika huyo ndiye msambazaji hodari wa madawa ya kulevya katika Ukanda wa Afrika Mashariki.

Taarifa zinasema kwamba watu hao kwa pamoja waliweza kutoroka kwa kutumia gari ndogo kupitia mipaka isiyo rasmi kati ya Namanga na Horohoro na kuingia Kenya.

Baadaye waliingia Nairobi kwa kutumia gari tofauti na walilotoka nalo Tanzania. Jijini Nairobi walipanda ndege kupitia Uwanja wa Kimataifa wa Jomo Kenyatta.

Mtoa taarifa huyo alieleza kuwa haikuweza kufahamika haraka ni ndege gani waliitumia kutoka Nairobi hadi Afrika Kusini.

Neti anadaiwa kumweka rehani Akida ambaye ni mtoto wa mama yake mdogo, nchini Pakistani, kwa gharama ya Dola za Marekani 700,000 (zaidi ya Sh bilioni 1.5) baada ya kuchukua madawa ya kulevya kutoka kwa maharamia wanaomshikilia Mtanzania huyo.

Taarifa zinaeleza kuwa polisi wamekuwa wakimtafuta Neti kwa mda mrefu bila mafanikio kwa tabia yake hiyo ya kujihusisha na biashara hiyo haramu.

Inaelezwa kwamba Neti amekuwa na utajiri wa kutisha ghafla na amekuwa miongoni mwa Watanzania wenye ukwasi mkubwa tofauti na miaka michache iliyopita ambako alikuwa mtu wa kipato cha kawaida.

Kwa mujibu wa taarifa hizo, hivi karibuni Neti aliingia ubia na kampuni moja ya nchini China (jina halijafahamika) baada ya kuwekeza Dola za Marekani 400,000 (zaidi ya Sh milioni 800).

Katika mlolongo huo wa matukio kuna taarifa za kuwapo mtandao mkubwa unaojihusisha na biashara ya dawa za kulevya ambao huwapeleka vijana katika nchi zinazotengeneza dawa hizo na kuwaweka rehani.

Kwa mujibu wa mtandao huo, vijana wengi hupoteza maisha kwa kuuawa na maharamia hao wakuu wa biashara hiyo ya ‘unga’ baada ya waliowaweka rehani kushindwa kupeleka fedha.

Hatari hii! Wanatumia maji yanayochuruzika kutoka kiwanda cha mkonge

Wakazi zaidi ya 3,500 wa kijiji cha Mwenga kilichopo kata ya Mswaha wilayani Korogwe wanalazimika kutumia maji yanayodaiwa kuwa na kemikali zenye sumu yanayotoka katika mashine za kusindika Mkonge kufuatia mradi wa maji wenye thanmiani ya zaidi ya shilingi milioni 600 unaofadhiliwa na Benki ya Dunia uliotakiwa kukamilika miaka 2 iliyopita kushindwa kuendelea kwa sababu ya kujengwa chini ya kiwango.




Taarifa ya habari ChannelTEN Julai 16, 2016






AP EXPLAINS: The cleric being blamed for Turkey coup attempt; Why long history of coups

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul’s iconic Bosporus Bridge on Friday, July 15, 2016, lit in the colours of the French flag in solidarity with the victims of Thursday’s attack in Nice, France. A group within Turkey’s military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television: “it is correct that there was an attempt,” when asked if there was a coup. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A lawyer for the Turkish government, Robert Amsterdam, said that "there are indications of direct involvement" in the coup attempt by Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania. He said he and his firm "have attempted repeatedly to warn the U.S. government of the threat posed" by Gulen and his movement. According to Turkish intelligence sources, he said, "there are signs that Gulen is working closely with certain members of military leadership against the elected civilian government."

The president of a group that promotes Gulen's ideas, the New York-based Alliance for Shared Values, denied the charges. Y. Alp Aslandogan told The Associated Press "we categorically deny such accusations and find them to be highly irresponsible." Earlier in the evening, the alliance said, "we condemn any military intervention in (the) domestic politics of Turkey."

Some background on Gulen:

WHO IS FETHULLAH GULEN?

Trained as an imam, or prayer leader, Fethullah Gulen gained notice in Turkey some 50 years ago, promoting a philosophy that blended a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue. Supporters started 1,000 schools in more than 100 countries, including about 150 taxpayer-funded charter schools throughout the U.S. In Turkey, they have run universities, hospitals, charities, a bank and a large media empire with newspapers and radio and TV stations.

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has long accused Gulen of plotting to overthrow the officially secular government from a gated 26-acre compound in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Gulen is rarely seen in public and has been put on trial in absentia at least three times.

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WHY NOT DEPORT HIM?

The U.S. has shown little inclination to send Gulen back to Turkey. The Justice Department has declined to comment on Gulen's case. In an interview with the AP early this year, Aslandogan, of the Alliance for Shared Values, said: "(Gulen) said that the United States has a long tradition of democracy and rule of law. ... They will see that these are politically oriented charges, and they will not allow Erdogan to spread his ambition into the United States."

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WHAT'S THE STATUS OF LEGAL CLAIMS AGAINST GULEN IN THE U.S.?

Last month, a lawyer representing the Turkish government said he would continue exposing Gulen's "unlawful conduct" one day after a federal judge in Scranton, Pennsylvania, dismissed his lawsuit against the cleric. "Despite the outcome of this ruling, a very clear message has been sent to Gulen and his co-conspirators in the Poconos: the days of impunity are numbered, and your unlawful conduct will be brought to light," lawyer Robert Amsterdam said. The suit contended Gulen ordered sympathetic police, prosecutors and judges in Turkey to target members of a rival spiritual movement critical of his teachings. U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani ruled the claims did not belong in U.S. courts.

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WHAT ABOUT THE SCHOOLS?

Some of the U.S. schools have been investigated by the FBI amid allegations of financial mismanagement and visa fraud. One of the most explosive claims is that the schools are importing Turkish teachers to identify impressionable students and indoctrinate them into Gulen's movement, sometimes called Hizmet, Turkish for "service." In May, a complaint filed with Texas education officials accused a network of charter schools associated with the Gulen movement of abusing a visa program to import large numbers of Turkish teachers and violating state and federal laws by paying them more than American teachers.

The complaint also asserted that the network, Harmony Public Schools, skirts competitive bidding rules to award contracts to Turkish vendors. Harmony has denounced the complaint as politically motivated and without merit.

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WHAT'S THE RESPONSE TO THE LATEST ALLEGATIONS?

In a statement Friday, the Alliance for Shared Values said: "For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy. We have consistently denounced military interventions in domestic politics. These are core values of Hizmet participants. We condemn any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey. Events on the ground are moving quickly and it would be irresponsible for us to speculate on them. We remain concerned about the safety and security of Turkish citizens and those in Turkey right now. Comments by pro-Erdogan circles about the movement are highly irresponsible."

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WHAT ARE GULEN'S DAYS LIKE?

An AP reporter was given a tour of Gulen's Pennsylvania compound this year but was unable to see or interview him. He spends hours a day in prayer and meditation and goes out rarely, mostly to see doctors for ailments that include heart disease and diabetes, according to Aslandogan. Gulen's living quarters are lined with books on shelves that also hold jars filled with soil from various regions of Turkey. [By The Associated Press Jul. 15, 2016 10:59 PM EDT]

Why does Turkey have a long history of coups?


Turkey plunged into chaos as forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left scores dead. Thousands were arrested amid vows the plotters would "pay a heavy price for their treason." The Associated Press looks at Turkey's long history of coups, its military's prominence and why some had thought the days of military interference with government were over.

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HOW LONG HAS THE MILITARY INTERVENED IN POLITICS?

The military staged three coups between 1960 and 1980 and pressured Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, a pious Muslim mentor of Erdogan who was disliked by Turkey's secular establishment, out of power in 1997. In 2007, the military threatened to intervene in a presidential election and warned the government to curb Islamic influences, but the action backfired and Abdullah Gul, the candidate favored by a government with Islamic leanings, took office. The latest coup attempt surprised observers because Erdogan's government had taken steps to bring the military to heel, including dismissals and prosecutions of high-ranking active and former officers for alleged coup plots. Erdogan's government appeared to be working effectively with the military, coordinating on national security issues and confronting a perceived anti-government faction said to have infiltrated the police and other institutions.

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WHY WOULD THE MILITARY TRY TO STEP IN NOW?

The Turkish military has traditionally seen itself as the guardian of Turkey's old secular establishment, a legacy of national founder and former army officer Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as well as an enforcer of order in times of civil unrest and weak civilian leadership. While it was forced to lower its political profile under Erdogan's government, Turkey's military has been buffeted by a renewed conflict with Kurdish separatist rebels and bombings by suspected Islamic extremists, including an attack on Istanbul's main airport last month that killed dozens. Erdogan has also been a polarizing leader, though he commands deep support among a pious Muslim class that once felt marginalized under past military-influenced governments.

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WHY IS THE TURKISH MILITARY SO IMPORTANT?

Turkey is a NATO member and a key partner in U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, and has allowed American fighter jets to use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists. Turkey's strategic location in the Mideast region, straddling the Asian and European continents, makes it a critical player in international conflicts. In 2003, Turkey barred U.S. forces from using its territory in the invasion of Iraq, raising questions about whether the politically powerful Turkish military had undercut a civilian-led initiative to help the Americans.

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WHAT DO TURKS THINK ABOUT THEIR MILITARY?

Turks have a conflicted relationship with their military, an institution that is cloaked in the lore of sacrifice, but also tarnished as a past symbol of repression. Past military coup leaders have been seen as saviors from chaos and corruption, but also ruthless. In the 1960 military takeover, the prime minister and key ministers were executed. Torture, disappearances and extrajudicial killings were rampant in a 1980 coup. Despite that past, the military retains respect and vast economic resources. Service is a rite of passage for almost all men, who serve as conscripts. Soldiers who die in fighting with Kurdish rebels are hailed as martyrs.

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Christopher Torchia was Associated Press bureau chief in Turkey from 2007 until early 2013. [By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated Press, Jul. 16, 2016 10:05 AM EDT]