Approval ratings for President Magufuli at 96%

Almost one year into the fifth phase government: citizens approve of the removal of ghost workers, free primary education and the dismissal of public servants

But they disapprove of the sugar import ban and price directive

15 September 2016, Dar es Salaam: When citizens were asked to name actions by President Magufuli’s that they approve of, more than six out of ten mentioned the removal of ghost workers (69%), free education (67%) and the dismissal of public servants (61%). When asked to name actions that they disapprove of, three out of ten (32%) mentioned the sugar import ban and price directive. However six out of ten citizens (58%) say that they do not disapprove of any of his actions. Overall approval ratings for President Magufuli are at 96%. This is comparable to approval ratings for previous Tanzanian presidents. Other government leaders also have high levels of approval although none as high as the President. Citizens report that they approve or strongly approve of their village / street chairperson (78%), their local councilor (74%) and their MP (68%)

These findings were released by Twaweza in a research brief titled The People’s President? Citizens’ assessment and expectations of the fifth phase government. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey. The findings are based on data collected from 1,813 respondents across Mainland Tanzania (Zanzibar is not covered in these results) between 4 and 20 June 2016.

In addition to strong approval ratings, nine out of ten citizens (88%) are confident that President Magufuli can maintain his current momentum until the end of his term.

The majority of citizens also report that they think there have been improvements in almost all public services under the fifth phase government. The Tanzania Revenue Authority leads as 85% of citizens say services there are improved under the new government. Citizens also think services are better in schools (75%), police stations (74%), courts (73%), health facilities (72%) and water service providers (67%). It is important to note that these data show citizens’ perceptions of services and do not necessarily represent any hard improvements. Similarly, almost all citizens (95%) say that civil servants in service delivery, like doctors and teachers, as well as administrative civil servants have become more accountable and efficient.

However citizens themselves admit that they are not very informed about major national issues. Only 4% of citizens feel well informed about national politics and only 9% feel informed about health and education. This indicates that reported improvements in services are based on personal experiences or very localized information. However citizens remain hungry for more information on the sectors that impact their lives. When asked what topic they would like to ask their village chair, councilor or MP about, health, education, water and roads consistently emerged as critical issues. When it comes to President Magufuli, two out of ten citizens (18%) would like to ask him about prices and inflation.

A similar pattern emerges when citizens are asked whether they know and have engaged with local, district or national leadership. Almost all citizens (96%) know their village executive officer and almost half of them (47%) have interacted with him or her. However only 2 out of 10 citizens (21%) know their district executive director and only 4% have interacted with him or her.

Despite this strong approval for the work of the fifth phase government and President John Pombe Magufuli personally, citizens are keen for the principles of democracy and justice to be followed. Eight out of ten citizens think that public officials should only be dismissed when proof of wrongdoing has been established. A similar proportion of citizens (75%) think that officials should be dismissed for failing to perform their duties rather than for disobeying the President’s orders. And despite their enthusiasm for the dismissals of public servants, citizens hold mixed views on the impact of the public dismissals. Although nine out of ten (90%) say these dismissals deter other public servants from wrongdoing, four out of ten (37%) also think that it demoralizes other government officials. And half of citizens (48%) think that the dismissals will only cause public servants to find new ways to hide their wrongdoing.
“Citizens are very positive about the performance of the fifth phase government and President Magufuli in particular. They report that public servants across the board are more accountable and that they have noticed improvements in public services. However citizens are also concerned about due process. For example, they want proof of wrongdoing to be established before officials are named, blamed and shamed. They are also worried about decisions that affect their pockets, like the sugar ban. This shows that they will not just blindly approve of all of the actions of a popular president. They continue to value the fundamental principles of good governance,” said Aidan Eyakuze, Executive Director of Twaweza.
“The most exciting thing about these results” he continued “is the suggestion that citizens’ expectations have shifted. Previously there was a sense of a vicious circle of apathy in which experience of poor performance lowered expectations, which in turn allowed poor performance to continue unchallenged. But recent developments, have shown that public sector performance can improve. Citizens could well come to expect higher standards as a permanent and pleasant new norm.”

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The 10 Biggest Cities in Tanzania

5. Mbeya

Mbeya is the fifth largest city in Tanzania with a population of 385,279 people. The city is the capital of the Mbeya administrative region of Tanzania. The area around the city is very hilly and covered in shrubs including heather, while the Loleza Mountain is located behind the town. Mbeya was founded in the 1920s as a gold mining town and in the 1970s farmers and small time entrepreneurs came to the town via the TAZARA railway. Nowadays, the city is a growing business center and city for the southern area of the country, as well as for the neighboring countries of the Congo, Malawi and Zambia. The city's main attractions for tourist are focused on wildlife and nature, including the Kitulo and Ruaha National Parks, Lake Nyasa, the Mwalalo Water Falls and one of the world's largest meteorites, the Mbozi meteorite. The city is also host to two Tanzanian Premier League teams, Mbeya City Football Club and Prisons Football Club, as well as being the location of many various companies.

4. Dodoma

Dodoma is the fourth largest city and the national capital of Tanzania with a population of 410,956 people. Dodoma is also the capital of the Dodoma Region of the country. In 1907, when Tanzania was part of German East Africa (1891-1919), German colonists who where constructing the Tanzanian central railway, founded the city as a place to live. Dodoma is located in the heart of Tanzania and its central location is the major reason that it was chosen to be the capital in 1973. Despite being the capital city, Dodoma only houses the National Assembly of the country. Dodoma is home to a intentional school, the Canon Andrea Mwaka School and St. Johns University of Tanzania, which are both run by the Anglican Church. The city also has two football clubs, Polisi Dodoman and the JKT Ruvu Stars, in the Tanzanian Premier League.

3. Arusha

Arusha is the third largest city in Tanzania with a population of 416,442 people. Arusha is also the capital of the Arusha Region of the country. The current site of the city was first settled at some point in the 1830s by the Masai people who came from the town of Arusha Chini. The city is in the northern part of the country and is located on the eastern areas of the Great Rift Valley, sitting on the southern slopes of Mount Meru. The city is the largest manufacturing and financial city in its part of Tanzania. The city receives a great deal of tourist footfall, and it is nearby to many natural areas, including the Ngorongogo Conservation Area, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park, among others. The city also hosts the East African Community, hosted the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and is the headquarters of the Aang Serian Drum media center. The city is also home to the Arusha FC football team and the Tanzanian national rugby team.

2. Mwanza

Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania with a population of 706,543 people. Mwanza is the capital of the Mwanza Region of the country. The city was founded in 1892, shortly after the country became part of the German East Africa colony. The city is located in the northern part of Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Victoria and is surrounded by vast, rocky hills. Being on the shores of a lake, fishing is a major industry in the city, with five different fish processing plants located here. The city is also home to the recently opened Rock City Mall, which is one of the largest malls in the whole country. The city's major university is the St. Augustine University of Tanzania and it is also host to the Toto African football club that plays in the Tanzanian Premier League.

1. Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is by far the largest city in Tanzania with a population of 4,364,541 people. Dar es Salaam is the capital of the Dar es Salaam Region and the largest city in all of eastern Africa. In 1865 Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar (1834-70) built the city of Dae es Salaam close to the city of Mzizima. In 1887, the German East Africa Company set up a station in the town, helping to bring it out of decline. Dar es Salaam then became the capital of German East Africa and later was the capital of the British colony of Tanganyika (1922-61). After Tanzania became Independence Dar es Salaam was the capital until 1973, when it was moved to Dodoma. However, most of Tanzania's embassies and government still reside in Dar es Salaam. The city is located on the east coast of Tanzania, set on a natural harbor. The country's central bank, the Bank of Tanzania and the Dar es Salaam stock exchange are both located in the city, making it financially important. The city is home to the PSPF Twin Towers, which is the tallest building in all of Tanzania. The city is also a major hub of shipping and trade, as it handles around 90% of the country's total cargo. Dar es Salaam is host to several different football clubs and has two of the National Museum's of Tanzania located in the city.

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Tanzania earthquake exposes response weaknesses

Dar es Salaam — The Kagera earthquake which has so far killed 17 people has laid bare fundamental weaknesses in government response to disasters, some experts told The Citizen.

Five days after the quake which is the biggest to ever hit the country, the government is still struggling to coordinate and manage the flow of relief to the needy in Bukoba Municipality.

Experts and activists who spoke to The Citizen on Wednesday have accused the government for underfunding the Disaster Management Department (DMD) and rendered in incapable of acting quickly and efficiently in the event of a calamity. Reports from the ground in Kagera reveals that rescue teams including defence and security forces delayed in providing the earthquake victims with humanitarian assistance.

The level of intervention so far accorded also begs questions, for many of those who lost their houses are still out in the cold, with no food, water or medicines. At least 840 houses were reduced to rubble while more than 1,200 got badly damaged.

Our quick assessment of the situation by Wednesday showed that no centre has been established by regional disaster management committee to provide shelter and humanitarian assistance to the victims.

The last time Red Cross volunteers were seen was on Sunday during prayers for the deceased, a function officiated by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa at Kaitaba Stadium.

Reached for comment, Regional Commissioner Maj General (rtd) Salum Kijuu said the victims were being supplied with necessary humanitarian assistance, insisting that he was still receiving assistance from well-wishers and the central government.

NCCR-Mageuzi chairman James Mbatia, who is also an expert in disaster management, was the first to raise the alarm over the critical humanitarian crisis at hand after the visiting Bukoba. He criticised the government for failing to make quick interventions.

Prof Haji Semboja of the University of Dar es Salaam told The Citizen that there was no need for the country to wait for a fund-raiser as the first act of a major intervention entailing the provision to victims basic needs of food, shelter and clean and safe water.

"The DMD was supposed to have in its possession standby cash and materials in the event of anything at any time, we don't need to look for donations at the first place. Fire brigade, defence and security forces should have immediately come to the aid of the victims... constructing temporary settlement centres, issuing blankets, clean and safe water, food and medicine--you name it," he said.

He argued that fund-raising should have come later after the evaluation is complete and the depth of the damage is established, and therefore the amount of resources needed for reconstruction is known.

Prof Semboja was referring to a fund-raiser organised by the Prime Minister on Tuesday, which managed to raise around Sh1.4 billion in pledges and cash.

The Tanzania Human Right Defenders Coalition (THRDC) national coordinator, Mr Onesmo Olegurumwa said the Kagera calamity has once again revealed seriousness of Tanzania's lack of standby funds to cater for pressing needs.

"The nation faces huge a problem with regard to disaster management funding and other challenges. Instead, we're developing a culture of fund-raising even in areas that the government is required to pick the bill, we started with desks, then classrooms and now, disasters... Yes, the donated Sh1.4 billion will help in addressing the immediate problems on the ground, but the government should now start to build its own capacity as well," he said.

Deloitte select 65 unemployed graduated for practical training on job creation

Dar es Salaam — Deloitte East Africa is seeking practical solutions to youth unemployment through training unemployed graduates who are hunting for jobs without innovative ideas to become jobs generators for themselves and others.

The Deloitte senior manager for strategy and innovations Ms Zahra Nensi, told The Citizen on Tuesday that they have begun to select 65 graduate youths who are being trained to design innovative business ideas and train other youths to establish business projects for adding value to agricultural commodities.

On last Friday The Citizen participated in the innovations capacity building seminar for those youths under the specialist trainers recruited by Deloitte.

Speaking at the innovations centre based at the Commission of Science and Technology, Ms Nensi said that Tanzania was one of the member states of East African countries that benefit from such programme.

According to her, Deloitte is partnering the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama in 2012 as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

"Deloitte aspires to transform Tanzanian graduate youths to become generators of employment through innovations. In Tanzania there are at least 800,000 graduates hunting for jobs annually. These are potential generators of jobs. We are working with Yali to get answers to graduate unemployment," she said.

The consultant for Deloitte Mr Charles Mbatia said at the training seminar that since the country was aspiring to build an industrial economy, such practical solution being propagated by Deloitte was important move for stirring young graduates to embark on small industriers that later on can be vehicles for industrialisation.

"We are training youths to refrain from being mere job seekers, instead to venture in innovative business projects for job creation. Throughout the world the problem of graduate unemployment is growing and there is no government which can employ many youths to reduce high rate of unemployment," said Mbatia.

The size of Tanzania's youth, which almost doubled from 4.4 million in 1990 to 8.1 million in 2010, is expected to swell to 11 million by 2020 and 15 million by 2030, according to report released in 2o13 by Jacques Morisset, the World Bank Lead economist.

Serikali kufuta ujinga ifikapo mwaka 2030

Wanafunzi wa Shule ya Msingi ya Mbaruku kutoka wilayani Bagamoyo wakiigiza Igizo la Almas na Jitu kwenye maadhimisho hayo.
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OFISA Elimu Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Raymond Mapunda kwa niaba ya Waziri wa Nchi ofisi ya Rais Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa (Tamisemi) George Simbachawe, amesema serikali itashirikiana na wadau mbalimbali wa sekta ya elimu kuhakikisha kuwa hadi ifikapo mwaka 2030 wawe wamefuta ujinga nchini.

Mapunda ameyasema hayo jijini Dar es Salaam leo wakati akihutubia kwenye maadhimisho ya siku ya usomaji vitabu kwenye hema yanayoadhimishwa duniani kote.

Alisema moja ya shabaha iliyopo kwenye ilani ya Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ni kuhakikisha kila mtoto nchini anapata elimu bure kuanzia darasa la kwaza hadi kidato cha nne.

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Alisema takwimu za kitaifa za sensa ya makazi na watu katika mwaka 2012 zinaoonesha kuwa asilimia 22 ya watanzania hawezi kusoma na kuandika kwa ufasa, 81.7 ni wenye ya msingi 14.4 ndio wenye elimu ya sekondari na asiimia 2.3 elimu ya chuo.

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Alisema kaulimbiu ya mwaka huu ya maadhimisho hayo inayosema 'Kuandika yaliyoita, Kusoma yajayo' itumike kutafakari kufuta ujinga.

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Alisema siku hiyo huadhimishwa kila mwaka ifakapo Sepemba 9, ikiwa ni kutimiza azimio la Tehrani lilipitishwa mwaka 1965 ambapo kwa mwaka huu wanaadhimisha miaka 50 tangu kuazshwa kwake mwaka 1966.

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Mwakabwale alisema takwimu za Shirika la Elimu, Sayansi na Utamaduni la Umoja wa Mataifa (UNESCO) za mwaka 2015 zinaonesha hali ya usomaji duniani katika nchi saba Jumuia ya Afrika Mashariki (EAC), Tanzania ni ya pili kwa kuwa na kiwango kikubwa cha watazania wanaojua kusoma, kuandika na kuhesabu kwa ufasaha kwa asilimia 80.3.

Alisema Nchi ya Burundi inaongoza katika nchi za ukanda huo kwa asilimia 85.6 ya wananchi wake wanajua kusoma na kuandika kwa kiwango cha juu ukilinganisha na nchi nyingine.

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Ofisa Elimu Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Raymond Mapunda (katikati), akisoma hutuba kwa niaba ya Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Rais Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa (TAMISEMI), George Simbachawene wakati wa Maadhimisho ya Siku ya Kusoma Vitabu chini ya Hema Duniani yaliyofanyika Ukumbi wa Karimjee Dar es Salaam leo. Kulia ni Mkurugenzi Mkazi wa Taasisi ya Room to Read, Peter Mwakabwale, iliyoratibu maadhimisho hayo. Kushoto ni Mkurugenzi wa Haki Elimu, John Kalaghe.

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Shell readies to drill off Tanzania

Oil major Shell is planning to start exploration drilling offshore Tanzania later this year, according to partner Ophir Energy.

The US$20 million drilling program, due to start in Q4, will comprise two wells on Blocks 1 and 4 and target >1 Tcf of gas, says Ophir.

Shell became operator on the blocks after taking over BG Group earlier this year.

The well on Block 1 will target Kitatange, with an estimated mean recoverable volume of 1.1 Tcf. The well on Block 4 will target Bunju with an estimated 1.4 Tcf. The wells, which have been given 40% chance of success, will fulfill outstanding exploration requirements on the licenses.

Meanwhile, pre-front end engineering and design (FEED) is progressing on an onshore LNG plant, which would take in Blocks 1 and 4, as well as Block 2, held by Statoil and ExxonMobil.

FEED is expected to start following the completion of the LNG site acquisition, the geotechnical investigations and engineering studies.

Concept selection for the upstream part of the project which will determine the configuration and production rates from each of the fields.

Ophir's COO Bill Higgs said: "Shell sees this as an LNG project that ranks well in their portfolio. Shell is currently looking for ways to reduce the cost structure for the LNG project."

Meanwhile, Ophir has reduced the expected cost to first gas on its Equatorial Guinea Fortuna floating LNG project from $450-500 million down to US$450 million. A final investment decision is expected by year end 2016.

Ophir is also planning to drill its first well in off the Ivory Coast, in deep water. The Ayame prospect is the main target, containing 240 MMboe expected recoverable resources with 80% chance of success.

The firm is also considering drilling in deep water offshore Gabon, in an area seen as an emerging oil play on the west African margin.

It is also looking at possibly drilling in deep water offshore Myanmar, in the Rakhine basin, in 2017.

Confirmed! Large airplane flap found in Tanzania matches missing MH370

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Australian officials on Thursday said a large flap airplane section recovered near the Tanzanian coast belongs to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the piece of debris -- identified as Part No. 5 -- was found on June 20 on the island of Pemba off the coast of Tanzania. A date stamp on the debris showed a manufactured date of Jan. 12, 2002, registered under 9M-MRO -- the Boeing 777 operating as MH370.

"It was confirmed that Part No. 5 was the inboard section of a Boeing 777 right, outboard flap, originating from the Malaysian Airlines aircraft registered 9M-MRO," the ATSB said in its conclusion (click here to read the official statement).

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, after leaving Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia en route to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board. The pilots last communicated with air traffic control 38 minutes after takeoff. Three minutes later, the plane's transponders were turned off and the plane disappeared from air traffic controllers' radar screens.

Malaysian authorities concluded the flight had ended in the Indian Ocean, but no confirmed MH370 debris was found until last year when a right wing flaperon was discovered on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar.

The ATSB expects the investigation into the disappearance of MH370 will conclude in November, unless new discoveries are made that could lead to the discovery of the downed craft and its victims.

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Congo-based militia seizes 10 truckers from Tanzania, Kenya

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's government and a transport group say an armed group operating in eastern Congo has seized six Tanzanian and four Kenyan truck drivers and is seeking ransom.

Tanzania's foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday that it is working with Congo's government to secure the release of the Tanzanians.

Angelina Ngalula, who leads the Tanzania Truck Owners Association, says an armed group blocked 12 cargo trucks carrying cement between Tanzania and Congo on Wednesday, setting four trucks ablaze and seizing the drivers. Two of the 12 drivers escaped.

Ngalula says four of the truckers are from Kenya.

She says the armed group is demanding $4,000 per driver in ransom.

Eastern Congo has a number of armed groups active in a vast and mineral-rich region.