Kurasa za mbele na nyuma za baadhi ya magazeti ya Tanzania leo Septemba 24, 2016

Ndugu wa wagonjwa kutoka mikoani walala nje ya hospitali Muhimbili

Zaidi ya ndugu wa wagonjwa 50 wanatoka katika mikoa mbalimbali nchini hulazimika kulala nje ya hospitali ya Taifa Muhimbili baada ya uongozi wa hopitali hiyo kuwatimua eneo walilokuwa wakilala hapo awali, ambapo wamekuwa wakilala hapo baada ya wengi kukosa ndugu Dar es Salaam huku pia fedha za malazi kwao zikiwa ni tatizo.

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CBP trained dog makes first drug bust in Tanzania Airport

A Customs and Border Protection trained Belgian Malinois uses his keen sense of smell to detect any possible illicit drugs or ivory at the Dar es Salaam Airport in Tanzania
A Tanzanian canine detection team, trained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to sniff out narcotics and wildlife products, has made its first drug bust.

On Aug. 26, the Tanzania Canine Unit responded to a call from the Commander of the Police Anti-Drugs Unit requesting search support of a vehicle in the city of Dar Es Salaam.

The handler and his dog, Yana, detected 115 grams of heroin hidden in the vehicle.

Yana alerted to a package hidden near the left-rear tire and the package tested positive for heroin. A suspect has been placed into custody.
“This seizure of drugs is a critical step in combating the flow of illegal substances onto the streets of Tanzania and highlights the continued successful partnership between the governments of the United States and Tanzania,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.
“It also sends an important message to those who are involved in this illegal activity that it will be aggressively enforced.”
Throughout the month of August the team, consisting of four Belgian Malinois and their Tanzanian police handlers, conducted frequent searches at the airport and seaport, and responded to multiple requests for assistance from the Tanzania National Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit and the Police Anti-drugs Unit.

This program is a model of international cooperation among partners from the governmental, nongovernmental (NGO), and private sectors.

The dogs and their handlers, specially selected members of the Tanzanian Police Force Canine Unit, completed ten weeks of training at the CBP Canine training Facility in El Paso, Texas, before being delivered to Tanzania for this critical mission support capability in February.

Through a comprehensive U.S. and Tanzanian government effort over the last year, the canine program has become operational and effective. NGOs such as PAMS Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society have provided ongoing support to increase the scope and effectiveness of the team.

CBP continues to advance the U.S. Government’s mission to counter transnational crime by working with our international partners to reduce the global supply of and demand for illegal drugs.

The efforts of these dogs, their handlers, and the governments in partnership, are a prime example of how international cooperation strengthens enforcement, enhances our global network, and reduces the availability of illegal substances.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference: Tanzania, October 10-12, 2016

The Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference is collaboration between CRU and The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP).

Due to this unique partnership we can offer unrivalled networking opportunities with senior decision makers from the biggest fertilizer buyers and manufacturers in some of the world’s fastest growing fertilizer markets. The event will focus on the role of fertilizers within African agribusiness and how the African agricultural industry can work with international partners to strengthen and improve its agricultural output.

Delegates will benefit from three days of dedicated networking opportunities and a comprehensive programme of high level presentations covering key market trends, project updates and supply and demand forecasts.

Being held in Dar es Salaam, a key hub for regional trade, and timed to coincide with the seasonal procurement negotiations, the event offers participants the chance to make new connections and gain first-hand knowledge on the progress of the African fertilizer projects that will be impacting global prices.

Drawing on CRU’s technical event experience, the Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness conference will also feature an extensive exhibition of the the world’s cutting edge fertilizer and agribusiness technologies and services. 

Confirmed Speakers


  1. Dr Charles Tizeba, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Government of the United Republic of Tanzania
  2. Charles Mwijage, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Government of the United Republic of Tanzania
  3. H.E Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Department,Africa Union Commission
  4. Samuel Onjojo, Manager, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
  5. Khalid Al-Rowais, Senior Vice President of Phosphate and Industrial Minerals SBU, Ma'aden, Saudi Arabia
  6. Tarik Choho, CEO,OCP Africa and Managing Director, OCP Group, Morocco
  7. Bernhard Fonseka, CEO, Yara Africa, South Africa
  8. Ashish Lakhotia, CEO Fertilizer and Agribusiness, ETG Inputs Ltd, UAE
  9. Salum Kondo Mkumba, GM & CEO, Tanzania Fertilizer Company Limited (TFC), Tanzania
  10. Pradeep Paunrana, Managing Director, ARM Cement, Kenya
  11. Argent Chuula, CEO, Alliance for the Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA/COMESA), Kenya
  12. Ahmed M. Al-Ghannam, Director General, The Saudi Export Program, Saudi Arabia
  13. Namanga Ngongi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), South Africa
  14. Mbette M. Msolla, Board Chairman,Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA), Tanzania
  15. Salum Kondo Mkumba, GM & CEO, Tanzania Fertilizer Company Limited, Tanzania (TFC)
  16. Geoffrey Kirenga, CEO, Southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), Tanzania
  17. Stefan Kratz, Managing Director, Ferrostaal Topsoe, Germany
  18. Matteo Dessi, Dangote Project Director, Saipem, Italy
  19. Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund, Kenya
  20. Chiji Ojukwu, Director of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank (AfDB), Ivory Coast
  21. Jason Scarpone, President and CEO, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), South Africa
  22. Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, International Fertilizer Association (IFA),France
  23. Vitalis Wafula, Senior Agronomist, Yara Africa, Kenya
  24. Chris Lawson, Senior Consultant, CRU, UK

We are pleased to announce that the Government of United Republic of Tanzania are now confirmed as c-hosts of the conference

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The conference will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kenyan banks hold a 50 per cent market share in mortgage lending in Tanzania

Six Kenya-based banks account for half of the mortgage finance market in Tanzania, results of a study by the country's sector regulator shows.

Equity Bank Tanzania was the market leader in home loan financing in the second quarter (March-June), accounting for 20 per cent of the market share with outstanding loans amounting to Sh4.4 billion (Tsh96 billion) issued to 66 customers.

The six banks, which also include Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), Commercial Bank of Africa, NIC Bank Tanzania, KCB Tanzania and I&M Bank, had total outstanding loans amounting to Sh7.6 billion (Tsh164 billion) by June 2016, according to a Bank of Tanzania (BoT) report issued on Thursday.

The success of the of the Nairobi-based lenders is attributed to development of mortgage financing products in Kenya, with BoT affirming that Kenya and Rwanda’s mortgage markets are the most advanced in the region.

“Compared to other countries in the region, Tanzania still has a relatively smaller mortgage market, although it is growing rapidly. Mortgage debt outstanding as a proportion of Tanzanian GDP was around 0.53 per cent as at the end of the second quarter of 2016. This is lower than its East African neighbouring countries but growing at an accelerated pace,” the BoT report reads in part.

Mortgage debt to GDP ratio stood at 3.6 per cent in Rwanda, 3.4 per cent in Kenya, 0.8 per cent in Uganda and 0.5 per cent in Tanzania in the period under review, the report says.

Mortgage debt advanced by the country's top 5 lenders accounts for 67 per cent of the total outstanding mortgage debt.

CRDB Bank limited, Tanzania’s largest bank in terms of deposits and loans, accounts for only six per cent of the total mortgage financing.

The country's second largest bank, National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB), accounts for one per cent of the mortgage loans and the third largest bank, National Bank of Commerce (NBC), accounts for 0 per cent.

More banks

However, BoT says Tanzania’s housing finance subsector is coming up with various financing mechanisms.

Commercial banks in East Africa's second largest economy have in recent years become more interested in developing mortgage financing products as the number of lenders grew over the years from three in 2009 to 28 in 2016.

“More positive developments are expected in the market with more banks now launching their mortgage loan products as competition in the traditional banking products continues to intensify,” the report says.

Interest rates on home loans also fell from an average of 22 per cent to 16 per cent in the same period, the study titled Tanzania Mortgage Market Update says.

Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) is the latest entrant to Tanzania's mortgage market in the second quarter of this year.

It captured the market by storm, becoming only the second largest home loans lender and accounting for 16 per cent of the country's market share.

“The number of mortgage lenders is expected to increase even further as more lenders continue to launch their mortgage loan products. During the quarter the mortgage market was dominated by five top lenders, who amongst themselves command about 67 per cent of the mortgage market,” the report says.
Source: businessdailyafrica.com

Ambassador Childress Comments on UN Human Rights Review of Tanzania

I wanted to highlight a very important process taking place in Geneva, Switzerland this week as part of a regular Human Rights Review of Tanzania within the UN Human Rights Council. As noted on the UN website, “The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. The UPR also includes a sharing of best human rights practices around the globe.”

This week, the Government of Tanzania took part in this important process which invited the United States and others to provide comments on human rights in Tanzania. In its response, the U.S. Government delegation urged the Government of Tanzania to serve all of its people and populations equally without bias or discrimination. We reiterated our concerns that respect for human rights and the protection of democracy for all citizens is declining in Tanzania. The United States specifically noted the annulment of the October 2015 Zanzibar election and the rerun that was neither inclusive nor representative. The statement further noted that, since the elections, the Government of Tanzania has continued to restrict and limit the space for opposition voices, including a ban on live television coverage of Parliament, closures of several independent media outlets, raids on health service providers, suspensions of several opposition members of Parliament, and an indefinite ban on political rallies. We also remain deeply concerned that authorities continue to use the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and other laws to inhibit the media and to arrest individuals for activities protected by the right to freedom of expression. Our statement concluded that “the United States Government urged the Government of Tanzania to cease its rapid back-sliding on human rights and democracy issues and urge progress on implementing the UPR Working Group recommendations over the course of the next four years.” The full U.S. Government statement can be found here: https://geneva.usmission.gov/…/u-s-statement-at-the-upr-of…/.

As the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, I fully endorse the U.S. Government comments posted in Geneva yesterday. I share the concerns expressed by my colleagues working with the Human Rights Council, and note examples of particular concern include the Government of Tanzania’s recent threats against NGOs and the apparent reversal of its prior commitments to provide access to HIV services for all Tanzanian citizens. Recent remarks and actions by government officials that threaten NGOs or seek to stop them from providing HIV services to individuals based on their sexual orientation contradicts Tanzania’s own National Multi-Sectoral Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS. It is important to note that this Framework was developed and approved by the Tanzanian Government based on accepted international best practices, and until recently the Framework rightly guided our partnership in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Tanzania, which has lasted over a decade.

Together, we have made important strides towards stopping the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania. This year alone, in the fight against HIV, the United States is contributing almost $500 million dollars to keep the Tanzanian people – all the Tanzanian people – healthy and productive. This includes services for more than 740,000 men, women and children living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. I am proud of these efforts and how far we have come together. The United States remains committed to working with our partners in our efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is a simple fact, however, that the spread of HIV/AIDS will not be stopped when only part of the population receives services. Government-led raids and active and passive threats of de-registration of NGOs that provide these life-saving services are gravely concerning. Such threats must stop and health services must be accessible to all Tanzanians without discrimination. Anything less puts the health and lives of all Tanzanians at risk.

Lecturer charged with insulting president on WhatsApp

REUTERS -- A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, a senior police official said on Friday, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.

Magufuli, nicknamed "the bulldozer" for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for anti-corruption drives and cutting wasteful government spending since coming to power in November.

But opponents accuse him of becoming increasingly authoritarian, undermining democracy by curbing political activity and restricting live television coverage of parliamentary sessions.

Insulting the president was made a criminal offense in Tanzania under a cybercrimes law passed last year, punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of around $3,000, or both.

"The senior university lecturer was arraigned in court yesterday, and I think he was later released on bail," Julius Mjengi, police chief of the south-west Tanzanian town of Iringa told Reuters by telephone.

Police said the lecturer was charged with offenses under Tanzania's strict cybercrimes law. The lecturer denies the charges.

"The number of people who have been arrested across the country thus far for insulting the president has now risen to 10," Tanzanian newspaper Mwananchi said in an article on Friday.

Those who have faced trial for insulting Magufuli in recent months include students and opposition politicians.

A U.S. aid agency in March canceled nearly $500 million of funding for Tanzania partly on concerns over enforcement of the new cybercrimes law.

The U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation said Tanzania has "engaged in a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC's eligibility criteria" hence the decision to suspend its partnership with the East African nation.

(Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by Duncan Miriri and Hugh Lawson)

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