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Key Medical Conference Slated for Dar es Salaam

By Jimmy Lwangili

AN International conference drawing over 400 local and international experts organized by the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) will be held on June 29 and 30.

The institution’s Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Ephata Kaaya, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that Vice-President Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan would grace the opening ceremony.

He said the focus of the conference was aimed at communicating, learning and sharing skills based on research findings from various researchers, health care providers and other stakeholders from Tanzania, USA, Malawi, Uganda, Norway, China, Japan, Nige ria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Switzerland.

Speaking at a media briefing session on Wednesday, Prof Kaaya said: “Study findings to be presented at the conference include one on how to eradicate malaria by using a new method of monitoring patients and giving medicines to people at risk of getting infections.” He mentioned others as treatment for kidney, as well problems related to childbirth.

To be discussed too is food supplements for mothers with small children, nourishment for infants and reducing malnutrition for children aged below five.

He said the conference will involve oral presentations of 122 scientific articles whose topics include communication information and communication technology in the health sector, traditional and alternative medicine, research on infectious diseases, health systems research and primary research on health issues.

The Director of Education and Professional Development at MUHAS, Dr Doreen Mloka, said the conference would provide more opportunities for young scientists to develop their talents.

“MUHAS will publicise recent findings of scientific research from various research projects within the country and abroad for the past few years,” she said, adding that the theme is ‘Proper interpretation of research in order to achieve sustainable development’.

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Everton to Land in Dar es Salaam With Full Squad

English Premier League (EPL) side Everton FC has announced that it will come with its full squad ahead of their encounter against champions of SportPesa Super Cup Gor Mahia.

The friendly game is expected to be played on July 13th at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam with sports fans in the country eagerly waiting for the match.

Everton through its media department announced that they will take their friendly game against Gor Mahia seriously since it is important for their next season league preparations.

“We are going to Tanzania with the first squad as we are preparing for the English Premier League season,” said part of the statement. Earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Everton FC John Elstone said their trip is essential as they are building their competitive team for the next EPL season.

“It is part of our preparations for the next season. We are planning to perform better next season, hence Tanzania will be part and parcel of our preparations,” he said.

Gor Mahia got the privilege to face Everton after emerging the champions of SportPesa Super Cup which involved teams from Tanzania and Kenya.

Football fans from Kenya have already started preparing themselves to come in the country to witness the massive match, whereas their counterparts from Tanzania are just waiting for the big day to come.

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Your Days Are Counted, ‘Money Eaters’ Warned

Government officials who pocketed money meant for farm inputs have their days counted yesterday as President John Magufuli ordered that stern measures be taken against them.

In another development, Dr Magufuli issued an eightday ultimatum to all district executive directors to procure biological pesticides from the Kibaha-based Tanzania Biotech Product to fight malaria in their areas.

“I was told only four local government authorities had procured the pesticides … yet our people continue to die of malaria, the directors have until June 30, to go to Kibaha to purchase the pesticides,” he ordered.

He hailed former President Jakaya Kikwete for spearheading the establishment of the factory; the one and only in Africa, to fight against the deadly disease.

“If we efficiently used the solution we could eradicate malaria once for all just like Zanzibar or Britain; our people are reluctant to buy the pesticide and yet the government spends billions of money annually to import drugs for malaria,” he noted.

During the current financial year, the government has set aside about 250bn/- to import medicines, some of which are used to treat malaria. President Magufuli revealed yesterday that he had directed the Treasury to pay 1.3bn/- to the Kibaha plant to purchase the solution which has remained idle without local buyers and yet other countries have been buying from the same factory as they strive to eradicate malaria.

The plant is designed to produce pesticide that kills malaria mosquitoes and is under National Development Corporation (NDC). Regarding the farm inputs, it was obvious that Dr Magufuli had smelt rat in the process of distributing the inputs at the benefit of some dishonest government officials.

“I have directed the Prime Minister, the Minister for Agriculture, Regional Commissioners and District Commissioners to deal with these officials who channelled the inputs to non-existing farmers,” Dr Magufuli directed here yesterday at the end of his three-day working visit in Coast Region.

Dr Magufuli was irked that some officials had deliberately listed ghost beneficiaries for the inputs, directing the Premier and other leaders to take necessary actions. “Some of these culprits are government officials … they even listed some people who had long passed away,” the president remarked.

Earlier, Coast Regional Commissioner Evarist Ndikilo said the Bagamoyo-Msata road was key in opening opportunities in trade, agriculture and tourism. “The road will attract investment and boost industrialization in the region; previously the road used to be closed during rainy season,” he remarked.

The Chief Executive Officer of Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads), Eng. Patrick Mfugale, said the tarmac road will have a life span of 20 years and can accommodate vehicles of not more than 56 tonnes.

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said the road is an important alternative to the Dar es Salaam-Ruvu-Chalinze road which has been experiencing traffic congestion.

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No Classroom for Kid Moms Says Magufuli

By Alvar Mwakyusa

The debate is now closed: Schoolgirls who conceive during the course of their studies will not be allowed back to classes after childbirth, President John Magufuli announced yesterday.

“There have been some people and non-governmental organizations advocating for this idea … but it will not happen when I am in office; this is against our ethics. What is more … the child mothers who will be allowed back to classes will mostly likely spoil the other girls,” the president said.

He made the remarks in a speech during the official launch of the 64km Bagamoyo-Makofia-Msata road in Coast region which was constructed at over 180bn/-, fully-funded by taxpayers’ money.

“If it happens that the girl got pregnant unwillingly … then she should either join vocational training or engage in any other income generating activity like agriculture,” he stated.

President Magufuli stressed that culprits proved to have impregnated schoolgirls should be arraigned and jailed 30 years as stipulated by the law, urging security organs to act tough on the offenders.

He challenged NGOs advocating for the idea to set up their own private schools where they could cater exclusively for child mothers who drop out of schools because of pregnancies.

President Magufuli praised former First Lady Salma Kikwete, who is now Nominated MP, for championing against reinstating such girls into formal education. Ms Kikwete who is the Chairperson of WAMA, an NGO advocating for welfare of women and girls, has been on the forefront on opposing teen mothers back to classes.

Dr Magufuli also expressed his discomfort on moral decay in the society particularly homosexuality, which he attributed to ‘bad luck’. “We should have fear for God, these are not our morals and even animals do not behave that way,” he stated.

Debating the budget for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, in Dodoma last month, lawmakers were divided over whether pregnant school children should resume their studies after delivery or be dismissed summarily.

Former Minister for Education who is now Urambo MP, Ms Margaret Sitta, was among those who appealed to the government to allow ‘kid mothers’ to resume studies after delivery.

However, other MPs led by Ms Kikwete vehemently opposed the plea; in particular, Ms Salma who said that such ‘allowance’ would go contrary to our own laws, customs and traditions.

“I totally disagree to allow ‘child mothers’ to resume studies after childbirth … and I would urge all MPs, irrespective of their gender and political affiliations to support me,” she stressed.

Fiery legislator Ally Kessy (Nkasi North-CCM) said the allowance would fuel births of street children and HIV/AIDS infections. “… these children have committed adultery which is contrary to our holy books, our laws and traditions.

“If we allow this (resumption of studies after delivery), next time we’ll be forced to allow same-sex marriages,” he charged. Their sentiments were echoed by the Minister for Home Affairs and Iramba West MP (CCM) Mwigulu Nchemba, Prof Norman Sigala (Makete-CCM), Almas Maige (Tabora NorthCCM) and Goodluck Mlinga (Ulanga East-CCM).

They argued that even available statistics showed that truancy was the bigger problem than early pregnancy in schools, and should therefore deal with it first. The legislators argued further that the reinstatement of child mothers would condone sexual intercourse among school children.

Other MPs led by the Shadow Minister for Education, Suzan Lyimo (Special Seats-Chadema), stood to their guns, saying discontinuation of studies was a blatant denial of basic human rights.

In the debate dominated by interruptions, cheers and disapprovals from all corners regardless of political camps, Ms Lyimo’s supporters argued that the affected children had been impregnated against their will.

Govt’s Anti-Corruption Policy Seeks to Protect Whistle Blowers

By Rodgers Luhwago

Plans are already underway for a national anti-graft policy that cuts across every sector, a strategy that will place an anti-corruption drive into top gear, Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan has stated.

Officiating at the opening of the International High Level Meeting On Anti-Corruption Reforms in Tanzania yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Ms Samia said the strategy would, among other things, bring about accessibility to justice and protection of whistle-blowers and witnesses.

Other matters would include governance reforms to both public and private sectors, changing of culture and altitudes towards the public and transparency to the public.

Ms Samia told participants to the high-level meeting that the policy would also bring about increased government revenue while improving the quality of goods and services to spur citizens’ willingness to pay tax.

She made it clear that fighting corruption was vital for the country’s sustainable development, adding that the government was committed to combating the vice. “Corruption undermines the rule of law … so it erodes public trust to the government; it increases inequality where the poor suffer the most.

It increases the cost of doing business, brings about inefficiency and wastage of resources while also encouraging crime and illicit financial flow,” she said.

VP Samia warned participants that no country was immune from corruption, insisting that developing countries and especially African states have continued to suffer for decades from the effects of the vice.

Backing up her argument, Vice-President Samia said the 2012 report of the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows and the United Economic Commission for Africa clearly stated that Africa lost approximately US dollars 850 billion in illicit financial flows between 1970 and 2008.

She said in the last 50 years Africa lost over US dollars 1 trillion, a figure that was almost equal to what the continent received in the said period of time.

According to the figures divulged by African Union in 2002, VP Samia said, African continent has been losing more than 25 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to corruption while the African Development Bank (AfDB) revealed that 50 per cent of tax revenue is lost every year.

Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Director General Valentino Mlowola said the unprecedented tenacity displayed by the government in the fight against corruption has sent the message to individuals who wanted to live and operate in the country that practising corruption was a risky endeavour.

“We all know the effects of corruption to the lives of millions in our countries. Corruption has adverse effects to social, economic and political stability of any society,” Mlowola said.

He added: “In fact every major threat to peace and security such as organized crime, be it terrorism, narco trade, human trafficking and arms smuggling there is bloody hand of corruption.” The anti-corruption boss said Tanzania had recorded significant achievements in the fight against corruption.

Indicators of encouraging trend include establishment of an anti-graft division within the High Court, filing of 15 high-profile court cases against prominent figures and removal from public office of government officials suspected to indulge themselves in corruption.

Speaking on the legislative aspects, Director General Mlowola said the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act (PCCA) appeared to be lenient, arguing that preference of fines over imprisonment tended to “water down” the legal sanctions to punish offenders.

The anti-graft chief said the government and PCCB would continue devising new strategies and mechanism in the fight against the vice by scaling up prevention measures and become more proactive, employing modern techniques in investigation, especially in grand corruption cases and enhancing public awareness on compliance to laws, rules and regulations.

No Plan to Limit Number of Children a Family Can Have – Govt

By Alfred Zacharia

Dar es Salaam — The government has no plan to introduce a family planning policy to limit the number of children in a family.

This was revealed in Parliament on Friday by deputy minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Ashatu Kijaji, when she was responding to Ms Magdalena Sakaya (Kaliua-CUF), who wanted to know if the government planned to introduce a family planning policy to limit the number of children a family should be allowed to have.

Dr Kijaji said the government would continue with public awareness campaigns to sensitise people on the importance of family planning methods.

“We are conducting awareness campaigns on the importance of family planning to have a number of children one can afford to raise,” she told the Parliament.

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Govt to Scrap Service Charge in Water Bills

By Valentine Oforo

Dodoma — The government has directed all regional water authorities in the country to revoke meter service charges in their customers’ monthly billing.

Water and Irrigation deputy minister Isack Kamwelwe on Friday told Parliament that meter service charges were forcing water users to part with high monthly bills even if they did not use water, saying this was unfair and unprofessional.

He added that, a survey by his ministry also established that most regional water authorities were overcharging their customers in bills as the charges exceeded the amounts the latter were supposed to actually pay.

Minister Kamwelwe made the revelations as he was responding to a supplementary question by Mr Leonidas Gama (Songea Urban -CCM) who wanted to know what plan the government had in solving water woes in his constituency.

“Apart from acute shortage of safe and clean water in my constituency, there are public outcries over unpatriotic tendency by the regional water authority to impose high bills that don’t reflect the actual amount of water used. How does the parent ministry plan to end this problem?” He asked.

Minister Kamwelwe admitted saying, “We are aware of the situation and already, we have started to take measures to redress the anomaly.”

He detailed that, a special technical investigation by the ministry has detected that the whole system of recording and reading water uses in the relevant authorities’ meters has some weaknesses as it often doubles the actual uses of water by customers.

“We will work tirelessly to ensure the authorities are rectifying their meter recording and reading system in order to charge customers as per the actual uses, and not otherwise, “he assured.

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Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania Link Project On Track

Photo: Daily News

Railway network.

By Meddy Mulisa in Bukoba

Three East African Community (EAC) member countries – Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania – have unanimously agreed to hasten inter-connectivity of National Fiber Networks and Infrastructure for the benefit of the citizens in respective countries.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT in Uganda, Mr Vincent Baggire, told the ‘Daily News’ in an interview in Bukoba on Wednesday that negotiations between sector ministries in the countries were being finalized to ensure that the exercise was completed within the set timeframe.

Mr Baggire, who led a threeman delegation to inspect the infrastructure in Kagera Region, expressed optimism for best results. The countries share common borders and infrastructure, including road networks.

“In some cases, road networks had already been connected. What now remains is interconnection of ICT between the three countries. We are looking forward that the exercise will be completed soon. These are final steps,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ms Maria Sasabo, echoed her colleague’s sentiments, noting that Uganda had already signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) while Tanzania would do so in the near future.

She noted that the permanent secretaries in the three countries had set a three-month deadline to ensure that the work was completed.

Emphasis would be laid on ensuring that after the ICT interconnectivity was completed, she said, adding that supervision would be effective, to ensure that in the event of a fault occurring in one country, it was fixed swiftly.

The PS stressed that the fifth phase government under President John Magufuli was committed to ensuring that most Tanzanians benefitted from its vast natural resources.

She noted that over 7,000 households in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi were set to benefit from 80 megawatts of electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project along Kagera River.

Each partner state will have a share of 26.6MW to be connected to their national power grids. ” The project is also meant to strengthen the regional power interconnections between the three countries, which are also member states of the East African Community (EAC).

Apart from the 7,000 households to benefit through the local area development programme, there will be additional188 households surrounding the project, to benefit directly through the livelihood restoration programme,” she said.

Construction of the power generation plant is financed by the World Bank while the transmission lines that will connect the power plant to the national grids in the three countries will be financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The Rusumo Power Plant is implemented by the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) mandated by the three countries through the Rusumo Power Company Ltd (RPCL).

“After its completion, the project will enhance socio-economic growth, reinforce regional cooperation, partnership and peace within the Kagera River Basin countries. Construction of the power plant is expected to last three years, until 2020,” she remarked.

EAC Urged to Ban Used Clothes Despite U.S. Threats

Photo: Kevin Odit/Daily Nation

Second hand ‘Mitumba’ clothes on display at an open stall at a Kenyan market.

The government should continue with plans to ban imports of second-hand clothes so as to promote domestic textiles despite the risks of losing access to the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a leader of business lobby group has said.

Mr Salum Shamte, the Vice- Chairman of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) said yesterday that the plan by Tanzania and other East African Community member states to ban second-hand clothes imports came at the most opportune time of promoting textile industries.

“The government and the others in the East African Community (EAC) should maintain its position of banning imports of used clothes and shoes in favour of domestic manufacturing,” he told the ‘Daily News’ in an interview.

The US Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Wednesday a decision to review eligibility of Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda to receive benefits under the act after concerns that the planned ban will impose significant economic hardship on the US used clothing industry.

Mr Shamte said EAC member states should be concerned with protection and promoting interests of their countries and the community just like what the US President, Donald Trump, does with ‘America first’ policy.

The planned move to ban imports of second-hand clothes can not affect the US clothing industry because it is a business involving used clothes, he said adding he did not see the logic behind the concerns by US traders.

He said it is surprising for the US government to reach such a decision that does not intend to promote the growth of local manufacturing in third world countries. The TPSF leader said it should reach time that EAC countries should be exporting clothes and shoes to the US to make AGOA more meaningful to the EAC economies.

He said Tanzania has cotton and abundant hides and skins, sufficient raw materials for the new textiles and leather industries. On his part, Mr Hussein Kamote, an economist, said there is need for experts to review and weigh down the benefits of the AGOA over the establishment of domestic industries.

“We should go far to find out how much we gain from the US market at the expense of having own textile industries,” he said. He said the importation of second-hand clothes may kill domestic industries and widen the problem of unemployment.

Six EAC countries — Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan proposed full ban of imported second-hand clothes and shoes by 2019, arguing it would help member countries boost domestic clothes manufacturing.

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Tanzania Football Federation General Election in Jeopardy

The eagerly awaited Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) general election scheduled for August 12th, this year, could hit a brick wall as some of its stakeholders in Rukwa region are planning to seek court injunction.

This move comes few days after the TFF unveiled August 5th, this year, as a new date for the re-run of the Rukwa Regional Football Association (RUREFA) election after its initial exercise was revoked by the federation.

RUREFA Chairman Blassy Kiondo and the Chairman of the RUREFA Election Committee, James Makwinya, were suspended for one year after being accused of not abiding to the federation’s order of suspending the regional election.

According to TFF, the federation had ordered RUREFA to suspend election process with the letter dated December 19th, 2016 with index number No TFF/ADM/LM.184/2016, because of the pending appeal submitted to the TFF Election Appeal Committee.

However, RUREFA went ahead and conducted the election on January 15th, this year and when asked Kiondo said the letter to suspend the election was not addressed to him and the regional election committee. Kiondo said, they had appealed to TFF Ethics and Appeal Committee to protest against the TFF move to revoke RUREFA election.

However, he said they have not received any response so far and this is the reason why they are now contemplating court action. “We are planning to seek court injunction for the planned RUREFA election as well as the TFF general election set for Dodoma on August 12,” he said.

He said they are seeking to stop the two elections in order to get their democratic rights after their appeal on their suspension was ignored by the federation.

He said the decision to ignore their appeal will deny their rights to take part in the two elections. If the court injunction is sought, the consequence will be huge for the country football because it will definitely face the World Football governing board (FIFA) wrath. FIFA prohibit football matters to be taken to the court of law.

Commenting on the issue, TFF Media and Communication Officer, Alfred Lucas said that the federation is not aware of any such move. He insisted that the federation’s Electoral Committee has already unveiled August 5 as a new date for RUREFA to stage election.

“There are no changes and we expect the election will take place as planned,” he said.

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