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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

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President John Magufuli.

By John Namkwahe

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates.

Speaking after receiving a report on public servants certificates verification, Dr Magufuli said salaries for the 9,000 plus employees for this month should be withheld.

He directed the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa that posts which were being held by the fake certificates holders should be announced immediately.

“They are thieves like any other thieves… you cannot perform if you don’t have deserving qualifications,” he said.

He further ordered that other civil servants whose certificates have been found with discrepancies should be treated legally “so that they could be jailed for seven years as the law says.”

He noted that operations to verify public servants certificates will compliment earlier exercise by the government to identify phantom employees, President John Magufuli has declared.

He said this in his address after receiving a report on the verification of public servants certificates from the stet minister in the President’s office, Ms Angela Kairuki at Udom’s Chimwaga hall.

President Magufuli reiterated that government was losing Sh19.84 billion monthly or Sh238.1 billion annually to phantom workers.

Speaking earlier, Minister Kairuki noted that a total of 435,000 had their certificates verified, whereby 9,932 civil servants were found with forged certificates.

According to Ms Kairuki 1,538 academic certificates were used by 3,076 public servants.

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Gas Prices Proposals By Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation Rejected

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Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

By Louis Kolumbia

The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura) has turned down proposals for natural gas indicative prices submitted by the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).

TPDC had submitted indicative price proposals to Ewura on the basis of operational costs incurred when transporting and connecting natural gas to customers.

But Ewura natural gas director Charles Omujuni told The Citizen in an exclusive interview last week that TPDC indicative price proposals were rejected due to some irregularities and the failure to consider realities surrounding natural gas business in the world.

“TPDC designed indicative prices without considering realities in the global natural gas market. We have directed them to rectify the issues before we can recommend their proposals for a public hearing,” Mr Omujuni said.

But in a swift response, TPDC acting managing director Kapuulya Musomba refuted claims that their proposal was turned down by the regulator, saying there were only some minor technical and legal issues that needed to be sorted out before the process continues.

“Ewura and TPDC teams could not reach a common understanding over some minor technical and legal issues that we cannot disclose at this stage. So an agreement was reached to review the issues before the process can continue,” Mr Musomba said in a telephone interview.

Both sides declined to reveal the indicative prices that TPDC had forwarded to Ewura, but The Citizen is aware that the prices ranged between $4 and $6 per 1,000 cubic metres depending on the distance of the customers from the natural gas wells. Dangote, Tanzania’s largest cement maker located near by the natural gas fields of Mtwara, has proposed to buy gas at $4 per 1,000 cubic metres, according to media reports.

The fact that TPDC proposals were rejected well before the public hearing reveals the corporation’s lack of requisite expertise to calculate natural gas prices, according to Mr Omujuni.

He urged the petroleum development agency to seek assistance from experts in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.

“They could even seek some technical assistance from outside the country,” Mr Omujuni advised.

But Mr Musomba told The Citizen that TPDC would use local experts because the country has had enough of them. According to him, TPDC issues with technical capacity were being addressed.

Tanzania has 57 trillion cubic feet natural gas reserves. The government-owned, 533km long pipeline brings gas from Madimba in Mtwara region to Dar es Salaam.

TPDC plans to connect the natural resource to hundreds of households to be used for domestic purposes and supply several planned filling stations where they would be used by cars transformed from fuel to natural gas utilising vehicles.

In January this year, TPDC told The Citizen that Sh430 billion would be spent for building a mega plant to facilitate transportation of natural gas to large-scale factories and households in Mtwara, Lindi, Kilwa and Dar es Salaam.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

Legislators Call for Clarification On Standard Gauge Railway Funds

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President John Magufuli inspects a section of the Standard Gauge Railway project after laying the foundation stone at Pugu Station on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

By Athuman Mtulya

The government’s decision to allocate Sh900 billion from domestic revenue for the construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR) in the 2017/18 fiscal year has prompted the Opposition to demand an explanation over the fate of loan agreements that the country entered with foreign banks.

Tabling his docket’s 2017/18 budget proposals yesterday, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said the government has allocated Sh900 billion for the SGR project.

According to the Prof Mbarawa, all the funds will come from the government and there is no single cent that will come from foreign donors. “To continue with the SGR construction project from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, a sum of Sh900 billion has been allocated for the next financial year,” he said.

In the 2016/17 financial year the government allocated Sh1 trillion to fund the first phase of the project starting from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro (300km) the total cost of which is put at Sh2.5 trillion.

However, the opposition camp charged that the government was sending mixed signals over the funding of the SGR for the central railways line and wanted the government to clarify.

Opposition Spokesperson David Silinde (Momba-Chadema) noted that officials in the former President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration had said that SGR would be constructed with financial assistance from China.

And in fact, President Magufuli went ahead and entered into a long-term loan agreement with the Exim Bank of China worth Sh17.5 trillion.

“President (John) Magufuli has said in the past that the Sh2.5 trillion for the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro phase would be locally funded. But he has also been quoted saying that there would be financial assistance from Turkey. We would like to know who is paying what for that phase one,” he said adding, “We would also like to know what happened to the Exim Bank deal, and what happened to the Chinese companies who had shown interest in the first place.”

The Opposition also raised concern on how the project is currently financed, saying it will take too long, rendering it economically non-viable.

“The Minister of Finance, Dr Philip Mpango, told this august House last year that for the project to become viable, then its sections should be built simultaneously. We share the same view, and we would like to see how the government is poised to execute that,” said Mr Silinde.

Earlier, Prof Mbarawa tabled a Sh4.5 trillion budget out of which Sh2.5 trillion will go to the Transport sector, Sh1.9 trillion to Works and Sh18 billion to Communications.

In the Transport sector, Sh2.4 trillion is allocated for development projects. The government is going to inject Sh2.2 trillion for various projects the largest being the SGR. Prof Mbarawa also said the government has allocated Sh500 billion for buying new planes for Air Tanzania Company Ltd (see story on page 10).

The government will also embark on two new feasibility studies for SGR line for Mtwara-Mbambabay (Sh2 billion) and Arusha-Musoma (Sh1 billion).

Donors will contribute Sh250 billion, out of which Sh200 billion by World Bank to rehabilitate the existing meter gauge central railway line.

In the construction sector, Sh1.8 trillion has been allocated for development projects. Sh1.3 trillion will come from local sources while donors will inject Sh545 billion.

Some of the major projects earmarked in this sector are, Sh917 billion for the roads fund, construction of Msalato Airport in Dodoma (Sh5.5 billion), rehabilitation of Kilimanjaro International Airport (Sh32 billion), rehabilitation of Mtwara Airport (Sh4.5 billion) and construction of Terminal III Building of the Julius Nyerere International Airport (Sh35 billion).

In the communications sector, Sh14 billion has been earmarked for development projects, all coming from the local sources.

“In the next fiscal year, we have tried to allocate more local funds for the development projects. It is upon us to propel the development wheel on our very own blood and sweat,” said Prof Mbarawa.

Compared to the fiscal year 2016/17 budget, the proposed 2017/18 estimates for the ministry has raised by Sh326 billion.

President Magufuli flagged off the first phase of the SGR project on April 12 this year. He urged the contractor to finish the project within 30 months. The project is being undertaken by contractors from Turkey and Portugal.

Yesterday, Prof Mbarawa said the tenders for construction of Morogoro-Makutupora section (336km), Makutupora-Tabora (294km),Tabora-Isaka (133km) and Isaka-Mwanza(249km) were advertised in November 2016, and opened Wednesday last Week (April,2017).

The SGR which is to use electricity full-time is designed for a maximum speed of 160km/h for passenger trains and 120km/h for freight.

It links the Dar es Salaam Port with DR Congo and the land-locked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and Malawi.

Prof Lipumba Calls for Legal Actions Against Attackers

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The former CUF chairman, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba (file photo).

CUF national chairman recognized by the Registrar of Political Parties, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, has asked Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) to take legal actions against people who invaded a press conference organised by party Kinondoni District leaders.

In a statement issued Friday, Prof Lipumba condemned the incident saying it should be treated like any other criminal offence.

In a letter he sent to TEF, Prof Lipumba condemned the act noting that those who interrupted the press conference and injured journalists should be made accountable.

Prof Lipumba said he has decided to issue the statement after TEF asked him to do so but noted that earlier he had directed party director for Information, Publicity and Communication, Mr Abdul Kambaya to do the same.

Several journalists were injured when thugs invaded a press conference at Vina Hotel in Mabibo last week in what is regarded as increasing rivalry between two factions within CUF.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

Four Coaches Face Date of Destiny

By Majuto Omary

Four coaches of contrasting demeanours and philosophies, not to mention backgrounds and appearances, face a date with destiny this weekend when the Azam Federation Cup rolls into the semi-finals.

At the National Stadium tomorrow, a man who guided Congo Brazzaville’s AC Leopards to the CAF Confederation Cup triumph in 2012, meets a middle-aged man who began his managerial career in Morocco with Raja Casablanca, as Simba take on Azam FC.

Cameroonian coach Joseph Omog, 46, will pit his vast tactical acumen and years of experience against a Romanian tactician, who took charge of the Chamazi-based team four months ago,

AC Leopards, popularly known as The Beasts from Niari, had never won a trophy for 30 years, but under the tutelage of Omog, they stunned Mali’s Djoliba 4-3 on aggregate to snatch the coveted trophy.

He also guided the team to two consecutive Congo Premier League victories in 2012 and 2013.

Cioabă began his managerial career with Raja Casablanca in Morocco, where he worked as an assistant for Alexandru Moldovan in the 2005-06 season.

The Romanian has signed a six-month contract, suggesting his long stay at the club would depend how he steers the ice cream makers in the Mainland Premier League and Federation Cup.

Not winning enough games in the Mainland Premier League is not the best way to keep a job, but that’s exactly what Cioabă’s predecessor Zeben Hernandez did.

Under the Spanish coach (Hernandez) Azam lost a number of matches in the first round of the elite league and you can guess what happened next.

This means the Romanian, who is assisted by Tanzanian coaches Idd Cheche and Idd Abubakar, will seek to get the best out of the tournament, which decides the country’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup.

On Sunday, at the CCM Kirumba in Mwanza, where Young Africans command a huge following, it will be George Lwandamina against Etienne Ndayiragije when the Jangwani Street boys face hosts Mbao FC. It is a clash between a man who guided Zambia’s Under-20 team to the semi-finals of the Africa Youth Championship and subsequent qualification to the World Youth Cup in Canada where they reached the round of 16, against a little known but focused coach.

“Our two goals have been to avoid relegation in the Premier League and reach the final of the Azam Federation Cup to show that our qualification to the topflight,” Ndayiragijye said yesterday.

“This is our biggest chance to do this for years,” the former Vital’O (Burundi) head coach said yesterday.

Local coaches have not really held their own when it comes to the Mainland Premier League, but having none in the semi-finals of this year’s FA Cup shows a new low.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

Only 59% of Dar Waste Is Taken to Dump – City Report

By Janeth Mesomapya

About 700,000 tonnes of solid waste is produced in Dar es Salam annually, yet only 59 per cent of the waste is transported to Pugu Waste Dump.

This was said in the city yesterday during a solid waste management conference, which brought together stakeholders from private organisations led by the International Solid Waste Association and Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

The conference basically focused on how Pugu Waste Dump site could be improved by investing in recycling technology and in effective and sustainable waste collection.

According to Dar es Salaam City Council Director Sipora Liana, increased waste production is still a persisting problem, so there is a need to invest in modern technology to manage industrial and domestic wastes.

She explained that currently the council was finalising agreements with 10 factories for recycling plastic and iron waste, while another factory would soon start recycling glass waste.

“We also have another project of Sh80 million to start an industry for recycling paper waste – that is turning it into charcoal,” she added.

Ms Liana explained that her office had a budget of Sh1 billion for buying land in Kigamboni, which would be used as another waste dump and increase waste management in the city.

For his part, the First Secretary of the Economic and Trade Policy of the Embassy of The Netherlands Eugene Gies said his office in partnership with other stakeholders would conduct thorough research on Pugu Waster Dump to find out how the project would work.

“If the site is improved the city will definitely experience great strides in social and economic development starting with increased employment opportunities and public health. There is still a challenge in waste collection and management not only in Dar es Salaam, but also in other parts of the country.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

Country Drops 12 Places in World Freedom Index

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According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) report, the other factors that contributed to the drop are the suspension and closures of media outlets, especially during elections.

By Hellen Nachilongo

Attacks on journalists and state threats to media houses have played a major role is seeing Tanzania significantly drop 12 places in the new press freedom rankings, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said yesterday.

According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) report, the other factors that contributed to the drop are the suspension and closures of media outlets, especially during elections.

“The climate has not improved since President John Magufuli’s election in 2015. Nicknamed the ‘Bulldozer’, he tolerates no criticism of himself or his programme,” says the report.

Tanzania recently enacted media laws that were widely condemned by the international community as repressive, and a deliberate effort to silence critical journalists. The Cyber Security Act, the Media Services Act, and the Statistics Act criminalise the dissemination of information the state deems false and an attempt at fear-mongering.

“The authorities are now targeting online information, which is freer. The founder of the country’s most popular website for whistle-blowers, JamiiForums, is now being prosecuted for refusing to identify its sources,” the report notes.

Tanzania joins the rest of the world on May 3 to celebrate World Press Freedom Day.

Globally, the 2017 report compiled by RSF shows an increase in the number of countries where the media freedom situation is very grave, and highlights the scale and variety of the obstacles to media freedom throughout the world.

The report reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. But there is good news for Namibia, Ghana and Cape Verde, the best three African countries for press freedom, according to the latest report.

The country with the freest media is Norway, followed by Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and the Netherlands. North Korea was at the bottom of the rankings followed by Turkmenistan, Syria, China and Vietnam.

Ms Stella Vuzo, an official with the United Nations Information Center (UNIC), said yesterday despite the drop, Tanzania still has a more positive outlook compared to other African countries.

Ms Razia Mwawanga, an official of the Tanzania Media Foundation, urged journalists and media houses to adhere to media ethics to avoid abuse by politicians.

“There are a lot of stories to write about, therefore, if the media set their own agendas it could be difficult to be used by politicians for their own interests,” she said.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

Digital Technology to Sensitize Good Governance

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania on Thursday launched a four-year project aiming at sensitising good governance and accountability in Tanzania through digitization.

The project titled “Enabling Improved Governance and Accountability in Tanzania through Digital Technology” seeks to empower communities, through digital tools, to participate in addressing issues that were most relevant to development in their communities.

The project is funded by Belgium government.

Speaking to reporters during the launch of the project, Oxfam Tanzania Country Director, Mr Francis Odokorach, said that innovative use of digital technology will be employed to link community driven engagement to the broader national policy development and implementation.

“Oxfam believes that digital, information and communications technology are an enabler of solutions to development and human rights challenges if implemented in the right conditions,” he noted.

The project is expected to be implemented in four regions namely Kigoma, Shinyanga, Arusha and Mtwara.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

Researchers On Deadly Banana Disease Outbreak Lookout

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Banana plants.

By Abduel Elinaza

Tanzania’s agriculture researchers are on high alert to contain the outbreak of a deadly banana disease, said to wipe-out 100 per cent of a plantation.

The disease, Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) affecting Cavendish banana has already been reported in northern Mozambique — near the country’s southern border.

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Plant Virologist, Dr James Legg said Fusarium — Panama disease — is more deadly than the TR1, currently ravaging banana plantations in Kagera. “The best way of battling the disease is to contain it in Mozambique.

Hence stopping it from spreading to other countries,” Dr Legg told the ‘Daily News.’ He said that the disease spreads through infected planting material, soil and water, and it is widely recognised as the greatest threat to banana production.

To stop it reaching other areas, strict quarantine regulations are needed whereby moving infected soil, plants or parts of plants and stopping banana production in affected farms, should be done.

Dr Legg, a researcher based in Dar es Salaam, said they are worried that continued spreading of pathogens, beyond the current infested area, could have far-reaching consequences for Africa where banana is fourth most important food crop.

Despite the fact that TR4 affects Cavendish banana eaten as fruit when ripe, researchers currently do not know how many of local cooking banana will react to the TR4 infection. In Africa and Tanzania as well, over 75 per cent of banana are starchy cooking types. Tanzania ranks fourth in banana production in Africa.

It is estimated that Tanzania produces about 3.7 million metric tonnes annually on 403,000 hectares. Kilimanjaro and Kagera are the most famous banana growing regions, which jointly produce about 2.5 million metric tonnes annually.

According to a report by CGIAR, in northern Mozambique, it is estimated that affected farms has already lost more than 7.5 million US dollars due to TR4 infection. Also, over 500,000 plants — more than 300 hectares — have been affected by the pathogen since the outbreak, some three years ago.

The report further revealed that the farm is losing around 15,000 plants per week, equal to about 5.5ha translating to 235,000 US dollars a week. IITA is working closely with the Ministry of agriculture and currently surveillances are needed to assess the current status of TR4 since the country faces high-risk of the spread.

In East Africa, according to Analysis of the Banana Value Chains in Tanzania and Uganda 2012 report, bananas are an important staple and nutritional food and play a key role in food security. “In Uganda and Tanzania banana consumption –in total and per capita –is among the highest in the world.

They provide 10 per cent of the calorie intake of more than 70 million people,” the report revealed.

Over 4 million smallholder households cultivate bananas and plantain which provides an annual house-hold income of about 1,244 US dollars – one of the highest smallholder income-generating agricultural commodities in the region.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

Media Advised On Covering Climate Change Stories

By Sylivester Domasa

Dodoma — At least 10 media professionals from electronic, online and print media outlets across the country have benefited from a climate change reporting training jointly organised by Decentralised Climate Finance Project (DCFP) and Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF).

The two-day workshop held here from Monday aimed at equipping journalists on covering environmental stories, notably climate change. DCFP Coordinator, Mr Sanford Kway acknowledged that most journalists find technical climate change stories difficult to understand.

“With the right information and support, the media can indeed become better equipped and more interested in developing well-articulated climate change related stories,” he said.

DCFP is a five-year project aiming at facilitating investment that improves responses to climate change across 15 test district councils in Tanzania Mainland. It includes Bahi, Iramba, Kilwa, Kiteto, Kondoa, Longido, Manyoni, Mbulu, Monduli, Ngorongoro, Pangani, Same, Siha and Simanjiro.”

According to the coordinator, the UK-AID funded five year project intends to reach the most vulnerable communities and ensure interventions are undertaken in line with the national policies.

“We need well trained journalists to help implement this project by reporting experience, case studies and testimonies that other communities can learn from,” he said.

TNRF Communication and Advocacy Coordinator, Ms Sophia Masuka, said: “There is lack of education among reporters on issues that touch climate change. Most of us lag behind when it comes to topical environmental stories.

We often rely on press statements because we don’t have the initiative to generate our own ideas.”

The media’s role in influencing policy change and public debate is crucial, she added.

A trainer from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Mr Paul Dotto, said media and climate change training was necessary for journalists to cover the issue as well as to localise main points from international meetings on climate change.

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Magufuli Fires 9,932 Civil Servants

President John Magufuli has instantly sacked 9,932 workers who have been found using fake certificates. Read more »

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