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Africa’s Largest Wind Power Plant Could Relocate From Kenya to Tanzania

By Kylie Kiunguyu

Kenya’s failure to approve the development of a 600MW offshore wind farm in Malindi, south-east of the country, has resulted in the developers considering moving the project to Tanzania.

Swedish firm, VR holding AB, which was set to construct Africa’s largest wind power plant in Malindi, southeastern Kenya at a staggering Kshs. 253 Billion ($2.4 B);making it the most expensive private funded project in east Africa; has since changed it’s plans.

According to Kenya’s Business Daily the firm is moving the project to Tanzania, which shares the coastline with Kenya citing frustration to their efforts by Kenyan authorities. An executive at the company, Victoria Rikede said “We have opted to look for offshore solutions for Tanzania, Kenya is proving to be a very difficult place and besides the grid is too weak to absorb all the power produced and therefore mini-grids is the solution right now.”

Kenyan officials are reported to have seen issues with the plants viability. The officials argued that the power plant would leave the country with excess power thus forcing consumers to pay billions annually for under utilized electricity. According to the official, it would defeat the purpose of clean cheap energy.

“The company was to give us a proposal for a smaller capacity plant of 50MW. They are yet to do so,” said Isaac Kiva, the director of renewable energy at the ministry.

Kenya’s renewable energy framework only provides for small and medium sized projects under the feed-in-tarrif (FiT) system which fixes prizes for wind and solar energy of up to a capacity of 50 megawatts. Therefore at a cost of 3.2 Million Euros or Kshs. 423 Million per megawatt the 600 megawatt offshore project would be too expensive.

In rejecting the mega power plant, the ministry considered a phased implementation that brings power on stream gradually, in tandem with growth in consumer demand. Kiva added: “Wind is an intermittent power source and, therefore, we cannot approve such a big plant in one location since it will come with huge costs tied to power supply reliability and transmission.”

The only other renewable energy project above 50 megawatt in the country is the 310 megawatt project in Lake Turkana built at a cost of Kshs. 70 Billion. Although completed, the plant unfortunately is yet to be utilized due to a lack of a transmission line costing consumers approximately Kshs. 5.7 Billion in fines.

However, once operational the project is set to provide the 310 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the Kenyan national grid. “It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines,” Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member at Lake Turkana Wind Power, told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy. “We are hoping to soon see the transmission line completed so that Kenya will be able to benefit from this cheap source of power,” he added.

Tanzania’s acting commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Affairs, Innocent Luoga, told The Citizen that the investors had yet to officially communicate with his office. Luoga said: “When it happens, I am sure they will most definitely approach Tanesco [Tanzania Electric Supply Company], who will in turn inform us [the government] to plan a meeting.”

The potential of wind power in terms of reducing carbon emissions is significant. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, in 2016 wind power helped the planet avoid more than 637 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Although Kenya may lose out on this project the country is still in the race towards cleaner sources of energy ranking third globally in geothermal energy capacity and number one in Africa by the Renewables Global Status report, 2017.

Meaning whichever of the two countries gets to house the project, the goal is ultimately to reduce carbon emissions even further, which is a win win for all parties involved.

Dangote, Dar Disagree Over Mining Laws

By Allan Olingo

Tanzania’s change of mining laws have come to the fore after Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote said that the new laws would potentially scare away investors.

The comments have already drawn a response from President John Magufuli’s administration, which termed them as unfortunate given the kind of ‘assistance’ Dangote’s investment has received.

“These policies scare away investors and that once an investor has left it is very difficult to bring that investor back. Tanzania needs to take another look at these new laws. These policies need to be clearly defined and investors need to be reassured that their investments are safe,” Mr Dangote, who has a $620 million cement factory in Mtwara, Tanzania, said.

New policies

Mr Dangote, speaking during the Financial Times Africa Summit in London, said that the new policies were harmful, mostly because of the ‘backdoor’ plan by Tanzania to eventually own 16 per cent of all firms at zero cost.

“The plan by parliament to allow the government to take 16 per cent of an investor’s assets for free is basically coming through the backdoor to seize assets.

They can come back in the next few years and take a majority of the shares at their price. It is a wrong policy. Once you chase an investor out, it will be very difficult to bring that investor back. They have scared quite a number and this is not a good thing,” Mr Dangote is said to have told the summit.

However, Tanzania’s Minister for Investment, Charles Mwijage, defended the administration, terming Mr Dangote’s comments unfortunate in the light of the president’s ready assistance to the billionaire’s cement investment in the country.

“The government’s investment policies are clear, transparent and aimed at ensuring that the government also benefits from the country’s resources. The “free carried interest” is a requirement for companies operating in the extractive industry that existed in Tanzanian laws even before the recent review. Investors in the extractive industry are obliged to cede 16 per cent free carried interest to the government to ensure the country benefits from its natural resources,” Mr Mwijage said.

“Once a company invests in the extractive sector, the government share should not be less than 16 per cent free carried interest. This is not wrong at all as the natural resources are ours,” Mr Mwijage said, during an interview with The Citizen.

In December 2016, Mr Dangote ran afoul with policies regarding the use of coal and access to gas reserves, which saw him fly into Dar es salaam to have the issues resolved.

Fraud accusation

In a response to the minister, Mr Dangote maintained that his relationship with President Magufuli remains cordial and hinted that his comments might have been taken out of context.

“Our relationship is okay. I can always call him as I have his mobile number, and he listens to me,” Mr Dangote said, adding that sometimes it is just a matter of communication, when describing how investors sort out contractual arrangements with foreign governments.

Miners in Tanzania have in recent months run afoul of the new policies that have affected the operations of Acacia mining and Petra Diamonds.

Two months ago, Acacia mining was slapped with a $190 billion tax demand having been accused of underdeclaration. This saw it scale down operations while its shares listed in London plummeted 50 per cent since the start of the year.

Petra Diamonds also listed in London, was last month prevented from exporting a diamond consignment after it was accused of underdeclaring it by $14.9 million.

It temporarily closed its Williamson mine and on Monday last week, it announced that it would not be able to meet its debt obligations this year and would have to renegotiate with its lenders.

Fears Mount Over Hospital Waste Disposal Near Human Settlements

By Bernard James

Mkuranga — A hospital waste incinerator is the centre of a scandal with far-reaching environmental and public health consequences facing some 4, 000 residents of Dundani Village in Mkuranga District, Coast Region.

The incinerator, which The Citizen learnt was installed before an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was conducted, has exposed the residents to extreme health and environmental hazards caused by heavy smoke and a chocking smell produced by the plant.

The facility – known as ‘Safe Waste Incinerator’ – has been used in burning hundreds of tonnes of medical waste.

This state of affairs is enough to instill fear in the wellbeing of the local community.

Earlier on, not many locals sensed the possible danger of toxic emissions being spewed out of the incinerator. But that sense of safety vanished when the facility – which is located in a relatively densely-populated residential area, public places and natural environs – started incinerating massive medical waste.

Apparently, the place on which the incinerator was built between 2013 and 2014 was unpopulated when its owner acquired the land for the project.

But, the situation changed over time, and the facility is today slap-bang in the midst of residential houses, whose residents are now up in arms in protest against the adverse effects of the incinerator’s operations.

The current situation has put political leaders and public health officials in Mkuranga District under pressure to act in efforts to minimize possible damage to the environment, and harm to the health of the surrounding communities.

“The heavy, smelly smoke produced by the burning of hospital waste in this area is putting us all in a very difficult situation. It is very irritating; it smells like burning (human) bodies, or noxious toxins… It is really difficult to exactly describe thetype of smell which we inhale,” complained a Dundani villager, Mbarka Salumu.

Mr Salumu claimed his family almost incessantly suffers from bouts of flu, coughs and severe fever, strongly believing that the contagions are the effects of the smoke billowing out of the incinerator’s chimney.

The National Environment Management Council (NEMC) says it has not received official or formal complaints about the alleged toxic emissions.

“We received the information only a few days ago – and we are now preparing to visit and inspect the facility. We can only draw conclusions after visiting the site and inspecting the facility,” said senior NEMC official Alfred Msokwa.

Hinting that the Mkuranga District authorities had actually cleared construction of the incinerator at its current location, Mr Msoka said that they did this without first conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project.

“District councils permit such sensitive facilities to be installed and operated in their efforts to boost revenues – but they sometimes overlook safety and other issues concerning the environment and public health. They approve environmentally-sensitive projects at the local level – and, thereafter, fail to effectively monitor them,” Mr Msokwa explains.

A top official of the company operating the incinerator, who asked not to be named for not being the official spokesperson, said the concerns raised by Dundani residents and local leaders were ‘normal challenges facing businesses.’

“We have received calls from several people in Mkuranga who want us to surrender our documents. We have written to them to seek an appropriate time to sit with all responsible authorities to respond to their concerns,” said the official.

The Mkuranga incinerator does not operate daily, but when it does, the huge choking smoke produced by its operation does indeed spread far and wide into houses and open spaces.

Another resident of Dundani Village, Saidi Mnage, a petty trader has also complained that the choking smoke from the incinerator cannot be a good thing for humans and the environment.

“The emission is chocking and smells like toxic chemicals. When we ask them about it, they tell us that they are burning expired medicines! However, we don’t really know what exactly is being burnt,” Mr Mnage laments. He claims to have seen lorries coming to the incinerator under the escort of uniformed police officers to offload what could very well be expired medicines which are then burnt at night.

Dundani residents want the facility to be relocated soonest – or the chimney be elongated well into the sky.

“We are still in the dark about when this misery will end as the pollution continues relentlessly to adversely affect us as days go by,” says Mr Mnage.

Worries of health complications

The nuisance and possible health effects that could be caused by the Mkuranga incinerator were also raised by women living close to the incinerator.

“Our frustration is that the facility emits highly irritating smell. It affects pregnant women badly. Sometimes my husband buys fresh fish that we prepare for consumption. But, when it comes to eating the meal, we sometimes are unable to do so because of loss of appetite as a result of the smoke,” says one pregnant woman whose identity is withheld.

Her view was echoed by another woman, Najma Saidi. “The irritation caused by this installation is unbearable. You may prepare your food but fail to eat it because the smell that comes from that incinerator is too irritating. Now that you have come here, please go back and report about the misery we are subjected to – that the situation here is not good; it is intolerable,” Ms Saidi stated.

Students also affected

Students of Dundani Secondary School routinely complain of breathing difficulties and other irritating inconveniences caused by fumes from the incinerator.

“This situation causes us difficulties in breathing. Sometimes we fail to study in class. Once the smoke comes our way, the classrooms become inhabitable because of the swirling smoke,” says Form IV student Saidi Sadi.

Another Sudent Zuwena Salim adds: “When the smoke comes in all of us, teachers and students, are forced to exit our classrooms. It is like they are burning rotten stuff out there… “

Authorities speak out

The Assistant Health Officer for Mkuranga Ward, MrJuma Shari, said the residents became aware of the situation after a Dundani Secondary School teacher, Mr Saidi Hemedi, called to notify the ward authorities of the choking smoke from the incinerator that was adversely affecting teachers and students.

“In light of that information, we visited the area and personally witnessed how the ugly smoke was affecting the school community and residents in the area,” Mr Shari said.

The Citizen also witnessed a huge quantity of burnt hospital waste being taken from the incinerator and dumped at unauthorized sites in Mkuranga.

Lack of an ash pit for the burned waste has also been cited as a serious shortcoming at the plant.

The councilor for Mkuranga Ward, Mr Hamisi Abdallah, admitted that Dundani residents had complained to him about the irritation they were subjected to when the incinerator was operating.

“Initially, I sent my officers there to assess the situation – and the feedback was that the situation was indeed adversely affecting people in the area.

“My fear is that these people are dumping remains of burnt hospital waste in unauthorized areas within Mkuranga,” the councilor stated.

Why the proper authorities have not acted on the issue despite the endless complaints remains a difficult question whose answer Dundani residents are begging for.

The acting Mkuranga Ward Executive Officer, Mr Juma Difa, said they have requested the environment department of the Mkuranga District Council to inspect the facility and establish if it indeed meets the statutorily laid-down standards. “It is a serious problem. The incineration area is in the lowlands while the school and residential houses are on higher ground. So, when the incinerator is switched on, plumes of smoke easily spread around,” says the local leader.

He accuses the owner of the facility and his supervisor of not cooperating with the authorities. The Headteacher of Dundani Secondary School, Mr Saidi Hemed, says the school is one of the areas that are adversely affected by the choking, smelly fumes caused by the incinerator.

“It is true that this factory is causing us all problems. Students are not comfortable in class when the incinerator is in operation – and they try to cover their noses with pieces of cloth; but it doesn’t help,” he says. He revealed that his school was already in the area and was operating long before the incineration facility was constructed.

Tanzania:Prayer Houses Lined Up for Demolition in Road Project

By Jackline Masinde

Dar es Salaam — At least 24 houses of prayers are expected to be demolished today by the Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads) to pave the way for expansion of the Kimara-Kiluvya section of Morogoro Road.

The demolitions are a continuation of the removal of about 1,300 buildings, which had been built within the road reserve, measuring 121.5 metres from the centre of the key infrastructure.

So far, over 1,000 houses have been demolished, a situation that has forced some residents to spend the night in the cold.

Confirming the demolition to The Citizen, the man in charge of supervising the Tanroads exercise, Mr Jonson Rutechula, said: “We have notified leaders of the affected mosques and churches to remove their valuables from the buildings by tomorrow (today) as we are coming to tear them down. We are set to demolish 14 churches and 10 mosques in the stretch that covers Kimara to Kiluvya. We will start demolishing them in the morning,” said Mr Rutechula.

He added that the demolition of biulding marked with an ‘X’ had by a big percentage been completed, leaving only houses of prayer.

“As you can see the demolition exercise for residential houses is complete. Only houses of prayer are yet to be removed,” he said.

At St Maria Church, Kimara Parish, this writer found some believers removing properties from the house of worship but the leaders of the church declined to comment when asked about the exercise.

“We are not spokespersons. So, if you want to gather news, please come tomorrow with your camera to cover the event. You also need to find the Father of the Parish as he will be in a good position to tell you what is going on,” said one of the faithful.

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Tanzania, Iran Team Up in Fighting Terrorism

By Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania and Iran have teamed up to share experiences in bid to establish joint effort in fighting terrorism.

This follows a meeting between the Tanzanian foreign minister Dr Augustine Mahiga and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held last week in Tehran.

The Iranian Daily newspaper quoted President Rouhani as saying that Iran is ready to share experiences it has gained in the fight against terrorist groups with friendly countries, including Tanzania.

He described terrorism as “a major predicament” for the world and said terrorists have been active in all regions under various names but they are following the same objectives, stressing that “all countries should unite in the fight against this scourge”

The president described development of relations with African countries as a key principle in Iran’s foreign policy, while expressed interest in promoting the level of relations and cooperation between the two countries in all fields, economy in particular.

President Rouhani who won a second term in May, also called for establishment of a joint economic commission between the two countries and stressed his government’s interest in boosting relations with Tanzania.

He said that Iran and Tanzania should boost economic cooperation, and the first step in this regard is development of monetary, financial and banking relations.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Mahiga arrived in Tehran on Wednesday last week to hold talks with Iranian officials on issues of mutual interest whereby he emphasized that Tanzania was determined to cement its relations with Iran in all fields.

Minister Mahiga referred to the terrorism phenomenon in regional and global stages, saying: “Tanzania wants to take advantage of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s experiences in countering not only terrorism and extremism, but also the fight against organized international crime, human trafficking and money laundering”.

Mahiga was also quoted by the Iranian newspaper saying that Tanzania welcomes the presence of Iranian companies in implementation and development of its projects.

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Odinga Says He Will Not Sign Withdrawal Forms

By Elvis Ondieki and Aggrey Mutambo

Nasa leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not sign Form 24A – the statutory form the IEBC requires candidates to fill to withdraw from the repeat poll.

Mr Odinga was quoted by Citizen TV saying he will not need to because he already wrote a letter to the commission to withdraw his candidature.

Mr Odinga was in London to speak at the UK democracy hub Chatham House.

DEMOCRACY

In his speech, Mr Odinga decried the deteriorating democracy in Africa, which he said was partly attributed to the West’s waning concern.

“While the West has previously underwritten democracy, it appears to be pulling back,” Mr Odinga said.

He said the way in which elections were being held in Africa was confounding even observers “who do not know how to describe them”.

PEACE

Mr Odinga said elections in Africa are being judged “not by how free and fair they are but how peaceful they are”.

“Performance of incumbents is getting judged by how they can be used to fight terrorism no matter the human rights abuses that accompany the fight and economic gains that come with doing business,” Mr Odinga said, in apparent reference to the initial endorsement by many observers of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win on August 8.

OBSERVERS

He said elections in Africa had become a ritual “which must be won by the incumbent at all costs”.

“Election observers will come weeks before the elections, stay mostly in the capital cities and at the end of it give a verdict that ‘although there may have been flaws here and there, by and large it was a reflection of the will of the people.”‘

Mr Odinga travelled to London on Wednesday, a day after dramatically withdrawing from the October 26 repeat poll.

His visit, during which he met the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and a number of British government leaders, is meant to rally support for electoral reforms.

FREEDOMS

He regretted that regular multi-party elections have not translated into good governments and respect for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms.

“That’s why there is new thinking that rather than focus on elections alone, there is need to focus on building freer societies, separation of powers, independence of the media and the judiciary, devolution of power and resources, restriction of presidential power and respect for term limits.”

But even as he spoke, Kenyans allied to President Kenyatta took to the streets to protest his withdrawal from the race, and asked him to go back to the country and subject himself to the fresh polls.

PROTESTERS

Just like at home, Nasa supporters held parallel pro-Raila protests outside the UK Parliament while Jubilee supporters picketed at Chatham House.

Pro-Uhuru Kenyatta team carried placards with messages taunting Mr Odinga’s withdrawal, while the pro-Raila group urged him not to get into the process until reforms were made.

Later, the Nasa protesters went to Chatham House where they faced off with Jubilee supporters, with each voicing support for the different sides.

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Gold Worth U.S.$223,000 Seized On Its Way to Zanzibar

Photo: Agnico-Eagle – Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited/Wikipedia

(file photo)

By The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam — The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has seized five bars of gold worth Sh507.3 million at the Dar es Salaam port as two suspects were trying to transport the minerals to Zanzibar without possessing relevant documents.

A statement issued on Thursday, October 12, stated that the two carried the 6.244 kilo gold in a bag and were arrested during passenger inspection at the gate on Tuesday night.

The statement also claimed that the chief executive officer of Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency, Mr Terence Ngole, confirmed the minerals were true gold.

“When the first suspect was asked to show buying documents and transporting permits, he said they were in Zanzibar but our investigations indicated that he had none. The second suspect said he was just given the minerals by the first suspect to transport to Zanzibar,” the statement said.

The two suspects arrived at around 5.20pm in a Toyota Noah and when security officers started inspection of the vehicle, they tried to resist.

The security officials found a small black bag under the seats containing the gold bars which were covered with tape. The driver escaped.

Commenting about the incident, TPA director general Deusdedit Kakoko said they will continue with inspection of passengers, vehicles and their luggage.

He warned that no illegal transportation would be spared as the authority worked in collaboration with police and other security organs and the citizens.

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Tanzania:Dutch Project Working Wonders for Dodoma Healthcare Needs

Photo: Valentine Oforo/The Citizen

Dodoma city

By Valentine Oforo

Dodoma — Tanzania’s capital, Dodoma, has had a bad history in the health care for many years.

The wellbeing of women, children and the aged have so far been affected big time.

Pregnant women have invariably faced do-or-die situations when it came to maternity issues because of severe lack of the requisite facilities, services and other amenities at the so-called health care centres.

It is a grim revelation that, as of 2013, some 186 out of 402 primary health care facilities within the Dodoma administrative region had no water supply at all – a situation which caused varied health-related difficulties, including maternal and newborn deaths.

Despite deliberate efforts by the government to effectively resolve the situation, most health facilities in the region remain in poor hygienic conditions, largely due to lack of, or poor, financial investments in water, sanitation and hygiene, among others.

Antenatal health services were very poor at many health centres in the region due to limited access to clean water – as well as lack of other key sanitation facilities like toilets, placenta pits, waste water pits and hand-washing facilities.

Such poor hygienic conditions at nearly all the health facilities in the region forced expectant mothers to carry their own water whenever they attend health centres for delivery.

Sadly enough, a more dangerous scenario was that workers at most of the health centre were forced to provide health services to the needy in the region without having the use of standard bathrooms, pit latrines, hand washing basins, placenta and gravel pits.

In that regard, the Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC) felt obliged to disburse $8,397,392 to finance implementation of a five-year ‘Maji kwa Afya ya Jamii’ Project (Mkaji), which is intended to upgrade water supply, sanitation and hygiene in Dodoma, aiming at minimising infections.

The project is being implemented by a Netherlands-based International NGO, Simavi (Steun Inzake Medische Aangelegenheden Voor Inheemschen’).

Since its inception in April 2014, the project managed to uplift the water supply, sanitation and hygiene status of more than 50 primary health care facilities in the region.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Citizen in Dodoma recently, a Medical Attendant at the Mahoma-Makulu Dispensary, which is located within Hombolo Ward, Ms Diana Ngoi, said: “Before the introduction of the Mkaji project, the health care situation here was very poor.

Most women in the rural areas suffered a lot. Some lost their lives or lost their babies due to infections related to the poor hygienic situation in those days.”

In those early days before Mkaji, Ms Ngoi recalls: “The situation was pathetic. Pregnant women who delivered children here could not even take bath after delivery because there was neither water nor bathrooms.

She added: “Also, we had no recommended means of managing placentas from the women who delivered here.”

She disclosed that the Mahoma-Makulu Dispensary receives an average of 17 antenatal women a month.

Ms Ngoi said the placentas after delivering were just thrown into the nearest dustbin, which is not right.

“The situation posed diverse challenges. For example, poor management of placentas from delivery operations was unhygienic, leading to uncontrolled infections,” she stated.

The situation has somewhat improved at the Hombolo Health Centre with the Mkaji Project playing a significant role in improving health services at the place – especially for expectant mothers and their newborn.

Commenting on the matter, Ms Tupokigwe Masako – another woman found by The Citizen working at the place said: “When I came to for delivery here for the first time, the requisite services were not available.

“Clearly, there have been some laudable improvements. There is a bathroom now, a working water system and placenta pits,” she said.

The ongoing Mkaji Project is being implemented by a consortium of partners, which include ‘Ufundi na Uhandisi Kongwa’ (Ufundiko); Pamoja Tujenge Tanzania (Patuta), Community-Based Health-Care Council (CBHCC) and Witteveen Bos, an international engineering consultancy.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Citizen, the MKAJI Programme Manager, Ms. Thea Bongertman, said the project has already managed to impart key hygiene and sanitation knowledge to different health workers and held training on operation and maintenance, and water and financial management to villagers.

This was meant to ensure sustainability of the project’s gains after it is phased out in March, 2019.

“Water and Sanitation (Wash) is one of the most important social determinants of health,” Ms Bongertman explained.

“Upon request of the Local Government Authorities of Dodoma region, SDC, working in partnership with Simavi, took action to improve the quality of public health services provision by reducing the potential risks of transmission of communicable diseases and infections during routine patient care and treatment so as to improve health services delivery – specifically maternal health care and services – by improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene.”

For his part, the Dodoma Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Charles Kiologwe appreciated the contribution of the project in improving the status of hygiene in many of the centres in the region.

“To be honest, Mkaji is among the few health projects in Dodoma that have to a great extent played a key role in elevating the regions’ health delivery status, especially for mothers and children,” he said.

The Mkaji Project in Dodoma region can be traced to the research in 2013 by the Health Project Systems Strengthening (HPSS) programme, which was also under the auspicious SDC, and which established that most health facilities in Dodoma were in poor sanitation and hygiene conditions, mainly due to lack of water supply.

Simavi was founded in 1925 by two Dutch medical doctors, Dr John Van der Spek and Dr H. Bervoets. Their aim was to provide medical assistance for health institutions in the former Dutch East Indies.

Ever since, Simavi has been working to improve standards of health in developing countries across the globe.

Come to Ruvuma, We Have Ample Power, Tanesco Appeals to Investors

By The Citizen Reporter

Madaba — Large investors who look at Ruvuma Region as a prospective investment area have been assured of ample power supply by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco).

Tanesco Ruvuma Regional manager, Eng Patrick Lwesya, told team of editors who are touring Tanesco projects in Njombe, Ruvuma and Mtwara regions that upon completion of Makambako-Songea transmission line, Ruvuma Region will be assured of ample power supply.

“People in Ruvuma had been experiencing power shortages but this project, which will connect us to national grid, will give us enough electricity for small,medium as well as large customers,” he said.

Fr his part, the Makambako-Madaba-Songea Power project manager, Eng Didas Lyamuya, said in fact Tanesco hs already starts supplying power to investors.

“We have already constructed a power line to Kabambe Tea factory which is under construction in Njombe Region. We completed the project only two weeks after the former deputy minister for Energy and Minerals (Mr Medard Kalemani – who in the recent Cabinet reshuffle he was named minister for Energy) directed us to make sure that the investor is given enough power,” he said.

Detailing, Eng Lyamuya noted that initially the investor asked for 1MW and Tanesco has already built a power line which will provide that amount f electricity.

“But, should the investor need more than that we will make sure that we give him all power he would need… this project we are undertaking will assure us of enough power,” he said.

Eng Thomas Mhando, who supervises construction of the tea factory owned by Unilever, thanked Tanesco f the gesture noting that they were now undertaking the construction with assurance that they will start production soon after completing the construction.

“Tanesco has indeed completed construction of a power line to this site and we are now sure that once we complete construction of the factory we will start production without delays because we have enough electricity,” he said.

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Tanzania:Production At Three Acacia Mines ‘Ahead of Expectations’

By The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam — As Barrick Gold Corporation is set to publish its third quarter production and sales results, production at its subsidiary Acacia gold mine was ahead of expectations.

According to a statement posted on the Acacia website, the company produced 191,203 ounces of gold and sold 132,787 ounces of gold during the third quarter from its three mines. Barricks holds 63.9 per cent shares of Acacia’s operations.

Production was ahead of expectations at Buzwagi (69,097 ounces), driven by strong grades, with production at North Mara (72,011 ounces) and Bulyanhulu (50,094 ounces).

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However, the company notes that production at the mines were impacted by work permit issues and moving to reduced operations respectively.

The statement further indicates that sales were below production due to the ban on the export of gold/copper concentrate produced at Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi from Tanzania.

“Acacia will provide more details within our third quarter results on the October 20, 2017,” reads part of the statement.

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