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JPM Kick Starts Kilimanjaro Visit, to Grace May Day Celebrations

By Deus Ngowi in Moshi

Tanesco boosts Kibaha cleaning exercise drive Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan helps Mabama villager to carry a bucket of water to symbolise the launch of a water project in Tabora Region, yesterday. (Photo by VPO)

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has started a three-day tour of Kilimanjaro Region that will see him being the guest of honour during May Day celebrations, tomorrow.

The Head of State arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) yesterday and was welcomed by Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa who arrived earlier on the same day.

The Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Saidi Meki Sadiki, joined other dignitaries to receive the President. This is the first official visit by Dr Magufuli since he was elected to the highest office in 2015, while May Day celebrations, at national level, will be held at Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) in Moshi Municipality.

On his way from KIA to the State Lodge, President Magufuli got time to greet and speak to citizens at Kwa Sadala Village in Hai District, where he thanked them for electing him to office and reiterated that he was committed to accomplish his pledges.

Dr Magufuli was happy to meet many people who had come out to greet him, including leaders and members of opposition parties and said he was committed to serve all regardless of their party affiliations.

“There is that road from Kwa Sadala to Masama, it will be completed to tarmac level. I know the work is going on; we are still at the area near the bridge.

I know, I make follow ups because I promised you,” said the President amid applause from the citizens. When asked about power connection to the village, the President said he knows even other villages near it were not connected to power and tasked the RC, Hai District Commissioner (DC), Mr Gelasius Byakanwa, to initiate power connection process forthwith and ensure by the end of the year houses will have started getting connected.

On citizens’ request for a secondary school and grant for Kwa Sadala Market, President Magufuli said it is all down to Hai District Council to manage such things and unfortunately the council was not under his party.

Addressing complaints of small traders being taxed at the market, President Magufuli ordered that to stop with immediate effect, referring to those who operate under small scale, such as those who sell vegetables, one or two bunches of bananas, etc.

“It is quite possible that the councillor and chairman of the council you elected are there when tax is imposed on small traders. You grow the banana on your own, you grow vegetables and when you bring a bunch or two and little spinach you are slapped with tax.

I have ordered for this to stop many days. I do not know why it is that way here,” said the President.

He tasked the Hai District Executive Director’s office to ensure such taxes are no longer charged; instead they should go for large-scale businesspersons or those who bring a lot of commodities to the market. He said that he does not like people, be they from CCM, Chadema or CUF to suffer, but warned that they should work hard.

He also promised to make a follow-up of how funds set for road construction in Bomang’ombe town, Hai District were used, as he smelled a rat in the project. Speaking at Bomang’ombe, the headquarters of Hai District, President Magufuli said he will send the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr George Simbachawene, to dig out where the more than 1.3bn/- went. “We did set aside funds for construction of a five-kilometre tarmac road, I wonder where the money is.

I will send the minister … and then I will give my directives on what follows,” said the President. He was speaking with citizens at Sanya Junction, Hai District on his way from KIA to Moshi Municipality after citizens asked him to listen to their grievances.

Earlier on, Hai District Council Chairperson, Ms Helga Mchomvu, asked about the implementation of President Magufuli’s pledge on road construction that measures 12.5 kilometres, saying there were uncompleted areas, such as bridges.

Ms Mchomvu said some 1.3bn/- were said to be set aside in the financial year 2016/17, but until yesterday it was only 350m/- that had been disbursed to the district for the work. President Magufuli said he knows that Hai District is faced with some challenges, including disputes on plantations as well as land and that he will send cabinet ministers for respective issues so that they are sorted out.

“I want to promise you that I am for all Tanzanians. Let us stick to our unity, safeguard peace of the country and work, because even the holy scriptures say he who does not work has no right to food … it is raining let us grow crops.

There is no single Tanzanian who could eat a political party; Tanzanians need development, roads, hospitals packed with drugs, electricity, industries so that people get work. We are together to build our country,” he said.

Liberia: Liberia to Send Blood Samples Abroad in Latest Disease Outbreak

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Liberian Health Minister Bernice Dahn

By Lennart Dodoo

Monrovia — Liberia does not have the capacity to diagnose the latest disease outbreak which has already killed at least 11 persons in Sinoe County.

Nine infected persons are undergoing treatment. There are fears that the number may rise.

The country’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh told reporters Friday that the Health Ministry is considering sending blood samples broad for further testing.

According to Dr. Kateh, initial tests conducted to determine Ebola proved negative. However, the current laboratory is not equipped to determine food poison, which many suspect to be the cause of the sudden outbreak.

Those infected with the “strange” disease showed symptoms of severe stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headaches

Doctors suspect that the disease can be spread through body contacts.

Residents of the county, according to reports, have begun taking precautionary measures introduced during the Ebola outbreak.

Sinoe County is one of few counties which were not affected by the Ebola Virus Disease that struck the country in 2014.

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it had sent rapid response teams to the area to assist Liberian health officials with technical and logistical support.The teams were investigating reports linking the disease to attendance at the funeral of a religious leader in Sinoe County.”The investigation teams will try to find if this could be in relation to the consumption of same food and drinks and if there is an environmental exposure to some chemicals or bacteria,” the WHO said in a statement.According to reports, seven of the deaths were linked to the death of an 11-year-old who died on Sunday, April 23, 2017.She died after showing symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and mental confusion.She was immediately taken to F.J. Grante Hospital where she reportedly died within one hour after she was admitted into the emergency room.She reportedly attended the funeral ceremony of a religious leader on Saturday, April 23, in Greenville.The religious leader is said to have died at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. He was diagnosed of high blood pressure.On Monday, April 24, another patient from Down Town Community who also attended the funeral of the religious leader presented symptoms of head ache, skin itching and body pain. He was admitted the same night at the F.J. Grant Hospital died by 2:00 A.M. Monday morning.Another lady from Red Hill community who also attended the same funeral presented symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. She died upon arrival at the Grant Hospital.A local journalist in the county described the situation as “tragic” and said it has instilled fears in many of the inhabitants of the county.Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh (APD- District #3 Sinoe County) also described the outbreak as “very disturbing and a source for serious concern”.”There is panic in the county right now for many reasons.””Many recall our recent past where Ebola killed a good number of our citizens and with the latest where there are many deaths in succession shows serious reason for panic and concern.”We want to encourage authorities at the Health Ministry to work fast to give answers to our people, while we appeal to our people to keep calm and await results of the test.”All that we are hearing right now are speculations; so we ask people to maintain their peace,” he said.

Improve Working Environment for Teachers, Govt Urged

By Anne Robi

AN education expert has asked the government to set up a plan that will ensure quality assurance experts regularly visit schools in the country to monitor the teaching and learning process for better development. In line with that, the move will ensure better maintenance of infrastructure and other school facilities.

A Quality Assurance Coordinator from HakiElimu, Professor Robert Mihayo said here that the move will help ensure acceptable standards of education in the nation.

“Regular visits in schools will help the government to be able to know, plan and budget requirements of the schools, ensuring quality and enough school infrastructure for better results of education outcome in the country,” he said.

Prof Mihayo who is also the Chairman of the organising committee of Global Action Week on Education (GAWE) campaign was speaking during a school building activity conducted in Sengenya Primary School in Nanyumbu District, Mtwara Region. GAWE campaign nationally which was conducted in Nanyumbu District started on the 24th of this month and is scheduled to end today.

Education, Science and Technology Minister, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, is expected to officially close the campaign. In another development, Prof Mihayo expressed the need for the government to ensure availability of qualified teachers, mostly in primary schools as well as affording attractive payments to help them keep and maintain their professions.

He said various researches conducted indicate poor performance in primary schools especially in rural areas is the result that could be attributed to low quality of teachers.

“Despite that, the government should always make sure teachers are well paid especially in rural areas,” he said, adding that measly salaries which at times are delayed has led to majority of teachers to spend teaching time engaged in other businesses for their living.

Prof Mihayo pointed out that a research by the World Bank indicates that 40 per cent of teachers in the country spend most of their time doing other businesses instead of being in class.

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Why DNA Testing Is On the Rise in Rwanda

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DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms.

analysisBy Sharon Kantengwa

It could be for purposes of proving infidelity, a court order, or just curiosity, but based on what we found out recently, DNA testing is on the rise in Rwanda.

According to Lancet Laboratories, a pathology laboratory that, among other services, carries out DNA tests, an average of four clients flock their offices every month to carry out a DNA test, mostly for paternity reasons.

However, within just 15 months of its existence, Rwandans are quickly catching up with the global trend, voluntarily and involuntarily, despite being a costly procedure.

Dr Ahmed Kelebi, the Group Managing Director and a consultant pathologist at Lancet Laboratories, reveals the three main reasons why clients visit the lab.

“Some people carry the tests out of curiosity to know if their parents are truly theirs. Others do it because of a court order for inheritance or child upkeep purposes, and then others because someone died and another one came up with paternity claims,” he says.

The state of paternity tests in Rwanda

Theo Badege, the Police spokesperson, argues that before the emergence of private laboratories, paternity tests were only carried out under the law. Rwanda’s national police under the Forensic Club worked strictly with the judicial system where blood samples were taken to external foreign laboratories for testing.

“The police would work with the Forensic club that has technicians abroad on orders from the judge to carry out investigations in civil cases,” Badege says.

Robert Mugabe, a lawyer based in Kigali, reaffirms Badege’s statement, noting that there were several cases of paternity cases in court, especially during the post Genocide era in Rwanda, with many victims of rape reporting such issues.

They were, however, strictly regulated by the judiciary to avoid family conflict.

“It is the right of every human being to know the truth and find out who their real parents are but the law is also required to protect citizens. Paternity tests were carried out strictly on court order with assurance that family conflicts will be well handled despite the urge by individuals to carry out the tests,” he says.

Times have since changed however. According to sources from the private laboratory, a blood sample, the parents’ identification and the child’s birth certificate are required to do a DNA. The procedure is made easier by doubting partners and their children.

Fuelling family conflict

The Lancet Laboratory told The New Times that one in every four of the people who go for tests is not the father of the child.

Dr Kelebi, however, reveals that although maternity tests can also be carried out, for obvious reasons, paternity tests are the most common ones. He admits that arguments often ensue between the couples with women being accused of infidelity.

Request for a paternity test can also be a daunting issue that may question the trust of the man and would automatically lead to home breakage.

“I would question his trust towards me if such a request came up. I would definitely know who the actual father of the child is but for curiosity’s sake, I would let him have the paternity test, rest assured that my relationship with him afterwards would never be the same, in the negative sense,” Bella Mbabazi, a wife and mother of three, says when asked about what her reaction to a paternity test would be.

Lilliane Umuhoza, a mother of one, agrees with Mbabazi.

“I would be very disappointed. That is a polite way of telling me that he has trust issues. And, it also shows that he has been having extra marital affairs and he is not sure of the children he has fathered,” she says.

For the men, the reason for carrying out paternity tests is mostly to avoid raising a child that is not theirs.

Samuel Gatare, a married man, believes that one cannot ignore the fact that extra marital affairs are rampant. A DNA test will always come to one’s rescue.

“If a woman claims that the baby she is carrying is mine, I would request for a DNA test immediately after it is born to save myself future embarrassment and a waste of time,” he says.

Mugabe, however,says that according to article 256 of the new family law of 2016, every child, whether born out of wedlock or legally, belongs to the married couple in question.

According to him, paternity tests can only be a waste of time for curious citizens, after all, “biological parenthood does not mean being responsible.”

“It is very disappointing and a daunting experience when you discover that parents you initially thought were yours are actually not yours. It is better you stay away from such trauma,” he adds.

Dealing with the news

The need to belong is a necessity. This need might, however, not be all rosy for most victims.

Jackline Iribagiza, a Kigali-based counselor, advises victims of such cases to be tolerant simply because ‘it is part of life.” The truth is sometimes bitter.

“Even before proof from DNA tests, it is right to tell the spouse or child the truth because not only do they deserve it, truth gives one a peace of mind. The earlier they find out, the better. Knowing the truth saves you more trouble than finding out from a third party,” she says.

Due to the possible conflicts such tests bring to families, the Rwandan government under the law that governs families is in the process of regulating laws to avoid conflicting cases, according to Mugabe.

Citizens will be required to carry out the paternity test only with permission from the court.

DNA explained

Scientifically, DNA, known as Deoxyribonucleic acid is a double helix, with sets of nucleotides that contain genetic information. DNA is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce.

Dr. Kelebi explains that one’s kind of appearance and how the body is built is determined by their DNA, which has genes in it.

“A person carries a half of their father’s genes and the other half their mother’s, which is why we can carry out maternity, paternity and kinship test,” he says.

According to Dr Kelebi, the latter is only a probability test while the rest are 99.9 per cent certain.

Also, having similar or different physical features from the parents does not guarantee the test of the results.

In Rwanda, only blood samples can be used for testing although testing is still being carried out abroad.

The cost for a DNA test is Rwf 311,900 and it takes two to three weeks to get the results. Lancet laboratories will be opening a branch in Rubavu District in the Western Province to extend services closer to the people.

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YOUR VOICE: Should couples carry out DNA tests?

DNA testing should not be about marital issues. It should be about the child’s right to know the truth. In that sense, it should only be carried out when both the child and mother are not sure who the real father is to help the child have a sense of belonging.

Hope Kabera, housewife

For cheating couples, it should be a dire need. You cannot stand living a lie all your life. I think it is fair to tell the truth and let people decide what they want to do instead of trying to hold on to them through falsehood. The lies would eventually kill the marriage, so it’s like ripping off a Band-Aid.

Ritah Kamikazi, businesswoman

The earlier they found out the truth, the better. If DNA helps reveal the truth, then why not go for it. You just can’t risk the chance of him finding out from someone else. That would be so cruel.

Honest Twizeye, entrepreneur

People cannot be trusted these days which is why you cannot question another’s curiosity. DNA can only reveal the truth whether we like it or not because refusing to test is suspicious. I think that the idea of DNA can only reduce cases of extra marital affairs.

Pidson Bemanya, social worker

Other than being irresponsible, why would a man doubt his own child? Couples should let things remain the way they are to avoid conflict because every child, whether yours or not, is a blessing and your responsibility. Why try to bring up trouble when you have peace?

Anna Tumwesigye, banker

BRD Provides Roofing Materials for Genocide Survivors in Kirehe

By John Mbaraga

Emerida Mukasharangabo is a Genocide widow living in Kigina Sector of Kirehe District. For years, the 44-year-old has lived in a dilapidated house waking up every morning with a sigh of relief that the roof did not cave in on her.

“I lived in a mud and wattle house. My only hope was that it could collapse on one side and I move onto the other part as I was unable to renovate it or construct another one,” she told the media.

Mukasharangabo is among 99 families of Genocide survivors that will soon get shelter in Kirehe thanks to a partnership between the district and Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD).

On Wednesday, BRD provided roofing materials for 22 houses in the first phase of construction activities. Provision of other materials will be done by the district.

Speaking at the construction site of one of the housing units, Peter Rwambara, the chief risk officer at BRD, said the bank started to support Genocide survivors in the district in 2015.

The bank staff had earlier visited Nyarubuye Genocide memorial site and met a tailoring cooperative of women survivors and decided to support them.

“It is a cooperative which had one old tailoring machine, the bank management decided to buy them five more machines and a generator for machines which operated on electricity. This gesture significantly changed their living conditions,” he said.

Another group that received support was that of vulnerable widows and widowers (incike) whose family members were all killed in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, according to Rwambara.

The district wanted to construct houses for the group but it was still looking for partners, so we thought that we should be the first to support the act by providing roofing materials for the 99 houses that the district wanted to construct, he explained.

Rwambara said, despite providing loans for people’s projects, they thought of activities that would link them with population as part of giving back to the community.

Kirehe mayor Gerard Muzungu said they had a total of 103 Genocide survivors that the district wanted to construct houses for.

He said the BRD support will accelerate the exercise.

“This roofing support is reducing the cost of construction. It has helped increase the number of houses we planned to construct because if you had to get funding from the central government for the whole construction, including the roofing, it means the cost would be higher,” he said.

Emotional gratitude

Mukasharangabo, a mother of six, said: “I couldn’t imagine myself getting a modern house. I thank these people who thought of vulnerable persons like me. I’m sure that in this house my life will be secure.”

Rwambara said the roofing materials they provided Wednesday for 22 houses were worth Rwf8.5 million. The whole roofing materials for 99 houses will take Rwf46 million.

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Liberia: Strange Disease Outbreak in Sinoe County – Nine Persons Already Dead

Photo: Liberian Observer

Liberian Health Minister Bernice Dahn

By Lennart Dodoo

Monrovia — A strange infectious disease which broke out in five communities in Greenville, Sinoe County, has killed at least nine persons, while eight are undergoing treatment.

The Ministry of Health has ruled out Ebola.

The sudden deaths occurred Tuesday morning, amid speculations that the deaths resulted from food poisoning while others fear it’s another Ebola outbreak.

The Health Ministry in a statement read at the Information Ministry said – “The Sinoe Health Team informed the Ministry of Health about a series of unexplained deaths in five communities in Greenville District.

Initial tests conducted at the Liberia Bio-Medical Research in Charlesville, Margibi County have ruled out Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as the cause of the deaths.”

Health authorities are yet to identify the disease and its origin, Liberia’s Chief Medical Doctor, Francis Kateh disclosed while reading the statement.

According to Dr. Kateh, at least 17 persons have been infected out of which nine have already died. Eight persons are undergoing treatment at Grant Hospital in Greenville.

Dr. Kateh said the county health team and authorities are coordinating response activities.

He also added that a team from the central level has been dispatched to the county to provide additional support.

The Ministry of Health has, at the same time, called on the public to remain calm, assuring that it has put into place measures and systems and also has the capacity to contain any outbreak of infectious diseases.

According to reports, seven of the deaths were linked to the death of an 11-year-old who died on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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She died after showing symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and mental confusion.She was immediately taken to F.J. Grante Hospital where she reportedly died within one hour after she was admitted into the emergency room.She reportedly attended the funeral ceremony of a religious leader on Saturday, April 23, in Greenville.The religious leader is said to have died at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital.He was diagnosed of high blood pressure.On Monday, April 24, another patient from Down Town Community who also attended the funeral of the religious leader presented symptoms of head ache, skin itching and body pain. He was admitted the same night at the F.J. Grant Hospital died by 2:00 A.M. Monday morning.Another lady from Red Hill community who also attended the same funeral presented symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. She died upon arrival at the Grant Hospital.A local journalist in the county described the situation as “tragic” and said it has instilled fears in many of the inhabitants of the county.Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh (APD- District #3 Sinoe County) also described the outbreak as “very disturbing and a source for serious concern”.”There is panic in the county right now for many reasons.””Many recall our recent past where Ebola killed a good number of our citizens and with the latest where there are many deaths in succession shows serious reason for panic and concern.”We want to encourage authorities at the Health Ministry to work fast to give answers to our people, while we appeal to our people to keep calm and await results of the test. “”All that we are hearing right now are speculations; so we ask people to maintain their peace,” he said.Not Another Ebola Scenario?When Ebola struck Liberia in March 2014, health practitioners in Liberia denied the virus as being the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Initial cases were thought to be malaria.Media reports on the outbreak being Ebola was quickly debunked by health authorities in the country, this and widespread mistrust of government led to disbelief in the existence of the disease.The Ministry of Health says it has the capacity to contain the virus, but like the Ebola, it is yet to establish what kind of disease the outbreak is.People in the county are now living in fear and have begun taking precautions that were introduced during the Ebola outbreak.UN Sends Memo to StaffMeanwhile, the United Nations has warned it staff in the country to be on an alert.A memo from the UN to its staff fell short of saying what the disease is but goes on to give a history of the strange deaths.About Sinoe CountySinoe County is one of Liberia’s 15 counties and it has 17 districts. Greenville is the county’s capital. As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 104,932, making it one of the least populous counties in Liberia.The county has the third-largest area of all Liberia’s counties; it has the second least dense population after Gbarpolu County.Sinoe County was originally a colony in the name Mississippi-in-Africa, under auspices of a chapter of the American Colonization Society as it was created with slaves from Mississippi to Liberia.

Magufuli to Receive Mbeya, Ruaha Conflict Report

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Elephants in Ruaha.

By Harriet Kiama

Mbeya — A report on land conflict involving 34 villages in Mbarali District in Mbeya Region and Ruaha Wildlife Reserve which is under Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) is ready and will be presented to President John Magufuli for further action in a few days to come.

The report which contains a number of recommendations including paying compensation to some of the villages so as to pave way for the reserve was presented yesterday to Mbeya Regional Commissioner (RC) Mr Amos Makalla by a special committee he formed to investigate the matter.

Speaking during presentation of the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Reuben Mfune, who is also Mbarali District Commissioner, mentioned that while investigating the matter they were guided by the Government Notice (GN) number 28 of 2008 as well as opinions from the villagers themselves.

“While preparing this report, we were faced with so many challenges, including transport problems, where in some areas we were forced to travel on tractors and sometimes we were forced to walk on foot for a long distance since some of those areas are impassable, but eventually we managed to cover all areas we had targeted”, he said.

Expounding further, he said that they paid much attention to the GN number 28 and to the opinions from the villagers; however they had included their own opinions and suggestions, which he said will help ending the conflict at last.

Receiving the report, Mr Makalla said that he formed the committee so as to make sure that the conflict which has stayed in place for a number of years ends to enable the villagers continues with development activities.

“One of the promises our President Dr Magufuli made during his presidential campaigns while in Mbarali District in 2015 was to finish this problem between the villagers and TANAPA”, he said.

He added that Mbarali residents have been complaining from time to time about the borders dividing their villagers and the reserve, claiming that they are being oppressed. “What was really happening was actually not oppression but implementing translation of the Environment and Wildlife Acts”, he added.

On his part, Ruaha Senior Conservator Mr Morendile Mronda said that if recommendations in the report will be put into action as expected, it will help saving River Ruaha ecology where its large area has been badly destroyed due to improper land use.

“Water level in Ruaha River decreased to a large extent since April last year and has returned to normal this month, causing a large number of living organisms to shift to other areas while others died,” he said.

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By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — The Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) has strongly condemned an attack on journalists and CUF leaders, who are loyal to the opposition party’s Secretary-General Seif Shariff Hamad at a press conference last week.

In a statement released to the media yesterday, which was signed by TEF Chairman Theofil Makunga, the TEF wants the embattled CUF chairman, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, to come out and explain whether the attackers were affiliated to his camp.

TEF said preliminary investigation showed that the attackers were affiliated to Prof Lipumba’s faction.

This was substantiated by a move by Mr Abdul Kambaya, the party’s publicity and ideology chairman allied to Prof Lipumba faction, who told the media that one of the attackers, who was arrested by the police was from their camp.

Mr Makunga told the media yesterday that TEF’s attempt to reach Prof Lipumba proved futile, while Mr Hamad had written to TEF to condemn the attack.

The TEF boss also reminded journalists to be careful, while on duty.

“We’re disappointed that some journalists from various media houses were barred from attending a press conference hosted by Mr Kambaya on Tuesday. We urge reporters to be careful when reporting CUF meetings,” said Mr Makunga.

Several journalists, who include Ms Kalunde Jamal from Mwananchi Communications Limited, sustained minor injuries following the Saturday attack.

A group of unidentified men invaded a meeting hosted by CUF Kinondoni District chairman Juma Nkumbi and attacked CUF leaders and reporters.

Prof Lipumba and Mr Hamad are currently embroiled in a power struggle that has been going on for almost a year. The crisis began after Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, who had resigned as chairman ahead of the 2015 General Election, decided to rescind his decision.

In August, a fight broke out during an extraordinary national congress that had been called to elect the new chairman. Although he was not a delegate to the meeting, Prof Lipumba forced his way in to the meeting. That did not help to stop the majority of delegates to vote in confirmation of his resignation. As expected, his supporters were angry. Chaos ensued.

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Malawi: Lack of Funds Derails Dream Center Cancer Campaign

By Lasul Grant Nkhulembe

Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means (DREAM), which is under the Community of St Egidio, has shelved its cervical cancer screening campaign despite a positive response from women seeking to be screened.

DREAM Center in conjunction with Blantyre District Health Office and Total Malawi launched a week long cervical cancer screening campaign on 19 April inviting women in Blantyre to go and get tested for the cancer freely; however the campaign was wrapped up just after 5 days.

In her remarks during a press briefing in Blantyre on Wednesday, DREAM Cervical Cancer National Coordinator, Dr Sangare Hawa Mamary said, more women are still going for cervical cancer screening but DREAM has been forced to close the campaign due to lack of funds.

“I was very sad yesterday to see that we are leaving women unscreened. In some areas like Lundu, Lirangwe, Dziwe, Chikowa and Chimembe, women proposed to buy cancer screening materials like vinegar and groves,” said Mamary.

The Cervical Cancer National Coordinator further said the Community of St Egidio, through DREAM, is appealing to all well wishers, companies and individuals to support the campaign.

She said more women are dying from cervical cancer when it can be prevented adding that it might be difficult for a company to sponsor the whole campaign but that it is possible for the companies to just pick one item and sponsor it.

Mamary said a research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) HPV Center in 2010, estimated that every year, over 2,300 women develop cervical cancer and over 1, 600 die from the disease.

Dream has managed to screen 2,369 women in 5 days with 30 women testing positive to VIA and seven suspected of having cancer.

In 2016, Dream screened 5, 212 women for cancer.

The 2016 HPV international center data estimated that every year 3,684 women develop cervical cancer.

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Rwandan Genocide Convict in Hot Water

By Zulfa Musa

Arusha — A former convict of the disbanded International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), who was arrested recently in Kagera Region by Immigration officers while attempting to cross into Burundi, has been taken to Dar es Salaam for further interrogations.

Immigration officer Abdallah Tiwo told The Citizen from Bukoba yesterday that the former captain of the Rwanda army is being questioned as to why he travelled out of Arusha without special travel documents.

He added that Innocent Sagahutu, who was arrested two weeks ago, was found without valid documents at the border with Burundi while trying to get into the neighbouring country from Ngara District.

He recently completed a 15-year jail sentence for his role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda where about a million people were massacred after the killing of president Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994.

He is among scores of the Rwanda nationals who were indicted by the ICTR and either served their jail terms or were acquitted but have not found a country to host them because they feared returning home.

For the past two weeks he had been held for interrogation in Bukoba but has now been transferred to the Immigration headquarters.

An Immigration officer in Bukoba told The Citizen last week that Sagahutu and other ex-convicts needed special clearance to travel out of Arusha. They are currently living in a special UN detention facility in Arusha.

However, when contacted by The Citizen, Sagahutu said the matter has been blown out of proportion because he had documents and was cleared by the UN offices in Tanzania to travel to Burundi to see his relatives.

He even claimed that he used the same clearance permits to travel to Mozambique and Switzerland recently “without any problem or causing harm to anybody”.

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