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Opposition MP Lissu’s State Critical but Stable – Party Leader

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Medics and well-wishers take a hospital stretcher carrying Tundu LIssu aboard an ambulance plane that was used to transport him to Nairobi for further treatment.

By Aggret Omboki

Nairobi — Chadema Party has denied reports in a section of Tanzanian media that fiery Tanzanian opposition Chief Whip and Singida MP Tundu Lissu’s condition has worsened after developing a chest infection while admitted in the Nairobi Hospital.

Mr Lissu was flown to the Nairobi Hospital after being briefly admitted in Dodoma Hospital following a gun attack on Thursday last week that left him fighting for his life.

Journalists have not been allowed to see or speak to the leader, who was reportedly struck by between 21 to 25 bullets during the machine gun attack outside his Dodoma home.

Party leader Freeman Mbowe has been addressing the media on his condition since the incident.

Mr Mbowe today rubbished the reports suggesting that the legislator who is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital had developed a life-threatening chest complication.

“Any media reports claiming that Mr Lissu’s condition has worsened after developing a chest complication are false and baseless. As far as we who are with him in the hospital are concerned, he is in critical but stable condition, and generally on the road to recovery,” said Mr Mbowe. He said the leader’s condition has been fluctuating from day to day, but hastened assured the public that Mr Lissu was on the path to recovery

He told the media the politician was now able to speak, eat some food, and even receive a number of visitors under strict supervision by the team of doctors who are overseeing his treatment.

“Mr Lissu is currently able to speak and has even been receiving a number of visitors, though under strict supervision by the medical team that is overseeing his treatment. Despite the large number of visitors wishing to see him, he is only allowed to see a limited number of visitors since doctors would like him to have as much bed rest as possible for optimum chances of recovery,” said Mr Mbowe.

He asked the public and media to avoid panicking regarding the opposition leaders’ condition, adding that the party leadership was the only body mandated to issue official statements about his status.

The Chadema party boss said Mr Lissu had sent greetings to well-wishers, his fellow parliamentarians and also asked the people not to allow dictatorial regimes to exist in Africa.”Mr Lissu has sent his greetings to the people of East Africa, his fellow parliamentarians and well-wishers. He has asked them not to allow dictatorial regimes to control the affairs and destiny of nations in Africa since they have made the continent lag behind in development and democracy, Mr Mbowe said.

He said the leader had insisted on the continuation of the struggle for wider democratic space, freedom and inclusively, saying it should be the norm

He appealed to the Tanzanian government to allow international investigators to conduct what he termed “an independent and credible investigation” into the shooting attack that left Mr Lissu injured.

Mr Mbowe alleged the opposition could not expect justice if the investigation was left in the hands of state security agencies, saying the police could not be trusted to uncover the truth behind the incident.

“Based on the history behind the government’s difficult relationship with the opposition, we are not convinced that the government can be relied upon to get to the bottom of the matter and reveal the truth behind the attack on Mr Lissu. We do not think the government will be neutral in handling this matter,” said the party chief.

Among other instances of alleged government harassment, Mr Mbowe listed the disappearance of his personal assistant, the arrest and arraignment of several parliamentarians in court on “strange charges”.

“My personal assistant has disappeared for more than a year without any word from the police on his whereabouts, with other parliamentarians and supporters being tortured and arrested on strange charges. In order for the issue to be resolved in a credible manner that will not raise any doubts regarding the government’s claim on not being involved, we demand an investigation by international forensic experts and investigators,” he said.

Let’s Join Hands to Curb Crimes, Preserve Peace


Tanzania is known as a haven of peace and has for eons been praised for remaining stable in a region that has seen some of her neighbours having a brush with instability, terrorism and disturbances.

The country has undoubtedly remained an envy of many and the influx of refugees from our neighbours stand witness to the fact that peace is the nation’s second name. It is unfortunate, however, that there have been pockets of incidents that are bent to tarnish the image of the country.

The increasing wave of crime is not only worrying especially to ‘wananchi,’ but also is a time bomb that is most likely to explode.

The Parliament on Friday raised concern of the increasing felony, a move that saw the Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai directing the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence and Security to meet with security organs to assess and acquire more information on the increasing spate of crimes in the country.

The recent crimes that came into mind include the shooting of Singida East MP, Mr Tindu Lissu (Chadema), by unknown assailants on Thursday near his home area, the recent kidnapping and killing of two children in Arusha and the Kibiti saga, just but to mention a few.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Simon Sirro vowed to track down all those involved in the shooting incident, but was also quick to call for public cooperation in the issue.

He also warned against dissemination of inciting and false information on social media as it may disrupt investigations and at the same time disrupting peace. IGP Sirro could not have said it better because those who commit the crimes are not from the moon, but are our fellow ‘wananchi.’

This, therefore, means we have the ability to help curb the vice. Criminals are part and parcel of the society and Good Samaritans should volunteer information to the police or responsible security organs for the criminals to be tracked and facilitate the law to take its own course.

It is impossible for a crime to be committed and it remains unknown by one or two members of the society.

It is therefore vital that as a country we unite to make sure that such crimes are nipped in the bud. It doesn’t matter if the perpetrator is your father, mother, relative or friend, a crime remains a crime regardless of who committed it and it should be reported.

The law enforcers should also do the needful to protect whistle blowers and where necessary give incentives.

We can’t continue watching when our hard earned peace is being eroded. Let’s all stand with one voice and make sure this social anomaly is done with, once and for all.


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23-Year-Old Student Wins MP Seat

Photo: David Muchui/Daily Nation

John Paul Mwirigi.

By David Muchui

A 23-year-old independent candidate is the next Igembe South MP after he was declared winner Thursday morning.

Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University won after garnering 18, 867 against Jubilee’s Rufus Miriti, who had 15, 411 votes.

Other candidates, who were seasoned politicians include Mwenda Mzalendo (7,695), Kubai Mutuma (6,331) and Raphael Muriungi (2,278) votes.

Mr Mwirigi, who could be the youngest elected MP, did not have a flashy campaign.

He said he has been campaigning on foot by visiting homesteads before he received support from boda boda riders.

His supporters started celebrating on Wednesday when provisional results showed he was ahead of his rivals.

Speaking to Nation, Mr Mwirigi said he first expressed interest in politics while in form three at Kirindine Day secondary school.

“I had a dream where I was tabling a motion in Parliament while I was in Form three. That is when I started asking my fellow students to start campaigning for me since I would need their vote in 2017.

“I have held leadership positions in school and in my neighbourhood,” said Mr Mwirigi.

Mr Mwirigi said his first agenda would be supporting agribusiness activities, promote entrepreneurship and nurturing talents.

“Since I come from a humble background, I understand the issues that affect the residents. My key agenda will be to transform the lives of the people,” said the youthful candidate.

The sixth born in a family of eight says he still lives in a ‘granary’ (a raised house) and does not own land, contrary to claims that he had sold his land for campaigns.

Residents said they decided to elect the young man despite lacking resources because they are confidents he knows their problems and will address them.


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Rwandans in Kenya Vote in Record Numbers

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A voter exercises his constitutional right (file photo).

Members of Rwandan community in Kenya turned up in record numbers to exercise their constitutional right to vote as Rwandans in Diaspora across the globe cast their vote in presidential election yesterday.

According to officials at the Rwandan High Commission in Nairobi, about 50 people were already at embassy premises as early as 5:30am ready to exercise their civic right.

‘Jubilant atmosphere’

Addressing the media during the voting process, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Kenya, James Kimonyo, said the voting process in the two designated polling stations of Nairobi and Mombasa was conducted in a jubilant atmosphere and without any hitch.

“Our two polling stations in Nairobi and Mombasa were supposed to open by 7am but because there was a big number of people who wanted to cast their vote early and go to work, we sought permission from electoral commission to open an hour earlier,” he said.

Kimonyo said they were overwhelmed by the big numbers of people “we did not expect to show up in the early hours, in drizzling and chilly weather, fired up to vote.”

The massive turnout included voters from all age groups, including senior citizens in late eighties, middle age and youngsters.

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“It is so fascinating to see people of this age coming to vote at this early hour of the morning. I find this to be the deepest reflection of how patriotic Rwandans are,” Irene Wambui, a Kenyan, said.Turn for the betterReflecting on Rwanda’s past, Amb. Kimonyo said that giving Rwandans abroad the opportunity to exercise their civic right is a sign of commitment to keeping the people of Rwanda united and working towards a common destiny.”We all know that not so long ago millions of Rwandans were living in exile because people in power then deprived them the right to live in their motherland and they were denied the opportunity to exercise their voting right,” he said.”The new leadership not only opened doors for all Rwandans to return to their country but also allowed Rwandans the opportunity to participate in all democratic processes, including electing their leaders.”Some of the voters expressed their satisfaction about how they are now able to exercise their democratic duty even far away from home.Jonas Habumuremyi, who has lived in Kenya for over two decades, said: “This is an immense opportunity to give my contribution as I look to be part of the transformation path that my fellow Rwandans decided to take. I would have had to travel home to exercise my civic right, but I am now able to vote from Nairobi and carry on with my business.”Over 3,000 Rwandans in Kenya registered to vote in this year’s presidential election. By press time, more than 99 per cent of them had already exercised their voting right.More on ThisCampaigns Close as Diaspora Polls Open

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Let’s Help Make Albinos Feel At Home


THE hunting down and killing of people living with albinism that rocked this country some years ago has declined, with few rare isolated cases being recorded.

It is unfortunate, however, that albinos do not feel safe, especially in rural areas where most of these attacks occurred. This is so because the root causes that led to violence against them are still there, inducing fear that they can be spark plugs for fresh attacks.

A UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ms Ikonwosa Ero, was in the country for an 11-day visit that saw her visiting a number of areas such as Dodoma, Shinyanga, Mwanza, Kasulu, Kigoma and Dar es Salaam.

She revealed that people with albinism continue to live in a very fragile situation as the root cause of the attacks against them remain rampant and the effects of over a decade of violations have taken their toll.

She also went on to say that more work must be done to address witchcraft and sensitise community members on the importance of protecting people with albinism instead harassing, killing or raping them. This advice comes in handy and if embraced, will go a long way in making these people feel safe in their motherland.

It is not good for people living with albinism to feel like they are prisoners of some sort, who are not free to mix and mingle and do their business without fear of being attacked.

It is true that they have lost trust, especially with the presence of traditional healers in their areas and there is need for awareness campaigns for this to end.

The government has gone a long way in cutting the tails of traditional healers, who were said to be involved in the killings as people seeking fortune and wealth consulted them for advice.

Though the government has succeeded in putting measures to protect people with albinism, society play a pivotal role in curbing such incidences. They are supposed to be on the forefront in protecting their fellow villagers and citizens.

What pained most in cases of albino attacks is that relatives were implicated as the main players behind killings.

There is need for relatives and society as a whole to be involved in the protection of these people and create an environment that they are loved and safe. It is torture for a person to live a life full of uncertainties.

Let everyone play his or her role to protect albinos and make sure they feel at home on their mother soil.


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I Want to Transform Lives Through Charming Snakes

Photo: Fadhili Frederick/Nation

Snake charmer Haji Mwachambuli is pictured here with a python.

Snakes hardly conjure up the image of making a living but for Haji Mwachambuli, 29, snake- charming has been his source of livelihood for the last 20 years.

Haji performs his snake-charming acts to tourists and to curious crowds at weddings.

The father of three from Mwamanga village in Diani charges an average of Sh4000 per show.

He learned the trade from ‘Master’ Hamisi Arafat in the latter’s homestead aptly dubbed Jungle Park, where he took Daily Nation.

The homestead is sub-divided into various sections where crocodiles, chameleons, tortoise and snakes are kept.

The snake section has been partitioned into smaller cubicles where some of the world’s most poisonous snakes are housed.


Haji says dealing with snakes requires special skills which he has mastered from the lessons he learnt from his master.

He is not just a snake charmer, but is also a healer of sorts, as neighbours often call upon him to treat snake bites.

“This one is a green Mamba – it is so poisonous that once bitten you need to see a doctor in 90 minutes. This is a Boom Slang, it is not as poisonous as the others. Next is the Puff adder next to it spitting cobra. If the spitting cobra’s poison enters your eyes, you become blind,” said Haji as he showed Daily Nation around the snake park.

“I hail from the community of snake charmers. Though it is not something everyone can do, I feel blessed to have excelled and mastered the art. I am proud of my talent.

“I want to transform the lives of my fellow youths who have been affected by drugs. As it stands now three of the youths who used to take drugs are now recovering. I usually have sessions with them and encourage and try to bring them back to normal,” he added.

But it has not always been smooth sailing for Haji.

A few years ago, while performing a snake-charming act for his audience at Bidi Badu Restaurant in Diani Beach, something strange happened to him unexpectedly: a snake stuck inside his trousers!

Haji is also an upcoming musician and an events MC.


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Kilwa — Decision makers and Educational stakeholders here have been advised to participate fully in raising the quality of education by solving the challenges haunting the sector.

Kilwa District Commissioner (DC) Christopher Ngubi agai made the call at the climax of the Education Week held under the auspices of Action Aid and Kingonet.

At the commemorations, students got an opportunity to present the challenges they face through poems, plays and songs to parents and actors. Pupils at Kilwa Masoko, Nangurukuru and Kiganda highlighted poor infrastructure like toilets and private rooms for girls as among factors behind many girls to frequently abscond School.

“What has been presented by the students here should not be taken for granted, this also goes to the research findings by Action Aid that show huge shortage of toilets in the schools,” said Mr Ngubiagai.

According to the research findings, Kilwa lags behind in terms of academic performance, and the program was designed to improve the quality of education in the district.

Out of the 30 schools in the programme, 25 schools possessed permanent toilets and the remaining five had tempo rary facilities. One toilet hole in the schools was used by 135 pupils in some schools and 90 pupils in others contrary to standard of one hole for 20 girls and 25 boys.

Female students, especially those in puberty, are the most affected by the shortage of toilets in schools, the study noted.

“While others are walking, we should run…my fellow leaders in Kilwa, let’s work to see that the toilet problem is solved in the district,” observed the DC, appreciating Action Aid for their efforts to improve the quality of education in the district and calling other stakeholders to prioritise education sector in their operations.


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Trial Against Rwandan Terror Suspects to Be Heard in Camera

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Some of the suspects accused of terrorism at the High Court of Rwanda in Kigali.

By Robert Mbaraga

The trial of the 44 Rwandans accused of having links with the terror group Al Shabaab and the Islamic State will be heard on May 2 in camera, a court in Kigali has ruled.

The special chamber of the High Court of Rwanda that tries international crimes upheld the prosecution’s plea that an open hearing would compromise national security.

In its plea, the prosecution raised fear that a public hearing would lead to more radicalisation and cause clashes among the families of the accused because “some of the accused were apprehended because of information provided by their fellow suspects.”

The defence lawyers had insisted that the prosecution explains what it meant by national security, arguing that all persons connected to this dossier have been arrested and detained and cannot thus cause any security threat.

On their part, the accused said that only a public hearing would be fair.

“All our pre-trial hearings were conducted in camera, and our families have never had a chance to know the details of our charges. Our trial in merit should be heard in public and this will help our brothers avoid what we are charged with,” one of the accused told the court.

The accused said that they would appeal against this ruling.

The Rwandan criminal procedure law allows the court to order that a case be heard in camera “when its public hearing may be detrimental to public order or good morals.” The same law does not, however, define public order or good morals.

The court set the next hearing for May 2. This date could, however, be affected by the appeal filed by the accused.

The three-judge bench also ordered that the case be disjoined for minors and be heard by a specialised chamber.

Four of the 44 are below 18. Their trial will now be heard by the Gasabo Intermediate Court.

The ruling on the two main objections which had paralysed the trial for almost two months, now raises hope that the fate of the 44 terror suspects will finally be known.

They have been in detention for more than a year.

The details about the charges brought against them have not been made public, but their indictments indicate that they are charged with complicity in a terrorist act, membership to a terrorist organisation, formation of a criminal gang, formation of an irregular armed group and conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorism.


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WINNING medals in major global events is a dream for many sports persons the world over. And, countries invest their sportsmen and do whatever is possible for them to make their fellow citizens proud. It is against this background that Tanzania has embarked on a renewed campaign to make sure local athletes win medals.

The campaign, which received huge government support, aims to restore the nation’s pride in athletics, this time focusing much on Club Games in Australia in 2018 and Tokyo Olympic Games of 2020.

The campaign, most often reportedly to concentrate on athletics as major medal hopefuls, followed by boxing as a sport that previously helped Tanzania win it medals in major events, is promising to succeed if the government continues to back it.

Out of focus, despite doing fine at the moment, is swimming whose athletes have shown remarkable progress in recent days. It was reported recently that eighty records were broken in the National Swimming Championship held at Haven of Peace School in Dar es Salaam.

Very impressing, were two upcoming athletes, Sonia Tumiotto and Collins Saliboko who dominated most of the races. The swimmers, who are products of Saint Felix School in United Kingdom, have managed to break more than five national records in the event that featured more than 200 swimmers from Dar es Salaam and upcountry.

Sonia broke 10 national swimming records while Collins broke six of them. Aliasger Karimjee, also a student of the UK- based, Saint Felix School, managed to break two records for swimmers 17 years and above.

It was good to learn that athletes attributed their success to good and professional trainers at the school, whom they said, helped them to succeed. Something worth to focus on as per the swimmers’ revelation is proper diet.

They said apart from training, they were provided a balanced diet as per consultation with dietitians. Since most of the young swimmers are still in tender ages, we would like them to start training seriously with psychological focus on the Club Games and Olympics.

The swimming body should work closely with these youthful record breakers and their parents to groom them into future world stars. We would also like to advise the athletes to train hard after school hours, keep competing in many competitions while keeping focus on coming games.


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Liberia: Bwi Starts Training Farmers in Agriculture

By Webmaster Admin

AgriCorps Founder Trent McKnight sees farmers and students studying Agriculture Science as the noble ones that want to feed the nation

Some of the farmers who participated, and the students, want the training go across Margibi to include farmers in other districts

The administration of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County has introduced a new program in Agriculture Science.

The program aims to enlighten the minds of local farmers and gardeners on agricultural practices, which will continuously be demonstrated with presentations and students/farmers classified into several distinct groups. Each of the groups will discuss topics such as the protection of crops from disease and pest attacks, successful farming during the dry season, and how to add nutrients to the soil.

The first ever National Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) extension program, over the weekend, hosted a day-long seminar that brought together farmers, gardeners and BWI students.

The idea for the NDA seminar, according to Abraham Wowah, BWI’s Post Secondary and Professional Program (PSPP) Coordinator, stemmed from the establishment of the PSPP as instructed by BWI principal and chief executive officer, Harris Fomba Tarnue, a year ago.

The NDA came about as a result of the PSPP wanting the senior students majoring in agriculture to put into practice what they have learned in the class a few months ago.

Mr. Wowah said the NDA’s primary focus is to access difficulties the students face as well as to evaluate them to overcome future challenges in the field of agriculture extension.

“It seeks to acquire feedbacks from the public as to the students’ performances and to also capacitate senior students, who are subsequently preparing for the job market,” Wowah added.

He said the PSPP came into existence based on the instruction from Mr. Tarnue to integrate the agriculture vocational training program with the NDA. The program, he said, also offers short-term courses in computer literacy, labor union affairs and entrepreneurship.

Saturday’s seminar was facilitated by Mrs. Anna Glenn, AgriCorps Fellow, who has been working with the program since September 2016. She is assisted by her husband, Nathan Glenn, a teacher of an agriculture extension class. Mr. Glenn organized and also co-facilitated the seminar.

In separate remarks, the couple said they were gratified to work with the students and the small group of farmers who attended the training. They both are of the opinion that the program will grow to the next level of farming.

AgriCorps Founder and head of Agri Fellow at BWI, Trent McKnight, encouraged the participants to stay focused, “because farming itself is a noble enterprise, even though to grow more food to feed the family and the nation is challenging.”

Mr. McKnight urged them to consider themselves very important, nothing that if food is in short supply, the nation would suffer and the people will starve.

In 2013, McKnight founded AgriCorps, a Peace Corps type organization that connects American agriculture volunteers to the demand for school-based agricultural education in developing countries.

He is a lifelong rancher and businessman in Throckmorton, Texas, USA, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics and Comparative Politics from Oklahoma State University and The London School of Economics, respectively. He is a past national president of the Future Farmers of America.

He has served as an agriculture advisor to the U.S. Military in Iraq, agricultural economist to the United Nations in West Africa and chairman of the United States Department Agriculture Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Agriculture, rural Texas and international development are his passions. He is assigned at BWI playing similar roles in the Agriculture Department.

At the end of the seminar, BWI awarded each of the participants a certificate of participation.

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