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Sudan: Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Inaugurates Shikha Aisha Town for Orphans

Damar — Sheikh Thani bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani on Tuesday inaugurated the sheikha Aisha town for orphans in Damar town, Shamalia State, in the presence of the Assistant of the President of the Republic Gen Abdul Rahaman Sadeq Al Mahdi and as the Governor of Nahr Nil State

The governor expressed appreciation for the role played by Qatar in effecting so m any charity acts in the state beside its socio-political contributions in the Sudan in the various domains.

He said the town has made so many orphans and their families happy.

He referred to other contributions by Qatar in the domain of achieving peace in Darfur and in persevering the Sudanese’s cultural heritage in northern Sudan beside the development projects inaugurated in Darfur.

The Minister of Social Welfare and social security Mashaair Al Dawalab has on her part commended Qatar people and government for establishing and Funding Development and service projects and programmes all over the country, pointing out the directives and decisions of the president of the republic that orphans receive full medical care and coverage saying her ministry is still working to implement those presidential directives

The executive president of the Qatari Charity organization Yusuf Bin Ahmed Al Kawari has said efforts would continue in implementing more projects and programme in a way that would boost the relations between the two people of the two countries

The Universe of Nahr Nil has meanwhile granted an Honorary Doctorate for Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The town was officially handed to the Governor of the State, while some token distributions for houses to orphans families were made.

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Museveni Throws Out Officials On Qatar Trip

Photo: PPU/Daily Monitor

Visiting. President Museveni and the First Lady Janet being received by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (right), the Amir of the state of Qatar at his residence (Emir Dewani). Left is Sam Kutesa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

By Frederic Musisi

Kampala — President Museveni single-handedly picked the list of government officials in the delegation accompanying him to a three-day State visit to oil producing Qatar in the Middle East, according to highly placed sources.

The President, who left for Qatar on Tuesday afternoon with his wife Janet, sources said, threw out a list of officials from the ministries of Labour, Agriculture, Energy and the usual long line of protocol officers who had lined up for the trip, opting to unusually travel with a lean team comprising select officials from Foreign Affairs and Finance. The President’s delegation usually varies from time to time depending on the nature of the trip and assignments at hand.

A technical team was in Qatar much earlier shuffling back and forth over the MoU paper work but sources intimated the President could have dropped some officials premised on his “Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo” (era of no-compromise) sloganeering, in which he signaled government starting to show some seriousness. During this year’s Liberation Day celebrations, the President rapped officials for excess travels, even where assignments can be executed by a small team, a practice he said should stop.

At the Hamad International Airport in the capital Doha, Mr Museveni was received by out-going ambassador to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) Dr Ssemuddu Yahaya who was reassigned to Tehran (Iran), and Qatari minister for Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi.

Yesterday, the President held bilateral talks with the Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani at his residence, who expressed interest in exploring investment opportunities in Uganda and proposed that the two countries create a coordination team led by two ministers to oversee this prospect.

“We can work in two ways, through government and the private sector,” President Museveni was quoted in a statement issued by his press secretary Linda Nabusayi.

“The private sector can invest and process food, textiles, minerals and tourism while government cooperation can look at energy, roads, technical education, innovations and industrial parks.”

The President, who specifically tapped junior Finance minister in charge of Investment Evelyn Anite to coordinate the Qatar-Uganda business interests, said the two countries could as well cooperate in the fields of Energy and Infrastructure.

Premier Abdullah bin Nasser, according to the statement, indicated that with his country hosting the World Cup tournament in 2022, Ugandans could as well take advantage of the migrant labour wave sweeping into the country to tap into the immense jobs available, especially with construction of stadiums and other amenities.

Earlier, the President held a meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, where they witnessed the signing of four MoUs between Uganda and Qatar in the spheres of defence signed by Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa and Qatari defence minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, and on political consultations also signed by Mr Kutesa and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

Other MoUs, on reciprocal cooperation in the protection of investments was signed by Finance minister Matia Kasaija and Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani, the Qatari minister for economy and commerce, and cooperation in agriculture also signed by Mr Kutesa and Sheihk Mohammad Al Rumaihi, the minister for Municipality and Environment.

Later, Mr Museveni and his wife held a meeting with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, the chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, a non-profit organisation.

The meeting discussed investments in Uganda, especially in education. The Foundation previously, has been working with the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, founded by US Actor Forrest Whitaker, in empowering youth in Northern Uganda.

CUF Legislators Boycott Sakaya’s Contribution

By Alawi Masare

Dodoma — Some CUF legislators on Monday evening walked out of the debating chamber, leaving behind only two of them, following a party crisis.

The party is split into two groups – one led by the embattled national chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba and the other by secretary-general Seif Sharif Hamad.

Recently, Prof Lipumba announced Kaliua MP Magdalena Sakaya as acting secretary-general as the camp claimed Mr Hamad had failed to perform his duties.

The other camp also had suspended Ms Sakaya from party membership. When Ms Sakaya was about to contribute to budget debate, the MPs walked out of the debating chamber, leaving her behind and Maftah Nachuma (Mtwara Town).

Ms Sakaya used the chance to clear the air over the allegations raised by MPs against the political party registrar and her appointment. “Some MPs have been distorting issues here and I want to say that the registrar was correct and I was legally appointed as acting secretary-general,” she said. However, Mr Ally Salehe said in a hand written note that they had to leave the House in protest.

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Zanzibar President Shares Facts On 2015 Zanzibar Election Re-Run

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Zanzibar election.

Zanzibar President and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council Ali Mohamed Shein disclosed yesterday that he failed to reach an agreement with his fellow presidential aspirant in the 2015 election, Mr Seif Sharrif Hamad of Civic United Front (CUF), after the latter rejected the re-run as directed by the electoral body.

“We in Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) went into the negotiation table with a clear spirit and had wanted the election to be repeated; but Mr Hamad was against this idea much as the first election was marred with irregularities,” Dr Shein revealed yesterday.

President Shein made the disclosure during an exclusive televised interview with a private station, Azam TV, which was hosted by veteran presenter Tido Mhando. Dr Shein stressed that the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) was an independent entity operating without influence from any public or private institution.

The electoral body in Zanzibar nullified presidential and House of Representatives’ election held on October 29, 2015 due to a number of irregularities and called for a rerun in March, 2016, which was boycotted by Mr Seif Sharif Hamad and his party.

During the re-run, Dr Shein was declared the winner after he scooped 299,982 votes against just 6,076 or 1.9 per cent for his main rival from CUF.

Asked why ZEC cancelled the poll in Zanzibar and yet the National Electoral Commission (NEC) continued with the process, Dr Shein explained that the two electoral bodies operate under separate legislations and constitutions.

“Returning officers at ZEC noted the shortfalls in the election in Zanzibar; these officials are not responsible for the Union presidential and parliamentary polls,” Dr Shein explained.

The Isles leader said he was not moved by continued global tours by Mr Hamad in discrediting the election, stressing that “the decision by ZEC cannot be contested by any local or international institution.”

Meanwhile, President Shein explained that the process for introducing a new constitution in Tanzania will be attained but without “pressure from any groups inside or outside the country.” “President John Magufuli will have to engage me in the process but this will be done without pressure from anyone,” Dr Shein explained.

On the other hand, Dr Shein warned party leaders within CCM, who are working ‘behind the scenes’ to set the ground for them to succeed him in 2020, noting that it was not the right time yet.

“CCM has procedures in regard to these positions and all those going around should wait for the right time,” he advised.

President Shein noted as well that he was not vouching any leader to assume the presidency when his terms ends in 2020, since it is only the party that can nominate a candidate to vie for the position.

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Zanzibar Polls Crisis Unfolds in 2016

Photo: The Citizen

CUF presidential candidate Seif Shariff Hamad and his CCM counterpart, Dr Ali Mohammed Shein.

By Athuman Mtulya

Dar es Salaam — Around mid-day Wednesday, October 28, 2015 the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairman, Mr Jecha Salim Jecha, appeared in front of live cameras, with one unprecedented piece of information: the results of Zanzibar presidential and House of Reps elections, which were conducted three days earlier as part of the Tanzania General Election have been annulled.

According to Mr Jecha, there were massive irregularities that compromised the credibility of the polls, so the results had to be nullified. The move sent a country in a state of numbness and disbelief. Yes, the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago has a history of troubled elections since the return of multiparty elections in 1995 (with exception of 2010 where Zanzibar witnessed its only peaceful election) it never reached a point where results had to be annulled.

Tension mounted, the main Opposition party CUF came out insisting that it had won while the ruling party CCM accepted the nullification of the results. The international community refused to accept the nullification of results and called on ZEC to continue with tallying process. While the crisis was born in late October of 2015, its aftermath unfolded in 2016 and affected the socio-political and economic engagements for the isles and Tanzania as whole.

Amidst all the fuss, CUF presidential candidate Seif Shariff Hamad and his CCM counterpart, Dr Ali Mohammed Shein, were engaged in a marathon of closed-door meetings aimed at ending the impasse. About eight meetings were held between November 2015 and early January 2016, and were also attended by former Zanzibar presidents, but no deal was reached and the meetings ended in disarray.

In late January, Mr Jecha came out again and announced that on March 20, a rerun of polls would take place. The announcement was highly criticised by the Opposition and international community.

Uneasy calm

President John Magufuli took over office in November, last year and expressed his strong belief that the political situation in Zanzibar would be settled amicably. However, in February, he addressed Dar es Salaam elders and told them that he was not going to meddle with the matter, stressing that ZEC was an independent body. He then issued a warning, saying that as the Commander-in-Chief, he would make sure that Zanzibar remains peaceful and whoever tried to cause trouble, would be dealt with accordingly.

Generally speaking, the situation seemed to be quiet and peaceful, but beneath the veneer of calmness lied fear and uncertainty.

Attacks allegedly perpetuated by militia group called “Zombies” to civilians mostly affiliated to Opposition were reported. Stories of militias during elections in Zanzibar are not new, in previous years there was another group called Janjaweed. Zombies, like Janjaweed before it, are all said to have been formed and operated jointly by CCM and security forces to intimidate Opposition supporters.

This reporter, who was based in Zanzibar at that time, traced some of the victims of Zombies attacks. However, none of them, regardless of the degree of attack, reported to police, claiming that the militia and police are one and tehe same. That was a perfect excuse for police not to pursue on the militia, saying it was just a myth, since no single attack was officially reported to authorities.

There was then reports of bomb blasts, the first one in the narrow streets of Stone Town, then followed one at popular CCM joint, Kisonge Branch office and the last one at the residence of the Isles police boss Hamdan Omar Makame. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported in all three incidents.

Over 40 people, including two high level CUF leaders, were arrested in connection with the bombings but they were all later released without being charged. According to CUF, the bombs were but an insider job aimed at giving security organs legitimacy to crack down on the Opposition.

As repeat election date neared, security presence both by police and soldiers from Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) was heavily boosted in the archipelago.

The outcome

The polls were repeated on March 20 but CUF boycotted them, enabling the CCM to register a landslide win of 91 per cent in presidency and bagged all 54 elective seats in the House of Reps.

After the breakdown of internal negotiations CUF led by Mr Hamad sought foreign intervention. The earlier attempt was made three weeks after the annulment of the October polls when Mr Hamad wrote to Pope Francis asking for his intervention, telling him in the letter that the political impasse was threatening peace and religious tolerance in the Isles. After the March return polls, which were faulted by among others the US, EU and Commonwealth, Mr Hamad embarked on shuttle diplomacy where he travelled to the US and UK addressing the Zanzibar situation at different liberals’ conventions. CUF also called for foreign powers to issue travel ban and freeze assets of all individuals within CCM and the government who took part in “raping democracy” in the isles.

The biggest blow to the government and success to CUF as far as the Zanzibar fiasco is concerned was the suspension of aid funds by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The MCC board in late March suspended the $472 million (nearly Sh1 trillion) for development projects in the country sighting the isles political impasse.

CUF also called for its supporters to passively resist the Dr Shein regime, and leading by example Mr Hamad refused to shake hands with him in August when they met during the funeral of former Zanzibar President Aboud Jumbe. Recently, Mr Hamad told journalists that the ongoing wrangles within the party were planted by the government using the embattled CUF Chairman, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, to shift his focus from challenging the government especially with foreign visits.

Police Block CUF Meeting in Mtwara On Security Grounds

By Haika Kimaro

Mtwara — Police in Newala District were yesterday forced to suspend an internal meeting of CUF leaders on fears that it could have degenerated into chaos because of dispute involving two camps within the Opposition party.

Police blocked the meeting following what they called indications of imminent clash between leaders who support embattled party chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba against a rival camp backing reigning secretary general Seif Sharif Hamad.

Tandahimba Member of Parliament Katani Katani, who is also member of the CUF national governing council, confirmed that the police had taken the move noting that they were saddened by it as it was unwarranted.

“We had secured permits to conduct the meeting but an hour before it begun we received a message that the meeting has been cancelled by police for security concerns,” he said.

He said as if that was not enough police arrived at the building where they were planning to hold their meeting and started to disperse the people. The lawmaker hinted that the meeting was called off after some members who support Prof Lipumba lobbied to the law enforcement organ to have their meeting annulled. Things are not well in Newala. We had sent a report that we will hold an internal meeting and we were okayed only to be dispersed by the police as we were about to begin,” he said.

In another development, CUF secretary general Hamad yesterday assured party supporters that efforts to amicably resolve the political stalemate in Zanzibar were promising. Speaking with hundreds of supporters after praying at Kihinani Mosque in Magharibi A District, Mr Hamad hinted that the efforts involved international mediation teams.

“If you want to know where we have reached with efforts to reconcile I can tell you that we have reached a very promising stage despite efforts by some people to derail them,” he said.

Additional reporting by Hassan Ali in Zanzibar

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Lipumba Sympathisers Offer to Mend Rift

Dar es Salaam — Members of the Civic United Front (CUF) board of trustees, who sympathise with Ibrahim Lipumba over the party’s chairmanship have volunteered to reconcile professor with secretary-general Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad.

This was revealed after four members of the CUF board of trustees held a meeting at the party’s headquarters in Buguruni on Tuesday.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Peter Malebo. Other members included Yohana Mbelwa, Amini Mrisha and Zakaria Kwangu. Speaking to reporters, Mr Malebo said the board was confident that it would reconcile the leaders. Meanwhile other board members in favour of Mr Hamad held a meeting in Zanzibar recently and said they wouldn’t recognise Prof Lipumba as the party’s chairman.

Commenting on the Zanzibar meeting Mr Malebo said the meeting didn’t meet legal requirements. He said as per the party’s constitution for the board to pass any decision at least half of the members have be present at a meeting. According to him, only four board members attended the Zanzibar meeting less than half of the nine members.

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Muslim Community Urged to Champion Crime Prevention

By Staff Reporter

The Muslim community in Nyabihu district have been called upon to preach and join efforts against crimes to promote safety and security.

Inspector of Police (IP) Jean Pierre Karegeya made the call during a meeting with Muslim leaders and representatives in Nyabihu, which focused on strengthening partnership in community policing and raising awareness against radicalization in particular.

It was also attended by Sheikh Hamad Iyakaremye of the Western Province.

“As the world continues to evolve in development so are crimes, and fighting them requires strong and practical partnership at all levels including faith-based groups,” said IP Karegeya.

“As exemplary leaders in your respective mosques, you should be the voice of change and crime prevention in particular.

Development means having focused people, protecting and building on what has been achieved,” he added.

Sheikh Iyakaremye appealed to participants to be characterized by the spirit of patriotism, be part of community policing and development adding that these are intended for their followers as well.

“We shouldn’t give room for anything that can tarnish the image of Islamic faith,” he noted.

Participants recommitted to strengthen their partnership with the police in raising awareness against crimes in their respective areas.

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Opposition Party’s National Congress Ended in Chaos

Dar es Salaam — The Civic United Front (CUF) National Congress held Sunday in the city to elect new party leadership exposed deep divisions in the opposition party as the resignation of former chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba was officially endorsed.

The Congress was postponed until further notice at around 8pm after chaos ensued inside the meeting hall. Delegates started hurling furniture at each other while uttering unsavoury words against CUF secretary general Seif Shariff Hamad.

The congress had been convened to fill the positions of party chairman and vice-chairman following the resignation of Prof Lipumba and Juma Haji Duni last year.

Before the election took off, delegates were asked to choose to either accept or reject Prof Lipumba’s resignation filed on in August last year as provided for by CUF Constitution.

The 832 delegates from both Tanzania Mainland and the Isles debated for hours before casting their votes. The results announced at around 6.30pm stated 476 delegates voted in favour of accepting Prof Lipumba’s resignation against 14 out of 625 who voted paving way for the election to go ahead.

Tensions were visibly high. Groups of people had gathered since morning singing and demonstrating outside the venue of the indoor meeting. Some carried banners decrying alleged injustice by the party establishment that didn’t want to see Prof Lipumba’s retake of the party chair. Security was tightened by heavy deployment of armed police and CUF youth groups famously known as Blue and White guards.

The Blue Pearl Hotel management, where the congress was held hired its own security to maintain peace.

The Congress started at 11am after the arrival in the meeting hall of acting chairman, Mr Twaha Tasilima, secretary general, Seif Shariff Hamad, deputy secretaries general Magdalena Sakaya (Mainland) and her Zanzibar counterpart Nassor Ahmed Mazrui.

Soon enough, chants were heard from groups of people outside the hall insisting that Prof Lipumba, who had not yet arrived at the venue, should be allowed to attend the Congress. The Prof arrived at 2.49pm and scores of CUF members escorted him to the conference hall.

The meeting resumed at 6pm and members went straight ahead to cast votes to accept or reject Prof Lipumba’s resignation. Pandemonium ensued after the results were announced. Some delegates protested, saying the CUF Constitution that requires a secret ballot for such an exercise had been violated.

The meeting was then adjourned due to the chaos. It resumed an hour later, but was postponed again at around 8pm after chaos resumed. Three party members had been endorsed by CUF supreme governing body in its Friday meeting to vie for the chairmanship. These were acting chairman Twaha Taslima, Mr Juma Shaaban Mkumbi and Mr Riziki Shahari Mngwali.

Other contestants include Abdul Omari Mzee, James Kija Mahangu, Joseph Magoigo Arobi, Salum Khalfan Baruani, Suleiman Hatibu and Zuberi Mohamed Kuchauka were axed.

CUF Election and Planning Director Shaweji Mketo, told reporters before the congress kicked off that Mussa Haji Kombo and Salim Abdallah Bimani had been approved to contest for the position of vice chairman after Juma Ameir Muchi and Juma Duni Haji withdrew their candidatures.

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Simba Held As Mgosi Hangs Boots

Mainland giants Simba yesterday wound up their pre-season preparations with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with visiting Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in a thrilling international friendly at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The closely-contested encounter saw the visitors taking a lead against the run of play in the 19th minute when Nkugwa Elkanah capitalized on poor defending by Simba rear players to beat keeper Vincent Agban with a close range effort.

But Simba drew level through the team’s industrious midfielder Jonas Mkude whose flicked header from a set piece nestled into the far post, giving goalie Mathias Muwanga no chance at all.

Both sides created a number of chances on the course of the closely contested game, but neither could alter the scoreline as both defences and their respective goalkeepers did the needful to their opponents at bay.

Simba, having secured a resounding 4-0 win over Kenya’s AFC Leopards in their previous game played last Monday, came into the fixture looking to maintain the feel-good factor that has surrounded the Msimbazi Street.

Despite a dominant start to the game, they almost conceded when the Uganda Revenue Authority side launched their first meaningful attack after 17 minutes.

Bokota Labama received the ball down the left flank following a swift counter attack and the brawny attacker charged into the box before unleashing a powerful low shot that sailed inches wide. If that did not send a warning note to Simba defenders, the next counter attack that came two minutes later did the real damage.

Labama took control of the ball on the left flank and teased his marker before swinging in a nice cross that Simba defenders failed to deal with allowing an unmarked Elkanah tap past helpless Agban. Simba were undeterred by going behind and kept pushing forward while ensuring that they kept possession.

Unlike eight days ago when they tore apart Leopards defence, they found it difficult to find a way through a rigid URA defence. Joseph Omog’s men could have drawn level after 26 minutes but Burundian Laudit Mavugo and Jamal failed to get at the end of Hamad Juma’s cross from the left wing.

Simba were not to be denied two minutes past the half hour mark. Juma was brought down as he charged down the left flank, allowing Mohamed Hussein take a free-kick that was flicked home by Mkude.

The second half was even more entertaining as both teams produced top quality performance with some eyecatching moves, but some resolute defending and excellent goalkeeping ensured the spoils were shared and deservedly so. It was the third year in a row Simba and URA were meeting at the National Stadium for a friendly build up.

URA won 1-0 in September 2014 and lost 2-1 early last year.

Simba used the fixture, their last build up ahead of the much hyped 2016/17 Mainland Premier League season, to bid farewell to their long serving striker Mussa Hassan ‘Mgosi’.

Hassan, who has been handed a team-manager role at the club, played for only three minutes before coming off. He marched around the stadium bidding farewell to the Reds supporters. Simba kick off the season with a home game to Ndanda FC on Saturday.

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