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Dodoma Land Lease Extended to 99 Years

By Sunday News Reporter

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday directed Dodoma regional authorities to form a committee that will work on changing land occupancy duration in the region from 33 to 99 years.

The Head of State issued the directive at Dodoma Airport when he met with various regional leaders led by Regional Commissioner (RC) Jordan Rugimbana, National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai and Minister for Works , Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa.

According to the President, the committee will comprise of members from the Regional Commissioner’s Office, the Office of the National Assembly Speaker, Ministry of Works , Transport and Communication, Dodoma Town Council Director and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Director General.

He said that Dodoma is the only region facing problems on issues related to land ownership, because its land occupancy certificates are valid for 33 years instead of 99 years, thus stalling development of the area such as investments.

“Dodoma is still facing a major problem on issues related to land ownership, certificates of all land plots which have been leased are valid for 33 years … we cannot attain our industrialisation drive or attract investors whose certificate of land occupancy is valid for 33 years,” he said.

He added that “it will be difficult for investors with a guarantee of 33 years to access loans from the banks … I think this is one of the laws which discouraged the construction of many factories in the region.”

Meanwhile, the President has also accepted the request by University of Dodoma (UDOM) to relieve it from paying land rent debt of more than 2bn/- it owes Capital Development Authority (CDA). “This university is not doing business but rather providing education to many Tanzanians, most of them from poor families .

“The country laws governing land give power to the President to oversee the resource in the country. Basing on these laws I am giving special offer to UDOM to be relieved of the debt,” he said.

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Democratic Party Leaders in Luweero Defy Police On Meeting

By Dan Wandera

Luweero — Democratic Party leaders in Luweero District have vowed to defy a police directive stopping the planned meeting for party leaders in the area scheduled to take place at their offices in Wobulenzi Town on Friday.

Mr Erasto Kibirango the Democratic Party Chairman for Luweero District says the police cannot be serious to direct them from holding the meeting simply because an education institute located three miles away is holding a graduation ceremony.

He says such directives indicate that the force has lost its mandate of protecting its citizens and now acts in the interest of some individuals.

“We shall not honor the police directive stopping our planned meeting on Friday. We informed the police in time. We are surprised that the Luweero District Police Commander is referring us to his boss the IGP for clearance,” Mr Kibirango said on Thursday.

He said they have “important matters” to discuss as members of DP in Luweero District.

“There is no law that bars us from inviting the party leaders from other parts of the country which possibly explains the police panicky behavior. We have already informed our party leaders in and outside Luweero to remain vibrant and engage in peaceful party activities,” he said. “We shall defend our constitutional rights to assemble in a peaceful way. We played our part by informing the police and not seeking permission. It’s incumbent upon the police the DPC to inform his boss and not the party officials in Luweero District.”

The Daily Monitor has seen a copy of a police letter addressed to Luweero DP party leader where Mr Paul Wataka the District Party Commander directs DP leaders in Luweero to seek clearance from the office of the IGP.

The same letter states that Friday is not suitable for the planned meeting since the police will be busy at a graduation function for Bukalasa Agriculture College.

In an interview with this reporter, Luweero DPC Mr Wataka confirmed writing a letter to Luweero DP leaders on what they are supposed to do.

“The message is very clear. It is not true that we are partisan as they claim, Mr Wataka said on Thursday.

On Sunday the Police in Masaka District blocked a rally organised by a section of DP leaders in Masaka District.

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TPB Bank Pretax Profit Increases in Q1

By Abduel Elinaza

TPB Bank has almost doubled pretax profit in quarter one of this year thanks to net interest, thus cementing further its bid to list on Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) main market.

The bank, formerly known as Tanzania Postal Bank, posted a pretax profit of 6.82bn/- up from 3.99bn/- of the same quarter last year. The profit was mainly attributed to the net interest income that increased by 50 per cent to 15.83bn/- from 10.56bn/- after loans and advances went up by 4.4 per cent.

The leading bank in group lending showed interest to list on DSE main market in a bid to raise a working capital of between 70bn/- and 100bn/-. TPB is fully owned by government. The bank profitability pushed up earnings per share by 46 per cent to 237/- in the first three months of this year from 162/- of similar period last year.

At the end of March the bank assets grew by over 27bn/- to clock 427.54bn/-, pushed, mainly by loans and advances that increased 4.4 per cent to 310.27bn/-.

The loans growth was the outcome of customer deposits increase 8.0 per cent to 315bn/- from 292bn/-. Like many banks, TBP also is struggling with nonperforming loans after its ratio to total gross loans climbed 5.33 per cent form 4.04 per cent of last December.

NPLs amount reached 17.12bn/- from 12.42bn/- compelling the bank to set aside 1.6bn/- for impairment losses on loans and advances against 1.0bn/- of previous period. The bank maintained the same number of branches but increases its workforce to 710 staff from 660 staff at the end of last March.

TPB started as Tanganyika Postal Office Savings Bank in 1925. Last March, the bank was incorporated under the Companies Act (Cap 212) as TPB Bank PLC since it was established by the Tanzania Postal Bank Act No. 11 of 1991.

Tanzania

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Tanzania: Blocked Kenya Bound Doctors Ordered to Report Within 14 Days

Photo: The Citizen

Doctors during operation (file photo).

By John Namkwahe

Few days after President John Magufuli ordered employment, locally, of 258 doctors who initially registered to work in Kenya, the government on Friday published the names of doctors and areas where they have been posted.

Notice issued by the government asked the doctors to report to their respective duty stations within 14 days from the date of the announcement.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr Mpoki Ulisubsya indicated in a statement that some of doctors will work under President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government and others will be under the ministry.

According to the statement, the doctors have been directed to report with their original birth certificates, original secondary education certificates, their professional certificates, certificates issued by Medical Council of Tanzania and two passport size photos.

According to the government plans, doctors aged below 45 years will be offered permanent contracts they will be directly enrolled in the pension fund while those aged above 45 will be offered a two year contract employment which can be renewed.

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Doctors Blocked From Kenya, Told to Report in 2 Weeks

Photo: The Citizen

Doctors during operation (file photo).

By John Namkwahe

Few days after President John Magufuli ordered employment, locally, of 258 doctors who initially registered to work in Kenya, the government on Friday published the names of doctors and areas where they have been posted.

Notice issued by the government asked the doctors to report to their respective duty stations within 14 days from the date of the announcement.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr Mpoki Ulisubsya indicated in a statement that some of doctors will work under President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government and others will be under the ministry.

According to the statement, the doctors have been directed to report with their original birth certificates, original secondary education certificates, their professional certificates, certificates issued by Medical Council of Tanzania and two passport size photos.

According to the government plans, doctors aged below 45 years will be offered permanent contracts they will be directly enrolled in the pension fund while those aged above 45 will be offered a two year contract employment which can be renewed.

Tanzania

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

By Janeth Mesomapya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Govt Warns Investors to Follow Country’s Labour Laws

Photo: The Citizen

Construction workers in Tanzania.

By Rose Athumani

Dodoma — The government, yesterday, sternly warned investors who do not observe the country’s labour laws, including blacklisting workers and using humiliating methods when searching their employees.

The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Mr Anthony Mavunde, said his office has received numerous complaints of workers being humiliated during searching, while some are blacklisted, making it difficult for them to get work in other mines.

“When investors express interest to invest in the country, they are usually availed information on the country’s laws and regulations. Mr Mavunde said labour laws do not allow blacklisting of workers or using humiliating methods to search them such as making them strip and inspect their private parts.

“This is violation of human rights and measures will be taken against those found doing this.” The Deputy Minister was responding to a supplementary question from Joyce Mukya (Special Seats–Chadema) who wanted to know if there was an alternative method of searching workers instead of humiliating them such as what is currently being done at Tanzanite One in Arusha.

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Mr Mavunde confirmed that he received such reports when he visited Tanzanite One in Arusha and issued directives, and a report by a committee formed to investigate mines in the country will shade more light on weather that method is still being used or not.Earlier, the Deputy Minister said his office continues to oversee implementation of labour laws through conducting inspections at workplace. “Labour law education is also dispensed to workers and workers’ unions in an effort to increase their knowledge on the issue.Measures have been taken including dragging to court, employers who go against the laws,” he explained. Mr Mavunde was responding to a basic question from John Kadutu (Ulyankulu – CCM), who wanted to know when the government will conduct inspection of contracts of companies contracted by mines and if the government will remove employers who humiliate their employees.The Deputy Minister said the government formed a taskforce comprising officers from the PMO, National Social Security Fund, Social Security Regulatory Authority, OSHA, Tanzania Revenue Authority and Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) to conduct in-depth assessment on whether labour laws are being implemented, among other issues, in the Lake Zone and Northern mines.”The government recognizes the importance of investors in increasing job opportunities to Tanzanians as well as contributing to the country’s economic growth. We will continue to ensure labour laws are implemented at workplaces,” he stressed.More on ThisTanzania Among Top Countries for Investment

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DCB Bank Sets Foot in Dodoma

Dodoma — The DCB Bank has inaugurated its new branch in the designate capital-Dodoma, with a call to entrepreneurs and the entire business community in the region to use the opportunity to expand their activities.

The bank which among other targets to empower entrepreneurs through issuing them loans at competitive interest rates, focuses to reach 4,500 entrepreneurs between this month and December, according to the Bank’s Managing Director, Mr Edmund Mkwawa.

Speaking at the opening ceremony that was also attended by the Minister in the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government, Mr George Simbachawene, the MD said they target to reach other remaining six districts in the regions by October this year.

The MD said the bank started business as a regional microfinance institution in 2002 and the following year it was issued with a licence to carry out banking business. According to Mr Mkwawa, the bank was listed to the Dar es Salaam Stock of Exchange (DSE) in 2008, making it the first financial institution to be listed to the stock market.

He said the bank has been steadily growing, noting that the deposits have reached 117.5bn/- up from 1.8bn/- recorded in 2002. Mr Mkwawa asserted that during its operation, the bank has been able to dish out 526.4bn/- as loans to 467,851 customers, promising that providing loans to its customers is one of its main role.

In this year, Mr Mkwawa noted that the bank aims at recording 3.2bn/- as profit after tax and issue loans to its customers amounting to about 105bn/-.

He appealed to the residents to build confidence on the bank, insisting that it remains one of the best financial institutions which offer good services to its customers.

The Vice Chairman of the Board, Prof Lucian Msambichaka, said Dodoma becomes their first branch outside Dar es Salaam, where they have been operating for the past 15 years. He thanked Dar es Salaam region leadership for cooperating with the bank in various areas and said they expected the same from Dodoma regional authorities.

Prof Msambichaka promised that the bank will continue with its mission of ensuring that it contributes to the economic and social development in Tanzania for Individual, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Corporate by developing specialised financial products and services.

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Tanzania: DCB Bank Sets Foot in Dodoma

Dodoma — The DCB Bank has inaugurated its new branch in the designate capital-Dodoma, with a call to entrepreneurs and the entire business community in the region to use the opportunity to expand their activities.

The bank which among other targets to empower entrepreneurs through issuing them loans at competitive interest rates, focuses to reach 4,500 entrepreneurs between this month and December, according to the Bank’s Managing Director, Mr Edmund Mkwawa.

Speaking at the opening ceremony that was also attended by the Minister in the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government, Mr George Simbachawene, the MD said they target to reach other remaining six districts in the regions by October this year.

The MD said the bank started business as a regional microfinance institution in 2002 and the following year it was issued with a licence to carry out banking business. According to Mr Mkwawa, the bank was listed to the Dar es Salaam Stock of Exchange (DSE) in 2008, making it the first financial institution to be listed to the stock market.

He said the bank has been steadily growing, noting that the deposits have reached 117.5bn/- up from 1.8bn/- recorded in 2002. Mr Mkwawa asserted that during its operation, the bank has been able to dish out 526.4bn/- as loans to 467,851 customers, promising that providing loans to its customers is one of its main role.

In this year, Mr Mkwawa noted that the bank aims at recording 3.2bn/- as profit after tax and issue loans to its customers amounting to about 105bn/-.

He appealed to the residents to build confidence on the bank, insisting that it remains one of the best financial institutions which offer good services to its customers.

The Vice Chairman of the Board, Prof Lucian Msambichaka, said Dodoma becomes their first branch outside Dar es Salaam, where they have been operating for the past 15 years. He thanked Dar es Salaam region leadership for cooperating with the bank in various areas and said they expected the same from Dodoma regional authorities.

Prof Msambichaka promised that the bank will continue with its mission of ensuring that it contributes to the economic and social development in Tanzania for Individual, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Corporate by developing specialised financial products and services.

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Burundi Still Unsafe for Refugees Return, Says Uganda

Photo: Daily Monitor

Refugees (file photo).

Burundi is not yet safe for the return of its nationals who sought refuge in neighbouring countries, says Uganda’s minister for Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hillary Onek.

Onek says the Burundian refugees in Uganda will not go back any time soon despite attempts by their government to persuade them to return.

In February, a delegation from Burundi was in Kampala to persuade their nationals to return home claiming the country is now safe and peaceful.

The team was led by the Burundian minister for Interior and Patriotic Education, Pascal Barandagiye who said the refugees would now return voluntarily.

Now, Onek says the refugees are not going back since Burundi is still unstable. In an interview with URN, Onek said although the Ugandan government had initiated plans to repatriate the refugees, they will go at will when the situation gets better.

Onek stated that Burundi was only playing diplomacy to shape the image of the country by claiming it is now stable. Bornwell Kantande, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Resident Coordinator states that refugees can only go back when they are assured of their safety and security.

He says when the time comes, they will facilitate and monitor the return of the refugees.

There’s been chaos in Burundi since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term of office in violation of the constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement.

The agreement was signed between different warring parties and the government to end a decade-long civil war. Since 2015, more than 500 people have been killed and about 400,000 have fled to neighbouring countries.

According to the UNHCR, more than 384,000 Burundian refugees have fled to Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since the outbreak of violence in Bujumbura.

Uganda, presently hosts 45,000 Burundian refugees while another 32,650 are living in the DRC. Rwanda is reported to be hosting up to 84,866 refugees. The refugees in Uganda are mainly hosted at Nakivale refugee resettlement camp in Isingiro district.

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