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Celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of the Union – the Worrying Challenges Which Faced the Union in the 53 Years of Its Existence

columnBy Pius Msekwa

BECAUSE the event of celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the Union which took place last month was a great and historical national event, I had decided to write two articles relating to that historical event.

The first of these was published last week, which briefly presented the relatively little known category of the ‘Union goals’.

This was done in response to the fact that a number of comments which were published in the News papers in commemoration of that event, had focused on the question whether or not, the Union had achieved its goals, Hence, in an attempt to answer that question, I explained what I believe were the actual goals of the Union ,which had been intended by the Union founding fathers themselves.

And because some of the published comments also referred to the ‘challenges’ which have been faced in this Union; this second article is focusing on the similarly ‘little known’ category of ‘challenges’, which have also faced this Union during the 53 years of its existence.

The ‘little known’ Union challenges. In ordinary day to day conversations, when people talk about the ‘challenges’ facing our Union, they usually have in mind those problem issues which are commonly referred to in Kiswahili as “kero za Muungano”.

This is probably what the Minister of State, Vice-President’s Office, Union and Environment, January Makamba also had in mind when he stated, in relation to the achievements made during the 53 years of the Union’s existence, that “the number of issues which were providing a challenge to the Union, had been reduced to only three, from the 15 which were reported in 2006”. That is, undoubtedly, a praise worthy achievement which we all acknowledge and applaud.

But “Kero za Muungano” could be fairly described in the English language as ‘Management challenges’, which are, generally, within the capability of the relevant authorities to resolve.

And that is why the majority of the ‘management challenges’ relating to our Union have been successfully resolved, as reported by the minister.

However, my point here is that apart from these ‘management issues’ (which are familiar and well-known to many of our readers), this Union has also, from time to time in the course of those 53 years, been faced with a variety of other, and even more serious challenges, which were much more worrying than the said ‘Management issues’.

But these are, because of their nature, unfortunately much less known to many of our readers. These are what I have described in the heading of this article as the “worrying challenges”, which also faced our Union at different times in the 53 years of its existence.

And that is the subject matter of my article today, mostly for the benefit of those of our readers who are particularly interested in the political history of our country. The ‘worrying’ challenges to the Union.

The sum total of challenges facing our Union during the past 53 years include the following: Diplomatic challenges (which emerged immediately after its inauguration in 1964).

These were soon followed by challenges emanating from the ‘enemies’ of the Union; and then followed the well-known internal ‘management’ challenges; which are actually still ongoing, simply because they are a direct product of relationships between ordinary human beings, who are all governed by ordinary human temper, which is part of human nature.

Since the ‘management challenges are well known, this article will focus only on the first two categories, which I have described as the ‘worrying’ challenges’. The worrying Diplomatic challenges.

I have previously had the opportunity of referring to the diplomatic challenges to our Union in an earlier article in this column. But, for the benefit of our readers who might have missed the previous presentation, I will just briefly re-state the facts of the relevant cases. There were two major incidences which occurred at the diplomatic level.

The first was in relation to the country’s diplomatic relations with West Germany (as it was known then); while the other incident was in respect of our diplomatic relations with the United States of America.

There were, at that time, two Germanys, known respectively as West Germany and East Germany. The diplomatic conflict with West Germany arose from that country’s strict application of their ‘Holstein Doctrine’, which prohibited it from maintaining diplomatic relations with any country in the world which had similar relations with East Germany.

The relevant facts are as follows: Immediately after the success of the January 12th Revolution, East Germany had established its Embassy in Zanzibar; while West Germany already had its Embassy in Tanganyika.

Thus, upon Tanganyika’s Union with Zanzibar in April 1964, the newly created United Republic of Tanzania found itself having Embassies of both West Germany and East Germany, a situation which clearly offended the said ‘ Holstein doctrine’ of West Germany, which therefore immediately responded by putting pressure on President Nyerere, urging him to close the East Germany Embassy in Zanzibar, and further threatening him that failure to do so would force West Germany to withdraw its military aid which was being provided to Tanganyika.

President Nyerere refused to succumb to such threats, and West Germany announced that it was withdrawing its military aid. But President Nyerere told the government of that country to withdraw not only their military aid, but “to take away all their other aid to Tanganyika” because, he solemnly declared, “Tanzania will not accept aid with strings attached”. That was indeed carried out.

This conflict obviously had a negative impact on the country’s diplomatic relations with West Germany. Then, quickly followed a similar conflict with the United States of America.

In November 1965, three letters, claimed to have been stolen from the Office of the Congolese Prime Minister Moise Tshombe, were handed to Tanzania’s Ambassador in Kinshasa, Andrew Tibandebage.

One of the letters revealed an alleged American secret plan “to bombard all the strategic locations being used by communist China in Tanganyika, and, as an alternative measure, to make arrangements to overthrow the Government of Mr Julius Nyerere in the manner being studied by the State Department”.

Ambassador Tibandebage dutifully presented the said documents to President Nyerere and to Foreign Minister Oscar Kambona. Kambona quickly called a Press conference in Dar es Salaam to condemn the documents, and to raise alarm about the alleged American plot.

This incident also produced a very negative impact on Tanzania’s diplomatic relations with the United States. But on his part, President Nyerere, who had apparently suspected that the said documents were probably forgeries, very skillfully brought the matter to a close by opening the door to a subsequent retraction, without undermining his government’s credibility.

In a speech he delivered at a planned demonstration to condemn the alleged American plot, President Nyerere explained that these documents could have been forgeries.

But, he said, even if they were forgeries, the government was sufficiently frightened by their contents, and therefore had to react strongly, because there have been other such seemingly forged documents which however, on proper investigation, actually turned out to be real and authentic. He, therefore, justified his Government’s strong reaction by quoting the well known Kiswahili proverb, which says (my translation) that “a person who has once been bitten by a snake, will be frightened when he encounters even a harmless dry palm leaf”.

The challenges imposed by the enemies of the Union. In his article titled “Nationalism and Pan-Africanism, which was published in September 1961, (at the height of the cold war); Mwalimu Nyerere described the ‘ enemies’ of African Unity in the following terms: “I believe the danger to African Unity is going to come from external sources which, whenever we start talking of creating larger units on the African continent (through the unification of some of our countries), we are quickly told that it cannot be done, and that such units will be ‘artificial’, and unworkable in practice.

And their applicable technique is very simple. One power block (among the cold war power blocks) labels any move towards African unity as a “communist plot”; but actually not because it is communist, but just because they do not like it.

Similarly, the opposing power block labels any such move towards African unity as an “imperialist plot”, not really because it is so, but because this block does not like it! What annoys me is not the use of these slogans by these power blocks, for this is something we normally expect from them. What infuriates me is that they do expect us to allow ourselves to be treated like a bunch of idiots!”

In this particular case, Mwalimu Nyerere was referring specifically to the external ‘enemies’. But with regard to the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, apart from such external enemies, there were also certain internal enemies who, at the material times when they sprang to their evil actions, and created immense worries to the top Union leadership.

There was, for example, the case of some very serious disinformation which was given to Union President Julius Nyerere in 1965, by two of his Ministers, Oscar Kambona and Abdallah Kassim Hanga, who together conspired to deliberately misinform President Nyerere, that Zanzibar President Abeid Amani Karume had just expelled from Zanzibar certain Union officials, who had been posted there to carry out their duties and responsibilities.

The two Ministers further said that such action which had been taken by President Karume, was ‘clear evidence’ that President Karume actually did not want this Union, but had only been forced into it.

The full story of this incident is told in a book by Sheikh Thabit Kombo, titled Masimulizi ya Sheikh Thabit Kombo (Dar es Salaam University Press, 1996).

This unexpected information, which President Nyerere apparently believed, perturbed him to such a high level that he decided to call an emergency meeting of the Union cabinet, in order to inform the Ministers about this grave matter, and actually to tell them that because President Karume did not want this Union, he himself would have absolutely no reason, nor justification, for forcing him to remain within it; and continued to inform the Ministers that they should therefore expect to hear, actually very soon, a solemn official statement announcing the dissolution of this Union.

It was as bad as that! But, as luck would have it, the matter was quickly resolved when President Karume was urgently contacted on that same night, and he vehemently denied having taken any such action as was alleged by the two manifest enemies of the Union.

Nigeria: Telecoms Sector Contributed 9% of GDP in First Quarter

By Adeyemi Adepetun

Nigeria’s telecommunications sector contributed about nine per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in quarter one of 2017. The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, who disclosed this, while giving a report on the sector in Lagos, yesterday, added that since the liberalisation of the industry, it has added about N15 trillion to the economy.

Danbatta, who explained that the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP increased from eight per cent in Q4 of 2016 to nine per cent in the New Year, noted that since his assumption of office as the EVC about 18 months ago, the industry has been adding between N1.43 Trillion and N1.45 Trillion to the economy quarterly.

The NCC EVC admitted that the quality of service offered by the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) has not been impressive, he however, said there was a major improvement in the first quarter.

According to him, the continued drop in service quality has really created a huge gap between consumers and the MNOs, “reason for some drop in subscriptions.”

He said the commission will review the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set for the operators to meet, with a resolve that any of the MNOs that failed to meet up will be adequately sanctioned.

Though the Commission was practically silent on when telecommunications services will possibly improve in the country, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, Sunday Dare, averred that the commission had already read a riot act on poor services, saying that the Q1 2017 KPI results is under review.

Dare said there is no deadline on improving QoS on the part of the operators, “but sanctions are available.” Speaking more on the continuos drop in telephone subscription in the country, the NCC EVC disclosed that the commission discovered that some subscribers are migrating from 3G to 4G/LTE, “so they rather use WhatsApp to communicate and even make free calls. Consumers are moving away from high tariff services to a more cheaper and free services.”

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President Sirleaf Receives Letters of Credence of New Ambassadors From Kuwait and Rwanda to Liberia – Extols the Strong Friendship and Partnership.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence of the new Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kuwait, H.E. Mathias Harebamungu and H.E. Mr. Mohammed Fadel Khalaf of Rwanda.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the two Ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Foreign Ministry Office of the Liberian leader in Monrovia.

Receiving the Letters of Credence of the new Ambassador of Kuwait, President Sirleaf recalled the strong friendship between the two countries, indicating how pleased she was to have made a State Visit of Kuwait in the past. She noted that Liberia has had strong support from Kuwait in the areas of road construction, port development, amongst others and expressed the gratitude of the Government and people of Liberia to the Kuwaiti.

“I was pleased to have received the former Prime Minister of Kuwait under whose leadership most of the interventions in Liberia were finalized. And with your assignment here, we look forward to strengthening the relationship and also anticipate residency of the Kuwaiti mission here in the future”, President Sirleaf indicated. She requested that consideration be given to other segments of the Gbarnga to Lofa road project because the corridor represents an important economic belt of the country.

For his part, Ambassador Harebamungu noted that his assignment to Liberia will remain forever a memory. He acknowledged the strong leadership exhibited by President Sirleaf particularly during the ebola crisis and during reconstruction of Liberia. He highlighted some of the interventions made in Liberia by Kuwait and assured that he will work harder for more support from Kuwait to Liberia’s development process.

Receiving the Letters of Credence of the new Ambassador of Rwanda to Liberia, President Sirleaf reflected on her work as Head of the Africa Bureau of the UNDP which took her to Rwanda on many occasion and expressed satisfaction on the level of progress made after the genocide.

She noted that President Kigame has been very positive about woman issues in his country and also taken up major roles at the Africa Union as a member of the Authority of Heads of State and Government. President Sirleaf also pointed out that Liberia can learn some lessons from Rwanda in several sectors including the information technology arena and concluded that the relationship between the two nations is very strong.

Also speaking, Rwanda’s Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Mohammed Fadel Khalaf noted that Rwanda is committed to its friendship with Liberia and appreciated President Sirleaf for her experience and quality of leadership.

“Let’s bring together our effort and energy to promote Africa and the relationship between our two countries and peoples”, he concluded.

In an unrelated development, President Sirleaf on Tuesday held a consultative meeting with the leadership of PATEL to acquaint herself with some of the concerns of the group. The consultative meeting was fruitful and sought to encourage dialogue as a means of resolving some of the outstanding issues of interest to the local business group.

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Namibia: Safe Motherhood Campaign On

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Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos

ONGWEDIVA Medipark has joined hands with the Office of the First Lady to undertake an annual initiative called the Safe Motherhood Campaign.

The project will be launched tomorrow at the Outapi Regional Council hall.

Ongwediva Medipark managing director Tshali Iithete said the campaign will focus on the health of expectant mothers and their unborn babies.

“In order to improve pregnancy outcomes, Namibia continues to experience a large number of newborns with low birth weights, which contributes to high infant mortality rates. This campaign was first launched in 2016 at the Ongwediva Medipark by First Lady Monica Geingos,” Iithete explained.

He said the aim of the campaign is to sensitise expectant mothers and their spouses on health issues during pregnancy, as well as to provide screening for common pregnancy-related health issues.

Dr Fatma Suleiman, a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, added that during the inaugural campaign in 2016, more than 250 women received free antenatal screening. Anaemia – low blood haemoglobin levels – was detected in most of the mothers who were screened.

“This phenomenon of low haemoglobin can be attributed to poor nutrition during pregnancy, and can subsequently result in multiple problems during pregnancy as well as causing babies to be born with low birth weight.

“The mothers with significant health problems detected during screening, such as infections or anaemia, were provided with initial treatment, and if necessary referred for further follow-ups,” Suleiman stated.

This year’s event will be graced by Geingos as the main speaker. There will also be various speakers to focus on contraception, nutrition, danger signs during pregnancy, and other pregnancy-related topics.

The aim is to reach as many mothers and their spouses as possible with the message on the importance of safe motherhood.

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Tea Cooperative Manager Arrested Over Rwf30 Million

Police in Nyamasheke District are holding the former manager of COTEGA, a cooperative of tea farmers, in connection with embezzling about Rwf30 million.

Damien Ndababonye was arrested over the weekend following an investigation that was initiated by the current management and members.

COTEGA cooperative has close to 3400 tea farmers.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Théobald Kanamugire, Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that concerned members of the cooperative filed the case of “gross abuse of office by some current and former cooperative leaders.”

“During investigations we found that Ndababonye, while he was still the manager of the COTEGA, allegedly used Rwf30 million of the cooperative to buy a vehicle. He was arrested and the vehicle (Double cabin) impounded pending further investigations,” CIP Kanamugire said.

“Members of the cooperative claimed that the vehicle was purchased without their consent as the norm, and that Ndababonye was using it to run personal errands. Preliminary investigations also indicate that the few people, who knew about this plan, had agreed with Ndababonye to be paying about Rwf150, 000 every month until he refunds the whole amount.”

Investigations also indicate that Ndababonye was meant to refund the money he took without interest.

“We are still investigating the involvement of other members in this case or if there is no more money embezzled before the case file is forwarded to prosecution,” Kanamugire noted.

Embezzlement, under article 325 of the Penal Code, is punishable with a term of imprisonment of seven to ten years and a fine of two to five times the value of the embezzled or destroyed property.

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Government to Establish National Skills Database

By Nasra Bishumba

The government is working on a system that will combine both private sector and civil servants skills data under one system, making it easier for employers to balance skills with the jobs on the market, the Ministry of Labour and Public Service has said.

Appearing before members of the parliamentary Commission on National Budget and Patrimony to contribute to the Budget Framework Paper, the Minister for Public Service and Labour, Judith Uwizeye, said that whereas every civil servant is registered on the country’s skills database, plans were underway to also include skilled employees in the private sector.

“Every civil servant, regardless of their location is registered in the skills data base. For instance, if I am looking for people who studied law, I just log onto the system and all the names will come up, together with their education background and where they worked before plus their employment status today. This has made everything easier and we are planning to harmonise the same with the private sector so that the recruitment process is easier,” she said.

Uwizeye said that the government has also established a competence framework customisation system where skills are analysed and allocated accordingly.

To do this, she said that six modules of recruitment, exit and termination, organisational structure, payroll, leave and absence were harmonised with one called business intelligence.

“We will be getting fast and updated information where for example you may want to know about how many civil servants are no longer employed by the government and why, where they were working before etc. All this is done by the recruitment, exit and termination modules,” she said.

The MPs also wondered what was being done to facilitate fresh graduates to join the job market since there were fewer jobs as compared to the number of graduates and also the issue of lack of enough experience.

To this, MIFOTRA Permanent Secretary Gaspard Musonera explained that one of the mandates of the National Employment Programme (NEP) was to fix such issues.

“This is the essence of NEP. These graduates are encouraged to start their own projects which Business Development Fund (BDF) helps to fund with up to 75 percent,” he said.

He also said that the government provides training in technical schools which it hopes can provide employment options to fresh graduates.

MP Theobald Mporanyi meanwhile criticized the continuous losses cited by the Auditor General’s Office in government entities.

“When you look at the Auditor General’s Report and go back to discussions that we have in commissions based on the institutions that we have talked to, there are no institutions that give you courage that they are making progress. In fact most of them are causing losses. There should be a strategy in place to make sure that these losses stop,” he said.

The latest Auditor General’s report released earlier this month shows that unsupported expenditure during the 2015/16 fiscal year totaled to about Rwf7 billion.

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Namibia: Planned Pregnancy Could Help Eradicate Poverty – Geingos

By Nuusita Ashipala

Ongwediva — First Lady Monica Geingos has encouraged women to plan their pregnancies as a tool to eradicate poverty.

Through a demonstration at the Safe Motherhood Campaign (SMC) event at Outapi over the weekend, Geingos said fewer children are easier to support than a handful, especially for economically struggling mothers.

Speaking from first-hand experience as a teenage mother, the first lady also encouraged society to support pregnant women, especially those whose babies are unplanned.

“We must be conscious of when we have children and how many children we want to have. For some of us who do not plan our babies it is not a happy time at all. So we need all the support we can get,” said Geingos.

SMC is an annual event organised by Ongwediva Medipark and the Office of the First Lady to sensitise expectant mothers on their health and that of their unborn children in order to improve pregnancy outcomes.

When the event first kicked off at Medipark last year, 250 mothers were screened with over 60 percent of mothers detected to have significantly low levels of haemoglobin in their blood, which results in anaemia.

Managing director at Ongwediva Medipark Tshali Iithete noted that although there has been an improvement in infant and maternal mortality rates in the country, much still needs to be done.

Iithete said there is a serious concern of high incidences of babies born with low birth weight (2.5kg).

Geingos also encouraged mothers to refrain from baby dumping and instead hand their unwanted babies to the authorities to find them mothers. She said there are women who cannot conceive but are desperate to have a baby.

Iithete encouraged the private sector to partner with the government to provide further efficiency in the delivery of care and services.

“We see ourselves as a ‘turbo’ in the overall engine to propel and realize the implementation of our national development goals,” said Iithete.

The screening of SMC took place at the Outapi Regional Hall on Saturday.

– Additional reporting by Don Kaimbi, senior information officer and regional head for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Omusati.

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Prime Minister Earmarks Shs750 Million to Coordinate Parliament Work

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Kampala — The Prime Minister’s office has earmarked shs750 million to be used for the coordination of ministers to attend to Parliament duties.

According to information in the Office of the Prime Minister’s policy statement under review for the coming financial year, the money will be used by the Chief Whip and other responsible officials to coordinate regular attendance of plenary and committee sessions by Ministers.

It is also meant to ensure that Bills are passed by Parliament within the stipulated time.

Although it coordinates several other ministries among them the Ministry for disaster Preparedness, the Government Chief Whip office, the Prime Minister’s office is particularly asking to be allocated shs301B for the coming financial.

One of the core responsibilities of the Prime Minister’s office is leading government business in Parliament.

In this ending financial year, shs689M was passed for the same work. The ministry reports in its reports that the money was used for synchronized the legislative agenda which was instrumental in passing one bill–The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016), making of 40 Ministerial statements, debating and concluding nine committee reports, moving and passing 18 motions and responding to one Question for oral answers

If its budget for the new financial year is passed as is in the Policy Statement, part of the shs750m will also be used to coordinate the presentation of Ministerial Statements in the House. These are explanations or status updates from ministries to Parliament on a series of issues usually demanded by Members of Parliament.

The ministry however, does not give quantitative targets they plan to archive with the money.

In this ending financial year and Parliament session, Ministers have been on the receiving end of the Speaker’s wrath over absenteeism that on not more than one occasion Parliament has had to be adjourned until ministers show up.

Members of Parliament have, not on one occasion, also complained about failure, by the ministers, to respond to questions for oral answers on time.

The shs750m seeks to cure those anomalies as it is further being justified that it will be used to coordinate regular attendance of plenary and committee sessions by Ministers, coordinate passing of Bills by Parliament within stipulated time frame and to coordinate timely answering and responding to oral questions and petitions.

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Security minister Lt General (retired) Henry Tumukunde (R) speaks to the inspector general of police, General Kale Kayihura (file photo).

By Joseph Eigu Onyango & By Yahudu Kitunzi

Soroti/Mbale — Security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde has criticised the police for what he described as “lacking command and control skills in crime detection and prevention” before recommending a refresher course for police commanders and senior officers.

Lt Gen Tumukunde made the remarks while addressing a security meeting for district police commanders, resident district commissioners and LC5 chairpersons in Teso sub-region at Soroti Lukiiko Hall on Wednesday.

He castigated police and RDCs for negligence in their areas of command and failing to investigate and report security issues to relevant authorities.

He cited Bukedea as leading in crime ranging from murder, poisoning and illegal guns, according to reports given by the office of the district RDC.

“With all those ranks and titles you are holding, you cannot protect our people! No, no, no, you don’t deserve it,” Lt Gen Tumukunde charged.

He lashed out at both the police and RDCs before threatening to recommend for their sacking describing them as a bunch of “incompetent” RDCs in Teso who cannot write reports.

He, however, took exception of Kaberamaido RDC Jimmy Ebil Segawa whom he said he always reads his good reports in President’s Office.

Gen Tumukunde reminded the police that security is a critical aspect in the country and if it’s not properly handled, the economy will go down and government will not be able to provide for them good uniforms and other requirements.

“Right from Mbale, when I met the security leaders everything is a mess. The police even admitted that it has become hard to fight crime,” he said.

During the meeting, Amuria District chairperson Robert Erisat Okitoi told Lt Gen Tumukunde that government should strengthen the police by empowering the CID department to thoroughly investigate crime and prosecute the suspects.

According to Mr Okitoi, cases of mob action have increased in the region because the public has lost trust in police investigations.

Gen Tumukunde pressed the Soroti Resident State Attorney (RSA), Ms Josephine Ariong to explain why the judiciary takes long to hear cases filed as long as five years ago leaving criminals to move freely,.

In response, Ms Ariong blamed the police CID for poor investigations saying most files don’t have sufficient evidence to pin the criminals when cases are taken to court for trial.

“In some cases, the police bring to us files when even the termites have eaten the statements and evidence. Besides, the quality of evidence in the files is usually poor,” she said.

In a related development, Gen Tumukunde on Wednesday allegedly threw Mr Muhammad Zandya, the Mbale Municipality mayor out of a meeting after he allegedly undermining his rank and position.

When contacted about the incident, Mr Zandya declined to comment.

However, the Mbale District police commander, Mr Godwin Ochaki, who escorted Mr Zandya out of the meeting, said ‘he (Zandya) was thrown out of the meeting for abusing the Gen’.

“It’s true the Security minister threw out Mr Zandya for abusing him and I escorted him out of the meeting,” said Mr Ochaki.

Some of the Security officials, who preferred anonymity, termed the word “security man” as local security guards”.

World Bank Gives Magufuli’s Govt U.S.$130 Million for Cities

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Dar es Salaam city (file photo).

Mtwara — World Bank (WB) has poured 130 million US dollars (some 286bn/-) as a second additional financing for Tanzania Strategic Cities Project (TSCP).

TSCP is being implemented in seven cities of Arusha, Dodoma, Tanga, Kigoma, Mwanza, Mtwara and Mbeya, with the goal to facilitate them to keep up with the pace of quick urbanisation.

Speaking during the opening of the midterm review support mission held in Mtwara yesterday, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), Eng Mussa Iyombe, commended the contribution of the World Bank and The Royal Danish Government towards the successful implementation of the TSCP project.

In his speech which was presented by the Mtwara Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr Alfred Luanda, the PS said that he was delighted to hear that the WB has agreed to continue supporting Component II from July.

He urged participating Local Government Authorities to show their readiness and seriousness towards implementing the project more successful. “Let us improve our commitment to support implementation of the Component II to make it more successful,” Eng Iyombe said.

The PS also acknowledged the support of the Royal Danish Embassy through DANIDA for implementing Component II of the TSCP project which specifically dealt with institutional strengthening.

He said that during the six years of its implementation, the project has managed to strengthen the LGAs by providing them with tools such as solid waste management equipment and strengthen different systems.

Eng Iyombe urged all LGAs to build the habit of setting aside sufficient funds in your annual budget specifically for operation and maintenance and make sure that allocated budget is used for intended activities.

Earlier, The TSCP WB representative, Chyi-Yun Huang, said that the World Bank had approved the second additional financing which will start during the next 2017/2018 budget.

She added that the present extra financing will be used to implement the project’s vital objective of boosting the quality and access to basic urban services in the participating Local Government Authorities (LGAs).

On his part the sub-coordinator of TSCP, Eng Ezron Kilamhama, reiterated the PS stand on ensuring that LGAs allocated sufficient funds for operation and maintenance in order to make the equipment sustainable.

“Through the project, we have supported councils with equipment such as garbage collection trucks, garbage collection containers, infrastructure and therefore councils need to allocate fund to enable them maintain the infrastructure built under the project,” he said.

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