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Three Dismissed, 3 Suspended Over Farm Inputs Scam

By Renatus Masuguliko

Geita — THE minister for Agriculture, Dr Charles Tizeba, has sacked three senior officials and suspended three others over embezzlement of funds meant for agricultural inputs in Geita region.

Dr Tizeba directed the ministry’s Permanent Secretary (PS), Engineer Mathew Mtigumwe, to Serve the officials with letters for effecting the decision, after they were implicated in a probe team formed in May this year to investigate into the matter.

In the same vein, minister ordered security officials to arrest and prosecute them over negligence and violation of the procurement law. According to the committee report, over 1,000 beneficiaries of agricultural inputs, including agents for the 2015/2016 season, public officials at village, district and regional level were implicated in the scam.

Dr Tizeba, who gave the directives at a news conference on the sidelines of the International Food Day here yesterday, said the government suffered a 29bn/- loss related to agricultural inputs during the 2015/2016 season.

He said the ministry would form another probe team to investigate the suspended officials over their probable association with the scam. The fired officials are Deputy Director of Inputs unit, Mr Shenal Nyoni, Agriculture Officer Grade I, Mr Michael Mayabu and Mr Frank Kabambwa, from the ministry’s headquarters.

The suspended officials, according to the minister, are the Director of Crops Development, Mr Twahir Nzalawahe, the Director of Procurement and Logistics, Mr Burhan Shaban, and Acting Deputy Director of inputs unit, Canuth Komba.

Dr Tizeba added that apart from negligence and blatant disregard of the law as public servants, the three sacked officials were among a group of five people who were suspended in April 2017 pending investigations into their conduct prior to forming of a committee of inquiry.

After completion of investigations a probe team concluded that the three sacked officials were directly linked to the allegations of embezzlement. In the 2015/2016 season, the government allocated 35.5bn/- for agricultural input subsidies.

However, the report showed that after the distribution of subsidies the debt submitted to the government exceeding the allocated budget for the subsidies for almost 30bn/The findings further revealed that, due to blatant disregard of the procurement law, some officials occasioned the printing of 2,099,778 inputs vouchers amounting to 78.1bn/- which was more than the actual budget for the procurement of inputs by 42.6bn/-.

Dr Tizeba said copies of the findings by a probe team would be distributed to all Regional Commissioners (RCS). The ministry’s PS said all the important procedures and regulations in the public service had been fully abided by, prior to sacking and suspending the ministry’s officials.

“A committee of inquiry will be formed by the ministry to probe the matter so that justice can be done to all the suspended officials,” said Eng Mtigumwe.

Meanwhile MARC NKWAMER reports that President John Magufuli has just overhauled the Board of Directors in charge of managing the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO), the public firm responsible for handling the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).

According to an official dispatch signed on Monday by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Dr Leonard M. Chamuhiro, the directive to that effect came through the Minister in charge of the portfolio, Prof Makame Mbarawa, who has appointed, Mr Gregory George Teu the new KADCO Board Chairman.

“The new appointment is in accordance with the ‘Public Corporation Act Cap 257 R.E. 2002/ sect 9(1) and (2)’ and therefore Mr Teu’s recruitment takes immediate effect,” reads part of the statement from the Permanent Secretary, Dr Chamuhiro sent on 16th of October 2017.

Under the changes, Mr Gregory George Teu (66) replaces Ambassador Hassan Gumbo Kibelloh, who headed the former Board of Directors at KADCO. In turn, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Mbarawa has revoked the appointment of Mr Suleiman Suleiman who used to serve in the dismissed board panel.

The Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) manages the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which is the country’s second largest and second busiest terminal after Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport (JKNIA) of Dar-es-salaam.

The Kilimanjaro International Airport, dubbed the ‘safest’ terminal in East Africa, is strategically located about halfway between Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions and since these are the main tourist portals in the north, KIA with annual passenger flow of 600,000 travellers and handling more than 16 airlines, the terminal remains Tanzania’s major tourists’ landing spot.

Kilimanjaro International Airport has direct flight connections to Europe, the Middle East and several destinations on the African continent. Some of the international airlines using the airport are KLM, Edelweiss Air, Condor Air, Turkish Airline, Qatar, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, Rwandair, Fastjet and Precision Air.

In 2013, Kilimanjaro Airport was declared overall winner of the ‘Routes Africa Airport Marketing Award,’ which is highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline industry.

Dear Women, Don’t Turn a Blind Eye Towards These Cancer Signs

By Dr Chris Peterson

If you are relatively young and healthy, gynaecologic cancer signs probably aren’t on your radar, hence you’ve not paid attention. But they should be.

Statistics show many women in Africa are increasingly getting gynaecologic cancers such as endometrial also known as uterine, ovarian or cervical cancer.

All women need to be vigilant about signs, but women in their 30s and older should pay particular attention to their bodies. It’s crucial to know what symptoms to look out for.

Warning signs women shouldn’t ignore

1. Abnormal vaginal bleeding: More than 90 per cent of women who get endometrial cancer experience irregular bleeding. For post-menopausal women, any bleeding including spotting should be evaluated by the gynaecologist. For premenopausal women, bleeding between periods, heavy bleeding, or bleeding during intercourse should be evaluated.

2. Unexplained weight loss: If you have lost weight by exercising and eating healthy, keep up the good work! But if you haven’t changed your diet or exercise habits and lose over 5kgs, this could be a sign of cancer.

3. Being tired all the time: Most of us get run-down from juggling a busy week at work, running errands and taking care of our families. But ongoing fatigue that doesn’t get better with rest can be a sign of a bigger problem. If you are constantly tired for more than two weeks, don’t assume your busy life is the only cause.

4. Vaginal discharge coloured with blood: Bloody, dark or smelly discharge is most likely a sign of infection. But it can be a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer too.

5. Swollen leg: If one of your legs look or feel swollen for no apparent reason, this may be the sign of advanced cervical cancer.

6. Feeling full all the time: Trouble eating or always feeling full are also common symptoms of ovarian cancer. Talk to your doctor if unintended changes in your eating habits lasts for more than two weeks.

7. Pain in the pelvis or abdominal area: If you experience constant pelvic or abdominal pain for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

8. A bloated belly: It is common to feel bloated after heavy eating or drinking especially during your menstrual cycle. But if that bloated feeling doesn’t go away even after two weeks or period is over, see your doctor.

9. Constantly needing bathroom breaks: Beware if you suddenly have to go to the bathroom all the time or need to take frequent or urgent bathroom breaks due to the pressure on your bladder. This is typically a sign of cancer.

10. Persistent indigestion or nausea: Occasionally, persistent indigestion or nausea can be a warning sign of a gynaecologic cancer. See your doctor if you find yourself feeling queasy more often than usual.

In many cases, these symptoms don’t mean you have cancer. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.

See your gynaecologist if you have more than one of these symptoms for two weeks or longer.

sonchrispeter@gmail.com

Tanzania

Agriculture Minister Orders Sacking of Three Officials

Agriculture and Livestock minister, Dr Charles Tizeba, has directed the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Methew… Read more »

Tanzania:Dear Women, Don’t Turn a Blind Eye Towards These Cancer Signs

By Dr Chris Peterson

If you are relatively young and healthy, gynaecologic cancer signs probably aren’t on your radar, hence you’ve not paid attention. But they should be.

Statistics show many women in Africa are increasingly getting gynaecologic cancers such as endometrial also known as uterine, ovarian or cervical cancer.

All women need to be vigilant about signs, but women in their 30s and older should pay particular attention to their bodies. It’s crucial to know what symptoms to look out for.

Warning signs women shouldn’t ignore

1. Abnormal vaginal bleeding: More than 90 per cent of women who get endometrial cancer experience irregular bleeding. For post-menopausal women, any bleeding including spotting should be evaluated by the gynaecologist. For premenopausal women, bleeding between periods, heavy bleeding, or bleeding during intercourse should be evaluated.

2. Unexplained weight loss: If you have lost weight by exercising and eating healthy, keep up the good work! But if you haven’t changed your diet or exercise habits and lose over 5kgs, this could be a sign of cancer.

3. Being tired all the time: Most of us get run-down from juggling a busy week at work, running errands and taking care of our families. But ongoing fatigue that doesn’t get better with rest can be a sign of a bigger problem. If you are constantly tired for more than two weeks, don’t assume your busy life is the only cause.

4. Vaginal discharge coloured with blood: Bloody, dark or smelly discharge is most likely a sign of infection. But it can be a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer too.

5. Swollen leg: If one of your legs look or feel swollen for no apparent reason, this may be the sign of advanced cervical cancer.

6. Feeling full all the time: Trouble eating or always feeling full are also common symptoms of ovarian cancer. Talk to your doctor if unintended changes in your eating habits lasts for more than two weeks.

7. Pain in the pelvis or abdominal area: If you experience constant pelvic or abdominal pain for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

8. A bloated belly: It is common to feel bloated after heavy eating or drinking especially during your menstrual cycle. But if that bloated feeling doesn’t go away even after two weeks or period is over, see your doctor.

9. Constantly needing bathroom breaks: Beware if you suddenly have to go to the bathroom all the time or need to take frequent or urgent bathroom breaks due to the pressure on your bladder. This is typically a sign of cancer.

10. Persistent indigestion or nausea: Occasionally, persistent indigestion or nausea can be a warning sign of a gynaecologic cancer. See your doctor if you find yourself feeling queasy more often than usual.

In many cases, these symptoms don’t mean you have cancer. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.

See your gynaecologist if you have more than one of these symptoms for two weeks or longer.

sonchrispeter@gmail.com

Tanzania

Agriculture Minister Orders Sacking of Three Officials

Agriculture and Livestock minister, Dr Charles Tizeba, has directed the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Methew… Read more »

Tanzania:Agriculture Minister Orders Sacking of Three Officials

By Rehema Matowo News@tz.nationmedia.com

Geita — Agriculture and Livestock minister, Dr Charles Tizeba, has directed the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Methew Mtigumwe, to sack three officials and suspend three others over corruption allegations.

The minister issued the directive on Sunday during the commemoration of World Food Day, which was held here on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Dr Tizeba said the officials caused the government a loss of Sh29 billion by disbursing agricultural subsidies to unqualified farmers in the 2015/16 agricultural season.

The minister also directed the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to launch investigations against the officials.

Those who face the axe following the minister’s directive are deputy director of Agricultural Subsidies Shenal Nyoni, agriculture officers Michael Mayabu and Frank Kamhabwaa.

Those who will be suspended are director of Crop Production Twahir Nzallawahe, director of Procurement And Extension Services Burhan Shaban and acting director of Agriculture Subsidies at the ministry Canuth Komba.

Tanzania

‘Family Planning Clinics Can Help Screen for Cervical Cancer’

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Nigeria:We Are Ready to Tackle Monkey Pox – Ondo Govt

Photo: Vanguard

Monkey pox.

The Ondo Government says it has adopted a proactive measure to forestall outbreak of monkey pox in the state.

Dr Taiye Oni, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, made this known on Friday in Akure.

“We have started sensitisation by putting on field responsive surveillance team to make sure that any perceived case would be tackled.

“We should not forget about what we learnt on Lassa fever about personal hygiene and necessary precaution.

“The same procedure applies to the issue of monkey pox because we cannot prevent our people to travel as you all know that the scourge is reported in the neighbouring Ekiti,” he said.

Oni enjoined residents not to panic but rather forward their health complaint to health facilities, saying all hands must be on deck to ensure a healthy society. (NAN)

Nigeria

45 Boko Haram Members Convicted in Mass Trial

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Chinese Firm Returns for Uganda Oil Refinery Talks

By Halima Abdallah

Chinese consortium Guangzhou DongSong Energy Group Company has returned to negotiations with Uganda for the planned 60,000 barrels-per-day refinery.

Their return comes just weeks after the unceremonious sacking of Energy Permanent Secretary Dr Stephen Isabalija about whom the company had expressed displeasure.

Sources say that the government is also considering exiting all financial investment in the refinery as it seeks an investor ready to cover the entire project cost.

The new development also comes as parliament pushes government to share more information on progress on the refinery side of its oil production plans in the Albertine Graben.

While briefing MPs on the status of developments in the oil and gas sector in preparation for first oil in 2020, Energy minister, Irene Muloni said the government is still in the process of identifying the lead investor who will design, finance, build and operate the refinery at 100 per cent.

DongSong and Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium were the final two pre-qualified bidders, but a disagreement emerged and DongSong was dropped off along the way when, according to correspondence we have seen, it failed to attend meetings, signing non-disclosure agreement and payment of bid bond fee with the government of Uganda.

The Energy ministry has indicated that the consortia presented an acceptable proposal on financing and technical aspects of the project.

Initially it was proposed that government would raise finance through equity, but the Permanent Secretary Robert Kasande explained that the latest position, which has been already agreed upon, is that the investor bears all the project cost. A tentative estimate puts the refinery cost at $4.27 billion.

“We are discussing with the two companies and we expect to conclude discussions by the end of the year,” Mr Kasande said, without giving details of how DongSong was drawn back into the negotiations.

Unlike in the past, where government has had a preferred and alternate bidder, that procedure was abandoned as the government opted to rely on unsolicited expressions of interest.

Some 40 entities applied, out of whom four were prequalified and subjected to due diligence before the final two were selected.

The lead investor will be selected based on a model Project Framework Agreement (PFA) that will be signed with a consortium that offers best terms.

The PFA will detail the proposed solutions, validation of the solutions, risk mitigation measures, and additional due diligence necessary for accelerating investment and financing for the project.

The signing of the Project Framework Agreement will in turn pave the way for commencement of pre-final investment decision activities such as front-end engineering and design, project capital and investment costs estimations, Environmental and social impact assessments, among other things.

It was expected that the lead investor would be announced last month, but the delay is likely to have knock-on effect on the refinery construction timelines. Initially, it was projected for completion in 2018, but has now been revised to 2020 to coincide with first oil.

Namibia: Omusati Education Circuits Without Electricity

By Nuusita Ashipala

Ongwediva — A N$900 million electricity debt the Omusati Education Directorate owes the Northern Electricity Distributors (Nored) has forced the distributor to cut-off power at six of the operating education circuit offices in the region.

The Tsandi, Ruacana, Okalongo, Etayi, Ogongo, Okahao has been operating in the dark since 21 September.

The other four circuits are still connected, though they are in debt.

Although the offices are entering a second week without power, the prolonged dilemma could cripple the duplication of examination papers of non-exit grades, with exams expected to kick-off in November.

In addition, the examinations could be comprised if duplicated at the schools because they could leak.

According to sources, the regional examinations are usually duplicated a month in advance before the examinations, however, it is likely not to be the case this year.

The Director in Omusati Region, Laban Shapange, has confirmed the allegations.

According to Shapange, the directorate would engage all service providers today (Tuesday) to alert them of the situation the directorate is facing. “We are engaging our stakeholder so we share our plight with them and look at how the implications of certain decisions are affecting us all because at the end of the day we are all serving the nation, particularly a Namibian child from our side,” said Shapange.

Shapange said he was aware how not settling their debt on time is also affecting the operations of their service providers.

“But that is the situation we are finding ourselves in, hence we need to strategise to find an amicable solution so that we do not affect the upcoming examinations,” said Shapange.

Meanwhile, Shapange said communication has already been forwarded to the office of the Permanent Secretary to advise further.

Namibia

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Court Official Suspended for Wearing ‘A Very Short, Tight Dress’

Photo: Joe Gratz/Flickr

Judge’s gavel.

A Ugandan court official has reportedly been suspended for wearing “a very short and tight dress” to work, breaching the country’s strict dress code for public sector workers.

In a letter posted on social media, Namuwanga Rosemary was suspended for two weeks after she allegedly turned up at the Permanent Secretary or Secretary to the Judiciary’s office dressed “in a manner that does not portray a good image of the Judiciary and Public Services at large”.

The letter added that Namuwanga had gone to the office on Thursday, to follow up on her delayed pay, when she was deemed to have dressed inappropriately.

In July, the country’s public service permanent secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire announced that non uniformed public servants were banned “from wearing sleeveless, transparent and tight clothing at work”.

Musingwiire said at the time that female public servants would not be allowed to wear any tight-fitting clothing, flat and open shoes, except in cases where one could prove that it was for medical reasons.

Accessories should be modest and women should not have bright hair colour, braids or extensions, Musingwiire was quoted as saying.

News24

Uganda

‘There Is No Need for Referendum On Age Limit’

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Museveni Calls On Germany to Boost Somali Forces’ Capabilities

President Museveni has called upon the international community to take more interest in the situation in Somalia, saying although the regional security forces were doing a good job, there was need to develop and strengthen local security forces such as the police and army and for the international community to get involved to put an end to the instability there.

“Uganda is mainly characterized by Christians and Christians believe in the holy trinity. If there was some kind of trinity in the security situation of Somalia; internal, regional and international forces, the situation would be contained,” he said.

The President also said that countries like Somalia need to stop talking about politics of identity and promote their people’s interests that would make their countries prosperous.

The President who is in New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly made the remarks during a follow up meeting with the German Foreign Minister Mr. Sigmar Gabriel about the security situation in South Sudan, Burundi and Somalia.

The country continues to suffer routine bombings orchestrated by Al Shabaab militants.

Mr. Sigmar said the Germany and the European Union are committed to the security situation in Africa.

Targeted attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, particularly by the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, with suicide bombings and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), continue to have a devastating impact.

In South Sudan millions have fled the conflict causing an unprecedented refugee crisis in the world.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Adonia Ayebare attended the meeting, which was held at Uganda Permanent Mission Offices in New York.

Uganda

Parliament Defers Age Limit Debate

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Act On Shoddy Works, PS Directs Roads Agency

By Ludovick Kazoka in Dodoma

THE Permanent Secretary (PS) in President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mussa Iyombe, has directed executives within the Tanzania Rural and Urban Road Agency (TARURA) to deal with shoddy works in municipalities.

Addressing TARURA executives from across the country here yesterday, Engineer Iyombe said the newly established road networks agency should address log-term challenges facing the sector for quite sometime now.

“The government came up with the idea to set up TARURA to address such challenges as shoddy works in the sector,” the PS said, at the opening session of this first ever TARURA meeting.

The meeting which was organized under local government authority brought together 180 TARURA regional and district coordinators to discuss how best to speed up project implementation.

Mr Iyombe also ordered TARURA to fight prevailing corruption within its tender processes — largely within municipalities, pointing out that the government would not hesitate taking steps against executives involved in shoddy works.

Launched by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa last June, TARURA is aimed at facilitating improvements in rural and urban road networks, enabling people to transport crops and other items from rural to urban areas.

“The new agency is key in boosting agricultural productivity by facilitating transportation of crops to market. It will also facilitate economic growth,” observed the PM, adding that TARURA would also help transform livelihoods and reduce risks and time spent ferrying goods to markets.

Mr Majaliwa warned some district council leaders whom he accused of misusing funds allocated for roadworks to other projects, reiterating such funds should be used as allocated.

Tanzania

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