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Govt Spends Sh57bn to Build Two Kyela Bridges

By Hawa Mathias

Kyela — The government has spent Sh56.9 billion on the construction of Mbaka and Lufilo bridges, which link Kikusya Village and Matema Road in Kyela District. The road, which has been constructed at a tarmac level, is 34.6km.

Project engineer Samuel Joel said this recently, when unveiling a report on the implementation of the project to Mbeya Regional Commissioner Amos Makalla, who was on a tour to inspect the project.

Mr Joel said so far both bridges had been completed by 98 per cent under the China International Engineering Company Ltd contracted by the Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads). He clarified that the project, which started in 2015, was expected to be completed at the end of this year.

The RC has directed both the contractor and Tanroads to ensure the project is completed before the start of the rainy season.

“I want this project to be completed by October. This is because when the rainy season starts, construction work will be interrupted and this will cause complaints,” said Mr Makalla.

He said since the government had spent a lot of money on the project he expected it to be well-supervised and up to the standard.

For his part, Kyela District Council Executive Director Juma Mgatta said in the implementation of the project there had been some challenges, including some residents refusing to pave the way for the construction of the road and others filed cases in courts of law so that they could be compensated, forgetting that they had put up their structures within the road reserve.

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Villagers Appeal for Closure of Gold Mine

By By Paul Mabeja

Residents of Nholi Village in Bahi District have asked President John Magufuli to close down a gold mine in the area because it was being operated in contravention of the laid down procedures.

The villagers also claim that the operators of the mines were paying nothing to the government, for they were not recognised by the village authority.

The request was made by the residents earlier in the week during a public meeting held at the village to deliberate on the mining activities that had started without involvement of the village government.

Speaking over the complaints on behalf of the government, the Village Executive Officer, Mr Augustino Apolinary, said there was already a team formed to correct the system used currently so that the village can benefit. “A team was formed to come and see how best the mine could be operated, but the issue of Std Seven exams disrupted the arrival of team and I don’t know when it will come,” said Mr Apolinary.

One of the residents, Mr Michael Mkontya, appealed to the government to make interventions to ensure that the miners stopped operations until the current procedure is changed.

Besides, Mr Mkontya added that he and fellow residents were not benefiting from the mine run by people, who claimed to have been issued with a licence to carry out mining activities in the area.

Another resident, Mr Hamisi Lenguji, said they made a follow up on the matter at different places including going to the Regional Commissioner with their chairperson, but, they ended up being threatened that the mine was owned by an influential person.

“So, if this mine is owned by an influential person, we ask for the audience with President Magufuli so that he can help us. This is because we are tired of receiving jail threats. We even went to meet the RC, who promised to come and help settle the matter.

“However, we have not seen him as we are still being hurt and our precious mineral is still being mined,” said Mr Lenguji.

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Niger: Floods Leave Tens of Thousands Homeless As Rebuilding Lags

By Morgane Le Cam

Niamey — “I used to have two houses, both of which collapsed with the rain”

Ankle-deep in mud, Mahamane Soumana hesitatingly throws a net in his home’s flooded yard in Banga Bana district, in Niger’s capital.

“I’m a rice farmer, not a fisherman,” he sighs, tugging at the net. “But my field has been completely flooded for the past two months. So I fish in my courtyard.”

Widespread flooding has killed at least 56 people in Niger since the rainy season began in June, and left over 185,000 homeless, according to the interior ministry.

In one of the world’s poorest countries, where most houses are made of earth or mud, flooding has destroyed thousands of homes.

“I used to have two houses, both of which collapsed with the rain,” Soumana told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, as he tried to untangle a couple of small fish from his net, with his children looking on.

But now “I have nothing to house or feed my family, other than fish,” he said.

“EXTRAORDINARY” RAINFALL

Soumana’s situation is far from uncommon. For Nigeriens unable to afford cement homes, each rainy season increasingly brings a dangerous ordeal, local experts say.

According to Katiellou Lawan Gaptia, head of meteorology at Niger’s Met Office, climate change in the Sahel is creating warmer conditions where the atmosphere can hold more moisture, often increasing the volume of rainfall.

“This year’s rain is just extraordinary,” he said. “In Niamey alone, the season’s rainfall has increased by 84 percent since 2010.”

Gabagoura, a village northwest of Niamey, is one of the worst affected areas by the recent floods.

On the median strip of the main road, mats and foam mattresses dry on guardrails. Around them, piles of wood and straw are all that are left of more than 290 homes that collapsed at the end of August, leaving 1,200 people homeless.

Village chief Adamou Saley walks towards a massive silk-cotton tree, under which 15 people have taken shelter.

“Look at this misery – total desolation,” he said, looking around at the remnants of homes.

Hadjara Yacouba’s house was entirely destroyed by the rains. “We have nothing, not even a tent,” she said, lowering her eyes.

“I am a widow with 17 children, and we have lost everything.”

EARLY WARNING

Before the start of the rainy season, the government advised people living in flood-prone areas to leave their homes before the rains began, said Boubacar Sidikou, secretary general for Niger’s Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management.

But few heeded the advice “because they refused to abandon their homes or had nowhere else to go”, he said.

Saley said Gabagoura village had indeed been warned by the government on television and radio.

“But the village was spared the brunt of flooding last year, so people thought they would be safe,” said the village chief.

Some still tried to build drainage gutters around their homes, but even they collapsed, he added.

Fatima Alher, who heads a project mapping flood-prone zones in Niamey, thinks national and local efforts to prepare for flooding were “not enough”.

“To date we’ve not had an efficient system to alert the entire population,” she said. “Flood survivors we spoke to said they weren’t properly informed of what was happening.”

SLOW RECOVERY

Today, efforts to rebuild flood-stricken areas are not progressing fast enough, residents complain.

Saley said the government and several non-governmental organisations had sent food and supplies, and some flood victims had moved into the village’s two schools.

“But some people are still left on the streets,” he said.

School is set to start again in early October, which may mean those sheltering in schools will need to find a new place to stay.

“If we don’t get any more help I don’t know what will happen to those currently living in the school,” Saley said.

Officials at the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management say it has identified four potential shelter areas in Niamey, but has yet to set them up due to a lack of funding.

“As soon as we have the funds to prepare the shelter sites we will do so,” Sidikou said.

“We believe the shelters will allow us to temporarily house all those currently left in schools,” he added, without specifying how many people the sites could accommodate.

In the meantime, Saley worries about more predicted rainfall. “Eighty percent of us are without homes. If it rains again, we’ll lose the entire village,” he said.

Reporting by Morgane Le Cam, writing by Zoe Tabary @zoetabary, Editing by Laurie Goering.

Village Solar Microgrid Project Launched in Korogwe

By Daily News Reporter in Korogwe

AT least 50 households in Mpale village, Korogwe District have been connected to solar micro-grid during a project launched between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in collaboration with Ensol Tanzania Ltd.

Speaking during the launch of the project, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Dr Juliana Pallangyo said connection of power to the area will improve social lives and boost economic activities.

“I would like to thank UNCDF and Ensol for their efforts in promoting access to electricity and in particular renewable energy to improve local economic development and livelihoods,” she said. Ensol has thus far connected 50 households in Mpale Village to the solar micro-grid.

However, plans are underway to expand the project by connecting a total of 250 households by June 2018. She asked the community members to proper utilize the opportunity by engaging in various economic activities.

“I would like to ask Mpale villagers and all other people in this district to use power for income generating activities and not for lighting only,” she said.

Mpale village is located in the remote and mountainous Mpale Ward in Korogwe District, Tanga Region. The village has a population of more than 3,000 inhabitants and 730 households.

Since its establishment in 1972, the village has never had electricity. Most of the people in the village have been relying on unsafe and unclean kerosene as a lighting source. Dr Pallangyo noted that the health center in Mpale Village is now connected to the solar micro-grid.

Therefore, she requested the district officials to always make a good follow up to ensure health services are provided to wananchi as required. The Mpale project manager, Mr Prosper Magali said the partnership with UNCDF has been key in the solar micro-grid project.

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Loose Grenade Suspected As Three Boys Die in Blast

By Hazla Omar in Arusha

A PICTURE is tentatively emerging on the explosion which erupted in Monduli, in Arusha Region over the weekend, in which three young Maasai cattle grazers, and pupils at Nafco Primary School, perished.

“The incident indeed occurred but I will issue an official statement on Monday (today),” said the Arusha Regional Police Commander, Mr Charles Mkumbo, when contacted for details related to the horrid incident.

Initial reports indicate that while Landisi Saitabau aged 12, Seuri Loshila (9) and six-year-old Samueli Ole Nyangusi were grazing cattle in Lolkisale, they came across an object that prompted their attention.

In the course of examining the metallic object that is thought to be a hand grenade, it exploded, killing the trio on the spot. Their mates who had been grazing cattle nearby and witnessed the incident, rushed home to report it.

The Monduli District Commissioner, Mr Iddy Hassan Kimanta, remarked: “Five boys were grazing cattle in the area, but when the object exploded, two had already left the scene, and so, the presumed grenade killed three of them.”

The DC explained that Lolkisale, which was near the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) base at Monduli, was risky, as it most probably hosted unexploded devices.

He stressed that grazers should heed warnings against straying into the restricted area. The Chairman of Lolkisale Village, Mr Julius Mhale, also outlined what happened: “While the children were throwing the metallic object to the ground as well as throwing it to one another like a ball, it exploded,” adding, however, that, they were from the neighbouring Nafko village.

The Lolkisale Ward Councillor, Mr Solomon Kishoke, said some children who were grazing cattle near the scene saw a thick cloud of dust accompanied by a deafening explosion in the wake of which the three children died.

A mortuary attendant at the Regional Mount Meru Hospital, Mr Frances Coaster, said that, until midday yesterday, bodies of the deceased had not been delivered to the facility.

He speculated that they may have been preserved at the district Hospital.

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Encroachers Claim River Nile Banks

By Fred Muzaale

Kayunga — Due to increasing demand for land, encroachers are now claiming plots of land on the banks of River Nile, Daily Monitor has established.

The encroachment on the river banks has sparked outrage among conservationists and raised fears that such human activity could degrade the environment.

River Nile is the world’s longest river. It serves millions of Ugandans and cuts across 10 countries along the Nile course.

The State Minister for Environment, Dr Mary Kitutu Kimono, says her ministry cannot sit back when River Nile banks and wetlands in the area are being encroached on by merciless developers.

Dr Kimono notes that she has since ordered Kayunga District authorities to evict all the encroachers a.

The Kayunga District Environment officer, Mr Edgar Basaliza, says they are yet to implement the ministerial directive.

He says the most affected section of the river, is in Kangulumira Sub-county, near the Kalagala falls.

Mr Basaliza says residents and foreigners have encroached on the 100 metre nature conservation zone by setting up hotels and gardens yet such areas have to be jealously protected.

This, he says, has greatly degraded the environment as soil and contaminated water is being poured directly into the river. “Eroded soils from construction sites and gardens are, by volume, the greatest pollutants of the river in this area. We are under instructions from the minister to stop such activities,” he says.

Mr Basaliza adds that residents in the area are using the land to grow crops such as maize, rice and yams.

At least 50 encroachers are to be evicted, the environment officer notes.

“Anyone is free to own land near the river, however, they must observe the 100 metre nature conservation zone. Effective October (next month), we are going to start forceful eviction of all people infringing on the river’s conservation zone,” he adds.

Some of the investors who constructed hotels and cottages within the prohibited zone, secured user permits from National Environment Authority (Nema), according to Mr Basaliza.

“If they do contrary to the permits they acquired from Nema, they will also be evicted as well,” Mr Basaliza warns.

Mr Basaliza also noted that they have embarked on a River Nile bank demarcation exercise under which they have erected stone pillars, to show residents the no-go zone areas. He says the exercise started in Kangulumira Sub-county.

The Kayunga District chairperson, Mr Tom Sserwanga, says the district would not have had any problem with the residents if they were observing sustainable use of the river banks.

“The human activities in the nature zone led to a change in the river’s eco-system and as leaders, we have to act swiftly to save the river before it is too late, “Mr Sserwanga says.

He says they fear that the encroachers, mostly those who have planted crops use dangerous pesticides which kill insects and animals in the river.

A member of the district land board who refused to be named because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the district says: “As the district land board, we sanctioned some of the developers but we don’t know how other developers came to set up projects there. Their eviction is long overdue.”

Mr Dan Kalibbala, who has a maize and beans garden in the 100 meter nature zone in Kalagala Village, Kangulumira Sub-county , says said he was forced to encroach on the river banks because he had no land.

“They should allow us to continue cultivating crops here because we have nowhere to go. The president should come to our rescue,” an elderly Mr Kalibbala pleads.

Kayunga is among the districts that have land conflicts, something that forced President Museveni three years ago to visit the area twice in a space of one month as he tried to find lasting solutions for the wrangles.

However, his efforts have not yielded any fruit.

About the Nile

The Nile traverses 6,695 kilometres as it journeys from its farthest source at the headwaters of the Kagera Basin to its delta in Egypt. The river is one of the tourist attractions to Uganda and provides a habitat for various plants, wild animals and birds, especially around the Nile Delta, which has been gazetted as a Ramsar site. Ramsar sites are wetlands which have been recognised for their “fundamental ecological functions and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational values”, as the 1971 Ramsar Convention states.

UTB to Construct New Home at Rebero

By Eddie Nsabimana

The University of Tourism, Technology and Tourism Studies (UTB) plans to construct a new home at Rebero in Kicukiro District by November 2018, officials said on Friday.

The construction of the new premises worth Rwf 12.5 billion is set to start at the beginning of October, according to Dr Callixte Kabera, the University Vice Chancellor.

Speaking at a news briefing at the University, Kabera said their expansion plan would enable them to extend academic services to more local and regional students.

“There is growing demand from students but we are limited by our current facility’s capacity. The new premises will open doors to more students,” said Kabera.

The new facility, Kabera said, will almost double the number of students it used to admit from 4000 to 8000, targeting the 2018-19 academic year.

The university also plans to increase the number of staff when the new campus opens.

According to the University administration, Rebero campus will be a multi-service complex building with lecture halls, libraries, and other pedagogical facilities.

The three-year-construction project will be done in three phases with the first phase to build lecture rooms and administrative offices and library expected to start in October.

The next phase will see the construction of hostels with capacity to accommodate at least 400 students.

In the final phase, the university will build a Cultural Village and Community Tourism Center, home to the handicrafts exhibition, entertainment and cultural elaboration to tourists as well as a gymnasium that will harbor a variety of sports facilities.

The last two phases of the project will cost Rwf 10.5 billion.

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Herders Blamed for Tasking Children With Grazing Cattle

By Juma Mtanda Thecitizentz

Morogoro — Pastoralists have been blamed for delegating their responsibility to their children by telling them to graze large herds of cattle, which they fail to manage.

As a result, the cattle end up invading farmers’ fields in villages in Mvomero District, Morogoro Region. This has been aggravating conflicts between farmers and pastoralists.

This is what came out during a debate that brought together farmers and pastoralists at Dakawa Village.

It was argued that the children’s inability to handle huge herds of cattle aggravated land conflicts that led to frequent clashes.

The debate aimed at maintaining peace and finding solutions to land disputes.

It was organised by Tanzania Initiate for Social Economic Relief (Tiser) through a project on good land management by involving stakeholders in good policy formulation.

A farmer, Ms Fahamia Ally, said children aged between five and 10 were the ones looking after the herds of cattle. She added that, it was impossible for the them to manage the cattle on their own, particularly in areas close to farms.

“The time has come for pastoralists to change. They are supposed to take their children to school, instead of grazing cattle, which is supposed to be the responsibility of adults,” said Ms Fahamia.

For his part, Dakawa Village Executive Officer Andrew Mohamed, said the big challenge facing village leaders was lack of a programme on good land management.

Tiser has been collecting public views with a view to maintaining peace and resolving land conflicts between the farmers and pastoralists in Mvomero District through the project.

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Police in Ruvuma Kills Two Suspected Bandits

By Joyce Joliga

Songea — Police in Ruvuma Region have shot dead two people thought to be bandits in exchange of fire.

The Ruvuma Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Gemini Mushy, said the shooting took place Wednesday, September 13, at around 21:45pm at Nangungulu Village in Nandembo Ward in Tunduru District.

He said police on patrol killed the two men whose ages are put at around 20 and 30 years whom they suspected to be bandits.

The RPC clarified further that the slain suspected bandits were in possession of a sub automatic rifle (SAR), 41 ammunitions and a motorcycle.

He said after suspecting them, the police pulled them over so as to search them. But abruptly, one of the youths withdrew a gun and started to shoot at the patrolling police who returned fire.

The regional police boss added that no police officer was injured during the shootout. He urged residents to furnish the police with information about criminals involved in armed robbery.

He also called on the residents to step out and identify the bodies of the suspected bandits who were killed in Tunduru.

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Nigeria: 53 Traders Dead After Boat Mishap in Kebbi State

The Chairman of the Bagudo Local Government Council in Kebbi, Alhaji Muhammad Zagga, confirmed on Thursday that no fewer than 53 traders were feared dead in a boat mishap on River Niger in Bagudo, Kebbi.

Zagga told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a phone interview that the traders were going to a market when the incident happened.

“Majority of the traders are from Gaya Village in Niger Republic.

“They were going to a market in Lolo when their boat capsized,” he said.

Zagga said that out of some 100 passengers on board the boat, 47 were rescued while others could not yet be accounted for.

The chairman said that the authorities in Niger Republic had deplored 500 divers to search for the missing people.

Also commenting on the incident, the Acting Director-General of the Kebbi State Kebbi Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Abbas Rabi’u, described the incident as unfortunate and disastrous.

“The victims were mostly traders from Niger Republic,” he said.

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