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Hints Dropped On Tapping Onto EA Regional Potential

Governmennt institutions have been called upon to work closely with the public and to educate them on services that they provide.

The remarks were made yesterday by the deputy permanent secretary ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Co-operation, Ambassador Ramadhan Mwinyi, during an educational seminar on East African integration and opportunities, that started yesterday and ends today in Gombani, Pemba.

Ambassador Mwinyi said a segment of the public had voiced complaints over poor treatment by some public servants, cautioning that, if the trend wasn’t checked, Tanzania would lag behind in initiatives towards East African integration and the world in general.

He pointed out that there were vast opportunities in the integration project, but if the public was not adequately enlightened on modalities on aspects like the required documents and conditions, they would be left behind and reduced to mere spectators and complainers.

Traders expressed disappointments over the long processes of getting travelling documents, especially when they had a limited time before travelling outside the country.

They also complained about the difficulties they faced in registering their products under the bureau of standards and food and drug authorities because they did not meet their criteria.

Ambassador Mwinyi stressed the importance of government institutions to facilitate swifter public access to their services, but in compliance with laws and regulations, to enable traders seize opportunities in the East African common market.

An officer from the Immigration department, Mr Haji Kassim Haji, explained that procedures related to travel documents were not aimed at hampering anyone’s dealings but for the security of the nation.

Ambassador Mwinyi urged the traders to form groups, so that issues like getting travelling documents can be addressed jointly under the guarantee of the institutions under which they operated.

East Africa

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Brave Serengeti Boys Face Angola Litmus Test

Photo: Daily News

Serengeti boys versus Mali during the ongoing Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon.

The national U-17 football team, Serengeti Boys, face another test of character when they take on Angola in their second match of the ongoing Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Libreville, Gabon.

The Serengeti Boys made their bow at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday, settling for a barren draw with holders Mali in their Group B opener at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville.

Bakari Shime’s side need to take maximum points from the Young Palancas Negras today to stand a good chance of making it to the semi-finals of the competition. A win will take their points tally to four points, the maximum that can be attained by any other team in the group after the first two rounds action.

The final group match will be against Niger, who played out a 2-2 draw with Angola in their opening match. The Boys are oozing with confidence after turning in an industrious performance against group favourites, Mali.

Shime’s lads really gave a good account of themselves to hold the highly rated Eagles in their first ever game at the biggest stage. Shime sounded optimistic ahead of today’s encounter against Angola and promised to go on the offensive.

“We are going to approach the match against Angola with all seriousness because there are no easy teams in this competition,” said Shime. “We need to attack more in order to score goals and hopefully the boys will put up a brave performance as they did against Mali. We need to be more aggressive offensively but also stay cautious in defense in order to get a good result,” he added.

The top four teams will qualify for the Under -17 Fifa World Cup in India in October which gives Shime and his Boys an extra incentive to do well.

Against Mali, Shime opted for a defensive approach and succeeded to shut out Mali’s attacking players throughout the encounter with goalkeeper Ramadhan Kabwili and his defenders turning in a strong show.

But today, the Boys tactician must ensure his charges go on the offensive to try and garner a vital win in their pursuit of a last-four berth. Striker Yohana Mkomola was starved of services against Mali and will need more support upfront to give Serengeti Boys the much needed cutting edge.

In the other Group B match today, holders Mali will square up against Niger at the same venue in Brazzaville. The biennial international youth football tournament organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for players aged 17 and below, will see the top four teams qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

Tanzania

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East Africa: East Africa On High Alert As Ebola Hits DRC

By Ivan R. Mugisha and Stellar Murumba

Eastern African countries are on high alert following the confirmation of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The move comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an Ebola outbreak in DRC on Friday, following one positive test in a specialised laboratory in Kinshasa, the country’s capital.

Nine suspected cases including three deaths have been reported in DRC since April 22, while six patients are currently hospitalised.

Rwanda and DRC have set up a joint monitoring team that includes doctors and Ebola experts from the WHO and medical charity Doctors Without Borders (known by its French acronym MSF).

Rwanda has also reinstated Ebola screening at its points of entry especially at the two border posts it shares with DRC – Gisenyi-Goma and Cyangugu-Bukavu.

“We are following the situation in DRC closely and we are more than ready to protect our population,” Malick Kayumba, Rwanda’s Health ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“Rwandans and everyone in Rwanda should avoid travelling to the DRC, especially to that area where Ebola has been confirmed until the situation is clear,” he added.

Mr Kayumba said the outbreak is currently confined in a remote area in North DRC and is unlikely to spread widely in the region.

“But we shall continue to share information with Rwandans and ensure that they are safe and know how to protect themselves,” he said.

Surveillance of travellers

In Kenya, holding rooms at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi have been re-activated to isolate suspected Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases while awaiting possible transfer to health facilities.

“We have strengthened screening and surveillance of travellers from and through DRC at all points of entry,” said director of medical services Jackson Kioko in a statement on Tuesday.

“We wish to assure Kenyans that there is no suspected case of Ebola virus in the country and they should remain vigilant, look out for any such illnesses and report to the nearest health facility without delay for immediate verification and investigation.”

The cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province – North of the DRC, bordering Central African Republic was first reported on April 22.

Following the reports, Rwanda’s Health minister Diane Gashumba directed all hospital directors to be on high alert and to activate their rapid response teams.

All persons with travel history from or through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Rwanda are required to provide a minimum package of information to guide investigations surrounding the Ebola outbreak.

This includes, but is not limited to; personal details, exact location of origin or transit, history of contact with potential Ebola virus disease cases, presence of any suggestive signs and symptoms of the disease.

Similar instructions have also been given in Kenya.

Declaration of contact while in Kenya will also be collected to aid personal risk assessment and daily follow-up for 21 days if they (travellers) will still be residents.

DRC has reported eight Ebola outbreaks since 1976 with the last one occurring in 2014 that was quickly contained and killed 49 people.

East Africa: Jumia Travel Launches Loyalty Program

Jumia Travel announced the launch of a loyalty program which will allow customers to secure an additional 10 percent to 20 percent exclusive discount on select hotels.

Per a press statement, the discounts will also extend to all other listed Jumia Travel products such as flight bookings and holiday packages. Aimed at rewarding loyal and returning customers as well as adding value to joining customers, the program carries incentives such as free airport pick up, early check-in and late check-out, refreshments and personalized service delivery.

“Our priority is to ensure that travel becomes universally accessible and affordable throughout Africa and the rest of the globe in line with United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) vision on ‘Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility’. We are pleased to unveil this program as a way of showing appreciation to our customers. Through the Jumia Travel Smart customer initiative, our hotel partners will also benefit from growing brand loyalty, as well as lowered cost of acquisition through continued awareness”. Estelle Verdier, Managing Director for Jumia Travel expressed in a statement.

Per the company, the program is available to all registered customers on the Jumia e-Commerce ecosystem, and will automatically enable them to view all hotels offering Jumia Travel Smart deals. Travelers can participate by logging into their Jumia account which is acquired upon registration. This will give them access to the best available rates in the market, thereby automatically giving them an edge in price comparison. The prices showcased will be listed from top ranking hotels as reviewed and recommended by previous customers, coupled with special negotiated rates that will exclusively apply to Jumia Travel Smart customers.

East Africa

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Tanzania: Hypertension Kills, Know Your Blood Pressure Readings Today – Experts

By Syriacus Buguzi

Dar es Salaam — It is World Hypertension Day (WHD) today and people are called upon to know their blood pressure readings.

On this day, themed: “Know Your Numbers,” international health agencies want Hypertension to be taken seriously to avert serious health consequences emanating from the silent condition.

One is said to have high blood pressure if one’s blood pressure readings are above 120/80 on the blood pressure machine.

World Health Organization (WHO) figures show that only around half of those, who die due to hypertension, knew they had the condition.

In Tanzania the prevalence of hypertension is 26 percent, meaning that in every 100 people, 26 have the condition, data from the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children show.

Every year 10 million people around the world die needlessly because of high blood pressure, making it the planet’s single biggest killer, says the International Society of Hypertension.

People with hypertension suffer a stroke, may have a heart attack, or die from another complication such as Kidney Failure, experts warn.

According to Dr Fredrick Haraka, a research scientist at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), hypersntion can be curbed through behavioral change.

“Increased intake of fruits and green vegetables, salt intake not exceeding 5g per day, engaging into physical activities and observing the recommended alcohol intake of 21 units per week for men and 14 units per week for women must be emphasized.”

Tanzania

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On-Song Serengeti Boys Eye Angola Scalp

Photo: Yusuf Badi/Daily News

Serengeti Boys players celebrate.

Dar es Salaam — The national Under-17 soccer team, Serengeti Boys, can go all the way to lift the 2017 Africa Youth Championship currently underway in Gabon, says the team’s head coach, Bakari Shime.

Shime said yesterday, a day after his boys forced defending champions Mali to a barren draw in their Group B clash in Libreville.

“The result has given us confidence about our ability though we know the journey ahead is not going to be easy,” he said.

“We are going to correct some of the mistakes we noticed, particularly in the first half, and prepare well for our next two matches.”

“Our strategy would surely be different for the next match. We can’t say what the strategy would be against Angola,” he said.

Serengeti Boys, who are making first appearance in the finals of the Africa youth tournament, sounded a warning note to their next opponents on Monday as they played their hearts out in their Group B opener at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville. Shime’s boys really gave a good account of themselves to hold the highly rated Malians in their first ever game at this level.

Goalkeeper Ramadhani Awam was superb in post as the Serengeti Boys snatched a vital point.

Mali were slightly ahead possession-wise but failed to turn their dominance into goals during the match of few chances.

Captain Mohamed Camara inspired his team from the middle but they still lacked the cutting edge upfront. In the end, they had to contend with a point against a resilient Tanzania in the opening match.

A result least expected by Mali coach Jonas Kokou Komla though, he is hoping that his charges will go for the vital points in their next match against Niger tomorrow.

“We are here for the tournament to challenge the champions Mali. It has been a valuable point collected,” the Serengeti Boys coach said.

“I congratulate my players for the job well accomplished. It was a big lesson for my players. We are here to compete.”

“However, I admit we played against a team with quality. My players struggled in the first half but we made some changes in the set up and were stabilized in the second half.”

“The shape of the team was changed as we moved forward in the second half.” He made it clear that their main objective is to do well in Gabon and qualify for the 2017 U17 World Cup finals which will be hosted by India in October.

His Mali counterpart, Jonas Kokou Komla, said: “Nothing has been lost following the result against Tanzania, who had a very good defence.

“However, the result reflects the kind of preparations we had before coming to Gabon. Forty days of training were not enough and we also missed five high profile build up matches.”

“I will ask my players to improve in the next matches. We came here with ambitions and one of them is to qualify for the World Cup.”

May the Last Journalist Not Switch Off the Lights, Please!

By Yusuf Serunkuma

The media industry is experiencing a consistent exodus of talent. The most recent departure is The Observer’s editor Richard Kavuma.

Because he was a ‘big drum’ in the industry, there have been several column inches about him. Many more ‘small drums’ continue to leave just after a few years. Although we never read about their departures, the damage to the industry is registered.

For almost the same reasons, I left The Independent just after a year. Editor Joseph Were had invested quite a bit of resources in me as he looked at a potential sub-editor. With a few final touches away, I hit the exit button.

If things remain the way they are, the departures will only continue. And as we mourn these departures – of both junior and senior journalists – our diagnosis of the problem is right, but we seem to have no cure.

Identifying the problem as small salaries, journalist Daniel Kalinaki attributed the failure for media houses to pay their journalists well to “the relatively small size of the market and the economy,” which makes it difficult for “media houses to train, pay and retain their best journalists” who end up going “often to better-paying, less-stressful, communications jobs.”

As a prescription, Kalinaki suggests that “citizens must understand the need for good journalism, and be willing to pay for it.”

He continues that citizens should be “willing to pay for good journalism and good journalism will pay for good journalists to stay in the newsroom.”

It is difficult to explain what Kalinaki meant with “citizens must understand the need for good journalism and be willing to pay for it.”

Did he mean to suggest more “citizens” should buy newspapers? How do you ensure that? Did he mean to suggest citizens should fundraise for newspapers through car-washes and runs? How sustainable would this be?

Seemingly overwhelmed, Kalinaki chastened himself with a challenge to his readers “to figure out how best to keep talent within the newsroom,” insisting that citizens ought to do something.

There are two things we can pick from Kalinaki’s rather succinct articulation of the plight of Uganda’s media industry. First, Kalinaki reminds us that citizens are central to this fight as good journalism is important for development since “few societies have progressed without the free flow of ideas, and [without] freedom of thought, expression and the media.”

Second, by noting that departures rob the media of “experience and institutional memory, weaken the quality of [Ugandan] journalism and keeps the market small,” Kalinaki tells us that sustained good journalism has potential to grow/expand the market and, perhaps, then, media houses (perhaps through more copy sales?) will be able to offer big enough salaries and retain their staff.

It is evident that Kalinaki views both the problem and solution as coming from the market. Small market, media is suffering; big market, media will flourish. It is my contention that subjecting media to the whims of the market in sub-Saharan Africa is actually the problem.

Neo-liberal reforms of the 1980s put everything in the [free] market. The government stopped offering support to farmers, universities, health institutions and companies, subjecting everything to the market forces of demand and supply.

The problem with this was that several African societies had not fully developed to a stage where the market could sustain growth. Indeed, as several studies showed, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund pushed these reforms onto the African continent oblivious of context.

In an effort to fight communist Russia as part of the Cold War, notions of free market economies operational in highly developed capitalist and industrialized societies in Europe and North America were imposed on largely agrarian and semi-illiterate Africa.

Very quickly, farms crumbled, businesses collapsed, healthcare and education deteriorated as the market could not sustain them. Indeed, over the years, governments have, albeit timidly, moved away from these reforms: Operation Wealth Creation and Entandikwa schemes in Uganda are good examples.

We need to fit the media into this analysis: with poorly educated folks, subsisting on the land, and zero industrialization, the market in Uganda cannot sustain the media. If the media – both critical and pro-government – is good for development, then the public has to pay for it through the public purse, not through the market.

It is no surprise that the New Vision does fairly well as it gets a great deal of support from government. Now, in semi-democratic regimes across the continent, it would be daydreaming to expect governments to put money in critical news outlets without influencing the narrative.

It would be risking Daily Monitor and The Observer to the vampires in government if they were to receive government subsidies.

This predicament notwithstanding, we need to start seeing the media – especially critical media -as a public good which ought to be taken, at least partly, away from the market, and funded from the public purse. We can discuss the historical, implementation and policy details on another day.

The author is a PhD fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research.

Nigeria: NAMA to Step Up Digitisation of Aeronautical Services

By Oladeinde Olawoyin

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has restated its commitment towards accelerating the digitisation of Aeronautical Information Service in view of the centrality of data automation to the overall safety of civil aviation.

The Managing Director of the Agency, Fola Akinkuotu, made this known on the occasion of the World AIS Day which held at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos on Tuesday.

Mr. Akinkuotu maintained that in view of critical deliverables of the Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) project and “given that it represents a global migration to a dynamic data oriented aeronautical information management system that facilitates the timely exchange of aeronautical information in an accurate and standardized format from anywhere to everywhere globally on real-time basis, the automation project is a must-do for NAMA.”

The deliverables, the NAMA boss said, include the enhancement of e-NOTAM, e-Flight Planning, e-AIP, e-TOD, e-Charts, e-Flight briefing among others.

He explained that for the dream of AIS Automation to be realized, it behoves staff of the department to put in their best to see that their service both at the individual and group level remain invaluable.

Mr. Akinkuotu, however, maintained that the staff could do this through extensive research and paper presentation at seminars, targeted at enriching the system and taking it to the next level.

He also promised to open his doors to their professional and technical advice which he said would give him the needed guidance in taking key decisions.

The NAMA helmsman lauded staff of the AIS department for their diligence, hard work and dedication to duty.

“AIS remains one of the most critical departments in the agency even though they are hardly given the prominence they deserve, because their job most often, is behind-the-scene,” he said, stressing that the absence of AIS in the system will bring about chaos in the entire civil aviation.

In his welcome address, the General Manager, AIS, Kabir Gusau, appealed to NAMA management to consider the periodic training and retraining of AIS personnel which according to him, “would bring staff up to speed with modern trends in a dynamic aviation industry and also prepare them to effectively embrace automation when fully deployed.”

Mr. Gusau also harped on the need for the agency, through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to ensure that qualified AIS personnel were licensed as this would bolster them towards hard work, commitment to duty and enhanced productivity.

Observed in 191 contracting states globally, the World AIS Day is a day providers of the service, regulatory authorities, users of the service, other aviation stakeholders, as well as AIS systems manufacturers, critically assess the performance of the service and recommend appropriate measures for its enhancement.

In Nigeria, the 2017 World AIS Day with the theme: Efficient Data Management System that Supports Digital Aeronautical Information Services, was celebrated on May 15, 2017 simultaneously in all parts of the country.

Serengeti Boys Display Inspires Coach Shime

Serengeti Boys head coach Bakari Shime was pleased with his side’s spirited show against defending champions Mali in their opening match at the 12th edition of the Africa Youth Cup (AYC) final in Gabon.

The Tanzanian youngsters made their bow at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday, settling for a barren draw with holders Mali in their Group B opener at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville. Shime’s lads really gave a good account of themselves to hold the highly rated Malians in their first ever game at the biggest stage.

“I am happy with the boys’ performance against the defending champions. We never gave them space and we held them well despite not scoring goals,” Shime said after the game. “It has been a valuable point collected. I congratulate my players for the job well accomplished.

It was a big lesson for my players. We are here to compete. However, I admit we played against a team with quality.” The holders appeared to threaten the Boys with their athleticism especially in the opening half, but Bakari Shime’s youngsters were undeterred and found their rhythm in the second half to take a point from the debut outing in the continental youth finals.

“My players struggled in the first half but we made some changes in the set up and were stabilized in the second half. The shape of the team was changed as we moved forward in the second half.”

Serengeti Boys’ second outing will be against Angola tomorrow, before winding up their group stage campaign against West African side, Niger on May 21. Shime sounded optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s encounter; “We are buoyant ahead of our next game and I am optimistic we will perform.”

Mali coach Jonas Kokou Komla though, on his side, said he hopes that his charges will go for the vital points in their next match against Niger due tomorrow. “Nothing has been lost following the result against Tanzania who had a very good defence.

However, the result reflects the kind of preparations we had before coming to Gabon. “Forty (40) days of training were not enough and we also missed five high profile build up matches. I will ask my players to play and improve in the next matches,” he said post match.

“We came here with ambitions and one of them is to qualify for the World Cup, and the other is to play till the end of the tournament,” he added.

Angola and Niger, other teams in Group B, shared the spoils as well after playing out a 2-2 draw in Monday’s late kick-off at the same venue.

The biennial international youth football tournament organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for players aged 17 and below, will see the top four teams qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

Tanzania

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Former Tanzanian President Kikwete to Serve in High Profile Council On Refugees

Dar es Salaam — Former President Jakaya Kikwete has been named in the executive body of the World Refugee Council (WRC), an independent group of global leaders and innovators aimed at advancing new solutions to the global refugee crisis.

A press statement named Mr Kikwete as co-chair of the executive body which will be chaired by former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lloyd Axworthy.

Hina Jilani from Pakistan and Rita Süssmuth from Germany will serve alongside Mr Kikwete as co-chairs while Paul Heinbecker will move in as deputy and Fen Hampson will serve the body as director.

The press statement said among other things, the Council will offer advice on broad-reaching reform and innovation to reinvigorate the global refugee system.

“The Council will develop a transformative agenda to help ensure that international cooperation for refugees is predictable, equitable and just,” reads part of the statement.

The council will also be served by 17 councillors.

“With the crisis in Syria entering its sixth year, and new crises emerging in Africa and around the world, the current refugee protection system is struggling to meet the needs of states and refugees alike,” said Axworthy. “Now more than ever there is an urgent need for bold and innovative thinking on how we can improve international cooperation and ensure more predictable outcomes for refugees and states alike.”

Africa

Continent Calls for Funding to Restore Degraded Forests, Land

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