Jan 31, 2014

 Katibu Mkuu wa CCM, Abdulrahman Kinana, akizungumza na Vijana, katika Ukumbi wa Mtenda jijini Mbeya, leo jioni ikiwa ni maadalizi ya shamrashamra za miaka 37 ya CCM zitakazofanyika Jumapili hii jijini hapa. Kushoto ni Katibu wa NEC, Itikadi na Uenezi, Nape Nnauye na Katibu Mkuu wa UVCCM, Sixtus Mapunda.
 Vijana akiwa wamembeba Katibu Mkuu wa CCM, Abdulrahman Kinana, baada ya kuwakuna kwa hotuba yake, alipozungumza nao katika ukumbi wa Mtenda jijini Mbeya
 Vijana hao wakimbeba pia Katibu wa NEC, Itikadi na Uenezi Nape Nnauye
 Kinana akiagana na vijana hao nje ya ukumbi baada ya kuzungumza nao
 Baadhi ya mashabiki wa timu ya Mbeya City, wakimpungia mkono Katibu Mkuu wa CCM Abdulrahman Kinana alipopishana nao akiwa katika gari lake mjini mMbeya leo jioni.
Paul Makondya kutoka Makao Makuu ya CCM, akiongoza msafara wa Kinana kutoka ukumbini kwenda mjini.


Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, akizungumza na Waziri Mkuu wa Finland, Jyrki Katainen, wakati alipokuwa akiagana naye kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere, Dar es Salaam. Waziri huyo ameondoka jana usiku kurejea nchini kwao baada ya kumaliza ziara yake ya siku tatu nchini. Picha na OMR
 Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, akizungumza na Waziri Mkuu wa Finland, Jyrki Katainen, wakati alipokuwa akiagana naye kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere, Dar es Salaam. Waziri huyo ameondoka jana usiku kurejea nchini kwao baada ya kumaliza ziara yake ya siku tatu nchini. Kushoto ni Waziri wa Nishati na Madini, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo. Picha na OMR

Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, akiongozana na Waziri Mkuu wa Finland, Jyrki Katainen, wakati alipokuwa akimsindikiza na kuagana naye kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere, Dar es Salaam. Waziri huyo ameondoka jana usiku kurejea nchini kwao baada ya kumaliza ziara yake ya siku tatu nchini. Picha na OMR
 Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, akiagana na Waziri Mkuu wa Finland, Jyrki Katainen, wakati alipokuwa akiondoka kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere, Dar es Salaam, jana usiku kurejea nchini kwao baada ya kumaliza ziara yake ya siku tatu nchini. Picha na OMR


 Makamu Mwenyekiti wa CCM (Bara),Phillip Mangula akisalimiana na Mbunge wa Viti Maalum, Dk. Mary Mwanjelwa baada ya kuwasili leo asubuhi kwenye Ofisi za CCM Mkoa wa Mbeya , tayari kwa maadhimisho ya miaka 37 ya CCM yatakayofanyika kitaifa kwenye Uwanja wa Kumbukumbu ya Sokoine, jijini Mbeya Jumapili Februari 2. Kushoto ni Katibu wa Itikadi na Uenezi wa CCM, Nape Nnauye.
 Mangula (katikati) akiwa na Katibu wa Itikadi na Uenezi wa CCM, Nape Nnauye (kulia) pamoja na Mwenyekiti wa CCM Mkoa wa Mbeya, Godfrey Zambi.
 Katibu Mkuu wa CCM, Abdulrahman Kinana (katikati) akizungumza na Nape (kulia) pamoja na Zambi kwenye chumba cha watu mashuhuri (VIP) alipowasili kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Songwe, Mbeya leo mchana, ttayari kwa maadhimidho hayo.
 Nape (kulia) akizungumza na Kinana pamoja na Zambi kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Songwe
Dk. Mary Mwanjelwa (kushoto) akijadiliana jambo na Makmu Mwenyekiti wa Jumuiya ya Wazazi, Dogo Idd Mabrouk wakati wa mapokezi hayo.Picha na MichuziJr wa Michuzi Media Group.


Jan 30, 2014

At the age of 38, Mohammed Dewji employs 24,000 people and claims to contribute 3.5% to Tanzania's GDP. Within the next 5 years, he plans to build a $5 billion empire out of Dar es Salaam.
by Kristin Palitza
What most entrepreneurs don’t achieve in a lifetime, he did in just over a decade. Mohammed Dewji single-handedly turned his father’s trading business into Tanzania’s largest import-export group. He grew Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania (MeTL) 30-fold and increased revenues from $30 million to $1.1 billion by diversifying into a multitude of sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, financial services, real estate, cement, energy and mobile telephony.

It’s not surprising that many people have a hard time imagining the humble beginnings Dewji comes from. His family, which stems from Gujarat state in western India and was blown in the proverbial dhow across the Indian Ocean, started out with very little. His grandmother opened a small trading shop, which she runs out of their home in Singida, a poverty-stricken town in central Tanzania. In this simple house, built from sand and mud, Dewji was born with the help of a traditional midwife.

“That wasn’t very smart. My mother and I almost died because I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck,” he recalls. But from then on, his fortunes changed.

His father, Gulam Dewji, who had by the mid-70s turned his mother’s shop into a flourishing import-export business, was able to sent his six children to good schools, first in Tanzania’s third-largest city Arusha and later in capital Dar es Salam. In their free time, Dewji and his siblings played tennis and golf.

“My father spent a lot of money educating us. He also believed sport creates discipline. He didn’t want us to just play a sport for fun. He wanted us to push ourselves. We probably have a thousand trophies at home that we won,” he says.

Until this day, there is almost nothing Dewji undertakes purely as a hobby. He either aims for success, or he doesn’t bother with it. And so he ploughs millions of Dollars into Tanzania’s national soccer team, the Taifa Stars instead of being content watching the odd game or kicking around a ball on a Sunday.

“I have no moderation. My wife always complains. She says, ‘Mohammed, why don’t you do things in the middle?’ It’s either very much or nothing at all,” he laughs.

His favorite sport has always been golf. Dewji spent many afternoons on Dar es Salaam’s golf course, not only because he was good it – he had 3 handicap – but also because he realized from early on that many high-profile business deals are concluded on the world’s 18-hole-lawns.

“I already liked to network as a very young guy. I was told that the golf course is a good place to meet important people. So I started playing golf. At one time, I even wanted to become a golf professional,” he says.

When his father saw that his son showed potential, he enrolled him at the legendary Arnold Palmer Golf Academy in Orlando, Florida, where Dewji also attended Saddlebrook High School. A few years later, when it became clear that Dewji wasn’t going to make the cut as a professional golfer, he decided to study international business and finance with a minor in theology at Georgetown University, an elite tertiary institution in Washington D.C., which has a long list of notable alumni, including former US president Bill Clinton, former Philippines president Gloria Arroyo and Jordan's King Abdullah.

During his time at Georgetown, Dewji learned what he says were key lessons in leadership. “Georgetown really molded me. It took me a step forward. I understood that you need to be dreaming, but not daydreaming. You need to try to dream a reality. Then you have vision,” he explains.

Pietra Rivoli, deputy dean of Georgetown University’s school of business, who taught Dewji in international finance, remembers him as a student whose energy was boundless and whose positive enthusiasm was contagious.

“While other students tried to stay awake through discussions of exchange rates, Mohammed would stay after class to talk about how the readings might pertain to the Tanzanian Schilling, and how Tanzania could address its economic challenges. Even at the age of 20 or so, he was thinking about how to improve life in his country,” she remembers.

Dewji never questioned if he should return to Africa after his graduation in 1998. He joined his father’s business, which had by then become a million Dollar trade and transport group, as chief financial controller. Five years later, at the age of 29, he was promoted to managing director, expanding his father’s business hard and fast. “I went into manufacturing and value-addition. I built a distribution system and created branches,” he says.

Today, MeTL Group is buying and selling more than 200 commodities in east, central and southern Africa, from sugar to rice, salt, fertilizer, second-hand clothing, motorcycles, bubblegum, yeast and ballpoint pens. The group also distributes 50 of its own brands, taking advantage of the fact that Tanzania borders on eight countries and is thereby an ideal import-export gateway.

“The goods that I am mainly dealing in are FMCGs [fast moving consumable goods]. It’s goods that touch people’s lives, that are needed by the common man,” he says.

The distribution of FMCGs is not an easy task in a vast country like Tanzania, which measures a million square kilometers and where 80% of the population lives in remote, rural areas. But with more than a hundred trade outlets countrywide, MeTL Group has managed to undercut multi-national consumer goods giants like Unilever and drive them out of the east African nation.

“I have a big basket of goods. I have warehousing and logistics. I have over a thousand trucks. It’s all complimenting each other. It’s very difficult for people to come from the outside and compete with me,” Dewji explains.

He invests in whatever sector he sees opportunity and growth potential. Or to say it differently: the only two industries Dewji is not involved in are beer and tobacco.

Agriculture is another key sector for MeTL Group, which with a workforce of 24,000 people is also the country’s biggest employer, and with 50,000 hectares of arable land, the largest private landowner. Dewji’s sisal farms, tea gardens and cashew fields are the drivers of his FMCG export business. A good 99% of the cashew kernels he produces, for example, are shipped to the United States.

Always thinking two steps ahead, Dewji has been making plans for how to profit most from his land, while helping to solve the challenges of Dar es Salaam’s rapid urbanization, a city of 4.4 million people. He is busy turning a 17,000 acre plot he bought cheaply several years ago, just 25 kilometers outside of the capital, into a dry-port with an internal container depot and a railway connection that will feed into Dar es Salaam’s massive, natural harbor, which is slowly but surely running out of space. It will, of course, also generate huge profits.

Since MeTL Group already contributes 3.5% of Tanzania’s GDP, it is fast outgrowing national boundaries.

“If you compare, for example, Tata and the MeTL Group, we are like Mickey Mouse. But if you look at their contribution to India, vis-à-vis my contribution to Tanzania, mine is bigger. You end up competing with everybody in your own country, and I don’t think that’s healthy. It’s a risk area. It’s a good time for us to replicate what we are doing in Tanzania in other countries,” he explains his expansion plans.

A workaholic at heart, Dewji never thinks small. “Slowly, slowly, I am planning to take on the whole continent. I am very bullish,” he says about himself. His five-year-plan is to turn MeTL Group into a $5 billion empire.

“We have to constantly revisit our visions, because we are outgrowing them so quickly. Who would have thought we could turn our business from $30 million to $1.1 billion in only 12 years? I believe that by 2018, we will be a $5bn business. Easy. It’s a no-brainer. If you look at the business we are in and the growth potential that there is, it’s amazing. My philosophy as a businessman is not to be satisfied with what I have got, but to always work harder to achieve more,” he says.

It’s been quite some years now that MeTL Group, under Dewji’s helm, has expanded so drastically that it has outgrown the loan potential of Tanzania’s banks. Dewji has found a solution to this problem, too. He goes to one of the continent’s powerhouses, South Africa, to finance new ventures. Most recently, he secured a $100 million syndicated loan through a grouping of banks.

“If I think of a top African businessman, Mohammed comes to mind. He works very long hours, is always on the move, has an eye for opportunity and a very good business sense. He is levelheaded and pays extremely close attention to detail,” says Helmut Engelbrecht, head of Investment banking in Africa at Standard Bank, one of the financial institutions that has been working closely with MeTL Group.

Whatever venture Dewji pursues links closely into his country’s national policy framework. When Tanzania’s government launched a national strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction in 2005 that was geared, among other things, towards boosting entrepreneurship to achieve value addition and employment creation, Dewji immediately saw opportunity.

“I bought a lot of sick industries, including soap production, grain milling, rice and sugar blending. I also went into the edible oil business and the textile industry,” he says.

He first expanded MeTL Group’s edible oil refining capacity from 60 to 600 tons. This year, Dewji almost quadrupled the business when he purchased an additional 1,650-ton refinery, increasing his total output to 2,250 tons of edible oil. It comes as little surprise that he has caught the attention of some of Africa’s wealthiest investors.

“I am being approached by many big boys, by multi-national companies that want to partner with me or buy me out. But I am not ready to sell yet. I can see so much more opportunity for growth. I don’t want to be paid based on what I am earning today, because I can see the tremendous potential. I am always looking five, ten years ahead,” he explains.

Another ailing sector Dewji rescued is Tanzania’s textile industry. Knowing that the east African nation is the continent’s third largest cotton producer, he decided to buy and refurbish four run-down mills, three in Tanzania and one in Mozambique. His next step will be to move into Zambia and Malawi, he says, considering Ethiopia as a potential fifth standpoint.

“We were quite lucky. Tanzania’s previous, socialist government had invested hundreds of millions of Dollars in infrastructure to build textile mills. But under socialism everything collapsed. So we were able to acquire these industries very cheaply. Obviously the machinery was all run-down, the technology obsolete. We had to rehabilitate the mills by investing in top European and American machinery,” says Dewji.

He has turned MeTL Group into sub-Sahara Africa’s largest textile player, integrating the entire value-addition chain from ginning to spinning, weaving, processing and printing.

“This year, we are going to produce more than a hundred million meters of cloth. That is more than 2,500 times the circumference of the earth,” Dewji says with pride.

Due to his entrepreneurial vigor, Tanzania is able to compete with the world’s largest and cheapest textile producer, China – at least within its own borders where government policies, including import tariffs on textiles and a standard value added tax (VAT) of 18% help protect the industry.

“Today, overall textile production is cheaper in Tanzania than in China. Labor is competitive in terms of pricing. Tanzania’s big advantage is that we have cotton, while China has to import cotton. So they cannot compete with me in my market,” Dewji explains.
His success speaks for itself. This year alone, he will earn at least $85 million after taxes, he says. But he is far too humble to take credit for the entirety of his achievement.

“People often ask me: ‘Who is smarter, you or your father?’ I ask them back: ‘Is the person who goes from zero to ten smarter, or someone who goes from ten to a thousand?’ Obviously, it’s much easier to go from ten to a thousand than to start from zero. So I believe that my father is much smarter than me,” he says.
Nothing could be further from his mind than taking it easy, or even early retirement.

“People in Tanzania look at my wealth and think I must be sunbathing and playing golf all day. But I work really hard. I put in a hundred hours a week. It’s a never stopping game. You can never say, ‘I’ve worked hard enough now’,” says Dewji, who has 60 divisional board meetings every month, or two per day.

Every morning, Dewji, who lives in with his wife, daughter and two sons in one of Dar es Salaam’s best neighborhoods, starts work at 6AM, spending the first hour responding to emails and reading commodity reports. He then runs meetings until lunch, by which time he has already put in almost seven hours of work.

“When I feel my energy levels starting to drop, I drive to the gym near my house. Every day, I run three kilometers and lift weights. I like to keep fit,” says Dewji, who is of slender built and the proud owner of a ‘six-pack’.

After gym, he goes home for lunch and to play 15 minutes with his three children before he returns to the office until late at night. The only days he takes off are Sundays, he says, when he spends time with his family and totally shuts off from work.
“Until about four years ago, I also used to work on Sundays, until my wife almost divorced me,” he jokes. 

Dewji is not only growing his own empire. He is putting Tanzania on the map, making sure the east African nation – which boasts the continent’s third largest gold reserves, recently discovered uranium and gas reserves as well as a flourishing tourism industry combined with long-term political stability – will become one of sub-Sahara Africa’s big economic players, together with South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.

Already, Dar es Salaam is the second fastest growing African city after Lagos. And Tanzania, which boasts an average of 7% national economic growth over the past decade, has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. According to World Bank, Tanzania’s per capita GDP more than doubled from $730 in 2000 to $1,500 in 2012.

“There’s no doubt that the country’s purchasing power is increasing,” notes Dewji, who believes the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, which currently has an overall growth rate of 4.8%, could achieve double-digit growth figures if countries are well-governed, politically stable and create conducive environments to attract investment.

As if Dewji didn’t already have enough on his plate, he is also in politics. The decision was made when he visited Singida, the town and district he grew up in, after returning from the US. As he walked the city’s streets, he encountered an old man who was scooping yellowish water out of a dirty puddle. It was his family’s only access to drinking water.

“A lot of people die from water-born diseases in rural Tanzania. But every life has the same value. So I decided to run in the next elections to change the dire situation these people live in. I was 24 years old. My parents thought I was crazy,” he remembers.

Whatever Dewji sets his mind to, he turns into a success. In 2005, he was elected as a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Tanzania. Five years later, he was re-elected in a landslide victory with 80% of votes. Not being a fan of ‘politicking’, Dewji, who is fluent in both English and Kiswahili, says he decided to put his own spin on the role of an MP.

“I don’t really have time for politics. I don’t go to parliament, and I don’t get involved in national politics, because I don’t want it to conflict with my business interests. All I do is serve my constituency because I believe people see hope in me,” he explains.
He puts his money where his mouth is. Every year, he donates half a million Dollars of his own money to help the people of Singida, with focus on three areas: education, health care and water. And with tangible success. In years Dewji has been representing the central Tanzanian district, access to clean water has jumped from 23% to 75%, while the number of secondary schools increased from two to 18.

“I studied theology as a minor because I feel that religion is complimenting me. It makes you strive to become a better person. I am very conscious of everything I do. If you get too engrossed in making money, you lose focus on life. Life is very short. I don’t want to die with all this money,” he explains.

Even though he makes millions, he has little interest in living a life of utter luxury, employing only a driver, a butler and private security.

“You have to live well, but you don’t have to live lavishly to the extreme. You need to be humble. I could buy a plane, a Rolls Royce or a Bentley. But I don’t. If drilling a borehole costs $20,000, you tell me to buy a watch for $20,000? To make a decision that has an impact on people’s lives is a one-second decision for me. If you get too egocentric, you lose your vision. It deceives you.”


Jan 29, 2014

MOSHI, Tanzania
WAZIRI wa Nchi ofisi ya Rais anayeshuhulikia Utawala Bora, Kaptein mstaafu, George Mkuchika amesema migogoro ya ardhi, mauaji ya maalbino na vikongwe, wanachi kujichukulia sheria mikononi, rushwa pamoja na ujangili zinadaiwa kuwa moja ya sababu zinazochangia kuporomoka kwa Tanzania katika viwango vya utawala bora duniani.

Mkuchika aliyasema hayo alipokuwa akizungumza katika kikao cha 30 cha Kamati ya ushauri wa mkoa wa Kilimanjaro (RCC) kikao ambacho ni cha kwanza kwa mwaka huu wa 2014 na maalum kwa ajili ya kujadili vipauumbele vya Bajeti ya Mkoa huo kwa mwaka 2014/2015.

Kaptein Mkuchika alisema kutokana na taarifa zilizotolewa hivi karibuni, Tanzania inashika nafasi ya pili kwa utawala bora nyuma ya Rwanda kwa nchi za ukanda wa Afrika mashariki nyuma ya Rwanda, 17 katika ukanda wa Afrika na 102  kati ya nchi 176  duniani ambapo kwa mujibu wa taarifa hizo Tanzania imeshuka kiwango katika ukanda wa Afrika katika kipindi cha miaka miwili.

Alisema katika taarifa hizo, Tanzania ilikuwa ikishika nafasi ya 10 miaka miwili iliyopita na kuongeza kuwa kuporomoka huko kunatokana na kukithiri kwa ukiukwaji wa haki za binadamu, mauaji ya albino na vikongwe, mapigano ya wakulima na wafugaji, Ujangili, ambapo zaidi ya watu kumi walikufa mkoani Manyara.

 “tukiangalia kiundani Matukio haya yamesababisha kwa kiasi kikubwa Tanzania kuporomoka katika viwango vya utawala bora, miaka miwili iliyopita, tulikuwa wa 10 katika bara la Afrika, Afrika mashariki tunashika nafasi ya 2, duniani tuko nafasi ya 102 kati ya nchi 176, kukithiri kwa matukio ya ukiukwaji wa haki za binadamu, mauaji ya albino na vikongwe, mapigano ya wakulima na wafugaji, Ujangili, zaidi ya watu kumi walikufa mkoani Manyara,” alisema Mkuchika.

Kuhusu swala la Rushwa, Mkuchika alisema tatizo hilo haliwezi kumalizwa endapo wananchi wenyewe hawatabadili tabia yao kwani uzoefu unaonesha kuwa asilimia kubwa ya Rushwa ndogo hutokana na Wananchi wenyewe.

Alisema katika swala la Rushwa, kamati za ushauri za mikoa na mabaraza ya Halmashauri zina nafasi kubwa kufanikisha vita na mapambano dhidi ya vitendo hivyo kutokana na kuhusika kwao katika maamuzi mengi yanayohusu maendeleo ya mikoa na Halmashauri zao.

“kweli kwa kiasi kikubwa kamati ya ushauri ya mkoa, mabaraza ya madiwani zina nafasi kubwa ya kupunguza tatizo la rushwa katika Halmashauri na mikoa yao, endapo watu hawa watabadilika hasa katika maamuzi wanayoyachukua katika shughuli na vikao vyao,” alisema

Kwa upande wake Mkuu wa mkoa wa Kilimanjaro, Leonidas Gama aliwataka watendaji katika halmashauri zote za wilaya hiyo kutekeleza agizo la kutenga mgao wa asilimia 15 kwa ajili ya makundi maalum ambayo ni asilimia 5 kwa ajili ya vijana asilimia 5 ya wanawake na asilimia5 kwa ajili ya vita dhidi ya mapambano ya  Ukimwi ambapo alisema mkoa haitasita kuichukulia hatua Halmashauri itakayoshindwa kutekjeleza agizo hilo.

“kila halmashauri inatakiwa kutenga fedha kwa ajili ya makundi maalumu ambapo , asilimia 5 kwa vijana, tano kwa wanawake na asilimia 5 kwa ajili ya mapambano dhidi ya vita ya Ukimwi, na halmashauri itakayoshindwa kutekeleza itachukuliwa hatua kali,” alisema.


Jan 28, 2014


Ndugu zangu waandishi wa habari, nimewaiteni hapa kwa dharura, ili kuweza kuwafahamisha hali halisi ya mauaji yaliyotokea katika siku za hivi karibuni katika mkoa wa Kipolisi wa Tarime Rorya.
Mnamo tarehe 26 Januari, 2014 majira ya saa 12.00 asubuhi huko katika kijiji cha Mogabiri katika mkoa wa kipolisi Tarime Rorya, jambazi asiyefahamika kwa jina aliwaua kwa risasi Zakaria Mwita Marwa miaka 28 na Erick Lucas Maranya miaka 24 baada ya kukutana nao njiani.
Siku hiyohiyo, majiara ya saa 4:00 usiku, katika kijiji hichohicho cha Mogabiri, jambazi huyo alimuua Robert Kisiri miaka 45 baada ya kuvamia Grocery inayomilikiwa na Chacha Ryoba na kumjeruhi mtu mwingine mmoja.
Tarehe 27 januari, 2014 majira ya 11:30 alfajiri katika kijiji cha Mugabiri, jambazi huyo alifanya mauaji tena kwa kumpiga risasi David Mwasi Matiko miaka 39 na kumpora simu yake aina ya Nokia. Katika tukio hilo, pia, alimjeruhi Machungu Nyamahemba miaka 19 ambaye bado amelazwa katika hospitali ya Tarime kwa Matibabu.
Siku hiyohiyo ya tarehe 27 Januari, 2014 majira ya saa 2:00 usiku katika kijiji cha Nkende, jambazi huyo alimuua kwa kumpiga risasi Juma Marwa Nyaitara miaka 30. Baada ya kufanya mauaji hayo, jambazi huyo aliwapora simu zao za mkononi Chacha Magige na Masero Marigiri wote wa kijiji cha Nkende.
Usiku wa kuamkia tarehe 28 Januari, 2014, jambazi huyo aliendelea kuua watu wengine watatu ambao bado majina yao hayajafahamika. Mtu mmoja alipigwa risasi wakati akiendesha pikipiki katika kijiji cha Nkende na wengine wawili waliuawa baada ya kukutwa na jambazi huyo wakiwa wanatengeneza gari lililokuwa limewaharibikia katika kijiji cha Mogabiri.
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KATIBU Mkuu wa CCM, Abdulrahman Kinana akizungumza na Mwenyekiti wa Kampuni za IPP, Reginald Mengi (kushoto), Ofisi Ndogo ya Makao Makuu ya CCM, Mtaa wa Lumumba jijini Dar es Salaam, leo. Picha:theNkoromo Blog


The World Economic Forum brought together political, business and civil society leaders to discuss economic development issues. It also attracted a host of entrepreneurs, among them Forbes' youngest member of the rich list, Mohammed Dewji, Group Chief Executive Officer of Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania. CNBC Africa's Bronwyn Neilson spoke with him about the company's expansion on the continent.


Jan 27, 2014

Polisi wa Usalama Barabarani, akimsaidia mwanamke mwenzake kubeba mtoto vizuri, kwenye  makutano ya Barabara ya Mandela na Chang'ombe, Temeke jijini Dar es Salaam, leo.


Amiri Jeshi Mkuu wa Majeshi la Ulinzi na Usalama, Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete ameliamuru Jeshi la Wananchi wa Tanzania (JWTZ) kuanza mara moja kazi ya kusimamia utoaji huduma kwa watu walioathiriwa na mafuriko katika Mkoa wa Morogoro, ikiwa ni pamoja na kusimamia ujenzi wa nyumba za muda wa waathirika hao.

Rais pia ameliamuru Jeshi kupeleka mashine za kusafisha maji katika makambi ambako waathirika hao wa mafuriko ya Januari 22, mwaka huu wanaishi kwa muda.

Aidha, Rais Kikwete amewahakikishia waathirika wa mafuriko hayo kuwa Serikali itahakikisha inawapatia huduma zote za msingi ikiwa ni pamoja na chakula, malazi, maji na huduma za afya hadi hapo watakapokuwa na uwezo wa kuanza kujitegemea tena.

Rais Kikwete ametoa amri hizo kwa Jeshi leo, Januari 27, 2014, wakati alipotembelea kambi za waathirika wa mafuriko hayo kuwajulia hali walioathirika katika makambi yaliyoko Shule ya Sekondari ya Magole katika eneo la Dumila na katika Kijiji cha Mateteni kilichoko Dakawa, Wilaya ya Kilosa.

Katika hotuba zake fupi baada ya kuwa ametembelea na kuona mahema ambamo waathirika hao wanalala, Rais Kikwete amesema   ameagiza Jeshi kuongoza harakati za kuwahudumia wahanga hao kwa sababu zikifuatwa taratibu za kawaida za Kiserikali huduma zitachelewa sana kuwafia waathirika.

“Kazi yetu ni kusimamia maisha ya watu hasa   kipindi cha shida za namna hii. Tukifuata taratibu za kawaida za Kiserikali za tenda tutachelewesha sana huduma za dharura kwa waathirika. Ndiyo maana nimeliamuru Jeshi kufanya kazi hii ikiwa ni pamoja na kujenga haraka makazi ya muda wa waathirika,” amesema Rais Kikwete na kuongeza:

“Katika mazungumzo hayo na Mkuu wa Majeshi, nimemwagiza pia kuleta mashine za kusafishia maji ili kuhakikisha kuwa watu wanakunywa maji salama kwa sababu katika hali ya sasa maji yasiyokuwa salama yanaweza kuwa chanzo cha magonjwa.”

Kuhusu upatikanaji wa chakula cha msaada kwa wahanga, Rais Kikwete amesema kuwa Serikali inacho chakula cha kutosha kwa ajili yao. “Tunacho chakula cha kutosha na hata kile tusichokuwa nacho tutanunua. Tutabanana ndani ya Serikali ili tupate fedha za kutosha za kuwahudumia.”

Kuhusu malazi, Rais amesema:”Naambiwa kuna upungufu wa magodoro. Tutahakikisha kuwa yanapatikana na yatafika katika siku mbili zijazo. Hatutaki watu walale chini na waje kupata vichomi.”

Kuhusu maji, Rais Kikwete amesema kuwa Serikali itaendelea kutoa huduma ya maji bure kwa wahanga. “Tutaendelea kutoa bure huduma hii mpaka hapo huduma ya kawaida ya maji itakapoanza kupatikana tena.”

Kuhusu huduma za afya, Rais amesema kuwa anafurahi kuwa kila kambi ya wahanga inayo huduma ya afya ambayo itaendelea kutolewa kwa kadri watu wanavyozidi kuishi kwenye makambi.

Rais ameagiza kuwa baada ya muda mfupi viongozi wa Mkoa wa Morogoro na wilaya husika wakae chini ya viongozi wa ngazi za chini na wahanga kujadili na kutafuta mwafaka kuhusu maisha ya baadaye ya wahanga – hasa kuhusu namna gani wanaweza kupatiwa maeneo yaliyoko nje ya mikondo ya mafuriko.

“Hili ni lazima kwa sababu hata kama imechukua miaka mingi kwa mafuriko ya sasa kutokea ni dhahiri kuwa iko siku yatakuja tena – inaweza kuwa hata mwaka huu kwa sababu zipo mvua za masika. Kwa hiyo ni lazima tukubaliane jinsi gani ya kurudi ama kutokurudi katika maeneo yetu tulikotoka.”


United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), National Information Officer, Usia Nkhoma-Ledama delivering a message from the UN Secretary General’s to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust of 1933.

By Damas Makangale, MOblog Tanzania
THE Federal Republic of Germany is strongly supports the international cooperation in Holocaust education through the European Union, the United Nations and other International bodies in today’s globalized world.

Speaking to invited guests during the International day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust today in Dar es Salaam, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, First Secretary, Holger Pfingsten said that teaching about the Holocaust is not limited in educating students about historical facts but to make them understand the consequences of Hitler’s dictatorship.

“The uniqueness of the Holocaust and to make them appreciate the values and institutions that ensure and protect our freedom and democracy today and to encourage them to take an active role in safeguarding these achievements,’ he said.

He said that education in Germany as a consequence of the Nazi period is federalized and therefore the responsibility of the German States and education policy is however coordinated on a national level by a council of the cultural ministers of every State.
First Secretary, Head Administration, Federal German Embassy, Holger Pfingsten with some students following attentively the commemoration in memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Pfingsten added that they approve the common guidelines for teaching and Education about the Nazi Period is part of the compulsory curriculum of all German schools at all levels of education and the Holocaust is treated as the most important aspect.

“A crime against Humanity and all its values on an unimaginable scale committed by Germans that fills us with grieve, shock and above all deep shame,” he underscored.
He further noted that the media play a key role while Germany to this day has a strong public broadcasting sector which is obliged to put a particular emphasis on information about the Nazi period and the Holocaust in particular.

On her part United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) National Information Officer, Usia Nkhoma Ledama who delivered a speech on behalf of the UN Secretary General, Ban ki- Moon said that the UN was founded to prevent any such horror from happening again.

“Yet tragedies from Cambodia to Rwanda to Srebrenica show that the poison of genocide still flows,”
“We must be ever vigilant against bigotry, extremist ideologies, communal tensions and discrimination against minorities,” she explained.
First Secretary, Head Administration, Federal German Embassy, Holger Pfingsten gives a key note message to invited dignitaries during the International day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Students from Secondary schools and Universities listening attentively during the ongoing session of the international day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
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Section of Secondary school and University students viewing a live video of “Blinky and me”.
UNIC, National Information Officer, Usia Nkhoma-Ledama overseeing Questions and answers session after viewing the video “Blinky and me” to Secondary and University students in Dar es Salaam to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.
Above and below: Students from Secondary schools and Universities airing their views about Holocaust Education around the Globe and role of youth in promoting and protecting Peace and tranquility across the world.
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First Secretary, Head Administration, Federal German Embassy, Holger Pfingsten, elaborate a point to students during the International day of Holocaust Victims.
UNIC Librarian Officer, Harriet Macha handover different publications of the UN to some invitees and students.
Usia Nkhoma –Ledama in tete a tete with first Secretary of Germany Embassy in Dar, Holger Pfingsten.


Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyarandu na Naibu wake, Mohamed Mgimwa, baada ya mazungumzo yao yaliyofanyika Ofisini kwa Makamu Ikulu jijini Dar es Salaam, leo Jan 27, 2014. Picha na OMR


Arnold Swai (wa kwanza kushoto)wakati wa upigaji kura, zoezi lilofanyika juzi, wilayani Hai kuziba pengo la nafasi ya Mwenyekiti
Mjumbe wa Halmshauri kuu CCM wilaya ya Hai, Fuya Kimbita, akizungumza katika zoezi la kupiga kura lililoshuhudia Mwandishi wa Habari Leo, Arnold Swai akiibuka kidedea.
Arnold Swai akihutubia baada ya kutangazwa Mwenyekiti Mpya kwa kushinda uchaguzi uliofanyika juzi. Swai alipata kura 151 kati ya kura 222 zilizopigwa
Mwenyekiti wa UVCCM mkoa wa Kilimanjaro, Fredy Mushi, akizungumza na wanajumuiya hiyo muda mfupi kabala ya uchaguzi ulioshuhudia ushindi wa kishindo wa Mwandishi wa Habari Leo, Arnold Swai kuwa Mwenyekiti wa UVCCM wilaya ya Hai.


Waziri wa Kazi na Ajira Bi.Gaudentia Kabaka akitoa tamko la Serikali kwa waandishi wa habari (hawapo pichani) juu ya usitishwaji wa utaratibu wa kukodisha wafanyakazi unaofanywa na baadhi ya mawakala binafsi wa huduma za ajira wakati wa mkutano uliofanyika katika ukumbi wa idara ya habari (MAELEZO) leo Jijini Dar es Salaam.
1. Wizara ya Kazi na Ajira imekua ikipokea malalamiko  toka kwa wadau mbalimbali kuhusu taratibu wa udalali wa kukodisha wafanyakazi katika makampuni unaofanywa na baadhi ya Wakala Binafsi wa Huduma za Ajira nchini.

2. Wizara imefanya uchunguzi wa kina kuhusu suala hili na kubaini kuwa utaratibu wa kukodisha wafanyakazi unaofanywa na baadhi ya Wakala Binafsi wa Huduma za Ajira ni kinyume cha Sheria ya Huduma za Ajira Na. 9 ya Mwaka 1999  (Sura 243 kama ilivyorejewa Mwaka 2002). Kwa mujibu wa Kifungu 4 cha Sheria hii, majukumu ya msingi ya Wakala wa Huduma za Ajira ni kuwaandaa na kuwaunganisha Watafuta Kazi na Waajiri kwa kutoa mafunzo na  ushauri elekezi kwa watafuta kazi,  kutafuta fursa za ajira na kutoa taarifa za soko la ajira.  Hivyo, Mawakala hawapaswi kuwa waajiri wa wafanyakazi waliowatafutia kazi kwa niaba ya Waajiri wengine.

3. Aidha, uchunguzi umebaini kwamba  utaratibu huu ni ujanja unaotumiwa na baadhi ya Waajiri na Mawakala kwa lengo la kukwepa kodi na kujipatia faida kwa kukwepa kutoa haki za msingi za wafanyakazi kwa mujibu wa Sheria za Kazi. Baadhi ya makampuni yanayokodisha wafanyakazi yamefanyiwa uhakiki na TRA na kubainika kukwepa kodi ya mapato ya ajira (PAYE) na  na kodi ya mapato ya kampuni kinyume na Kifungu cha 7 cha Sheria ya Kodi ya Mapato ya Mwaka 2004 (Sura 332 kama ilivyorejewa Mwaka 2008).

4. Uchunguzi huu umebaini  athari mbalimbali kwa wafanyakazi wanaoajiriwa kwa utaratibu huu. Athari hizo ni pamoja na:
· Wafanyakazi kukosa haki ya hifadhi ya jamii kama vile likizo ya uzazi na matibabu kinyume na Sheria mbalimbali za Mifuko ya Hifadhi ya Jamii;
· Uwepo wa ubaguzi katika malipo ya mishahara kwa kazi ya aina moja kinyume  na  kifungu cha 7(10) cha Sheria ya Ajira na Mahusiano Kazini Na.6 ya mwaka 2004 ambacho kinamtaka mwajiri kuchukua hatua stahiki kwa kuhakikisha kuwa wafanyakazi bila kujali jinsia zao wanalipwa mishahara linganifu na ya haki kwa kazi yenye uzito na thamani sawa;
· Kukosa fursa za kujiendeleza kielimu na mafunzo;
· Kukosekana kwa usalama na uhakika wa ajira ;
· Wafanyakazi kulipwa mishahara ya kima cha chini kinyume na sekta wanayofanyia kazi.

5. Kwa taarifa hii, Wizara ya Kazi na Ajira imeamua kusitisha mara moja utaratibu wa Mawakala kuwaajiri  wafanyakazi wanaowatafutia kazi.  Aidha, Mawakala na Kampuni husika waliopo katika utaratibu huu kwa sasa wanapaswa kuwahamisha  wafanyakazi waliokodishwa kutoka kwa Wakala kwenda  kwa Kampuni husika. Waajiri na Wakala wanatakiwa kukamilisha zoezi hili ndani ya kipindi cha mwezi mmoja na kuwasilisha taarifa za utekelezaji kwa Katibu Mkuu, Wizara ya Kazi na Ajira kabla au ifikapo tarehe 28/02/2014.

6. Uchunguzi zaidi unaendelea kubaini kama kuna wafanyakazi wa Kigeni wanaohusishwa katika utaratibu wa kukodishwa ili hatua zinazotahili ziweze kuchukuliwa ikiwa ni pamoja na kuwataka waombe vibali vya ajira kwa mujibu wa Sheria ya Uhamiaji Na.7 ya mwaka 1995 na Sheria ya Huduma za Ajira Na.9 ya mwaka 1999. Wageni watakao kidhi vigezo wataajiriwa na kampuni walipokodishwa; ambazo kwa wakati huo zitakua ndiyo mwajiri wao.

7. Wizara ya Kazi na Ajira inawaelekeza Wakala wa Huduma za Ajira nchini kwamba, kwa utaratibu wa sasa watapaswa kuwasilisha barua za maombi ya  usajili wa Uwakala kwa KAMISHNA WA KAZI  kwa mujibu wa Sheria ya Huduma za Ajira Na. 9 ya mwaka 1999 [Sura 243 kama ilivyorejewa Mwaka 2002] ili waweze kufanya shughuli za Uwakala wa Huduma za Ajira kisheria. Maombi haya yawasilishwe ndani ya kipindi cha mwezi mmoja tangu kutolewa kwa tangazo hili. Baada ya muda huo Wakala asiye na kibali cha Kamishna wa Kazi hatoruhusiwa kuendesha shuguli za huduma za ajira nchini. Aidha, Mawakala watakaopata leseni ya Kamishna wa Kazi yatakua yakitangazwa ili yatambuliwe na Umma.

8. Nasisitiza, maelekezo haya yatatolewa kwa Makampuni na Wakala  waliohusishwa katika uchunguzi kwa ajili ya utekelezaji.