IRANIAN OIL TANKERS ARE MISTAKENLY SIGNALING THEIR FLAG STATE AS TANZANIA AND NO SUCH REGISTRATION TOOK PLACE; KOMBO

ABDULLAH HUSSEIN KOMBO DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, POLICY AND RESEARCH AT ZANZIBAR’S MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNICATION SPEAKING TO JOURNALIST (ARE NOT IN PICTURE) LAST WEEK

Iranian oil tankers are mistakenly signaling their flag state as Tanzania-Zanzibar and no such registration took place, according to a government official from the east African territory.

The 14 ships, previously registered in the Pacific island of Tuvalu, transmitted data from Sept. 24 to Oct. 13 to show they changed their names and were flying the Tanzania-Zanzibar flag, according to data compiled by a unit of Englewood, Colorado-based IHS (IHS) Inc. The company maintains a global shipping database for the United Nations’ maritime agency.

“This must be a mistake,” Abdullah Kombo, director of planning, policy and research at Zanzibar’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Communications, said by phone Oct. 15. The following day he forwarded confirmation from his country’s ship registry that the vessels aren’t entitled to fly the flag.

Iranian tankers have been switching flag states as the U.S. and European Union tighten sanctions on the country over its nuclear program. The EU banned imports of the Middle East nation’s oil in July under legislation that also prohibited any vessel insured in the 27-country bloc from carrying the crude. Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania, said Aug. 10 it would stop registering Iranian vessels, and Tuvalu announced the same decision six days later.

Pension Funds

The tankers are operated by Tehran-based NITC, which says it is owned by Iranian pension funds. Three phone calls and an e-mail on Oct. 16 and 17 to Habib-ullah Seyedan, NITC’s commercial director, weren’t returned. NITC Chairman Hamid Behbahani didn’t respond to phone calls or an e-mail yesterday. Three calls to NITC’s switchboard weren’t answered.

Nine of the tankers are going to Asia, according to the signals. One is in the Mediterranean heading for Turkey and the others are returning to the Persian Gulf. Nine of the vessels have depths in the water that indicate they may have cargoes on board. Eleven are very large crude carriers, each able to haul about 2 million barrels of oil.

Merchant ships transmit data such as location, destination, name and flag state through so-called automatic identification systems, designed to avoid collisions with other vessels and improve safety at sea. IHS maintains the database with information from ship registries, signals from carriers, classification societies and other sources, said Richard Hurley, a senior maritime data specialist at the Redhill, England-based IHS Fairplay unit.

Iranian Exports

The concentration of the maritime insurance industry in Europe means the EU sanctions extend to about 95 percent of the global tanker fleet. That leaves Iran, once OPEC’s second- largest producer, more reliant than ever on its own vessels to export crude. Shipments probably averaged 1.2 million barrels a day so far this month, compared with about 2.4 million in 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg through Oct. 15.

NITC switched at least 10 tankers to Tanzania-Zanzibar from registries in Cyprus and Malta before the EU sanctions began July 1, IHS data show. Those ships are no longer registered and no new Iranian tankers have been added since then, Kombo said. The Tanzania Zanzibar International Register of Shipping manages the flagging of Zanzibar’s ships.

The 14 Iranian carriers now signaling Tanzania-Zanzibar as their flag state are listed on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. That freezes assets and bars U.S. citizens from dealing with them. Each vessel appears under its International Maritime Organization number, a six-digit identifier assigned to ships for life by the UN agency.

Carriers have no obligation under IMO rules to signal flag states through the AIS system, Lee Adamson, a spokesman for the London-based agency, wrote in an e-mail Oct. 17. Mistakes usually result from operator error, particularly with newly installed equipment, Adamson said.

While the U.S. and EU say Iran’s nuclear research is a cover for developing atomic weapons, the government in Tehran contends it is for civilian purposes.

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BREAKING NEWS; VOLATILE SITUATION IN DAR: MUSLIMS PROTESTING, POLICE USE TEAR GAS AND HELICOPTER TO STOP THEM

BREAKING News!!! It now clear that there is continuing violence at Kariakoo areas where some Muslims are marching towards the Kidongo Chekundu and the police are using tear gas to prevent demonstrations. The situation has been volatile and the police are forced to use Helicopter to prevent such violence that pose potential threats to peace in Dar es Salaam.

PHOTOS OF THIS EVENT WILL BE UPLOADED SHORTLY.

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PHOTOS UPDATE….

THREE MILITARY VEHICLES WERE SEEN EARLY AS THEY WERE PASSING JANGWANI AREA GOING TO KARIAKOO…..

Citizens who are living in Magomeni areas in Dar, early they wetness military vehicles which were carrying armed soldiers passing as they were going to  Kariakoo street.

M2S have been informed that Magomeni at Kichangani street things have currently stabilized  after police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowd That Had taken part in demonstrations. Police are now seen  at the mosque entrance. in Kichangani Street.

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UPDATES….

THIS IS THE BROCHURE WHICH THEY CLAIMED HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED AMONG MUSLIM COMMUNITY FROM YESTERDAY.

…… MORE UPDATE TO FOLLOW.

POLICE USED TEAR GAS AND WATER CANNONS TO DISPERSE CROWDS

Police arrest one of the demonstrators demanding the release of Muslim cleric Issa Ponda, in Dar es Salaam PHOTO BY DAIRY NEWS

THERE was tension in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar on Wednesday as police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds that had taken part in demonstrations to demand the release of several Muslim activists.

In Dar es Salaam, police officers deployed heavily in the Central Business District for the better part of Wednesday afternoon in a bid to keep at bay protesters who attempted to march to the Central Police Station in the city.

The protesters were demanding the release of the Secretary of the Council of Muslims’ Organizations, Mr Ponda Issa Ponda who was arrested on Tuesday.

In Zanzibar, young protesters demanded to know the whereabouts of the leader of the Islands Imam Organization Sheikh Farid Hadi Ahmed, who disappeared in suspicious circumstances on Tuesday. No injuries were reported, although police arrested scores of youths.

A police officer at the Central Police Station, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not the official spokesperson, said that four people were arrested when they defied police orders instructing them to disperse peacefully.

“We had to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse them after they refused to heed our orders,” said the police officer. In both situations, calm returned after police dispersed the crowds.

Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Suleiman Kova told a news conference yesterday that Mr Ponda was arrested allegedly for instigating chaos and breaching peace in the city. Mr Ponda was arrested in a special operation which lasted 90 minutes.

“He (Ponda) was arrested at around 10:30 pm, in Temeke District…riding a motorcycle to his hiding place,” he said, adding that the suspect was apprehended after falling into a trap set by the police. Mr Kova warned all the members of Council of Islamic Organization to refrain from organizing unnecessary demonstrations in the country.

“We will not spare anybody this time. We are well organized and prepared to tackle any chaos in the city,” he said, adding that enough is enough for Ponda. Mr Kova said that Ponda’s organization, which is operating illegally has been acting contrary to the law by interfering with court orders.

Mr Ponda is also accused of leading a group of Muslims believed to be members of Council of Islamic Organization into organizing and carrying out illegal demonstrations that caused chaos in the city. Mr Ponda, according to Police, is said to have led a group of Muslims into invading plot No.311/3/4 owned by Agritanza Company, which legally bought the property from the National Muslims Council – Bakwata.

Mr Ponda claims that the plot still belongs to Muslims as procedures for its acquisition were violated. Thirty-nine people have since been arrested in connection with the chaos. Ponda is also accused of having offended President Jakaya Kikwete by issuing an ultimatum following the arrest of some Muslim youths believed to be members of his organization.

The youths were arrested last Friday for causing chaos at Mbagala in the city. The youths suspected to have caused the violence were protesting over the defilement of the Quran by a 14-year-old boy in the area.

According to police, Ponda is suspected to have led the youths and other Muslims in carrying out the protest causing chaos in the area.

In Zanzibar, according to police reports, Ahmed, who is also known as an anti-union crusader, went missing at around 11.00 pm on Tuesday night when unidentified people driving in a car stopped and successfully asked him to get in and disappeared with him to yet unidentified destination.

Acting Urban/West Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Said Juma confirmed this to the ‘Daily News’ saying: “We received reports from the leader of the Muslim Mobilization and Propagation Group (UAMSHO) Sheik Msellem Ally that Ahmed was missing.”

“Msellem reported the matter at around 12.30 pm today (yesterday) and we took the issue seriously. Immediately we started to investigate,” he said.

He added: “Unfortunately as the investigation continues, youths started demonstrating by blocking streets with stones, garbage and burning tyres. They have also set fire to the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) leisure centre at Mwembe-Kisonge and other areas before fire fighters managed to put it out.”

The RPC said that Farid was not in police custody and that they were working with UAMSHO leaders to find him, as a considerable number of riot police tried to maintain order in the streets.

The unrest caused panic leading to the closure of all shops at Darajani shopping area. Many parents and teachers complained that the disorder and police teargas affected students sitting Form IV national examinations in schools close to Darajani.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has called for restraint among Tanzanians following the recent skirmishes in Mbagala that resulted in the burning of several churches. “Tanzania is a peaceful country that no one could expect to see such a thing happening,” said the UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania, Mr Alberic Kacou.

There is a need to respect everyone’s faith, dignity and right,” he said, adding that properties and churches destruction was not a proper way to address the problems

LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY UTILIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES BY PARTICIPATE IN EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY TRADE; MACHEMBA

THE TCCIA CHAIRPERSON DANIEL MACHEMBA

Mwanza — THE Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (TCCIA) has urged local business community to utilize opportunities to actively participate in the East African Community trade.

The TCCIA Chairperson, Daniel Machemba, said that it was imperative for business people to make effective use of available opportunities so as to survive competition in the region. The chairperson was speaking when opening a one-day workshop that deliberated matters related to improving trade flow within the East African Community.

The workshop was funded by the Centre for Development Enterprise (CDP) and its fundamental objective was to inculcate public awareness on business related matters among small and medium business community. Mr Machemba said that most small and medium enterprises do not know the meaning of EAC protocol and matters related to the East African Community.

He said, for example, Kenyans make use of these opportunities because Tanzanians lack experience in doing business. Presenting a paper during the workshop, the facilitator, Mr Kalua Simba, said that TCCIA is aimed at empowering small and medium entrepreneurs with knowledge of trading. Mr Simba showed concern over Mwanza Region for failing to produce and export more as the region can benefit from the EAC protocol than other regions.

AS MUSLIM CLERIC SHEIKH WENT MISSING, ZANZIBAR POLICE LAUNCHED A MANHUNT FOR PEOPLE WHO KILLED THEIR COLLEAGUE

THE MINISTER OF STATE (RESPONSIBLE FOR POLICE WORK), MR. MOHAMMED ABOUD MOHAMMED

POLICE in Zanzibar have launched a manhunt for people who killed their colleague on Thursday following two days of unrest here.

The chaos erupted after a Muslim cleric, Sheikh Farid Hadi Ahmed, went missing. “We are hunting for the culprits who killed Corporal Said Abdulrahman of the Field Force Unit (FFU).

At the same time we are looking for the missing Farid,” said the Zanzibar Police Commissioner, Mr Mussa Ali Mussa, here on Thursday. He said that the late Abdulrahman was riding a motorbike (Vespa) from his duty station at Stone Town, heading for his home in Bububu when he got attacked.

“But just before he reached home he met a roadblock manned by youths who swiftly ambushed him with machetes and other crude weapons killing him instantly. The deceased’s head was almost chopped off. His fingers were cut off.” Police blame the youths, most of whom are followers of the ‘Muslim Mobilization and Propagation Group (UAMSHO) over the killing of the policeman.

The incident follows a spate of lawlessness in many parts of Unguja Islands, which have spread to nearby villages. The Urban West Acting Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Said Juma, informed the ‘Daily News’ that four more police officers were injured when they attempted to put down the protest in Zanzibar yesterday. “Very young youths between the ages of 10 and 17 are involved in the unrest.

They place rocks, cut down trees and set tyres on fire to block roads. They escape and hide in narrow streets when riot police approach,” said the RPC. He added that the operation involving the Zanzibar special units had been extended to the suburbs.

Until Thursday the police and the Minister of State (Responsible for Police Work), Mr Mohammed Aboud Mohammed denied knowing the whereabouts of Farid. They appealed to people with reliable information to come forward and help with the police search. He went missing on Tuesday night at Mazizini area. The police commissioner said that the unrest has paralyzed activities in the town centre, including schools.

He said several cars (both government and private) were damaged, roads got littered with burning tyres and at least two Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) leisure centres (Maskani) and one bar were torched. In a separate press conference, legislators from CCM condemned the unrest in Zanzibar demanding the Inspectors General of Police (IGP), Mr Said Mwema and the police Commissioner in the islands, Mr Mussa, to resign.

“The on-going unrest in Zanzibar is unacceptable. The government has not done enough and the police have proved weak in responding to the riots. We ask the IGP and the Zanzibar commissioner to step down,” CCM members said in a joint statement read by Mr Hamza Hassan Juma (CCM – Kwamtipura). A group of about 20 CCM legislators’ backbenchers decided to boycott the morning session of the on-going House of Representatives yesterday to protest the unrest and also press Dr Ali Mohamed Shein’s government to improve security.

“The government and the police have shown weaknesses. We are witnessing maximum violation of human rights including harassments to children by thugs who terrorize them without fear,” Hamza said. CCM have also reiterated their call to the Ministry of Constitution and Legal Affairs to delete from the list of NGOs UAMSHO, saying it has lost its qualification of being a religious association.

In another development, the Civic United Front (CUF) has appealed for calm among its members and called for the government to expedite the manhunt for perpetrators of the violence and tracing the missing Ahmed. A statement released by the party’s Acting Deputy Secretary General (Zanzibar) Mr Salim Biman here on Thursday, condemned the killing of the policeman and noted that the violence was uncalled for as it only succeeded in tarnishing the good image of Zanzibar.

SIMBA SUFFER AS KAGERA COMEBACK.

KAGERA SUGAR MID-FIELDER LEFT, MALEGESI MWANGWA STRAGGLE WITH SIMBA STRIKER

KAGERA Sugar made a remarkable comeback to hold Mainland Champions Simba to a 2-2 draw in a closely contested Premier League match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Simba will live to remember two minutes of madness when substitute Themi Felix and Salum Kanoni cancelled Simba’s 2-0 advantage courtesy of Felix Sunzu’s first half header and Mrisho Ngasa second half strike.

However, Simba maintained their lead in the table with 18 points after their closest challengers Azam FC also failed to collect maximum points against Prisons in Mbeya.

The match ended 0-0. After threatening on a couple of occasions, Simba notched the opener in the 8th minute through Zambian striker, Felix Sunzu, who headed home a cross by winger, Mrisho Ngasa, from the right. Kagera managed to push upfront after conceding the goal but could hardly make the most of the few chances they created.

In one of Kagera’s best chances, Nigerian striker, Darlington Enyinna, failed to head in a well measured cross by overlapping right fullback, Salum Kanoni, from the right. Simba went close midway when Sunzu’s header off a cross by right fullback, Nassor Masoud ‘Chollo’ went inches wide off the right post.

Despite Kagera having tried hard to press for an equalizer whenever they were in possession, lack of better coordination between strikers, Enyinna and Shija Mkina was the biggest letdown. There was another close chance by Simba when midfielder, Haruna Moshi, failed to properly connect a good cross by Ngasa from the left.

Kagera, too continued to put pressure and could have levelled matters shortly before half time, had one of their strikers managed to head in a cross from the right. That left Simba lead by the lone goal at the breather. Simba went on rampage right after the beginning of the second half, in which Sunzu had two chances in front of Kagera goal but he failed to convert them.

The Msimbazi Reds were then 2-0 up in the 51st minute when Ngasa banged in a controversial goal after outpacing Kagera defenders. Kagera players and their technical bench however, strongly disputed the goal as they felt one of their defenders had made a timely goal line clearance. Referee Ronald Swai, though, stood to his ground and allowed the goal.

KAGERA SUGAR MID-FIELDER, MALEGESI MWANGWA STRAGGLE WITH SIMBA STRIKER

Enyinna had earlier wasted a glorious chance when he headed wide as he connected a good cross by Kanoni. Themi Felix, who scored the winning goal against Yanga in Kagera, was introduced in the second half and pressure mounted on Simba. It took Felix just three minutes to score, when he pulled one back in the 53rd minute with a clinical finish. Felix out jumped defenders inside the box and headed in a cross by Kanoni from the left.

Two minutes later, Kagera were awarded a penalty after Paul Ngwai was bundled down in the area by defender Juma Nyoso. Salum Kanoni, on loan from Simba stepped up and made no mistake, sending keeper Juma Kaseja the wrong way. Kagera were a rejuvenated side thereafter, as they pressured their opponents relentlessly.

In Mbeya Prisons and Azam FC fought to a barren draw at the Sokoine Stadium. The match well handled by referee Andrew Shamba from Coast Region, reports Joachim Nyambo.

In Morogoro John Nditi reports that host Polisi Morogoro continued with their poor form in the league after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat by JKT Ruvu at the Jamhuri Stadium. Jimmy Shoji close range in the 26th minute put JKT Ruvu ahead before Jacob Mambia made it 2-0 three minutes before the break. In Tanga hosts Mgambo JKT thrashed Toto Africans 2-0.

MAASAI TRIBESMEN HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT A RIVAL CLAN HAS BEEN ARMEND AND HAS ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE THE MATTER.

MASSAI TRIBE

ARUSHA — Maasai tribesmen from Loita clan in Loliondo Division of Ngorongoro District have expressed concern that a rival clan has been armed and has asked the government to investigate the matter.

A representative of Enguserosambu ward, Mr Kaigil Ngukwo and the councillor for Arash ward, Mr Mathew Siloma, said in Arusha yesterday that they have noted a rival clan, Batemi (Sonjo) communities have recently been armed with modern weapons. The rivals have been fighting for over four decades now.

The two leaders were accompanied by 20 other villagers. They called for total solution to their problem, claiming their families were living in fear and uncertainty.

They observed that during a recent exchange between the Loita Maasai and the Sonjo, bazookas were used to destroy Maasai houses in Loliondo when the Sonjo were trying to force them out of their land on the pretext that they are originally from Kenya.

The major cause of conflicts among the two ethnic groups is battle for land because the Maasai are naturally nomadic livestock grazers, while the Sonjos are mixed farmers who grow crops and keep livestock, in addition to hunting.

“We therefore want the government to make the ultimate announcement, are we Kenyans or Tanzanians, because while we keep calm despite attacks from Sonjo, the district authorities do not seem to care that the Maasai are being killed,” said Mr Ngukwo.

On his part, Mr Siloma said the Maasai outnumber the Sonjos at the ratio of one-to-ten, but aided by advanced weapons, the Loitas are no match to their rival.

“You know this Sonjo and Maasai affair needs high level of diplomacy,” stated the Ngorongoro District Commissioner, Mr Elias Wawa Lali, explaining that he had already formed special teams to follow up the situation.

“The teams have just finished their week-long probe in the villages occupied by the Loita Maasai and today (Tuesday) were moving into Sale, to speak with the Batemi (Sonjo), before we can eventually sit and see how the ultimate conflicts resolution can be reached,” said Mr Wawa Lali.

The district commissioner was not ready to comment on the claims that some Sonjos working in the army were supplying arms to their clansmen in Sale.

Other residents of Ngorongoro, however, explained that during the reign of Somali bandits in Loliondo and Sale, the aliens had shipped in various weapons from the horn of Africa and many of them were still in the precinct, because the Somalis left them behind during their flight from the area in 2001.