TWO FM RADIOS SUSPENDED OVER INFLAMMATORY REPORTS

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Content Committee has banned for six months a Morogoro-based radio station, Imaan FM, and Mwanza-based Neema FM Radio after broadcasting on different occasions inflammatory statements that violated the law and broadcasting ethics.

The committee has also fined Clouds FM Radio Sh5 million after holding a discussion that promotes and supports homosexuality in the country through its morning programme, Power Breakfast, in a ‘Jicho la Ng’ombe’ segment.

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DAR LIVE N’GOMA NZITO KHADIJA vs ISHA

Malkia wa mipasho, Khadija Kopa, akionesha umahiri wake wa kutikisa nyonga.

Mashabiki wanaomfagilia Isha Mashauzi wakiwa wamevamia steji baada ya kuwadatisha.

Aziza Abul ‘Bonge’ wa TOT Taarab akikamua.

Malkia wa mipasho akiserebuka na mmoja wa mashabiki wake aliyepanda jukwaani kumtunza.

Wakali Dancers wakiwajibika jukwaani.

Shabiki akimtunza Malkia wa mipasho baada ya kukunwa na mipasho.

Isha Mashauzi akikamua.

Mashabiki wakijimwaya kwa raha zao.

WAKALI wa miondoko ya muziki wa mwambao nchini, Malkia wa miondoko hiyo, Khadija Kopa akiwa na Kundi la TOT Taarab na Isha Ramadhani ‘Mashauzi’ jana waliugeuza Uwanja wa Taifa wa Burudani wa Dar Live kuwa uwanja wa mapambano baada ya kushindana kutoa burudani kwa kuonesha makali yao na kuwafanya mashabiki kila mmoja kumtaja mshindi wake.

Kabla ya wakali hao kuanza kuhenyeshana jukwaani burudani hizo zilianza kwa kunogeshwa na shoo kali ya washiriki wa shindano la Mic King linaloendeshwa ukumbini hapo kila Jumapili. Baada ya washiriki hao wanaowania gari, kundi la Wakali Dancers lilivamia jukwaa na kufanya vitu vyake pia.

(PICHA : RICHARD BUKOS / GPL )

ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM FAIR IN TANZANIA

In the bid to promote tourism in Tanzania, the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in partnership with Witch & Wizard Creative (Pty) Ltd, South Africa, have agreed to establish an International Tourism Fair in Tanzania to be known as Swahili Tourism Fair effective from October, 2013. The Agreement be signed on February 25, 2013 at the Mlimani City Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam, allows TTB to work with Witch & Wizard Creative (Pty) Ltd, which is the company that manages the INDABA in Durban (South Africa), one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. INDABA is owned by South Africa Tourism Board and attracts well over 13000 delegates from various travel, tourism and related industries around the world. It is expected that the Swahili Tourism Fair will grow and eventually become as famous as the INDABA of South Africa and will hence be the iconic annual event for travel and tourism promotion in Tanzania.

The planning for Swahili Tourism Fair has taken cognizance of the continued existence of Karibu Travel & Tourism Fair (KTTF) which has been running in Tanzania since the year 2000, and the need to ensure that, the two fairs complement each other. KTTF which is held in Arusha in June each year focuses on the regional market, while the Swahili Tourism Fair will be held in Dar es Salaam in October each year and will exclusively focus on international clientele. TTB undertakes to work with KTTF to ensure that the same KTTF grows and attracts more regional clientele so that in the long run, Tanzania may join other countries in the world in promoting events tourism with more than one international tourism fair.

Dar es Salaam has been strategically selected as a place for staging the fair because of its geographical location, adequate air access; the existing ‘state of the art’ and readily available infrastructure and amenities suitable for establishing an international tourism fair. The first Swahili Tourism Fair will be held from October 2 – 5, 2013 at the Mlimani City Conference Centre. It is a facility with finishes of an international standard; high quality concertina type stacking doors with full range of conference facilities and amenities. It is equipped with power, lighting, wireless internet connectivity and provides international quality conference space. There are shopping centers, banks, food joints, adequate parking and drop off zones and generous foyers wrapping round the building. Indeed, this ultra-modern design facility, matches the world standard for staging an international tourism fair and has met the requirements of Witch & Wizard.

The Tanzania Tourist Board advises all tourism operators to upgrade their accommodation facilities ready to tap these potential upcoming visitors.

MEMBE’S SPEECH DURING THE TANZANIA-OMAN JPC MEETING

Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation gives his opening remarks during the Meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation between Tanzania and Oman.  The meeting has been held since 24 February, 2013 at Hyatt Regency (Kilimanjaro) Hotel in Dar es Salaam and is expected to be concluded today.

 

Delegation from Oman listening to Hon. Membe’s opening remarks.

 

Tanzania Delegation that included Government and Private Institutions also were in attendance.

OPENING STATEMENT BY HON. BERNARD KAMILLIUS MEMBE (MP), MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE TANZANIA – OMAN JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION OF COOPERATION SCHEDULED 24th FEBRUARY, 2013

Honourable Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman,

Honorable Ministers from the United Republic of Tanzania,

Honorable Ministers accompanying the Head of Delegation of Oman,

Distinguished Senior Officials of both Delegation

Distinguished Delegates from Tanzania and Oman,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome home Honourable Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman and your delegation to Tanzania, and to this First Joint Permanent Commission between the United Republic of Tanzania and the Sultanate of Oman.

Tanzania is both second and first home to some of Omani’s generations. History reminds us that once the headquarters of the Sultanate of Oman was in Zanzibar. The legacy and influence of Omani presence is well traced in both Zanzibar and Tanzania mainland. We share the history, Swahili language and many cultural aspects. Today we are determined to share prosperity and the future.

            Distinguished Delegates

This first meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission between Tanzania and Oman is indeed a testimony of a renewed interest by our Governments of Tanzania and Oman. Our two countries share long cultural, historical and blood relations. We have cooperating very well informally for centuries. It is about time to formalize our relations through this formal commission, a rightful legal framework to ensure our cooperation further enhanced and strengthened.

As we are all aware a more fruitful cooperation between any two countries highly depends on a properly structured legal framework that binds the two countries together. We therefore call this meeting to chart out thematic discussions on issues of common concern and interest to our two brotherly countries such as, Housing, Water Supply, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Transport, Infrastructure, Health, Natural Resources, Tourism, Trade, Industry, Energy and Minerals, Education and Labour Matters.

Distinguished Delegates

The memories of the successful State Visit of H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania in the Sultanate of Oman in October, 2012, are still very fresh to us. On that visit, the two sides signed three (3) Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding. These include:

  • Agreement on Investment Promotion and Reciprocal Protection;

  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Archives;

  • Memorandum of Understanding on Establishment of Joint Business Council so as to facilitate and speed up investment and business between our two brotherly countries.

Internal negotiations are continuing at different stages in regard to the other bilateral agreements and Memorandum of Understanding between our Governments are in different status. The completion and signing of these agreements are crucial towards putting in place a strong foundation for cooperation in different sectors. I therefore urge our two sides to expedite the negotiation process so that we can sign the MoUs at our earliest opportunity. These remaining draft agreements and Memoranda are:-

a)    The Draft Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between Oman and the United Republic of Tanzania:

b)    The Draft Agreement on Higher Education between the United Republic of Tanzania and Oman.

c)     The Draft Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Fiscal Evasion:

d)    The Draft Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Cooperation between the United Republic of Tanzania and Oman:

e)    The Draft Agreement on labour Matters.

Your Excellency and Distinguished Delegates

The Government of Tanzania very much welcomed the introduction of the Oman Air Service to Dar es Salaam on 3rd June, 2010, as a result of the signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between our two countries. We are glad to note that the Airline increased the frequency of flights from just a few per week to daily services. It is no doubt that we will record in near future increased contacts between our peoples.

Distinguished Delegates

Official records of trade between Tanzania and Oman stood is by all account low. This statistics is definitely missing the blossoming informal trade between our people, as a result of long existing family ties.

I would like to therefore urge our two countries to make concerted efforts to use the said legal framework to create an enabling environment in which public and private sector entities can invest in each other’s economy. The strategic competitive advantages on the Oman side (ample capital and technical know-how) if combined with the huge comparative advantages (land, natural resources and labour force) on the Tanzania side, will create the required synergy for sustainable development and mutual economic benefit to both sides.

 I would like also to renew our Government’s invitation to Omani business people to invest in the various sectors of our economy. I assure that Tanzania has a very conducive investment regime that is among the best in the region. Tanzania should be a launch pad for Oman business and investment to the South and East Africa markets.  Investing in Tanzania gives you access to the SADC Region and as well as to the East African Community member countries, with a 200 million market population.   I also urge the Government of Oman to open its doors and allow Tanzanian good and services to enter into the Omani economy.

Your Excellency

To that effect, closer co-operation between the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) and Zanzibar Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and their Omani counterpart should therefore, be encouraged through the Joint Business Council between the two countries as this would boost up trade and investments and further strengthen these ties.  

Your Excellency

It is quite difficult to explain the strong relations between Oman and Tanzania in a one speech, rather in volume of books. It suffices to take this opportunity to reiterate Tanzania’s confidence in our relations, and our resolve to deepening and strengthening them for the good of our successive generations. We remain grateful to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for their blessings and personal support to strengthen the relations between our two countries.

With this few remarks I once again say to our dear Omani brothers

“karibuni sana mujisikie mko nyumbani ndugu zetu wa Oman”.

AHSANTENI KWA KUNISIKILIZA

 

LETTER TO HOME MINISTER ABOUT HARASSMENT OF LEADING JOURNALIST

KABENDELA

Reporters Without Borders wrote to Tanzanian minister of home affairs Emmanuel Nchimbi last week to call for an end to the harassment of the journalist Erick Kabendera and his family by representatives of the state.

“Tanzania’s ranking in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index is 36 places lower than last year,” the 18 February letter said. “No journalists had been killed until September 2012, but thereafter two were killed in the space of four months and this has had a big impact on the Tanzanian news environment.

“Harassment by officials of such a respected journalist as Mr. Kabendera can only exacerbate the current sense of helplessness among Tanzanian journalists, especially when everything indicates that it is not random. These intimidation attempts are targeting a talented journalist and seem designed to protect a senior official who was affected by his testimony.”

Signed by secretary-general Christophe Deloire, the letter added: “Reporters Without Borders urges you to call the Immigration Department to order so that this disgraceful harassment stops. We also urge you to tell the police that they must do whatever is necessary to guarantee the safety of Mr. Kabendera and his family.”

A former employee of the Dar es Salaam-based Guardian newspaper, Kabendera was a 2009 winner of the David Astor Journalism Award for journalists who are “exceptionally promising and with a great potential for excellence in the future.”

In December 2012 in London, he testified for the defence in a libel suit that Tanzanian businessman and Guardian owner Reginald Mengi brought against British blogger Sarah Hermitage.

Ever since his return to Tanzania, he has been the target of intimidation attempts. His home has been ransacked three times and Immigration officials have been casting doubt on his nationality without any legal grounds.

His elderly and ailing parents were escorted in an appalling manner to a regional immigration office where they were subjected to an eight-hour interrogation and were asked to sign documents without being allowed to read them.

Although life-long employees of the Tanzanian state, Kabendera’s parents obtained limited and unsatisfactory explanations from the officials who interrogated them. The officials said that the investigation was ordered by Immigration Department Commissioner Magnus Paul Ulungi, and that it was a “sensitive” matter that had to be followed “closely.” One official added that Kabendera was suspected of selling state secrets to “European powers” but “everything will be all right” if he remains “humble.”

After falling 36 places, Tanzania is now ranked 70th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

THREE DOWN FOUR TO GO ON TANZANIA PRISTINE ATTRACTIONS

KARIBU TANZANIA

KARIBU TANZANIA

Four more natural wonders in Tanzania will be named later this year in addition to the three, which were recently announced to be among the seven natural wonders of Africa, it was said at the weekend.

The additional natural wonders will be picked from a list of several sites voted for during a competition for the most pristine attractions in Africa organised by a United States-based organisation last year.

Speaking to The Citizen on Saturday, Dr Phillip Imler, the founder and president of Seven Natural Wonders, an organisation operating from Texas, said there were several sites in the country to win in the category.

“Tanzania is a beautiful country. That is why it has produced three of the seven natural wonders of Africa from the recent votes,” he said before flying back home after a tour of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

The three most preferred by foreign tourists visiting the country were on February 11 declared among the seven natural wonders in Africa, with Serengeti emerging the top of the seven because of its wildlife splendour. Dr Imler said his organisation would be involved in picking the other four ecological attractions alongside the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and other institutions, notably conservation agencies and tour stakeholders. He explained that besides Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Ngorongoro, several other natural sites in the country, including wildlife sanctuaries, were among the hundreds of those voted for across Africa. The aim of picking additional sites is to promote them for tourists.

He said he had spent the last two weeks visiting the three winning sites and agreed they had the potential of promoting Tanzania.

MOST WANANCHI EXPECT THE GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE – IPSOS SYNOVATE

Tanzania Map

The quality of life for a large majority of Tanzanians has been growing from bad to worse over the past few years, a situation that poses serious challenges to economic planners and political leaders.

Findings in a recently concluded survey show that hunger, high cost of living, religious conflicts, unemployment and education are key problems the people face today.

The survey, launched yesterday by Ipsos-Synovate Tanzania, dubbed “The National Spec Barometer” involved some 2,000 respondents from 23 regions and out of these, 50 per cent said lack of food is the key problem facing them while 44 per cent said high cost of living was their major concern. Some 43 per cent pointed at religious conflicts.

Most Tanzanians, according to the poll, expect the government not only to prioritise basic services and amenities like education; health and water but address religious conflicts as well.

And then, 34 per cent said unemployment was the most serious problem while 30 per cent cited access to quality education as their major problem.

Corruption stood at 23 per cent while 22 per cent said electricity, roads and housing were the biggest issue.

“When observing the trends in 2011 up to now, it is interesting to note that religious conflicts have become a reality for Tanzanians, a concern which was not observed before.” reads the report.
Corruption and inflation which were the key problem in 2011 are currently not perceived as being a key challenge to most Tanzanians.

Asked what issues they think Tanzanians want their leaders to address, over 50 per cent of the respondents said their preferred political parties have not addressed issues that are most close to the people. Health, education, employment and food security are the key areas which the public believes need to be given attention.

Looking at between 2011 and now, the government performance on key issues has dropped except on the area of the government’s plan to write a new Constitution in which there is a 14 per cent increase in the way the State is perceived to be performing much better.

Inflation and provision of health service are seen as deteriorating quality-wise. In the 2011 barometer, some 57 per cent of the respondents pointed fingers at poor provision of health services compared to 56 per cent in the latest poll.

Some 47 per cent of the respondents were more concerned about inflation in 2011 compared to 20 per cent this year. The government’s performance in crime control has dropped from 81 per cent in 2011 to 73 per cent in 2012, followed by access to quality education from 70 per cent in 2011 to 66 per cent in 2012.

Asked how they approve the overall performance of most of the public institutions in the last months of 2012,the respondents said the performance approval rank of key institution in the country remained basically constant but with a tendency to decline rather than increase. The government rating stood at 77 per cent in 2012 compared to 81 per cent in 2011, The President’s Office performed a little better in 2012 with 79 percent against 76 rating in 2011.

The Prime Minister’s Office performance declined from 84 per cent in 2011 to 78 per cent in 2012 while the Vice-President’s Office went up a little, from 61 per cent in 2011 to 67 per cent in 2012 while the performance of the Speaker of the National Assembly moved from 62 per cent in 2011 to 69 per cent in 2012.

People’s trust in Parliament has remained almost constant with 78 per cent in 2011 against 77 in 2012. Trust in MPs remained the same at 59 per cent while trust in courts plunged from 55 per cent in 2011 to 50 per cent in 2012.Trust in media also tumbled from 87 per cent in 2011 to 85 per cent in 2012 while only 49 per cent of the respondents in 2012 approved the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) compared to 51 in 2011.
At least 70 per cent of the respondents approved local government authority in 2012 compared to 64 per cent in 2011.

Asked if the level of corruption in Tanzania has changed in the past six months, 4 out of 10 Tanzanians are of the opinion that corruption in the country has increased while 30 per cent believed it has remained the same. On average, government institutions and key personalities commitment to fight against corruption have not changed from 2011.

The Police and the Judiciary have the lowest scores in commitment against corruption Police take the crown for the institution is perceived to be most corrupt with 33 per cent saying it is rotten while courts and the health sector come closely second at 16 per cent.

“At least 53 per cent of Tanzanians are aware of the Lake Nyasa dispute pitting Tanzania and Malawi. Over 90 per cent of the public is satisfied with how the dispute was resolved,” says the pollster.

Compared to 2011, all political parties have lost out on affinity with the general public, There is an increase on non-commital persons from 2 per cent in 2011 to 12 per cent in 2012, which have no allegiance to any party.

The number of respondents who are not sure of the person they will elect doubled during the period between 2011 and 2012. The main reason for the increase in uncertainty is loss of faith in leaders.

When looking at specific presidential aspirants, Dr Willibrod Slaa popularity has shrunk significantly compared to what it was a year back, dropping from 42 percent in 2011 to 17 per cent.
In 2012 there was no clear cut who is the preferred presidential aspirant amongst the public.

UN SECRETARY- GENERAL’S MESSAGE TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION AGAINST DEATH PENALTY

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

I thank the International Commission against the Death Penalty for organizing this discussion, and I commend the critical role of civil society in mobilizing global support on this important issue.  The right to life is the most fundamental of all human rights.  It lies at the heart of international human rights law.  The taking of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict on another, even when backed by legal process.  That is why the United Nations system has long advocated the abolition of the death penalty.  International and hybrid tribunals supported by the UN do not provide for capital punishment, nor does the International Criminal Court.

Since the General Assembly first voted on a moratorium in 2007, the trend against capital punishment has gained momentum.  In December 2012, the Assembly’s support for a moratorium was 111 in favour to 41 against, with 34 abstentions.  The resolution calls on States to progressively restrict the use of capital punishment and not to impose it for offences committed by persons below 18 years of age and pregnant women.  States were also asked to reduce the number of offences subject to the death penalty.

The sentiment towards abolition finds echoes in every region and across legal systems, traditions, customs and religious backgrounds.  Currently some 150 States have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.  I am therefore concerned that some countries with a longstanding de facto moratorium have recently resumed imposing the death penalty, and have even carried out executions.  Even well-functioning legal systems sentence and execute persons who have been ultimately proven innocent.  Wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice have condemned innocent people to years of anguish on death row before being executed or exonerated.

In those States that continue to impose the death penalty, thousands of individuals are executed each year – often in violation of international standards, such as the right to fair trial and due process.  The death penalty is still used for a wide range of crimes, such as drug crimes, which do not meet the threshold of “most serious crimes”, and information concerning the application of the death penalty is often cloaked in secrecy.

Capital punishment is inconsistent with the mission of the United Nations to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of the human person.  A global moratorium is a crucial stepping stone towards full worldwide abolition.  I urge you to use this meeting to consider how to further this end.

I wish you a productive discussion.