GOLDEN PRIDE MINE IS CLOSING NEXT MONTH AS WE ARE STILL DEBATING ON WHETHER GOLD MINING HAS AMOUNTED TO A RESOURCE CURSE

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  • Tanzania has only received minimal gains from mining – Zitto

  • Mineral sector has been growing on an average rate of 10.2 per cent since 2000.

  • The Sector only contributes 3.3 per cent to the GDP in 2011.

  • The Mineral Sector employs just about one per cent of the total labor force in Tanzania.

  • After the mine’s closure the Sh15 billion environment rehabilitation project will follow suit.

  • The site will be handed over to the Tanzania Prisons Service that will turn it into a correctional facility.

It has now been confirmed that the Golden Pride mine is closing down next month, according to The Citizen dairy newspaper the mine has been operating continuous for over 13 years believed to have produced about $3.3 billion (Sh5.2 trillion) worth of gold at current prices.

The Golden Pride Gold Mine is an open pit mine owned by the Australian miner Resolut. It was the first modern commercial gold mining project developed in Tanzania since independence. Its construction was completed in November 1998 at the cost of $48 million. Located in Nzega District, Tabora Region, the mine was opened on February 7, 1999 by former President Benjamin Mkapa.

It was scheduled to close this month after the first closure set for 2005 was extended following an upgrade in 2002 from a through put of 1.6 million to 2.6 million tonnes, at a cost of $10.6 million.

The closure of the Tabora-based mine, which will start with shutting down pit production in January, is a month behind schedule and will be extended to June to allow the completion of processing the gold ore.

According to the Citizen Newspaper the minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo confirmed by telephone interview that the closure was being carried out but declined to offer more details.

“I’m not in the office… I am on holiday, your question needs more details that have to be gathered from other departments. Look for me next week and I will be in a good position to give more details,” he told The Citizen on Monday.

But former minister for Energy and Minierals William Ngeleja told Parliament last July that a review of the draft plan for closing the Golden Pride mine was completed according to the law and the mine was expected to close late in 2012 if no additional sediments were discovered.

The managing director of Resolute Mine Limited could not be reached, but a senior officer at the mine who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not the spokesperson of the company, confirmed about the beginning of the closure.

“It is true we are closing next month. Our contractors and the mine have already started laying off workers,” he said.

About 14 Golden Pride mine pit production workers have been given redundancy letters with termination being effective by the end of December. Workers in the processing plant, maintenance and security as well as administration will be retained until the full closure is over by mid-next year, he said.

The main contractor, Caspian, is also laying off 75 workers. A total of 450 workers are employed by the mine and its contractors, including Caspian, Mason, Omega Security, Hyspec and BME.

The Caspian dump truck operator, Mr Katale Chombo, told The Citizen yesterday that the company has announced that it would close production on December 31 this year. This paper tried to get the company’s public relations officer to verify the information without success.

As a way to reduce the production force, recently both Resolute and Caspian have been giving redundancy letters to their employees, with 75 Caspian workers being given the letters in September. They include machine operators, techniciana, security guards and other workers at the plant.

“Some of us have already been paid our golden handshake… we are making final touches on pit production and we have been told we will not be digging any more. My colleagues have started looking for jobs in other mines like North Mara, Buzwagi and Tulawaka,” an excavator operator who identified himself as Paschal Masanja told The Citizen in a telephone interview.

After the mine’s closure the Sh15 billion environment rehabilitation project will follow suit. The site will be handed over to the Tanzania Prisons Service that will turn it into a correctional facility.

“The environmental performance at Golden Pride continues to improve. The firm’s tree nursery produced its one millionth seedling this year and completion of rehabilitation on the south waste rock dump and north east backfill will go ahead,” the Golden Pride official said.

Other gold mining companies followed suit by opening other five modern, commercial and foreign-owned gold mines by Barrick Gold and AnglodGold Ashanti. These include Bulyanhulu, Geita, Tulawaka, Buzwagi and North Mara.

The first mine’s closure comes at a time when Tanzanians are still debating on whether gold mining in the country has amounted to a resource curse.

According to the chairman of the Public Organisations Accounts Committee (Poac), Mr Zitto Kabwe, Tanzania has only received minimal gains from mining.

Delivering a lecture at the National Defence College in the city last week on challenges and prospects of the mining sector in Tanzania, he said:

“Despite Tanzania having abundant wealth of minerals, the sector which has been growing on an average rate of 10.2 per cent since 2000, only contributes 3.3 per cent to the GDP in 2011 and employs just about one per cent of the total labour force.”

He added that between 1998 and 2011, the total value of minerals exported from Tanzania was $11.13 billion. But in the same period the total Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the mining sector was only $3 billion while the total government revenue from the sector was $445.2 million.

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ZANZIBAR GDP GROWS BY 10% IN THE LAST QUARTER 2012

Dr Ali Mohamed Shein

Dr Ali Mohamed Shein Zanzibar President  LIBRARY PHOTO

ZANZIBAR’S real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 10 per cent in the quarter ending September 2012 compared to a growth of 1.4 per cent of the corresponding period last year, mainly on account of good performance of the services sector valued 90.3bn/- compared with 82bn/- of the previous period.

According to the Bank of Tanzania (BOT) economic bulletin for the quarter ending September, this year, services account registered a surplus of 20.6 million US dollars, (about 32.96m/-) compared with a surplus of 14.1 million US dollars (about 22.56m/-) of the previous quarter due to an increase in receipts associated with tourism related activities.

During the period under review, procurement of cloves declined to 105.7 tonnes from 1,057.9 tonnes procured in the corresponding quarter in 2011. This development was on account of late onset of cloves procurement season and a decline in producer prices.

Producer price for grade one cloves was 12,500/- per kilogram compared with 15,000/- per kilogram paid during the quarter ending September 2011. Seaweed procurement increased to 3,616.9 tonnes from 3,515.5 tonnes procured in corresponding period in 2011 on account of improvements in prices.

Furthermore, production of bakery products, soft drinks, mineral water and jewel increased mainly on account of increased demand, while production of clothes and video cassette decreased mainly due to increased competition from imports.

The value of total exports of goods and services rose to 64.1 million US dollars (about 102.56bn/-) from 39.4 million US dollars (about 63.04bn/-), recorded during the quarter ending June 2012 on account of an increase in earnings from clove exports and receipts from tourism related activities.

Goods worth 11.4 million US dollars (about 18.24bn/-) were exported during the quarter ending September 2012, up from 9.1 million US dollars (about 14.56bn/-) of the preceding quarter mainly on account of an increase in clove export proceeds.

Non-traditional exports, mainly seaweed, manufactured goods and other exports increased by 63 per cent during the quarter under review when compared with the levels recorded in the preceding quarter. During the quarter under review, total value of imported goods and services increased by 43 per cent to 90.1 million US dollars (about 144.16bn/-), from 63 million US dollars (about 100.8bn/-) recorded in the preceding quarter.

Value of goods import increased by 24.2 per cent to 58 million US dollars (about 92.8bn/-) and accounted for 64.4 per cent of total imports. The goods import bill increased mainly on account of a rise in the value of capital goods.

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AS NATIONAL DEBT EXECEEDED 20 TRILLION WE ARE TOLD NOT TO WORRY

Minister of Finance Hon William Mgimwa revealing different aspects of during press interview LIBRARY-PHOTO

Minister of Finance Hon William Mgimwa revealing different aspects of during press interview. LIBRARY-PHOTO

THE national debt exceeded 20trillion at the end of October this year but Finance Minister Dr William Mgimwa says there is no reason to panic since the bigger portion of the money has been invested in energy and water projects. worry

Dr Mgimwa told ‘Daily News’ in a telephone interview that during the past one year the government invested heavily in infrastructure in order to increase productivity and stimulate the economy.

“It should be noted that it was during the period that we received a loan of about one trillion shillings from China to construct a natural gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam,” he explained.

Adding: “Once the project is completed we will be able to generate more power and at lower cost. Generating power using heavy furnace oil is about 40 US dollar cents per kilowatt while with natural gas it is just 10 cents.”

The multi-million project, envisaged to be completed within the next 18 months, is expected to address shortages of electricity in the country. “We also received 178.2 million dollars recently for implementation of a water project in Ruvu and thus there is no need to worry on the size of the loans.

We should focus on the changes that they will bring about,” the minister said. The monthly economic review for November issued by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) recently showed that the national external debt stock at the end of October, this year, stood at 10.5 billion dollars (approximately 15.7trl).

It said the amount was an increase of 27.1 million dollars and 456.1 million dollars over the amount recorded at the end of September and corresponding period in 2011 respectively. The central bank attributed the month- to-month increase to new disbursements.

Out of the external debt stock 85.7 per cent was disbursed outstanding debt and 14.3 per cent was interest arrears. During October this year, new loans worth 40.3 million dollars were contracted and recorded through which external debt disbursements amounted to 39.1 million dollars and of which 38.3 million dollars was received by the government.

External debt service during the month amounted to 19.7 million dollars, out of which 11.2 million dollars was principal repayments and 8.4 million dollars interest payment. On the other hand, the central bank indicated in the monthly economic report that the stock of domestic debt had increased by 513bn/- to 5.13trl/- at the end of October 2012 compared to 4,624.7 billion registered at the end of the preceding month.

The increase was mainly on account of conversion of short term advances that had accumulated to 469.5bn/- into a special bond, the bank explained. On annual basis, domestic debt stock increased by 1.05trl/- from 4.08trl/- recorded in the corresponding period last year. Domestic debt issued during the month amounted to 134.7bn/- , out of which, 48.7bn/- was treasury bills and 86bn/- treasury bonds.

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BREAKING NEWS; ARUSHA HAPATOSHI! LEMA ASHINDA, NI ZAWADI YA X-MASS KWA WANA ARUSHA.

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  • LISSU AMEDHIHIRISHA KUWA NI WAKILI TISHIO.

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PICHA ZOTE NI ZA MAKAMANI LEO LEO……. 

Aliyekuwa Mbunge wa Arusha Mh. Godbless Lema ameshinda Rufaa yake ya Ubunge leo Asubuhi na hivyo kuendelea kuongoza jimbo  la Arusha mjini.

Lema alivuliwa ubunge Aprili 5, 2012 katika hukumu iliyotolewa na Jaji Gabriel Rwakibalira, kutokana na kesi iliyofunguliwa na makada watatu wa CCM; Mussa Mkanga, Happy Kivuyo na Agnes Mollel, wakipinga ushindi wake katika Uchaguzi Mkuu wa mwaka 2010.

Habari kamili baadae Kidogo endelea kuperuzi. Hongereni Chadema na Wanaarusha wote kwa ushindi wa kishindo.

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UK HIGH COURT ORDERED MENGI TO PAY £ 1.2 MILLION

Tanzanian media baron Reginald Mengi who has lost a lawsuit against British couple Sarah Hermitage and Stewart Middleton.

Tanzanian media baron Reginald Mengi who has lost a lawsuit against British couple Sarah Hermitage and Stewart Middleton.

Reginald Mengi, Tanzania’s media mogul and the industrialist behind the IPP business conglomerate which is one of the largest industrial groups in East Africa, is reeling from the loss of a lawsuit he was ill-advised to take against Sarah Hermitage who with her husband Stewart Middleton lost their farm in Tanzania at the hands of his [Mengi’s] brother Benjamin.

At the High Court in London Friday, Justice Bean ordered Mr Mengi to pay the costs of the lawsuit he brought against Ms Hermitage, estimated at £1.2million (approx. Tanzanian Shillings [TZS]3,072,389,052.43) after finding him guilty of either encouraging or knowingly permitting a hostile and defamatory coverage in his IPP Media-owned English Guardian and Swahili Nipashe newspapers.

Mr Mengi, the Executive Chairman of IPP Ltd, had taken the British couple to court in respect of five postings that appeared on Ms Hermitage’s blog as well as two emails Mr Mengi claims to be false and defamatory to him. During the trial that has lasted three weeks, the court heard evidence from both Sarah and Stewart relating to what happened to them in Tanzania when mostly through threats, intimidation and corruption, they were forced to abandon a farm they had bought from Benjamin Mengi, Reginald’s younger brother.

Mr Justice Bean ruled: “I find that the campaign in the Guardian and Nipashe facilitated Benjamin’s corruption of local officials and the intimidation of the Middletons and thus helped Benjamin to destroy their investments and grab their properties; and that Mr [Reginald] Mengi, since he either encouraged or knowingly permitted the campaign, was in that sense complicit in Benjamin’s corruption and intimidation. The allegation is thus substantially true and justified at common law.”

The media mogul was not in court Friday morning after learning beforehand he had lost the case. Prior to the ruling, he had attended most of the court sessions, missing only one sitting, according to Mr Andrew Stephenson, from Carter-Ruck, the law firm that represented Ms Hermitage and her husband. Speaking by phone to The London Evening Post, Mr Stephenson said it had taken great courage for Ms Hermitage to take on Mr Mengi.

While Ms Hermitage’s case was taken on by Messrs Carter-Ruck on a ‘no win, no pay’ agreement, she with her husband Stewart stood to lose everything they owned and would have had to sell their house to pay Mr Mengi had they lost the case. He had demanded £300,000 in legal costs before the proceedings had started. Speaking to The London Evening Post on the day the case started being heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Mrs Hermitage told us: “I am scared!” She feared that losing the case would mean only one thing for her and Stewart; bankruptcy.

In a statement issued through her lawyers, Ms Hermitage said: “I set up my Silverdale Farm blog

Sarah Hermitage and her husband appear at The Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Sarah Hermitage and her husband appear at The Royal Courts of Justice in London.

in 2009 to document our horrific experience in Tanzania and to expose as a warning for others the corruption we encountered and our helplessness with no protection from the local courts and officials.” She went on to say that her response to the campaign waged against them by IPP Media was ‘reasonable, proportionate, relevant and without malice’.

“I am relieved that, with the support of my legal team…justice has in the end prevailed in this case,” Ms Hermitage said. She went on to thank ‘the brave and honest Tanzanian journalists’ who she said had ‘either openly or privately assisted in the preparation of’ their case. “I will continue to use my blog, my voice, to do all I can to fight against the corruption I have seen first-hand in Tanzania, not least in the hope that it may in the end help the very good people, not least our loyal staff, who have stood by us throughout,” she said.

The IPP group which Mr Mengi heads is one of the largest industrial groups in East Africa. Among other activities, it includes a Financial Consulting firm (IPP Consulting), a soft drink bottling company in a joint venture with Coca-Cola (Coca-Cola Kwanza, Bonite Bottlers and Kilimanjaro Spring Water), Tanzania’s leading manufacturer of soaps, detergents, and toothpaste (IPP Bodycare Ltd), as well as a media unit (IPP Media) made up of eleven newspapers, three radio stations, and two television channels, one of which operates in each of the three original East African countries; Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda

IPP Media includes The Guardian Ltd., which publishes some of Tanzania’s leading weekly and Sunday newspapers – The Guardian, The Sunday Observer, The Daily Mail, and the Financial Times in English and; Nipashe – Nipashe Jumapili, Alasiri, Kasheshe, and Taifa Letu in Swahili, Independent Television Ltd. (ITV), East Africa Television (EATV, formerly Channel 5), Radio ONE, Sky-FM (in a joint venture with the BBC) and East Africa Radio.

To Sarah Hermitage, being sued by Mr Mengi was like a fight between the biblical David and Goliath. We all know how that story ended. Since losing their Silverdale farm, Ms Hermitage, a former British police officer and currently unemployed British lawyer, has relentlessly pursued her objective of warning other British investors about the dangers they could face if they opened up businesses in Tanzania.

Ms Hermitage on the Tanzania Police Force: "Most evidence suggests it is an uneducated and illiterate body..."

Ms Hermitage on the Tanzania Police Force: “Most evidence suggests it is an uneducated and illiterate body…”

She has quite often lobbied Whitehall questioning the British government’s wisdom of advising British investors to go to Tanzania while the country continues to tolerate corrupt officials and blatantly disregards those like her who have had their fingers burnt when they tried to invest in the country. In an article she wrote for The Landon Evening Post last February, Ms Hermitage accused Western countries of supporting the wide scale abuse of human rights in the country by continuing to pour aid into Tanzania.

A statement issued by Carter-Ruck said: “After handing down judgment, Mr Justice Bean ordered that Reginald Mengi should pay the defence costs at the higher ‘indemnity’ rate.” The statement went on to add: “In reaching this decision, the factors cited by the judge included that Council for Sarah Hermitage had ‘rightly described the litigation as oppressive’, and that ‘enormous costs had been thrown at the case from the beginning, indeed before the issue of proceedings’ and that the evidence of the claimant and his witnesses had in a number of respects been ‘misleading and untrue’.” Mr Stephenson told The London Evening Post that Mr Mengi’s lawsuit cost could go as far as £2million). Efforts to locate Mr Mengi for comment on Friday were in vain.

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MAKINDA TO LEAD A DELEGATION OF FIVE PARLIAMENTARIANS AT IPU SUMMIT IN CANADA.

ANNE MAKINDA SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Ms Anne Makinda speaker of the National Assembly is expected to lead a delegation of five parliamentarians at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) summit to be held in Quebec, Canada.

The meeting, which is scheduled to start today (Sunday) will run through October 26, this year, in the North American country.

Ms Makinda will be accompanied by Mr Hamad Rashid Mohamed (Wawi-CUF), Ms Susan Lyimo (Special Seats-CHADEMA), Mr David Kafulila (Kigoma South-NCCR Mageuzi) and Ms Pudenciana Kikwembe (Special Seats-CCM).

According to a statement issued by the Communication Unit of Parliament in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the meeting under the theme ‘Citizenship, Identity and Linguistic and Culture Diversity in a Globalized World’ aims at strengthening parliamentary diplomacy among IPU member states across the world.

Apart from the main theme, MPs from IPU will also discuss in smaller groups a number of sub-themes such as enforcing the responsibility to protect the role of Parliament in safeguarding civilians’ lives and fair trade and innovative financing mechanism for sustainable development.

The meeting will also discuss the use of media including social media to enhance citizen engagement and democracy. The Tanzanian delegation will in addition have the opportunity to meet with the IPU Secretary General, Mr Anders Johnsson.

This follows the honorary award to Tanzania to host a seminar for women parliamentarians in East, Central and Southern Africa in December, this year. The seminar will have the theme:

“Preventing and Responding to violence against Women: From legislation to effective enforcement,” and it is expected to be attended by more than 100 women parliamentarians from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and East Africa regions.

NEW TEAM TO OVERSEE THE DAR ES SALAAM REGIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DRFA) ELECTIONS

THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Election Committee has dismantled and ordered for a formation of a new team that will oversee the Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA) elections.

A statement issued by the TFF Election Committee, Chairman, Deogratius Lyatto said his committee, which met on Thursday to go through various appeals decided to disband the DRFA election committee,following massive irregularities.The committee also ordered for a fresh start of the election process within the Dar es Salaam soccer body starting October 29 and the election conducted on December 8, this year.

“DRFA election committee under the Chairmanship of the former TFF boss, Muhidin Ndolanga has been dismantled and they have been directed to form a new one according to the laid down election procedures by October 25,” said Lyatto in a statement. Moreover, he directed that all contestants who have been cleared should pick in and fill in forms afresh but they should not repay for the form, should they be seeking for a similar post before the elections process was cancelled.

Among the irregularities which forced the Lyatto committee to go for stern measures are endorsing the current DRFA Chairman, Amin Mohamed Salim (Bakhressa) to vie for the same post without seeing his original Form IV certificate, which is the minimum qualification for the post.

The committee said Michael Wambura filed the appeal claiming that, Bakhressa lacked the required qualifications and was not eligible to contest in the election.They granted him his appeal after going though the evidence and they were satisfied that Bakhressa did not have the Secondary School Certificate thus he is not allowed to vie for the post in the coming election.

The DRFA Committee, Lyatto said also made a mistake in endorsing the contestants while knowing that there were outright violation of election procedure in the whole issue.”The whole issue was a mess, the DRFA out rightly violated the election procedures by favouring others and denying others their right, by so doing, we have ordered for a fresh process,” said Lyatto.

He cited a case where the DRFA election committee also endorsed contestants Gungurugwa Tambaza, Mohammed Bhinda, Benny Kisaka and Hamisi Ayoub Mpapai without having evidence that they have the Academic Certificate of Ordinary Secondary Education. However, in their deliberation, Lyatto said the committee also quashed Wambura’s appeal that the DRFA constitution as well as the region’s election committee was not legally formed, saying all procedures were adhered to.

The committee also met to discuss appeal from Mbeya Regional Football Association (MRFA) petitioning John Mwamwaja to vie for the Chairman post within the association. Lyatto’s committee endorsed the contestant after they satisfied themselves that the appellant claims lacked grounds.

Moreover, Lusekelo E. Mwanjala, who was disqualified to vie for the Chairman post has been cleared to continue with the race as well as Thadeo T. Kalua, who can now seek election for the TFF General Assembly representative.Lyatto said they have also pushed back for four-day to October 25, election of Shinyanga Regional Football Association (SHIREFA).

NO PLANS TO EXPORT GAS, WE MUST MEET THE DOMESTIC DEMAND FIRST-SEFUE

CHIEF SECRETARY AMBASSADOR OMBENI SEFUE

TANZANIA has no immediate plans to export its natural gas even as it boasts some reserves of 3 trillion cubic feet, until it meets local demands which, among others, include power generation and industrial use.

Chief Secretary Ambassador Ombeni Sefue made the remarks in Dar es Salaam while addressing reporters shortly after a meeting with high-level scoping mission, that visited the country with the aim of exchanging notes on successes and challenges in natural resource management.

“We must meet the domestic demand first. The available gas will also be used as a raw material for petro-chemicals and fertilizer industries,” Ambassador Sefue said.

He said although the gas reserve is sufficient for local demand, the country cannot be ranked yet as one of the major gas producers.

Ambassador Sefue noted that the government was currently training local experts who would also help negotiate well with investors in the energy sub-sector.

The mission which was invited by Tanzania comprised representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB), China and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Other members of the mission were from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union (EU) and Germany, all working together in the spirit of the Paris Declaration on donor coordination and harmonization.

According to Ambassador Sefue, the private sector and government can cooperate to enable Tanzanian businesses and individuals to supply goods and services to natural gas projects.

He, however, cautioned that for local entrepreneurs to venture in the sector, they would need support to ensure that gas and its related activities contribute to a diversified economy.

Speaking on the same occasion, World Bank Sector Manager for Africa Region, Mr Albert Zeufack, said natural gas is part of the solution to Tanzania’s energy crisis and is essential for diversification of the economy.

“Natural gas is an opportunity for the current generation to pass a proud and prosperous Tanzania to the next generation. It will, however, not turn Tanzania into a gas-rich country overnight,” Mr Zeufack said.

The WB executive said it was high time the government put in place a predictable framework ahead of major future investments in natural gas.

He also noted that while substantial revenues from the sub-sector may take about 10 years to flow, essential regulatory, fiscal and commercial steps must come before project development can proceed.

“There is also a need to build the capacity to implement and develop human capital through the education system on general, technical and vocational training, in a bid to make it demand driven and thus avoid skills mismatch,” he explained.

WE NEED THE BUSINESS CENTER FOR SMALL SCALE MINERS TO RUN THE SHOWS; MBWAMBO

The government has been asked to spend half of the 9.5bn/- allocated for small miners in the country this financial year to construct a miners building that will be used for both local and international gemstone and mineral shows.

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Chairman of the Eastern Zone of Tanzania Small Gemstone Dealers Organisation (TASGEDO), Mr Paulo Mbwambo, said at the weekend that the proposed building would promote trade in gemstones and industrial minerals in the country.

Speaking at the annual meeting of TASGEDO held at the Destafano Hotel in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, Mr Mbwambo said the proposed building, should have a conference hall that will be used to showcase Tanzanite, sapphires, ruby, diamonds and industrial minerals such as copper, iron, nickel and uranium.

“All Tanzanians with gemstone or industrial minerals would be able to bring to the show for foreigners to purchase easily and consequently enable the government to increase its revenue,” Mr Mbwambo explained. On the recent announcement by the Ministry for Energy and Minerals on changes for fees by miners, the TASGEDO chairman said the idea has been floated and implemented without consulting them.

“Worse, the changes were just too high for small scale miners and gemstone dealers”, he argued. The ministry has increased Primary Mining Licence (PML) from 50,000/- to 100,000/-. Broker’s licence had been raised from 320,000/- to 800,000/-, export licence from 550,000/- to 1,200 US dollars (about.1, 800,000/-) and export permit from 25,000/- to 100 US dollars (about 150,000/-) per annum.

“This is not fair to local gemstones dealers but it could be ideal to foreigners who have big capital. We advise the Ministry for Energy and Minerals to reduce the fees,” TASGEDO chairman appealed. He requested the ministry to call for a joint meeting between the ministry and minerals’ stakeholders so as to get their views and opinions on the new fees with the express hope of reducing them.

Mr Mbwambo noted that even the previous licence fees were beyond the reach of some gemstone and minerals dealers, leading them to lose their mineral plots. Furthermore, he added, there is too much delays in issuance of mineral licences leading to many mineral plot conflicts, he added.

TASGEDO, he suggested that application for licence should take between one and three months and that broker licence regulations should be uniform, from one zone to another and allow two brokers to get one broker licence.

“Currently, two brokers can get a licence in Arusha, three brokers can get one in Mtwara but four brokers seeking a licence in Dar es Salaam can’t get it. We do not want this disparity. The law is the same for all the regions, why should there be a rough playing field? We want equal service under the law”, Mr Mbwambo said.

HOJA YA SERIKALI MBILI KATIKA KATIBA NI YA CHAMA AU WATANZANIA?

Erick Luwongo Mratibu wa Katiba wa Asasi ya HAKI-MADINI

KONGAMANO la ndani lililoandaliwa na Asasi isiyo ya kiserikali ya Community Right Development Organization (HAKI-MADINI) Ijumaa Septemba 21, 2012, kwa ajili ya kuwajengea uwezo wanahabari kuhusiana na mambo mbalimbali ya Katiba mpya hususan maliasilia limeibua mjadala mzito.

Haki-Madini inayojishugulisha na uchechemuaji pamoja na  uzengezi (ushawishi na utetezi) wa wachimbaji wadogo huku wakiwa wamejikita katika kuwajengea uwezo watanzania hao.

BAADHI YA WASHIRIKI KWENYE KONGAMANO HILO LA KATIBA

Kauli za mchokoza mada iliyotolewa na Erick Luwongo mratibu wa Katiba wa Asasi ya HAKI-MADINI uliainisha mapungufu kadhaa ambayo yasipofanyiwa kazi katika katiba ijayo haitaweza kukidhi haja na kuitwa Katiba ya Watanzania.

Mbali na Erick Luwongo washiriki mbalimbali walioudhuria kongamano hilo wengi wao wakiwa wanahabari pamoja na wanasheria kutoka maeneo yanayoizunguka Arusha waliiasa serikali kuboresha mchakato unaoendelea wa kukusanya maoni ya wananchi ili kuliwezesha taifa kupata katiba yenye hadhi ya kuitwa ya watazania.

BAADHI YA WASHIRIKI KATIKA KONGAMANO HILO LA KATIBA

Miongoni wa hoja zilizojitokeza katika kongamano hilo la katiba lililofanyika kwenye hoteli ya SG Resort katikati ya jiji la Arusha zililenga katika maeneo makuu ya mali asilia, sheria mpya ya marekebisho ya Katiba na muungano.

Luwongo ndiye aliyepata muda mrefu wa kuainisha mapungufu yanayoonekana katika mchakato unaoendelea hususan sheria iliyopitishwa ambayo anasema inaipa mamlaka makubwa tume ya katiba na kuwanyima fursa wananchi ambao ndiyo walengwa wakuu katika mchakato huu.

Tofauti na makongamano mengine, Luwongo aliwasilisha hoja ambayo inahusu mali asilia na kuonyesha namna katiba inavyo waacha watanzania wazawa pembeni bila kuonyesha watafaidika vipi na rasilimali hizo.

“Ibara ya 27 kifungu cha kwanza katika katiba ya  Jamuhuri ya muungano wa Tanzania imebainisha wazi kuwa kila mtu anayo haki na wajibu wa kulinda mali asilia lakini haijaweka wazi walinde vipi na watafaidika na nini kwa ulinzi wao” alibainisha Luwongo.

Hapa ndipo kuna tatizo kubwa, Serikali imejiweka pembeni na kuchukuwa jukumu la kuwa mtumiaji na huku ikimuacha huyu mlindaji (mwananchi) bila faida yoyote kwa kazi yake ya ulinzi, alifafanua Luwongo.

Jovita Mlay mwanaharakati mwenye taaluma ya sheria alipopata nafasi ya kuchangia aliikosoa serikali kwa tabia yake ya kila mara yanapojitokeza matatizo mazito katika suala la muungano, watawala hufikiria njia ya mkato ili kuziba midomo ya watu wanaohoji au wanaokosoa, ndiyo maana mwaka jana chini ya sheria ya marekebisho ya Katiba kuna kifungu kinachozuia uhuru wa kujadili muungano alisema.

Sheria hiyo inataka wananchi wajadili kwa lengo la kuboresha tu muungano. Kwa lugha nyingine, wale wenye maoni tofauti watakuwa wanajisumbua kutoa maoni kwa mtazamo tofauti na muundo wa serikali mbili.

Washiriki walikumbushwa kuwa Rais wa kwanza na Baba wa Taifa Mwalimu Julius Nyerere alipokuwa anazima madai ya wabunge 55 mwaka 1994 ambao walikuja kujulikana kama G55 baada ya kuanzisha mchakato wa kudai Tanganyika alisema “wote wanaotaka Tanganyika kwanza watoke CCM maana muungano wa serikali mbili ni sera ya chama hicho tawala”.

Wakati sheria inakataza wananchi kuhoji muungano wa serikali mbili au inakataza kujadili kwa mtazamo tofauti, maelfu ya watu wanahudhuria mikutano inayoitishwa na kikundi cha Uamsho chenye msimamo mkali dhidi ya muungano.

Nilipojipa kazi ya uchunguzi wa mikutano ya jumuiya hiyo na hata ninaposoma habari za mihadhara yao, maelfu ya watu wanaohudhuria mikutano wakiulizwa kama wanataka muungano uendelee au uvunjwe, sauti husikika zikisema Uvunjwe.”

Hawa ni Wazanzibari. Hawa hawapaswi kupuuzwa kwa mbinu za sheria, tishio la kufungwa au adhabu nyingine yoyote.

Serikali inataka isikie sauti za watu gani  ili ikubali kuwa umefika wakati wa kutoa fursa watu watoe dukuduku zao? Si tuliambiwa kuwa muundo wa muungano wa serikali mbili ni sera ya CCM, sasa kwa nini sera ya CCM inalindwa kwa sheria? alihoji Amani Mustafha mkurugenzi wa asasi ya Haki-Madini

Kwa majibu hayo, vyama vingine vyote havifungwi na sera hiyo. Sera ya Chama cha Wananchi (CUF) na hata Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) ni muungano wa mfumo wa serikali tatu.

Kama muungano ni wa serikali basi waachiwe watawala wafanye wanavyotaka. Ila kama muungano unawahusu watu wapewe fursa ya kuujadili kama tunavyojadili maeneo mengine tunayosema yamepitwa na wakati. kwa wengine muungano huu umepitwa na wakati.

Tume zote zilizoundwa na marais waliopita na hasa ile Tume ya Jaji Robert Kisanga (1999), japo haikupewa hadidu za rejea kujadili muungano, walioulizwa walitaka Zanzibar yao.

“Kwa hiyo, sheria iliyowekwa leo kuzuia watu kuujadili kwa uhuru ni woga wa watawala kuonekana wao wamevunja muungano huo” alisema Mwandishi nguli Abiba Suedi.

Pamoja na Mchakato kupitia hatua nyingi na kusimamiwa na chma tawala lakini lililo wazi ni katiba mpya siyo ajenda ya chama tawala kwa kuwa haiko katika ilani yao. Rais Jakaya Kikwete aliamua kuiweka baada ya kuona huitaji wa watanzania.

Rais alitumia maneno yaliyowapa furaha watu kwamba watapata katiba mpya wakati yeye alikuwa na maana ya kufanyia marekebisho. “Tutahuisha katiba iliyopo,” alinukuliwa akisema. Hii ina maana kuipa uhai, kwa lugha ya kingereza ni Kurenew.

Elimu kwa wananchi, Haki ya kugawana na kutolea maamuzi mali asilia zetu pamoja na  haki kwa wanawake bila kusahau tulipotoka tulipo sasa na tunapokwenda ni baadhi ya mambo muhimu ya kuzingatiwa katika mchakato wa katiba mpya, ni jukumu letu sote kushiriki katika mchakato huu hili tupate katiba inayostahili kuitwa ya watanzania.

Makala hii pia ilitoka kwenye Gazeti la TAZAMA Tolea Na, 520

TANZANIAN MUSLIM CLERIC PONDA ISSA PONDA ARRESTED.

SHEIK PONDA ISSA PONDA’S RELIGIOUS GROUP IS NOT RECOGNISED BY THE TANZANIA GOVERNMENT

A controversial Tanzanian Muslim cleric has been arrested for stoking religious hatred, police have said.

Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda’s arrest comes after Muslim protesters vandalised and torched five churches in the main city, Dar es Salaam, last week.

The violence followed rumours that a Christian boy urinated on a Koran.

More than 120 people had earlier been arrested over the attacks – one of the worst cases of religious conflict in mainland Tanzania.

POWER STRUGGLE.

The 14-year-old boy was also taken into police custody on Friday for his own safety.

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Through his institution, he’s threatening the well-being of other Muslim leader”

Suleiman Kova Police commander

Angry Muslims then marched to the police station to demand that he be handed over for “punishment”.

When police refused, the group attacked churches in the city’s Mbagala area.

Dar es Salaam police commander Suleiman Kova said Sheikh Ponda had been arrested for giving speeches that incited people to hate other religious groups and the government.

This influenced people to stage protests similar to those that led to last week’s violence, he said.

“He’s been conducting various activities, including that of organising demonstrations without following the right channels,” Mr Kova added.

Sheikh Ponda is the head of the influential Council of Imams, which is involved in a long-running power struggle with a government-backed group of Muslim clerics known as Bakwata.

Mr Kova said Sheikh Ponda had also been arrested because his group was operating illegally.

“Through his institution, he’s threatening the well-being of other Muslim leaders,” Mr Kova added.

TANZANIA – THE FACTS

HISTORY

Tanzania is the “cradle of mankind” for it was here, in the Olduvai Gorge, that Dr Louis Leakey discovered the fossilised remains of Homo habilis, or “handy man,” calculated to be 1.75 million years old and the fore- runner of modern man.

Tanzania was occupied by various African tribes most recently the Masai from Kenya, who have retained their proud traditions.

Arab merchants visited the coast some 2,000 years ago and settled in Zanzibar around the eighth century AD later establishing trade routes into the interior.

The inter-marriage of Arabs and local people created a new people with their own language – Kiswahili (Swahili) whose word for a journey – safari – has become the international description of a trip into the wild.

The Portuguese established temporary settlements in the 16th century, supplanted by the Omanis in the late 17th century who developed the infamous slave trade.

The scramble for Africa by the European powers at the end of the 19th century led to occupation of the mainland by Germany although Zanzibar became a British protectorate.

After World War I, Germany was forced to surrender its territory to the British.

Tanganyika, as the mainland was then known, achieved independence in 1961.

Zanzibar became independent two years later and shortly afterwards joined with the mainland to become the United Republic of Tanzania.

GEOGRAPHY

Tanzania covers 937,062 sq km making it the largest country in Eastern Africa.

Just south of the equator, it borders Kenya and Uganda in the north; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi in the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique in the south, and is therefore a splendid centre from which to explore eastern, central and southern Africa.

Through the interior runs the Great Rift Valley, that vast fault-line down the spine of Africa that, in Tanzania, has created many fascinating topographical features such as the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Tanganyika.

The central plateau (1,200m above sea level) is a huge expanse of savannah and sparse woodland.

To the north, the 5,890-metre (19,340 ft) Mount Kilimanjaro rises, the highest mountain in Africa.

While the interior is largely arid, the 800 kilometre coastline is lush and palm-fringed as are the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.

CLIMATE

The coastal areas are hot and humid with an average day time temperature of 30°C. Sea breezes make the climate very pleasant from June to September.

The central plateau experiences hot days and cool nights.

The hilly country between the coast and the northern highlands has a pleasant climate from January to September, with temperatures averaging around 20°C. Temperatures vary around Kilimanjaro according to the season registering a low 15°C during May to August rising to 22°C during December to March.

For the whole country the hottest months are from October to February.

The main, long rainy season is from mid-March to late May.

ECONOMY

Agriculture plays a vital part in the economy of Tanzania and tourists will see evidence of this as they are driven past huge coffee, tea and cotton plantations and witness the processing of cashew nuts, sisal, cloves and other spices.

The country also has large mineral deposits that include gold, diamonds and a wide variety of gemstones.

Of particular interest is tanzanite, a brilliant and rare gemstone found only in Tanzania.

It is mined in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and is one thousand times rarer than diamonds.

Geological research indicates that this source will be depleted in the next 10 to 20 years and that the chances of finding tanzanite in another part of the world are “less than one in a million”.

WHAT TOUR COMPANY CAN HANDLE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS?

Contact Media 2 Solution (M2S) to recommend the best company to handle your trip to Tanzania.

M2S have the knowledge, understanding and know the capacity of more than 500 companies involved in the tourism industry, making it the best and largest organisation to recommend you to the best company according to your budget.

Those companies include safari operators, mountain specialists, hotels, airlines, and a range of other suppliers on this industry.

M2S headquarter is in the tourist town of Arusha in northern Tanzania and the contacts are as follows:

Media 2 Solution

Arusha City complex 4th floor Swahili Street.

P. O. Box 611,

Arusha.

Tel: – 0716 079 339 or 0683722171

E-mail:- media2solution@gmal.com

RAIS KIKWETE ATEUA WAKURUGENZI WAPYA WIZARA YA MAMBO YA NJE.

TAARIFAKWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mheshimiwa Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete ameteua Wakurugenzi wapya tisa wa Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa ambao pia watakuwa na hadhi ya Balozi.

Kwa mujibu wa taarifa iliyotolewa mjini Dar es Salaam leo, Jumatano, Mei 30, 2012 na Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Balozi Ombeni Y. Sefue, uteuzi huo umeanza Mei 2,mwaka huu, 2012.


Walioteuliwa ni Ndugu Vincent Kibwana ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Afrika; Ndugu Naimi Aziz ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Ushirikiano wa Kikanda;
Ndugu Celestine Mushy ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa; Ndugu Yahya Simba ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Mashariki ya Kati, na Ndugu Bertha Somi ambaye ameteuliwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Diaspora.


Wengine ni Ndugu Irene Kasyanju aliyeteuliwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Kitengo cha Sheria; Ndugu Dorah Msechu ambaye ameteuliwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Ulaya na Amerika,Ndugu Mbelwa Kairuki ambaye anakuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Asia na Australia, na Ndugu Silima Haji ambaye ameteuliwa kuwa Mkurugenzi, Idara ya Mambo ya Nje,Zanzibar.

Kabla ya uteuzi wake, Ndugu Kibwana alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu, Ndugu Naimi Aziz alikuwa Mkurugenzi Msaidizi, Ndugu Mushy alikuwa Kaimu Katibu wa Waziri Mkuu, Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu, Ndugu Simba alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu, na Ndugu Somi alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu.

Naye Ndugu Kasyanju alikuwa Mkurugenzi Msaidizi, Ndugu Msechu alikuwa Mkurugenzi Msaidizi, Ndugu Kairuki alikuwa Msaidizi wa Rais (Hotuba), Ofisi ya Rais, Ikulu. Na Ndugu Haji alikuwa Afisa Mambo ya Nje Mkuu.


Imetolewa na:

Kurugenzi ya Mawasiliano ya Rais,Ikulu.

DAR ES SALAAM.

30Mei, 2012

WELCOME TO TANZANIA THE LAND OF KILIMANJARO, ZANZIBAR AND THE SERENGETI.

KARIBU TANZANIA

Karibu means welcome in Swahili. And there is no better place to enjoy an enriching cultural and wildlife experience than Tanzania.

The magical names trip of the tongue – Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Selous, the Serengeti and exotic Zanzibar.

In the year 2009, Oludvai Gorge celebrated the Golden Anniversary of the discovery, 50 years ago, of Zinjanthropus boisei or “nutcracker man”.

Tanzania’s new and enlarged national parks mean it is now the only country in the world to protect more than 25% of its land so game viewing experiences are widely regarded as the best in Africa.

It is the place to see seemingly endless herds of wildbeast and zebra trekking across the plains on their annual migration – followed by the predatory lions, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

It is elephant country, boasting some of the largest populations in the world.

While at Gombe and Mahale Mountains National Parks, it is home to groups of chimpanzees now so rarely seen in the wild.

Both the Tanzania mainland and, of course, Zanzibar boast beautiful beaches – hundreds of miles of palm-fringed sands overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Its cities are relaxed and friendly. Its huge lakes, Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa, are bountiful with fish. Its mountains are massive and mysterious and include Mount Meru, Ol Doinyo Lengai and the Usambaras in addition, of course, to Mount Kilimanjaro – the ‘Roof of Africa’ and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

Yet this, the largest country in East Africa, is untouched by the holiday making hordes of mass tourism.

It was in Tanzania that Stanley uttered those famous words – “Dr Livingstone I presume” – when he tracked down the Scottish missionary and explorer after a long trek into the interior.

Indeed Tanzania was a magnet for several Victorian explorers who made epic journeys of discovery in search of the source of the Nile.

Today’s visitors are able to explore the largest country in East Africa, and see its remarkable seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, with none of the hardship but all of the adventure of those early pioneers.

WHAT TOUR COMPANY CAN HANDLE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS?

Contact Media 2 Solution (M2S) to recommend the best company to handle your trip to Tanzania.

M2S have the knowledge, understanding and know the capacity of more than 500 companies involved in the tourism industry, making it the best and largest organisation to recommend you to the best company according to your budget.

Those companies include safari operators, mountain specialists, hotels, airlines, and a range of other suppliers on this industry.

M2S headquarter is in the tourist town of Arusha in northern Tanzania and the contacts are as follows:

Media 2 Solution

Arusha City complex 4th floor Swahili Street.

P. O. Box 611,

Arusha.

Tel: – 0716 079 339 or 0683722171

E-mail:- media2solution@gmal.com

KUJICHUKULIA SHERIA MIKONONI NI UVUNJIFU WA SHERIA NA USABABISHA TAASISI USIKA KUSHINDWA KUFANYA KAZI YAKE.

WATANZANIA wengi wanadai kuchoshwa na vyombo vya sheria, wakidai kuwa vyombo hivyo avifanyi kazi yake na hivyo kuamua kujichukulia sheria mikononi kwa kuwadhibu wausika wenyewe.

Tabia hii ya Watanzania inaonekana kukithiri miongoni mwa jamii. Kutokana na hali hiyo sisi tunaona ipo haja kwa viongozi wa Serikali na wale wote wenye mamlaka katika jamii usika kuikemea.

Mfano mbaya wa tabia hiyo ni kisa cha hivi karibuni kilicho tokea ambapo watu watatu mkoani Arusha waliuawa na wananchi katika Mtaa wa Ngusero, Kata ya Sombetini kwa tuhuma za ujambazi.

Taharifa zinadai wananchi waliwaona watu hao wakizunguka zunguka katika mtaa huo usiku wa manane wakiwa ndani ya gari aina ya Toyota Mark II na kuwatilia shaka.

Inadaiwa baada ya kuwatilia shaka, wananchi hao waliamshana na kuwazingira watuhumiwa na walipofanya upekuzi waliwakuta na silaha za jadi ndani ya gari lao.

Baada ya kuwakuta na silaha hizo, wananchi hao waliamua kuwashambulia watuhumiwa hao watatu kwa kutumia silaha mbalimbali na kuwasababishia vifo vyao.

Pamoja na Polisi kudai kuwa waliouawa walikuwa wakitafutwa kwa tuhuma za ujambazi, lakini hiyo haihalalishi kuuawa kwa watuhumiwa hao.

Kwani pia inawezekana kabisa katika gari hilo alikuwepo mtu mwingine asiyehusika na akaadhibiwa au kuuawa.

Mbali na uwezekano wa kumuadhibu au kumuua asiye na kosa, lakini pia mauaji hayo yameikosesha Polisi ushahidi wa matukio ya ujambazi na kupoteza vielelezo vya kuwanasa wengine kama wapo.

Tunakemea tabia hiyo kwa kuwa si ya jamii iliyostaarabika, inaweza kuwatia hatiani wasio na kosa lakini pia inazuia uwezekano wa kukomesha matukio ya ujambazi, kwani kwa maamuzi hayo ya wananchi Polisi wanapotezewa vyanzo vya taarifa muhimu.

Tunasema hivyo kwa kuwa kama watuhumiwa hao walikuwa na wenzao ambao wamekuwa wakishirikiana katika uhalifu, kuna uwezekano wangewataja wenzao na kuiwezesha Polisi kunasa na kuutokomeza mtandao wa majambazi.

Lakini kwa kuwaua, wananchi hawajasaidia chochote katika kupunguza au kuzuia uhalifu, badala yake wameshiriki kuzuia Sheria isichukue mkondo wake na kuzuia Polisi kukamata mtandao wa wahalifu na kuukomesha.

Wakati umefika kwa Serikali kuchukua hatua kali zaidi dhidi ya watu wanaobainika kujichukulia sheria mkononi ili tabia hiyo iondoke nchini.

Lakini pia viongozi katika jamii kuanzia wa kisiasa, kijamii na hasa wa dini ambao wanaaminiwa zaidi, wanapaswa kusaidia kuhamasisha jamii kuacha kuchukua sheria mkononi dhidi ya watuhumiwa wa uhalifu.

Tena kwa viongozi wa dini itakuwa rahisi zaidi kwa kuwa dini karibu zote zinakataza kuua, watakuwa wanatimiza wajibu wao wa kukemea maovu kwa kuwa katika tabia hii ya kujichukulia sheria mkononi, kuna uwezekano wa watu wasio na hatia kuadhibiwa na hata kuuawa.

Mbaya zaidi tabia hii ya kujichukulia sheria mkononi imekuwa haitendi haki kwa kutoa adhabu kulingana na kosa la mtu badala yake imekuwa ikisababisha watuhumiwa kupewa adhabu ambazo hawastahili.

BADEA YAIKOPESHA TANZANIA BILIONI 34.5 KUJENGA BARABARA ZANZIBAR.

  • Barabara husika ni kutoka Wete Pemba hadi Chakechake itakayoanza kujengwa Oktoba mwaka huu.

    Waziri wa Fedha na Uchumi
    Dk. William Mgimwa

  • Mradi Kukamilika mwanzoni mwa mwaka 2014

TANZANIA imepokea msaada wa sh bilioni 34.5 kutoka Benki ya Maendeleo ya Kiuchumi Afrika (BADEA) kwa ajili ya ujenzi wa barabara za lami visiwani Zanzibar.

Msaada huo umekuja siku moja kabla ya Rais Jakaya Kikwete kufungua mkutano wa mwaka wa Bodi ya Magavana wa Benki ya Maendeleo Afrika (ADFB) mjini Arusha.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari, muda mfupi baada ya kusaini mkataba huo, Waziri wa Fedha na Uchumi, Dk. William Mgimwa alisema ujenzi huo utahusisha barabara yenye urefu wa kilometa 22.

Aliitaja barabara husika kuwa ni kutoka Wete Pemba hadi Chakechake itakayoanza kujengwa Oktoba mwaka huu ili kurahisisha mawasiliano ya pande hizo mbili za visiwa, na kuongeza kwamba barabara hiyo itapanuliwa.

“Kabla ya upanuzi, utafanyika upembuzi yakinifu na tathimini ya gharama za mradi huo na fidia kwa wamiliki wa majengo pembezoni mwa barabara hiyo… mradi utakamilika mwanzoni mwa mwaka 2014,” alisema waziri huyo.

Dk. Mgimwa alimuahidi Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa BADEA, Abdelaziz Khelef kuwa, fedha hizo za mkopo na michango iliyotolewa zitatumika kama ilivyokusudiwa ili kuwa chachu ya nchi na taasisi nyingine za fedha kuendelea kuisaidia Tanzania.

HOTUBA YA ZITTO KABWE KWA WATANZANIA WANAOISHI MAREKANI – MARYLAND, VIRGINIA NA DC 27.05.2012

ZITTO ZUBERI KABWE

Tumekutana leo wakati ambao Taifa letu lipo katika mpito wa mambo mengi sana.

Kufuatia shinikizo kubwa kutoka chama chetu cha CHADEMA na asasi nyingine za kiraia ikiwemo viongozi wa dini, tupo katika mchakato wa kuandika upya katiba ya nchi yetu.

Lakini pia kuna muamko mkubwa sana wa haki za kiraia na haki za kisiasa katika Taifa letu hivi sasa.

Watanzania, kuliko wakati mwingine wowote katika historia ya nchi yetu, wameamka na kutaka mabadiliko ya kisiasa na hasa kutaka kabisa uongozi mpya wa nchi kutoka chama kingine tofauti na chama kinachoongoza hivi sasa.

Huu mpito pia, Mpito wa kutoka chama kimoja hodhi kwenda mfumo wa kweli wa vyama vingi vya siasa.

Watanzania wameamka sana kujua rasilimali za nchi yao na kutaka kutokomeza rushwa na ufisadi na matumizi mabaya ya utajiri wa nchi.

Huu ni mpito wa kutoka viongozi wanaojali maslahi yao binafsi na kwenda kwa viongozi wawajibikaji na wenye uchungu wa kuendeleza nchi yetu na watu wake.

Mpito wowote unapaswa kuongozwa vyema.

Unapaswa kushirikisha wananchi wote bila kujali wapo sehemu gani ya Dunia.

Chama chetu kipo mstari wa mbele kuongoza mpito tulionao Tanzania.

Licha ya kuongoza juhudi za kuwa na Katiba mpya itakayohakikisha HAKI na Wajibu wa Watanzania, lakini pia tumekuwa tukiendelea kupambana na rushwa na ufisadi.

Pia tumekuwa tukiendelea kuhakikisha utajiri wa nchi yetu unatumika kwa manufaa ya Watanzania.

Hatujatetereka hata kidogo na hatutateterekea kuhakikisha Watanzania wanakuwa na Taifa lenye demokrasia iliyokomaa, lenye maendeleo na ustawi wa watu wake (Developmental Democratic State).

Licha ya kwamba tupo Upinzani, lakini hatua mbalimbali tulizochukua zimeleta mabadiliko makubwa katika nchi yetu.

Kuanzia vuguvugu la Buzwagi mpaka kuibuliwa kwa maskandali ya EPA na mpaka kutajwa kwa orodha ya Mafisadi nchini pale MwembeYanga.

Hata hivi karibuni juhudi za Bunge kutaka Uwajibikaji Serikalini zilizoongozwa na CHADEMA zimeleta mabadiliko.

Inawezekana mabadiliko hayo sio kama tutakavyo, sio kamili, lakini ni hatua ambayo tumepiga.

Tutaendelea kama chama cha siasa sio tu kusema na kupiga kelele kuhusu uoza uanaofanyika Serikalini (maana ndio kazi yetu kikanuni) lakini pia kutoa masuluhisho ya matatizo ya nchi yetu na kusukuma kupitia Bunge mabadiliko chanya yanayotakiwa ili kuleta mabadiliko nchini.

Ni matumaini yangu kwamba Watanzania wanaoishi nje ya nchi, kokote walipo watashiriki pamoja nasi katika vuguvugu (movement) hili la kuleta mabadiliko katika Taifa letu.

Hampaswi kukaa na kutazama, bali mnapaswa kushiriki kikamilifu maana hii ni nchi yetu sote.

Ni wajibu wa kila mmoja wetu kuhakikisha nchi yetu inakuwa na demokrasia na ustawi wa watu wake.

Hali ya Uchumi wa Nchi

Tumekuwa moja ya nchi ambazo uchumi wake unakua kwa kasi zaidi duniani.

Katika kipindi cha muongo mmoja uliopita uchumi wa Tanzania umekuwa ukikua kwa wastani wa asilimia 6.

Kazi hii ya ukuaji ukilinganisha na kiwango cha ukuaji wa idadi ya watu (ambacho ni 2.8%) ingeweza kupunguza umasikini kwa zaidi ya 50% katika kipindi hicho.

Hata hivyo Umasikini Tanzania umebakia ni mkubwa ambapo zaidi ya Watanzania 37 katika kila Watanzania 100 hawana uhakika wa mlo mmoja kwa siku.

Idadi ya Watanzania masikini wa kutupwa (wenye kipato cha chini ya tshs 500 kwa siku) imeongezeka kutoka watu milioni 12 mwaka 2007 mpaka watu milioni 15 mwaka 2011.

Ukitaka kujua wingi huu ni wa kiwango gani, chukua idadi ya watu wa Nchi ya Botwasana, Namibia, Swaziland na Lesotho haikaribii idadi ya Watanzania wenye mashaka ya mlo mmoja kwa siku.

Idadi ya watu wa Denmark, Netherlands, Norway na Uholanzi kwa pamoja ndio sawa na idadi ya Watanzania masikini.

Kwa nini?

Ni kitendawili. Ni nadra kukuta uchumi unaokua kwa kasi kama wetu ukizalisha masikini zaidi. 

It’s a paradox of a fast growing economy and increasing poverty. Kwa miaka kumi ambayo tumeiangalia (2000 – 2010) tumeshuhudia kwa dhahiri kabisa kushindwa kwa sera za kuondoa umasikini zinazotekelezwa na Serikali ya CCM.

Masikini wa Tanzania wapo vijijini zaidi.

Uchumi wa vijijini kwa kipindi cha muongo mmoja umekua kwa wastani wa asilimia moja tu. Flat lining.

Kwa hiyo uchumi unaokua hivi sasa sio uchumi wa Watanzania bali ni uchumi wa watu wachache kwenye sekta chache kama madini, mawasiliano na ujenzi.

Watanzania walio wengi walioko vijijini wanaendelea kuandamwa na ufukara bila juhudi mahususi za kuwasaidia.

Tumesema na tunarudia kusema kwamba ni lazima kubadili mwelekeo wa mipango yetu na kujikita kwenye maendeleo vijijini.

Kama chama tunaendelea kusema jambo hili ndani ya Bunge na pia kuwaelimisha wananchi kwenye mikutano yetu ya hadhara.

Mfumuko wa Bei umefikia kiwango cha juu sana cha 19% na hivyo hata mikopo katika mabenki imekuwa ghali hadi kufikia riba ya 23% na zaidi.

Mfumuko wa bei unaongozwa na bei ya vyakula.

Katika hali ya kawaida, kupanda kwa bei za vyakula kungemnufaisha mkulima lakini hali sio hiyo Tanzania.

Mkulima bado anauza mazao yake kwa bei za vijijini ambazo ni ndogo na zinaamuliwa na wachuuzi wa mijini.

Lakini mkulima huyu anaponunua bidhaa za matumizi yake kama sukari, mafuta ya taa, nguo nk ananunua kwa bei za mijini ambazo zimeathiriwa vikali na mfumuko wa bei.

Hivyo mfumuko wa Bei unamuathiri zaidi mwananchi masikini kabisa.

Serikali imekuwa mlalamikaji kama wananchi wengine.

Mfumuko wa Bei utapungua kwa kuongeza uzalishaji wa chakula, kuimarisha miundombinu ya vijijini na kupunguza gharama za Nishati kama hasa Umeme.

CHADEMA inaendelea kuisukuma Serikali kuchukua hatua ili kupunguza makali ya maisha kwa wananchi. Hatua za muda mfupi zihusishe nafuu ya kodi kwenye bidhaa zinazotumiwa na wananchi kwa wingi.

Hata hivyo bado matumizi ya Serikali ni makubwa mno kwenye masuala ambayo hayana uhusiano na kuendeleza watu.

Bado bajeti ya posho mbalimbali, safari za nje na hata matumizi makubwa ya magari ya serikali ni kubwa mno kulinganisha na hali yetu ilivyo.

Katika matumizi haya pia kuna ufisadi mkubwa sana. CHADEMA inaendelea kuanisha masuala haya na kukemea na kuchukua hatua pale inapobidi.

Uwezo wetu wa kukusanya mapato ni changamoto kubwa.

Mapato mengi yanapotea kama misamaha ya kodi ambayo sasa imefikia tshs 1.3trn kwa mwaka. 

Mapato mengine hayakusanywi kwa sababu ya ukwepaji kodi uliokithiri.

Kodi kwenye Sekta ya Madini imekuwa ni mjadala wa muda mrefu sana.

Sheria ya madini ya mwaka 1998 na Sheria za Fedha ya mwaka 1997 ziliweka mfumo wa kinyonyaji kabisa ambao ulikuwa unafaidisha makampuni ya uchimbaji madini kuliko Taifa.

Sheria mpya ya madini ya mwaka 2010 ambayo ilitokana na kazi kubwa tuliyofanya ndani ya Bunge pamoja na Mashirika yasiyo ya kiserikali imeweka mfumo bora zaidi.

Hata hivyo makampuni ya Madini yaliweka mgomo kwenye sheria mpya kwa kukataa kuanzisha miradi mipya na hata kukataa kuhamia kwenye sharia mpya.

Sheria mpya inataka Serikali kuwa na hisa kwenye kila mgodi, hisa za kampuni za madini kuorodheshwa katika Soko la hisa la Dar es Salaam na kulipwa kwa mrahaba mpya wa asilimia 4 kwa kanuni mpya ya kukokotoa mrahaba (from Netback Value to Gross value) ambayo ingeongeza mapato ya Serikali maradufu.

Kwa miaka Serikali imekuwa inapoteza mapato kwa kutotekelezwa kwa sheria mpya.

Nimesikia kuanzia mwezi huu kampuni ya Barrick imeanza kulipa mrahaba mpya.

Tutataka maelezo ya Serikali kuhusu kampuni nyingine na pia mrahaba wa miaka ya nyuma. Ni lazima Serikali ihakikishe nchi inafaidika na rasilimali zake.

Tunaenda kwenye Uchumi wa Gesi Asilia.

Makampuni mawili makubwa duniani yamegundua Gesi Asilia nchini kwa kiwango kikubwa sana. 

Hivi sasa Tanzania ina Utajiri wa Gesi uliothibitishwa wa 20TCF na makadirio yanaonyesha kuwa tutafika 85TCF katika kipindi kifupi sana.

Bado kuna maeneo yanaendelea kufanyiwa utafutaji kutokanana vitalu vilivyogawiwa.

Hata hivyo hatuna Sera na Sheria ya kusimamia vema sekta hii na hasa yenye kuhakikisha Uwazi na Uwajibikaji.

Hatuna pia Sheria ya kusimamia mapato yanayotokana na Gesi Asilia (Petroleum Revenue Management Act).

Hatutaki kurudia makosa yaliyofanyika kwenye sekta ya Madini. Tunataka Gesi Asilia itumike kwa maendeleo ya watu wetu.

Tumependekeza kwamba Vitalu vipya vya kutafuta mafuta visitolewe kwa sasa (moratorium) mpaka hapo Sera mpya, Sheria mpya na mfumo bora wa matumizi ya Fedha zitakazotokana na Mafuta na Gesi ziwepo.

Pia shughuli za utafutaji katika vitalu vya sasa zitaongeza thamani ya vitalu vijavyo na hivyo nchi kufaidika zaidi.

Tumependekeza pia kwamba ni lazima kuweka mfumo mzima wa uwazi na uwajibikaji katika sekta ili kujipanga vyema na kuepuka yaliyowakuta wenzetu wenye utajiri kama huu ambao uligeuka balaa.

Tatu tumependekeza kusomesha Watanzania kwa ngazi zote. Mafundi mchundo kupitia VETA na Mafundi wa kati kupitia Vyuo vya Ufundi.

Muhimu zaidi tunataka kijengwe Chuo Kikuu kikubwa Mtwara chenye Kampasi Lindi ambacho kitakuwa ni kituo cha kufundisha sio watanzania tu bali Waafrika wengine kuhusiana na masuala haya.

Ujenzi wa Chuo Kikuu Mtwara unapaswa kuanza mara moja bila kuchelewa.

Kutokana na uzoefu tuliupata katika sekta ya Madini na kupitisha sheria mbaya Bungeni, tunaona kwamba suala la Gesi tukabe kila mahala ili kuhakikisha nchi inafaidika.

Historia inatuonyesha kwamba Nchi nyingi za Kiafrika zenye utajiri wa Gesi na Mafuta hazina demokrasia, zimegubikwa na uvundo wa ufisadi na watu wake ni masikini.

Tunataka kuonyesha Dunia kwamba inawezekana kuwa na nchi ya Kiafrika yenye utajiri mkubwa wa Mafuta na Gesi na ikawa ya kidemokrasia, isiyo na ufisadi na yenye watu wenye ustawi.

Sio kazi rahisi lakini tumedhamiria. CHADEMA haitakaa tu kuona utajiri wa nchi unatapanywa hovyo. Tumesema na kusimamia kwenye Madini, tunatoa mwongozo kwenye Mafuta na Gesi.

Katiba

Ninajua Watanzania mnaoishi nje mna shauku kubwa ya kujua ushiriki wenu na hatma yenu kwenye Katiba mpya.

Kwa muda mrefu mmekuwa mkishawishi haki ya kupiga kura, haki ya kuwa na uraia zaidi ya mmoja (Dual Nationality) na hata namna gani mnashiriki katika kujenga uchumi wa nchi.

Kwanza nataka niwapongeze kwa kuchukua uamuzi mzito wa kuondoka nyumbani kuja ughaibuni kutafuta maisha au maarifa au vinginevyo.

Nawapongeza zaidi kwa juhudi mnazofanya kusaidia familia zenu nyumbani, vijiji vyenu na hata Taifa kwa ujumla.

Takwimu zilizotangazwa na Benki Kuu ya Tanzania zinaonyesha kwamba Watanzania mliopo nje ya Tanzania mlituma nyumbani fedha (remittances) zaidi ya Dola za kimarekani 350 milioni mwaka 2011.

Hii ni sawa na asilimia 5 ya mapato yote ya Fedha za kigeni zilizoingia Tanzania mwaka huo na ni zaidi ya Fedha za kigeni zilizoingizwa na Chai, Kahawa, Pamba na Korosho kwa ujumla wake.

Kwa hiyo ‘Diaspora’ ni sehemu muhimu sana ya Uchumi wa Taifa ni muhimu Dola iwawekee mazingira mazuri ya kuweza kufanikisha mambo yenu huku ili mshiriki vema maendeleo ya nchi yetu.

CHADEMA tunatambua umuhimu wenu hata kama msingekuwa mnatuma fedha nyumbani.

Ninyi ni Watanzania na ni jukumu la Dola ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania kuwalinda popote mlipo duniani.

Mtakumbuka mwanzo mwa miaka ya 2000 kulikuwa kuna ‘petition’ ya kudai Uraia wan chi mbili kwa Watanzania.

Dkt. Willibrod Slaa alikuwa ni mmoja wa Wabunge waliokuwa wanauliza maswali Bungeni kuhusu jambo hilo.

Wengi tuliweka sahihi katika ‘petition’ ile ambayo ilianzishwa na Watanzania wanaoishi nje.

CHADEMA inaunga mkono haki ya Watanzania kuwa na uraia wa nchi nyingine.

CHADEMA inataka suala hili lifikie mwisho kwenye mjadala wa Katiba.

Kuna watu wanasema sio uzalendo Mtanzania kuchukua uraia wa nchi nyingine. Ninasema sio uzalendo pia kuacha raia wako wanateseka nchi nyingine kwa sababu tu wamechukua uraia wa huko au wanashindwa kuchukua uraia wa huko.

Sheria zetu za Uraia ni kandamizi hasa kwa wanawake wa Tanzania.

Tumepoteza dada zetu wengi sana na watoto wao kwa sababu wakiolewa na wageni watoto wao hawana haki ya kuwa raia.

Wakinyanyaswa na wageni na kutaka kurudi nyumbani wao na watoto wao wananyanyaswa pia kwao.

Haikubaliki na tutakabili suala hili kwa nguvu zetu zote.

Tunataka Watanzania walioko nje wapate kila aina ya msaada kutoka Dola yetu ili wafanikiwe.

CHADEMA inataka pia Watanzania waliopo nje waruhusiwe kupiga kura nyakati za uchaguzi.

Ni suala la ushamba tu kuendelea kujadili jambo hili la uwazi kabisa.

Kuna teknolojia za kisasa kabisa kuhakikisha watu wanapiga kura kokote walipo.

Mwaka 2004 Chama rafiki cha CHADEMA kutokan Msumbiji RENAMO kiliniteua kuwa wakala wa kura katika kituo cha Ubalozi wa Tanzania Msumbiji uliopo Dar es Salaam.

Raia wa Msumbiji wanaoishi Tanzania wanapiga kura nje, sembuse Tanzania?

CHADEMA inawahakikishia kulisimamia jambo hili.

Katika mkutano wa Bajeti ujao Bajeti Kivuli itazungumzia namna ya kuimarisha uwekezaji wa Watanzania wanaoishi nje katika uchumi wa nchi.

Siku zote tunazungumzia mitaji kutoka nje kwa maana ya ‘Foreign Direct Investments’ peke yake na kwa kweli tunasahau kwamba kuna ‘Diaspora Direct Investments’.

Tumetoa vivutio vingi sana kwa Wawekezaji kutoka nje.

CHADEMA inakwenda kupendekeza kuwepo kwa vivutio vya kikodi na kirasimu kwa Watanzania wanaoishi nje wanaotaka kuwekeza nyumbani.

Ninawashawishi muangalie namna ya kujikusanya na kuwa na ‘Investments Funds’ ili kununua ‘equties’ kwenye miradi mbalimbali.

Uwekezaji Tanzania unalipa sana (Return on Investments goes up to 25%) kwenye baadhi ya maeneo.

Huduma katika sekta zinazoinukia kama Mafuta na Gesi ni eneo ambalo mnapaswa kuliangalia tusiachie wageni tu.

Mnakumbuka wakati wa mwanzo wa Sekta ya Madini hata huduma za kufua nilikuwa zinatolewa na kampuni kutoka Australia!

Mtwara hakuna vyumba vya kutosha vya mahoteli na hata nyumba za kupanga, angalieni maeneo haya maana Mtwara is booming.

Sisi kama wanasiasa jukumu letu ni kuwawekea mazingira mazuri.

Ninyi mnapaswa kuzileta hizo Dola kidogo mpatazo nyumbani na kuwekeza kwenye maeneo yatakayozalisha ajira na hivyo kuondoa umasikini kwa ndugu zenu.

Ninaamini mtachukua changamoto hii na kuangalia namna ya kuitekeleza. Wenzetu kutoka Ethiopia na Kenya wanafanya hivi.

Mjadala wa Katiba pia na hatimaye Katiba mpya itaamua hatma ya Muungano wetu.

Muungano pekee katika Bara la Afrika ambao umedumu na umeonyesha nia ya Mwafrika kukataa mipaka ya kikoloni.

Kuna Watu wanaona Muungano huu hauna manufaa hivyo uvunjwe.

Kuna watu wanaona ni bora kuurekebisha ili uweze kufaidisha Jamhuri mbili zilizoungana.

Mchakato wa Katiba mpya kupitia Tume ya Katiba ambayo CHADEMA tumeshiriki, ni nafasi ya kuandaa mustakabali wa Tanzania ijayo.

Tanzania tunayoitaka kwa miaka mingine hamsini, mia moja au hata alfu moja.

Watanzania wawe huru kusema wanataka Muungano au hawautaki, wanataka Muungano wa namna gani na wanataka Tanzania ya namna gani.

Ni Haki ya Watanzania wanaoishi nje kutoa maoni yao kuhusu Katiba.

CHADEMA inakusudia kwanza kukusanya maoni ya wanachama wake walioko nje kuhusu Katiba lakini pia kuitaka Tume ya Jaji Warioba kuja huku kukutana na Watanzania na kupata maoni yao.

Ni Haki yenu kutoa maoni na ninawaomba mtumie haki yenu vizuri. Mtupe uzoefu wa nchi nyingine ambazo mmeishi na kuweza kuona ni vipi tutaimarisha Dola imara ya Kidemokrasia yenye kuleta ustawi wa watu wake.

Msimamo wa CHADEMA ni Muungano wa Serikali Tatu.

Hata hivyo katika mchakato tulio nao sasa wanachama wa CHADEMA wana uhuru wa kutoa mawazo mapya na kuboresha sera hii ya CHADEMA kuhusu Muungano.

Muwe huru kabisa kutoa maoni yenu.

Haki na Wajibu

Watanzania mnaoishi nje mna haki na lazima Dola ilinde haki hizo lakini pia kama Watanzania mna wajibu kwa nchi yenu.

Ni wajibu wenu kushiriki kikamilifu katika kuimarisha demokrasia nchini.

Sisi wenzenu tumejitoa muhanga katika eneo hili.

Tumejenga taasisi zinazoitwa vyama vya siasa kwa zaidi ya miaka ishirini sasa.

Hatuchoki lakini tunahitaji ushiriki wenu. Jambo hili sio kwa wanachama wa CHADEMA peke yake bali pia hata wanachama wa vyama vingine mnaoishi hapa Marekani.

Hutakuwa mwanachama bora wa CCM kwa kufanya kazi ya kuwachoma Watanzania wenzako ambao ni wana mageuzi kwa viongozi kila wanapokuja kwenye ziara nje ya nchi.

Utakuwa mwanachama mzuri wa chama chako iwapo utawaambia viongozi ukweli wa mambo na namna bora ya kuongoza nchi yetu.

Hamuitendei haki Tanzania kwa kusemana, kusingiziana, kutetana na hata kugombana. 

Wakati mwingine unapoona mijadala ya watu kwenye mitandao ya kijamii unasinyaa.

Unajiuliza sasa kama hawa ndio wapo kwenye mwanga sisi tulio kwenye giza inakuwaje?

Fanya kazi. Furahia maisha. Lakini kumbuka kuna nchi yenye barabara za mashimo, yenye giza muda mwingi wa mwaka kuliko mwanga, yenye umasikini, yenye viongozi wasiwajibika na wala rushwa. Ni nchi yako.

Usiseme hii ni kazi ya kina Zitto, Slaa, Mbowe, Nassari, Leticia na Msigwa. Kila mtu ana wajibu wa kufanya kuisogeza mbele nchi yetu.

Timiza wajibu wako kwa namna unavyoona inafaa.

Nkrumah once said ‘organise, don’t agonise’ narudia hivyo kwa Watanzania mliopo Marekani. Organise for your motherland.

Tanzania yenye usawa wa fursa

Nimalizie kwa stori yangu. Nilizaliwa katika umasikini wa kutisha kama Watanzania wengi wa vijijini.

Nimekwenda shuleni bila viatu na wakati mwingi tumbo likiwa tupu ama nimekunywa uji wa unga wa Yanga uliotiwa chumvi.

Darasani nilikuwa ninasoma na watoto wa watu wote wenye mamlaka pale mjini Kigoma.

Wote tulikuwa tunafundishwa na Mwalimu huyo huyo na tunakaa darasa hilo hilo, tunapata elimu hiyo hiyo.

Leo mimi ni msomi mwenye shahada ya Uzamili na Mbunge nawakilisha watu wa kwetu.

Wenzangu wengi pia wanaendesha maisha yao na wengine wapo hapa Marekani wakitafuta maisha.

Leo mtoto wa masikini Tanzania hapati elimu anayopata mtoto wa mwenye uwezo.

Mtoto wa masikini hakutani na mtoto wa mwenye uwezo.

Wanasoma shule tofauti. Wanafundishwa na walimu tofauti. Hawachezi pamoja.

Wote wakimaliza kidato cha Sita, mtoto wa mwenye uwezo ana nafasi kubwa zaidi ya kupata mkopo kwenda Chuo Kikuu kwa sababu amesoma shule bora zaidi hivyo anapata daraja kubwa zaidi la kupewa mkopo na Bodi ya Mikopo.

Wakati nasoma, kikwazo kilikuwa uwezo wako tu kichwani.

Hivi sasa kikwazo ni kipato pia. Tofauti ya kipato nchini ni kubwa lakini sisi wanasiasa hatuioni.

Wakati wenzetu wanajiandaa kufaidika na ‘demographic dividend’ kwani watoto wao wanapata elimu bora, sisi hata hatujiandai na ‘demographic Bomb’ litakaloletwa na kundi kubwa la vijana wasio na elimu wala ujuzi.

Shiriki kurejesha Tanzania yenye kutoa fursa kwa kila raia bila kujali hali yake ya kipato.

Shirika kurejesha Tanzania yenye Usawa kwenye fursa na yenye demokrasia. Jiunge na CHADEMA tuendeleze mapambano.

Nawashukuru kwa kunisikiliza

 

Zitto Kabwe, Mb

Naibu Katibu Mkuu CHADEMA 

KATIKA DHANA YA UWAJIBIKAJI WATENDAJI KWENYE WIZARA ZENYE SHUTUMA WAJIUZURU.

Baada ya Rais Jakaya Kikwete kuwaapisha mawaziri wateule Jumatatu Mei 7, 2012. kushika nafasi hizo mpya, Tayari baadhi ya wabunge wamewataka mawaziri hao wasifanye sherehe kwa kuwa wanakabiliwa na changamoto kubwa; zikiwemo zilizosababisha mabadiliko yanayowapa nafasi.

Tunaunga mkono japo tungependa mabadiriko zaidi lakini sura mpaya ndani ya baraza hilo la mawaziri linatufanya turejeshe imani kidogo na serikali yetu. 

Kwa upande wetu tunafahamu kuwa moja ya sababu ya matokeo hayo ni uwepo wa watendaji wa Serikali ambao wamechangia kwa sehemu kubwa kuzembea katika nafasi zao na kumlazimu Rais Kikwete kuwawajibisha mawaziri kisiasa.

Watendaji hao wanajua kuwa baada ya mawaziri kuwajibika, wanafuata wao ili iwe fundisho kuwa utendaji mbovu utakaosababisha waziri, au Serikali kuwajibika kisiasa.

Mazingira hayo ya uwepo wa watendaji wanaosubiri kuwajibishwa, yanaweza kuwa kikwazo cha kazi kwa mawaziri hawa hasa kama atalazimika kufanya kazi kwa karibu na mtendaji anayetuhumiwa au ambaye anajijua anahusika na uzembe uliosababisha Serikali kuwajibika kisiasa.

Lakini tunashauri uzembe wa mtendaji ambaye anafuata nyayo za mawaziri waliowajibika kisiasa, usitumike kuwakwaza wateule wapya kwa namna yoyote kwa kuwa vikwazo vya namna hiyo, mwisho wake vina athari katika mustakabali wa maisha ya Watanzania.

Tunashauri kwamba lingekuwa jambo la uungwana na zaidi uzalendo kwa watendaji hao kuwa mstari wa mbele kuonesha kujuta na kuwasaidia wateule wapya kutekeleza majukumu yao wakati wakisubiri adhabu yao.

Katika kujenga dhana ya uwajibikaji katika jamii ya Watanzania, haitakuwa vibaya kwa mtendaji ambaye amehusika moja kwa moja na uzembe na anajijua kwa hilo, kujiuzulu ili kujijengea heshima katika mustakabali wa maisha yake katika utumishi wa umma.

Inajulikana kuwa kujiuzulu si rahisi, ni vigumu na wakati fulani inahitaji kujikana. Lakini ni jambo lililo wazi kwamba wengi waliojiuzulu na kukiri makosa, walijijengea heshima kulikowaliosubiri kuondolewa kwa kuwa mwanadamu kukosea kaumbiwa.


MHE. ZITTO KABWE: MAWAZIRI, HAKUNA SHEREHE, NENDENI MKAWAJIBIKE!

Mweshimiwa Zito Zuberi Kabwe

Juhudi za kurejesha misingi ya uwajibikaji katika utumishi wa umma zimeanza kuzaa matunda Baada ya Rais kutekeleza shinikizo la Bunge la kuwafukuza kazi baadhi ya Mawaziri ambao Wizara zao zimetuhumiwa kwa ubadhirifu wa fedha za umma, rushwa na utendaji mbovu.

Mawaziri 6 wamefukuzwa kazi baada ya kugoma kujiuzuru wao wenyewe, manaibu waziri 2 wamefujuzwa pia.

Ndugu George Mkuchika alitakiwa kujiuzuru, akajiuzulu lakini Rais amemrudisha kwenye Baraza kama Waziri wa Utawala Bora. Yeye nampongeza kwani hakuwa na makuu ya kuanza kujitetea kama wengine. atakuwa ametoa funzo kwa wenzake.

Kwa kawaida wateule hufanya sherehe kwa kuteuliwa kwao. Nitawashangaa watakaofanya sherehe safari hii kwani hakuna cha kufurahia.

Nitawashangaa watakaokwenda kuapa na Maua kwa furaha kwani furaha itakuwa ya muda mfupi tu.

Mkutano wa Bunge wa Bajeti ni mwezi ujao tu na wateule wote watakuwa kikaangoni. Too short honeymoon.

Hakuna cha kusherekea kwa sababu nchi ina changamoto nyingi sana.

Changamoto ya kuzalisha umeme wa kutosha na kuusambaza kwa wananchi wengi, changamoto ya kukuza uchumi wa vijijini na kukuza uzalishaji viwandani ili kutengeneza ajira kwa vijana, changamoto ya kuongeza mapato ya Utalii kutoka katika hifadhi zetu na kuvutia watalii zaidi katika nchi yetu.


Nimewapigia simu wateule wengi na kuwaambia, siwapi pongezi Bali nawatakia kazi njema. Nawatakia uwajibikaji mwema. Uwajibikaji ndio msingi wa kupambana na rushwa, uvivu na uzembe.

Kwa Waziri wa Fedha, ambaye mimi ni Waziri Kivuli wake (Kama  Kiongozi wa Upinzani Bungeni hataniwajibisha pia), namwambia uteuzi wake ni changamoto kubwa sana katika maisha yake.

Hivi sasa eneo lenye Bajeti kubwa kuliko zote nchini ni huduma kwa Deni la Taifa (services to national debt). Lazima kuangalia upya Deni la Taifa. Hivi sasa Deni la Taifa ukijumlisha na Dhamana za Serikali (government guarantees) limefikia tshs 22trn mpaka Desemba 2011.

Nimewahi kutaka ukaguzi Maalumu katika ‘account’ ya Deni la Taifa. Linarejea wigo huu. Tunalipa takribani 1.9trn tshs kwa mwaka kuhudumia Deni la Taifa. Zaidi ya Bajeti ya miumbombinu, Afya, Maji, Umeme nk.

Mfumuko wa Bei, misamaha ya kodi na kodi zinazozuia watanzania kujiajiri ni changamoto kubwa sana Wizara ya Fedha lazima ihangaike nayo.

Usimamizi wa Mashirika ya Umma kupitia Ofisi ya Msajili wa Hazina na hasa usimamizi wa Hisa za Serikali katika kampuni binafsi ni masuala yanayohitaji masuluhisho sasa na sio baadaye.

Kwa Mwalimu wangu Dkt. Mwakyembe, utakumbukwa kwa Jambo moja tu. RELI. “make our railway system work”. Hutakuwa na ‘legacy’ nyingine isipokuwa reli maana Bandari bila Reli ni sawa na Bure.

Tunatumia zaidi ya tshs 300bn kwa mwaka kukarabati barabara wakati tunahitaji tshs 200bn kukarabati Reli iweze kusafirisha mzigo kwenda Bandarini na kutoka Bandarini.

Ndiyo maana nasema hakuna Jambo la kusherehekea maana wajibu mliopewa na Rais ni mtihani mkubwa kwenu katika kulitumikia Taifa letu.

Msipowajibika, mtakumbwa na fagio la chuma!

Mkisha kula kiapo, kimbienikKazini. Nothing to celebrate. hit the ground running.

Imetolewa na:

ZZK

Dar-es-Salaam, Jumamosi Mei 5 2012.

PROFESA SHIVJI; AKOSOA MFUMO WA KUPATA KATIBA MPYA

  • Aushanga ushiriki mkubwa wa wanasiasa wastaafu
  • Ahoji kuendelea kuwapo kwa ibara ya 18 na 21
  • Asema bila ushiriki wa kutosha wa vyombo vya habari hakuna Katiba

MWENYEKITI wa Kigoda cha Mwalimu Nyerere, Profesa Issa Shivji, amesema kuwa Katiba Mpya inayotarajiwa kuundwa inaweza ikawa mbovu kutokana na hatua ya Rais Jakaya Kikwete kuruhusu wanasiasa wengi kuuteka mchakato wa uundwaji wake.

Akizungumza katika mkutano wa wandishi wa habari uliandaliwa na Baraza la Habari Tanzania (MCT) Jumatatu Aprili 30, 2012 jijini Dar es Salaam, Prof. Shivji, alisema hatua hiyo inaweza kuunda Katiba mbovu yenye kulinda maslahi ya kundi moja hasa la wanasiasa.
“Inashangaza mchakato huu wa kutafuta Katiba mpya wameingizwa wanasiasa wastaafu, hawa waliingia baada ya Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) kwenda Ikulu na vikafuata vyama vingine ambapo vyote vilipeleka hoja ya kushiriki,” alisema.
Kwa mujibu wa mhadhiri mstaafu huyo wa Chuo Kikuu ch Dar es Salaam, hata kitendo cha kuwapo kwa vifungu kadhaa kama vya ibara ya 18 na 21 vyenye kutoa adhabu ya kifungo jela na faini, vinaweza kuwa kikwazo cha umma wa Watanzania kutoa maoni yao.
Aliongeza kuwa vyombo vya habari havijionyeshi kushiriki katika mchakato huo kwani vimekosa uhuru na haki zao zimewekwa kwapani na serikali, wafanyabiashara, watoa matangazo na wamiliki wake.
Alisisitiza kuwa kama vyombo vya habari havitashiriki au kushirikishwa kikamilifu na kuhamasisha wananchi hakuna Katiba itakayopatikana badala yake tume itajikalia chumbani na kuamua wanachokiona kinawafaa.
Awali Meneja wa Maadili na Usuluhishi kutoka MCT, Alan Lawa, aliwahimiza waandishi kushiriki kikamilifu katika mchakato wa kupata Katiba mpya licha ya kukabiliwa na changamoto mbalimbali zikiwemo maslahi yao kuwa madogo.