WAS indulging my habit of listening to different lecturers the other day. I enjoy any lectures from all over the world, particularly those on psychology and more so human behaviour but I’ll generally listen to anything that is available on the internets [read: free].Add a comment
NEXT week, October 1st, the Peoples Republic of China will celebrate its 68th year of its founding with Socialism as its foundation stone under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.Add a comment
ON SEPTEMBER 20, 1979 – 38 years today – a coup d’état in what’s today known as the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) ousted self-styled ‘Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa-the-First’out of power!Add a comment
I AM on an excursion trip to Bujora Sukuma Museum. This is after a very successful 3rd Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA) conference held at Malaika Beach Resort in Mwanza from 28th – 30th August 2017.Add a comment
I SERIOUSLY doubt whether my friend Mlokole Feki will go to heaven when the dreaded day dawns, due to his throat being the transmission route, so far, of beer that could fill Mtera Dam and give water a temporary break from being part of the electricity-generation process.Add a comment
NEIGHBOURING Kenya is set for another presidential vote next month billed for October 17 after its disputed vote last month was invalidated by the country’s Supreme Court.Add a comment
Flying to international space centreI
have a new cheaper way to fly to the international space centre and want to know whether I can be stopped by any-one. From my reading this is an object in no man’s land and every human has the right to go out into space and to the space centre. When I pass immigration in Dar what should I tell them?EL, DarAdd a comment
UHURU Kenyatta has, with a single statement, revolutionised African politics and we the youth of the continent commend him for it. His Excellency Muheshimiwa Sir Kenyatta displayed his bravado in a public address shortly after Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga, delivered his verdict.Add a comment
FOR your info to use the circumcised, digital era version of information the older some individuals become, the crazier the ideas that compete to enter their brains, and push out sane ones. In some cases – I strongly suspect mine being amongst them – the crazy ideas outnumber the normal ones.Add a comment
IS it fair to evaluate progress for a period of only eight months? Well, life is not fair. And I write for a column called Firing Line, so it is my duty and salvation to fire away and make fun of what we have not accomplished.Add a comment
A DECORATED monkey is a monkey still, I like to tell you this always and mostly when I refer to Africans, ‘wachukiao watajiju!’ My teacher used to tell me that for a monkey, it doesn’t matter what you do to it, it will remain a monkey, no matter what.
You can clean it up, apply lipstick to its lips, spray it with expensive perfume and dress it in trendy outfits, but once it gets the slightest opportunity, it will hop on the nearest tree, ‘ndio ukweli wa mambo.’
Okay, usually when I use this example, I normally get very funny calls, most of them filled with foul language, while others are characterised by threats and as you guessed right, from Africans, ‘hao hao!’ But as I always say, ‘msema kweli ni mpenzi wa Mungu,’ so I will continue telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God! When I say that most Africans are a confused lot, people tend to misunderstand me, simply because they choose to misunderstand me and not that they really don’t understand me, they will eventually understand me, ‘habari ndio hiyo!’
This time round, I want to touch on the subject of responsibility and try to see whether every person, male or female, takes responsibility where necessary, ‘kutimiza wajibu wetu.’ In life, every person has his or her basic rights and these rights include good health, education and a good and healthy environment to live in, which includes a safe place to call home, ‘mpo mpaka hapo?’
The government has its responsibility towards this and by all means, they are supposed to carry their responsibilities, without any lame excuses we are getting used to in some cases, ‘sheria inaamuru.’
It is not a new phenomenon for Africa and Tanzania included, to record cases of cholera outbreaks and before it could be controlled, several people end up losing their lives, ‘naomba mnifuate taratibu.’
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know the main reason why we experience cholera outbreaks every year and if you don’t, then may God help you, because you are living in the dark ages, ‘mshamba!’ Cleanliness is next to Godliness, I always try to tell my readers, but believe me, it’s like playing the saxophone to a racoon, “inaingia huku, inatoka kule, hawaelewi kabisa!”
There are some people we live with in the same neighbourhoods who are plain dirty, ‘ni wachafu hasa!’ I know you know what I am talking about, for those of you who live in ‘uswahilini’ like Papa Shango, “basi mnawajua watu wachafu, yani wachafu kweli kweli!”
And when I talk about dirty people, I just don’t mean in appearance only, but in everything, ‘hawastahili kuishi na binadamu,’ because they end up being a nuisance to many, ‘wapo, mnawajua!’ When the government construct roads, although some of them are sorry excuses of real roads, they try to include gutters so that in case of heavy rains, the water can be drained, ‘mitaro na mifereji.’
But in most parts of ‘uswahilini,’ you find that because these people actually try to make us believe that they don’t know the use of these gutters, they instead use them as dumping places.
Someone comes from his or her house and goes ahead and dumps a whole lot of garbage right into the gutter, which happens to be right outside their doors! ‘Haba na haba hujaza kibaba,’ therefore, within a short period of time, the gutter is overflowing with all sorts of garbage.
So when the rains come, the water does not have access to move, ‘matokeo yake ni nini?’ Drainage systems are clogged, garbage is spewed all over the place and generally things are chaotic.
After a short while, these same people will call reporters from different media houses so that they can highlight their plight on televisions, radio and newspapers, ‘mnanifuata?’
“Serikali haitujali, imejaa mafisadi, angalia mazingira tunayoishi!” some of them will lament, for whose benefit? ‘Hivi kweli,’ do you want the government to go from house to house telling you how to keep your environment clean?
Do you want the president to stand before you and tell you that throwing garbage in the gutters is wrong? “Mlizoea vibaya, subirini mfanye mchezo huo kwa baba Jesca,” the president we have right now does not entertain lazy thinkers, ‘mtanyooshwa tu,’ you must know your responsibilities ‘buana!’ Let’s be realistic people. As long as we are all grown-ups, we should try and behave as such, ‘mtafundishwa hadi lini?’
That is why western countries look at Africa and laugh behind their shirt sleeves, ‘kweli kabisa!’ When there is a cholera outbreak because of your own negligence, you cry for government intervention, forgetting that prevention is better than cure, ‘mtaambiwa hadi lini?’
Change start from the mind and I believe that Africans should change their way of thinking. It doesn’t take a genius to know that being careless has great repercussions, take time to think, ‘msiwe vimeo!’Add a comment
ONE thing that captured my attention on Thursday, this week, was the decision by the TFF to sanction the committee responsible for preparing fixtures for Vodacom Premier League clubs.Add a comment
IT was on a date like today’s a decade ago – August 30, 2007 – that one ‘Michael Jackson,’ an English Author-cum-Journalist, died. Born in Yorkshire March 27, 1942, the Michael Jackson here – not to be confused with the American ‘King of Pop Michael (Wacko) Jackson’ (1958-2009) – was a ‘beer aficionado’ who published several Magazine articles on beer, and (beery) books titled ‘The English Pub’ (1976); ‘World Guide to Beer’ (1977), and ‘The Great Beers of Belgium’ (1991)… Cheers!Add a comment
THE task of reviving the East African Community (EAC) is a tough one. In this article I describe the strategies, its benefits and challenges.Add a comment
My husband is suffering from a canonical disability. I am not sure what to do. Is this a ground for me to claim damages from him? What else can I do? TE, Lindi
Canonical disability is the inability of either party to have sexual relations with the other. It is another word for impotence. You cannot claim damages if this is a medical condition and which occurred after the marriage. However if you were unaware of this before marriage and were made to believe that all is normal, then you may have a claim for damages. As lawyers we are not qualified to guide you on the medical remedies available but if canonical disability is permanent and incurable then it is a valid ground for divorce.
When does a law comes into force
There is a particular law which was passed in the National Assembly in Dodoma on a certain day but we are unsure when it came into force.Is it immediately after the President assents to it? IO, Moshi
Section 14 of the Interpretation of Laws Act states that every Act shall come into operation on the date of its publication in the gazette or, if it is provided either in that Act or in any other written law, that it shall come into operation on some other date, on that date. Hence the law must be published in the gazette to come into force, otherwise it comes into force as shall be stated in the law itself.
For example some laws state that the law comes into force upon an order being gazetted by the Minister responsible. You hence need to read the law itself to know when it was to come into force.
Appealing after an appeal
Is it possible for me to appeal from the Court of Appeal? How does one do that? PP, Dar
Normally the Court of Appeal judgment after an appeal is final. However there is what is called a review, based on some very narrow grounds, that one can lodge after losing an appeal. Section 4(3) of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act and section 66 of the Tanzania Court of Appeal rules addresses reviews and states that the Court may review its judgment or order, but no application for review shall be entertained except on the following grounds: (a) the decision was based on a manifest error on the face of the record resulting in the miscarriage of justice; or (b) a party was wrongly deprived of an opportunity to be heard; (c) the court’s decision is a nullity; or (d) the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the case; or (e) the judgment was procured illegally, or by fraud or perjury.
The rules state that an application for review shall as far as practicable be heard by the same Justice or Bench of Justices that delivered the judgment or order sought to be reviewed and where the application for review is granted, the court may rehear the matter, reverse or modify its former decision on the grounds stipulated in sub-rule 1 or make such other order as it thinks fit.
Unsolicited advertisements from suppliers
My inbox is flooded with mass e mails being sent by suppliers who are promoting their services. I get e mails from those offering courses, to those selling computers.I hear there is a new law that protects us as consumers from such messages. What about mass messages inviting persons to attend a debate or seminar? Please guide. OI, Dar
The newly enacted law, The Electronic Transactions Act of 2015 provides for this and makes it illegal for such commercial suppliers to send you unsolicited messages. Section 32 of this Act states that (1) A person shall not send unsolicited commercial communication on goods or service unless- (a) the consumer consents to the communication; (b) at the beginning of the communication, the communication discloses the identity of sender and its purpose; and (c) that communication gives an opt-out option to reject further communication.
(2) The consent requirement is deemed to have been met where- (a) the contact of the addressee and other personal information were collected by the originator of the message in the course of a sale or negotiations for a sale; (b) the originator only sends promotional messages relating to its similar products and services to the addressee; (c) the originator offered the addressee the opportunity to opt-out and the addressee declined to opt-out; and (d) an opportunity to opt-out is provided by the originator to the addressee with every subsequent message. (3) An originator who contravenes this section commits an offence and shall, upon conviction, be liable to a fine of not less than ten million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not less than one year or to both.
You can see that if the commercial advert is unsolicited, it is illegal and the sender can be fined ten million shillings or be imprisoned for a minimum of one year, or both. However this does not apply to non commercial communication meaning that mass e mails with free debates and seminars would not fall foul under this law. Further, section 20 of the Cyber Crimes Act of 2015 states that (1) A person shall not, with intent to commit an offence under this Act - (a) initiate the transmission of unsolicited messages; (b) relay or retransmit unsolicited messages , or (c) falsify header information in unsolicited messages; (2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than three million shillings or three times the value of undue advantage received, whichever is greater or to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year or to both.
It is important for those sending out mass e mails for commercial purposes or those emails that will end up being an offence under the Cyber Crimes Act to be careful as they can be fined and imprisoned.Add a comment