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ANOTHER session is on its way. Indeed, in the next few days, Bunge, the representative institution of the Tanzanian people will be meeting in Dodoma.

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IT did not come to me as a surprise when the Arusha Member of Parliament, Godbless Lema came up with that statement of wishing a good number of Mps could be incarcerated so that they can become more aware of the bad prison laws which still exist in our statutes books.

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My last sport column on Wednesday this week, I dwelt at length over why our representatives in this season’s continental clubs tournaments, Young Africans and Azam FC, respectively required to take a critical look at the kind of players they were recruiting.

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LAST weekend, the 19th of March to be precise, was a very special day for the people of Algeria.

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THE heading for this article was also the heading of the lead news item on the front page of the ‘Daily News’ of Monday, 13th March, 2017. ‘Sweeping reforms’.

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TODAY is the World Water Day, dedicated for special attention on the importance of freshwater – and advocating for sustainable management of freshwater resources.

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AS had been widely expected, our representatives in the continental clubs tournaments, Young Africans and Azam FC are out of the run after being knocked out by their counterparts!

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THE goal of this article is to provide readers with advice on things they can do to control type 2 diabetes mellitus, elevated blood sugar level. The advice is on: food, physical exercise and diabetes medicine.

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I AM sure all of you know as to what I am referring to when the word “plastic money” is used. If not, then just open your wallet and peep inside I am sure you will find a credit card of your own.

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I WAS recently watching a series of teachings by a certain famous buf departed clergyman. He talked about what men and women need as opposed to what they want.

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AM reliably informed, but wish to inform you that I have a constitutional right to refuse to inform you who gave me the information, that a person who tells the truth is endeared to God.

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LAST month, we were reminded that our beloved ‘late Azimio la Arusha’ was fifty years old but we unofficially marked it with very low key.

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THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) has finally given green light to Zanzibar to participate on all its organised soccer tournaments, including the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), separately from Tanzania.

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ADMITTEDLY, it’s “our all- rounder servant, google”, that helped me to acquire some information about this man! You might correctly say that he is unknown because is not involve in those “lime light” fields like: Sports, Movie star, Politics, Music etc.

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This is a very tricky question I am asking today. Please don’t get offended by the word ‘poverty threshold’, as this term is not meant only for poor or low income earners but to all.

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Will names me as boyfriend

I am a married but had a girlfriend who has named me in her Will as having been her boyfriend. Is there a way I can get an injunction from being mentioned like this? This girl is quite sick and there are chances she might not survive. How can I stop from being named? This former girlfriend says that she must name me as that is how her soul will get relieved. I’m not sure how to disclose this to my wife. Please guide. YT, Dar

We do not see how you can stop your exgirlfriend from naming you in her Will or otherwise. She is entitled to name whoever she wants and whatever she wants in her Will. It is her document. Further from the facts it seems that what she is intending to write or has written is not false, hence you cannot even sue her for defamation. If you file an application for an injunction there is a high chance that this application itself will come into the public domain as files in Court are accessible. You need to speak to your lawyer or a counsellor for further guidance. We are not qualified to response to you on how and whether you should self-disclose this to your wife. That call remains yours. This is a good lesson for you, and other men, for the future.

Tax case, member’s opinion differs

I had a case at the Tax Revenue Appeals Board where one of the members of the board ruled in my favour although the decision was against me as the Chairman had a different opinion. The member who ruled in my favour properly explained his reasoning for doing so, but the board’s decision is not on point. What can I do? OI, Mwanza

You have the option of appealing to the Tax Revenue Appeals Tribunal within 30 days of the decision. Section 20 of the Tax Revenue Appeals Act states that for the purposes of determining any matter, the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman as the case may be, shall not be bound by the opinion of any member but, if he disagrees with the opinion of any member, he shall record the opinion of such member or members differing with him and reasons for his disagreement. The Chairman or Vice-Chairman should have stated reasons in the judgment for her/ his disagreement, and that can now also be a ground of appeal to the Tribunal.

Confusion on when law comes into force

I am totally confused as to when laws in Tanzania come into force. I would think that once they are passed by the National Assembly and assented by the President they come into force only to find out that there are more steps to follow. Please explain to me how this works? This is stalling progress is it not? IF, Dodoma

Bills, which are the draft laws, are taken to the National Assembly in Dodoma. After passing the National Assembly, the President must assent to the bill for it to become law. However upon assentment, it is not automatic that the bill will come into force. Coming into force is the commencement date of the act.

The law can come into commencement one amongst the following three ways. The first is where a date of commencement is stated in the Act itself, which in recent times has become quite rare. The second way is where the Act leaves the commencement in the hands of a certain authority appointed by the respective Act itself. For example the Act would state that this Act shall come into force on such date as the Minister may by notice in the gazette appoint. Hence under this method, the laws commencement date is at the mercy of the Minister or relevant appointment authority. A typical example is the Minister for Industries and Trade who for the past few years has surprisingly failed to bring into force the commencement of the change in law for a company to have a single shareholder, despite both the law having passed the National Assembly and having been assented to by the President. Hence till date you cannot register a single shareholder company because of the non-action of the appointing authority. This is a typical example of progress being stalled. The third way for an Act to commence, again which is rare, is for the Act not to mention it and the commencement date would then automatically be as soon as it is published in the gazette.

Community service instead of prison

Is there a law in Tanzania that allows prisoners to perform community service instead of rotting in prison? What are the conditions? UU, Moshi

There is an act called the Community Service Act which makes provisions for the introduction and regulation of community service on offenders in certain cases, and for connected and incidental matters. Section 3 states that (1) where any person is convicted of an offence punishable by– (a) imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, with or without the option of a fine; or (b) imprisonment for a term exceeding three years but for which the court determines a term of imprisonment for three years or less, with or without the option of a fine, to be appropriate, the court may, subject to this Act, make a community service order requiring the offender to perform community service. Hence if the offender is sentenced to a term not exceeding 3 years, this Act can be invoked. You must remember that this is not an automatic right and the Community Service Orders Committee amongst others have discretionary power under this Act.

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The international women's week came and went like a flash. It was gone before you could sing Old McDonald had a farm. Puff. Celebrated with pomp and fanfare in many lands and territories. And maybe completely ignored is some other lands.

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I HAVE told you, countless times, that my memory is almost 80 per cent kaput. You would thus be committing an offence to expect me to recall which wise gentleman or gentle lady remarked, God knows how long ago, that, even by another name, a rose would smell just as sweet.

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“More than 40 years ago, over 50,000 Chinese came to Africa with their devotion to African people. They worked side by side with their brothers and sisters of Tanzania and Zambia, overcame various difficulties and completed the construction of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA) – the railway of freedom with their sweat, and blood and even gave up their lives.

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THE Indian industrialistcum- philanthropist behind the seemingly ubiquitous ‘Bajaj’ motor vehicles across the globe, JAMNALAL BAJAJ, died at the tender age of 57 on February 11, 1942.

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A FEW days before the Simba,Young Africans derby at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam over a fortnight ago, I wrote in this column that the two oldest clubs in Tanzania have for years had the habit of spending all their financial resources and energy preparing against their derby, but not against other teams in the Vodacom Premier League.

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LESS than 85 per cent of the Tanzanian working class can afford a mortgage meant to buy a house that sells at TZS 20 Million or more.

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WHEN we were young I used to know by heart how to do multiplication sums of numbers starting from two, three….up to twelve and thirteen.

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IS there a problem in my thought process which limits me to become rich? How can the way someone thinks determine whether somebody would be a rich person or poor?

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The other day ay I aas listening to African news on a new TV channel I had just stumbled into. You know what happens when you are bored and flicking through every channel in the hope you will discover something interesting. I was shocked to hear that in Guinea they recently found that 50 percent of varsity students are missing. Where did they go? Home perhaps? Maybe.

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One of the things that never ceases to amaze me, and which won’t do so until my contract to be a blessed national citizen of what is fancifully known as the Land of Kilimanjaro, as well as a villager in what is styled the global village, is the hobby of human beings to twist languages in a manner that turns us into big liars.

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GreetingS. My apologies for my silence, I have been under the weather for the past fortnight, the storm isn’t over yet but I am pushing through. So much has been happening these past two weeks, it’s quite unbelievable.

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IS superstition a real thing? This has been debated in the society for a long time. It has been a subject for debate for both literate and illiterate community.

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MY wife had gone to the city centre and she was calling me about some document she had forgotten to take with her. She wanted me to read a certain reference number on that document and send it to her.

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WHEN Mr Liberat Mfumukeko was elected the new East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, I remember him to have reiterated his determination to cut down expenditure in that regional organisation.

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August 16, 2010 provided a bit of theatre in the ODI day-night 50 overs match between India and Sri Lanka at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Sri Lanka.

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AT last, real reforms are coming to the Prisons Service. The recent signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Prison Service with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and PPF to revitalise some of the almost written off prison industries gives light to the emergence of dynamic industrial operations within the Prison Service.

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THIS column has not appeared for two weeks, due to the passing away of my dear sister, Margaret, which, despite all statistical odds against, happened on 28 January.

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