THE government has made it abundantly clear that no stone will be left unturned in the quest to uncover and apprehend the heinous killers who are mainly targeting members of the Police Force in Kibiti and Mkuranga districts in Coast Region.Add a comment
LOCAL content has lately become very topical for African countries that have discovered oil and gas resources in discussions on how best these countries will manage their petroleum resources in a sustainable manner for the benefits of its people.Add a comment
A BABY’S entry into the world is usually greeted delightfully by parents, broader family members and well-wishers.Their prayers and expectations are that the baby will enjoy good health, acquire a good education, a beneficial profession, and, ultimately, become a resourceful adult.Add a comment
THIS paper carried a lead story yesterday about progress in the plan to bring all wildlife conservation bodies under one roof.Add a comment
THE ability to deliver messages on complex issues via a simple approach, but which even semi-literate people can grasp easily, was one of the attributes that made Tanzania’s founding president, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, a towering intellectual giant.Add a comment
THE Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) was recently compelled to do something that, in an ideal situation, it shouldn’t do. It issued a statement trashing reports circulating through some social media sites, of job opportunities there.Add a comment
THERE are mounting concerns over unpredictable tax regime, which is allegedly increasing the cost of doing business in the country.Add a comment
THE national emblem, which is Tanzania’s leading symbol, as it is for other nations, shot into the limelight recently, thanks to the short-lived limelight into which Mzee Francis Maige shot.Add a comment
THOSE lucky enough to make it to Butiama Village, birthplace of founding president and Father of the Nation, are very lucky indeed, not least, our very own Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who will be there to grace this year’s World Environment Day (WED).Add a comment
IF it had legs of its own, obstetric fistula would be very good at eluding attention; instead, it sends its victims into hiding – and sure death where ignorance and lack of medical care come into play.Add a comment
AGRICULTURE undoubtedly forms the backbone of this country. Despite being a leading employer, many rural folks depend on it for survival.Add a comment
A COUPLE of years ago, a young, foreign schoolgirl fascinated many people – via a video clip - by the speed and accuracy at which she mentioned the capital cities of all African countries.
Cynics may dismiss that as pointless, arguing that she had merely crammed the names, and that, therefore, she didn’t deserve any credit. Semantics aside, though, the girl’s response to what the capital city of Tanzania was, is, important.
She cited Dar es Salaam and Dodoma as a two-in-one answer. That set-up is most probably intriguing for many foreigners, who may be wondering why a country should have two capital cities.
Included in the group may be some who may merely shrug off the entire thing and say that it is none of their business but exclusively of Tanzanians themselves.
They certainly would have a point, against which backdrop we should ponder President John Magufuli’s dissolution of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday. Some compatriots may be as curious as some foreigners, over the rationale behind Tanzania having two geographical power centres.
They would similarly have a point, and a very big, may be, gigantic one.
For them, foreign and short-term visitors, plus longer-term residents on tourism, business, and other engagements, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma’s shared ‘capital city’ status is confusing, and even hilarious. Pinning the ‘political capital’ and ‘commercial capital’ on Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, respectively, hasn’t been very helpful.
For, the labels notwithstanding, Dar es Salaam is literally running the show either way, as it hosts the Executive and Judicial branches of the State.
But even on the legislative front, Dodoma does, for most part, spring into beehive-like life during parliamentary sessions, commemorative events like the latest Union Day on April 26, and high-level meetings of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi. What’s more,Dodoma – whose choice as the presumed future capital city was largely influenced by its geographical centrality is overwhelmingly overshadowed by Arusha and Mwanza cities.
Very little headway has been made to transform Dodoma as the country’s nucleus, largely because CDA’s performance over the past 44 years has been below par. For the sake of fairness, though, the successive management teams of the Authority haven’t been wholly to blame.
Some of its problems have stemmed, for instance, from structural arrangements that bred overlaps. Remedial measures have been set in motion, the most significant, so far, being transferring hitherto CDA activities to the Dodoma Municipal Council.
We earnestly hope that, it will discharge its responsibilities to the best of its abilities, and avoid the all-too-familiar pattern of slipping into lethargy after a few months or years of enthusiasm. Tanzanians are anxious that the long-elusive Dodoma dream comes true-- and fast !Add a comment
TANZANIA was last week honoured to host South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma who visited the country on an invitation by President John Magufuli.Add a comment
GOOD books mean money. This is true whether we’re talking about novels or set textbooks for secondary school pupils or primers on surgery for the specialist consulting surgeon.Add a comment
THE reports by some sections of the media in the neighbouring Kenya that Tanzania is prying in the neighbouring country’s politics ahead of the August general election are reckless, unethical and frivolous to say the least.Add a comment