In The Spotlight
PRESIDENT John Magufuli has reiterated the government’s commitment to solve the challenges facing doctors and nurses at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), at the same time giving kudos to the medical practitioners in the country that they are doing a good job.
THE East African Community (EAC) is moving in to ensure maritime safety, boost environmental conservation as well as tackle illegal fishing as massive decline of Nile Perch has hit Lake Victoria.
THERE is hope for women who have suffered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania as surgery to restore function in theirremoved body parts is increasingly becoming common in Africa, including the neighbouring Kenya.
A COMMUNITY of small-scale traders (Vibindo Society) has advised governments in the East African Community, including Tanzania to consider allowing citizens to use national identity cards as legal travel documents in order to boost cross border trade.
IF you talk of the media veterans of this country, earnestly you cannot miss the name of Paul Sozigwa who died a fortnight ago at the age of 83. Rather belatedly, I am obliged to pay tribute to his colossal contributions to this country as a technocrat, a journalist and a politician of our times.
AS the country’s attention was for the past few days directed towards the Under- 17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, where Serengeti Boys bowed out gallantly, the focus will now switch to the national senior side, Taifa Stars.
BMI Research has projected credit growth in Tanzania will pick up after period of slowdown thanks to Central Bank recent intervention. The researchers modestly adjusted credit growth rate forecast in Tanzania by increasing 300 basis points after Bank of Tanzania cut discount rate.
ACACIA Mining shares dropped sharply for the second day in a row on Thursday, falling to their lowest level in more than a year after it was accused of under-reporting the amount of metal in its shipments.
IN a world that is constantly changing, time is very important. Gone are the days when shoppers will have to hop from one shop to another looking for commodities.
THE President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Governments will send its project monitoring unit to ascertain whether 12.6 bn/- was the exact figure used for construction of a 4.8 Kilometer road in Morogoro Municipality.
Such move comes following concerns raised recently in the National Assembly recently based on allegations that the Council is constructing roads at an inflated cost of 3bn/- for a Kilometer as compared to TANROADS for the same quality of tarmac road.
The Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Governments, Mr Selemani Jafo, pointed this out during his surprise visit in Morogoro municipality to inspect three roads.
“After going through the regional probe team report and that of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), my ministry will also send a team of experts to scrutinise the issue,” said Mr Jafo.
He noted that his mission in the region is to authenticate the actual value cost and the construction work and on whether the quality matches the cost incurred. The minister pointed out that the matter needs a proper explanation to satisfy the leaders and citizens who are not experts in the area. “My ministry is currently emphasizing on monitoring the implementation of various projects to ascertain their durability and value,” he said.
Morogoro Municipality District Executive Director (DED), Mr John Mgalula informed the minister that the project is divided into three parts which are constructed to tarmac level. Mr Mgalula attributed that the 3bn/- was not intended for placing the tarmac but rather other road infrastructure including lights and canals.
“The 2.6 Kilometer road in Tubuyu will cost 5.1bn/- for all the construction along with other related work…….the NaneNane road of 1.6 Km is valued at 3.2bn/- ,” said Mr Mgalula. He noted that the implementation will be carried out by a Chinese company, Group Six International Ltd.
RESEARCH has shown that the transition from primary to secondary school is one of the points at which girls in Tanzania are most likely to drop out of school. A major factor is the change in the language of instruction from Swahili to English.