Revolutie in Tanzania - Magufuli pakt door (vervolg - week 1)

[11 januari 2016]
Tanzania blijft in beroering. De laatste week ook weer veel vermeldenswaardige gebeurtenissen in Tanzania. Magufuli en zijn nieuwe regering pakken de misstanden aan.

Jan 9th

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has ordered reshipment of more than 16,000 litres of engine oil lubricants back to the country of origin for failure to meet the quality standards.

Jan 9th

A new approach being pursued by the government with regard to the demolition of homes in unauthorised areas for people who built houses in illegal locations but possess legal documents issued by public authorities in that the structures will only be pulled down after they have been given alternative plots. This relieves those who were ill informed or misled into building in unauthorized locations but, more importantly, it intends to hold responsible all public officials who issued the non-sanctioned permits and title deeds to the victims.

Jan 9th

The newly appointed Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Philip Mpango, told The Guardian on Sunday that the government has been losing a lot of tax in the real estate sector which would have helped to fund various development projects. The real estate sector is a great opportunity for the government to improve tax collection. For a long time the government has failed to do so because owners fake property ownership.

Jan 8th

Tanzania's newly appointed prime minister has warned doctors who perform illegal abortions that they will face the sack and possible imprisonment in a crackdown on such operations which are believed to be happening widely across the country. The government warning follows reports that doctors in public and private hospitals in the east African nation are routinely accepting payments to perform abortions, and studies that show high rates of complications from illegal abortions.

Abortion is illegal in Tanzania except when performed to save a woman's life and is punishable by up to 14 years in jail. Tanzania has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates, at 454 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) figures. Government officials say most of these deaths are due to abortion-related complications. Women unable to access safe abortion services may try to terminate a pregnancy themselves or turn to illegal clinics which can endanger their lives.

Jan 8th

The country’s Immigration Department  is embarking on a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants who live and work in the country without permits. Of late we have seen Tanzania facing influx of illegal immigrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia who live and work in the country without legal documents. The operation intends to arrest all undocumented immigrants including those who are working without living permits.

Jan 8th

The government has said the processes for the construction of the Bagamoyo Port will not be halted and will continue. In contradiction earlier it became known that the construction of the $10 billion (about Sh22 trillion) Bagamoyo Port has been suspended. The government wants to focus, instead, on improving the capacity, performance and efficiency of the Mtwara and Dar es Salaam ports. The decisions to suspend building the Bagamoyo Port was because the multibillion project was too big; it needed more attention, a lot of planning and a major source of funding. Opposition politicians have also been complaining that the construction of such a huge project was done without consulting Parliament. President John Magufuli was forced to defend the project during last year’s election campaigns (note: this project looks smelly and reminds on the TED talk story of Peter Eigen "how to expose the corrupt" which tells about huge projects initiated by big foreign companies, in this case the Chinese,  who bribe local ministers and which projects are not really for the interest of the country)

Jan 7th

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has surpassed its revenue collection target collecting a historic of 1.4 trn/- for the month of December (2015) The 1.403 trn/- tax collection for December is equivalent to an average increase of 490bn/- that month compared to the average collections of July through to November where revenue collection averaged 900bn/- a month. (On Dec 16th a target of 1.3 trn was set)

Jan 7th

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development yesterday introduced a digital system whereby the government expected it will be the end of multiple allocation of land plots and at the same time curb corruption. According to the system property ownership information will be digitalised and made accessible via text messaging.

Jan 5th

Over 37,000 metric tonnes of substandard petrol supplied by Nigerian based, Sahara Energy Resources Limited, has been stopped from offloading at the Dar es Salaam port. Out of the 408 samples taken last year to test fuel imports in the country, 34 failed which equals 8.33 per cent, implying that up to 485,770 liters had been manipulated.

Jan 6th

The minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Ummy Mwalimu said 70% of the medicine the government supplies to hospitals and health centres did not reach patients but instead was sold secretly. The medicine supplied by the government would have special marks, expressing that anyone caught selling it would face legal action

Jan 5th

Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof Jumanne Maghembe has suspended regional forestry officials countrywide pending completion of investigation on mismanagement of government revenues.

Jan 5th

Minister of justice Dr Harrison Mwakyembe issued a stern warning against judiciary staff and state attorneys who take bribes that their days are numbered. It is no longer a secret that some judges, magistrates, state attorneys and state clerks  are accused by public for their tendency to solicit an take bribes. As such they fail to properly administer justice. If you are one of them you should change or leave because we will catch you soon he warned.

Jan 3th

A total of 28 villages in the mountain range of Same District in Kilimanjaro Region have been discovered to have big farms of khat, a plant which is classified as a narcotic. The villages at 13 wards have more than 260 hectares of farms growing khat, which is sold in different parts of the country as well as neighbouring Kenya. Due to the magnitude of the problem, defence and security agencies in Kilimanjaro Region yesterday launched a special operation to destroy all the khat farms.

Voorgaande weken!

 


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