Revolutie in Tanzania - Magufuli pakt door (vervolg - week 32)

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WEEK 32 2016

MAGUFULI'S WEEK 41

In the news about the miraculous way to prosperity in Tanzania

 

Aug 13th 2016

Discussion: President Magufuli’ s government is causing tremors with the changes it is making, to the chagrin of some people bent on amassing wealth to themselves.  Is that dictatorship? When the dishonest have stolen the public’s billions meant for development or when others have evaded paying tax with glaring evidence of immovable assets in place attesting to their embezzlement, he has forced them to repay and blocked the loopholes through which they looted the nation’s coffers.

http://www.m.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/columnist/153-lawi-joel/52617-the-avaricious-corrupt-think-magufuli-dictator

Aug 14th 2016

Economics: Trade between China and Tanzania has hit $5billion. The Deputy China Ambassador to Tanzania Gou Haodong confirmed that they will continue to invest in Dar while improving their bilateral ties and economic cooperation as trade between the two countries.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608150453.html (Business week)

Aug 16th 2016

Analyse: With porous African borders and the possibility of an African common market, can the goals of job-creation, poverty reduction and industrial development be achieved without the highest level of engagement with the international community? Is the president forgoing important opportunities by not playing personally on the world stage? Magufuli's administration would be well served to build upon the legacies created by Julius Nyerere and subsequent leaders marrying the domestic and international arenas to create a better Tanzania.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608150520.html (South African Institute of International Affairs-Johannesburg)

Aug 16th 2016

Politics: Since independence, Tanzania’s president has always led the ruling party too. But the appointment of Magufuli to the head of CCM last month has raised concerns amongst many within the party. Magufuli’ s approach to governance and his decisiveness could be seen as good attributes for president, but they more likely to be an impediment in his role as CCM chair. If Magufuli doesn’t get his hands dirty in party business, it will be tough for him to lead it.

http://africanarguments.org/2016/08/16/tanzanias-president-magufuli-man-of-the-people-man-of-the-party/

Aug 16th 2016

Fraud: A total of 32,456 households that were enrolled with the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), Phase Three, have been removed from the programme after intensive verification, which established that they lacked qualification. Among the dismissed households, it was discovered that 7,819 members of those households had already, 2,999 were leaders in different local government locations, 3,948 were those who were relocated to different areas before the programme was implemented, 9,342 were ghost households while 8,348 were households that lacked the necessary qualifications.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608160114.html (Daily News)

Aug 16th 2016

Corruption: Right on the Masai doorsteps, unscrupulous people operate one of the most notorious gemstone smuggling ring in the world, carting away loads of the blue jewel - tanzanite - to Kenya where it is then transported to India and China. The Commissioner for Minerals in the ministry, Mr Paul Masanja, announced that the government would tighten the noose on mineral smugglers by building a fence to regulate entry into a 10-sq km area.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170084.html (Daily News)

Aug 16th 2016

Law enforcement: The government is set to conduct inspections at all tourist hotels in the country to establish if services offered meet standards, threatening to take action against those operating contrary to their licences. Poor customer service rendered by most tourist hotels was among the reasons discouraging visitors from coming to Tanzania. The government is planning before the end of this year to provide short courses in customer care services to hotel staff through the state colleges of tourism.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170231.html (daily news)

Aug 16th 2016

Economics: Following the announcement a few weeks ago by the Tanzanian government that two Bombardier Q400NG turboprop aircraft have been purchased for national airline Air Tanzania, due for delivery from next month, has the airline also made plans to re-open several routes it dropped due to lack of aircraft in recent years.

http://www.eturbonews.com/73751/big-plans-announced-air-tanzania

Aug 17th 2016

Corruption: Some of the top leaders of the ruling party's youth wing (UVCCM) including chairman Sadifa Juma were heavily implicated in the illegal sale of the wing's 210-acre farm in Iringa Region, among other things and that they should have been kicked out together with the three national and regional leaders who were suspended on Sunday for their involvement in the scandal.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170888.html (The Citizen)

Aug 17th 2016

Infrastructure/Tax: Where does the money tour operators pay as a road licence go to? Tour operators are concerned about the appalling state of a road leading to the Serengeti National Park. They say the road from the Lodoare gate in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the park has potholes, making driving a nightmare.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170579.html  (The Citizen)

Aug 17th 2016

Press freedom/analyse: The government has signed various international agreements that directly or indirectly touch on press freedom. These include the 1948 Paris Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. While some agree with the need to protect public interests and national security from falsehoods, and abuse of media freedom, many are still of the opinion that the Act has been used to muzzle the press to avoid media scrutiny.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170878.html (The Citizen)

Aug 17th 2016

Business: Kenyan dealers complain they are not allowed to conduct business in the neighbouring country freely. Tanzania authorities at Holili along the Kenya-Tanzania border recently ordered me to return several bags of maize I had bought from farmers in the country. Traders from Tanzania were now transporting cereals to Taveta border for the local traders to buy stuff using the Kenyan currency to make huge profits.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000212299/taita-taveta-traders-accuse-tanzania-border-officials-of-harassment

Aug 17th 2016

Infrastructure: The government and the World Bank yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which the latter will provide 209 million USD (about 456bn/-) for the implementation of six-year Rural Electrification Expansion Programme.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608170076.html (Daily News)

Aug 18th 2016

Fraud: Former Director General of the National Identification Authority (NIDA), Dickson Maimu, and seven other senior officials appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday charged with 27 counts, including abuse of position and occasioning loss of over 1.2bn/- ($ 500 million).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180066.html (Daily news)

Aug 18th 2016

Fraud: The government has suspended loans for 2,192 students from various universities who did not show up for verification and ordered their respective institutions to return the funds amounting to 3.9bn/- ($ 1.8 million) they have been receiving for them within seven days. It is believed that the 2,192 students are ghost ones

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180054.html (Daily News 18-8-16)

Aug 18th 2016

Discussion: The notion of democracy does not always guarantee either fairness or development for all in society. One could argue that Chadema is merely claiming their 'democratic right to free speech' at their demonstrations - but if this is at the cost of undermining Tanzania's recent and significant moves towards a better and more socially just society for most of our citizens under President Magufuli, one should also ask if such demonstrations should be allowed?

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180133.html (Daily news)

Aug 19th 2016

Infrastructure: The government has revealed that it can currently move 75 per cent of its servants to Dodoma, following an assessment, which showed they will get housing and other social amenities without any problem. An assessment also showed that 70 per cent of the government offices can presently move to the Capital City.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608190022.html (Daily News)

Aug 19th 2016

Infrastructure: The ministry of development is set to enable title deeds and other documents on land be prepared and issued electronically within short time. The system would make it easy for land owners to apply for and get title deeds and other document from where they live without the need to travel to the to the ministry headquarters. [Note: In Tanzania all land has to be leased from the government. The proses to get these tile deed however was used be long and complicated and subject of corruption]

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608180901.html (The Citizen)

Aug 19th 2016

Environment: The government has reiterated that it won't back down on its decision to ban the use of plastic bags effective January next year. Owners of plastic bags manufacturing factories have been advised to take steps towards easing production before the deadline and invest in production of alternative bags and plastic waste recycling facilities.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608190071.html (The Citizen)

Aug 19th 2016

Education: Funds for free education have been increased from 18.77bn/- ($ 8.9 million) per month to 21bn/-($ 10 million) , with Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directing intensive verification to unearth ghost pupils and students in public schools. District Commissioners (DCs), District and Regional Education Officers are directed to conduct a special inspection in schools countrywide in a move aimed at ensuring that the money does not end in individual pockets.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201608190137.html (Daily News)

Aug 20th 2016

Accountability: All ministers have been ordered with effect from next week August 25, to announce to the public through the media on how they are implementing the 2016/17 financial year budget in their respective ministries.

http://www.ippmedia.com/en/news/ministers-tasked-monthly-reports-sectors

Aug 20th 2016

Traffic safety: The government would make it mandatory for all bus owners to install tracking gadgets on their buses for easy monitoring. The new system would monitor the speed of the bus, manage its route and schedule for better service delivery.

http://www.ippmedia.com/en/news/new-system-track-country-buses-being-installed-0

 


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