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Government Should Be Transparent While Making Contracts With MNCs In Mining

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Finnish ambassador Pekka Hukka said the Tanzanian government need to be transparent in the mining sector while making contracts with multinational companies. Speaking on the sidelines of a tree planting event on Saturday and hailing President John Magufuli he added members of the public under such procedures will be made aware of their own resources. The ambassador mentioned, “It’s high ...

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Giancarlo leads local pack in World drivers’ rankings

Reigning national champion Davite Giancarlo and his navigator Sylvia Vindevogel were ranked top Rwandan driver and co-driver, respectively, in the new 2013 World Rally Ranking released late last month. Giancarlo is the reigning Rwandan champion. Times Sport / File. Giancarlo and Vindevogel collected 688 points to come ahead of Elefter Mitraros and Paganin Paolo, who have 264 points; and Christaks Fitidis and Eric Nzamwita who have been competing in the Uganda National Rally championship, with 248 points. There are currently 930 Drivers and 974 Co-drivers from more than 80 nations who obtained the required results to enter the ranking. France-born Sebastien Ogier top the ranking with 5445 points, while Thierry Neuville, from Belgium, came in second with 5385 points; Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala came third with 5385 points. Giancarlo, the Mt. Gorilla Rally winner, missed the last round of the 2013 Africa Rally Championship held over the weekend in Madagascar, to end his season in third position, behind Uganda’s Jas Mangat and Jassy Singh of Zimbabwe. In the first seven rounds, the Italy-born driver finished just two; he abandoned all others due to mechanical problems. He bowed out of the Rally Bandama in January in Cote d’Ivoire, Sasol rally in South Africa in April, finished second in Zambia International rally in May, before crashing out of Tanzania rally in June, Kenya Safari Rally in July and Uganda Pearl rally in August, and then bouncing back to win the Mt.

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Msenduki, Mussa in Moscow Marathon test

Tanzania athletes Mohamed Msenduki and Faustine Mussa will have to brave hot and humid conditions today when they will compete in marathon at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia. AT Secretary General Suleiman Nyambui The duo left the country on Tuesday at 3.00 am and will join Athletics Tanzania (AT) President Anthony Mtaka and Coach Francis John who are already there. Athletics Tanzania (AT) Secretary General Suleiman Nyambui said Msenduki and Mussa have already arrived in Moscow and had at least three days for acclimatisation and final preparations. Tanzania had earlier planned to send four athletes but veteran Zakia Mrisho and youngster John David were dropped due to various reasons, including sickness and failure to attain qualifying marks. The country has participated in all the previous championships but it has succeeded in winning a medal only once. For the first time in the tournament’s history, a Tanzanian marathoner Christopher Isegwe finished second at the 2005 edition in Helsinki, Finland and placed the country in 26th position. Isegwe produced a fine performance to win a silver medal in a new personal best time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 21 seconds. He trailed Moroccan Jaouad Gharib, who won the race in 2:10:10 and was ahead of third placed Tsuyoshi Ogota of Japan who clocked 2:11:56. Apart from the silver, Isegwe received a $30,000 cash prize which swelled his purse and ranked him among the highly paid athletes in the country by then. Since then Tanzanian athletes have been mere passengers in the train and have never achieved anything in the world athletics championships. Eleven athletes – 10 men and one female – represented the country at the 12th Championships held in Berlin, Germany from August 15-23, 2009. They were Fabiano Joseph (5,000m and 10,000m), Marco Joseph (5,000m), Dickson Marwa and Ezekiel Jafari (10,000m), Getuli Bayo, Lucian Hombo, Christopher Isengwe, Andrea Silivin and Phaustin Baha (marathon) and Zakia Mrisho (women’s 5,000m). All returned home empty handed. At the 13th championships held in Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4, 2011, the country fielded only one athlete, Zakia Mrisho, who also came back without a medal after finishing 11th in the women’s 5,000m final. This time around Tanzania banks on Msenduki and Mussa to reverse the trend and win a medal in Moscow. Source Tanzania Daily News

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Two Tanzania athletes for IAAF championships in Moscow

Tanzania athletes Mohamed Msenduki and Faustine Mussa left yesterday morning for Moscow, Russia where they will take part in the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships. AT Secretary General Suleiman Nyambui The duo left at 3.00am and will join Athletics Tanzania (AT) President Anthony Mtaka and coach Francis John who are already there. “Msenduki and Mussa have already left for Moscow and will have at least three days for acclimatization and final preparations,” AT secretary general Suleiman Nyambui said on Tuesday. “They will both compete in marathon on Saturday, a day before the championships end,” he added. Tanzania had earlier planned to send four athletes but veteran Zakia Mrisho and youngster John David were dropped due to various reasons, including sickness and failure to attain qualifying marks. The country has participated in all the previous championships but it has succeeded in winning a medal only once. For the first time in the tournament’s history, a Tanzanian marathoner Christopher Isegwe finished second at the 2005 edition in Helsinki, Finland and placed the country in 26th position. Isegwe produced a fine performance to win a silver medal in a new personal best time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 21 seconds. He trailed Moroccan Jaouad Gharib, who won the race in 2:10:10 and was ahead of third placed Tsuyoshi Ogota of Japan who clocked 2:11:56. Apart from the silver, Isegwe received a $30,000 cash prize which swelled his purse and ranked him among the highly paid athletes in the country by then. Since then Tanzanian athletes have been mere passengers in the train and have never achieved anything in the world athletics championships. Eleven athletes – 10 men and one female – represented the country at the 12th Championships held in Berlin, Germany from August 15-23, 2009. They were Fabiano Joseph (5,000m and 10,000m), Marco Joseph (5,000m), Dickson Marwa and Ezekiel Jafari (10,000m), Getuli Bayo, Lucian Hombo, Christopher Isengwe, Andrea Silivin and Phaustin Baha (marathon) and Zakia Mrisho (women’s 5,000m). They all returned home empty handed. At the 13th championships held in Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4, 2011, the country fielded only one athlete, Zakia Mrisho, who also came back without a medal after finishing 11th in the women’s 5,000m final. Source Tanzania Daily News

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Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania under the spotlight

Norway’s Aftenposten on the 06th of July filed a damning article, exposing the rot and corruption which contributed to the disappearance of 6.8 NOK, leaving the society, according to the article, technically bankrupt. With the Tanzanian government at the ropes over growing allegation that the country is not doing nearly enough to stem poaching – earlier in the week government officials told local media in Dar es Salaam that over 1.000 poaching suspects had been arrested, though not saying over which period of time – the Aftenposten article could not come at a worse time. Battling negative publicity over a range of environmentally disastrous decisions taken by the government, such as plans to build a highway across the Serengeti migration routes, to build a soda ash extraction plant at Lake Natron, the ONLY place in East Africa where the flamingos can breed, to permit Uranium mining in an area of the Selous Game Reserve now being excised from the park but still thought to cause serious environmental degradation reaching deep into the Selous, the plans to build a new harbour in the centre of the Coelacanth marine national park near Tanga or plans to build a hydropower plant and am at Stiegler’s Gorge, have led to growing opposition abroad against such lunacies. Poaching of elephant is all but out of control with a parliamentary report tabled and accepted speaking of up to 30 elephant a day being killed for their ivory, while opposition figures in Tanzania have alleged in parliament that the true figures could be twice as high. NGO’s like the WCST were subsequently funded to assist in crucial areas of high biodiversity value but the article in the Norwegian newspaper now casts doubts that such expectations can be met and if not political cronyism and patronage has found its way from government into the NGO and private sector too. The link to the article, in Norwegian is http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/-Presidentens-menn-overtok_-norske-bistandspenger-forsvant-7249364.html and the following Google Translation has been availed by Tanzanian sources as follows for readers to get acquainted with the various allegations made: AFTENPOSTEN, Published: 06.jul. 2013 11:26 p.m. Updated: 06.jul. 2013 11:26 p.m. Environmental projects to the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) has collapsed. The money is gone, the employees have resigned or been dismissed, and WCST is technically bankrupt. The money for the business came from the Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, British and American aid budgets. In September 2012 took Philemon L. Luhanjo over as chairman and chief executive officer of WCST. He is one of President Jakaya Kikwete closest associates over many years. Stopped flow of money Norway was NOK 25 million for a project to protect forest area Pugu-Kazimzumbwi outside Dar es Salaam. Cash flow was halted in 2012, after 6.8 million was paid, because accounting and audit reports were not delivered as agreed. In February 2013 Norway halted all further cooperation with the WCST. The embassy ordered an investigation by the audit firm Baker Tilly & Co DPG. The existence of 24 May and gave clear indications of misuse of money. WCST were given until 13 June to comment on the audit, but has not responded. UD will not disclose the audit report. However, both the Finnish Counsellor Merja Mäkelä and Torbjørn Eriksen in Danish Outdoor Council, both of which recognize the Norwegian report confirms that there are clear indications of financial irregularities in the WCST. The two are involved in other projects WCST, and await their own investigations. Presidential spokesman Before Philemon Luhanjo was WCST-chairman, he was secretary general of the Presidential Office and the President’s spokesman. Luhanjo walked out of the government apparatus after a corruption scandal, with strong accusations against him. Officially, he did not go off because of the scandal. Before this was again Luhanjo Secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Environment, which was involved in a corruption case with Norwegian aid money for years...

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Stay away from dead crows, Dar warned

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has advised residents of Dar es Salaam and those at the...

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Ugandan envoy calls for investment back home

Uganda’s ambassador to the Nordics countries has urged Ugandans living in the diaspora to work hard and invest their earnings back home. Ambassador Zaake Kibedi (right) listens to the owner of Kadwera Dairy Farm, Andrew Gumali (left) and Alex Mutebi of the Uganda Diaspora Nordics Coordinating office. PHOTO/Abou Kisige Ambassador Zaake Kibedi said Uganda has entered the takeoff stage in its quest for development, and his message to nationals living abroad is to capitalize in local sectors like housing and construction industry, transport and communication, and information technology. In the middle of an unpredictable economic environment, there is promise of security for the potential investors. “We are working with the ministry of internal affairs, Parliament, Uganda Investment Authority [UIA] and other stakeholders to ensure protection of our brothers and sisters who intend to invest in their country so that they are not cheated,” Kibedi said. The envoy made the remarks during an induction workshop for the Ugandan business community intending to participate in the forthcoming Uganda-Nordics Business Expo slated to take place in Sweden this year. “Our aim is to create conditions for a preferential trade arrangement for Uganda and Nordic entrepreneurs in order to play a role of shifting from aid to trade, hence promoting sustainable development partnerships,” Kibedi said. The expo is organised under the theme, “From aid to trade” and IS intended to help the Uganda business community engage in a trade partnership with Ugandans leaving in the Nordics states. The chairman of the Uganda Diaspora in Sweden and Nordics Business expo, Eddie Bazira, said Ugandans involved in small businesses and medium-and-small entrepreneurs will have to seize this opportunity to share economic opportunities in Uganda and the Nordic region that can attract trade partnership and direct foreign investment across both regions. And with that, he made pointed references to the potential ways of doing so. These included tapping the power of their market to improve the lives of its citizens through trade, direct foreign investment, sharing knowledge and transfer of technology. The four-day trade event will open on June 6 this year. Participants will part with a minimal fee of US$ 2850 (about sh7.4m) with all expenses paid. Delegates from the ministry of trade and industry, Uganda national chamber of commerce and industry, Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) are expected to attend the expo. Last year Ugandans in Nordic countries also held a series of activities in the build-up to Uganda’s Golden Jubilee Independence anniversary celebrations which were intended to market the country. Among the activities held included a week-long conference which discussed ways in which the five Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – can trade with Uganda and also market the country as a tourist destination

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