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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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EAC devt projects get boost

Regional development projects last week got a boost after the East African Community (EAC) signed a Rwf2.7b grant deal with the Finish government. Building a standard gauge railway to link the EAC countries is one of the development projects on the cards. The New Times / File The grant aims at supporting various regional integration investments, especially infrastructure. The funds will be disbursed over a three-year period, according to the EAC secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania. The first disbursement of €1m will be released right away, while the subsequent releases will be made as need arises,” the Finish ambassador to EAC, Sinikka Antila, explained. Amb. Richard Sezibera, the EAC secretary general, commended Finnish government for strengthening development co-operation with the Community. EAC Secretary General last week held a dialogue with the heads of missions and supporters of the EAC Partnership Fund to discuss the ongoing institutional review, financing of the Community, trade and business investment in the region. The EAC Partnership Fund is a basket fund mechanism with annual contributions from development partners aimed at supporting EAC projects and programmes that are geared towards regional integration. It was established in 2006. Antila noted that Finland is the second-biggest contributor to the fund since 2008, after the UK’s Department for International Development DFID. Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Rwanda in October reiterated the need to expeditiously undertake joint regional infrastructure projects that are expected to hasten the EAC integration process. These include the construction of Mombasa-Kampala-Kigali railway line, an oil pipeline, the northern corridor highway and an oil refinery. By Peterson Tumwebaze,The New Times

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Rwanda faces Egypt in semi-final of Goal ball tourney

Rwanda Goalball national team battles Egypt in the first semi final of the Africa Goalball championships due today at Moi Sports Complex in Kasarani Kenya. Rwanda mounted a brilliant start in the round robin matches winning twice and conceding twice too. They beat hosts Kenya 14-4; lost 0-10 to favourites Egypt before bouncing back to book straights against Morocco and Ghana 15-14 and 14-4 respectively. They lost the final match 10-0 against Algeria. Rwanda has a mountain to climb as they now face an Egyptian side which has beaten them before a few days back. Should Rwanda win this crucial last four clash, they will face the winner between Algeria and Morocco in Sunday’s final. Among nine teams who were invited for the tournament, six nations namely host Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt managed to honour the event. Goalball is a game for people with visual impairment; the game is played by two teams of three players each. Players are all blindfolded. The two finalists will represent Africa at the World Goalball Championships scheduled to take place in Finland in June, 2014. By Peter Kamasa,The New Times

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Finnish town aids Mwanza with fire engine

The City of Tampere in Finland under the North-South Local Governance Co-operation programme has given fire engine worth about 48m/- to Mwanza city council under capacity building programme. Mwanza Town Mwanza Mayor, Mr Stanislaus Mabula said recently that Mwanza and Tampere co-operation project aims at bridging...

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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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