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Hotuba Ya Mheshimiwa Kassim M. Majaliwa (Mb), Waziri Mkuu Wa Jamhuri Ya Muungano Wa Tanzania, Wakati Wa Kuahirisha Mkutano Wa Saba Wa Bunge La Kumi Na Moja La Jamhuri Ya Muungano Wa Tanzania Tarehe 05 Julai, 2017


1. Mheshimiwa Spika, leo tumefika mwisho wa Mkutano wa Saba wa Bunge la 11 ulioanza Jumanne ya tarehe 4 Aprili, 2017. Tunayo kila sababu ya kumshukuru Mwenyezi Mungu kwa kutuwezesha kuifikia siku hii, tena baada ya kuwa tumetimiza wajibu wetu wa Kikatiba kikamilifu na kwa umahiri mkubwa. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

No mercy for unscrupulous cooperative leaders

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has issued a stern warning that the government will not pardon anyone who will abuse cooperative funds.

“The fifth phase government will take harsh measures against those who will misuse cooperative funds and we will continue to make follow ups on the matter until we get leaders with integrity,” the Premier said in Dodoma yesterday, during the International Co-operative Day (ICD).

He said cooperatives in the country were facing a number of challenges, among them, theft and embezzlement of resources committed by some unscrupulous cooperative leaders.

Premier Majaliwa (pictured) said another challenge was that some cooperative leaders disrespect the guidelines of the associations and make decisions for their personal interests.

He said that in response to these challenges, the government will keep on fulfilling its obligation to put a friendly environment to promote cooperatives, in order to provide an opportunity to flourish and enable Tanzanians to own the economy of their country.

ICD is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday of July since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance. On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in resolution 47/90 “the first Saturday of July 1995 to be IDC, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance.

Since 1995 the United Nations’ International Day of Co-operatives has been observed jointly alongside International Co-operative Day. “It is not acceptable at all to see this industry that portrays the life of Africans does not benefit us accordingly. I am directing the Commission for Development of Cooperatives to ensure that they are run scientifically and according to the law,” he said.

He also issued a directive to the Advisory Committee in regions and districts in the country, to include cooperative development as one among important agenda obliged to be discussed and come up with resolutions for implementation.

Also make sure they have statistics and figures for cooperatives and its members. However, the Premier has ordered all relevant authorities dealing with cooperatives to set measurable goals on how to improve the cooperative sector.

In another development, the Prime Minister has directed that all issues regarding agricultural cooperatives must be taken care by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

In addition, the Prime Minister said the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), should review and identify knowledge and skills in all levels of cooperatives for them to set up short-term courses to prepare appropriate staff required for the industry.

He also instructed cooperatives officials to ensure they manage well election for Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOS) and cancel all candidates who had been leaders who were ousted due to embezzlement of funds to the corporation.

Earlier, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Charles Tizeba said his ministry will continue to supervise and take stern measures against all leaders of cooperatives who will be caught misusing funds.

Tanzania’s cooperatives have a long and proud history which goes back to the early 1930s. In the first decade of independence, the movement was particularly strong, with a complex structure of primary co-ops, secondary co-op organisations and a national cooperative bank.

Magufuli Quashes Hotel Building Plan

President John Magufuli yesterday directed the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) to shift its investment plan into building factories instead of five-star hotels.

Speaking during the opening of the 41st Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), the Head of State said the plan of investing in the hospitality industry at this time was misplaced, as the primary focus of the government now is industrialisation.

Earlier, TanTrade Board of Directors chairman Christopher Chiza explained the authority's strategic plans that include renovation of all structures in Sabasaba grounds as well as constructing a modern hotel to accommodate local and international exhibitors of the DITF.

Mr Chiza insisted that the goal was to have decent structures at the fairgrounds.

However, President Magufuli quashed the plans, saying that constructing hotels amounted to misuse of public funds.

"For me such a plan is misuse public money. Instead of building a hotel, which can be built by another investor, you should direct the money into building factories to further the government's policy on industrialisation," said Dr Magufuli.

The President used the opportunity to express his delight at how Tanzanians have responded to paying property tax. He attributed the positive response to the reasonable tax charges, which he said had never been set by any of the previous administrations.

He then directed the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) to create better conditions for property owners, to pay tax smoothly.

"I'm happy that the strategy has started bearing fruit. We've seen many Tanzanians flooding banks to pay property tax. This is impressive. It has never happened before," he said amid applause from the audience who had gathered at the Mwalimu Nyerere Showground.

"It's my call that TRA should make proper arrangements to attend these people who are willing to pay," he added.

Initially, property tax was collected by local government authorities. TRA took over the duty from the fiscal year 2016/17.

The deadline was June 30 but due to long queues, TRA extended the deadline to July 15, to give more people room to settle their tax arrears without suffering penalties.

President Magufuli did not end at that. He reaffirmed, during his speech that his government would go ahead and put up a hydroelectric power dam at the Stiegler Gorge in the Selous Game Reserve.

He said his government would not listen to any criticism from environment stakeholders.

The President said that the government had enough funds to implement the project, whose idea dates as far back as the 1970s during the administration of the Father of the Nation Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

He said he would not listen to any arguments that the project would destroy the environment, explaining that the area which will be used for power production is just a small part of the vast Selous Game Reserve.

Experts have said that the project area would cover only 3 per cent of the reserve.

The Head of State insisted that no one had the right to question the project since Selous Game Reserve belonged to Tanzanians.

"Come rain, come sunshine, the project will be implemented as per plan. We want foreign companies to help us in big projects that would later help the country in its agenda of industrialisation," he said.

Over 500 companies from 30 countries across the country are attending the DITF, which has seen Tanzania's oldest state university, the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) emerging the overall winner of the fair due to its innovative technologies.

Among the varsity's innovations at this year's DITF are the machines invested to identify gold concentrates. They technology can be used by small scale miners.

The first runner-up was the Vocational Education and Training Authority(Veta) that came up with a number of technologies in agriculture, livestock, irrigation, among other things.

Meanwhile Property International emerged the third runner-up.

Winners were presented with certificates by President John Magufuliat the Mwalimu Nyerere Trade Fair grounds in Dar es Salaam.

The President commended foreign countries for participating in the trade fair.

He asked participants from foreign countries to weigh in on the possibility of investing in industries in Tanzania.

"We (the government) are working hard to address various challenges, that face investors, such as unreliable power," said Dr Magufuli.

Dr Magufuli directed the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investmentsand the Board of Directors of TanTrade to extend the DITF deadline; which was scheduled to climax on Friday.

"It would be better if the responsible ministry extends the deadline. In my opinion, you can add five or four more days to enable exhibitors to sell all that they brought for the show and benefit the common mwananchi," he said.

According to him, the move would also help exhibitors to sell more, hence reducing the cost they would have incurred when shippping their remaining products.

"You may take my advice if you find it convenient. You have nothing to lose if you do it," said President Magufuli.

Tanzanian Passport Is Second Most Powerful in EAC

Tanzania's passport is the second most powerful travelling document in East Africa after Kenya, according to The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017.

The country's document, according to the index, enables a Tanzanian to travel 65 countries visa-free and is ranked at 75th position on the global travel freedom index. Kenya passport leads in the region as it can travel to 69 countries visa-free and was ranked at 68 positions globally.

This means, according to the analysts, citizens of Kenya and Tanzania have the most travel freedom among East Africans, with visa-free access to 69 and 65 countries respectively.

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017, ranks each country and territory in the world by the number of countries that their citizens can travel to visa-free. Uganda passport was number three in EAC where its citizens could travel to 61 countries in the world without visa.

It was ranked at 75 slots globally. In Africa, Kenya was among top ten at number six while Tanzania in 11th position and Uganda 15th. Rwanda on other hand is fourth in EAC at where its passport could enter 51 destinations and ranked 85th position globally.

At fifth position was Burundi where its citizen could enter visa-free 44 nations and ranked 91th on global index. At the bottom in EAC is the young est nation in the world, South Sudan.

Juba's passport could travel to 37 countries without visa and ranked 96th globally. South Sudan, according to the index, was on top of Sudan--ranked at position 97 traveling to 36 countries.

The number one strong traveling document in Africa was Seychelles where its citizens enjoy similar visafree traveling privilege as Europeans. Seychelles ranked 29 in the world and it passport was accepted visa-free to 137 countries.

The second in Africa was Mauritius at position 33 in the world, as its document accepted without visa in 131 nations. The third in Africa was South Africa ranked 55 while could travel to 98 countries.

SADC member states are dominating the list of top ten Africa where eight countries are in the top. Apart from three top countries in Africa to be frpom SADC bloc, Bostwana is in the 4th, position followed by Namibia on 5th, Lesotho and Malawi tied on 7th, and Swaziland at 9th position.

The bottom in the list in Africa was Somalia ranked 100 above Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. The global number one strong passport was Germany, where its citizens could travel to 176 countries visafree.

The second was Sweden document traveling 175 countries, followed by Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and United State at third position and their passports travel to 174 desitinations.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tanzania: Govt Apologises for Police Brutality On People With Disability

Dodoma — The government has apologised to people with disabilities over a recent assault by members of the Police Force in Dar es Salaam.

Recently, the police in Dar es Salaam used excessive force, including teargas to disperse some disabled people, who thronged the office of the city municipal director, demanding that they be allowed to ride their tricycles within the central business district. In the process, they also blocked the road, forcing the Police Force to use excessive force to disperse them.

But speaking in the House on Tuesday morning, Home Affairs minister Mwigulu Nchemba said the excessive force used was unfortunate.

"Let me use this opportunity to officially apologise for the ordeal on behalf of the Police Force," he said. Mr Nchemba was responding to Ms Stella Ikupa (Special Seats-CCM), who wanted to know the steps being taken by the government to ensure that such incidences did not reoccur.

According to Mr Nchemba, the Ministry of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government Authorities) are meeting at the Office of the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner to find the best solution that will prevent such incidences to repeat.

Nigeria's Obasanjo Hails Magufuli's War on Corruption

Dar es Salaam — Retired Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended Tanzanian President John Magufuli for his efforts to ensure that Tanzania benefits from its contracts with investors.

Mr Obasanjo, who paid a courtesy call to the President at the State House on Tuesday, urged other African leaders to take a leaf from President Magufuli, when it comes to protecting the country's resources.

"Before I came to Tanzania I visited Malawi and Mozambique and I have insisted the importance of African leaders to make sure that their people benefit from contracts with investors," said Mr Obasanjo.

Three Legislators Approach High Court Over Suspension

Dodoma — Three Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) MPs have applied for a judicial review at the High Court in Dodoma to go through the Speaker's decision on suspending them from the House on June 2 and 5 respectively, this year.

The Opposition Chief Whip, Mr Tundu Lissu, yesterday told journalists here that the three MPs believe that the decisions by the Speaker were against the Parliamentary standing orders.

According to Mr Lissu, the three MPs seek the High Court permission so that the court could review the Speaker's decision. "The three MPs have filed a judicial review at the high court in Dodoma, they are seeking for the High Court permission to proceed with legal procedures that will enable the review of the Speaker's decisions.

However, the court can grant them a permission or deny it, it depends," he said. He said, together with application for judicial review, the MPs have enclosed legal arguments that show irregularities in taking actions against them.

In June 2, this year, Speaker Ndugai ordered the eviction of Kibamba MP (Chadema) Mr John Mnyika from the debating chamber for violating the Parliamentary standing orders that guide the House business.

Speaker Ndugai said Mr Mnyika will not be allowed to attend the parliamentary ses sions for seven days.

In June 5, this year, the House voted to suspend two opposition lawmakers, Halima Mdee (Chadema - Kawe) and Esther Bulaya (Chadema - Bunda) after the Parliamentary Privileges, Ethics and Powers Committee, found them guilty of counts against them.

Ms Bulaya was accused of showing disrespect towards the Speaker on June 2, 2017 when the Parliament was debating the budget for the Energy and Minerals Ministry for the 2017/2018 financial year while Ms Mdee was accused of preventing the sergeant at arms from removing Mr Mnyika out of the debating chamber when bitter exchanges erupted between him and the Speaker, Ndugai.

The Parliamentary Privileges, Ethics and Powers Committee, Capt. (rtd) George Mkuchika proposed that the two be suspended for the remaining days of the ongoing budget session as well as the entire September 2017 seating.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TANZANIA: 7 out of 10 citizens approve of the performance of President Magufuli

Seven out of citizens (71%) approve of the performance of President Magufuli since taking office. This is down from 96% in June 2016. Approval ratings for the President vary between groups.
  • 68% of those under age 30 approve of the President compared to 82% of those over 50
  • 75% of citizens with no education or some primary approve of the President compared to 63% of those with secondary education or higher
  • And approval is slightly higher among poorer citizens (75%) than among the richest (66%).
Approval ratings for other political leaders have also fallen over the same period.
  • MPs: 58% approval rating (April 2017) compared to 68% (June 2016)
  • Councilors: 59% approval rating (April 2017) compared to 74% (June 2016)
  • Village / street chair-people: 66% approval rating (April 2017) compared to 78% (June 2016)
These findings were released by Twaweza in a research brief titled The end of the beginning? Priorities, performance and politics in Tanzania. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey. The findings are based on data collected from 1,805 respondents across Mainland Tanzania (Zanzibar is not covered in these results) in April 2017.
Support for political parties paints a mixed picture. Support for CCM has remained steady, ranging between 54% and 65% between 2012 and 2017. After a slump in 2013 and 2014 during which the party’s approval rating fell to 54% (2013 and 2014) from 65% (2012), support has remained consistent since the election at 62% in 2015 and 63% in 2017. Support for Chadema, however, has seen declined to 17% in 2017 since it peaked at 32% in 2013.
Support for CCM is highest among older people (80%), compared to 55% among younger citizens. It is also higher among women (68%) than men (58%), in rural areas (66%) than urban areas (57%), among poorer citizens (69%) than among the relatively rich (53%). Fewer  than half (46%) of those with secondary, technical or higher education support CCM. Support for Chadema generally follows the opposite pattern, higher among the young, men, the relatively wealthy and those with more education.
Over the past two years, however, citizens’ priorities have shifted substantially. In 2015, 34% of citizens cited poverty or economic challenges as one of their top three priority areas for the country compared to 60% mentioning this in 2017. Even more notable, in 2015 fewer than one in ten citizens (9%) mentioned food shortages or famine as a priority issue compared to 57% in 2017.
During the same period, citizens’ concerns about public services and corruption appear to have diminished.
Percentages of citizens citing the following issues as among the top three challenges for the country:
  • Health: 40% in 2017 compared to 59% in 2015
  • Education: 22% in 2017 compared to 44% in 2015
  • Infrastructure: 21% in 2017 compared to 32% in 2015
  • Water supply: 19% in 2017 compared to 46% in 2015
  • Corruption: 10% in 2017 compared to 28% in 2015

Friday, June 9, 2017

Breaking News: Orodha ya Wanafunzi Waliochaguliwa Kujiunga Kidato Cha Tano na Vyuo Vya Ufundi 2017

Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Rais (Tamisemi) George Simbachawene ametoa idadi ya wanafunzi waliochaguliwa kujiunga na masomo ya kidato cha tano na vyuo vya ufundi kwa mwaka 2017 huku jumla ya wanafunzi 2,999 wakiachwa.

Simbachawene ametoa kauli hiyo leo mjini Dodoma wakati akizungumza na waandishi ws habari na kusema kuwa ufaulu kwa mwaka huu umeongezeka kwa asilimia 3.75 ukilinganisha na matokeo ya mwaka 2015.

Waziri amedai kati ya wanafunzi 96,018 waliofaulu kwa daraja la kwanza hadi la tatu ni wanafunzi 93,019 tu ndiyo waliochaguliwa kujiunga na kidato cha tano na vyuo vya ufundi.

Waziri Simbachawene amesema kuwa jumla ya watahiniwa wote waliofanya mtihani wa kidato cha nne kwa shule kwa mwaka 2016 ni 349,524 huku waliofanya mtihani wa kujitegemea ni 47,751 ambapo watahiniwa waliofanya mtihani wa shule waliofaulu kwa daraja la kwanza hadi la tatu ni 96,018 sawa na asilimia 27.60 ya watahiniwa waliofanya mtihani Tanzania Bara.

Simbachawene alisema kutokana na mwongozo wa Wizara ya Elimu, Sayansi na Teknolojia wa Mei 15, 2017 jumla ya wanafunzi 93,019 ndiyo wenye Sifa za kuchaguliwa kujiunga na kidato cha tano na vyuo vya ufundi kwa kuwa wamefaulu vigezo vyote vya msingi kama vilivyoaibishwa na Wizara ya elimu sayansi na teknolojia ambapo kati ya hao 92,998 ni wa shule na wanafunzi 21 ni wale waliosoma taasisi ya elimu ya watu wazima.

Aidha amewataka wanafunzi wote waliochaguliwa kujiunga na kidato cha tano kuwasili kwa wakati katika shule walizopangiwa July 17 mwaka huu na kwamba hakutakuwa na mabadiliko ya shule walizopangiwa.

"Na kama kuna mwanafunzi ambaye hataripoti kwenye shule aliyopangiwa kwa muda wa siku 14 nafasi yake itachukuliwa na mtu mwingine," alisema Simbachawene.

Kuangalia majina ya wanafunzi na shule walizochaguliwa 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hotuba Ya Waziri Wa Fedha Na Mipango, Mheshimiwa Dkt. Philip I. Mpango (Mb), Akiwasilisha Bungeni Mapendekezo Ya Serikali Kuhusu Makadirio Ya Mapato Na Matumizi Kwa Mwaka 2017/18

08 Juni, 2017 Dodoma