Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tanzanian Prime Minister tries to halt debate on energy sector graft, angering lawmakers

Tanzanias Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda

(Reuters) - Tanzania's government asked parliament on Thursday to cancel a planned debate on corruption allegations in the energy sector, angering some lawmakers who complained of a cover-up and potentially jeopardising some foreign aid.
    The east African nation has made big discoveries of natural gas, but its energy sector has long been dogged by allegations of corruption. Investors say graft is one of the main reasons for the high costs of doing business in Tanzania.
A group of 12 international donors have said they will only pay out outstanding pledges of budget support worth nearly $500 million if the findings of an investigation into the graft claims are published and appropriate action is taken.
    Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said parliament should not debate the findings of the energy sector investigation by the chief auditor as this would interfere with ongoing court cases.
    "Based on the principles of rule of law, when there is an ongoing court proceeding, we are constitutionally obliged ... not to publicly debate that issue because it could jeopardise the court case," Pinda told parliament on Thursday.
    "At the moment, there are more than 10 pending court cases from protracted legal wrangling over this matter."
    The investigation, ordered by the government in May, followed claims by opposition lawmakers that senior government officials had fraudulently authorised payment of at least $122 million of public funds to a private company.
    The opposition said the money came from an escrow account held jointly by state power company TANESCO and independent power producer IPTL and went to IPTL's owner, Pan Africa Power (PAP) in 2013. PAP said the transfer was legal.
    The government has denied any wrongdoing by its officials. The government's anti-corruption watchdog has also investigated the fraud allegations.
    Some lawmakers said the government sought to muzzle them.
    "The only way to put an end to these (graft) allegations ... is to debate this issue in parliament and bring it to a close," said Zitto Kabwe, chairman of the parliamentary watchdog Public Accounts Committee. The panel is scheduled next week to present the auditor's report on the IPTL allegations to parliament.
    The parliamentary speaker's office is expected to rule on the issue after considering arguments from both sides, but said parliament would not allow its independence to be undermined.

(Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by George Obulutsa and Gareth Jones)

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Environmental Investigation Agency says Chinese-led gangs are colluding with Tanzanian officials to smuggle ivory - Report implicates China in ivory trafficking

A new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency has revealed that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade which has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past five years. It is being called one of the most serious environmental crimes of the decade. Even diplomatic visits by high-level Chinese government delegations have been used to smuggle ivory. Al Jazeera's Environment Editor Nick Clark reports on the evidence gathered by the group.

Source: Al Jazeera

Sunday, November 02, 2014


Huyu ndiye Salaah, bosi wa Home Shopping Centre ambaye serikali yetu tukufu imemteua kuwa Balozi Mdogo huko China. 

 President Jakaya Kikwete and Salaah.

From the left side Commissioner of Immigration Hon. Ambokile, Salaah in the middle and Inspector General of Police Mr. Mangu. 

with his friend Samuel Sitta on Emirates First Class. 

 Salaah na Mwakyembe.

Salah akiwa na Balozi wa Tanzania nchini China (Luteni Jenerali Mstahafu) Abdulrahman Shimbo. 

 With the top Dar es Salaam officials from the left; The Mayor of 
Dar es Salaam, Dr. Masaburi, Dar es Salaam Regional commissioner Mr. Meck Sadick.

With my Ninja His excellency Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Chikawe sorting out some issues. 

With The permanent secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation Mr. John Haule.

Msiniulize vetting ya yeye kupewa Ubalozi huko Guangzhou China ilifanya lini, na nani na criteria zipi alizokuwa nazo huyu mwarabu wa Yemen mpaka kupewa Ubalozi.

1. Huyu jamaa hakufayiwa vetting yoyote ile whatso ever na usalama wa Taifa kabla hajapewa hiyo nafasi.

2. Familia yake na biashara zao zimekuwa kwenye kashfa nzito nzito za kwa ukwepaji kodi 

3. Salaah hana elimu wala qualification yoyote ile ambayo ingemfaya apewe nafasi hiyo. As a matter of fact how can you give a diplomatic post kwa mtu ambaye kaishia standard 6? 

4. Kwa sababu za kiusalama aka national security hafai kupewa hiyo nafasi. 

5. Kwa sababu za national interest hafai kupewa hiyo nafasi

6. Foreign wapo watu wengi sana ambao wana qualify kupewa hizo nafasi na washapitia hiyo vetting na due dilligence

7. Salaah na familia yake hawana intergrity -both professionally and personally kuwa ma diplomats wa tanzania kokote kule duniani

Kuna vijana wengi wa Kitanzania ambao wamesoma,wazalendo na washafanyiwa vetting na usalama na wapo Foreign hawapewi 

Sasa cha kujiuliza hiVi serikali ya nchi hii ina maana gani kusomesha watu wake na kisha kuwaweka benchi pale foreign halafu wanaenda kumteua huyu mshihiri wa Yemen ambaye hakusoma kuwa balozi wetu huko china?

Mbaya zaidi utashangaa jinsi mawaziri na viongozi wa juu wa serikali wanavyo mnyenyekea wakati kuna vijana wa Kitanzania ambao wasomi wanaendelea kusota pale wizarani na nafasi hizi hawapewi.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Zambia's President Sata dies: local media Sata, who was 77, had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, three private Zambian media outlets said.

The reports on the private Muzi television station, and the Zambia Reports and Zambian Watchdog websites, said the southern African nation's cabinet was about to meet.

Reuters news agency also reported that a government source had confirmed the death.

"It is true. We lost the President. The acting president will make a statement soon," the source said.

Government officials gave no immediate comment.

The reports said Sata had died on Tuesday evening at London's King Edward VII hospital. The hospital declined to comment.

Sata, 77, left Zambia for medical treatment on October 19 accompanied by his wife and family members, according to a brief government statement that gave no further details.

There has been no official update on his condition and acting president Edgar Lungu had to lead celebrations last week to mark the landlocked nation's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Concern over Sata's health has been mounting in the country since June, when he disappeared from the public eye without explanation and was then reported to be getting medical treatment in Israel.

He missed a scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly in September amid reports that he had fallen ill in his New York hotel.

A few days before that, he had attended the opening of parliament in Lusaka, joking: "I am not dead." Sata has not been seen in public since he returned to Zambia from New York in late September.

Sata, who once worked as a railway porter in London, had been the country's president since September, 2011 after winning a tight presidential race against the then incumbent, Rupiah Banda.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Friday 31st.October 2014.

From 09:00 - 16:00 CET (Central European Time)

ADDRESS: Håndverkerstuene, Rosenkrantzgate 7, 0159 Oslo, Norway.

NCA and WWF – Norway, in co-operation with Care Norway. Med store gassfunn, utforming av ny grunnlov og president- og parlamentsvalg som bakteppe, knyttes det stor spenning til de økonomiske og politiske utsiktene i Tanzania.

Kirkens Nødhjelp og WWF-Norge er de to frivillige organisasjonene i Norge med det mest omfattende arbeidet i Tanzania i år.

Sammen ønsker vi å belyse utfordringene og mulighetene i Norges viktigste samarbeidsland for bistand i denne kritiske fasen av Tanzanias historie. Balanserer Norge sine økonomiske interesser med bistands- og miljøengasjementet?

Problemstillinger som vil bli diskutert på konferansen er: (Fullstendig program lengre ned)

• Vil valget i Tanzania være først skritt på veien mot en mer demokratisk og bærekraftig framtid, med mindre bistandsavhengighet? Eller står vi foran en valgkamp preget av vold og brudd på menneskerettigheter?

• Vil Tanzania klare å forvalte naturrikdommene sine til gode for folk flest og kommende generasjoner? Eller vil hensynet til natur og miljø tape i kampen mot kortsiktig profitt? 

• Kan investeringer og internasjonal handel erstatte bistand som driver for utvikling i Tanzania? Hvilken rolle kan norsk næringsliv og sivilsamfunn sammen spille i et slikt skifte?

Innledere og paneldeltakere vil inkludere representanter for norsk og tanzaniansk sivilsamfunn, akademia, politikk og næringsliv.


0900-0905: Welcome & Opening Remarks: Nina Jensen, Secretary General WWF Norway.

0905-0925: Norway's engagement with Tanzania; Hans Bratskar, Deputy Minister Foreign Affairs, Norway

0925-0940: Q&A

0940-1040: Elections; Opportunities and Challenges in a changing Tanzania
Panel discussion, led by Trine Hveem, NCA, former Country Director, NCA Tanzania Office

0940-1000: Gender, political participation and the media: Civil Society and the elections Mzuri Issa Ali, Director, Tanzania Womens Media Association . Panelist and partner of Care-Norway.

1020-1040: Norway's possibilities and challenges ahead of the elections
Ingunn Klepsvik. Panelist and former Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania

1040-1100: Q&A

1100-1230: Environment, climate and development issues drowning
Panel discussion, led by Inger Næss, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1100-1120: Main challenges as seen by Tanzanian civil society Zubery Mwachulla, Panelist and Chairperson Mazingira Network (MaNet), umbrella organisation for 71 environmental organisations in Tanzania.

1120-1140: Dilemmas facing Norwegian politicians in relation to Tanzania’s environment and economic development

Ola Elvestuen, Panelist and MP, Head of the Norwegian Parliament's Energy and Environment committee.

1130-1200: Environmental implications of investments Åsgeir R. Almås, Panellist and researcher at Noragric / Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

1200-1230: Q&A

1230-1300: Lunch Sandwiches, juice and hot drinks provided at the venue.

1300-1540: Business and investment, the new engine for development? Panel discussion, led by Odd Helge Fjeldstad, Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Public Finance Management, CMI

1300-1320: Norwegian business in Tanzania. Tore Myhre, Norwegian Council of Enterprises (NHO), Director International Department.

1320-1340: State, civil society and companies: roles and responsibilites
Silas Olan'g, Senior Regional Associate (Africa), Natural Resource Governance Institue .

1340-1400: Statoil, a responsible investor? Tove Stuhr Sjøblom, Vice President, Head of Sub Saharan Africa, Statoil.

1400-1420: Looking back from 2050; Were Norway’s contributions beneficial to Tanzania Stefan Norris, Senior Advisor, Africa & Energy, WWF Norway.

1420-1440: Tanzanian energy sector: opportunities and challenges
Joachim Nahem, Programme Director, International Law and Policy Institute.

1440-1540: Q&A

1540-1600: Closing remarks Anne-Marie Helland, Secretary General, NCA.

Hold av 31. oktober til Tanzania-konferanse!


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

From Summertime to Wintertime in Norway: Time conversion date Sunday 26th.October 2014 CET (Central European Time). Adjust the time from 03:00 CET back to 02:00 CET - Tunaingia saa za majira ya theluji (Wintertime) kuamkia Jumapili, 26.Oktoba 2014

Saa 9 usiku kuamkia Jumapili, 26.Oktoba 2014, hapa Norway (Skandinavia) tunabadili majira na kuingia majira ya theluji (Wintertime). Kufuatia na mabadiliko ya majira, tunarudisha saa moja nyuma. 

Tuna tofauti ya masaa mawili na saa za Afrika Mashariki (East African Time = EAT) kwenye majira ya theluji. 


Hapa Norway ikiwa saa 4 za asubuhi,

Tanzania (Afrika Mashariki) ni saa 6 za mchana... 

Mabadiliko ya saa hufanyika mara mbili kwa mwaka.

Jumapili ya mwisho ya Machi, kuingia majira ya Kiangazi (Summertime). Tunasogeza saa moja mbele. Tofauti ya saa moja na Afrika Mashariki.

Jumapili ya mwisho ya Oktoba, kuingia majira ya theluji (Wintertime). Tunarudisha saa moja nyuma. Tofauti ya masaa mawili na Afrika Mashariki.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kumbukumbu ya Baba wa Taifa la Tanzania; Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere

The Legacy of Julius Nyerere

Humans of Oslo - Mathias Mkude from Tanzania

"I'm taking my Masters Degree in international social and health policies. This is the first time I've been outside of Tanzania and I must say its a bit of a culture shock which is expected since we have a different history and nature.

In Tanzania you can go anywhere and people will greet you on the street. People are constantly interacting and if you are silent and reserved it's considered rude. We have a culture of communication.

In Oslo I've experienced a culture of silence. People are more reserved and prefer not to impose.

On several occasions I've behaved the way I normal would have back home, and when I've seen people's reactions I've had to reflect and change the way I behave. I can't be who I am because of the restrictions in social norms. To break from them is to be a social deviant so I try to adapt to the environment I'm in.

Once I've finished my masters I hope to travel back home. Tanzania is a rapidly developing country due to natural resources. Foreign investors, including Norway are already there . I hope that I can bring a positive impact to my community to improve people's life."

— with Mathias Mkude at Aker Brygge.