Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tanzanian national Amon Rweyemamu Mtaza, 38, of Houston, has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

A model of the Maserati luxury sedan that cost more than Sh60 million. A similar car and a top of the range Mercedez Benz were impounded from a Tanzanian national facing jail for fraud 0in the US.

Tanzanian national Amon Rweyemamu Mtaza, 38, of Houston, has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

As part of the plea, Mtaza admitted he ran a stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) scheme that targeted more than 600 people and involved the filing of hundreds of fraudulent tax returns.

Mtaza used stolen and unlawfully obtained personal identity information, including the names and Social Security numbers, of true persons to prepare fraudulent U.S. income tax returns.

The returns were electronically filed in order to generate and obtain tax refunds to which he was not entitled. Mtaza then either directed the fraudulently obtained tax refunds to be deposited onto reloadable debit cards or disbursed as U.S.

Treasury checks and he then used the monies to obtain cash and goods for his
own benefit.

The tax refund filings account for an excess of $1.8 million in losses and more than 600 victims.

U.S. District Judge Gray Miller, who accepted the plea today, has set sentencing for Jan. 9, 2015. At that time, Mtaza faces up to 20 years for the conspiracy and wire fraud charges as well as a mandatory two years for each count of aggravated identity theft which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed.

At the hearing today, Judge Miller also signed a preliminary order of forfeiture for 2006 Maserati and a 2007 Mercedes Benz s550 as proceeds gained from the illegal scheme.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

TANZANIA: Dual citizenship rejected

By Aisia Rweyemamu

Members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) yesterday appear to have made a stand over the dual citizenship proposal after officials from the Immigration Department were called in to give a lecture on the subject.

Information gathered at CA premises in Dodoma after the meeting between the two sides was concluded had it that Immigration Department officials rejected the idea, saying it would compromise national security and turn people to become unpatriotic to the nation.

The departmental officials, who made their exit through the back door of the debating chamber ostensibly to avoid reporters, met representatives of the Diaspora who strongly argued in favour of the proposal.

This is another milestone in the issue, following the long tug of war and debate over the dual citizenship agenda.  The government has pushed the subject and other national authorities affirmatively rejected the proposal wherever it has been mooted for consideration.

CA members in the meeting proposed consideration of some special status to those living in the Diaspora in the constitution but not dual citizenship as they requested.

Security and patriotism reasons were among the factors which caused the dual citizenship proposal to be rejected by the CA members.

Yesterday two commissioners from the Immigration Department conducted a special training to Constituent Assembly (CA) members on the impact of dual citizenship whereby in their presentation they did not mention any benefits of dual citizenship.  The commissioner’s presentation was based on negative impact of dual citizenship, and after the presentation the commissioners refused to talk with reporters.

Speaking to reporters at Parliament grounds soon after the meeting, representative Kadari Singo from the Diaspora said “we are disappointed with the Immigration Department stand, and we are not persuaded of rationality of the reasons provided.”

“We are not happy because our dream of having dual citizenship has been scuttled by the position by the government,” the representative declared.

Singo told reporters that patriotism is not determined by the location but it’s all about personal issues, that there are people living in the country and they are not patriotic. So why is this applied to Diaspora residents in particular, he wondered.

“There are number of public officials who take money from the country and invest it abroad while the Diaspora takes money from abroad to Tanzania. Who then are the more patriotic among the two?” he demanded.

Singo also asked how the dual citizenship issue will threaten national security, while there a number of foreigners in the country were offered citizenship.

The Diaspora representative maintained that the group is not happy with the presentation because it was based solely on negativity, which shows no positive impact of the Diaspora which is not true.

Singo questioned the government proposal to offer them special status, saying they are supposed to have a citizenship status that is clear for residents of the Diaspora to understand. 

The Diaspora brings a lot of money into the country, he said, citing example of  Kenya that gets about $1.7  billion from the Diaspora, Uganda obtains more than $900m in ex-Diaspora inflows annually while Nigeria obtains an estimated $20 million, and about 34 per cent of Lesotho Gross Domestic Product is contributed by the country’s Diaspora. 

The Diaspora residents complain that the country discriminates against those residing outside when it comes to citizenship while foreigners obtain rights in their countries of origin.  The country’s laws favor foreigners and discriminate citizens opting to reside outside the country, he said.

The representative talked about there being more than ten models of dual citizenship, and thus the government can choose one which is suited for the country purposely for protecting the rights of those living in the Diaspora.

Singo asked why the government completely refused all of these proposed models while they can choose the best models for the national interest. 

How can Tanzania deal with unemployment challenges if the government puts restrictions to the Diaspora, he asked.

The country should protect the right of Diaspora residents because rejecting them means denying the Diaspora as part of the country, he emphasized.
Due to the government’s position dual citizenship is removed, and thus they propose to be given a special status.

Among factors that contributed to being denied dual citizenship was the issue of the Zanzibar Revolution as they believed that it will allow those who ran away during the revolution to come back in the country.

Hamad Masaun, the Deputy Chairman of CA committee No. 11 said that Zanzibar issues helped to reach the rejection of dual citizenship.

Meanwhile, last week the CA formed a sub-committee to come up with solutions of some issues which brought contradictions during discussions of CA committees.

Among the issues were dual citizenship, Kadhi courts, structure of Parliament and the joint finance committee.

Source: The Guardian (Tanzania)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science

About the position

The PhD project will be linked to the Centre of Excellence PluriCourts. The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyse and assess the legitimate current and future roles of the international courts and tribunals in the international and domestic order. For more information about PluriCourts, 


PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence based at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.  The research fellow is expected to contribute to the Centre’s research and academic activities and to share her/his time between the Department of Political Science and PluriCourts.  The research fellowship will be part of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ PhD programme, and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in political science.

The appointment is either for a period of three years (with no teaching requirement), or for a period of four years with a 25 per cent teaching requirement. In the Department of Political Science teaching is organized into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international politics, and research methods. Candidates will be part of the Faculty's PhD programme and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in Political Science.


To be appointed to the position, the successful candidate must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or an equivalent qualification in Political Science.  The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, and training in research methodology. 

In evaluating applications, academic qualifications and the project outline will be given more weight than other disciplinary and general qualifications. 

PluriCourts wants to strengthen its research capacity in empirical social scientific research, and applicants with a relevant empirical project will be prioritized. Personal suitability will also be an important factor. Short-listed applicants will be called for interview.

Applicants must submit a project description of up to 3000 words outlining the research topic, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule for the study, that details how the project will be completed within the fellowship period.

See also the Regulations on terms of employment for Research Fellowship positions

We offer
The electronic application must include:
  • Application letter
  • A project description which shows how the project will contribute to PluriCourts’ research plan. The proposal should include research question(s), choice of theoretical framework, research design, sources and methods.
  • CV 
  • Copy of Master’s dissertation
  • Copies of transcripts
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
(Questions regarding the electronic application form should be addressed to HR consultant Camilla Arnøy, email:

About the evaluation process

A sorting committee will review the applications before the top candidates are further assessed by an evaluation committee. The evaluation committee’s report is expected to be ready by November 30, 2014. The report will be sent to all applicants. The short-listed candidates will then be called for interview. The interviews are expected to take place in December. The departmental board will then make its final decision in January.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.

Pursuant to section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

As a state institution, we aim for a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons from ethnic minorities.

It is only permissible to hold one fixed-term position at the same institution.
  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • September 1, 2014
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2014/6544

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tanzania and Statoil: What Does the Leaked Agreement Mean for Citizens?

The leak in July 2014 of an important addendum to a production sharing agreement (PSA) between Norwegian national oil company Statoil and the government of Tanzania has ignited a debate on whether Tanzania “got a good deal” from granting these extraction rights for a block now expected to produce large amounts of commercial natural gas. The debate demonstrates a public appetite for explanations from the government on the country’s management of its nascent oil and gas industry. Potentially at stake are billions of dollars of potential revenues that could boost socio-economic development in Tanzania if it becomes possible to extract these gas resources...

Read more: and Statoil

Wednesday, August 13, 2014










Chama cha Watanzania Oslo, Norway

Tanzania invests in empowering women

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dear Tanzanian Diaspora,

The Committees of the Tanzanian Constitutional Assembly will meet to discuss “dual citizenship” issues on Monday, August 11th, 2014.

We, the Leaders of the Tanzanian Diaspora in the United States, in collaboration with Honorable Kadari Singo, our Representative in the Constitutional Assembly, have managed to bring an “Immigration and Dual Citizenship Expert” to Dodoma to speak with the members of the Assembly in order to provide them with some useful information on how to evaluate our petition for dual citizenship. We expect that the Expert will clarify some of the issues raised by the opponents of our motion in the Assembly. 

This is the very first and initial stage. The outcomes of Monday’s discussions will then be brought to the Constitutional Assembly by the Committees and will be used to determine whether there is a need to grant the permission that allows Tanzanians living abroad to naturalize and obtain a second citizenship.

As this is a very important moment, we implore every Tanzanian either living in the Diaspora or living in Tanzania to help move this motion forward by reaching out to their members of the parliament or to their representatives in the Assembly in order to convince them to support us when our motion will be tabled in the different Committees and in the Constitutional Assembly. Please reach out to everybody you know who will 
be able to make a difference.

We thank you all for cooperating with us in this matter as we look forward to convincing every member of the Constitutional Assembly that our petition for dual citizenship will bring more successes than failures in the pursuit of Tanzania’s freedom, economic development and welfare. 

Thank You All.

On behalf of the leaders of the Tanzanian Diaspora in the United States, 

Deogratius Mhella.
The Secretary.

Saturday, August 09, 2014









Chama cha Watanzania Oslo, Norway