Monday, December 24, 2007




(Kinorwejiani)


Likizo ya rais na usalama wa taifa

Ndimara Tegambagwe

SITAKI Rais Jakaya Kikwete aende likizo wakati kuna "suala kubwa linaloshusu usalama wa nchi."

Mkurugenzi wa Mawasiliano Ikulu, Salva Rweyemamu aliviambia vyombo vya habari jijini Dar es Salaam, Ijumaa kuwa rais yuko likizo, lakini aweza kufanya kazi iwapo kuna suala kubwa linalohusu usalama wa nchi.

Ukweli ni kwamba rais asingekwenda likizo, kwani suala linalohusu usalama wa nchi lipo mezani kwake. Ni lile linalohusu usalama wa mipaka ya nchi na wananchi wake.

Ni suala la kuingia katika ghala la silaha za Jeshi la Wananchi (JWTZ), kuchukua helikopta ya jeshi na kuruka hadi Arusha, huku waliokuwemo, tena watu kutoka nchi za nje – Uingereza, Canada, Marekani na Australia, wakipiga picha.

Tutake tusitake, hili ni suala la usalama wa nchi. Linahusu usalama wa wananchi na mali zao. Linahusu maisha ya nchi na viumbe wake.

Katika safu hii wiki iliyopita, nililalamikia ukimya wa serikali kuhusu tukio hilo. Niliuliza maswali 42. Nilidhani wahusika wataelewa. Watakuwa wepesi wa kujibu. Wataona wanawajibika kutoa majibu. Wataonyesha uadilifu.

Leo hii, wiki tatu tangu kupatikana kwa taarifa za helikopta ya jeshi kutumiwa na watalii kupiga picha, hakuna taarifa yoyote ya serikali – kutoka kwa Mkuu wa Majeshi Jenerali Davis Mwamunyange, Waziri wa Ulinzi na Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa Juma Kapuya au Amiri Jeshi Mkuu, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

Katika hali hii, sharti watu wenye uchungu na nchi hii; wale wanaojali usalama wa nchi na watu wake, waendelee kuuliza. Hii ni kutokana na uzito wa suala lenyewe; ni kubwa na "linahusu usalama wa nchi."

Ingawa wanaoiuzia silaha Tanzania wanajua kuna aina gani, kiasi gani, kutoka wapi, kwa bei ipi, zinaweza kutumiwa vipi na zina uwezo gani; kuna mambo kadhaa hawajui. Kwa mfano, hawajui lini silaha hizo zinahitajika kufanyiwa kazi.

Lakini hatua ya watu kutoka nchi za nje, kukodi, au kupewa, au kuiba helikopta ya jeshi na kuitumia kwa kazi binafsi, inaonyesha kuwa, jeshi limeingiliwa. Kuna wanaojua taratibu za kila siku jeshini, matumizi ya zana; zipi zinahitajika sasa, zipi zikodishwe na zipi zikae "stendibai."

Hao ndio wanakwenda ama kuchukua, kukodi au kupewa helikopta za jeshi. Au kuna "Idara ya Masoko" jeshini inayotangaza na kufuatilia wateja wa kutumia hekikopta zake.

Aidha, hatua ya kupata helikopta ya jeshi kwa matumizi binafsi, inaonyesha ama ulinzi ndani ya jeshi umepungua au umelegezwa. Nani kapunguza au kalegeza ulinzi na kwa nini; ndilo swali kubwa hivi leo.

Nani amekataa kuweka suala hili mezani kwa Rais Kikwete, mpaka anakwenda likizo bila kulishughulikia? Au, nani amemshauri rais kuwa ni "jambo dogo" kwa hiyo alale na kusahau?

Au tafsiri ya "usalama wa nchi" ndiyo inagomba? Na hili linawezekana. Kuna wanaodhani usalama wa nchi ni wa rais kutopinduliwa, kutopingwa au kutosengenywa. Huo ni ufinyu na upofu.

Nani anaweza kumuaga rais, na kumtakia likizo njema, wakati katika jeshi lake kuna biashara inayoweza kuzaa mtafaruku mkubwa wa kuweza kumeza amani nchini au kurudisha nyuma maendeleo madogo ya kidemokrasi yaliyopatikana?

Labda rais awe anajua kuwa kinachoendelea "ni kidogo kisicho na athari mbaya na kubwa;" au anaridhika kuwa kinachofanyika ni sahihi; au hana taarifa kamili juu ya kinachotendeka.

Vyovyote itakavyokuwa, hapo ndipo rais anapaswa kujenga shaka juu ya chochote kinachotendeka; hasa chochote ambacho wananchi wametilia shaka; na hasa kile ambacho wachambuzi wameonyesha kinaweza kuleta madhara kiulinzi, kisiasa na kiuchumi.

Ukimya wa serikali unaleta tafsiri nyingi. Kwamba wanaokataa kutoa kauli, wanajua kinachoendelea, lakini wanashindwa kutoa majibu ambayo wanajua vema kwamba hayatazima kiu ya wananchi na wapenda nchi.

Kwamba wanaokataa kutoa kauli wanajua nani aliidhinisha matumizi ya helikopta nje ya utaratibu; wanajua kama ndio utaratibu na wanajua nani anachuma kutoka mradi huu ambao bila shaka unaingiza fedhi nyingi.

Na katika hili, tukizungumzia viongozi serikalini ambao wanapaswa kutoa kauli, tuna maana ya kwanza na moja kwa moja, Rais Kikwete, Waziri Mkuu Edward Lowassa, Waziri Kapuya, mteule wa rais, Jenerali Mwamunyange na Waziri wa Habari Mohamed, Seif Khatib.

Kama wasemaji wanaona suala hili la kuvunja na kuingia kwenye ngome ya jeshi na kuchukua, kuiba au kupewa helikopta ni dogo, kwa nini hawatoi majibu yanayolingana na "udogo" huo?

Kama wanaona ni suala kubwa, tena la ulinzi na usalama wa nchi, kwa nini wanakaa kimya na kumwacha rais aende likizo wakati kuna suala kubwa la kumzuia kwenda kulala?

Mkuu wa Mawasiliano Ikulu, Rweyemamu, anasema likitokea jambo kubwa la usalama wa nchi, rais anaweza kufanya kazi akiwa likizoni.

Rweyemamu, mpelekee rais suala hili. Mfafanulie kwamba, kama ngome ya jeshi imepenywa, na watu kutoka nje wakachukua helikopta ya jeshi kwa raha binafsi, basi yeye na wananchi wake wote, wako uchi!

Mwambie avae na avalishe nchi yake. Lakini muhimu zaidi, mwambie ajibu maswali ya wananchi yaliyowasilishwa kupitia safu hii – wiki iliyopita na leo – ili wajue nafasi yake katika hili na hatua anazochukua.


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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ballali resignation reports:

No official response

Daudi Ballali

-Key government figures say they´re in the dark

THISDAY REPORTERS
Dar es Salaam

SPECULATION is rife about Bank of Tanzania (BoT) Governor Dr Daudi Ballali’s current position after news of his abrupt resignation filtered out in Dar es Salaam this week.

Ballali’s brief, two-paragraph letter, which government officials have so far neither publicly denied nor validated, was reportedly sent to President Jakaya Kikwete on Wednesday afternoon.

The Minister for Finance, Ms Zakia Meghji - who is technically the BoT governor’s immediate boss - told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that she knew nothing about Ballali´s stated resignation.

’’I don’t know anything about these reports. Under normal procedure, he (Ballali) was supposed to send me such a letter of resignation which I have clearly not received,’’ Ms Meghji said.

The finance minister said she only learnt about the reports of Ballali’s resignation from morning newspapers yesterday.

’’As far as I know, the governor is currently sick I cannot make any comment until I get an official resignation letter from him,’’ she stated.

She added: ’’Even though he (Ballali) has been sick for sometime now, I am not aware of any immediate plans by the government to replace him.’’

Ms Meghji also announced that the much-anticipated audit findings on the BoT’s external payment arrears account payments during 2005/06 would soon be released by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG).

When contacted for comment, State House director of communications Salva Rweyemamu also said he had not received any official information about the reports of Ballali’s resignation.

Latest reports reaching THISDAY say close friends of Ballali have advised him to remain in the United States, where he has been hospitalised for the past three months at a Boston medical centre.

In his absence, the central bank has been under the leadership of its two recently-appointed deputy governors, Juma Reli and Prof. Benno Ndulu.

Meanwhile, reacting to the reports of Ballali’s resignation, prominent CHADEMA legislator Dr Wilbrod Slaa appeared to welcome the news but said he was hardly surprised.

Even so, Slaa - deputy leader of the official opposition in the National Assembly and also an outspoken critic of alleged massive funds misuse at the BoT - said the government should ensure Ballali returns to the country to answer multiple allegations of corruption against him.

’’He must come back home to answer all the charges against him,’’ declared Slaa.

The 64-year-old Ballali has been the central bank governor since 1998, and was serving his second term in the post before scheduled official retirement next year.

A long-time employee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ballali was stationed in Washington for some 20 years, being heavily involved in structural adjustment programmes for several African countries.

He first joined the BoT in 1967 as an economist, and quickly climbed the ladder to the post of senior economist (1972) and director of research (1973-76).

From 1976, he started working with the IMF in Washington DC, and later headed IMF missions in countries like Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Between 1997 and 1998, he was economic adviser to then president Benjamin Mkapa at State House, before being appointed to replace Dr Idris Rashidi as BoT governor.

But despite this impressive resume, Ballali has also been linked to allegations of widespread corruption during his almost decade-long stint in the central bank’s pilot seat.

Haya mambo haya jamani!!! Ashakum si matusi


MKE WA DAKTARI AMWAGA

RAZI HADHARANI!


Maadili yanazidi kuporomoka kwenye jamii ya Kitanzania!!


Na Mwandishi wetu,Morogoro.

Mwanamke mmoja ambaye jina lake halikupatikana mara moja aliyetajwa kuwa ni mke wa daktari anayefanya kazi hospitali ya mkoa (jina lake linahifadhiwa), hivi karibuni alivua nguo hadharani ndani ya Ukumbi wa Mango Garden ulipo Nunge mkoani hapa.

Kwa mujibu wa mwandishi wetu aliyekuwemo ukumbini humo alisema mwanamke huyo alifanya tendo hilo la aibu Desemba 15, mwaka huu, wakati wa sherehe ya kumpongeza mtoto Jamila aliyetambuliwa na wazazi wake kama mtu aliyefikia utu uzima, maarufu kama kuvunja ungo......

Kinyume cha matarajio ya wazazi na waalikwa wa shughuli ya binti huyo iliyokusanya pia watoto wadogo, wake kwa waume, mke wa daktari alijikuta akigeuka kituko kwa kuvua nguo na kuziacha wazi sehemu zake nyeti, kisha kuonesha matendo ya aibu wakati akicheza wimbo wa Najiamini ulioimbwa na Kundi la Taarabu la Jahazi Morden.

Ilidaiwa kuwa kabla ya kufikia hatua hiyo, mwanamke huyo alikuwa ameshafanya vituko vingi vya kukera ambapo Muongozaji wa sherehe ‘MC’ aliwasihi wanaohusika wamtoe nje ya ukumbi ili kulinda heshima ya wanawake iliyokuwa ikivunjwa na ‘jimama’ huyo wa makamo.

“Kwanza alikuwa akicheza na chupa ya pombe na kuzunguka ukumbi mzima, kama mtu aliyepagawa na mapepo ndipo MC Nuru Choka aliposhauri atolewe nje lakini wahusika hawakufanya hivyo, kilichofuatia ni aibu,” alisema shuhuda wa tukio hilo.

Aliongeza kuwa licha ya kufanya tukio hilo, mwanamke huyo hakuonesha kujali ambapo alidiriki kuwaambia waliokuwa wakimkataza kuwa hakuna kitu cha kuficha katika dunia ya leo na hivyo kuomba aachwe amwage razi atakavyo.

“Ubaya uko wapi, anayeona aibu afunike macho yake, tusijiachie kwa nini?” alisikika akisema mama huyo aliyetajwa kuwa mmoja kati ya watu waliounda kamati ya kufanikisha sherehe hiyo.
Baadhi wa watu waliohudhuria shughuli hiyo, wakizungumza na mwandishi wetu walisema mwanamke huyo hakupaswa kusasambua mbele ya watu kwa madai kuwa hiyo haikuwa sherehe ya Kitchen Party ambayo wahusika huwa ni wanawake peke yao.


“Kimsingi kafanya jambo la aibu, ukizingatia mumewe ni mtu mwenye heshima sana, maana kama yeye hakuona tatizo alitakiwa amfikirie mumewe atajisikiaje akiambiwa vituko hivi?” alisema dada mmoja aliyejitambulisha kwa jina la Asia.

Gazeti hili linalaani kitendo cha mwanamke huyo kuvua nguo hadharani na kuwaomba wanawake wengine wenye tabia kama hiyo waache mara moja ili kulinda maadili mema miongoni mwa Watanzania.

Athuman Machupa, aitwa majaribio Norway

Na Clara Alphonce

KLABU ya Simba ipo katika mazingira ya kumkosa mshambuliaji wake Athuman Machupa aliyesajiliwa hivi karibuni kwa ajili ya kuichezea timu hiyo kwenye nichuano ya Ligi Kuu ya Vodacom na mashindano ya Klabu Bingwa Afrika, baada ya kupata nafasi ya kufanya majaribio katika klabu ya Molde FC ya Norway.

Wakala wa FIFA, Mehd Rhemtullah alisema jana kuwa Machupa ni miongoni mwa wachezaji watano waliopata nafasi hiyo ya kujaribu bahati yao ya kucheza soka la kulipwa nchini Norway.

Rhemtullah aliwataja wachezaji wengine kuwa ni; Suleiman Ndikumana wa Inter FC ya Burundi na mchezaji mmoja wa Uganda ambaye hakutamtaja jina lake.

Alisema kuwa, wachezaji hao waliweza kugundulika uwezo wao kutokana na ushiriki wao katika mashindano ya Chalenji, wakati Machupa na Majaliwa wao walionekana kufaa majaribio baada ya kutazamwa kupitia mikanda ya video.

Wachezaji wengine ni; Yonathan Ngwitou wa Red Sea ya Eritrea na Haruni Nzoyimana wa APR ya Rwanda, ambao wanatakwenda kufanya majaribio katika klabu ya Vålerenga ya Norway.

Alisema kuwa klabu hizo zote zinashiriki ligi kuu ya Norway na Vålerenga ni moja ya timu zilizoshiriki mashindano ya UEFA.

Kwa mujibu wa Rhemtullah, uteuzi wa wachezaji hao umefanywa kwa kushirikiana na Azzedine Saoud ambaye ni meneja wa masoko wa kampuni ya uwakala ya Gran Canaria Football Center inayotambuliwa na Shirikisho la soka la Dunia, FIFA.

Alisema kuwa, Saoud anatambulika na FIFA kutokana na kuandaa programu mbalimbali za mazoezi wakati wa majira ya joto na baridi katika kisiwa cha Grand Canary huko Ulaya.

Klabu kutoka nchi za Ujerumani, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden na Uholanzi zimekwishafanya programu na Saoud na ndiye atakuwa mfuatiliaji wa karibu maendeleo ya wachezaji hao wakiwa nje ya nchi.

Wachezaji hao kwa mujibu wa taarifa za wakala huyo wataondoka nchini Januari 20, 2008 na kuanza majaribio hayo mara moja na kisha kurejea mwezi Februari mwakani.

"Pia kuna nafasi kwa Eric Majaliwa na Henry Joseph wa Simba, hata hivyo, wachezaji hao bado sijafanya mazungumzo na viongozi wao ili kuona wanakwenda kufanya mazoezi timu gani," alisema Rhemtullah.


"Links" na http://watanzaniaoslo.blogspot.com

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Kohinoor Nordberg. Picha na Ny Tid


Mnorwejiani wa mwaka 2007


Jarida la Kinorweji "Ny Tid" limemtaja mwanadada Kohinoor Nordberg (34), kuwa Mnorweji wa mwaka 2007. Kohinoor alijulikana baada ya mumewe, Ali Mohammed Farah (37) kupigwa bila makosa na kuumizwa vibaya kwenye bustani ya Sofienberg , jijini Oslo, Agosti 6, mwaka huu. Baada ya Ali kuumizwa gari la wagonjwa na wahudumu wake lilikuja na gari la polisi la polisi lilikuja na kumwanglia Ali.


Kohinoor akipongezwa kwa kuwa Mnorweji wa mwaka 2007

Polisi walimwambia Ali kuwa anadanganya hakuumia kama ilivyokuwa inaonyesha. Licha ya watu wengi waliokuwepo kama mashahidi kutoa maelezo ya kuumizwa kwa Ali. Wahudumu wa gari la wagonjwa walimwacha Ali kama alivyo. Ilibidi Kohinoor na wengine waliokuwepo, wamchukue Ali kwenye Taxi hadi hospitali dharura "Ermegency room - ER" hapo napo ilichukua masaa mawili kabla ya Ali kupelekwa hospitali ya Ullevaal.

Tukio hilo lilileta mtafaruku wa aina yake. Polisi na wahudumu wa gari la wagonjwa waliandika ripoti za uongo. Kitu ambacho kilisaidia ni kuwa kulikuwa na watu wengi waliorekodi tukio hilo.


Halal butcher caught


Food Safety Authority inspectors apparently uncovered an illegal halal butchery operation on a surprise visit to a farm in Østfold County on Thursday afternoon.

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The Muslim practice of halal, where the animal is not anesthetized before killing, and is bled to death by having its carotid artery cut, is illegal in Norway, for violation of animal treatment laws.

"This is a severe violation of the Animal Protection Act (in Norwegian) and it will be viewed very seriously," said Kirsti Ullsfoss, FSA district chief for the region.

Ullsfoss said that this is the first time an illegal butcher has been caught red-handed.

"Several times we have arrived after the slaughter and seen clear signs. But something like this is a new experience for us," Ullsfoss told NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting).

The FSA has contacted police and will lodge a formal complaint on Friday.

The farmer insists that nothing illegal has been going on on his farm.

"It isn't illegal to sell live sheep from your own farm," Ole Martin Eggen told newspaper Smaalenene's web site.

Eggen said many Muslims visit his farm to buy sheep, and claimed he had a routine for avoiding any illegal activity.

"I help the new owners kill the animal they have bought. It is not leagl to cut the throat of a live animal in Norway, so I shoot the sheep in the forehead first. I tell the Muslims that the sheep has had a mild anesthetic. I don't think they understand that the animal is dead after I use the rifle. Afterwards the Muslims cut the sheep's throat. When it is done this way the animal bleeds the right way, according to the Muslims. In fact today I had a whole family come for a halal butchering, and they had a little ceremony together," the farmer said.

(Aftenposten English Web Desk/NTB)

Related story in the UK: Should Halal and Kosher meat be banned?



Vigrid acquittal overturned

Vigrid leader Tore Tvedt. Photo: Torgensen. Hans o.


Norway's Supreme Court on Friday overturned the acquittal of neo-Nazi group Vigrid's (in Norwegian) leader Tore Tvedt.

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The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Tvedt can be convicted for his anti-Semitic remarks in an interview with newspaper VG in the summer of 2003.

The Vigrid leader told VG, among other things, that "we want to take power in society, cleanse out the Jews and send the immigrants out of the country".

Earlier this year Tvedt was acquitted by the Court of Appeals, which ruled that the remarks were extremely derogatory and insulting but that freedom of speech carried more weight, and that the remarks were not insulting enough to be covered by 'paragraph 135', Norway's anti-racism law.

The new ruling makes Tvedt eligible for punishment and will open the way for new trials.

The Supreme Court ruled that although freedom of speech must have wide parameters, "there is a limit to grave insults that can be tolerated in public, by society".

"It must be taken into consideration that Tvedt here does not only express his own opinions, but appears as leader and spokesman for an active organization composed of young people preparing themselves for the 'war' he describes. This makes the statements more threatening and frightening than if he was speaking exclusively on his own behalf," the Supreme Court ruled.

The ruling also compared Tvedt's remarks to those of the leader of neo-Nazi group Boot Boys, who was acquitted in 2002 in a similar case, on the grounds that his insults were so stereotyped as to be without content. Tvedt's remarks were considered to be concrete threats.

Aftenposten's Norwegian reporter
Karianne Larsen
Aftenposten English Web Desk
Jonathan Tisdall

No charges in Obiora case


The Attorney General has ruled that no crime was committed when Eugene Obiora died during his arrest in Trondheim in September 2006.

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Obiora, 48, died after four policemen put him in a chokehold and forced him to the ground on his stomach at a public office in Trondheim.

The new investigation, sparked by widespread protest after an internal police investigation found no wrongdoing, concluded that there are no grounds to prosecute the police officers involved in the arrest.

The Attorney General writes that the arrest situation was such that it was permissible to use such dangerous methods. A central issue has been to what extent the officers realized that the application of such force could result in death.

The Police Academy has said that forcing a subject to the ground on their stomach is standard procedure in the arrest of uncooperative people, and that knowledge about the choking mechanism was not widely known at the Academy, the Police Directorate or even health personnel before the Obiora case.

The new report concludes that enough doubt exists about what the officers could or should have understood about the deterioration of Obiora's condition, and so insufficient evidence to support a prosecution.

The conclusion is in line with that of the Special unit for police affairs, which investigated the Obiora arrest twice.

Lawyer Abid Q. Raja has taken up the case for Obiora's next of kin, and based the demand for a prosecution of willful murder based on the Norwegian-Nigerian being choked twice, once in the office, and one more time outside.

The case has generated considerable public outcry, with demonstrations and actions keeping the controversy alive.

Aftenposten's Norwegian reporters
Arild M. Jonassen and Ida Torp Halvorsen
Aftenposten English Web Desk
Jonathan Tisdall

Friday, December 21, 2007

Eurofighter Consortium

breaks with Norway


Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon T1


Swedish JAS 39 C Gripen


Lockheen Martin´s Joint Striker Fighter (JSF) or F-35 Lightning 11


The Eurofighter Consortium has announced that it has withdrawn from the competition to supply the Norwegian Air Force with a new generation jet fighter bombers.

The reason is that the European aircraft producer claims there is no real competition for the contract, and that the Norwegian authorities are favouring the US produced Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

Eurofighter has made its decision known in a letter to Undersecretary of State Espen Barth Eide, stating that they have withdrawn from the competition for supplying new jet fighters to Norway for the time being.

At the same time, the consortium has also withdrawn from the competition to supply new jet fighters to the Royal Danish Air Force for much the same reason.

Barth Eide has refuted Eurofighters claims of unfair competition.

In addition to Eurofighter and JSF, the Swedish JAS Gripen has been also been competing for the contract to supply Norway with new jet fighters.

Source: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation/Norway Post.

Chaos continues at Gardermoen

Freezing fog has paralyzed air traffic at Oslo's Gardermoen International Airport (OSL), with many stranded passengers spending the night in the departure hall.

Oslo Gardemoen Airport on Friday morning. Photo by Tone Georgsen.

Your rights
Cancellations: Provisions, hotel accommodation if necessary. Choice of refund or rerouting of ticket.

Standard compensation of between 250-600 euros, depending on distance of flight. Airlines are exempted from paying compensation if they can document that the cancellation was due to extraordinary circumstances.

Delays: A flight delay over two hours entitles you to provisions, and hotel accommodation if necessary. A delay of over five hours entitles a refund of the ticket price, if the journey is not taken.
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About 70,000 passengers can be affected by the difficult weather conditions.

"There is no change weather-wise here this morning. It is -11C (12F) on the ground and 5C (41F) at 3,000 feet, so we are getting a great deal of humidity. This humidity becomes ice on the engines. With no wind, there is no indication that the weather will change, and the delays will continue through the day," said OSL information chief Jo Kobro at 8 a.m. on Friday.

Kobro urged passengers to contact their airlines and turn up early. At 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning most planes had left on schedule but several of the day's departures are already canceled or delayed.

Gardermoen was hit by a combination of cold and fog all of Thursday, and with iced engines there were few takeoffs. On Friday morning only ten planes an hour were being allowed to take off.

"It looks to be a relatively chaotic day," said information chief Thomas Midteide in SAS Norway. "We are doing everything we can to get people home for Christmas, but if the planes don't get permission to leave the ground it is difficult."

Midteide said that buses and other alternatives would be taken into use if necessary.

Frustrated passengers told Aftenposten.no had spent the night on the floor in the departure hall and other places.

"At 1:30 a.m. SAS announced over the loudspeakers that their staff were tired after working 13 hours in a row so they had to close and get some sleep," a passenger said around 3 a.m. on Friday. "There is no food or bottled water and there is no one from SAS to ask for information."

At 6:3o a.m. the same passenger was on the airport train, returning to Oslo.

"I have spent the night on a stone floor and now I have given up. I am infuriated by such incredibly bad service. The queue went through the entire airport. People have been sleeping on baggage carts. Families with small children have spent the night there, you feel terribly sorry for them," the passenger told Aftenposten.no.

"There have been many passengers overnight at Gardermoen. In the end it was impossible to find hotel rooms for them, so they had to use benches and whatever at the airport. We offered them what we had," Kobro told news agency NTB.

Aftenposten's Norwegian reporter
Kristjan Molstad
Aftenposten English Web Desk
Jonathan Tisdall



Sina mpango kwa sasa kubadili Baraza la Mawaziri- Kikwete


HabariLeo; Friday,December 21, 2007 @00:01.

Rais Jakaya Kikwete.

RAIS Jakaya Kikwete leo ametimiza miaka miwili kamili tangu aingie madarakani, huku akisema kwamba kwa sasa hana mpango wa kubadili baraza la mawaziri. Akizungumza katika mahojiano na wahariri yaliyofanyika Ikulu Dar es Salaam, Rais Kikwete alisema Serikali na Baraza la Mawaziri lililopo viliundwa kwa kuzingatia mahitaji ili kuwezesha kutoa huduma vizuri zaidi kwa wananchi, na kwa muda huu haoni haja ya kulibadili.

“Tuone huko mbele ya safari, kama yale ambayo yalitufanya tuwe na mfumo huu sasa hivi na muundo huu wa serikali tutakuwa tumeyatekeleza, tutafanya marekebisho,” alisema. “Uvumi huu (wa kubadili mawaziri) ni uvumi tu. Kama kuna haja ya kubadili mawaziri tutabadili. Kama hakuna haja tutaendelea. Kwa sasa ni uvumi tu au ni matakwa ya watu,” alisema na kuongeza kuwa, kama Rais ana mamlaka ya Baraza la Mawaziri anaweza kulibadili wakati wo wote.

Katika mahojiano hayo ambayo yamechapishwa ndani ya gazeti hili, Rais Kikwete alizungumzia masuala ya nyanja mbalimbali, ikiwamo mtazamo wake juu ya utekelezwaji wa ahadi ya Maisha Bora kwa Watanzania wote, rushwa, marekebisho ya mikataba ya madini na mengineyo, ufanisi wa Shirika la Umeme (Tanesco), Shirika la Reli (TRL), Shirika la Ndege (ATC), kukwama kwa mahujaji, mfumuko wa bei, hali ya siasa, soka, ugonjwa wa Gavana wa Benki Kuu ya Tanzania (BoT), Daudi Ballali, ambaye anapatiwa matibabu nchini Marekani na suala la kuhamia Dodoma.

Akizungumzia rushwa, Rais Kikwete alisema kumekuwa na matatizo katika kushughulikia rushwa kubwa kutokana na unyeti na ugumu wa kufanya upelelezi wake, lakini kuna mafanikio yamepatikana katika kutafuta ushahidi wa suala la kashfa ya rada, baada ya kushirikisha asasi mbalimbali za ndani na nje.

“Tuna hiyo (kesi) moja tumeishughulikia. Kuna nyingine ambazo wanaendelea kuzishughulikia. Sasa nasema hivi, uchunguzi wake ni uchunguzi unaochukua muda mpaka tufike mahali tuseme sasa tunayo kesi tunaweza kuipeleka mahakamani…siku (ile kesi ya rada) itakuwa imeanza hapo mahakamani zitakapotoka zile facts unajua kwamba it has really taken a lot of work (kazi imefanyika),” alisema Kikwete.

Kuhusu dhana ya Maisha Bora, Rais Kikwete alisema serikali yake imefanikiwa kuweka misingi kwenye maeneo kadhaa na kilichobaki sasa ni ujenzi wa matofali juu ya msingi huo. “Niko confident (nina hakika) kwamba tutakapofikia 2010 watakapokuwa wanatufanyia tathmini, hukumu yetu itakuwa safi sana, kwa sababu mambo mengi yako yanakwenda, yapo on going (yanaendelea). Sababu si kila kitu kitatokea katika mambo yote sababu ahadi zetu ni za miaka mitano, siyo kwamba sasa katika miaka hii miwili mambo yote yamekamilika,” alisema.

Rais pia alizungumzia hali ya siasa nchini, kwa kusema ni shwari na kwamba mazungumzo juu ya kuondoa mpasuko wa Zanzibar yanakwenda vizuri. Alisema pia kwamba msimamo wa serikali yake ni kupokea mawazo na ushauri wo wote wa maana kutoka kwa ye yote. “Serikali tupo tayari kusikiliza. Tutasikiliza mpinzani. Tutasikiliza NGOs (asasi zisizo za kiserikali), tutamsikiliza hata mtu binafsi tu.

Mimi nasikiliza sana hata kwenye simu zangu wakiniletea mimi nikisikia ni jambo la maana nalifanyia kazi. Nalichukulia hatua. Nadhani ndiyo wajibu wetu. Rais Kikwete alizitetea TRC na ATC kwa kusema kwamba ni mapema mno kutaka mashirika hayo yafanye kazi kwa ufanisi kwa vile ndiyo kwanza yanaendelezwa chini ya mfumo mpya wa uendeshaji.Hata hivyo, alidokeza kwamba serikali iko katika hatua za mwisho za kubadili sheria inayoipa Tanesco mamlaka ya kuwa taasisi pekee inayoruhusiwa kusambaza umeme nchini.

Chini ya mpango huo, alisema kampuni binafsi na hata za nje zitaruhusiwa kuzalisha na kusambaza umeme. Alitahadharisha kwamba katika suala la kupitia upya mikataba ya madini na mengineyo iliyofikiwa na serikali na asasi nyingine, Rais Kikwete alisema jambo hilo linapaswa lifanywe kwa umakini, lakini lisichukuliwe kwamba kuna kutafuta mchawi kwani baadhi ya wahusika wa miaka ya 1970 ama tayari wamestaafu, wamekufa au walifanya hivyo kwa makosa ya kutofahamu au kutokuwa na ujuzi na uzoefu.

Kwa mujibu wa Rais, uamuzi wa kuhamisha makao makuu ya serikali kwenda Dodoma uko pale pale na ndiyo maana baadhi ya wizara ziko huko na nyingine zitafuata. Kuhusu ripoti ya Taasisi ya Utafiti na Elimu ya Demokrasia ya Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam (Redet) iliyotolewa hivi karibuni kuhusu jinsi utendaji kazi wake na wa mawaziri unavyokubalika kwa wananchi, Rais Kikwete alisema ni ripoti nzuri na kama kioo ambacho kinaisaidia serikali kujitazama na kujipanga upya kwa hatua zinazofuata.

Mahojiano hayo yalimpa pia Rais fursa ya kueleza kwamba anaamini kuna maeneo ambayo inabidi yafanyiwe marekebisho katika utoaji wa mikopo kwa wajasiriamali ijulikanayo kama Mabilioni ya JK kwa kuhusisha taasisi na benki nyingine zaidi ya NMB na CRDB pekee.



Ballali bows out:

Cites major health reasons


BoT Governor, Mr. Daudi Balali
THISDAY REPORTER
Dar es Salaam

THE long-beleaguered governor of the Bank of Tanzania (BoT), Dr Daudi Ballali, has resigned.

Government sources confirmed to THISDAY yesterday that Ballali quietly tendered his resignation letter to President Jakaya Kikwete on Wednesday this week, citing serious health reasons.

’’The governor cites complications in his medical condition following major surgery as the main reason for his resignation,’’ a source said, adding: ’’It is expected that the president will accept his resignation without too much ado’’.

According to other government sources, Ballali is understood to have met with Mr Kikwete during the president’s latest trip to the United States hardly a week ago.

The erstwhile central bank supremo, whose resignation after seven years at the helm comes on the back of a raft of corruption allegations against him, has reportedly been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Boston, US for the past three months-plus.

He is reported to have left the country for the States before the start of a special audit on the BoT, ordered in the wake of suspicions of serious improprieties in the external payment arrears account.

For the better part of this year, Ballali had been battling against allegations of personal involvement in the apparently massive funds misuse at the BoT.

He has also faced increasingly-loaded questions over issues like the ever-ballooning costs of the BoT Twin Towers construction project; excessive legal fees paid out by BoT amounting to billions of shillings; and hefty but dubious payments to the now-defunct Meremeta Gold Mine Company Limited, Tangold, Mwananchi Gold Company and the Alex Stewart Asseyers audit firm.

But at a news conference in Dar es Salaam back in July, he declared that the allegations against him were ’’malicious lies and fabrications’’, while steadfastly refusing to step down as governor.

There are reports that the Controller and Auditor-General, Ludovick Utuoh, will soon be submitting to the government the much-awaited BoT external payment arrears account audit report.

The government has been under growing pressure from its various development partners to act on the widespread allegations of corruption at the BoT and elsewhere. Some partners have also publicly threatened the government with delays in disbursement of aid if decisive action was not taken in this regard.

There was no immediate comment from State House or the Ministry of Finance on Ballali’s reported resignation.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

PCCB boss at centre of media

smear campaign


HOSEA: Has said he remains unfazed by the allegations being made against him
THISDAY REPORTER
Dar es Salaam

THE Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Dr Edward Hosea, appears to have become the primary target of an intense mudslinging campaign as the battle to tackle high-level corruption in the country gathers pace.

And according to THISDAY findings, a section of the local media has become embroiled in the elaborate scheme to smear the images of both Hosea in person and the PCCB as an institution.

It is now understood that a group of local businessmen at the centre of ongoing corruption investigations being conducted by the Bureau, have been circulating various allegations against the PCCB boss through the Internet and some local newspapers.

The businessmen have reportedly hired the services of a currently out-of-work media practitioner in Dar es Salaam to coordinate the campaign, and have been sponsoring the circulation of an email message with the subject title ’Kashfa nzito PCCB’ (Major scandal at PCCB).

’’Several journalists have been offered up to 500,000/- to publish the allegations against Hosea in their newspapers after the email was copied to all major media houses in the country,’’ an impeccable source told THISDAY.

It has also come to light that in a new email message surfacing this week, journalists are roundly criticised for failing to conduct proper investigative research and publish the allegations against Hosea.

In the smear campaign apparently aimed at discrediting his reputation, the PCCB boss and government’s chosen corruption czar is directly accused of not only diverting Bureau funds for personal use, but also alleged to own mansions in both Dar es Salaam and the United States.

He is further alleged to be on the payroll of certain, unspecified business interests.

And the latest email message, from a sender identified only as ’’Nyerere Hayati’’ (The late Nyerere), says Hosea is finalising preparations to ’’fly to the US to spend Christmas and New Year holidays at his castle, using funds allocated to the Bureau (PCCB) for fighting corruption.’’

At a budget support review meeting in Dar es Salaam last month, some representatives of the donor community are reported to have raised concern about the allegations, obliging Hosea himself to take to the floor and give a statement.

Although the PCCB boss was yesterday not available to make further comment to THISDAY, he has already told at least one local newspaper that he remained unfazed by the attacks.

And contacted by phone in Dodoma yesterday, a close aide of Hosea asserted that the allegations being levelled against the Bureau’s top man would not deter them in their responsibilities to fight corruption.

Still, apart from one or two major cases, the PCCB has remained largely criticised for failing to register any real progress in fighting high-level corruption in the country.

Hosea himself has been calling for patience, citing several ongoing investigations against grand corruption including multiple allegations of graft at the Bank of Tanzania, mining contracts, the military radar scandal and several others.
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Arezo Banafsher (23 years), believes the experiment is a good idea.
Photo: Magnus Knutsen Bjørke.

Affirmative action

for immigrants

The Norwegian government will implement a program of moderate immigrant hiring quotas at 12 state services.

Related stories:

The test program will include the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the Directorate of Public Construction and Property, the Norwegian State Housing Bank and nine other state operations, Aftenposten reports.

The moderate quotas will give "positive special treatment" to immigrants when they have approximately the same qualifications as other applicants.

"Moderate quotas are a reasonably strong tool," said Minister of Government Administration and Reform Heidi Grande Røys.

"This applies primarily to those immigrants who have the greatest problems entering the job market. We are not talking about Swedes," Røys said, and pointed out that even though immigrant unemployment is dropping, the gap between jobless Norwegians and out of work immigrants remains large.

The final regulatory framework for the quotas will be set by January 9 when the test begins.

The 12 state operations involved in the have been chosen because they have many employees and so a certain turnover in their workforce.

The Norwegian State Housing Bank and the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organization (NAV) also have a geographic spread with several regional offices across the country. The NPD is located in Stavanger while the others are in Oslo.

"We are setting an example. I am a state employer. So we will lead the way and take the responsibility that we want others to take as well," Røys said.

(Aftenposten English Web Desk)


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The red ring is the proposed inner Oslo toll ring, the gold bar show the outer toll ring.
Photo: Statens vegvesen/JBV

Capital motorists may

get more tolls

The transport proposal "Oslopakke 3", from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and the Norwegian National Rail Administration (JBV), could mean a range of new fees for drivers.

Proposals include a toll charge for leaving as well as entering the capital, moving the toll ring, and introducing more toll booths. The plan was submitted to the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday and will now go to a hearing.

Authorities believe that rush hour automobile traffic into Oslo must be reduced, public transport must be improved and that sidewalks and bicycle paths must be given extra priority.

The report's conclusions are controversial as they challenge and reject earlier proposals that have been ratified at the local political level.

If the new plans are carried out, the present system of toll booths will be replaced by two new rings of booths around the capital.

One ring will enclose downtown Oslo, and will cost NOK 15 (USD 2.70) to pass, with a double charge during rush hour (6-9 a.m. and 15-18 p.m.) - each way. At night and during evenings there will be no toll charges.

This central toll ring will be placed much like it is today. A second ring is proposed to run along the city limits - Kolbotn in the south, Sandvika in the west and Groruddalen in the north. This toll will cost NOK 5 to pass, again double during rush hour. Heavy vehicles will pay twice as much as passenger vehicles.

"It is important that road users contribute to the stimulation of public transport. This is the best measure to reduce traffic growth and create space on the road network," said Norwegian Public Roads Administration regional director Sidsel Sandelien.

Costs in Norwegian kroner:

JourneyRush hourDaytimeNight/weekend
Sandvika - Downtown Oslo 40200
Lysaker west - Storo1050
Storo - Central Oslo30150
Storo - Grorud1050
Lillestrøm - Central Oslo 40200
Grorud - Central Oslo 30150
Grorud - Holmlia1050
Kolbotn - Sandvika30150
Kolbotn - Central Oslo 40200

Rush hour: 06 - 09 and 15 - 18
Daytime: 09 - 15 and 18 - 22
Night: 22 - 06

Aftenposten's Norwegian reporter
Jostein Ihlebæk
Aftenposten English Web Desk
Jonathan Tisdall


Wednesday, December 19, 2007






Matokeo darasa la saba 2007:

Kiingereza na Hisabati ngumu

*Waliofaulu wapungua kuliko mwaka jana
*Mtihani wa Kiswahili waonewa na wengi
*200 wasitishiwa matokeo, 800 wafutiwa
*Watahiniwa Dar es Salaam mbendembende
*Pwani, Dodoma, Shinyanga, Singida oyee

Na Rehema Mohamed

KIWANGO cha kufaulu kwa wahitimu wa mtihani wa darasa la saba mwaka huu, kimeshuka kwa asilimia 16.3 ikilinganishwa na mwaka jana, huku masomo ya Hisabati na Kiingereza yakiongoza kwa kuvurundwa.

Matokeo hayo pia yanaonesha kuwa Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam unaongoza kwa kufanya vibaya huku mikoa ya Pwani, Dodoma, Shinyanga na Singida, ikiongoza kwa kufaulu.

Akitangaza matokeo hayo Dar es Salaam jana, Waziri wa Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi, Bibi Margaret Sitta, alisema matokeo hayo ni ya wanafunzi 773,550 sawa na asilimia 97.41 waliofanya mtihani, kati ya 794,102 walioandikishwa, ambapo watahiniwa 20,552 hawakufanya mtihani huo kutokana na sababu mbalimbali.

Bibi Sitta alisema jumla ya watahiniwa 419,198 sawa na asilimia 54.18 ya watahiniwa wote, walifaulu wakiwamo wasichana 170,844 sawa na asilimia 45.39, huku wavulana wakiwa 248,354 sawa na asilimia 62.52. Matokeo hayo yanaonesha kuwa mwaka huu, wavulana wameongoza kuliko wasichana.

Jumla ya watahiniwa 354,405 hawakufaulu mitihani hiyo wakiwamo wasichana 205,618 sawa na asilimia 54.61 na wavulana 148,787 sawa na asilimia 37.48 ya waliopewa matokeo yao, ikilinganishwa na mwaka jana ambapo wanafunzi 468,187 sawa na asilimia 70.48 walifaulu.

Pia jumla ya watahiniwa 209 waliofanya mitihani hiyo wakiwamo wasichana 93 sawa na asilimia 44.5 na wavulana 116 sawa na asilimia 55.5, wamesitishiwa matokeo yao huku watahiniwa 878 wakifutiwa wakiwamo wavulana 455 sawa na asilimia 51.82 na wasichana 423 sawa na asilimia 48.18 kutokana na sababu mbalimbali ikiwamo ya udanganyifu katika mitihani.

Akizungumzia ufaulu wa kimasomo, Bibi Sitta alisema somo linaloongoza ni Kiswahili ambalo wastani wake wa kufaulu ni asilimia 80.23, likifuatiwa na Sayansi asilimia 66.66, Maarifa asilimia 56.39, Kiingereza asilimia 31.31 huku Hisabati ikiwa na asilimia 17.42.

"Wizara itafanya tathmini ya kubaini maeneo ya masomo ambayo watahiniwa hawakufanya vizuri, ili hatua za kuboresha ufundishaji zichukuliwe, mfano somo la Kiingereza ambalo mwaka jana wastani wake wa kufaulu ulikuwa asilimia 47.6 huku Hisabati ikiwa asilimia 45.84," alisema Bibi Sitta.

Akizungumzia matokeo ya wanafunzi wenye ulemavu, Bibi Sitta alisema kati ya 301 waliofanya mitihani, wakiwamo wasichana 1,153 sawa na asilimia 50.83 na wavulana 148 sawa na asilimia 49.17, waliofaulu ni 212 sawa na asilimia 70.43 wakiwamo wasichana 103 sawa na asilimia 67.32 na wavulana 109 sawa na asilimia 73.65

Alisema idadi hiyo ni sawa na ongezeko la wanafunzi 96 ikilinganishwa na mwaka jana, ambapo wanafunzi 205 walifanya mitihani.

Bibi Sitta alisema kuwa kwa matokeo hayo wanafunzi waliobahatika kujiunga na kidato cha kwanza mwakani katika shule za Serikali, ni 378,506 sawa na asilimia 90.29 wakiwamo wasichana 159,543 sawa na asilimia 93.39 na wavulana 218,963 sawa na asilimia 88.17 kati ya wanafunzi 419,198 waliofaulu.

"Ukiangalia utaona kuna baadhi ya wanafunzi wamekosa nafasi za kuingia kidato cha kwanza ingawa wamefaulu, hii ni kutokana na kila mkoa kuchagua idadi ya wanafunzi wanaoweza kuwachukua na ndiyo maana Serikali ilikuwa inahimiza ujenzi wa madarasa kwa shule za sekondari kwa kila kata," alisema.

Alisema wanafunzi walioachwa wanaweza kuchaguliwa katika awamu ya pili, hivyo aliwaomba wananchi kuendelea kujenga madarasa, ili wanafunzi hao waweze kujiunga na kupata elimu ya sekondari.

Akizungumzia kushuka kwa ufaulu, Bibi Sitta alisema hajui kilichosababisha hali hiyo lakini alieleza kwamba inawezekana suala hilo limechangiwa na ushirikiano mzuri kati ya Serikali na wizara katika kusimamia vyema mitihani hiyo na kudhibiti udanganyifu.

"Ni heri kuwa na matokeo kama haya kuliko kuwa na mazuri yaliyojaa udanganyifu, Wizara kwa kushirikiana na maofisa elimu na walimu wakuu wote nchini, tutapanga mikakati ya kuweka juhudi ili kiwango hicho kiongezeke lakini si kwa udanganyifu," aliahidi.

Waziri Sitta alisema umefika wakati kwa wazazi, walezi na jamii kwa ujumla, kushirikiana na uongozi wa shule kuhakikisha wanafunzi wote waliochaguliwa, wanahudhuria masomo na kubaki shuleni hadi watakapohitimu elimu ya sekondari.

Waziri Sitta alisema umefika wakati kwa wazazi, walezi na jamii kwa ujumla, kushirikiana na uongozi wa shule kuhakikisha wanafunzi wote waliochaguliwa, wanahudhuria masomo na kubaki shuleni hadi watakapohitimu elimu ya sekondari.
Habari zingine kuhusu matokeo ya darasa la saba mwaka huu:
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Ni vigumu, nasema ni vigumu.Haiwezekani.Huwezi kuizungumzia fani ya uandishi wa fasihi (literature) nchini Tanzania na usimzungumzie Shafi Adam Shafi (pichani) na bado ukaeleweka unazungumzia nini. Huyu si tu mwandishi, bali hazina ya historia ya nchi yetu, mila na tamaduni zetu, uandishi wa riwaya uliobobea. Ingawa kitabu chake cha KULI ndicho ambacho wengi wanakitambua zaidi( ni mojawapo ya vitabu vinavyofundishiwa mashuleni kwenye somo la Kiswahili), Shafi anavyo vitabu vingine kama vile Kasri ya Mwinyi Fuad (ambacho kimetafsiriwa kwa Kifaransa, Kijerumani na Kirusi); Vuta n’kuvute (ambacho kilimpatia tuzo ya mwandishi bora nchini Tanzania mwaka 1998) na Haini ambacho ni cha hivi karibuni zaidi. Vitabu vyote vya Shafi ni riwaya.

Hivi majuzi alikutana na mwandishi mwingine mahiri, Freddy Macha, huko Milton Keynes nchini Uingereza. Waliketi kitako kwa zaidi ya masaa manne.Waliteta,wakazoza,wakapeana historia,wakapashana habari.Wakachambua umuhimu wa waandishi na wasanii. Lakini kabla hatujakuambia pa kwenda ili usome alichoandika Freddy Macha kuhusu “mkutano” wao, hii hapa historia fupi ya gwiji huyu wa fasihi.

Adam Shafi alizaliwa mjini Zanzibar mwaka 1940. Baada ya elimu yake ya shule ya msingi alijiunga na Chuo cha Ualimu cha Seyyid Khalifa (sasa Chuo cha Ualimu cha Nkrumah) mwaka 1957 hadi mwaka 1960. Alipata Diploma juu katika fani ya Siasa ya Uchumi katika Chuo cha Fritz Heckert, katika iliyokuwa Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasi ya Ujerumani mwaka 1963. Alipata mafunzo ya uandishi wa habari mjini Prague, nchini Czechoslovakia (sasa Jamhuri ya Czech) mwaka 1964 hadi mwaka 1965, nchini Sweden mwaka 1982 na nchini Marekani mwaka 1983.

Adam Shafi alikuwa mwenyekiti wa Umoja wa Waandishi wa Vitabu Tanzania (UWAVITA) kuanzia 1998 hadi 2002. Alichaguliwa kuwa mwenyekiti wa Baraza la maendeleo ya Vitabu Tanzania (BAMVITA) mwaka 2002.

Haya twende sasa. Bonyeza hapa ili usome alichokiandika Freddy Macha kuhusiana na mkutano wake na Shafi Adam Shafi. Mahojiano yetu na Freddy Macha mwenyewe yatawajieni hivi karibuni.Hutaki kuyakosa mahojiano hayo!

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Siemens blacklisted by

Norway's Defence


Defence Minister Anne-Grete Stroem-Erichsen has announced that Siemens will not receive any new contracts from the Norwegian Armed Forces.

However, current contracts with Siemens will not be cancelled.

The announcement comes after Siemens was found to have overbilled the Norwegian Defence, was fined NOK 9 million, and had to repay NOK 50 million.

- Our confidence in Siemens has gone, thee Norwegian Defence Minister says.

Source: (NRK/Aftenposten)


Thorough search in the

UDI records for

possible war criminals

In the course of the recent years, there has been increased attention concerning the investigation of war criminals, also in Norway. There are several persons residing in Norway who come from countries where serious war crimes have been commited. These are persons who have had cases with the immigration authorities.

The Higher Prosecuting Authority for the combat of organised and serious crimes, together with The National Bureau of Crime Investigation (Kripos) have raised up the question of going through the UDI's records. The aim is to examine the possibilties of finding information on personsa who may have participated in war crimes. This can evetually lead to further investigation of such persons.

A conclusion on a pilot projct was made at a meeting between the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion (AID), the Ministry of Justice and the Police, The Higher Prosecuting Authority, Kripos and the UDI earlier this autumn. The project is to go through about 200 cases from the UDI's records. This will be cases from Bosnia in the 1990's.

A pilot project such as this will give an idea about what it will take, both in terms of resources and other factors, to go through a greater number of cases both from the Balkans and from other parts of the world. On the basis of this, a decision will be made on a more extensive search of the UDI records.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Zuma wins ANC leadership election


Jacob Zuma
Mr Zuma is now the frontrunner to be the nation's president
Jacob Zuma has defeated South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki to win the leadership of the country's ruling ANC.

Mr Zuma won the votes of more than 60% of the delegates at the leadership conference to claim victory.

The result follows two days of bitter debate, during which President Mbeki was heckled by supporters of Mr Zuma.

Correspondents say that Mr Zuma will now become the frontrunner to take over as president when Mr Mbeki is obliged to stand down in 2009.

The vote was delayed for two days because of procedural disputes.

LEADERSHIP RIVALS
President Thabo Mbeki  (left) and Jacob Zuma during the ANC conference - 17/12/2007
Thabo Mbeki, 65
Succeeded Nelson Mandela as president in 1999
Presided over economic growth
Accused of not doing enough to reduce poverty
Won bid to host 2010 football World Cup
Seen as aloof
From Xhosa ethnic group
Jacob Zuma, 65
Played key role in fight against apartheid
Plagued by corruption allegations
Backed by trade unions, Communist Party
Seen as charismatic
From Zulu ethnic group

Although Mr Zuma is likely to become the next national president he could still face corruption charges in connection with a multi-million dollar arms deal.

Almost 4,000 ANC members began queuing early on Tuesday to cast their votes for the leadership.

Mr Mbeki arrived to cast his vote shortly after lunch. Asked how his campaign was going, he replied: "So far so good".

The single polling station opened two hours late after a delay with the printing of ballot papers.

Correspondents say it has been the most divisive contest in the long history of the ANC - for some this is a sign of a healthy democracy in action while others fear the split in the ANC could spell trouble for South Africa.

Delegates were warned to behave or face disciplinary action on Monday after rival supporters tried to out-sing each other amid chaotic scenes.

Zuma supporters sang the anti-apartheid song Bring Me My Machine-gun, during pro-Mbeki speeches while Mbeki supporters retorted by singing Mbeki, My President.

Mr Mbeki had been booed and heckled during his opening speech on Sunday.

'Politically motivated'

This is the ANC's first leadership contest in 58 years.

South African viewpoints

In an address lasting nearly three hours on Sunday, Mr Mbeki did not mention Mr Zuma by name but stressed the need for "ethical leadership".

Mr Mbeki said claims by the Zuma camp that he had centralised power were false. Growing unpopularity with Mr Mbeki's style of leadership made Mr Zuma favourite to win.

Mr Zuma's supporters believe he will do more to reduce poverty in South Africa.

Once close allies, Mr Zuma and Mr Mbeki publicly fell out in 2005 when Mr Zuma was sacked as deputy president over corruption allegations.

The case against Mr Zuma was thrown out by a judge last year. He was also acquitted of rape charges - which he said were politically motivated.

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Mr Zuma provoked outrage among Aids activists over the case when he said he had showered after sex with the HIV-positive woman to prevent infection.

Former President Nelson Mandela has said he is saddened by "the nature of the differences currently in the organisation".

The former Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, has said neither Mr Zuma or Mr Mbeki were suitable candidates.

BBC News Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 19:12 GMT