EAC’S citizens in Diaspora to get support while in violent crimes
EAST African Community
(EAC)’s citizens encountering violent crimes in foreign countries will get
support from their country embassies, thanks to EAC Anti-Trafficking in Persons
Bill, 2016.Before the East African
Legislative Assembly (EALA) passed the Bill here yesterday, several members
debated it extensively, with Ms Susani Nakawuki asking embassies abroad to
increase efforts in helping the EAC citizens in difficulties. “The primary
concern of the Embassy or Consulate should be the safety of citizens, arranging
for medical assistance, providing guidance on regulations and contacting next
of kin in the event of violent attack, accident or death,” she said. Ms
Nakawuki accused many EAC member embassies abroad of not offering enough
support to the victims, arguing that it’s high time changes were made amid this
era of escalating human trafficking in the pretext of searching jobs. She said
most of the victims were women as another legislator, Adam Kimbisa drummed up
for increased control of the permissions to leave the country. “Details of
where our citizens are going (abroad) should be made available before the
leaving approval.” Ms Dora Byamukama, who moved the Bill, Mr Martin Ngoga and
Ms Maryam Ussi who presented the Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges report
on behalf of the substantive Chairperson, Mr Peter Mathuki, asked all members
to endorse the proposed legislation. The Bill now awaits the assent of the EAC
Heads of State in line with Article 63 of the Treaty of the Establishment of
the EAC. Should the Heads of State assent the Bill, it will become an Act of
the Community, taking precedence over the laws of the partner states on the
matter. The Bill seeks to provide a legal framework for the prevention of
trafficking in persons, prosecution of perpetrators of crime, provision of
protection mechanisms and services for the victims of trafficking and
strengthen partnerships against trafficking in persons in regional bloc.
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about " Stigma denial and Discrimination" associated with HIV/AIDS. This was organized by theAssociation of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT). On the Photo above President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, ( then the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony.This was at Maelezo auditorium in Dar-es-Salaam September 2005.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about "Vulnerable Children" associated with HIV/AIDS This was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT)
Winner of the National ICT Media Award organized By SWOPNET in the Country. On the photo above Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General ( Rt) Saidi Kalembo was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony which was held at New Sarvoy Hotel in morogoro town.I was awarded a Mobile phone and a tape-recorder.
I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
I was among the top 17 best selected students who excelled in their final examinations of the 2010/2011 academic year and awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s prize. I scored 4.5 GPA (First Class) in BA in Journalism. Above I am being given a certificate by the Chairman of the Open University of Tanzania Board of Senate. Standing at the centre facing camera is the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolly Mbwette. Extreme left partly hidden is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elifas Bisanda. This occasion took place during the convocation meeting, a day before the graduation day at the prospective permanent headquarter of the Open University of Tanzania which is currently under construction at Bungo-Kibaha in Coast region 40 kilometers away west of Dar es Salaam city.