How MPs joined hands over Magufuli’s stance on minerals
was something extraordinary as all Members of Tanzania’s National Assembly
joined hands in the debate over the issue of mineral mining and dubious deals
that miners have blackmailed the government. The President’s bold move to
protect national resources has not only sparked a hot debate in the on-going
parliamentary budget sessions to foresee the 2017/18 budget proposals, but alsothe law makers have become furious and put
aside their party’s ideologies. All Members of Parliament (MPs) supported the
courageous move by the Head of State, but some opposition members maintained
that the ruling party is to blame for all the blunders, especially in the
mining sector. Mr Japhet Hasunga (Vwawa-- CCM) sought the Speaker’s guidance on
the possibility of passing a parliamentary resolution to commend and support
the President’s efforts to ensure that the national cake is benefiting all
Tanzanians. Speaker of the National Assembly, Job Ndugai responded swiftly,
ordering the Parliamentary Steering Committee to convene and advise him on the
matter. The Committee approved the proposal and advised the Speaker,
accordingly. “The Committee has agreed with the proposal to pass the resolution
to commend the President for the great job he is doing... I therefore order
that the resolution be brought here tomorrow (today),” said Mr Ndugai before he
adjourned the morning session, yesterday. MPs on CCM ticket, debating the
budget proposals which they described as historic, said it was critical for the
nation to come together and “fight this war collectively,” instead of
continuing with witch-hunting. Mr Nicodemus Nsanzugwanko (Kasulu Urban -- CCM)
said the country has been excessively “eaten” and it is time for all Tanzanians
to unite and fight for their resources. “... and they have stolen from us not
only minerals but almost all sectors with money,” he said. John Heche (Tarime
Rural --Chadema) vowed to mobilise his constituents to invade the North Mara
Gold Mine as long as the second report on the export of mineral concentrates
has declared Acacia Mining Plc an illegal entity in the country.
Tanzania's National debating chamber in Dodoma designated capital city
“I am serious
on this... I have started mobilisation works. Tarime residents have suffered
and some have died on the hands of these looters... these are thieves and we
know how to deal with them because there is no formula on handling thieves,”
fumed the legislator. But, the Deputy Minister for Health, Community
Development, Elderly and Children, Dr Hamis Kigwangalla, cautioned the lawmaker
against his violent approach, the country still embraces the rule of law. “The
mine invasion is not an appropriate approach, this country respects the rule of
law,” he said. Munde Tambwe (Special Seats-CCM), speaking emotionally, asked
all Tanzanians irrespective of their political parties and religions to unite
and collectively and successfully fight the tough war against the looters of
the country’s resources. The proposed 40/- fuel levy per litre instead of the
motor vehicle licence fee was among issues that attracted heated debate with
proponents dismissing as unfounded claims that the charge will harm the poor
who will be obliged to pay for the motorists. Ms Tambwe condemned what she
described as discrimination in development, saying when it comes to paying taxes
for development, everybody is responsible. “We all pay railway levy but is
there a railway line in Mtwara... and is there anybody who is not using the
road,” she queried. Ahmed Shabiby (Gairo --CCM), declaring his business
interest in the matter, said the 40/- levy will no way increase the cost of
transport. “Sumatra issued the indicative fares in the past five years but no
transporter has reached the ceiling fare due to stiff competition,” he said.
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.