Water as a perennial problem in the city of Dar es Salaam
Water has become a social problem in many places in
Tanzania and the government has been trying all it can in order to ward off the
impediment that con trains the development of water sector in the country. Despite
this effort, the government has also been calling upon the engagement of the private
stakeholders in the fight in order to get the lasting solution to the problem
which by no means is quite negligible whatsoever as far as its use is
concerned. In view of this however, THE government has urged the Dar es Salaam
Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) and Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage
Corporation (DAWASCO) to work closely with other stakeholders in an effort to
end water shortages in the region. The call was made recently by the Deputy
Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jumaa Aweso, in Kigamboni District during his
tour of Dar es Salaam Region to inspect implementation of water projects and
accessibility of water to city residents. The Deputy Minister asked Dawasa and
Dawasco to work closely with municipal and district councils in the region and
other water stakeholders so as to ensure they achieve their target of ending
the city water blues. According to Dawasa, currently, 75 per cent of Dar es Salaam
residents are connected to formal water network while the rest are not
connected to the network and lack access to safe and clean water. Some areas
which have been mentioned as facing acute problem of access to clean and safe
water include the newly formed district of Kigamboni and Segerea constituency
which lacks water infrastructure. However, Dawasa and Dawasco are working on
the problem so as to enable the areas be connected and have water access by
introducing various projects in the areas, to ensure the government’s target of
reaching 95 per cent of Tanzanians have access to clean and safe water is
achieved. In Kigamboni District, Dawasa are conducting several projects
including drilling 20 boreholes and erecting water tanks in the first phase to
be followed with infrastructure such as pipes from the source to customers.
Dawasa Deputy Director of Technical Services Modester Mushi disclosed that in
an effort to tackle the problem in Kigamboni District, the authority is
currently conducting projects at Vijibweni and Kimbiji in Kisarawe II Ward
where they are drilling 12 deep wells. Eleven of them are already completed and
have the capacity of providing 250,000 to 500,000 litres per day. However, she
unveiled that the second phase of the project which involves the erection of
infrastructure such as pipes is yet to start due to lack of funds. But, Dawasa
is working around the clock to get the funds to complete the project through
soft loan from Exim Bank of China, which they are expecting to get. Deputy Minister
Aweso commended the good job by Dawasa for implementing various water projects
in the district in an effort to solve the district water blues for good and
urged them to ensure the projects are completed in time. He went on to advise
Dawasa to see how they can start using the 11 completed wells to reduce water
crisis in Kigamboni District.
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.