‘Do not detain bodaboda at police stations for long’, home affairs minister warns
Minister for Home Affairs Dr. Mwigulu Nchemba has warned against the habit
commonly being practiced by few police officers who detains motor bikes
commonly known as ‘Bodaboda’ for longer at a police station once have
apprehended their owners on various traffic regulations. Dr. Nchemba has issued
a directive and noted that the suspected motor bike riders have to be fined
immediately once apprehended and taken to the police station and thereby
released and never should they be detained for unknown reasons. The Minister
clarified the issue when he was responding a question last week in parliament
which was earlier raised by a special seat Sikuzani Yassin Chilambo (CCM) who
wanted to know plans by the police to deploy police vans in Ruvuma region which
faces shortage of police cars in various police stations. In responding to this
question Dr. Nchemba said that once the budgetwill allow then his ministry will buy and distribute police vehicles to
areas in need for security reasons.
Dr. Mwigulu Nchemba
A supplementary question was raised by
Mbeya urban legislator Joseph Mbilinyi alias ‘Sugu’ who testified before the
house that prisons department is severely hit with the shortage of vehicles. Sugu
who recently was in jail serving a five month jail term witnessed a number of
remand prisoners and other inmates being taken to various courts in Mbeya city
while in hand cuffed. The Home affairs minister noted that, this issue is known
all over the country and that, the government is taking necessary steps in
order to remedy the situation. However, the minister also noted that, the
government is taking steps to make repairs on the damaged vehicles to help for
the time being. Another supplementary question was raised by the special seat
Ritta Kabati (CCM) who wanted to know plans by the government to buy as many
vehicles as it could in order to help the police officers carry smooth
operations while in patrols. The minister said that, in every budget set, the
government will be giving priority in areas whereby y the situation is worse.
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.