Tanzania hails Italy and EU in the fight against illicit drug use
has hailed the government of Italy and other countries which are in European
Union (EU) for joint cooperation efforts which they have shown in the fight
against drug abuse and use of illicit drugs in their respective countries. The
congratulations on behalf of Tanzania government have been issued by the
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office responsible for policy, parliament
youths and employment Jenista Mhagama at the official opening of the office to
be used by the member countries for the fight against drug trafficking and many
related issues of drug abuse (EU-ACT) in Dar es Salaam.
The occasion took place
on Friday last week and was held at the office of the Italian Embassy which is
in the city of Dar es Salaam. At the occasion which was attended by the Italian
Ambassador accredited in the country Ambassador Roberto Mengoni, Mhagama said
that, the opening of the office is one step forward for the Italian government’s
contribution towards supporting Tanzania’s efforts over the fight against
illicit drug trafficking which is an illegal trade deal known disliked by all
nations at a global level. “As it is known part of Tanzania’s geographical area
is faced with lots of challenges in the fight over illicit drug business as the
country is used as the main gateway along the eastern coast of Africa whereby
illicit drugs of different kinds are passed and entered illegally through our
national sea border on their way to and from South Asia to Europe and other
parts in the world”, she said.
The Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office
Jenista Mhagama reading her statement during the launch of the anti-drug office
in Dar es Salaam yesterday. A short grand ceremony was held at Italy Embassy
office and was also attended by Italian Ambassador in the country Roberto
Mengoni and the DCEA’s Commissioner Rogers Sianga.
“The use of illicit drug is a cross cutting
issue which is escalating at a high rate and has become a great threat to
people’s health and in other forms of human life such as in political, socially,
environmentally and economically”, Mhagama said. However, the Minister also
noted that Tanzania has made a tremendous development step in the fight over
this problem following the formation of effective measures in line with the
review of the Anti-drug Act of the year 2015 which resulted into the
establishment of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA).
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.