THE Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Ludovick Utuoh, has urged the government to rethink plans to privatise key state-run companies, warning that the loss of state ownership and control over such firms could undermine the country's independence MORE
TANZANIA is on the verge of a constitutional war for want of a new constitution. This is a result of glaring repugnant provisions of the present constitution, in a situation where the tough roots of democratization dig deep into the ground, MORE
In the liberal theory, the constitution is both a power – map as well as a terrain of constructing political legitimacy. In this case, a constitution is not only a fundamental legal but primarily a political document. In other MORE
MORE THAN HALF A BILLION SHILLINGS ALLEGEDLY STOLEN
FROM A BANK CONVERTED INTO MOBILE PHONE VOUCHERS
A Dar es Salaam-based businessman has been charged with alleged fraud and theft of more than half a billion shillings from a bank, MORE
...AS SENIOR OFFICIAL WARNS: "IT'S MORALLY, ETHICALLY AND LEGALLY
WRONG FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY DOWANS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES."
A sophisticated propaganda campaign has been unleashed to dupe Tanzanians and senior MORE
It is on record that Mwalimu began thinking Socialism during his student days in Britain. He is quoted saying: “It would be surprising to find a progressive student in those days who did not think in terms of Socialism”.
Following is the full text of a ruling by a UK judge on the plea bargain deal between BAE Systems and the Serious Fraud Office over the military radar scandal in Tanzania:
Case No: S2010565
IN THE CROWN COURT AT SOUTHWARK
NATIONAL ECONOMY, GOVERNMENT'S MORAL AND ETHICAL STANDING IN JEOPARDY
AS PRESSURE MOUNTS TO MAKE HUGE PAYOUT FOR AN ILLEGAL POWER CONTRACT
THE decision by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to agree to pay Dowans Holdings MORE
There was a time, following the fall of President Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana in 1966, when it seemed that Dar es Salaam would succeed Accra as the Mecca of radical African and irredentist black political thinkers. Spared at last of the overwhelming MORE
BUT WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO? LARGE-SCALE CORRUPTION,
MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS DRYING UP GOVERNMENT COFFERS
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has set an ambitious target for the state to collect monthly revenues amounting to 500bn/- MORE
THE role of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) as “agents of development” in the Third World today poses a big question mark.
The problem revolves around an investigation of the “mode” of function of these monopolies MORE
THE High Court of Tanzania will likely reject a ruling of the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration (ICC) that awarded highly controversial payments in favour of Dowans Holdings SA (Costa Rica)/Dowans Tanzania Limited, it has been revealed.
CONTROVERSY still surrounds the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) after the exit of its embattled former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ephraem Mrema, effectively from November 30, this year.
This comes following revelations that MORE
A giant $2 billion project that could have potentially defined President Jakaya Kikwete's legacy is being held back by corruption, government bureaucracy and lack of political will, THISDAY can reveal today.
The proposed 2,100 megawatt MORE
WHETHER we get enough rains or insufficient rains, Tanzania is used to deafening hunger outcry. The problem is not that of enough rains or not, but one of wrong agricultural policies.
This problem however, is not exclusively a Tanzanian MORE
THE newly-appointed Minister for Works, Dr. John Magufuli, and his deputy, Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe, face a tricky task of sorting out the mess at the state-run Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) as they take helm of the key government ministry.
DEMOCRACY connotes different meanings today. One may talk of democracy to mean free governments, representative government, constitutional monarch, natural rights, equality before the law, equal opportunity.
Then there are also:” MORE
THE just ended 2010 election cycle has turned out to be one of its kind, perhaps can be compared to first multiparty elections 15 years ago. We have witnessed a good number of surprises with some big and influential names, the Goliaths, being felled MORE
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete will offer a Cabinet position to the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Samuel Sitta, as a consolation prize for being ousted as head of parliament, according to a person close to the government.
The ruling MORE
WHILE society groans under the yoke of economic hardships, political nightmare, shaky democratization process, corruption and violation of the rule of law, the Tanzanian intellectual, who is supposed to be to the society’s fountain of wisdom, MORE
ONCE upon a time, for a period running between the eve of independence to the time when Tanzania embraced the economic policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) we had a ministry specifically to deal with rural development. MORE
TANZANIA is facing a new debt crisis as budget crunches in rich countries are bringing cuts in aid spending, forcing the government to seek loans to meet budget deficits.
During the year ending July 2010, the national debt stock soared MORE
AFTER decades of political turmoil, Zanzibar is scheduled to hold a historic presidential election on Sunday to choose a successor to outgoing President Amani Abeid Karume.
For the first time in Zanzibar's colonial and post Revolution history, MORE
IT is a paradox that the so called “underdeveloped” countries are the ones with the greatest wealth of natural resources, and yet the poorest in terms of consumer goods and services presently provided by and for the citizens. And MORE
THE battle of words among presidential candidates for the forthcoming general election, scheduled for October 31, this year rages on. The six aspirants mount the rostrums now and then, intoxicate the masses and the press with pious hopes on MORE
Our reactions to Lt. General Abdulrahman Shimbo, the Chief of Staff of Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF)’s utterances, which have aroused such heated reactions with regard to the ongoing election campaigns—analyses, comments, MORE
THE much-criticised opinion poll by the state-run Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET) that gives President Jakaya Kikwete a landslide victory in this month's general election has raised questions about the reliability of polls.
TANZANIA successfully went through a ‘democratic’ multi-party general election on December 14, 2005, bringing into office a squad of leaders to lead the country for the next five years.
Those elected to hold the bull by its MORE
“And the truth is that Dr. Willbrod Slaa will not be the fifth president of Tanzania…he will, indeed garner some votes in October, just like Augustine Mrema in 1995, but that will be it, and the media behind the former priest can quote MORE
DR. Hassy Kitine, the former head of the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Services (TISS), has supported calls for the formation of special courts for hearing corruption cases in the country.
In an exclusive interview with THISDAY, Dr. MORE
FOR anyone following the issue of televised election debates, the question frequently asked by many members of the public is why the ruling party, CCM has stubbornly refused to participate? That is even when some of its candidates in the ongoing MORE
CHADEMA’S PEOPLE’S POWER MOVEMENT WINS SUPPORT
FROM THOUSANDS OF TANZANIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
THE presidential candidate of the opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), Dr. Willibrod Slaa, has declared MORE
GOVERNMENT AGENCY PICKS HIGHEST BID IN MULTI-BILLION SHILLING CONTRACT, RESULTING INTO A LOSS OF MORE THAN 20BN/- TO TAXPAYERS
WHEN it comes to the government's agency responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance MORE
NO one can tell with absolute certainty which way Tanzania’s presidential election results will go on October 31, despite several opinion polls predicting an easy win for Jakaya Kikwete of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).
THE government has insisted that up to 65 percent of future oil revenues will be retained in Tanzania, as the country hopes to fuel its economic growth in the next two decades with petrodollars.
The state-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation MORE
The Prime Minister of Tanzania does not have legal authority to declare a State of Emergency in any part of the country. This is a singular prerogative of the President. According to the Emergency Powers Act of 1986 when we speak of emergency we MORE
UNTIL June 2006, Richmond Development Company LLC was barely known to the Tanzanian public. But since then, the hugely controversial company has been at the centre of the biggest corruption and political scandal in the country's history, leading MORE
KYELA MP FAULTS TBC FOR NOT GIVING BUNGE PROBE TEAM THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD AFTER STATE-RUN TV BROADCASTER AIRS SECOND INTERVIEW WITH EX-PM
HARRISON Mwakyembe, the Member of Parliament who chaired a parliamentary probe team that investigated MORE
THE controversial chief executive officer of the Tanzania National Roads Agency, Ephraim Mrema, has been linked to yet another scandal in the troubled government agency -- this time involving a controversial project for the proposed construction of TANROADS' MORE
A London-headquartered company, Ophir Energy, is on the verge of striking oil in southern Tanzania after signing a $50 million contract for the first ever deepwater drilling project in the country.
The company will in August this year deploy a specially-built MORE
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF DELIBERATELY STALLING
MAJOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN FAVOUR OF KICKBACKS
Dar es Salaam
A key infrastructure project worth more than 80 billion/-, which involves construction of the Bagamoyo-Msata MORE
AS the Ministry of Infrastructure Development is accused of failure to take action against the CEO of the Tanzania Roads Agency (TANROADS) for his insubordinate behaviour, it has now come to light that some top officials in the parent ministry received MORE
Sources say he is well connected, believes he will be reinstated on special contract
FORMER Director of Immigration Services Kinemo Kihomano, who retired two months ago, continues to enjoy generous benefits by using government property, including MORE
THE Minister of State in the President's Office for Public Service Management, Ms Hawa Ghasia, has confirmed that the chief executive officer of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), Ephraim Mrema, was unlawfully appointed to the post.
A new report by a Washington think tank says corruption in government remains widespread and entrenched in Tanzania, despite the high-profile prosecution of suspects accused of looting funds from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT).
"Despite improvements MORE
CONSTRUCTION costs at the Bank of Tanzania's (BoT) headquarters in Dar es Salaam are expected to rise even further following the undertaking of new multi-billion shilling renovation works and equipment upgrade at the infamous Twin Towers offices.
Four East African states, including Tanzania, have signed an agreement to seek more water from the River Nile – a move strongly opposed by Egypt and Sudan.
Under colonial-era accords, the two countries get a staggering 90 percent of the river's MORE
CONTROVERSY over the dubious privatisation of the Kiwira coal mine in 2005 has resurfaced following claims by former President Benjamin Mkapa that he had no shares in the property.
Mkapa told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) MORE
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has been personally drawn into the row over the alleged "blatant" insubordination of the chief executive officer of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), Ephraim Mrema, against his superiors in government.
Supporters of the UK-based Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) will be active inside and outside the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BAE Systems, one of the world's largest multinational arms companies, in London this week.
For the last few years, controversy MORE
TANZANIA's new mining Act has received backing from an unexpected quarter, following the decision of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation, James Sinclair, to throw his weight behind the controversial legislation.
THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development has formally reprimanded the chief executive officer of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), Ephraim Mrema, in an apparent escalation of the row over the CEO's alleged unacceptable professional conduct.
ANYONE who has travelled within Dar es Salaam knows that traffic congestion is a major problem. Even the simple act of crossing the street is a dangerous activity.
In Dar es Salaam we face congestion regardless of our transportation MORE
ANY disease that each year incapacitates 220 million Africans – or more than 30 per cent of the population – and kills 1 million is a global emergency.
Malaria bleeds the continent to the tune of $12 billion in direct costs every year, MORE
SENIOR government officials are now calling for a performance review of the chief executive officer of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS), Ephraim Mrema, following a series of controversial decisions made by the CEO of the state-run agency.
INADEQUATE sanitation has been a thorn in the flesh for many governments, especially in developing countries, as it is a major cause of diseases world-wide. Improving sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial impact on health both in MORE
Former Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Krishan Dayal Sharma (79), committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his east New Delhi residence last week.
Apart from Tanzania, Ambassador Sharma had also served in diplomatic missions to Zambia, MORE
CONSTRUCTION of a luxury multi-million dollar house in one of Dar es Salaam's super prime locations linked to a cash-strapped public corporation is shrouded in an air of mystery that has raised questions about the identity of the actual owner of the property.
WHY was a Class Five construction company given a permit to build a 10-storey building in Dar es Salaam?
This question remains unanswered nearly two years after a building that was under construction at the heart of the city centre collapsed in June MORE
A leading member of Comoros Islands opposition coalition said the group will officially present a protest letter to Tanzania’s government after accusing the country's foreign minister, Bernard Membe, of meddling in Comoros Islands internal affairs.
CORRUPTION investigators have uncovered troubling questions over the alleged involvement of senior bank officials in Tanzania in a massive financial fraud.
Already some 3 billion/- is believed to have been stolen from the National Bank MORE
EAST African countries risk not attaining the millennium development goal (MDG) on universal treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases if the region's parliament adopts the anti-counterfeits policy and bill currently under MORE
Questions are being asked about the process that led to the initial hiring of the current Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) chief executive, Ephraim Mrema, whose tenure in the position has of late become marred by much controversy.
The sun is yet to rise as Atuna, a single mother, carries her stock of cassava through the narrow winding alleyways of Dar es Salaam.
Fried cassava is a popular breakfast food in East Africa, and for Atuna it is her new business opportunity.
The government is still dilly-dallying over the repossession of government houses controversially sold to senior politicians and public servants, a move which was characterized by contradictory policy objectives and systematic misuse of public resources.
Despite a penchant for hanging out in trees, human ancestors living 3.6 million years ago in what is now Tanzania extended their legs to stride much like people today do, a new study finds.
If so, walking may have evolved in leaps and bounds, rather MORE
A number of senior government officials are allegedly planning to hijack a multi-billion shilling tender for the printing and supply of ballot papers for the 2010 general election in a bid to pocket illegal kickbacks from the contract, THISDAY can now MORE
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ms Shamsa Mwangunga, is expected to face a hard time at the ongoing international convention in Doha when conservationists corner her to explain Tanzania's controversial move to seek a lifting of the ivory MORE
The latest spate of rolling power blackouts in the country will have far-reaching consequences on the economy and reverse gains already made in boosting GDP growth and taming inflation to single-digit levels, a university don has warned.
The Tanzania MORE
A team of fraud experts from South Africa has been flown into the country to investigate allegations of corruption and theft of billions of shillings from the National Bank of Commerce.
It has been confirmed that the team of about ten MORE
Tanzanian traders rioted at a Zambian border post last week, forcing the crossing point to be temporarily closed.
According to the Zambian newspaper 'The Post', the incident occurred on Thursday at the Nakonde border post. Three vehicles were damaged MORE
A new report has exposed large-scale illegal ivory trading in Tanzania and Zambia on the eve of the opening of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Doha, Qatar.
Both Tanzania and Zambia have proposed selling MORE
The US House of Representatives last week passed legislation that highlights albino killings in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa and calls on governments in the region to take action to stop the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The law MORE
THE government is losing billions of shillings each month from paying controversial fees to seven construction companies under contract with the Tanzania Roads Agency (TANROADS).
Well-placed sources have confirmed that the huge costs being MORE
In an incident that echoed the hit Hollywood TV drama 'Prison Break', a murder suspect held at the notorious Segerea Prison in Dar es Salaam has escaped from detention under controversial circumstances.
Prisons authorities say they are now conducting MORE
A Philippines wildlife officer is suspected of stealing at least part of the elephant tusks shipment worth $2 million smuggled into the Asian country from Tanzania last year.
The officer is alleged to have stolen more than 700 kilos of ivory from the MORE
The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) is conducting a major investigation into a series of fraud incidents leading to the theft of billions of shillings within Tanzanian banks and financial institutions.
The National Bank MORE
The question of who has jurisdiction over the prosecution of individual suspects linked to the military radar scandal is emerging as a key issue as investigations on the local front head towards climax, it has been learnt.
According to MORE
A New York judge has ordered the US government to turn over memos by high-ranking Justice Department officials on the transfers of alleged Tanzanian terrorist Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee to move from the military commission system MORE