Saturday, February 28, 2009
Author Michela Wrong's expose looks set to cause further embarrassment to Kenya's public servants amid public anger at continued allegations of high-level corruption.
The title - It's Our Turn to Eat - may evoke thoughts of sitting down to lunch or dinner for most readers around the world. But in Kenya, this simple phrase is filled with sinister meaning that symbolises the rot crippling the East African country.
For years Kenyans have referred to corruption by the euphemism "eating". In the past, Kenya's resources were known as the "national cake", to be shared among its citizens by the government. Political power was seen as an opportunity, even duty, to "eat" as much of the national cake as they could, and share with those closest to them.
A former adviser to President Mwai Kibaki, Mr Githongo fled to the UK in 2005 claiming that his life was in danger after accusing top government officials of "massive looting". A former journalist and the founding director of Transparency International-Kenya, Mr Githongo had earned himself a stellar reputation in the fight against corruption.
When he was appointed, many in the country believed he was the only man who could fight the deadly scourge. Instead, he faced decisions with huge personal consequences. And he was called a traitor and coward by the officials who had put him in that awkward position in the first place.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance
Vodacom Tanzania yasherehekea Foundation Day
Kampuni ya simu za mkononi ya Vodacom Tanzania jana imesherehekea siku maalumu ya mfuko huo wa kusaidia jamii ( Vodacom Foundation) katika kusherehekea siku hiyo, Mfuko huo wa Vodacom umezikabidhi hospitali za wilaya za mkoa wa Dar es Salaam msaada wa vitanda maalum kwa akina mama wajawazito vyenye thamani ya zaidi ya shilingi milioni 40.
Msaada huo ulikabidhiwa na Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Vodacom Tanzania, Bw. Dietof Mare kwa Waganga Wakuu wa hospitali hizo.
Baadhi wa waganga hao waliipongeza Vodacom kwa msaada huo kwani utasaidia kuboresha utoaji wa huduma katika hospitali zao.
Hospitali zilizofaidika kwa msaada huo ni Amana (Ilala) ,Temeke na Mwananyamala (Kinondoni) .
Sanjari na utoaji wa msaada huo kwa mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Vodacom ilitoa misaada ya aina hiyo katika hospitali za serikali katika mikoa ya Kigoma,Iringa,Kagera na Tanga kupitia kwa wawakilishi wake waliko mikoani.
Waganga hao walisema msaada huo ni uthibitisho wa ushirikiano imara baina ya Vodacom na sekta ya afya hapa nchini na kwamba ushirikiano huo umekuwa ukiimarika kadri muda unavyokwenda.
Walisema serikali mara nyingi imekuwa ikiiomba sekta binafsi kushiriki katika kuboresha mazingira ya upatikanaji wa huduma bora za afya hapa nchini, hivyo basi ushiriki wa Vodacom ni sehemu ya mchango wa sekta binafsi kwa maendeleo ya jamii.
"Tumefarijika sana kuwaona Vodacom wanashirikiana katika sekta hii muhimu ya maendeleo ya jamii," walisema.
Naye Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Vodacom Tanzania, Dietof Mare, alisema Vodacom Tanzania kupitia mfuko wake itaendelea kuiunga mkono serikali katika kuboresha sekta ya afya hapa nchini.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"The time to take charge of our future is here," Obama declared in his first address to a joint session of Congress, watched by millions of worried Americans on television and the Internet.
Adding words of reassurance, he said, "Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."
Obama had to wade his way into a chamber packed with lawmakers eager to welcome the nation's first black president into a Capitol built by slaves. The House gallery included a special section hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, where guests served as living symbols of the president's goals. Cramming the floor was virtually the entire leadership of the federal government, including Supreme Court justices, led by Ruth Bader Ginsberg, back on the bench only this week after cancer surgery, and all but one Cabinet member, held away in case disaster struck. Obama's 52-minute speech was interrupted 61 times by applause.
To deal with the current economic crisis, deepening each day, the president said more money would be needed to rescue troubled banks beyond the $700 billion already committed last year. He said he knows that bailout billions for banks are unpopular — "I promise you, I get it," he said — but he also insisted it was the only way to get credit moving again to households and businesses, the lifeblood of the American economy.
Along with aid for banks, he also called on Congress to move quickly on legislation to overhaul regulations on the nation's financial markets.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Waafrika wote tunastahili kumpa mkono wa pongezi Rais Paul Kagame wa Rwanda kwa jitihada zake nchini Rwanda katika kusimamia vizuri maendeleo na amani nchini mwake. Ikumbukwe ya kwamba yale yaliyotokea nchini humo katika miaka ya tisini hayakuwa madogo hata kidogo, lakini kutokana na uongozi bora wa Rais Kagame, ndugu zetu wa Rwanda waliyaweka yote nyuma yao na kwa kipindi kifupi wameweza kupiga hatua kubwa sana. Ni mfano mzuri wa kuigwa na viongozi wengine barani Afrika.
The striker who destroyed Ivorian dreams of a winning start in Group A before a packed 35,000 crowd at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium almost missed the competition for African footballers playing in their land of birth.
Hat-trick hero Given Singuluma only returned to Zambia in midweek from Finland where he had successful trials with FC Haka, who he is set to join following the two-week tournament.
The Finnish offer of a three-year contract comes after Singuluma was forced to rejoin Zambian club Zanaco having been freed by South African Premiership strugglers Bay United.
Singuluma put Zambia ahead after 35 minutes in the Ivorian commercial capital, added a crucial second early in the second half and completed the rout four minutes from full-time.
Had the Zambians not squandered several clearcut chances the winning margin would have been even wider before a crowd that included heads of state from Ivory Coast, Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Defeat was a stunning early blow for Ivory Coast - joint top seeds with Group B favourites Ghana - whose coach Georges Kouadio boasted that home support would steer them all the way to the title.
Now he must speedily revive his squad for a clash with Tanzania or face a humiliating opening round exit from the first major football event staged by Ivory Coast since the 1984 African Nations Cup.
France-born Zambia coach Herve Renard ignored the pre-tournament war of words as he cursed his luck at having to face Ivory Coast without captain and defensive rock Elijah Tana.
The oldest member of the Zambian squad turns 34 next Saturday and instead of flying to west Africa with the national team, went to Angola and signed for a club there.
Renard also had to do without the youngest footballer among the 23 he chose, 15-year-old defender Emmanuel Mbola, who was finalising a deal with Armenian club Pyunik Yerevan.
Senegal edged Tanzania 1-0 at the same venue in the second part of a double-header and they face Zambia in a top-of-the-table clash at the same stadium Wednesday followed by Ivory Coast against the east Africans
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Unlike its 'big brother', the biennial African Nations Cup, this two-week gathering of eight countries is restricted to footballers who play in their country of birth.
African Football Confederation (CAF) president Issa Hayatou says the latest addition to the continental calendar is designed to showcase the abilities of stars who stay at home, and boost national leagues.
And although Europe-based stars like Emmanuel Adebayor, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Samuel Eto'o and Amr Zaki will be absent, the 16 games in Abidjan and Bouake have generated considerable interest among Ivorians.
It will be the first CAF competition staged by the cocoa-producing west African state since the 1984 Nations Cup which signalled the emergence of Cameroon as an African force.
Cameroon failed to qualify for the Nations Championship after losing home and away to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final elimination phase, and six of the other top 10 ranked countries also missed out.
Nigeria, Morocco, Guinea, Mali and Tunisia were casualties of the regional qualifying process and Nations Cup title holders Egypt withdrew to concentrate on getting to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
That leaves Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal from the 'elite' at the Nations Championship with DR Congo, Libya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe completing the line-up.
With the Congolese, Libyans, Senegalese, Tanzanians and Zimbabweans failing to make the final qualifying phase of the 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup, Ivory Coast offers hope of some consolation.
The Ivorians will hope for better luck than when they hosted the then eight-team Nations Cup as losses to Egypt and Cameroon condemned the 'Elephants' to a first-round exit.
Abidjan-based Group A seeds Ivory Coast warmed up with home victories over Burkina Faso (3-0) and Equatorial Guinea (2-0) and Charles Dje Bi Trazie and Jacques Tano displayed consistency by scoring in both.
While playing at home offers an advantage to a squad including four players each from Abidjan giants ASEC Mimosas and Africa Sports, choosing which team is likely to accompany them into the semi-finals is difficult.
The intensive East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda last month boosted the preparations of Tanzania and Zambia while Senegal faced Oman, Gambia, Cape Verde Islands and Libya in pre-tournament friendlies.
Group B in the northern city of Bouake is similar as Ghana, who eliminated Togo and Nigeria en route to Abidjan, are the obvious favourites with a squad that includes Rahim Ayew, eldest son of legend Abedi 'Pele' Ayew.
Who joins them? Libya should be strong on teamwork given 13 of the squad hail from champions Al-Ittihad, DR Congo are traditionally ill prepared but talented, and Zimbabwe have been hit by the loss of stars on trial abroad.
The opening match on Sunday afternoon at a renovated Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium features Ivory Coast and Zambia followed three hours later by Tanzania and Senegal at the same venue
Thursday, February 19, 2009
"We will pay every civil servant in foreign currency," Finance Minister Tendai Biti told a news conference in Harare.
The armed forces had been paid on Tuesday, he said.
He did not say how Zimbabwe, which is grappling with the effects of the world's highest rate of inflation, will source the forex.
Biti, the number two of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) which joined a national unity government last week, said the move was an attempt to pay the country's 130,000 civil servants a decent wage.
Since last year, civil servants such as teachers, nurses and doctors have downed tools demanding that they paid in hard currency.
"We have to get Zimbabwe working again; getting teachers to school is part of efforts to get Zimbabwe to work again, having examination papers being marked is part of having Zimbabwe work again," Biti said.
Soldiers were paid a 100 dollar (79 euros) allowance -- worth more than current salaries -- this week and payments to workers in other public sectors in the crisis-hit country will follow.
"Today it's the teachers and the rest tomorrow," Biti said, with the new government having to "juggle" resources to make the payments.
Zimbabwe's political and economic crises have reduced the local currency Zimdollar, once on a par with the British pound, to almost nothing, forcing Zimbabweans to pay trillions of local dollars just for a loaf of bread.
The central bank earlier this month knocked 12 zeros off the local currency -- reducing one trillion dollars to one dollar -- in an effort to get the unit back on track to normality.
Last week Wednesday, shortly after his inauguration as prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai announced that civil servants would be paid in foreign currency and appealed for them to return to work.
Tsvangirai explained that the foreign currency payment will enable people to go to work, to feed their families and to survive.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
(1) tiketi ya kurejea nyumbani Tanzania, Mama Mlezi wa Marehemu
(2) gharama za kusafirisha personal effects za Marehemu
(3) gharama za funeral home kwa siku mbili hapa New York wakati wa kusubiri safari.
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Tunaomba tushirikiane na familia ya Bwana Abel Magaluda katika kipindi hiki kigumu.
Tafadhali watangazie na Watanzania wengine.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
There was no recovery yet for beleaguered automakers, who were back in Washington for more bailout billions. General Motors Corp. said it was closing plants, Chrysler LLC said it was cutting vehicle models and both said they were getting rid of thousands more jobs as they made their restructuring cases for $5 billion more for Chrysler and as much as $16.6 billion more for GM. The United Auto Workers union said it had agreed to tentative concessions that could help Detroit's struggling Big Three.
Anything but reassured, Wall Street dove ever lower. The Dow Jones industrials fell 297.81 points, closing less than a point above their lowest level in five and a half years.
Obama focused on the $787 billion stimulus plan, an ambitious package of federal spending and tax cuts designed to revive the economy and save millions of jobs. Most wage-earners will soon see the first paycheck evidence of tax breaks that will total $400 for individuals and $800 for couples.
The stimulus package was a huge victory for Obama less than one month into his presidency. But he struck a sober tone and lowered expectations for an immediate turnaround in the severe recession that is well into its second year.
"None of this will be easy," he said. "The road to recovery will not be straight. We will make progress, and there may be some slippage along the way."
Still, he declared, "We have begun the essential work of keeping the American dream alive in our time."
By Matina Nkurlu, Dar es Salaam
Experts say that liberalized economy brings about competition as opposed by controlled economy which is monopoly based. This is because liberalization encouraged investment locally and from foreign countries hence it is the organizations that face a stiff competition that can sail along.
The situation with the banking sector and other financial institutions is no difference. The stiff competition following the liberalization of the sector has compelled banks to be face competition and their way out is to establish services or products that would motivate their customers.
Exim Bank Tanzania Limited foresaw the importance of establishing a new product, the Mobile Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) to bring its services nearer to the customers, a factor that addresses the challenge for stiff competition.
The service is deployed by the bank at strategic points with big gatherings of people. These places are such as Kariakoo, Buguruni market place, the Ubungo Bus Terminal (UBT) and the Magomeni market place.
Others are Temeke area, the Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere Trade Fair grounds at Saba Saba, and not forgetting other areas in Dar es Salaam having large gathering of people. It should be agreed that bringing services closer to customers is tremendous, however, precautions are inevitable.
To ensure that mobile ATM services provided by Exim bank are reliable, safe and secure appropriate vehicles are deployed equipped with among other workers, two marketing officers who assist customers get the services they need with efficiency.
Such officers also assist potential customers in their needs such as opening a new account and other services available from the bank. Apart from money withdrawal, Mobile ATM service vans can also enable a customer to know the balance of his/her account.
Apart from the Mobile ATM Service, presently the bank has 30 fixed ATMs country wide all installed at various branches and at strategic points which draw large numbers of people not necessarily near a branch.
As for a short history of the bank, Exim Bank is a locally established and privately owned commercial bank. Operations began in August 1997 as a result of the liberalization of the banking and financial sector in Tanzania. The Bank broke even within its first 5 months of operations, which is a rare occurrence in any banking sector.
Since its inception, Exim has enjoyed year to year growth in profits, assets and deposits. Exim is now ranks among the top ten Banks in Tanzania.
These excellent rates of growth have been achieved through the experience and dedication of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Exim Bank coupled with an unwavering focus on customer satisfaction.
Way back in August 2007, the bank celebrated its 10th anniversary, the celebrations that also marked the achievement of the bank.
In terms of the bank’s branch network, Exim Bank started its operations back in 1997 with only one branch that is Dar es Salaam main branch. Today the bank has expanded its branch network to ten fully fledged branches with plans of opening more branches.
These are; in Dar es Salaam: Dar es Salaam main, Clock Tower, Mlimani and Temeke.
Upcountry branches are: Tanga, Mtwara, Arusha, Morogoro, Mwanza and Moshi.
These branches are online connected to one another and are all operating with profits.
The good side of Exim Bank branch network is that all branches are connected by V-SAT communication system which facilitates inter-branch money transfers. Recently, Exim Bank opened a branch in Comoro, known as Exim (Comoros) Limited.
The most recently branch was opened at Namanga area and also along Nyerere Road within Dar es Salaam in the implementation of spreading its wings.
Exim was the first bank in Tanzania to migrate successfully to the Flexcube system, the most versatile banking software in the world. With Flexcube accounts information can be accessed at a touch of a button and accuracy and secured transactions are ensured. The bank is also under SWIFT map to ensure fast international fund transfers.
The primary aim at Exim Bank is to ensure that customers are satisfied with the products and services delivered. Excellence in customer service has grown to become the bank’s trademark. The dedicated Customer Service Team is always ready to help with any queries or problems that customers may have.