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106. Four tax matters go to Appeal Court today
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  In one such session today, a panel comprising Justices Nathalia Kimaro, Katherine Oriyo and Augustine Mwarija would hear four appeals among 26 that have been scheduled for determination within eight days.

The four cases involve giant companies, including Quality Group Limited, Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS), TSCAN and Pembe Flour Mills Limited.

Other tax appeals cases that would be determined in a two-week session include North Mara Gold Mines Limited, Bulyanhulu Gold Mines Limited, Geita Gold Mining Limited, Intestate Mining and Minerals Tanzania Limited and Mabangu Mining Limited. Others are National Microfinance Bank PLC, KCB Bank Tanzania Limited, Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), BP Tanzania Limited, Pan African Energy Tanzania Limited, Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and Kilombero Sugar Company.
107. Oil stakeholders call for single storage facility
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  Basing their argument on a report by a team of an industry technical committee commissioned by the Petroleum Importation Coordinator Limited (PICL) in 2014, players in the industry state that all products should be discharged into a single terminal.

The report clearly highlighted that the losses occurred when fuel was being discharged from ships and when transported in pipelines to storage tanks.

The storage terminals have also been cited as another area where losses occur. Preferring to remain anonymous, sources in the industry pointed an accusing finger to the Kigamboni manifold which they say is substandard and responsible for many losses.
108. Works Minister on projects inspection tour in Mara Region
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  “We are expecting him tomorrow (today) morning at around tour 9:am”, Bunda District Commissioner (DC) Mr Joshua Mirumbe told the ‘Daily News’ over phone. According to the DC, the Minister will inspect construction of Bulamba-Nansimo 51 km road which is being constructed at tarmac level.

“Already 2.4 billion shillings has been paid in compensation to people around the project,” Mr Mirumbe said. On completion, the road project is expected to speed economic development in the whole region.

Mara region is among regions with good road networks in the country, a job well done by the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS). The government of Tanzania has been disbursing millions of shillings to improve road network in the region in every financial year.
109. Miner spends Sh2.4 on community development projects
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  An international mining firm, Acacia Buzwagi Gold Mine, operating in Kahama district, spent Sh2.4bn last year to help villagers in the district with various community development projects.

The firm’s General Manager Asa Mwaipopo said the funds were spent on science labs construction at Ngokolo and Old Shinyanga primary schools, both located in Shinyanga municipality.

According to Mwaipopo, other projects were construction of a health centre and six water wells in Mwendakulima ward.

For his part, the mine’s Relations Officer, Moses Msoffe, said other areas such as construction of three houses for flood victims in Mwakata village, as well as construction of roads in Chapulwa village and installation of traffic lights in Kahama township.

In a separate development, a health centre in Mwendakulima village has no telescope, which leads to poor service delivery in the area.
110. Encroachment places forest reserve in peril
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  Ngumburuni Forest Reserve in Rufiji District, Coast Region is in danger of extinction from escalating deforestation and induced human activities such as farming and settlements in the conservation zone.

This was unveiled at a training session for journalists that involving foresters and was spearheaded by the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) under the Mama Misitu Project in collaboration with the Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF).

Hadija Kitango, Amina Ally and Juma Mkwanywe are among environmental activists who took part in the training, heaping blame on local leaders overseeing the forest reserve, claiming that they were behind encroachment in the forest reserve.

“This forest is badly damaged…trees are cut and houses have been built in the forest reserve and those people who invaded the forest reserve claim to have all the blessings from village leaders,” Hadija Kitango complained.
111. Vacate bloc for mothers, JPM orders Muhimbili dons
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  President John Magufuli yesterday gave a two-day ultimatum to Muhimbili National Hospital executives to vacate the hospital’s administration block and decongest mothers at the maternity ward currently sleeping on the floor owing to shortage of beds and space.

The president who made an impromptu visit to the hospital mid-this week to see the Chief Sheikh, Mufti Abubakar Zubery bin Ali admitted at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute witnessed dozens of mothers sleeping on the wet floor.
112. Farmers told to venture into sunflower cultivation
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  Tanzanian farmers have been advised to venture into cultivation of other alternative crops, such as sunflower, which has proved to be an important crop in alleviating poverty.

Dr. Mark Bitesigirwe, an agriculture stakeholder made the suggestion yesterday when handing over a consignment of sunflower seeds to farmers in Misenyi District Council, Kagera Region.

Dr. Bitesigirwe, a sunflower processor in the district described the crop as a ‘well-paying venture’ telling farmer to invest in it.

“Farmers fail to reach their expectations and prosperity because they rely on single-handed crops,” he said, adding that the region has fertile soil and adequate rains for the crop.

He added “It is high time we start investing in sunflower farming, extension officers need to inculcate a habit of visiting and assisting farmers with technical know-how”.

According to him, the market of the product is no longer a challenge and the crop requires a very small capital investment.
113. Kairuki urges Mkurabita to enhance village land registries
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  The Minister of State in President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance, Angela Kairuki has urged the Property and Business Formalization Programme commonly known as Mkurabita to put in place village land registries and other specialized areas.

Kairuki told the press at Mkurabita offices in Dar es Salaam on Friday that until now the land registries were only conducted in 17 villages in four district councils, while 90 per cent had no good deal of land registries, leading to land conflicts among farmers.

“I called on the government to keep good budget for the land to help citizens to buy the land through copyright,” she said.
The Mkurabita Programme Coordinator, Seraphia Mgembe said the programme was yet to manage creation of potentials for formalizing land villages in 49 district councils in Tanzania Mainland and four districts in Zanzibar.
114. Tanapa eyes robust intelligence unit to combat poaching
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has been urged to invest in a robust countrywide park intelligence unit in order to curb poaching.

Tanapa spokesperson Pascal Shelutete told The Guardian on Sunday that strengthening the intelligence unit was essential as it will help parks to know beforehand about criminals intending to poach elephants and other endangered species.

He said poachers had advanced their skills and tactics, so it was paramount for Tanapa to be more proactive rather than reactive.

According to him, despite his agency’s transforming its intelligence unit into a paramilitary one, it was still important to dispatch more qualified and well equipped park wardens to thwart poaching.

“Such an initiative will increase accountability in the agency and go a long way to bolstering the anti-poaching crusade as poachers can sometimes be heavily armed with sophisticated military weaponry,” he added.
115. Mwinyi urges Ugandans to elect efficient leader
  Monday, February 15, 2016  by Admin
  Retired President Ali Hassan Mwinyi has implored the need for people of Uganda to exercise their right of voting for an efficient leader to rule their country.

Mwinyi who is the head of the East African Community (EAC) Election Observation Mission (EOM) was speaking in Kampala on Friday at the official launch of the EAC Election Observation Mission to the 2016 General Election in Uganda.

EOM arrived in Uganda last week on invitation by the Ugandan government and in line with relevant provisions of EAC Election Treaty to monitor the election scheduled for Thursday, to leave the country three days later on February 21.
116. Govt reassures stakeholders of public security
  Friday, February 12, 2016  by Admin
  Public and stakeholders that security at all refugee camps in the country is optimal and regular patrols are conducted by police in coordination with the refugees.

The government statement comes in response to media reports that purport the government of Burundi is attempting to recruit the refugees from the camps.

On February 5, Al Jazeera published a report saying the Burundian refugees are living in fear of their government’s militia who are hiding in the camps and attempting to recruit them.
117. President Magufuli pledge gives Judiciary 12bn/-
  Friday, February 12, 2016  by Admin
  The Ministry of Finance and Planning yesterday handed over 12.3bn/- to the judiciary in fulfillment of President Dr John Magufuli’s pledge made last Thursday when commemorating the Law Day.

The fund aims at helping the judiciary address various challenges it faces including handling of backlog cases and dispensing justice on time.

“We have fulfilled the promise made by the president, it is our hope that the funds will be properly used by implementing the expected goals,” the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Philip Mpango said when handing over the dummy cheque. On his part, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Amon Mpanju expressed his gratitude to President Magufuli for fulfilling his promise on time.
118. UNICEF calls on govt to support schools
  Friday, February 12, 2016  by Admin
  The government has been urged to improve transition from primary school to lower secondary school to enable more youngsters to enter the latter and reduce the drop-out rate in the country.

According to findings released yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, a total of 3.5 million children aged between 7 and 17 are out of school in the country.
119. Govt set to abolish nuisance taxes imposed on businesses
  Friday, February 12, 2016  by Admin
  The Finance and Planning Minister Dr Philip Mpango yesterday announced government plans to abolish nuisance taxes imposed on various businesses to unleash the potential of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Speaking to the business community in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Dr Mpango pointed out that the plan to axe the unnecessary levies will be realised during the 2016/17 fiscal year.
120. Pastoralists plead for better roads
  Friday, February 12, 2016  by Admin
  LIVESTOCK keepers in southern regions of Mtwara and Lindi have decried limited veterinary services and poor road infrastructure for transporting cattle to the market.

They aired their concerns yesterday when speaking at a special meeting which was used to introduce a programme that seeks to develop the livestock sector in Tanzania.

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