ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
At least 258 doctors and 11 health officers from
Tanzania who had been recruited for employment in Kenya will now
be employed in Tanzania’s public hospitals, the government
The move follows
Kenya’s Employment and Labor Relations Court’s temporary order,
barring the government from hiring foreign doctors.
Kenya was in the
process of hiring 500 doctors from Tanzania to help address the
shortage of health workers and also mitigate effects of the
doctors’ strike in the country.
The decision was
made after senior Ministry of Health officials from Kenya led by
Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu held talks with Tanzania’s
President John Magufuli.
said the government accepted Kenya’s request for Tanzanian
doctors due to the cordial relationship between the two
Following the deal,
Tanzania invited doctors to apply for the positions. Successful
applicants will get a two-year contract.
Addressing a press
conference in Dodoma, Tanzania’s minister for Health, Community
Development, Gender, Seniors and Children, Ummy Mwalimu said
President John Magufuli directed her that following the
stalemate in Kenya, the doctors should be employed to serve in
the public hospitals in the country.
She said after the
president accepted Kenya’s request, on 18th March
this year, her ministry advertised for doctors who were
interested in submitting application letters of which 496
The minister added
that after scrutiny, it was realized that only 258 doctors met
the criteria that were set for the two years contract.
According to Mwalimu,
the requirements include verification of professional and
secondary schools certificates.
explained that the applicants were also required to states
colleges where they studied and year of graduation, where they
attended internship and when they completed the programme.
include experience, age not exceeding 55 years, registration at
the medical council of Tanganyika and not public servant.
government was finalizing procedures to send the health
practitioners to Kenya, some five doctors from the country
logged legal complaint, blocking their government from hiring
our doctors,” said the minister.
The minister said
the agreement between the two countries was that the whole
process was to be completed by 6th April 2017 and the
doctors would travel to the neighboring country between 6th
and 10th of the same month.
“Unfortunately up to
that date the Kenyan court had not made any ruling on the matter
and President John Magufuli has decided that all those doctors
be employed in the country immediately,” she added.
She clarified that
the names of the doctors and eleven others officers who were to
go to Kenya and new working stations will be announced in the
minister maintained that the government will be ready to work on
Kenya’s request to hire 500 doctors from Tanzania if there will
be no other such hindrances to do so.
Tanzania launches electronic
system to verify residence permits for foreigners
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday launched an
electronic system to verify residence permits for foreigners, in
an exercise aimed at facilitating issuance of the permits.
Anna Makakala, the
Commissioner General for Immigration Department, said the newly
launched electronic (E-verification) system will facilitate
issuance of residence permits to foreigners.
“The new system will
also enhance control and monitoring of foreigners residing in
Tanzania, and enable the government to keep proper records for
use,” Makakala told a news conference in the commercial capital
Dar es Salaam.
She said to access
the new services one was required to log into the Immigration
www.immigration.go.tz and follow procedures shown in the
“The system is
simple, and gives chance employers and foreigners with residence
permits to verify their documents and see if they have been
issued by relevant authorities,” said Makakala.
Makakala said the
Immigration Department has now given a 90-day ultimatum to
agencies and institutions to send details of their employees’
residence permits to any immigration offices near them, adding
that legal action will be taken failure to do so after the
She said the launch
of the system was in line with the changing technology and was
aimed at improving immigration services in accordance with