Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday directed the
country’s army to build a perimeter wall around tanzanite mine site in northern
part of the east African nation to control theft and smuggling of the precious
leader made the directive when speaking at the inauguration of a 26km road
linking the mine site and Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
the Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) and the income generating arm of the
national service (SUMA-JKT) to build a 13-square-kilometer fence surrounding
tanzanite mining area in Mirerani area, Simanjiro District in Manyara Region.
work should start immediately, we have to protect our natural resources so that
it benefit all Tanzanians,” said Magufuli.
President also suggested the need for the wall to be installed with electrical
wire and fixed with surveillance cameras on its four corners, and have single
entrance gate. The move, according to him, will monitor all suspicious
activities within the site’s block A and D, areas believed to house a huge
amount of the minerals.
president’s move is aimed at controlling all tanzanite minerals explored in the
area, as for years Tanzania has been losing millions of foreign currencies due
that the gate should be installed with a modern detector machine that can
spotlight any hidden substance,” he said.
site is jointly owned and managed by a private firm Sky Associates Limited and
the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO), a wholly-owned government enterprise
under the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, each commanding a 50-percent share in
the gemstones’ exploration in the area.
Magufuli also ordered a review of all Tanzanite mine contracts that would enable
an increase in the government’s royalty hence speed up country’s socio-economic
President Magufuli, from now on all tanzanite sales would be conducted at the
mining site (Mererani).
“I want to
see buyers come directly here in Mererani to buy the gemstone...this will make
the government have the record on the exported minerals,” he said.
only found in Tanzania, in the Mererani Hills of the Manyara Region in the north
of the country. Tanzanite is mined from a single source in an area that is
2-kilometer wide and 4-kilometer long and divided into 4 blocks (A, B, C, and D)
near Mount Kilimanjaro.
wildlife census starts in Tanzania Selous-Mikumi ecosystem
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Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Field work for a new aerial wildlife dry season census in
the Selous-Mikumi ecosystem in Tanzania began on Wednesday, said a joint
statement from organizers of the census.
statement was made on Wednesday by the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI),
the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), the Tanzania National Parks,
the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dar es Salaam, the German KfW
Development Bank, and Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS).
said the census was led by TAWIRI and will be carried out in collaboration with
the other afforementioned organizations.
census was being implemented as part of the Selous Ecosystem Conservation and
Development Program, which was funded by the German government through KfW
Development Bank, said the statement.
targets large mammals and signs of illegal human activities in the area of the
Selous Game Reserve, the Mikumi National Park, the Selous-Niassa corridor and
the buffer zones,” said the statement, adding that the data will be used to
inform management decisions.
Game Reserve management team is pleased to host TAWIRI for the 2017 large mammal
census and looks forward to the information it will provide to further guide
protection within the game reserve,” said Henock Msocha, the Selous Project
Manager for TAWA.
“We hope the
2017 Selous-Mikumi large mammal census will give clarity about the development
of the elephant population in Selous,” said Kathryn Doody, project manager of
hope the census will show that the elephant population has stabilized after the
dramatic declines caused by poaching,” added Doody.
The 2013 and
2014 Selous aerial surveys had revealed a drastic decline of the Selous elephant
population from about 45,000 in 2009 to approximately 15,000 animals in 2014.
The surge in
poaching had been driven by soaring demand for ivory in southeast Asia. As a
result, in 2014, the Selous Game Reserve was inscribed on the List of World
Heritage in Danger.
In order to
take appropriate action on the ground to protect the ecosystem, it is essential
that managers are equipped with accurate information about the large mammals’
population status, said the statement.
government of Tanzania will report the wildlife census data to the UNESCO World
Heritage Committee through its “state of conservation report” in February 2018,
according to the statement.
therefore important that the data are accurately collected, analyzed and
reported in time, said the statement.
government bans weekly tabloid over publication of seditious new
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Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania on Tuesday banned weekly tabloid Mwanahalisi for two years for publishing seditious news and failure to adhere to
Director General of Information Services and the Chief Government Spokesperson,
said that the ban extended to the tabloid’s online publications.
Monday, September 18, 2017 publication, the tabloid carried a story with the
headline, “Tumuombee nani, Magufuli au Tundu Lissu?” It literally means “Whom
should we pray for Magufuli or Tundu Lissu?” and when they were given a chance
to defend themselves, they had no strong arguments, Abbas told a news conference
in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
the country’s president and Lissu is an opposition Member of Parliament who was
recently wounded after he was shot by gunmen in Dodoma.
the tabloid had on several occasions been publishing stories that were
unethical, despite the fact that his office had tried to talk to the editors
several times, but nothing was taken seriously.
said Abbas, on January 30, this year, the weekly tabloid published a story with
a Kiswahili headline: “Ufisadi ndani ya Ofisi ya JPM”, literally meaning
Corruption within JPM office. JPM is a popular acronym for John Pombe Magufuli
but the story was about Kibaha education institution.
spokesperson said the ban was in accordance with section 12 of the new
Information Services Act.
This was not
the first time the government had attempted to ban Mwanahalisi. In 2012, the
government also tried to shut down the tabloid, but the editors went to court
and the ban was ruled illegal.
Mwanahalisi publication, Mawio, was banned earlier this year.
Without Borders, which monitors press freedom, ranked Tanzania 83rd
out of 180 countries in their 2017 World Press Freedom Index.
against journalists and media outlets - including suspensions and closures,
threats, attacks, and arrests are frequent,” the group said in their overview of
mulls building African liberation heritage center
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Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A Tanzanian official said Wednesday that Tanzania has been
selected to house the center of African Liberation Heritage Programme that seeks
to celebrate Africa’s recent past in which Africans achieved their freedom
through struggle and sacrifice.
South Africa agreed the center should be located in the East African nation’s
political capital Dodoma after bilateral talks between held there, Tanzanian
Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, told a
said the two countries appointed a special committee to explain the creation of
the center to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in accordance
with the African Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
will enable Tanzanians and Africans at large to preserve the liberation heritage
and write their own history,” said the minister.
stories on the liberation struggle are still in people’s heads. We need them to
tell us of what happened and put them in writing and other format such as videos
and audio recordings for future generations to understand our past.”
He said his
ministry has already conducted interviews with at least 100 liberation struggle
veterans in efforts to preserve the history.
said the education ministry has also started reviewing its curriculum to include
a subject on the liberation struggle in schools.
Bodies of 14
Tanzanians killed in road accident in central Uganda sent home
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The bodies of 14 Tanzanian nationals killed in a Sunday
night road accident in the central Uganda district of Mpigi were on Tuesday
transported home, a government spokesperson said.
Bantariza, Uganda’s deputy government spokesperson, said that Uganda and
Tanzania police worked together for the repatriation of the bodies for burial.
The 14 died
on spot and 17 others were injured after a Kampala bound lorry rammed into a
Coaster bus at Katonga, along the Kampala-Masaka highway.
happened as the deceased and injured were returning to Tanzania after attending
a Saturday wedding ceremony of a relative in the capital, Kampala.
“This was a
tragic incident...our two sister police agencies worked together for the
transportation of their bodies back home,” said Bantariza.
were airlifted to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
attributed the cause of the fatal road accident to careless and reckless
registers at least 20,000 road accidents with over 2,000 deaths each year,
making it one of the countries with the highest road accident fatality rates in
the world, according to police figures.