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Tanzania to criminalize publication of
official statistics without authorization

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania on Monday tabled in Parliament a bill in a move to make it a criminal offense if anyone publishes statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) without authorization.

Adelardus Kilangi, the Attorney General, said any person or institution be it public or private that will publish statistical data contrary to the law will be held responsible and sued as criminal.

“The major aim of the proposed law is to ensure that all the published official statistics are accurate and true,” the government’s chief legal advisor told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma.

Kilangi said the proposed law will provide that any person or organization will be required to seek permission from the Statistician General before embarking to a certain survey or research.

The Statistics Act 2015 defines official statistics as the body of statistical information produced, validated, compiled and disseminated by the NBS, government institutions, and agencies, and qualify to be official statistics if they meet the criteria and standards set by the NBS.

Kilangi said: “The amendment is geared to prohibiting any person from disseminating statistical data to the public with the aim of distorting statistics released by NBS.”

Speaking on behalf of the opposition camp in the House, the Shadow Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Ally Saleh, faulted the proposed law saying it was meant to limit the freedom of persons and institutions in disseminating research findings.

According to Saleh, the move was likely to distort the origin data that seemed to be not in favor of the government.

“As per my view, the major objective of conducting researches is to find the lasting solution of a certain problem,” he said.

Mohamed Mchengerwa, Chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee, said the proposed law was meant to ensure that all disseminated statistical data were released by authorized institutions or individuals.



Tanzanian parliament speaker bans female MPs with false eyelashes, false nails

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The Speaker of Tanzania’s National Assembly, Job Ndugai, on Monday banned women Members of Parliament with false eyelashes and false finger nails from entering into the legislative House.

“With the powers vested in me by the Constitution of the country, I now ban all women MPs with false eyelashes and false finger nails from stepping into Parliament,” Ndugai told the House.

He said he has also consulted with experts before deciding on whether or not to ban women MPs using heavy make-ups.

Ndugai announced the ban shortly after the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Faustine Ndugulile, told the House that women with false eyelashes and false finger nails faced several health problems.

Ndugulile said every year the Muhimbili National Hospital received at least 700 women with health issues that were directly linked to the use of false eyelashes, false finger nails and skin bleaching.

The deputy minister was responding to a question raised by Fatuma Toufiq, a Special Seats MP from the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, who wanted to know the number of women who have been adversely affected by the use of false eyelashes.

Ndugulile said false eyelashes and false finger nails did not fall on the list of cosmetics as outlined in the Tanzania Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 2003.

The Act provides for efficient and comprehensive regulation and control of food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, herbal drugs and poisons. 


Death toll in Tanzania’s road crash climbs to 15

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The number of people killed in a grisly road accident in southern highlands of Tanzania went up to 15, authorities said on Saturday.

At least 13 people were killed on Friday evening in the east African nation’s southern highland region of Mbeya in an accident that involved five vehicles, including a mini-bus, two fuel tankers and two lorries ferrying potatoes.

Petro Seme, the chief nursing officer of the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital, said two more people died on Saturday while receiving treatment at the hospital.

He said: “We received 13 bodies of people who died on the spot and two others lost their lives while receiving treatment today (Saturday). Two more victims are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).”

“Four victims have been discharged while several others continue to receive treatment,” said Seme.

Urlich Matei, Mbeya Regional Police Commander, said the accident occurred at Igawilo, between Igoma and Mbeya city, involving five vehicles, including a mini-bus, two fuel tankers and two lorries ferrying potatoes.

Matei said the accident occurred after one of the lorries ferrying potatoes developed problems in its brake system and crashed on the other vehicles, ending on top of the minibus.

On July 1 this year, 20 people were killed and 45 others injured in a road accident in Mbeya region.


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