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#1 COSMIC RHINO

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:01 AM

you don't know how  things are going to happen , if things will change or not

 

Tanzania has been ruled by the same political party since independence in the early 1960's and the results have been mixed

 

along comes new president Magufuli and a whole lot of changes happen

 

  • an emphasis on basic services
  • crackdown on corruption
  • crackdown on wildlife crime
  • if there is a problem say at the wharfs or hospitals then the president  or prime minister will arrive unannounced  want answers and instant changes to put things right
  • doing this creates an attitude in the public service do it right, to avoid the unplanned visit  
  • ghost workers dismissed
  • independence day and union day celebrations cancelled , and the money is redirected to basic services

 

well heads of state are well known for a whole lot of elaborate official travel

 

this pattern is not repeated   please see the Tanzania daily news   http://www.dailynews.co.tz  then go to analysis 12 April 2016  MAGUFULI'S VISIT TO RWANDA TO POSITIVELY IMPACT DAR,KIGALI

 

This is his only official visit for the first 150 days , it is to mark 20 years from those aweful inter ethnic massacres .  Looks like there will be a whole lot more Tanzanian exports, traffic through the port od Dar es Saalanm is increasing


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Posted 17 April 2016 - 03:10 PM

I live in Dar and can confirm the change of the times in TZ for the positive and hopefully some of this will trickle down to the wildlife resources too. We are looking forward to the new TZ.


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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:22 AM

corruption creates a favourable environment for all sorts of crime ,including  wildlife crime 

 

it is good to see something being done about it

 

dated 18 april  DAILY NEWS  HTTP://WWW.DAILYNEWS.CO.TZ

 

  • FRAUD SHRIOUDS DCC CONTRACTS  work done under contract for Dar es Salaam city council are being looked at very carefully , every single person who has done something corrupt will be dealt with , there appeasrs top be problems with as bus terminal and parking fine agents.  parking fines imposed for motor cycles are 4 times the official set rate
  • HEALTH BUDGET UP TO 250 BN  FROM  41 BN there will be a whole lot extra spent on medication and a programme for HIV testing is being introduced.
  • so the money save from waste and corruption is being well spent

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 09:27 AM

  • With options of using Kenya or Tanzania for a oil export pipeline, Uganda has selected Tanzania  ,please see HIGH POWERED DELEGATION TO KAMPALA FOR PIPELINE DEAL http://www.dailynews.co.tz
  • nations including Australia discuss a ban on the use of plastic bags, and do nothing.  As of 1 Jan 2017 Tanzania  will have a full ban on the use of plastic shopping bags  ,please see http://www.thecitizxen.co.tz  TOTAL BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS NEXT JANUARY
  • massive bank transactions  connected with a contract for police forensics looked suspicious, the financial intelligence unit is looking into it, please see http:///www.thecitizen.co,tz  HOW WITHDRAWL OF BILLIONS TURNED SPOTLIGHT ON LUGUMI

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 07:43 AM

the DAILY NEWS gives an explanation as to why Tanga  was selected  for exporting Ugandan oil

 

please see http://www.dailynews.co.tz  look under  features dated 21 APR  TANGA PORT BEST ROUTE FOR CRUDE OIL EXPORTS

 

  • the route is on flat land
  • the Kenyan option is more expensive
  • a port at Lamu  could be affected by high waves , at Tanga  the water is largely flat
  • a pipeline going through northern Kenya  has security risks

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 09:23 AM

  • the citizen reports that a major multinational gold miner is being made to pay tax instead of avoid it

 

this is a very good development

 

please see http://www.thecitizen.co.tz 22 APR  acacia declares sh100bn loss in tra crackdown

 

 

 

  • Kenya had various governments, but not much change of direction, things tend to be bound up in tribalism, corruption and nepotism.  Over the years there have been changes but nothing to threaten the position of the elites. Tanzania has had the same party, but now we are seeing  renewal for the better, a crackdown on corruption and an emphasis on benefits for ordinary people.

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 09:45 AM

the DAILY NATION a Kenyan newspaper in an opinion piece argues  on the selection of export oil pipeline routes for Uganda  that

 

  •  Ugandan president Museveni is seeking more power for himself
  • Kenyan did not make enough effort to secure the project
  • the land compensation costs in Kenyan would not be too expensive
  • there are no serious security concerns from using a northern Kenyan route

please see http://www.nation.co.ke  APR 20  INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS WE NEED TO DEBATE OUR LONG TERM INTERESTS

 

My comments is the security situation in northern Kenya is a serious concern, and could well have been a major factor in this decision


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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:52 AM

This is more strong evidence that President Magufuli is intensifying the war against corruption. All of us hope it continues and other African countries will follow his example.

 

http://allafrica.com...1604191194.html



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 04:18 PM

My next trip to Dar/Zanzibar is going to be so different now that the kigamboni Bridge is in place.  I almost can't believe it's finished.  I can only imagine how different Kigamboni will be in two years.


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 09:08 AM

  • looks like president dozer has observed the system and its problems , and has an agenda to fix it, spending money on the needs of ordinary people
  • the country director of the International Labor Organisation has given an interview to the DAILY NEWS. Please see http://dailynews.co....formation-drive in which she discusses economic growth, and ways to get more equity ,jobs and concensus into society

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:45 AM

the communications  authority has had its board dismissed and the director general is dismissed over cell phone licencing arrangements which deprive the government revenue  of TSH 400 million per year

 

please see http://dailynews.co....ed-dg-suspended


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:07 AM

This is wonderful news because President Magufuli of Tanzania continues his relentless war on corruption,waste and inefficiency. Please note that he has now made a massive replacement of 10 Regional Administrative Secretaries. This will obviously help in the drive against corruption and its by product poaching.

 

http://allafrica.com...1604260080.html



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:14 AM

  • The money saved from waste and corruption is being reused for things that improve lives  , public hospitals now only charge consultation fees for malaria , diagnostic testing and the supply of medication is free.

 

Please see http://dailynews.co.tz 26 APR  MALARIA TREATMENT,DRUGS  FREE IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS

 

 

  • China will be increasing development assistance in a number of ways including electric power generation , railways and providing investment bank capital 

  please see http://dailynews.co....ment-to-support

 

  • The auditor general has investigated  govt  procurement and contracts and found TSH 57 billion in problem payments for the 2014/15 financial year  please see http://dailynews.co....ntracts-tenders  there are major concerns over purchases outside the procurement, purchases made without tender board  approval, non competitive  tenders, purchase made with cash advances, goods delivery but not inspected , goods and services purchased without a contract, supplier obtained from unapproved supplies; and goods  and works paid for but not supplied . The perfect example of everything which should not be done
  • This is the first time that the auditor general  has published an annual report http://dailynews.co....f#disqus_thread

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:22 AM

the auditor general now publishes an annual report

 

please see http://dailynews.co....f#disqus_thread

 

amongst the  issues raised are

 

  • ship operators massive tax cheat at the ports
  • the Dar es saalam  public transport system had shares sold in it at a cut rate without government approval , and the board chairman got a SH 320 consultancy fee from this
  • the auditor general recommends that the government takes back the shares and refunds the investors
  • electric power sold at less than production costs
  • inproper reporting at the Tanzanian investment centre
  • massive misplaced medical stores betwwen head office and hospital
  • local government finances examined , in one area workers had  SH 707 million deducted but not paid into health insurance or the pension fund

 

the pattern is being set , information is being published , and action taken .  the public is hostile to ongoing corruption


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 09:23 AM

1  an article in the DAILY NEWS   28 april  under features  WAR ON CORRUPTION LESSONS FROM TANZANIA,SA  http://www.dailynews.co.tz

 

 

south Africa is compared with tanzania

 

in south Africa the president has massive sums of public money spent on a private home upgrade and a  constitutional court ruling against him

 

in Tanzania the president is actively involved in counteracting corruption,  most recently 4 members of parliament have been charged in court with attempting to obtain a SH 30 million bribe  from a local council and the government owned power company

 

 

2 the human rights commission is investigating 13,079 cases of abuse  please see http://dailynews.co.tz    under news  28 april CASES OF HYMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNDER PROBE

 

most involve land conflicts, others involve abuse of executives, abuse of women and children, the police and slow court cases

 

3 depriving  small farmers of their traditional titles in favour of investors is a severe challenge in many areas of Africa, asia and south America.  Seldom is anything done in favour of the farmers . well  Tanzania has revoked 1,880.60 hectares in favour of the farmers , and announced that another 549,000 hectares will go back to the farmers.  please see http://www.farmlandgrab.org  27  apt TANZANIA INVESTORS LOSE SEVEN FARMS IN MOROGORO

 

This is a wonderfull thing these deals involve almost no consultation , forceable removal , no compensation and are far from transparent


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 09:49 AM

It is good to see that Tanzania is moving forward but of course there are still things to do.

I live in Tanzania so I can not discus this because the Tanzanian law. Discussing on the internet about Tanzania or it's government put me in risk of going to prison and I will always follow and respect the law in Tanzania.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 09:55 AM

It is great to see that the contentious new statistics act which would limit  the free flow of information and have unlimited jail terms for offenders, has not been signed into law


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Posted 29 April 2016 - 06:29 AM

the attorney general is to review all government contracts to ensure that they  proper

 

please see  http://dailynews.co....cts-stresses-pm

 

if there is any evidence of public servants having engaged in corrupt conduct they will face prosecution


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Posted 30 April 2016 - 08:47 AM

@Tomas Of course I appreciate the fact that you respect Tanzanian law. Being a foreigner, and especially a business owner,I sincerely doubt it that would be horrendous for the new government's image. However, I do appreciate the fact that you are pointing something out, that there is a true lack of democracy within Tanzania. 

 

The current government is investigating Human Rights violations which happened under the previous government. I found this article fascinating because, at least some awful violations that happened under the previous government are not being swept under the carpet.

 

http://allafrica.com...1604290356.html


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 08:13 AM

This is good news because it means that the workers will have more disposable income.It also will give them, increased confidence in the current Tanzanian administration.

 

http://allafrica.com...d/00042842.html







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