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Friday, March 31, 2017

Waziri wa Elimu na Sayansi Prof. Joyce Ndalichako kuzindua mpango wa African Capacity chuo cha Nelson Mandela Arusha



Waziri wa Elimu akisalimia na watumishi ya Chuo cha Nelson Mandela leo Asubuhi baada ya kuwasili chuoni hapao .

Waziri wa Elimu profesa Joyce Ndalichako ( katikati ) Akimsikiliza Mkuu wa Maabara ya Taasisi ya Chuo Kikuu cha Nelson Mandela jijini Arusha .

Pichani ni wanafunzi wa PHD in material science and Energy lub,Agatha Wagotu na Joyce Elisadiki wakiwa ndani ya Maabara wakifanya majaribio.

PATA HABARI ZILIZOPO KATIKA MAGAZETI YA LEO JUMAMOSI APRILI 1, 2017.


Dar, Addis bag 14 major deals

KATARE MBASHIRU

TANZANIA and Ethiopia have agreed to widen cooperation in 14 major areas that aim to boost development and strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries.

President John Magufuli revealed yesterday, during a joint press briefing at the State House’s Jakaya Kikwete Hall, that after a successful closed door meeting between him and the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, the two countries agreed to work together in different sectors for ...

Government re-establishes Katiba writing process

SYLIVESTER DOMASA
Constitution and Legal Affairs Minister, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi.
THE government has resumed re-establishing the Constitution writing process, nearly two years after suspending it indefinitely.
The process was stopped through the suspension of a referendum following delays in the preparation of voters’ register and limited timeframe before the 2015 general election.

Envoys oppose N. Korea missile base in Kenya


intercontinental ballistic missile launcher
An employee cleans a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile launcher at an open-air military exhibition in Moscow on April 29, 2015. PHOTO | VLADIMIR NOVIKOV | AFP 
By ONGOMA AvRILI wani
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A secret plan to allow North Korea to station a missile base in northern Kenya can be revealed today.
The base will house at least 40 inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of ...

Sh24bn needed for medicare, elderly


 International Day of Older Persons on October 6, 2016 at Gusii stadium.
Residents of Kisii County attend the International Day of Older Persons on October 6, 2016 at Gusii stadium. The government will provide stipend and health care for citizens aged 70 years and above. PHOTO | BENSON MOMANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
By JOHN NGIRACHU
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Close to Sh24 billion per year will be needed to finance a plan to give stipends and pay ...

Boko Haram kidnap 22 girls, women in northeast Nigeria


Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive information from officials on May 5, 2014. Attackers loyal to the faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi abducted 22 girls and women on March 31, 2017. FILE PHOTO | AFP 

Why Uhuru sounds frustrated: Lessons for August election


President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Deputy President William Ruto converse during the Jubilee Party National Executive Committee meeting at State House, Nairobi, on March 21, 2017. PHOTO | PSCU 
By WACHIRA MAINA
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has forgotten what people like about him most; his charm, his youthful dash and his hi-five regular man on the street’s joy of life — what the French aptly call joie de vivre.
He and Deputy President William Ruto have recently undergone a troubling and deeply unpleasant change.
When they won the election in 2013, they seemed like joyous, if slightly narcissistic, twins.
Even their enemies had to concede; the two men were fun and gregarious. They charmed the country, including many who had not voted for them, into a grudging but fascinated admiration.
When President Kenyatta travelled abroad — which he did all too regularly — his eloquence, boyish enthusiasm and the occasional shuffle on the dance floor bewitched multitudes.
Lately, however, the President has been tactless, combative and without his characteristic charm.
His tirade against Mr Hassan Joho, the governor of Mombasa County, was symbolic of this new style: Over-the-board, unpresidential and nasty.
His constant exchanges with Mr Joho have given the governor more airtime than he deserves and bitterly incensed many Mombasa voters.
If Mr Joho’s approval ratings have soared, it is the President he should thank for it.
Why is he doing this? The most charitable view is that his poor record has out-ran his spin.
The SGR, light-bulbs-in-mud-huts, a laptop for every child and other ‘miracle cures’ that were supposed to lift Kenya into double-digit growth have not worked.
With the truth freed from the fiction, President Kenyatta’s storyline has collapsed.
FINANCIERS
That is one part of the story for the change in tone. I suspect something deeper: the impact of politics and economics on the fortunes of the President’s supporters.
Regimes in all democracies depend on two groups: campaign financiers and voters.
Given how opaque campaign financing in Kenya is, we do not know for certain who funded the Uhuru/Ruto campaigns, but if you work out who has benefited from Jubilee contracts, you can speculate intelligently.
Mr Uhuru Kenyatta

Mr Uhuru Kenyatta on March 9, 2013 shows a certificate confirming him as Kenya's new President-elect that he received from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi. PHOTO | WILL BOASE AFP
First though, look a little closely at Mr Kenyatta’s voters. They were mainly the smallholder communities of Central and Eastern Kenya and the Rift Valley; coffee, tea, maize and dairy farmers.
Both financiers and voters expect pay-offs when their candidate wins. Peasant farmers in Mr Kenyatta’s ...base expected him to invest generously in smallholder agriculture.
Instead, most of the Government’s investment in agriculture has been in dubious, politically controversial large-scale projects – Galana-Kulalu, Hola and Bura — where both the local public and leaders have been mostly uncooperative.
CORRUPTION WEB
That he has failed to assist his base has alienated the President from his supporters whilst his show investments elsewhere have gained him no new support.
When he talks to his base, he finds a marked lack of enthusiasm. And when he travels outside of it, he finds a marked rise in hostility. That seems like a good source of frustration.
On the other hand, the people who finance campaigns — the contractor and government supply elite — have blossomed, thanks to mega-projects and overblown procurements.
In honest environments, presidents pay off their campaign donors by making friendly policies.
In high impunity environments — like that of Kenya — financiers are paid through rigged contracts and hefty kick-backs.
This, it seems, must be what is driving corruption today. Regime financiers expect to recoup their campaign investments whilst leveraging even bigger contracts on the promise that they will fund future campaigns.
Only when we grasp that corruption is this embedded in the politics can we explain the impunity of Government departments: the frequent single-sourcing; the constant padding and revision of contracts already signed or the regular awards of tenders to friends and relatives the powerful.
Kenya is now officially a “contractor democracy”. This too is a source of frustration.
The President is surely verbalising the inmost fears of those who have benefited most from his government. After all, they stand to lose their all if he does not win the next election.
Yet, by playing the frustrated Mr Hardball, Mr Kenyatta is painting himself into an unhappy corner, looking more like his deputy, Mr Ruto, than the Kenyatta who charmed the continent as Mr Cool.
Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto addresses a rally in Kapsokwony, Bungoma County, on March 31, 2017. PHOTO | REBECCA NDUKU | DPPS
Mr Kenyatta has never been the divisive person he now wants to be, Mr Ruto always was.
Mr Kenyatta has never been mired in personal scandals, Mr Ruto constantly is. The new Mr Kenyatta is frittering away his most valuable political asset, his genial personality.
If the President is needled by reminders that his government has fulfilled few of its overblown electoral promises, he should ask himself why that is so.
Unfortunately, he is not given to introspection. In moments of frustration, he is prone to outbursts and unguarded remarks.
In a State House function last year, ironically called to discuss governance, he played victim, charging that it was the duty of departments — not the presidency — to fight corruption.
It was a clear case of a chief executive shirking responsibility. During William Ntimama’s funeral, he tried, perhaps too insouciantly, to play on the ‘eating’ metaphor, miscuing it with the comment that whilst his opponents were scrambling for bones his supporters were feasting on the chops.
Instead of the bad joke that it might have been, the comment sounded like the brag of a privileged prince out of touch with the realities of his hungry subjects.
If this is what is frustrating the President, it is of his own making.
He has not fought corruption because his administration is beholden to corrupt insiders, not because he lacks constitutional authority, as his advisers often claim.
Instead of fixing governance — the country’s abiding problem – Mr Kenyatta squandered the post-election ‘honeymoon’ launching mega-projects designed to impress rather than benefit the people.
When he eventually stumbled, with his handling of the NYS scandal, he retreated into an echo chamber of self-serving advisors and internet incendiaries.
That he has such advisers is, again, the President’s fault.
He assumed, wrongly, that the advisers who helped him win the election were also the kind that he needed to govern.
INCOMPETENT ADVISERS
Instead of scouting for the competent and the independent-minded, he hired a group of politically inept but internet-savvy advisors.
Some of them believed that their mastery of a medium — the internet — was proof of competence.
They messaged the President’s achievements by uploading palpable forgeries and silly conspiracy theories, feeding him fear rather than facts and judgment.
It is not a wonder, then, that Mr Kenyatta feels besieged. He sees his critics as his advisers do, mortal enemies.
By his lights, Kenya is doing fine; the Opposition is a bunch of wreckers and malcontents; human rights NGOs are the cat’s paw of imperialists and all he needs to do to win later this year, is to communicate clearly, the better to expose this evil alliance.
Yet, even if Mr Kenyatta had tried to do more, he would probably have failed.
His administration was too politically fragmented from the beginning to have been effective.
That fragmentation was shaped by the cynical bargain that he struck with his then political foe, Mr William Ruto to win in 2013.
He and Mr Ruto were united by adversity; the criminal charges that they were both facing at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Unfortunately, their triumph at The Hague, when those charges failed, has exposed the fissures that the slick PR had hidden.
President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and his Deputy William Ruto celebrate the formation of Jubilee Party on September 10, 2016 at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are so temperamentally different. They would never have been allies but for their ICC ill fortune.
Mr Kenyatta is the debonair, high-born, bon vivant who had the kind of parents he needed to rise to the top.
Mr Ruto is the self-declared ‘hustler’ who clawed his murky way out of abject poverty and into high office.
Their supporters are historical antagonists. They are currently in a wary truce, not a delighted peace.
Mr Kenyatta may rhapsodise the founding fathers as much as he likes but the tensions between his base and that of Mr Ruto have their roots in the actions of the founders.
Those tensions did not abate merely because Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto both drunk from a bitter ICC cup.
It does not end there. Even as Mr Kenyatta’s running mate for 2017, Mr Ruto seems hell-bent on weakening the ticket.
Dogged by unsavoury gossip, he has become frisky and arrogant. Ostensibly a savvy politician, he has recently waded into an ill-advised defamation claim against activist Boniface Mwangi and a titillating paternity lawsuit, exposing both his official and personal conduct to exactly the kind of judicial scrutiny that most people would pay a fortune to avoid.
VIOLENT ELECTIONS
A more courageous Kenyatta would have dumped him for a more attractive choice for 2017.
But there are other dangers in Mr Kenyatta’s very angry and very public venting. Most immediate is the fact that it is polarising an already dangerously-divided country.
Both his base and his opponents are likely to respond to his intemperate outbursts with equally intemperate reactions.
The inevitable race-to-the-bottom as each side adopts ever more reckless and intransigent positions, will prime the country for an angry, uncompromising and even violent election.
Kenya has only held two peaceful elections of the seven polls and referenda it has held since 1990; the 2002 and 2013 elections.
It is no accident that no incumbent was running in either of the races and that the campaigns were so refreshingly free of bile and hyperventilating sycophants. It is surely time to learn.
Mr Wachira Maina is a constitutional lawyer

Civil society wants oil, gas deals made public


Workers at an oil rig at Ngamia 1 in Kenya's Turkana County.  The government wants production to begin in 2017. PHOTO | FILE
Workers at an oil rig at Ngamia 1 in Kenya's Turkana County. PHOTO | FILE 
By KENNEDY SENELWA
In Summary
  • The Kenya civil society platform on Oil and Gas has written to Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter and his Mining counterpart Dan Kazungu, asking for disclosure of all signed contracts to enhance transparency and cushion the country against losses in future.

Treasury extends tax amnesty for Kenyans with cash abroad

Central banks in East Africa have resorted to direct market interventions to stop their currencies from weakening further against the bullish dollar. PHOTO | FILE
Kenya's Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich in the 2017/18 Budget statement Thursday extended the deadline to June 30,2018, for fat cats who have stashed away wealth abroad, to file returns in order to enjoy a tax amnesty. The previous deadline was December 31, 2017. PHOTO | FILE 
By CHARLES MWANIKI
In Summary
  • Treasury CS Henry Rotich in the 2017/18 Budget statement yesterday said the fat cats wishing to enjoy the tax amnesty should file their returns by June 30, 2018.
  • Tax experts had earlier pointed to this as a grey area in the set of regulations that the KRA set out on March 9.
  • The government is eying the more than £1 billion (Sh124 billion) looted from Kenyan taxpayers during President Moi’s reign.

Treasury extends tax amnesty for Kenyans with cash abroad

Central banks in East Africa have resorted to direct market interventions to stop their currencies from weakening further against the bullish dollar. PHOTO | FILE
Kenya's Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich in the 2017/18 Budget statement Thursday extended the deadline to June 30,2018, for fat cats who have stashed away wealth abroad, to file returns in order to enjoy a tax amnesty. The previous deadline was December 31, 2017. PHOTO | FILE 
By CHARLES MWANIKI
In Summary
  • Treasury CS Henry Rotich in the 2017/18 Budget statement yesterday said the fat cats wishing to enjoy the tax amnesty should file their returns by June 30, 2018.
  • Tax experts had earlier pointed to this as a grey area in the set of regulations that the KRA set out on March 9.
  • The government is eying the more than £1 billion (Sh124 billion) looted from Kenyan taxpayers during President Moi’s reign.

Kenya’s inflation leaps to five-year high on rising food costs


The price of maize flour in the region has been on the rise recently, with farmers making huge gains, thanks to hunger-stricken Malawi. PHOTO | FILE
Kenya's inflation has risen to a high of 10.28 per cent in March, 2017, a rate last seen in May 2012. The rise is as a result of higher food prices mainly maize flour. PHOTO | FILE 
By Allan Olingo
In Summary
  • Inflation has risen to a high of 10.28 per cent in March, a rate last seen in May 2012.
  • It has moved further outside the Central Bank of Kenya's (CBK) preferred ceiling of between 2.5 per cent and 7.5 per cent
  • The biggest impact in the food items basket came from maize flour and dry maize

I&M Bank Rwanda shares start trading amid limited supply


Trading at the Rwanda Stock Exchange.  The bourse has three government bonds with the longest a five-year bond maturing in September 2016 and one corporate bond by I&M Bank. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Trading on the Rwanda Stock Exchange. I&M Bank Rwanda shares closed at Rwf105 ($0.12) on March 31, on their first day of trading, with just over 100 shares traded PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
By KABONA ESIARA
In Summary
There were bids worth seven million but no offers, a sign investors may be waiting for the share price to appreciate further.

China sees Tanzania as potential country for investment




TANZANIA has been highlighted among potential African countries where China has invested more than 34bn US dollars.



The investment has increased 60 times in the past 17 years. African countries including ...

Shareholders to earn less as TPCC revenue drops

DAILY NEWS Reporter
TANZANIA Portland Cement Company Limited (TPCC) Shareholders will earn less this time as 2016 profits dipped due to drop in revenue due to market conditions, which have resulted to the decrease in market selling price.

Mobile firm unveils M-Pesa app geared to simplify transactions

DAILY NEWS Reporter
VODACOM Tanzania Plc yesterday unveiled its M-Pesa app which is tailored to simplify M-Pesa transactions for smartphone users.
The app is new in mobile money platforms in Tanzania, geared to bring simplicity and...

French Embassy partnering trade via forum

ABDUEL ELINAZA
FRENCH Ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Malika Berak along with Economic Advisor to the embassy, Ms Béatrice Alperte, speaks during a press briefing on the forthcoming four-day France-Tanzania Business Forum dubbed “Semaine de la France”, a forum which aims to strengthen and nurture trade initiatives whose ultimate goal is to improve France and Tanzania business partnership. The event is expected to be graced by the Vice-President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan. The forum is set to focus on sectors that will support Tanzania strategy of industrialization such as; energy, including renewable energies, transport, digital solutions and also seek how to provide capacity building to local businesses. (Photo by Mohamed Mambo)
THE French Embassy in Tanzania has organized a four-day forum that centred on fostering partnership and development through businesses in Dar es Salaam.

Gvt urges banks to lower lending rates

DAILY NEWS Reporter
IN a bid to offer quality services and cater for growing customers demand for financial and banking services, the BancABC has opened up a new branch in Tegeta, Dar es Salaam in order to speed up the economy.

TZ ranks high in continental development

HAZLA OMAR in Arusha
ESTABLISHMENT of more than 50 research centres and institutions in the country is one of the factors that propelled Tanzania to be ranked high on the continental Development Capacity Index (ACI), which listed Dar es Salaam in the second position out of the 44 African entries.

Govt firm on EAC trade bloc: G Terry

ANTHONY TAMBWE
THE government has been on the frontline in working with the private sector in the country to enable local investors to compete in the East African Community market.

Somaliland roots for ‘statehood’ at UN, AU halls of fame

MAUREEN ODUNGA
Somaliland Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Saad Shire
THE Republic of Somaliland is now rooting for recognition at the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) as a sovereign state, apparently in a bid to win legitimate rights as an independent state.

Court dismisses appeal over Kagame tenure

FAUSTINE KAPAMA
Rwandan president, Paul Kagame
THE African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has dismissed an application for interim measures filed by Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa and six others against move for amendment of constitution of Rwanda, extending office tenure of President Paul Kagame.