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THE Bank of Tanzania (BoT) has set new targets of achieving usage of formal financial services under the National Financial Inclusion Framework (NFIF 2014/17) of having 80 per cent of adult population using a financial access point.

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A CYBER security firm in network and endpoint security has introduced a new solution to enhance data protection capabilities and allows Information Technology managers to oversee devices used throughout the organization using a simple interface and intuitive workflows.

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FIFTY best local brands will be picked during a four-day expo in Dar es Salaam later this month and will be marketed at an African Standard event and continental free area exhibitions.

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ZANZIBAR’S Telecom Operator, Zantel has donated books worth 10m/- to Zanzibar Library Services (ZLS) in order to promote literacy and make it possible for more library users to access information digitally in the Islands.

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THE Sumbawanga Zone High Court, Rukwa region has freed a resident of Kafukoka Village along the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Kalambo District, Winfrida Kazumba (26) after pleading guilty of stabbing to death a one year old child, Kendi Pesambili unintentionally.

After she pleaded guilty the High Court found Winfrida guilty of manslaughter. The accused committed the crime five years ago when she was 21 years old.

Passing his judgment on Friday, Justice Kakusulo Sambo said after contemplating the court consideration of the absolute discharge offered by the defence led by senior counsel Mr Bartazar Chambi and friend of the court “amicus curiae”, advocate Mathias Budodi insisted the court should look at the accused with an eye and heart of mercy.

Literarily, “Amicus curiae” is someone who is not a party to a case and offers information that bears on the case, but who has not been solicited by any of the parties to assist a court. Similarly, the court contemplated that the accused has already spent over five years in custody without her case being heard while witnesses who were summoned into court throughout did not appear, which caused the hearing of the case to be often postponed, forcing the accused to remain in custody for such a long time. He added that the accused after spending years behind bars had shown remorse over her actions.

“After reflecting of all of that I hereby set her (Winfrida) free with absolute discharge” ruled Justice Kakusulo. Earlier, State Attorney Ms Happiness Mayunga charged before the court that the accused committed the crime on August 05, 2011 at night at Kafukoka village along the shore of Lake Tanganyika, Kalambo District.

Ms Mayunga alleged that on that material night the accused armed with a knife she confronted her bother in law identified as Justine Pesambili, accusing him of courting women on behalf of his husband and made him marry a second woman.

It was alleged that Pesambili was on his way back home when he met the accused, who accused him of wrecking her marriage, when a fight ensued and the accused threatened to stab Peasambili with a knife. In an attempt to save his life, Pesambili ran for dear life and took refuge in his elder brother’s house, who was identified as Richard Pesambili, but the accused was hot on his heels, wielding the knife.

According to the State Attorney, the accused dashed into the house which was in total darkness and stabbed the child who was on its mother’s back.

It was further alleged that the child died on the way to a nearby health facility. On mitigation, the accused prayed for leniency, claiming that she was a first offender and that she was remorseful over her actions.

THE Sumbawanga Zone High Court, Rukwa region has freed a resident of Kafukoka Village along the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Kalambo District, Winfrida Kazumba (26) after pleading guilty of stabbing to death a one year old child, Kendi Pesambili unintentionally.

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PRESIDENT John Magufuli made various promises during 2015 general election campaigns. One of them was to enhance loans issuance to higher education students. Our Staff Writer Anastazia Anyimike talked to Mr. George Nyatega, Executive Director with Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB), among other things, on the implementation of the promise. Excerpts …

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AFRICAN LCC group Fastjet is in the middle of the largest expansion of its international route network since it commenced operations three years ago, with four new routes being launched in early 2016.

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IN response to the Government`s letter of intent sent late last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has praised the improved monitoring of public entities by Treasury Registrar (TR) saying it was a ”welcome move”.

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THE national wheelchair tennis team leaves today for Kenya, the venue of Nairobi Open International tennis tournament, which starts tomorrow. National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday handed over the national flag to the team comprising seven players.

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VALENTINE’S Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day is a celebration observed on February 14, each year. Historically this is a liturgical celebration which evolved into an occasion in which people expressed their romantic feelings for each other by presenting flowers, offering gifts and greeting cards.

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THE CAF inter-clubs championship that involves country’s champions and the Confederation Cup that pits runners-up kicks off at its preliminary stage this weekend. Once again, Tanzania’s representatives have a chance to prove their worth.

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AS the national boxing championship rages on in Kawe suburb of Kinondoni municipality, well trained and highly disciplined boxers from armed force units are dominating the show in all 12 disciplines.

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