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A BABY’S entry into the world is usually greeted delightfully by parents, broader family members and well-wishers.Their prayers and expectations are that the baby will enjoy good health, acquire a good education, a beneficial profession, and, ultimately, become a resourceful adult.

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IT has come to light that a group of well-wishers, who have the welfare of young women at heart, has seen the predicament that afflicts schoolgirls in Kisarawe District secondary schools.

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THIS paper carried a lead story yesterday about progress in the plan to bring all wildlife conservation bodies under one roof.

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THE ability to deliver messages on complex issues via a simple approach, but which even semi-literate people can grasp easily, was one of the attributes that made Tanzania’s founding president, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, a towering intellectual giant.

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CHILDREN are not only gifts from God, but also constitute the future.

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IT has come to light that the government is looking into the possibility of building new prisons in 52 districts in the country. The upshot, the government says, is to decongest some of the most populated penitentiaries.

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THE second probe team led by Professor Nehemiah Osoro presented its report to President John Magufuli on Monday, throwing away any shadow of doubt that all is not well in the mining sector.

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TANZANIA, and its people, have been ripped off their won mineral wealth, almost at will, by just about every idiot who came to this country in the guise of investment.

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THE Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) was recently compelled to do something that, in an ideal situation, it shouldn’t do. It issued a statement trashing reports circulating through some social media sites, of job opportunities there.

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TAIFA Stars face a tricky fixture against Lesotho in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers at the Azam’s Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam tomorrow and nothing but victory will fascinate Tanzanians.

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THERE are mounting concerns over unpredictable tax regime, which is allegedly increasing the cost of doing business in the country.

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THE national emblem, which is Tanzania’s leading symbol, as it is for other nations, shot into the limelight recently, thanks to the short-lived limelight into which Mzee Francis Maige shot.

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THOSE lucky enough to make it to Butiama Village, birthplace of founding president and Father of the Nation, are very lucky indeed, not least, our very own Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who will be there to grace this year’s World Environment Day (WED).

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IT is now evident that Alphonce Simbu’s success in Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro last year has been more than rewarding to Tanzania.

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IF promises constituted a commercial product like, say, a popular brand of soft drink or alcohol, they would provide a basis for the establishment of a highly lucrative industry. That, though is a fictitious sketch.

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GALLANT Tanzania’s Under-17 side, Serengeti Boys who were mathematically ousted from the African Youth Championship in Gabon, definitely impressed every Tanzanian despite missing the desired goal.

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IT was delightful to hear recently that the number of tourists visiting Tanzania has increased significantly boosting revenue receipts from 1.3 billion US dollars in 2011 to 2.21 billion in 2016.

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IF it had legs of its own, obstetric fistula would be very good at eluding attention; instead, it sends its victims into hiding – and sure death where ignorance and lack of medical care come into play.

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AGRICULTURE undoubtedly forms the backbone of this country. Despite being a leading employer, many rural folks depend on it for survival.

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WITH defending champions Young Africans heading for a glorious hat-trick, the Mainland Premier League eventually reaches climax tomorrow after completing its tense 30 rounds.

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THE nation suffered another dismaying setback early this week when unknown assailants attacked and killed yet another police officer, Mr Deus Malenge, who was the Officer in-Charge of District (OCD) for Uvinza in Kigoma Region.

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A COUPLE of years ago, a young, foreign schoolgirl fascinated many people – via a video clip - by the speed and accuracy at which she mentioned the capital cities of all African countries.

Cynics may dismiss that as pointless, arguing that she had merely crammed the names, and that, therefore, she didn’t deserve any credit. Semantics aside, though, the girl’s response to what the capital city of Tanzania was, is, important.

She cited Dar es Salaam and Dodoma as a two-in-one answer. That set-up is most probably intriguing for many foreigners, who may be wondering why a country should have two capital cities.

Included in the group may be some who may merely shrug off the entire thing and say that it is none of their business but exclusively of Tanzanians themselves.

They certainly would have a point, against which backdrop we should ponder President John Magufuli’s dissolution of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday. Some compatriots may be as curious as some foreigners, over the rationale behind Tanzania having two geographical power centres.

They would similarly have a point, and a very big, may be, gigantic one.

For them, foreign and short-term visitors, plus longer-term residents on tourism, business, and other engagements, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma’s shared ‘capital city’ status is confusing, and even hilarious. Pinning the ‘political capital’ and ‘commercial capital’ on Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, respectively, hasn’t been very helpful.

For, the labels notwithstanding, Dar es Salaam is literally running the show either way, as it hosts the Executive and Judicial branches of the State.

But even on the legislative front, Dodoma does, for most part, spring into beehive-like life during parliamentary sessions, commemorative events like the latest Union Day on April 26, and high-level meetings of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi. What’s more,Dodoma – whose choice as the presumed future capital city was largely influenced by its geographical centrality is overwhelmingly overshadowed by Arusha and Mwanza cities.

Very little headway has been made to transform Dodoma as the country’s nucleus, largely because CDA’s performance over the past 44 years has been below par. For the sake of fairness, though, the successive management teams of the Authority haven’t been wholly to blame.

Some of its problems have stemmed, for instance, from structural arrangements that bred overlaps. Remedial measures have been set in motion, the most significant, so far, being transferring hitherto CDA activities to the Dodoma Municipal Council.

We earnestly hope that, it will discharge its responsibilities to the best of its abilities, and avoid the all-too-familiar pattern of slipping into lethargy after a few months or years of enthusiasm. Tanzanians are anxious that the long-elusive Dodoma dream comes true-- and fast !

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TANZANIA was last week honoured to host South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma who visited the country on an invitation by President John Magufuli.

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GOOD books mean money. This is true whether we’re talking about novels or set textbooks for secondary school pupils or primers on surgery for the specialist consulting surgeon.

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THE reports by some sections of the media in the neighbouring Kenya that Tanzania is prying in the neighbouring country’s politics ahead of the August general election are reckless, unethical and frivolous to say the least.

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SERENGETI Boys are on the limelight now as the country’s envoys in the African Youth Championship in Gabon.

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TIME was when the cost of health was zero.

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SOME cynics propose that human beings and animals should swap habitats – the former should relocate to jungles and the latter should shift to urban centres and villages.

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THE role of private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the country is vital without any element of doubt.

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PEOPLE within and beyond Tanzania who place much premium on service delivery have certainly been deeply shaken by the recent revelation that 90 per cent of local broadcasters lack professional qualifications.

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THE invention of road motor transport marked a turning point in the history of humanity as it went a long way in reducing the constraints of distance and time, when one travels from one point to another.

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NATIONALISTIC sentiments are part of human nature. But nationalistic sentiments must be moderate and rational; else, the concept is at best diluted, and, at worst, it is rendered meaningless.

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THE media fraternity in the country yesterday joined the rest of the world in marking World Freedom Day, with the government expressing commitment in ensuring independence of the press and lack of restrictions in information dissemination in the country.

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