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CIVIC United Front (CUF) principal leaders are linked to the bombing of a Police Commissioner’s house in Zanzibar during a spate of violence after the general elections.

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 IN efforts to set the society free from road accidents, stakeholders yesterday launched a-two week training programme, specifically for Dar es Salaam motorcyclists commonly known as bodaboda.

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A REPORT on land conflict involving 34 villages in Mbarali District in Mbeya Region and Ruaha Wildlife Reserve which is under Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) is ready and will be presented to President John Magufuli for further action in a few days to come.

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TANZANIANS, particularly farmers, have been urged to effectively utilise weather information, as efforts to transform the country into an industrial economy.

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INTERNATIONAL Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will facilitate training of police and security forces on the guidelines on the conditions of arrest, police custody and pretrial detention in Africa.

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EACH region in the country will have court structures in a period of five years as the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Ministry implements national plan to construct courts nationwide.

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MOST of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consumers in the country are likely to be purchasing half-filled cylinders due to illegal gas refilling by dishonest traders.

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THE Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, has temporarily conferred the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam with a status of High Court to determine murder cases, in a special dispensation expected to end next month.

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PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday pardoned 2,219 prisoners on the occasion of the 53rd Anniversary of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, marked at national level at the Jamhuri Stadium in the designated capital of Dodoma. Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Maj. Gen.

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PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday made his maiden address at the climax of 53 years of the Union celebrations, making a moving plea to his compatriots to maintain peace and unity to ensure a one strong, peaceful nation.

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SKIN infections tormenting eight family members in Nkasi District has been clinically diagnosed as a highly contagious disease.

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TABORA regional authorities have suspended mining activities at Sikonge District-based Kitunda mine, which collapsed, killing six artisanal miners, recently.

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YONO Auction Mart has seized properties worth 68.1bn/-, belonging to businesspeople who are yet to honour their tax obligations with the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

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KAWE Member of Parliament on Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) ticket, Ms Halima Madee yesterday apologised to the National Assembly Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai, Deputy Minister of Health Community Development Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Khamis Kingwallah, the August House and general public for using abusive words on the 4th of April.

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PRESIDENT Ali Mohamed Shein yesterday met Engineering Consultants Group (ECG) officials from Egypt, a crucial step towards the commencement of works to develop Zanzibar town into a modern city.

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THE government has released a statement to mark “Universal Malaria Day” that indicates that the current infection rate status in the country is worse compared to the situation that prevailed in the past five years.

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MADAGASCAR Ocean Patrol Vessel yesterday docked at Zanzibar in its mission to control illegal fishing in the region.

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CHINESE President XI Jinping has through President John Magufuli congratulated Tanzanians on the celebrations of the 53rd Anniversary of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

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THE government has called upon Zanzibar politicians to allow exploration of oil and gas, to ascertain whether the resources are present before haggling on which side the products belong to.

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ACTING Chief Justice, Prof Ibrahim Juma has invited two prominent law professors to assist the Court of Appeal determine an appeal on powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to deny bail to accused persons in criminal proceedings.

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  • Call for sustainable ironing out of rising issues

AS Tanzania turns 53 years today, political pundits have hailed the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar that has remained intact despite ups and downs, calling upon specific negotiation machinery to address issues as they rise.

Ahead of national celebrations, pencilled for Dodoma Region today to mark Union anniversary, the government and experts flagged major achievements made after Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar united in April 1964.

Recently, the Minister of State, Vice-President’s Office, Union and Environment, January Makamba explained that the Union government has made positive headways in addressing Union issues and improving matters. Minister Makamba elaborated that Union issues had dropped to only three from 15 in 2006, while Union matters increased to 22 from 11.

Political expert, Dr Bashiru Ally remarked that each issue resolved adds more value to the improvement of the Union, but cautioned that the assessment on the achievement should be done by talking to citizens as they are the ones who feel the impact.

Dr Ally, who is a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, argued that building the Union is something sustainable and the country must not relax upon addressing a number of challenges. “It’s better to look at whether the country has succeeded in meeting Union goals, particularly on the state of people’s lives.

To what extent the Union has achieved in fighting three enemies, namely diseases, poverty and ignorance,” he argued. On the same note, he sounded the importance of public awareness on the Union, saying that it will help in sustaining it.

“If there is no understanding among the people over the Union, it is likely that other issues will emerge. The strength of the Union mainly depends upon understanding of its history and goals,” he said. Currently, according to Mr Makamba, the only three major issues that still remain unsolved were the registration of motor vehicles, establishing a joint finance commission and finance account and Isles shares in the Central Bank (BoT).

The Minister is confident that existence of proper procedures and systems to handle Union issues and matters was clear reason Tanzania marks 53rd anniversary today.

Another political commentator from UDSM, Dr John Jingu, stated that the Union, in any place in the world, is meant to boost capacity of the countries, dealing with challenges they face economically, politically and security-wise. It is unlike when a country combats such problems individually.

“So, it’s the same for our Union. We have so far achieved a great success on those areas,” he noted. Regarding challenges of the Union, he said there are supposed to be good systems to resolve them, as they may continue arising.

Ruaha University College (RUCO) Political Science and Public Administration lecturer, Professor Gaudence Mpangala said Tanzania has every reason to celebrate the 53 years of Union as it was not easy to maintain it.

“However, despite this notable achievement, we need to look at how to solve the ongoing political impasse within the opposition party (CUF) as it is likely to fuel chaos in the Isles, because it has many supporters,’’ he said.

University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) lecturer, Mr Richard Mbunda also said that as a nation, all Tanzanians should celebrate for maintaining the Union because some countries failed to maintain theirs.

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THE Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee has expressed discontent over meagre funds released to its parent ministry by the Treasury which has hampered implementation of projects.

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TANZANIAN government has asked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to remove its Country Director, Ms Awa Dabo, who is blamed over poor working relations with her colleagues, a situation that has led to inefficiency at the agency.

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TANZANIA Traffic Police Commander Mohamed Mpinga has appealed on establishment of ‘Safety Clubs’ in schools in order to reduce, if not to end, death and injuries caused by accidents among schoolchildren.

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TANZANIA is set to host a fourday Global Logistics Summit (23 -26 August, 2017) this year in Dar es Salaam, where President John Magufuli is expected to honour the inaugural event.

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PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has appealed to religious leaders to use their positions to urge their believers to lead ethical lives, value lawful jobs and instill discipline to their children.

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PRESIDENTJohn Magufuli has appointed Prof Raphael Tihelwa Chibunda new Vice- Chancellor of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), replacing Prof Gerald Monela who has completed his term of service.

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VICE-PRESIDENT’S Office (VPO) has secured 230bn/- for execution of adaptation measures in a strategic Simiyu water project to mitigate climate change effects.

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MINISTERIAL Committee of the Organ Troika (MCO-T) mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said there is need for peaceful and transparent elections in the vast African nation.

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JUDICIARY yesterday embarked on a special countrywide programme to clear all old cases still pending in courts from the Court of Appeal to the primary court levels.

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CONTROLLER and Auditor General (CAG) has exposed squandering of public funds, prompting thorough investigation to find out the embezzlers behind the deceitful deals.

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A TUSSLE over the legal age of marriage resurfaced in the National Assembly here again yesterday, with the government saying “legal anthropology” could be the best way to seek a lasting solution to the current challenges.

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SOCIAL security funds plan to establish at least 25 industries countrywide and create over 300,000 jobs for Tanzanians, the government declared here yesterday.

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