Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Monday, September 13, 2021.
Samia: Why I reshuffled the cabinet
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Monday hinted at the motivations behind her latest mini cabinet reshuffle, saying that some of the dismissed ministers mistook her calmness and politeness for a weakness, “and started doing what was pleasing them.”
The Head of State made the revelation during a function to swear in the newly appointed cabinet ministers at the State House in the capital Dodoma. In Sunday’s cabinet reshuffle, President Samia appointed four new ministers to head the defence, Information and Communication Technologies, works and transport, and energy portfolios.
“Among [the ministers dismissed], mistook my politeness and calmness for weakness and started doing what was pleasing them,” President Samia said as soon as she finished swearing in the newly appointed cabinet ministers and Attorney General. “But others took my politeness and calmness as the reason for doing their works and prove that they can do the work.”
President Samia has appointed the immediate former Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Dr Stargomena Lawrence Tax as Tanzania’s new defence minister, filling in a position left vacant by Mr Elias Kwandikwa who died on August 2, 2021, while receiving treatment at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar es Salaam for an undisclosed disease.
She also appointed Dr Eliezer Feleshi as the new Attorney General, replacing Prof Adelardus Kilangi who has been appointed ambassador. Before Sunday’s appointment, Dr Feleshi served as a principal judge at Tanzania’s High Court.
President Samia also transferred the Information Department from the Ministry of Information, Arts, Culture, and Sports to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies. The Head of State appointed Dr Ashatu Kijaji to head the docket, replacing Dr Faustine Ndugulile whose appointment has been revoked. Dr Kijaji had served as deputy finance minister during the Magufuli Administration.
Samia also appointed Bumbuli MP (Chama cha Mapinduzi) Mr January Makamba who is replacing Dr Merdard Kalemani as minister for energy. She also appointed Prof Makame Mbarawa as Minister for Works and Transportation, replacing Dr Leonard Chamuriho whose appointment has been revoked.
“I want to tell you that going forward, our government will be run through tough actions and not tough words,” Samia informed her new and old government officials who attended the State House function. “And when I say tough actions I do not mean administering corporal punishment. [I mean] going to the people and provide them with the required services.”
President Mwinyi appoints new govt officials
President of Zanzibar Dr Hussein Mwinyi on Monday made appointments of different leaders to fill positions in the Isle’s government.
He has appointed Dr Juma Yakuti Juma to be the Deputy Secretary of the revolutionary council
President Mwinyi also appointed Suleiman Ali Suleiman as the Assistance Deputy Secretary of the revolutionary council (policy, monitoring and evaluation) and Dr Othman Abbas Ali as the government’s Controller and Auditor General
The President also appointed Yussuf Ibrahim Yussuf to be the Commissioner of the Foreign Exchange Department.
Others who were appointed and their duties in blankets include Saumu Khatib Haji (Commissioner at the Budget Department), Haji Ali Haji (Director of Tax and Financial Policy Department), Suleiman Mohammed Rashid (Director of Operations and Service Department), and Mohammed Hassan Khamisi (Director of Planning, Policy and Research Department).
Dr Mwinyi appointed Siti Abbas Ali as the Commissioner of the National Planning, Development Sector and Poverty Reduction Department.
He appointed Ahmed Makame Haji as the Commissioner of Economic Development Department and Khamis Issa Mohammed as the Trustee Officer, Pemba Planning Commission.
President Mwinyi also appointed Dr Mohammed Juma Abdalla as the Executive Secretary of the Tourism Commission, Hafsa Hassan Mbamba as the Director of the Marketing Department and Aviwa Issa Makame as the Director of Planning and Tourism Development Department
EAC prosecutors meet in Tanzania to strengthen the fight against wildlife crime
Directors of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) from across the East African region met in Tanzania over the weekend to strengthen the fight against wildlife crime, a statement released yesterday by TRAFFIC, a non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants, said.
The meeting focused on enforcing and prosecuting wildlife crimes as transnational economic and financial crimes and provided DPPs with a detailed demonstration of how an online platform dedicated to combating wildlife crime works
The online platform that aims at supporting East African prosecutors’ investigations, enforcement and cooperation to crack down on wildlife crime, was officially launched on August 16, 2021.
The platform supports and coordinates regional approaches to improve regional and bilateral collaboration on investigating and prosecuting transnational crimes.
According to TRAFFIC, East Africa is a wildlife trafficking hotspot. The region’s rich biodiversity and international transport links make it an ideal poaching ground and a key transit route for international wildlife trafficking.
“[The platform] aims to create awareness and enhance prosecutorial capacity to combat wildlife crimes in the region,” Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary-General, Productive and Social Sectors, the East Africa Community (EAC), said in his opening remarks.
“The demonstration of it at this conference is a call for regional prosecutors to make use of it for enhancing investigation and prosecutorial capacities on transboundary crimes.”
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