Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
Ndugai gives veteran journalist Ulimwengu ‘last warning’ over claim of disrespecting Parliament
Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai on Wednesday gave veteran journalist, politician and activist Jenerali Ulimwengu what he described as a ‘last warning’ over what Mr Ndugai said is the former’s behaviour to speak badly about the lawmaking body and the Speaker specifically.
Mr Ndugai gave the warning yesterday while addressing the ongoing parliamentary sessions in the capital Dodoma.
“There is this old man, [called] Jenerali Ulimwengu, who has been making statements that disrespect the Parliament,” Mr Ndugai told the House. “Because he is an educated and grown-up person, he must be doing this deliberately.”
Mr Ndugai did not specify which statements exactly that Mr Ulimwengu has made and which appeared to disrespect the Parliament.
However, Mr Ulimwengu has been touring Tanzania to market his new book called Rai ya Jenerali: Volume III where, in partnership with the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), he has been organizing speaking events where he comments on a number of issues concerning Tanzania’s political development.
The latest speaking event took place in Arusha on November 9, 2021, where Mr Ulimwengu was accompanied by another veteran journalist and activist Dr Ananilea Nkya during a talk about the need for a New Constitution in Tanzania.
At one moment during the occasion, Mr Ulimwengu suggested that it is not healthy for the Parliament and the Speaker to curry favour with the government, urging the Speaker to run the legislative house through the existing laws and regulations, calling it the only way through which the Speaker will earn respect from Tanzanians.
It is not clear if this is the reason behind yesterday’s warning from Speaker Ndugai to Mr Ulimwengu.
“I’m giving [Mr Ulimwengu] the last warning,” Mr Ndugai explained. “If he does not stop, we will deal with him both internally in the Parliament and externally in the courts.”
Samia touts TZ investment climate to Egyptian businesspeople
Tanzania and Egypt have agreed to work closely in areas of agriculture, livestock and fisheries and military cooperation with President Samia Suluhu Hassan saying that Tanzania is in the best position to benefit from Egyptian technology and expertise.
The Head of State revealed this on Wednesday during a press conference she held immediately after meeting her host the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
President Samia is in the northeastern country of Africa for a three-day official visit following an invitation from her host President al-Sisi.
“My government will render all the necessary facilitation to the Egyptian business community wishing to invest and do business in Tanzania,” said President Samia during the press conference
According to President Samia, trade volume between Tanzania and Egypt increased to Sh87.3 billion in 2020 up from Sh84.3 billion that was recorded in 2018. She revealed that Tanzania has also registered a total of 26 projects from Egypt worth $1.3billion that have created 2,206 jobs.
“We invite more Egyptian investors to come and explore investment opportunities in Tanzania,” emphasized President Samia.
She added: “My government appreciates the longstanding technical assistance provided by the government of Egypt through the years and areas of cooperation. Over the years we have been recipients of a number of scholarships and capacity building training programmes from the government of Egypt, this support has played a vital role in building capacity, increasing knowledge, skills and expertise of our public officials.”
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