The Chanzo Morning Briefing – November 24, 2021.

In our briefing today: Samia wonders why members of police force prefer traffic police to other departments; Minister: Over 1.3 million people have been fully vaccinated in Tanzania; Samia to grace BoT-organized conference on post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
The Chanzo Reporter24 November 20214 min

Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

Samia wonders why members of police force prefer traffic police to other departments

President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday directed Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro to investigate the fact that many members of the law enforcement agency prefer to work for the traffic police departments to other departments.

The Head of State made the remarks in Arusha while inaugurating the Road Safety Week 2021 where she warned authorities against releasing road safety stickers without proper inspections.

“Many police officers, upon completing their training, lead an intensive lobbying and application, to be assigned to the traffic police department,” said President Samia, wondering. “You ask yourself, what is happening there [in the department]? Why don’t they ask to be assigned to guard leaders, they ask to be sent to the traffic department or to ports? IGP [Sirro], sit down with your colleagues and look at this and bring me some answers.”

President Samia said she had herself become a target of that lobbying campaign once as members of her village have once sought her assistance in their efforts to have them assigned to the traffic police department.

“I asked one of them why does it matter [to be assigned to traffic police department]?” President Samia narrated. “He/she told me that because if you work under the department, you get [money] quickly and life goes quickly.”

During the occasion, Samia directed the Police Force and other road safety stakeholders to partner with the private sector in motor vehicle inspection, saying that the private sector is interested and had already submitted proposals to participate in the inspection of vehicles, but unfortunately none of those responsible responded.

Minister: Over 1.3 million people have been fully vaccinated in Tanzania

Minister of Health Dr Dorothy Gwajima revealed on Tuesday that a total of 1,359,624 residents of Tanzania have been fully vaccinated, with 988,293 of them receiving the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the rest receiving two doses of the Sinopharm jab.

Another 371,331 residents have received one dose of the Sinopharm jab and are waiting to receive the second dose, the minister added.

Dr Gwajima was speaking at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam during a function to receive 499,590 doses of the Pfizer vaccine donated to Tanzania by the US government as part of the Covax initiative.

“Today we received 499,590 doses of Pfizer which will protect 249,795 Tanzanians,” Dr Gwajima was quoted as saying.

Tanzania has so far received 1,227,400 doses of the Janssen vaccine and 2,578,400 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.

US ambassador to Tanzania Donald Wright said during the handing over function that the US is aware of the ongoing efforts by the Tanzanian government in addressing COVID-19.

Mr Wright urged citizens to get vaccinated and continue to take precautions against the pandemic.

Samia to grace BoT-organized conference on post-COVID-19 economic recovery

President Samia Suluhu Hassan will officiate a two-day 20th Conference of Financial Institutions (COFI) that will discuss how Tanzania’s economy is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement released Tuesday by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) stated.

According to the statement, the conference, which will bring together some 300 senior officials from financial institutions, private sector, government, international organisations, academia, civic organizations, and media, will be held in the capital Dodoma starting on November 26, 2021.

“This year’s topics have been carefully selected in line with the current situation where the global economy is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” BoT said in the statement.

Bot organizes the conference jointly with the Tanzania Bankers Association (TBA). It’ll take place under the theme ‘Tanzania Economy:  Recovery from Covid-19 pandemic and beyond’.

“[The global] experienced since the beginning of 2020, and digital technologies and currencies are gaining popularity across the globe,” the statement said.

Some of the topics are economic growth and sustainability during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, priorities and policy options that carry this year theme.

Others are accelerating digitalisation for sustainable growth; digital currencies: experiences, risks and regulatory issues; and scaling up private sector credit beyond covid-19 pandemic: role of government, financial institutions, and private sector.

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