Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
Samia layout key concern for the new cabinet
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Thursday shared a glimpse of the issues that give her a headache, urging her recently formed cabinet to do whatever it takes to address the issues lest the administration proves incapable of solving Tanzanians’ problems.
She was speaking with cabinet members in Dodoma whereby in a mother-like language the Head of State explained what she expected of them, emphasizing her burning desire to see a cabinet that is not only committed to serving Tanzanians but also resistant to the temptations of corruption and other forms of malpractices.
Some of the issues that irk Tanzania’s first female president are the lack of coordination among government’s departments; personal feuds among government officials; corruption that she called “excessive”; the entertainment of the business as usual culture among civil servants; and nepotism in government employment.
Samia was particularly concerned with the misunderstanding that exists between ministers and deputy ministers and permanent secretaries with their deputies. She seemed astonished why such misunderstandings happen while everyone was in the government by the virtue of their qualifications.
When it comes to government officials enriching themselves through their respective government positions, President Samia accused her assistants of “over-eating,” pointing out that some corrupt tendencies within the government are “excesses.”
The Head of State also reminded her assistants of the importance of preserving government’s secrets, claiming that recently some state secrets have been observed circulating on social media. Samia also challenged the new cabinet to be dynamic and look for modern ways that work, emphasizing that most of government policies are outdated and need to be revisited
Police pay final respect to the fallen journalist
Uhuru Digital journalist, Johari Shani who had passed away in a greasy accident on January 11, 2022, was buried yesterday in Arusha.
Among the mourners was the Police Force representatives who said Shani was one of their own. Police burial ritual was performed during the ceremony. “She was on duty until the day of her death, she was an honest and committed person who served to protect our country, said the Arusha Police Commander, ACP Justine Masejo and we send our condolences to the Police Force and journalist in Mwanza.”
Prior to serving at Uhuru digital, Johari was also a journalist for the Mwananchi newspaper.
Zanzibar tourism showed promising recovery last year
The released data of the number of tourists by the end of November 2021, shows there was an increase by 32 percent of the total number of tourists who entered the Isles compared to a total number in 2020.
In 2020, there was a total of 260,644 tourists but up to November 2021, a total of 346,018 had entered the Isles. Russia was the main source of tourists in 2021, there is also a notable growth of entry from the African market.
The data for December 2021 is not out yet which will show if the resurgence of COVID-19 cases has affected the growth trajectory.
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