Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
Samia appoints new TRA deputy commissioner, envoy
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday made two appointments by appointing Mcha Hassan Mcha as a new Deputy Commissioner of the Tanzania Revenue Authorities (TRA) as well as Celestine Mushy as Tanzania’s new ambassador to Australia.
Before yesterday’s appointment, Mr Mcha was serving as the Commissioner of Control and Enforcement at Taxman’s headquarters.
He fills a position left by Msafiri Mbibo who was recently promoted to the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals.
As for Ambassador Mushy, he was previously serving as the Assistant Administrative Secretary in the Office of the Mtwara Regional Commissioner.
According to the statement, Mr Mushy’s appointment became effective from January 14, 2022, while Mcha’s new role started effectively on December 5, 2021.
Emirati company lands real estate deal in Zanzibar
Eagle Hills Regional Properties, a private real estate investment and development company based in Abu Dhabi, has secured a deal to develop major real estate projects in Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous archipelago’s State House announced Friday.
According to the statement, Executive Director of the Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority (ZIPA) Shariff Ali Shariff and Mohammed Ali Rashid Alabar representing Eagle Hills Regional Properties Company signed the deals in the presence of President Dr Hussein Mwinyi.
Mwinyi left Zanzibar on Sunday for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a three-day working visit, as the leader of the semi-autonomous archipelago seeks to widen bilateral ties between the two countries.
Tuesday’s press release said that the projects expected to be implemented by the investor were a five-star hotel and residential houses in Zanzibar.
The projects are expected to be implemented in other areas including Matemwe in Unguja North Region, where a five-star hotel will be built as well as high-end residential houses.
Sabaya: I was humiliated and mistreated during arrest
The ousted Hai District Commissioner, Lengai Ole Sabaya, who is now serving 30 years prison sentence for armed robbery, yesterday recounted his arrest calling it unlawfully and that he was mistreated and humiliated.
Sabaya said that officers from the anti-corruption unit forcefully entered his hotel at 4 in the morning on May 27,2021, and that he was kept in holding for 8 days.
Sabaya claims that his arrest was unlawful because there was no arrest warrant and that arresting him at 4 in the morning was nothing but mistreatment and humiliation. He also claimed that several items taken from him during the day of arrest were never recovered.
Sabaya is now fighting his second case, the economic sabotage case. This was after weeks of evidence hearing in which a witness recounted how Sabaya and his associate forcefully took some money from him.
During his reign at Hai, Sabaya built a reputation of being ruthless and running things outside the premise of laws and rules. Several people had complained of his heinous acts which include extortion, torture, business disruption, abuse and the like.
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