Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania over the weekend.
PM gives committee investigating Mtwara, Tanga killings seven more days
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Sunday gave the special committee he had formed to investigate the killings in Mtwara and Tanga regions seven more days to accomplish its probing.
The committee, which began work on the matter on February 4, 2022, was due to complete its report within 14 days, or February 17, 2022. But it requested an additional seven days, citing the magnitude of the assignment to complete it efficiently.
On February 4, 2022, President Samia Suluhu Hassan directed Mr Majaliwa Majaliwa to form a team that will independently investigate an alleged murder of a police officer in Mtwara, saying that the police cannot investigate itself.
Businessman Mussa Hamisi, 25, in Mtwara was reportedly killed by seven police officers after the law enforcers had allegedly robbed him of Sh70 million. The officers have since been arrested and arraigned in connection to the murder.
The committee was also tasked to investigate an incident at Kibirashi and Elerai villages, Kilindi District, Tanga where five people were reportedly shot dead and slaughtered while three more were injured in a fracas between herdsmen and farmers that took place on Sunday, January 30, 2022.
European Commission grants TZ Sh1.15t in development fund
The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union (EU), has granted Tanzania a total of 425 million Euros, which is an equivalent to Sh1.15 trillion to fund various development initiatives by the government.
The funds are expected to be used in various development projects for the next three years in the country, according to a statement made available to the media by Director of Presidential Communications Zuhura Yunus yesterday,
The news of the funding was communicated by the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen while meeting President Samia Suluhu Hassan who was in the country for official duty.
A total of Sh480 billion from the funding has been earmarked to fund three projects including the upgrading of digital systems to the tune of Sh92 billion, Ms Yunus said in her statement.
Another Sh484 billion will be spent to strengthen the social well-being of Tanzanians based on gender equality while the other Sh197.3 billion would go for the Green Cities project, whose first phase would include Tanga, Mwanza and Pemba.
Indian court grants Tanzanian national default bail in drug smuggling case
An Indian court granted bail to a Tanzanian national arrested with 810 grams of cocaine from Mumbai International Airport, Hindustan Times reported.
The court granted bail to Kitwana Wardha Ramadhani as there was a default committed by the investigating officer in filing the charge sheet, the paper added.
The court observed that a twenty-five-year-old woman was detained by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officers. She was produced before Magistrate Court demanding custody for a medical examination, as officers suspected that she had concealed more drugs in her stomach.
The accused was released on bail due to a default committed by the investigating officer in filing the charge sheet, as per Hindustan Times.
The court observed it is also evident that the alleged offences against the accused are under section 8(c) (Prohibition of certain operations), 22 (Punishment for contravention in relation to psychotropic substances) and section 29 of NDPS Act (Punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy). Also, the contraband recovered is in commercial quantity. Therefore, the charge sheet ought to have been filed within a period of 180 days.
The DRI officers on a tip-off had on August 5, 2022, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai, detained one Kitwana Ramadhani. They found a capsule-shaped item with powder concealed inside her undergarments. The material purported to be cocaine weighed around 160 grams.
Thereafter, she was produced before a magistrate court seeking permission for conducting her medical examination and accordingly such permission was granted. After she was hospitalized on August 5, she purged 65 capsules. It contained 650 grams of cocaine.
Khushal Parmar, who argued for the woman, told the court that although the date of arrest is shown to be August 9, the accused was actually detained on August 5 and was duly produced on the same day before the Magistrate Court. Hence, considering the same, the applicant/accused prayed for enlargement on bail.
The court did not accept the prosecution’s arguments and granted bail to the Tanzanian.
Tanzania, Qatar meet over domestic workers procedures
The Qatari-Tanzanian Joint Technical Commission held its second meeting recently to discuss co-operation in manpower on the basis of the labour agreement signed between the two countries, according to reports by the Gulf press.
The Qatari side was headed by Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs Mohamed Hassan al-Obaidli while the Tanzanian side was headed by Secretary-General of the Ministry of Labour in the Prime Minister’s Office Jamal Adam.
During the meeting, they discussed facilitating procedures for sending domestic workers to Qatar, coordinating between the recruitment offices approved in the two countries as well as promoting and developing procedures for bringing in technical and specialized Tanzanian workers.
During the visit, the Qatari delegation, which included officials from the ministries of labour and interior, met with the Tanzanian Minister of State for Labour, Youth and Disabled Affairs and with representatives of recruitment offices in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Meanwhile, Tanzanian officials praised the great development that Qatar has witnessed in all fields, and the new labour laws and reforms that reflect Qatar’s keenness on the rights of workers of all categories, stressing that they contribute to preserving the rights of all parties and enhance confidence in the work climate in Qatar.
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