Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Thursday, November 17, 2022.
Small-scale traders hit hardest by ongoing water, power rationing in Tanzania
The ongoing water and power rationing in various parts of Tanzania adversely impact small-scale traders across the country, according to a mini survey by The Chanzo conducted in two major cities of Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.
Tanzanians are facing the unprecedented double rationing of the two essential services.
This inconvenience is taking a high toll on the people of the East African nation who have continued to seek state intervention to save them from the difficulties, The Chanzo has learnt.
Voices have been raised, particularly on social media platforms, by residents of a number of cities and towns across the country, decrying the difficulties they are forced to go through following the frequent, most of the time unannounced, power and water cuts.
In Mwanza, for example, the second largest city in Tanzania after Dar es Salaam, with a population of 3.6 million people, small-scale traders are demanding authorities fix power issues so that they can be able to do their businesses profitably.
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ATCL fails to land at Bukoba airport
Air Tanzania plane on Thursday was forced to make an emergency landing in Mwanza after failing to land at the Bukoba Airport over severe weather conditions.
The government-owned Daily News newspaper quoted the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) calling the decision by the pilot the right one given unfavourable conditions at the airport.
“It was dark, windy and associated with lightning,” TCAA Director General Mr Hamza Johari told Daily News. “No plane can land under such circumstances.”
ATCL has not made any comment but Mr Johari maintained that such conditions are normal in the industry.
Thursday’s report comes almost two after a deadly plane crash occurred in Bukoba on November 6, 2022, killing 19 people on board.
The aircraft, 5H-PWF, ATR42-500, was flying from Dar es Salaam to Bukoba when the accident occurred around 08:53 am. Reports suggest that there were 39 passengers (38 adults and one infant) and four crew on board the plane.
On Monday, President Samia Suluhu Hassan convened an emergency cabinet meeting at the Chamwino State House to discuss the accident, which directed a thorough investigation into the catastrophe that dominated global headlines recently.
Tanzanian judges visit Ireland to learn about handling child sexual abuse cases
A delegation of four Tanzanian judges on Thursday arrived in Ireland for a week-long technical exchange aimed at improving their handling of child sexual abuse, according to a report by Irish Legal News.
They are Joaquine De-Mello, Amour Said Khamis, Augustine Rwizile and Valentina Katema.
Judge De Mello is the chairperson of the Tanzania Women Judges and Magistrates, an association that has been at the forefront of calling for more accountability of the perpetrators of child sexual abuse.
The judges will spend time both north and south of the border, learning about both jurisdictions’ approaches to adjudicating gender-based violence and sexual violence against children.
The Irish Legal News stated in its report that the initiative has been coordinated by Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI), which visited Tanzania in July and learned about the challenges around prosecuting child sexual abuse in the country.
Ashok Leyland delivers 150 trucks to Tanzania Police Force
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Jumanne Abdallah Sagini on Thursday received 150 trucks for use by the Police Force delivered by Ashok Leyland, the flagship company of the Hinduja Group.
According to a statement, the vehicles were handed over during a function attended by Mr Sagini, Binaya S. Pradhan, Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania and Amandeep Singh, President of Ashok Leyland.
The statement explained that the supplies are a part of a contract signed between Ashok Leyland and the Ministry of Home Affairs and financed through a long-term soft loan extended by the Export-Import Bank of India.
The vehicles delivered included Police Staff Buses, 4X4 Police Troop Carriers, Ambulances, Recovery trucks, and other logistic vehicles for Police support services.
“India has always been a valuable partner in the growth of Tanzania, and we will continue working together for the mutual benefit of the two countries,” Mr Sagini is quoted in the statement as saying.
The Tanzania Police Force currently has a fleet of 625 Ashok Leyland vehicles, and more vehicles are planned for delivery in the coming months, according to the statement.
“It reflects our commitment to support the Government of Tanzania and we deeply value our long-standing relationship,” Mr Singh said during the occasion.
“These 150 vehicles will be added to the 475 Ashok Leyland vehicles which are already in operation with the Tanzanian Police Force across the country,” he added.
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