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The Chanzo Morning Briefing – March 3, 2023.

In our briefing today: Samia pushes for responsible leadership among government officials; Standard Chartered is proud to have arranged financing for the Tanzania SGR; ACT-Wazalendo’s Member of the House of Representatives for Mtambwe dies

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Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

Samia pushes for responsible leadership among government officials

Tanzania’s President has on yesterday officiated cabinet members and the permanent secretary retreat. The retreat comes five days after a min-cabinet reshuffle which saw the sacking of the Minister of Fisheries as well as the entry of new faces in the permanent secretary post and cabinet.

During a swear-in session, Samia announced that there would be a retreat for all cabinet members. In officiating the first session which started yesterday Samia emphasized she is forced to make reshuffles in the government so as to reduce negative consequences to the government and citizens.

“I am aware of the effects of changing leaders frequently and I don’t like to do that, because it makes people work in fear, and not set long-term plans for worrying that their appointments would be revoked,” explained Samia in cabinet members retreat which is held at AICC conference facility in Arusha.

Some of the key issues that Samia emphasized included working in business-as-usual mode, failing to communicate with the public, and tension between officials in various ministries. President Samia underscored that by not organizing similar meetings in the past, there was a noticeable gap in the officials’ understanding of government operations.

Standard Chartered is proud to have arranged financing for the Tanzania SGR

Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania has released its ‘Here for Good 2022 Report’, the report which highlights Standard Chartered’s contribution to the sustainable development goals in Tanzania.

In the report, the bank has boasted its contribution in coordinating the ‘TZS 3.7 quadrillion’ export credit agency (ECA) backed long-term financing facility to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Dar Es Salaam to Dodoma (Makutupora).

In 2017, Tanzania embarked on building its 2102 kilometers Standard Gauge railway which runs from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kigoma. Contracts from Dar es Salaam to Isaka have been signed with Turkish firm Yapi Merkez, while the contract to build a line from Isaka to Mwanza and Tabora to Kigoma has been signed with Chinese firm CCEC and CRCC.

The syndicated loan which Standard Chartered coordinated in 2020, involved Export Credit Agencies of Denmark and Sweden, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and the African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim).

Standard Chartered is the third most profitable bank in Tanzania, pocketing 110 billion in profit before tax in 2022. It also reports serving as a correspondence bank for 21 banks in Tanzania clearing over 60 percent of the USD cross-border transactions.

ACT-Wazalendo’s Member of the House of Representatives for Mtambwe dies

Opposition party ACT-Wazalendo has announced the passing of its member Habib Ali Mohammed who was serving as the party’s member of the House of Representatives for Mtambwe constituency, in Pemba island.

The party said in a short statement this morning that Mr Mohammedi died today, March 3, 2023, at the Saifee Hospital in Dar es Salaam where he received treatment.

The party said further information would follow after consultation with the deceased family.

ACT-Wazalendo deputy national chairperson (Zanzibar), who also serves as Zanzibar’s First Vice President, Othman Masoud Othman, said he received the news “with a shock,” wishing the deceased’s family a strength “during this difficult time,” he said in a Twitter post.

According to his profile on the House of Representatives website, Mr Mohammed was born on June 22, 1960, and served his first term in Zanzibar’s lawmaking body.

He graduated with a M.S.C in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 at the Moscow Technological Institute of Light Industry before he joined Pemba Essential Oil Distillery in 1990 as a Boiler Operator.

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One Response

  1. First we are told the ministers and other bigwigs are always at loggerhead. Then we are told they employ personal information officers and so issue conflicting data. Surely there is major weakness in the way the government is run. One retreat at Arusha will not solve the problem

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