The Chanzo Morning Briefing Tanzania News – December 04,2023.

In our briefing today: 47 dead following heavy rain that caused mudslides in Hanang, Tanzania; PM:Tanganyika independence day celebrations will be held at regional level; Governmnet expect to complete 5000 housing units by March 2024 for the relocation of Ngorongoro residents; We Should Seriously Address Violence Against Women Before Giving Addresses

Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania over the weekend.

47 dead following heavy rain that caused mudslides in Hanang, Tanzania

Forty-seven people have lost their lives, with more feared dead, as a result of heavy rainfall triggering mudslides in Hanang, Tanzania—an area within the Manyara region, situated in the northern part of the country.

The mudslides, originating from the Hanang mountain, struck Katesh town in Hanang around 5 a.m. This catastrophic event followed persistent rain that commenced at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Philipo Wayi, Secretary of Galana Hamlet, one of the severely affected areas in Hanang, vividly described the horrifying experience: “We heard a loud bang, something like an earthquake, followed by cries from fellow community members.”

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PM:Tanganyika independence day celebrations will be held at regional level

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said on Sunday December 03,2023, that this year there will be no national celebration of the independence day instead each region will organize social activities to commemorate the day.

Last year, President Samia Suluhu cancelled independence day celebration and directed the money planned for the organization of the event about Sh. 960 million to be build schools for students with special needs.

Tanganyika Independence day is usually celebrated on December 09 every year. The celebrations were also cancelled in 2015 and 2020, with government directing the money allocated to social services.

‘We have decided that this year people should celebrate the independence day at regional level, but we have 60 years anniversary of the union, this will be celebrated nationally as usual,” said Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.

Next year Tanzania will celebrate 60 years of the Tanganyika-Zanzibar union, the union which formed Tanzania.

Governmnet expect to complete 5000 housing units by March 2024 for the relocation of  Ngorongoro residents

Governmnet spokeperson, Mobhare Matinyi said on Sunday that governmnet is expecting to finalize the construction of 5000 housing units in Msomera, Sauni and Kitwai  to allow relocation of residents from Ngorongoro.

In the first phase of relocation, 503 housing units were constructed which accomodated about 3,010 persons from 551 households. Government estimated that it needs about 700 billion to relocate all residents from Ngorongoro.

The issue of Ngorongoro’s relocation exercise has remained a topic of contention in the country. While less than 2 percent of the residents have voluntarily relocated, a majority of the population has expressed dissatisfaction, asserting that they have been deprived of essential services in an apparent attempt to compel them to move from Ngorongoro.

The government maintains that the relocation exercise is vital for the conservation of Ngorongoro, highlighting that the continued increase in population poses a threat to the area’s ecological well-being.

On September 9,2023, the Legal and Human Right Centre reported that governmnet has continued withdraw essential social services in Ngorongoro. This is by diverting social services budget from Ngorongoro or closing down facilities.

When asked if government is denying services to Ngorongoro resident, Matinyi said that governmnet will never deny its citizens essential services. Matinyi hinted that at some point in the future the law will be amended to discard the current practice which allows  for people to live in Ngorongoro.

We Should Seriously Address Violence Against Women Before Giving Addresses

Every year, we hold 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign from November 25 (International Day for No Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).

The idea to hold 16 days against violence against women and children is a robust recognition of the need to address this cancer, which continues to eat away at our families, communities and nations.

We make speeches, hold workshops, and even demonstrate in countries where we are allowed to do so without inviting a truncheon on your head or a rubber bullet – or worse – on your chest. Yes, we do our best to make this issue so visible that it has to be addressed.

And I admire all those who have committed their time and resources to do that and, even more, those who have gone into the communities to work with the women and supportive men to address the issue at its source.

However, in addition to all their great work, how much have we enabled the invisible people to become visible, or do we want them to become visible?

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