Friday, 25 July 2014

The ceremony awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT)

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda is proud to announce that its first class in Africa graduated on 24 July, 2014. The ceremony, which took place at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, awarded 22 students with master’s degrees in information technology (IT).

The graduation underscores Carnegie Mellon University and the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to educating engineers and entrepreneurs who are striving to make an economic impact in East Africa. Many of the students have ambitions to be the next technical innovators and business leaders responsible for ushering the region’s economic and social growth into the future.

In 2007, the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, recommended establishing Centres of Excellence throughout Africa to cultivate the science and technological skills required for developing an IT workforce and expertise in Africa. Motivated to elevate global intellectual and economic vitality, Carnegie Mellon University became the first U.S. university to offer a master’s degree programme taught by full-time faculty resident in Africa. 

“Being present in East Africa is the only way to understand the region’s technology needs,” says Bruce Krogh, the inaugural director of CMU in East Africa. “Creating a long-term education programme is critical, because it gives students time to analyze problems and develop solutions in the context in which they occur.”

Carnegie Mellon students in Rwanda receive a world-class education enriched by the institution’s history and tradition of excellence that began in the United States in 1900. Rigorous coursework, practicums and internships provide students with the critical skills valued by industry throughout East Africa.

To ensure that Carnegie Mellon University’s research and curriculum in Rwanda remain relevant to Africa, the faculty and students engage with local companies and multinational corporations on a continual basis. Companies that have recruited Carnegie Mellon University students for internships in East Africa include General Electric, IBM, Marriott, Microsoft, VISA and Voxiva.

“It is important that students stay in East Africa instead of studying in the States or elsewhere. If Africa’s best students leave to study abroad for two years, that becomes problematic. At CMU, students remain plugged into the region’s rapidly evolving technical and business networks,” says Krogh. 

“Our graduating class is filled with remarkable young men and women who are ready to enter industry and become entrepreneurs. We are excited about their potential to make significant contributions to IT in East Africa and the world,” says James H. Garrett Jr., dean of Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering.

In Africa, Carnegie Mellon University offers two graduate degree programmes: its founding programme, the M.S. in Information Technology, and the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering launching in August, 2014. The programme currently has 43 students and 8 faculty members. Research areas include energy systems and IT for healthcare and business. 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

The first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will take place August 4–6

With just weeks to go before the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which takes place August 4–6, a coalition of international NGOs and African civil society have called on President Barack Obama to provide official space for civil society participation and to address key issues of human rights and good governance.

The website and #WeAreAfrica campaign are the results of a Civil Society Forum, which was convened in Washington, DC in late June. This meeting was organized by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Open Society Foundations, Freedom House, Amnesty International USA, and Front Line Defenders. 

The Forum convened 18 prominent human rights activists from 12 different countries to develop specific policy recommendations for the United States government, African heads of state, and civil society to strengthen democratic governance and respect for human rights. Recommendations were developed in three key areas – the rule of law, transparency and corruption and discrimination against marginalized groups – and presented to high-level representatives from the White House, Department of State, and the United States Congress.

The fundamental message conveyed by African civil society at the time, and to this date, has been that these issues and recommendations should be addressed at the upcoming Summit and that civil society be present as equal stakeholders in the future of U.S.-Africa relations.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Front Line Defenders

The report finds that Nigeria has the potential to expand its economy by roughly 7.1 percent per year through 2030

here is no disguising the challenges that Nigeria is facing. The world is well aware of the concerns around terrorism and Nigeria’s ongoing struggle with poverty.

However, there is another side to the Nigeria story that has been overshadowed both by the recent headlines and the persistence of outdated beliefs and assumptions about Nigeria’s economy. A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)  and McKinsey’s Nigeria office, Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth in Africa’s largest economy, examines the country’s economic potential and finds that with the right reforms and investments, it can become one of the world’s leading economies by 2030.

 proven to be both politically and economically stable and new data released this year show that it is now the largest economy in Africa, in addition to being the most populous.(1) The new data also show that Nigeria’s economy is far more diverse than previously understood. While the nation’s rich oil reserves remain a critical source of government income and exports, the entire resources sector today is only 14 percent of GDP. 

Agriculture and trade are larger and faster-growing. It is also not generally recognized that Nigerian productivity, which remains low, has been growing recently and now contributes more to GDP growth than does the expanding population.

“What people overlook is Nigeria’s extraordinary advantages for future growth, including a large consumer market, a strategic geographic location, and a young and highly entrepreneurial population,” says Reinaldo Fiorini, director and location manager of McKinsey’s Lagos office. 

The results of Nigeria’s progress, however, have not been spread evenly across its economy. More than 40 percent of Nigerians live below the nation’s official poverty line and 130 million (74 percent of the population) live below the MGI Empowerment Line(2)—a level of income and access to vital services that provides a decent standard of living.

Chief reasons for Nigeria’s persistent poverty include low farm productivity due to limited access to fertilizer and mechanized tools, and inefficient markets. At the same time, urbanization has not raised incomes the way it has in other developing economies. This is because formal job creation and skill development in Nigeria’s cities have been weak, making productivity in urban sectors such as manufacturing lower than in agriculture.

Looking ahead, the report finds that Nigeria has the potential to expand its economy by roughly 7.1 percent per year through 2030, raising GDP to more than $1.6 trillion. This could make Nigeria a top-20 global economy—with higher GDP than the Netherlands, Thailand, or Malaysia in 2030.What’s more a large consuming class is developing in Nigeria, with potentially as many as 160 million members by 2030, more than the current populations of France and Germany combined. This upside scenario is based on a bottom-up analysis of the potential for five major sectors of the Nigerian economy:

- Trade. Based on an expanding consumer class in Nigeria, MGI projects that consumption could more than triple, rising from $388 billion a year today to $1.4 trillion a year in 2030, an annual increase of about 8 percent. This would make trade the largest sector of the economy and provides a particularly good opportunity for makers of packaged foods and fast-moving consumer items such as juices, which could grow by more than 10 percent per year.

- Agriculture. Improvements on several fronts can help raise both the volume and value of Nigerian agricultural production in the next 15 years. The sector, which is now the largest at 22 percent of GDP, could more than double from $112 billion per year in 2013 to $263 billion by 2030. 

This would require raising yields through greater use of fertiliser, seeds, and mechanized implements; shifting the crop mix to more valuable crops; increasing the amount of land under cultivation; reducing post-harvest losses; and raising more livestock and increasing the output of forestry and fisheries.

- Infrastructure. On average, the value of a nation’s core infrastructure—roads, railways, ports, airports, the electrical system—is about 70 percent of GDP; in Nigeria, core infrastructure is estimated to be about 35 - 40 percent of GDP. It has one-seventh the roads per kilometer as India. On a per capita basis, Nigeria has one-third the residential buildings of Indonesia and one-sixth of the commercial space. Between core infrastructure and real estate, total infrastructure investments in Nigeria could reach $1.5 trillion between 2014 and 2030. This would not only make infrastructure building a major contributor to GDP, but also an enabler of growth across the economy.

- Manufacturing. Manufacturing in Nigeria remains at a relatively early stage of development, contributing $35 billion, or about 7 percent of GDP, in 2013. It has, however, achieved strong growth recently, with output rising by 13 percent per year from 2010 to 2013. Based on current trends, this could yield a four-fold increase in manufacturing output by 2030, to $144 billion per year (an annual growth rate of 8.7 percent). Local processing (packaged foods, for example) and commodities would continue to be the largest manufacturing industries in Nigeria.

- Oil and gas. While the oil and gas sector is expected to grow by 2.3 percent per year at best, its success is still vital to the Nigerian economy. With the right reforms, liquids production could increase from 2.35 million barrels a day on average to a new high of 3.13 million barrels a day by 2030, contributing $22 billion to GDP by 2030. Natural gas output could grow by as much as 6 percent per year, adding $13 billion to GDP by 2030. In total, the oil and gas sector has the potential to contribute $108 billion per year by 2030, up from $73 billion in 2013. However, this assumes that the sector is successful in dealing with current obstacles such as security and can attract fresh investment. 

If Nigeria can better link growth to poverty reduction, 70 million citizens could be lifted out of poverty and 120 million could have the resources to reach the Empowerment Line. We estimate that, under the most favorable circumstances, for each percent of GDP growth, poverty would be reduced by 0.20 percent, a rate that is between the ratios of Brazil (0.15) and Ghana (0.25). Tying growth to rising living standards across the economy will depend on raising farm incomes and creating more formal urban jobs. It will also require actions by the government—including reconsidering tariffs that raise the cost of imported food and re-prioritizing government spending needed to programmes that lead to economic empowerment.

While government has put in place clear strategies and plans for various sectors, the most important step that government can take now is to improve its ability to deliver its programs and services. These range from “safety-net” support payments to the poor, to health care, education and infrastructure. 

Nigeria trails peer economies on metrics such as child mortality and literacy. Basic literacy among 15- to24-year-olds—a crucial indicator for potential economic success—is just 66 percent, compared with 99 percent in South Africa, for example. A critical initiative for Nigeria, then, will be to adopt the best practices that have been well established around the world for improving delivery of government services. 

These include selecting strong, empowered leadership, raising pressure for government departments and agencies to perform, using “delivery units” (dedicated multi-disciplinary teams that can work across bureaucracies), and collaborating with the private sector and other stakeholders.

Nigeria can also capitalize on several favorable trends such as rising demand from emerging economies, growing global demand for resources, and the spread of the digital economy. Nigeria also has a young and rapidly-growing population and an advantageous geographic location in West Africa, which enables trade within the continent and with Europe and North and South America.

“By capitalizing on its strengths and positioning itself to take advantage of emerging global trends, Nigeria could potentially triple its GDP by 2030,” says Acha Leke, a director in McKinsey’s Nigeria office. “This adds up to a huge opportunity for inclusive growth that should not be missed.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Orange and Emmaüs International launch their 5th African mobile telephone recycling facility in Abidjan

The fifth mobile collection facility was inaugurated today in Abidjan, the Côte d’Ivoire, in the presence of the Ivoirian Minister for the Environment, Urban Cleanliness and Sustainable Development, Mr Kouadio Remi ALLA and the CEO of the Orange Côte d’Ivoire Télécom group, represented by Mr Joseph PITAH, Director of Networks and Information Systems. To mark the event, a first container loaded with 10 tonnes of mobile waste will leave the Côte d’Ivoire for recycling in France.

The first of these collection and dismantling facilities for mobile phones was opened in March 2010 in Burkina Faso. Others followed in Benin, Madagascar and Niger.

Mobile use is growing fast in Africa, making it a major environmental issue. There are already 500 million mobile devices on the continent, as well as millions of discarded handsets which are often simply thrown away or burned due to the lack of recycling facilities in the majority of African countries. 

For Orange, which is present as a network operator in 20 African countries, the recycling of mobile phone waste is one of the major commitments of its CSR policy. Thanks to the workshops set-up by Orange and Emmaüs International, this waste is now being collected for transport to France for recycling.

recycling, a responsible initiative

At each facility, which is run by six local employees, more than 10 tonnes of mobile waste is collected each year and sent to France for recycling.

In total, since 2010, more than 140 tonnes of mobile waste have already been sent to France for recycling, and over 30 long-term jobs have been created at the African facilities. Over the next five years, Orange and Emmaüs International plan to continue opening new collection facilities, confirming their partnership on this project, which contributes to local economies and social welfare while protecting the environment.

Morphosis processes the waste from Africa

In France, a young company called Morphosis takes direct delivery of containers of waste from the five African collection facilities at the port in Le Havre. On receipt of the containers, Morphosis sorts the waste into different types by material. The next step is to process the waste, extracting the rare metals that can be re-used in the manufacture of new products and devices. Morphosis is a particularly inventive and effective player in this new market in France.

recycling mobiles: a virtuous circle linking France and Africa

Since 2009, Orange has been working in France with Ateliers du Bocage (members of Emmaüs International), which recycle used mobile devices collected from Orange stores or internally in France. This social-reintegration organisation aims to give work to vulnerable people, bringing them back into the jobs market. The mobile devices collected are sorted into two categories in the workshops run by Ateliers du Bocage:

 Those which can be re-used are reconditioned and then sold in developing countries
 Those which no longer work are recycled

Since 2010, Orange has been organising an annual collection event in France for used mobiles, chargers and batteries through its 1,200 stores in mainland France. All profits from these large-scale actions are then paid into the “Africa Project” run by Emmaüs International.

In 2013, Orange recycling initiatives in France (collections at Orange stores and premises, collections from Orange’s major corporate clients, defective devices returned by customers and devices recovered through the “mobile second life” offer) have led to the collection of nearly 750,000 mobile phones.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Orange

PwC’s ‘Africa oil & gas review’ analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil & gas industry within the major African markets

The challenges facing oil & gas companies operating in Africa continue to be diverse and numerous fuelled by fraud, corruption, theft, poor infrastructure and a lack of skilled resources, among others. Regulatory uncertainty and delays in passing laws are severely inhibiting sector development in many countries around the continent. “Some key players have delayed or cancelled projects until further clarity can be sought in their respective jurisdictions as they cannot move forward with doubts given the long-term nature of the needed investments,” says Chris Bredenhann, PwC Africa Oil & Gas Advisory Leader.

“As a result of the number of challenges in the market, meticulous planning is required,” adds Bredenhann.

PwC’s ‘Africa oil & gas review’ analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil & gas industry within the major African markets. The survey draws upon the valuable experience and views of industry players in Africa, including international oil companies operating on the continent, national oil companies, services companies, independent oil organisations and industry commentators, to provide insight into the latest developments affecting the industry.

The Review shows that the oil & gas industry in Africa continues to show substantial growth, with new hydrocarbon provinces developing at a significant pace. “Large gas finds in Mozambique and Tanzania have caused the world to take note of East Africa as an emerging player in the global industry,’ says Bredenhann.

Africa has proven natural gas reserves of 502 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) with 90% of the continent’s annual natural gas production of 6.5Tcf coming from Nigeria, Libya, Algeria and Egypt.

Developing the business

The major challenges identified by organisations in the oil & gas industry have remained largely unchanged with the top three issues of uncertain regulatory framework, corruption and poor physical infrastructure also identified as the biggest challenges in 2010 and 2012.

While uncertain regulatory frameworks remain a concern across the industry, Nigeria was one of the few countries where respondents did not consider it to be of the top-three challenges to developing the industry. According to the Review, this suggests that companies have accepted the lack of ratification of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which has been in the process of implementation for six years.

In other countries where uncertainty exists concerning the development or revision of energy policies, such as South Africa, DRC and Tanzania, respondents indicated that the uncertain regulatory framework was a significant impediment to developing an African oil & gas business.

The inadequacy of basic infrastructure also ranked much higher in the current Review than in prior years. Respondents are concerned about the lack of infrastructure in developing countries and the negative consequences this may have for their businesses, especially those operating in Nigeria, Namibia, Madagascar and South Africa. Taxation issues have also become a concern to companies across Africa as uncertain taxation as well as new tax laws have created an additional financial burden for companies.

Financing and Investing

Respondents indicated that their companies will largely be relying on their own cash flows to fund their own businesses over the next 12 months. E&P companies are funding their operations differently from the other industry players with less than 40% of funding coming from cash flow. This can largely be attributed to blocks and regions yet to come into production. For E&P companies, farm-outs are the second-most common form of financing in Africa, with around 100 farm-out deals being made across the continent during 2013.

E&P companies also stated that equity funding was more difficult during the course of 2012 and 2013; however, it has started to pick up momentum as investors look to Africa as a good place to invest despite a difficult year in the market. The industry has become one of the biggest sectors for merger and acquisition activities in Africa. On average, transactions worth USD1 billion occurred every 17 days in the oil & gas industry during 2013, with more activity expected as new licence rounds are opened up and regulatory uncertainty is removed.

Combatting fraud and corruption

No less than 90% of respondents indicated that their companies have anti-fraud and anti-corruption programmes in place. Of these, 54% believe that the programme is very effective at preventing or detecting fraud and corruption. Six percent of organisations indicated that their anti-fraud and anti-corruption programmes were ineffective, the same level as the 2012 research. More worrying is that 9% of the companies stated that they had no programmes in place at all.

Safety, health, environment and quality

Organisations identified safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) as the most significant factor that would affect their companies’ businesses over the next three years. “This is not a surprise as companies recognise the environment and human health and security as a pressing issue which, when viewed in conjunction with regulatory changes and poor infrastructure, will have resulted in their carefully assessing the risk and financial burden of working in certain areas,” adds Bredenhann.

Developing local skills and socio-economic growth

The mandate for local skills development has become a concern for businesses operating in the oil & gas sector throughout Africa. In 2012, the survey showed that 25% of the total workforce at respondents’ companies comprised expatriates. This year, the proportion of expatriates has dropped significantly – down to a mere 10.6% of the workforce surveyed.

Fortunately, most companies have been able to fill middle to senior management as well as specialist technical roles with locals from their host nations. Over 70% of companies acknowledged that skills, people training and development are among their top-five strategic priorities over the next five years. Bredenhann says: “This shows the importance that industry is placing on local content initiatives and the significance that skills development has on executive-level agendas.”

Operational excellence

New, small and agile, E&P, service and other companies as well as large multinationals should continue to find opportunities to operate efficiently and effectively, reduce cost and create stakeholder value through operational excellence. Insufficient planning was noted as the most important internal factor hindering operational excellence for a business in the oil and gas industry. In Africa the reduction in the number of surprises, the need for good governance and realistic schedules were deemed necessary for cost management and improved operational efficiencies.

Sustaining growth and development

Governments and national oil companies play a significant role in sustaining growth and development in Africa’s oil & gas sector. Many African countries have a host of stringent laws and regulations that create challenges for companies and international investors to overcome. “Operational planning therefore needs to be carefully thought out, taking into account demand growth, infrastructure requirements, investment needs and potential, long-term strategies and the role of government if companies and countries want to sustain growth and development in Africa,” concludes Bredenhann.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

Waislamu watakiwa kumcha Mungu

Waumini wa Dini ya Kiislamu Nchini wamehimizwa na kukumbushwa kuendelea kumcha Mwenyezi Muungu hasa katika kipindi hichi cha kumi la mwisho la mfungo wa mwezi Mtukufu wa Ramadhani ambacho kimepata baraka ya kuwemo kwa usiku wenye chezo wa Lailatul Qadri.

Himizo na kumbusho hilo limetolewa na Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Kusini Unguja Dr. Idriss Muslim Hija kwa Niaba ya Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar Balozi Seif Ali Iddi mara baada ya futari ya pamoja iliyoandaliwa na Balozi kwa Wananchi wa Mkoa wa Kusini Unguja.

Futari hiyo ya pamoja iliyoshirikisha pia baadhi ya viongozi wa Dini ya Kiislamu na watu maarufu na mashuhuri wa Mkoa huo ilifanyika katika viwanja vya jengo la Idara ya Uhamiaji iliyopo Tunguu Wilaya ya Kati Mkoa wa Kusini Unguja.

Dr. Idriss Muslim Hija ni vyema kwa waumini hao wakajipinda vilivyo na kuacha usingizi wao badala yake waelekeze nguvu zao katika kufanya ibada ili wasipitwe na usiku huo mtukufu wenye cheo.

“ Ni vyema usingizi katika kumi hili tukauweka pembeni ili tupate wasaa zaidi wa kuongeza nguvu katika ibada ndani ya mfungo huu mtukufu “. Alisisitiza Mkuu huyo wa Mkoa wa Kusini Unguja.

Aliwahimiza waumini na Wananchi hao kuhakikisha kwamba yale mafunzo na maelekezo waliyoyapata ndani ya kipindi cha mfungo wa mwezi mtukufu wa Ramadhani wanayaendeleza katika vipindi vyengine vijavyo.

Akitoa shukrani Diwani wa Wadi ya Koani Nd.Shaaban Jabu Kitwana kwa niaba ya wananchi na waumini wenzake wa Mkoa wa Kusini Unguja alimshukuru Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar Balozi Seif kwa uamuzi wake kujumuika na wananchi kwenye futari ya pamoja katika mikoa mbali mbali hapa nchini.

Nd.Shaaban alisema hatua hiyo ya Balozi Seif mbali ya kuleta mapenzi ya upendo lakini pia inaongeza ukaribu na ushirikiano kati ya wananachi pamoja na viongozi wanaowaongoza.

Othman Khamis Ame
Ofisi ya Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Such associations have already been set up in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and plans are underway to set one up in Kenya

Christopher Bell, Interactive Intelligence’s Channel Manager for Africa, has recently called for the creation of a call centre association for Nigeria and other African countries as a way of promoting a standard for call centres. He mentions that such associations have already been set up in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and plans are underway to set one up in Kenya.

“Call centres are helping African governments to provide efficient and effective services to citizens”, says Rod Jones, contact centre consultant. Speaking in Lagos, Nigeria ahead of an Interactive Intelligence-sponsored masterclass for stakeholders, Jones says with leading edge technologies such as speech recognition and voice commands, call centres have evolved and transcended beyond ordinary telephone calls. “As we have evolved to become a customer direction centre, we’ve moved from telephone calls into SMS text messaging. We’ve taken on the email and social media channel and for customer interaction.”

"We've already seen that in South Africa," Jones mentions. The most effective aspect of the government is our Revenue Service. They have built and operate a true world class call centre and it has been responsible for tremendous improvements in revenue collection by the government.

Christopher Bell exclaims that masterclasses held in various parts of Africa, especially in Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia, are conducting dialogues that are being stimulated and more organisations, including government, are developing interests in the diverse possibilities of setting up call centres.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the industry in the wake of the seminars“, says Bell. If you keep the momentum going by stimulating dialogue, you make people aware. We exposed some of the participants for the first time to what a call centre is all about.”

Organisations in Nigeria such as telecoms companies and financial institutions, are quickly adopting call centres, according to Mbuela Luwawu, Managing Director of Odilum Technologies Limited, an Interactive Intelligence partner in Nigeria.

Luwawu says: “Five years ago, no bank had a contact centre but since 2009, you can pick up your phone, call your contact centre and speak to your customer service officer directly. The adoption has been quite positive.” He also states that Nigeria has the ability to take market share away from India; he also predicted there will be lots of contact centre outsourcing for Nigeria from Europe and America.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.


Mheshimiwa Hawa A. Ghasia - Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu – TAMISEMI,
Mhe. Haji Omar Kheri, Waziri wa Nchi, Ofisi ya Rais, Tawala za Mikoa na Idara Maalum za SMZ,
Mheshimiwa Abbas H. Kandoro - Mwenyekiti wa Wakuu wa Mikoa,
Waheshimiwa Wakuu wa Mikoa,
Katibu Mkuu - Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu – TAMISEMI,
Prof. Joseph Semboja - Mtendaji Mkuu wa Taasisi ya Uongozi,
Naibu Makatibu Wakuu - Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu – TAMISEMI,
Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa
Watendaji Waandamizi
Watoa Mada
Wageni Waalikwa
Waandishi wa habari.
Mabibi na Mabwana.

Kwanza napenda kumshukuru Mwenyezi Mungu kwa kutujaalia afya njema na kutuwezesha kukutana hapa Hotel ya White Sands Dar es salaam katika mafunzo haya ya siku tatu ya Uongozi kwa Wakuu wa Mikoa na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa ambayo bila shaka ni muhimu sana kwenu pamoja na Taifa kwa jumla.

Naungana na Taasisi ya Uongozi ambao ni waandaaji wa mafunzo haya kuwakaribisha kwenye mafunzo ambayo yatawasaidia watendaji hapa kujikumbusha mambo mbali mbali yanayowahusu ili kutekeleza majukumu yao kwa ufanisi zaidi. Aidha naishukuru kwa dhati Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu - TAMISEMI, kwa kunitunukia heshima ya kufungua mafunzo haya ambayo ama hakika maandalizi yake ni ya aina yake.

Ndugu Washiriki wa Mafunzo,

Mafunzo haya yanayoitwa kwa lugha ya kiingereza "Political - Administrative Interface" yameandaliwa mahsusi kuwawezesha kufahamu kwa kina umuhimu wa mawasiliano bora baina ya Viongozi wa Kisiasa ambao ni Wakuu wa Mikoa na Watendaji Wakuu ngazi ya Mkoa ambao ni Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa ili kuimarisha kwa kiwango cha juu zaidi utoaji bora wa huduma kwa wananchi wetu. 

Naamini, na wengi wanaamini, mmekuwa mkitekeleza kazi na majukumu yenu vizuri lakini kumekuwa na changamoto ya misuguano ya hapa na pale ambayo kwa kiwango kikubwa husababishwa na mawasiliano yasiyoridhisha kati yenu. 

Ni imani yangu kupitia mafunzo haya mtakumbushwa mengi mliyoyasahau, mtapata mengi mapya ya kujifunza, kujikumbusha na kujinoa zaidi. Hayo yafanyika kwa ajili ya kuhuisha uhai wa utekelezaji wa majukumu yetu na pia kuleta mshikamano na umoja miongoni mwa watendaji wetu ili kuepuka misuguano iliyokuwepo.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Nyinyi ni viongozi ambao mmekabidhiwa dhamana kubwa katika Mikoa yenu ambako ndiko Watanzania wote wanakoishi. Nyinyi ndiyo wawakilishi wa Mheshimiwa Rais katika Mikoa yenu. 

Uwajibikaji na mshikamano wenu ndiyo sababu pekee itakayowezesha watanzania kutimiza wajibu wao wa kuboresha maisha yao. Haya hayatawezekana kama kutakosekana mshikamano katika utekelezaji wa kazi na majukumu yenu. 

Haya hayatawezekana kama hakuna uwazi wa mawasiliano baina ya Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa. Haya hayatawezekana kama kila mmoja wenu kwa maana ya Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa atashikilia msimamo wake akidhani yupo sahihi kuliko mwenzake.

Mafunzo haya yamepewa jina kwa lugha ya kiingereza "Political - Administrative Interface" kwa maana kwamba, Wakuu wa Mikoa ni Viongozi wa Kisiasa na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa ni Watendaji Wakuu ngazi ya Mkoa. Kwa muonekano huo basi, mafunzo yameandaliwa ili kuonesha vizuri utekelezaji wa majukumu kwa muingiliano baina yenu.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Kumekuwa na changamoto ya mahusiano na muingiliano wa kiutendaji miongozi mwa Wakuu wa Mikoa na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa. 

Hali hii imesababisha baadhi yenu kuamua kufanya anavyoona kwake inafaa na mwisho kila mmoja anawasilisha malalamiko yake ama kwa Waziri Mkuu au kwaWaziri wa Nchi OWM - TAMISEMI au Katibu Mkuu OWM - TAMISEMI. Vitendo hivyo ndivyo vinavyoleta dosari katika utendaji wenu.

Hivyo mahusiano na muingiliano wa utendaji kazi baina ya Viongozi wa kisiasa na watendaji ni muhimu na yanahitajika kwa ajili ya utawala bora na ukuaji wa maendeleo ya Taifa letu. 

Hivyo basi mahusiano baina ya Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa katika utekelezaji wa majukumu ni muhimu, ni kama mtiririko wa uwajibikaji katika sekta ya umma.

Mawasiliano ya Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa kwenda kwa Mkuu wa Mkoa zaidi ni ushauri, maelezo, ufafanuzi na taarifa muhimu, wakati mawasiliano ya Mkuu wa Mkoa kwenda kwa Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa zaidi ni maelekezo ya kisera na uwajibikaji. 

Kwa maana hiyo, pande hizi mbili zinategemeana katika utekelezaji wa ufanisi wa majukumu katika ngazi ya mkoa. Jambo linalohitajika kila mmoja anatakiwa kuwa na imani kwa mwenzake kwa ajili ya kuendeleza uhusiano katika uwajibikaji. Kinyume cha haya Mkoa utakosa mwelekeo kwa sababu kila mmoja atafanya anavyodhani yupo sahihi, na hivyo kusababisha msigano baina yao.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Uhusiano wa Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa hauishii kwenye utendaji kazi za kila siku bali hata kwenye upangaji wa mipango na upimaji wa utendaji kazi wa nusu mwaka na wa mwaka mzima. Kwa mujibu wa Kanuni za Utumishi wa Umma za mwaka 2003, Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa husaini na Mkuu wa Mkoa Mkataba wa utendaji kazi ambapo katika tathmini ya mwaka suala la mahusiano ni miongoni mwa vipimo vilivyomo kwenye tathmini hiyo. 

Hapa nimejaribu kuonesha namna ambavyo Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa wanavyohusiana na kushirikiana katika utekelezaji wa majukumu yao na hakuna namna ambayo watasema hawana mahusiano katika muingiliano wa utekelezaji wa majukumu hayo.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Mikoa bado inakabiliwa na changamoto za usimamizi kwenye Mamlaka za Serikali za Mitaa ambazo ndizo msingi wa kutoa huduma bora kwa wananchi. Nyie ndiyo viongozi ambao mnawajibu wa kuzitafutia ufumbuzi kwa pamoja. 

Kwa mfano, wananchi bado wanalalamika kuhusu huduma zisizoridhisha na zisizokidhi viwango zinazotolewa katika Sekta za Umma; bado yapo matatizo ya rushwa; ucheleweshaji wa maamuzi bila sababu za msingi; bado upo ubabaishaji wa baadhi ya watumishi; na bado wapo watumishi wanaokiuka maadili ya Utumishi wa Umma katika ngazi ya Mkoa na kwenye Mamlaka za Serikali za Mitaa, na pia wapo watumishi wasiojiamini katika kutoa maamuzi ya haraka na hivyo kusababisha urasimu na ucheleweshaji wa mambo mbali mbali ya maendeleo.

Baadhi ya masuala yanayosababisha kuendelea kwa hali hii ni kutokuwepo kwa mfumo mzuri wa mawasiliano ya muingiliano wa kiutendaji baina ya Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa.

Ni muhimu sana kwa Viongozi wa ngazi yenu kusimama kwa umoja, mshikamano, mahusiano na uwajibikaji wa pamoja ambavyo kwa ujumla wake mtaonesha picha ya Serikali kwa wasaidizi wenu ambao nao wataiga mfumo wenu wa mawasiliano. 

Mkiwa na misuguano katika utendaji wenu wa kazi halikadhalika watumishi wa chini yenu nao watakuwa na misuguano na matokeo yake kazi hazitaenda badala yake kuwepo kwa mivutano.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Kwa kuzingatia hilo, sehemu kubwa ya mada zitakazotolewa katika mafunzo haya zitahusu masuala ya msingi ya mahusiano ya muingiliano katika uendeshaji Serikali ambayo nyinyi kama viongozi na watendaji katika ngazi ya Mkoa, ni muhimu sana mkayafahamu.

Nafahamu kuna Sheria, Kanuni, Taratibu na miongozo mbalimbali ambayo mnaitumia katika utendaji wa kazi kama Mkuu wa Mkoa au Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa, lakini kuwepo kwa sheria, Kanuni, Taratibu na miongozo hiyo hakutowezesha kutekeleza kazi kwa ufanisi iwapo kutakosekana mahusiano mazuri miongoni mwenu.

Nimejulishwa kuwa mafunzo haya yanalenga, kuimarisha mahusiano miongoni mwa Viongozi wa Kisiasa na Watendaji Wakuu na kwa maana hiyo mfumo wa mafunzo ni majadiliano ya pamoja miongoni mwenu.

 Mada zitakazowasilishwa zitahusu namna ambavyo Viongozi na watendaji mnavyoweza kuimarisha mahusiano na kisha majadiliano ya pamoja yatafuata bila kuweka mpaka wa huyu ni Mkuu wa Mkoa, na maadam kasema, basi mimi Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa nikae kimya, hilo halitakiwi na lisiwepo katika mafunzo haya.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Nimeambiwa kuwa OWM – TAMISEMI, haijawahi kupata nafasi kama hii ambapo Viongozi wa Kisiasa na Watendaji Wakuu wanapata fursa ya kuzungumzia mahusiano yao ya kiutendaji miongoni mwao. 

Nasaha zangu kwenu tumieni nafasi hii kufahamiana vizuri zaidi kama viongozi ili kubadilishana uzoefu na kujenga mtandao wa mawasiliano na mahusiano kwa ajili ya kupashana habari na kushauriana. 

Jengeni mshikamano wa mahusiano katika utendaji kazi wenu. Mkiimarisha maelewano miongoni mwenu mtarahisisha utendaji na kuepusha migogoro isiyo ya lazima. Napenda kuwashukuru Uongozi Institute kwa uamuzi wenu wa kuyaandaa na kuyaendesha mafunzo haya na mkaanza kundi hilo.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Napenda kumalizia kwa kuwashukuru tena kwa kukubali kuhudhuria mafunzo haya. Nimefarijika kuona mahudhurio yenu ni mazuri. Kwa hivyo basi tumie fursa hii kujadili kwa undani, upana na bila kuogopana ili mkitoka hapa iwe mmezaliwa upya katika suala zima la mahusiano, mawasiliano na muingiliano katika utendaji kazi kwa lengo la kusimamia sera, sheria, kanuni, taratibu, miongozo na maelekezo ya Serikali katika ngazi ya Mkoa na Mamlaka za Serikali za Mitaa. Mkitoka hapa, naamini mtakuwa kitu kimoja.

Kwa upande wa Taasisi ya Uongozi, naishauri kuona namna ya kuwahusisha katika mafunzo kama haya Wakuu wa Wilaya na Makatibu Tawala wa Wilaya au Wakuu wa Wilaya na Wakurugenzi na Makatibu wa Mamlaka za Serikali za Mitaa kutoka Tanzania Bara na Zanzibar, hata kama siyo wote kwa pamoja bali kuyaendesha kwa awamu. Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar iko tayari kutoa ushirikiano utakaohitajika.

Kwa upande wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu – TAMISEMI kwa kushirikiana na Ofisi ya Rais – Tawala za Mikoa na Idara Maalum zione namna ya kuwaleta Viongozi wa Halmashauri, Wilaya, Mkoa, TAMISEMI na TAMIM kuhudhuria mafunzo mbalimbali yenye kuboresha uongozi katika maeneo yao kama haya yanayotarajiwa kufanyika leo.

Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu – TAMISEMI ishirikiane na Ofisi ya Rais – Tawala za Mikoa na Idara Maalum (TAMIM) katika kulitekeleza jambo hili.
Mwisho siyo kwa umuhimu, nawaomba watoa mada kutoa muda mwingi katika majadiliano na mashauriano, kutoa mada zenye kulenga kuimarisha mahusiano na mashirikiano baina ya Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa.

Ndugu Washiriki wa mafunzo,

Kwa mara nyingine napenda kuushukuru kwa dhati uongozi wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu – TAMISEMI kwa kunishirikisha na kujumuika nanyi katika mafunzo haya muhimu.

Baada ya kusema hayo, sasa natamka kwamba Mafunzo ya Uongozi kwa Wakuu wa Mikoa na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa yamefunguliwa rasmi.

Ahsanteni kwa kunisikiliza

Mzee ajeruhiwa kwa mapanga

Mzee aliyepigwa mapanga na mtoto wake kwa madai ya kumyima daku kijana huyo, ameelezea jinsi alivyopatwa na mkasa huo usiku wa manane wakati wakijiandaa kula daku.
Mzee huyo Gharib Amour Khamis (60) mkaazi wa Tumbe Wilaya ya Micheweni, ameelezea mkasa huo mbele ya Makamu wa Kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar Mhe. Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, aliyefika nyumbani kwake kumjuilia hali ikiwa ni sehemu ya ziara yake ya kutembelea wagonjwa katika Wilaya hiyo.
Mzee Gharib amesema siku kadhaa amekuwa akimuonya mtoto wake huyo Suleiman Gharib Amour (22) kuacha vitendo viovu anavyovifanya ikiwa ni pamoja na kulewa, lakini amekuwa akikataa kuacha vitendo hivyo licha ya kuendelea kwa mfungo wa Mwezi Mtukufu wa Ramadhan.
Amesema kabla ya tukio hilo alikuwa akitishia kumnyima daku kwa nia njema akiwa na lengo la kumrekebisha tabia lakini amekuwa hasikii na kuendelea na vitendo hivyo viovu.
Amedai kuwa siku ya tukio kijana huyo aliingia ndani usiku wa manane akiwa amelewa na ndipo mzee huyo alipoamuru asipewe daku kwa vile vitendo anavyovifanya ni kinyume cha maadili.
Amefahamisha kuwa baada ya kijana huyo kuona kweli amenyimwa daku ndipo alipochukua panga na kuanza kumshambulia kwa mapanga katika sehemu mbali mbali za mwili wake na kumjeruhi zaidi kichwani na mkononi.

Kamanda wa Polisi Mkoa wa Kaskazini Pemba Shekhan Mohammed Shekhan alithibitisha kutokea kwa tukio hilo, usiku wa kuamkia Alkhamis ya tarehe 03/07/2014, majira ya saa tisa za usiku.
Kamanda Shekhan alisema pamoja na kijana huyo kumjeruhi baba yake mzazi, pia alimjeruhi Mariam Amour Khamis ambao wote walikimbizwa hospitali ya Micheweni kwa matibabu.
Baadhi ya wananchi walioshughudia tukio hilo walikiri kuwa kijana huyo alikuwa amelewa chakari na kitendo cha kunyimwa daku ni haki yake kutokana na kwamba huu ni mwezi ya toba.

Taarifa za kipolisi zinasema kuwa kijana huyo ambaye kwa sasa yuko rumande, anatarajiwa kupandishwa kizimbani tarehe 25/07/2014 kwa kusomewa shitaka linalomkabili.
Hassan Hamad (OMKR)

kunahitajika na mfumo mzuri wa mawasiliano kwa baadhi ya taasisi ili kuepuka mivutano

Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar Balozi Seif Ali Iddi alisema kutokuwepo kwa mfumo mzuri wa mawasiliano ya muingiliano wa kiutendaji kati ya Wakuu wa Mikoa na Maafisa Tawala wa Mikoa ndio masuala ya msingi yanayolalamikiwa na Wananchi ambayo husababisha huduma finyu zisizokidhi vinavyotolewa katika sekta za Umma.

Alisema hali hiyo husababisha ongezeko la rushwa, ubabaishaji wa baadhi ya watumishi katika kutoa maamuzi ya haraka ndio mambo yanayosababisha urasimu na ucheleweshaji wa mambo mbali mbali ya maendeleo ndani ya Mikoa.

Balozi Seif alisema hayo wakati akiyafunguwa mafunzo ya siku tatu ya Uongozi kwa Wakuu wa Mikoa na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa ya Tanzania Bara yanayofanyika katika Hoteli ya White Sand nje kidogo ya Jiji la Dar es salaam.

Alisema zipo changamoto za mahusiano na muingiliano wa kiutendaji miongoni mwa Wakuu wa Mikoa na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa ambazo husababisha baadhi ya Viongozi hao kutoa maamuzi peke yao na hatimae kuleta dosari katika utendaji wao.

Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar alieleza kwamba Mahusiano na Muingiliano wa utendaji kazi baina ya Viongozi wa Kisiasa na watendaji ni muhimu na yanahitajika kwa ajili ya kuimarisha Utawala bora pamoja na ukuaji wa Maendeleo ya Taifa.

“ Uhusiano nwa Mkuu wa Mkoa na Katibu Tawala wa Mkoa hauishii kwenye utendaji kazi za kila siku bali hata kwenye upangaji wa Mipango ya na upimaji wa utendaji kazi wa nusu mwaka na ule wa mwaka mzima “. Alisema Balozi Seif.

Balozi Seif alisisitiza kwamba pande hizo mbili wakati wote zinategemeana katika utekelezajiwa ufanisi wa majukumu katika ngazi za Mkoa jambo linalohitajika kwa kila mmoja kuwa na imani kwa mwenzake kwa ajili ya kuendeleza uhusiano katika uwajibikaji.

Alieleza kwamba kinyume cha mategemeano hayo Mkoa unaohusika na mikwaruzano ya uwajibikaji utakosa muelekeo na hatma yake kusababisha msuguano.

Aliwanasihi Wakuu na Makatibu hao Tawala wa Mikoa kuitumia vyema fursa waliyoipata ili kubadilishana uzoefu na kujenga mtandao wa mawasiliano na mahusiano kwa ajili ya kupashana habari na kushauriana.

Aliwataka washiri hao wa mafunzo ya Mawasiliano ya muingiliano kujenga mshikamano wa maelewano utakaorahisisha utendaji na kuepuka migogoro isiyo ya lazima.

Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar aliishauri Taasisi ya Uongozi kuona namna ya kuwahusisha Wakuu wa Wilaya na Makatibu Tawala wa Wilaya pamoja na viongozi wa Serikali za Mitaa katika mafunzo kama hayo ili kuwajengea uwezo wa uwajibikaji.

Balozi SDeif alieleza kwamba Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar itakuwa tayari kutoa ushirikiano ili kuona mpango huo unafanikiwa na kuiwajengea nguvu za utoaji huduma kwa wananchi watendaji hao wa Serikali.

Alizishauri Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa { TAMISEMI } pamoja na Ofisi ya Rais Tawala za Mikoa na Idara Maalum ya SMZ kushirikiana katika kulitekeleza suala hilo.

“ Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu TAMISEMI kwa kushirikiana na Ofisi ya Rais Tawala za Mikoa na Idara Maalum TAMIM zione namna ya kuwajumuisha watendaji hao katika kuhudhuria mafunzo yenye kuboredha uongozi katika maeneo yao “. Alisema Balozi Seif.

Mapema Mtendaji Mkuu wa Taasisi ya Uongozi Tanzania Profesa Joseph Semboja alisema mafunzo hayo ya siku tatu kwa Wakuu na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa ya Tanzania Bara yataendeshwa kwa njia ya majadiliano.

Profesa Semboja Washiriki hao watapa fursa ya kubadilisha uzoefu pamoja na kutafuta mbinu za kuzitatua changamoto zinazoikabili Mikoa mbali mbali Nchini Tanzania.

Akimkaribisha Mgeni rasmi kuyafungua mafunzo hayo Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu, Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa { TAMISEMI } Mh. Hawa Ghasia alisema jumla ya Wakuu wa Mikoa 20 na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa 22 wanahudhuria mafunzo hayo.

Mh. Ghasia alisema Wakuu na Makatibu Tawala wa Mikoa watakaokosa mafunzo hayo wanatarajiwa kuungana na Wakuu wa Mikoa na Maafisa Tawala wa Mikoa ya Zanzibar katika mafunzo yatakayotolewa hapo baadaye Zanzibar.

Othman Khamis Ame
Ofisi ya Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar

SMZ yakusudia kuweka mazingira mazuri kwa wastaafu

Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar Balozi Seif Ali Iddi alisema azma ya Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar ni kujenga mazingira mazuri kwa wastaafu wake ili kustaafu kwao kusiogopwe na kuonekana ni mwanzo wa kuanza kwa kipindi cha maisha ya shida yasiyokuwa na matumaini.

Alisema Serikali inataka kuona wafanyakazi wake wanapopata barua za kustaafu wasianze kuhuzunika kama ilivyozoeleka kwa vile wengi kati yao huhisi kwamba wamefika wakati ambao hawawezi kukopesheka tena kutokana na udogo wa mapato yao wanayopewa kupitia penchezi zao.

Balozi Seif alieleza hayo wakati akiuzindua Rasmi Mpango maalum ulioandaliwa kwa pamoja kati ya Mfuko wa hifadhi ya Jamii Zanzibar { ZSSF } na Benki ya Posta Tanzania { TPB } wa ukopeshaji uliolengwa kwa wafanyakazi wastaafu wa Mfuko wa ZSSFhafla iliyofanyika katika ukumbi wa Hoteli ya Zanzibar Ocean View Kilimani Mjini Zanzibar.

Alisema Mpango huu wa utoaji mikopo kwa wastaafu ambao umeshaanza kutekelezwa una lengo la kuleta faraja na kuwasaidia wastaafu katika kukidhi mahitaji yao mbali mbali ya kimaisha.

Mikopo hiyo inayotolewa na Benki ya Posta Tanzania kupitia Mfuko wa Hifadhi ya Jamii Zanzibar huwasaidia wastaafu kulipia gharama za matibabu, ada za skuli za familia zao sambamba na kuendesha biashara ndogo ndogo zitakazosaidia kupunguza ukali wa maisha ya kila siku.

Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar alitoa wito kwa wale wastaafu wenye sifa za kuomba mikopo hii wajitokeze kwa wingi kwa vile ni fursa muhimu kwao itakayowapa fursa ya kujiendeleza kimaisha.

Aidha Balozi Seif pia aliwaomba wastaafu watakaochukuwa mikopo kwa kufanya biashara kuhakikisha kuwa biashara wanazotaka kuzifanya wanazielewa vizuri ili kuepukana hasara sambamba na kukumbuka kuwa mkopo lazima ulipwe kupitia pencheni zao na kurejeshwa ndani ya kipindi cha mwaka mmoja hadi miaka mitatu kulingana na umri wa mwombaji.

“ Hakika mpango huu ni mkombozi kwa mstaafu na pia utasaidia Taifa letu kupambana na umasikini wa kipato. Matarajio yangu kuona wastaafu wanatumia fursa hii ili kuweza kujiendeleza kimaisha kwa kuwekeza kwenye miradi yenye faida nzuri “. Alisema Balozi Seif.

Balozi Seif aliushukuru Mfuko wa Hifadhi ya Jamii Zanzibar pamoja na Benki ya Posta Tanzania kwa kubuni mpango maalum wa kutoa mikopo kwa wastaafu ili waweze kuishi maisha yenye matumaini.

Mapema Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Benki ya Posta Tanzania Bwana Sabasaba Moshingi alisema kwa muda mrefu sasa taasisi mbali mbali za fedha hapa nchini zimekuwa hazitoi mikopo kwa wastaafu kwa dhana kwamba hawana 

Bwana Sabasaba alieleza kwamba Benki ya Posta kwa kushirikiana na Mfuko wa Hifadhi ya Jamii ililiona tatizo hilo baada ya kutambua mchango mkubwa uliotolewa na wastaafu hao wakati wa utumishi wao na kufikia uamuzi wa kubuni mpango huo ambao ni mkombozi kwa wastaafu hao.

Mkurugenzi Mkuu huyo wa Benki ya Posta alisema kwamba utafiti uliofanywa unaonyesha wazi kwamba wastaafu wamekuwa wakiingiza kiasi kikubwa cha fedha katika uchumi kutokana na mafao wanayolipwa.

Alifahamisha kwamba mafao hayo yanaweza kuleta athari katika Nyanja za kiuchumi, kuongeza ajira, kukuza kipato na kupunguza umaskini iwapo fedha hizo zitatumika kwa busara na kuwekezwa katika maeneo salama.

Bwana Sabasaba amezishawishi taasisi za kifedha ikiwemo Mabenki na wataalamu wa uwekezaji na fedha kubuni njia mbali mbali za kuwasaidia wastaafu ili waweze kuwekeza na kuendelea kufurahia maisha ya ustaafu.

Naye Kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mfuko wa Hifadhi ya Jamii Zanzibar { ZSSF } Nd. Khamis Filfil Thani alisema mafao ya wastaafu muda mwingi huongeza mapato ya Taasisi za fedha na kuleta utulivu kwa wastaafu.

Nd. Filfil Thani alieleza kwamba mzunguuko wa mafao ya wastaafu katika taasisi mbali mbali za kifedha Nchini Tanzania umefikia Shilingi Trilioni Mbili wakati ule unaosimamiwa na ZSSF uliohusisha wastaaf 4,000 umepindukia shilingi Bilioni 20.

Kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu huyo wa Mfuko wa Hifadhi ya Jamii aliwaomba wale wasio wanachama wa mfuko huo wako huru kujiunga licha ya kwamba wengi wa wanachama wake ni watumishi wa umma na baadhi ya taasisi binafsi.

Alieleza kwamba Mfuko huo hivi sasa tayari unatumia mipango miwili ule wa lazima kwa watumishi wa umma pamoja na ule wa hiyari ambao Mtanzani ye yote yuko huru na anafusa zote za kujiunga wakati wowote.

Mikopo Maalum ya wastaafu wa mfuko wa hifadhi ya Jamii Zanzibar inayotolewa tayari imeshafaidisha wanachama wastaafu wapatao 250 kupitia mpango huo katika kipindi cha miezi miwili iliyopita.

Hafla hiyo ya uzinduzi wa mpango Maalum wa Mikopo kwa wafanyakazi wastaafu wa Mfuko wa hifadhi ya Jamii ilifuatiwa na futari ya pamoja iliyoshirika washiriki wote wa hafla hiyo.

Futari hiyo iliyofanyika katika Hoteli ya Zanzibar Ocean View pia ilihudhuriwa na baadhi ya viongozi wa taasisi za Kidini na baadhi ya watu maarufu hapa Nchini.

Othman Khamis Ame
Ofisi ya Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar

Balozi seif aahidi kufuatailia matatizo ya wananchi

Mjumbe wa Kamati Kuu ya Halmashauri Kuu ya Taifa ya Chama cha Mapinduzi Balozi Seif Ali Iddi amewathibitishia Wana CCM, Wananchi na Jamii kwamba ataendelea kufuatilia matatizo na changa moto zinazowakabili wananchi popote pale akiwa kama mtendaji Mkuu wa Serikali.

Alisema Wanasiasa wasifikirie kwamba anapokwenda majimboni hasa katika maeneo yanayoongozwa na Upinzani wakadhani ya kuwa anakwenda kuvuruga siasa za vyama vyengine vya upinzani.

Balozi Seif alitoa kauli hiyo wakati akizungumza na Wana Maskani ya CCM ya Amani na Utulivu iliyopo katika Kijiji cha Nungwi Mkoa wa Kaskazini Unguja akitekeleza ahadi waliyoitoa yeye na Makamu Mwenyekiti wa CCM Zanzibar Dr. Ali Moh’d Sheni katika ziara yao ya Tarehe 2 Mei Mwaka 2013 ya kujenga Maskani hiyo katika hadhi ya kisasa.

Akikabidhi mchango wa shilingi Milioni 4,000,000/- zitakazotumika katika ujenzi wa Maskani hiyo Balozi Seif alisema bado ana wajibu wa kufanya hivyo kwa vile yeye ni kiongozi wa Serikali na Siasa.

Alifahamisha kwamba anachokifanya muda wote ni kuangalia shida na kero zinazowakabili Wananchi na kutafuta mbinu za kuzikwamua na zile zilizo nje ya uwezo wake huziwasilisha Serikalini kwa hatua zaidi ya kutafutiwa ufumbuzi muwafaka.

Aliwashangaa baadhi ya viongozi wa kisiasa wanaoendelea kumshutumu kwa kitendo na uamuzi wake wa kufuatilia kero, matatizo na changamoto hizo zinazowakabili wana jamii katika maeneo yao mbali mbali hapa Nchini.

“ Hivi nikuulizeni Wananchi, ni kweli hamuhitaji huduma za maji zinazoletwa na Serikali ? Kweli hamuhitaji hudum za umeme zinazotengenezewa miundo mbinu na Serikali ambazo baadhi ya wanasiasa zinawakera ? “ Aliuliza Balozi Seif.

Mjumbe huyo wa Kamati Kuu ya Halmashauri Kuu ya Taifa ya CCM ambae pia ni Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar aliwaomba wananchi wasibabaishwe na maneno ya wanasiasa wasiowatakia maendeleo yao.

Mapema akitoa Taarifa fupi ya wana Maskani hao wa CCM wa Amani na Utulivu ya Nungwi Katibu wa Tawi la CCM la Kijiji hicho Nd. Adibu Ali Sheha alisema wana maskani hao wamepiga hatua kubwa katika utekelezaji wa Ilani na Sera za CCM tokea kuanzishwa kwake.

Ndu. Adibu alisema licha ya utekelezaji huo wa sera za CCM lakini wana Maskani hao wapatao 85 hivi sasa pia huendesha miradi ya kujiongezea mapato kwa kujishughulisha na kazi za mikono ikiwemo ushonaji wa mikoba, mikeka makawa na charahani.

Hata hivyo Nd. Adibu alieleza kwamba wana maskani hao wanakabiliwa na tatizo la ukosefu wa mashine ya kudarzi ili kufanikisha kazi zao tatizo ambalo Balozi Seif alilichukuwa na kuahidi kulifanya kazi.

Baadaye Balozi Seif alipata fursa ya kukagua pango kubwa la maji liliopo katika Kijiji cha Mvuleni ambalo Wananchi wa Kijiji hicho hulitumia kwa kupata huduma za maji licha ya kwamba baadhi ya msimu maji hayo huchaganyika na maji ya chumvi kutegemea kima cha maji ya bahari .

Balozi Seif alishuhudia changamoto kubwa inayowapata wananchi hao hasa akina mama ya kusaka huduma hiyo muhimu kwa kulazimika kuteremka na kupanda mlima mkubwa uliopo pembezoni mwa pango hilo.

Balozi Seif pia aliangalia jengo la Msikiti wa Ijumaa wa Kijiji cha Mvuleni na kuwaagiza waumini wa Msikiti huo kumtafuta fundi atakayefanya tathmini ya makisio ya kujengwa upya kwa paa, vyoo na sehemu ya nyongeza ya nje ili kuwapa utulivu wa ibada waumini hao.

Akizungumza na Wananchi hao mara baada ya ziara hiyo fupi Balozi Seif aliwahakikishia kwamba Wahandisi wa Mamlaka ya Maji Zanzibar wanajiandaa kuliondosha tatizo la huduma za maji safi katika Kijiji hicho.

Alisema wahandishi hao wamethibitisha kwamba huduma za maji safi na salama zinatarajiwa kupatikana ndani ya Kijiji hicho katika kipindi cha miezi mitatu kupitia kisima cha maji kiliopo Kigongoni.

Aliwaeleza wananachi hao kwamba Mamlaka ya Maji Zanzibar haijapuuza wazo lao la kuchimbiwa kisima chao ndani ya Kijiji hicho, lakini kinachohofiwa na wataalamu hao ni mazingira ya maji katika eneo hilo ambayo baadhi ya wakati huchanganyika na maji ya chumvi.

Katika kuunga mkono juhudi za Mamlaka ya Maji Zanzibar za kuwapatia maji safi na salama wananchi hao wa Kijiji cha Mvuleni Balozi Seif aliahidi kuchangia shilingi Milioni 5,000,000/- zitakazoongeza nguvu za utekelezaji wa kazi hiyo.

Naye Mke wa Mjumbe huyo wa Kamati Kuu ya Halmashauri Kuu ya Taifa ya CCM Mama Asha Suleiman Iddi aliwatanabahisha akina mama wa Vijiji hivyo kujiepusha na ushawishi wa vurugu za wanasiasa ambazo hatma yake huzaa matatizo yasiyokwisha.

Mama Asha alisema dunia imekuwa ikiendelea kushuhudia madhila na maafa yanayowapata wanawake na watoto hasa katika maeneo yanayozunguukwa na migogo ya kisiasa pamoja na vita.

Mapema Balozi Seif alikabidhi Fedha Taslimu shilingi Milioni 1,600,000/- kwa Vikundi vya Hiari ya Moyo, Hatuyumbi Maskani, Vijana wa Dufu pamoja na Vijana wa CCM wa kijiji hicho waliopatiwa pia sare za CCM ambapo kila kikundikatika mgao huo kimepata shilingi Laki 400,000/-.

Balozi Seif pia akakabidhi Futari, mashafu, Juzuu kwa wananchi wa Kijiji cha Mvuleni pamoja na Seti ya Jezi kwa timu ya Vijana wa Chama cha Mapinduzi wa Kijiji hicho.

Othman Khamis Ame
Ofisi ya Makamu wa Pili wa Rais wa Zanzibar

Wangojwa watakiwa kuwa na subra

Makamu wa Kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar Mhe. Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, amewakumbusha wagonjwa na wafiwa kuwa na subra na uvumilivu, wakielewa kuwa hiyo ni mitihani ya Mwenyezi Mungu.

Akiwa katika ziara ya kutembelea wagonjwa na wafiwa katika Wilaya ya Mkoani, Maalim Seif amesema maradhi ni jumla ya mitihani kutoka kwa Mwenyezi Mungu, na kwamba wanaopatwa na mitihani hiyo hawana budi kushuru na kuomba dua.

Maalim Seif ambaye yuko kisiwani Pemba kwa ziara ya siku sita ya kuangalia wagonjwa, kutembelea masoko na kufutarisha, amewataka wananchi kuendeleza umoja na mshikamano uliopo kwa maslahi yao na taifa kwa ujumla.

Hapo jana Maalim Seif alifutari pamoja na wananchi wa kijiji cha Piki katika Wilaya ya Wete, na kuwashukuru wananchi wa kijiji hicho kwa kujitokeza kwa wingi kuungana nae katika futari hiyo.

Wananchi hao wameelezea shukrani zao kwa Makamu wa Kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar kwa kuamua kufutari pamoja nao, kitendo ambacho wamesema kimeongeza upendo kati yao na viongozi wakuu wa Serikali.

Mapema wagonjwa waliotembelewa wameelezea kufarajika kwao kutokana na kitendo hicho, na kwamba kinaleta picha halisi kwa viongozi kuwajali wananchi wao katika mazingira yote.

Katika ziara hiyo ya Wilaya ya Mkoani, Maalim Seif amewatembelea na kuwafariji wagonjwa wanane pamoja na wafiwa katika vijiji mbali mbali vikiwemo Chambani, Mwambe, Mtambile, Uweleni na Chokocho.

Hassan Hamad (OMKR)

Friday, 18 July 2014

The only operator in Africa to win 3 prestigious international awards in 3 consecutive years

Movitel, SA – a joint venture between Vietnamese telecommunications group Viettel  and Mozambique’s SPI company - has just dramatically won the “Best Mobile Innovation Award” in the Mobile Innovations Awards 2014, becoming the first and the only operator in Africa to win 3 prestigious international awards in 3 consecutive years.

Movitel, SA – a joint venture between Vietnamese telecommunications group Viettel and Mozambique’s SPI company - has just dramatically won the Judges’Award: “Best Mobile Innovation Award”. This is the most notable prize among the 18 others of the Mobile Innovations Awards 2014. The Mobile Innovations Awards rewards the companies bringing mobile technology innovation into a business context across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Especially, the Judges’ Awards are not open for individual entries but considered by the Judges based on all the shortlisted entries in the awards to look for the most outstanding entry for the “Best Mobile Innovation Award”.

Movitel has outpaced many other strong telecom and electronic commerce companies such as PayPal, IMImobile, Vodafone, TSYS, Ericsson to convince the Judges thanks to the unique mobile operating solution of popularizing telecom services in Mozambique. The solution initiates from the concept that telecommunications is a commodity that everyone, regardless of their locations and income conditions, needs. 

The company has built a great network infrastructure of 2,800 towers – accounting for 50% nationwide, 25,000km fiber optical cable – accounting for 70% nationwide and a widespread supplying chain to every village with 153 shops, 12,600 agents and points of sales and nearly 4,000 direct sales staff to cover services to 85% of rural population and more than 70% of all population. Besides, the low and flexibly tailored tariff plans for different customers also makes it is easier for the people to access telecom services. Movitel has brought services to rural and remote areas; provided free internet to 2,500 schools; and created nearly 20,000 jobs in rural areas; considerably contributing to uplifting the telecommunication status of the country and creating the field for e-commerce in Mozambique.

This is the third consecutive year in a row that Movitel has been selected for the coveted award for its achievements and innovation in mobile technology. Formerly, Movitel won the Rural Telecom Award of the AfricaCom Awards in 2012 and the Competitive Strategy Leadership award by The American Research and Consulting firm Frost and Sullivan in 2013.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Viettel.