The Chanzo Morning Briefing Tanzania News – May 23, 2024

Dar es Salaam. Good day! The Chanzo is here with a summary of the main news reported in Tanzania on May 22, 2024.

Professor Mukandala: To improve our institutions, we must start with the country’s constitution

Professor Rwekaza Mukandala has said that for the country to improve its governance institutions, there is a need to review the country’s constitution. Mukandala made these remarks during his inaugural lecture as a professor at the Nkrumah Hall of the University of Dar es Salaam.

He delivered this lecture, titled “Lessons from the induced birth, tortured life and painful death of MV Bukoba”, on May 21, 2024. The lecture reflected on the MV Bukoba tragedy in 1996, tracing the events since the acquisition of the vessel . in 1979 to tragedy.

Mukandala highlighted that proper procurement procedures were not followed in the purchase of the ship. He explained that since the country was using a loan from the Belgian government to acquire the vessel, the terms of the agreement required that the vessel be acquired in Belgium.

Mukandala noted that despite pressure to sign a contract with the contractor appointed by the Belgian government, there was opposition from Tanzanian experts and other government officials. However, the president ordered the signing of the contract.

Mukandala explained that by ordering the signing of the controversial contract, the fate of MV Bukoba was sealed. He explained that investigations show that the vessel received had significant technical flaws.

Mukandala stressed that the President was able to order the signing of the contract against the advice of his experts because the Constitution grants him that power, stating that the President is not obliged to take advice from anyone.

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Yes, pointing out the ethnicity of leaders to support or oppose is unacceptable

Related to last week’s article, I would like to address what I consider to be massive distractions that only confuse the issues and encourage further division.

Of course, I am not in favor of having to carry a passport when traveling to the other side of the Union, that is, to Zanzibar. It makes no sense, even in the context of Africa as a whole, when we have been arguing that Africans should be allowed to travel anywhere on the continent without restrictions, sembus within a nation!

It also seems like the rationale behind the suggestion doesn’t make sense either. Will a passport really prevent someone from the same country from owning land or getting a job on the other side of the Union?

And who cares to insist on a passport as a kind of hiriziOr a magic wand when huge chunks of the same land are being handed over to foreigners from different continents, euphemistically called ‘investors’?

At the same time, even on this side of the Union, that is, in Tanganyika, have we not been, under successive presidents of both sides of the Union, handing over huge tracts of land to foreigners from other continents, while we jealously protect our lands? against our closest neighbors?

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See how Tanzania’s journey towards the digital economy is gaining momentum

The budget presentation of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Information Technology highlighted the critical role of the communications sector in the socio-economic development of Tanzania and as an enabler in various industries.

Speaking in Parliament, Nape Nnauye, who heads the dossier, said there has been notable growth in the country’s communications sector over the past year. For example, registered SIM cards increased by 16.4 percent, from 62.3 million in April 2023 to 72.5 million in April 2024.

Mobile Internet subscribers also saw an increase of 11.2 percent, from 33.1 million to 36.8 million in the same period. Users of mobile money services grew by 19.6 percent, from 44.3 million to 53.0 million.

The Tanzanian government has implemented several initiatives to drive digital economic transformation, as evidenced by the approval of the National Digital Economy Strategy 2024-2034.

The revised National ICT Policy of 2016 and the development of 14 new guidelines will support the management of the ICT sector, promoting international standards, digital literacy and inclusion.

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