Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sullivan’ chopper crashed in Arusha

A military helicopter was crashed near Materesi village, Kisongo area in the suburbs of Arusha town, killing all crew and passengers on board. Arusha Regional Police Commander Mr Basilio Matei told the ‘Daily News’ that the ill-fated helicopter was among those that were taking aerial patrol during the Sullivan Summit that ended in Arusha,Tanzania. He added that the cause of the crash were not established the following day, and that police and military officials were investigating on the cause of the mishap. News from the scene of accident said that the plane – Registration Number JWTZ 95007 – was headed for Dar es Salaam via Dodoma where it was expected to drop some of the passengers. Speaking to police officers who visited the scene of the accident, Maj. Nkambi of the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) identified the dead as Col. Waketi, Maj. Sinda, Lt. Kihungu and Private Mahumba. He added that a woman and her child, both of whom also died, were not identified immediately. The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Davis Mwamunyange, who was in Arusha on official duty visited the scene of accident an hour after the incident, where he expressed his condolences to the bereaved families. Gen. Mwamunyange also thanked the Kisongo area residents, who tried their best to save the accident victims but could not do so under the circumstances. He said burial arrangements would be made once necessary arrangements were made.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Tanzania: Clear Up Confusion On EPA Now

Last Friday, Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Mustafa Mkulo told Parliament that the Sh133 billion looted from the External Payment Arrears account wasn't the Government's money.
In a surprise statement during the winding down of the Budget, Mr Mkulo said the sum that was illegally paid through the account to individuals and suspect companies belonged to private businessmen and not the people of Tanzania.

While Mr Mkulo says the looted billions belonged to neither the Government nor the Central Bank of Tanzania, President Kikwete, in a statement issued on January 9, noted that he was 'gravely shocked by the looting of public funds within the BoT'.

It is for this reason the head of state formed a special taskforce to investigate how the EPA billions was looted as well as recovering the stolen monies. He also directed that thereafter all those suspected should be prosecuted before a court of law.

It is therefore appalling to hear from Mr Mkulo that the looted billions don't belong to the Government. It is not our intention to translate further what the minister meant, but we would like him to be clear on this issue.
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It is not enough to say the sum belongs to businesspeople. Who are they? Why would the Government spend a lot of energy to recover funds belonging to some businesspeople?
Wasn't this account formed under the debt buy-back scheme introduced by the Government in collaboration with the World Bank in 1994?
It will be interesting to know to whom the said funds do in fact belong.

Cameroon/Tanzania: Eto'o Clinches Last Minute Victory for Lions

Indomitable Lions hitman, Samuel Eto'o Fils' late goal against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania on Saturday, June 21, was what it took to clinch victory for the Indomitable Lions.
When the two sides clashed at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. The Lions had been held to a virgin draw during the away leg in Dar-es-Salaam a week earlier and it didn't look like they were going to have things any easy this time round.

For one thing, even though they practically dominated play throughout the first half of the encounter, the Taifa Stars stubbornly frustrated all efforts by the striking duo of Eto'o and Achilles Webo from doing any damage. Even Eto'o's 67th minute opener was hurriedly closed by the Stars some 10 minutes later. Eto'o only squeezed in the winner for Cameroon in stoppage time.
The encounter marked a day four action of the on going joint 2010 World and African Cup of Nations qualifiers.Eto'o now joins Frederick Kanoute of Mali as second-highest goal scorers in the African qualifiers with four goals, one behind leader, Moumouni Dagano of Burkina Faso with five.
During the first segment of the game, the Taifa Stars adopted a defensive play style, which paid off as their watertight defence waded off all incursions from the Lions attack force manned by Eto'o and Achilles Webo.

In spite of several scoring opportunities created by Eto'o and Geremi Njitap, Webo failed to score and give Cameroon the lead in the first segment of the game.Eto'o opener came, courtesy of a well executed corner kick by Njitap. The Tanzanians equalised 11 minutes after, thereby increasing the pressure on the Lions that feared a draw at home.
Eto'o's 90th minute goal gave the Lions the lead not only in the game but also in their Group.
Tanzanian coach, Brazilian born Marcio Maximo, blamed his team's defeat on the referee.
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The Lions now top Group I with 10 points. Meantime, the players would go back to their clubs and only return in August for the next round.
Besides the new improved status of the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium, the Lions official sponsor, Orange Cameroun, added colour and fanfare to the game.The joint qualifying campaign will decide which five teams will join the host country, South Africa, at the 2010 World Cup tournament.

According to FIFA rules the qualification process will also decide the 15 teams that will join host Angola to take part at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.The following results were recorded in Saturday qualifying matches: Zambia 1- 0 Swaziland, South Africa 0-0 Sierra Leone, Nigeria 2-0 Equatorial Guinea, Morocco 2-0 Rwanda, Burkina Faso 4-1 Seychelles, Tunisia 2-1 Burundi and Senegal 3-1 Liberia.