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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Zanzibar: Major Progress in Development Goals

         


Despite noticeable challenges in the Ministry of Health, Zanzibar has been doing well in as far as achieving the target of reducing maternal mortality ratio as per the Millennium Development Goal five (MDG5), by 2015. Mr Kassim Issa Kirobo, officer responsible for education, communication and information, Department of Mother and Child Health, said Zanzibar has managed to reduce maternal mortality by more than 50 per cent.
Below is an article published by Daily News:
“In the past decade, we have managed to reduce maternal mortality from 400/100,000 down to 282/100,000. We are determined to make sure that the number decreases further by 2015,” said Kirobo.
He said that Zanzibar is still short of skilled medical personnel including midwives, and equipment, but said there have been improvements in health delivery. Kirobo appealed to women rights groups and members of the community to encourage pregnant women to give birth in hospitals, and warned that giving birth through traditional attendants puts their lives at risk in emergency cases.
The Health Officer also emphasized that family planning contraceptives are safe for users, and that the perception that it has worst side effects including cancer, is wrong and women should use the contraceptives with advice from a doctor.

U.S.- AFRICA LEADERS SUMMIT

President J. Kikwete of Tanzania 
  • Not only trade, investment, but also gay rights on US-Africa Leaders Summit agenda?
  • President J. Kikwete of Tanzania to attend the Summit

Not only trade, investment, but also gay rights on US-Africa Leaders Summit agenda?
Investment and trade, including tourism, is part of the agenda for the US Africa Summit upcoming in the US capital next week. What about gay rights?
US President Obama says: "I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect."
Human rights and gay rights activists in the United States on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders.
The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on human rights issues abroad, issued a statement depicting the summit as a "once-in-a-generation moment" to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans.
According to the two groups, 37 African countries with more than 800 million residents have laws criminalizing LGBT relationships, and leaders of 32 of those countries have been invited to the Aug. 4-6 summit.
Among the invitees are Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, who signed harsh anti-gay laws earlier this year.
In response to Uganda's law — which strengthens penalties for gay sex and makes life sentences possible for violators — the U.S. imposed visa bans on some Ugandan officials and halted or redirected funding from institutions involved in human rights abuses.
Shawn Gaylord, Human Rights First's advocacy counsel for LGBT rights, expressed support for these steps and called on the Obama administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of U.S. policy in Nigeria.

Mwenge wa Uhuru wawasili Zanzibar

 Katibu Tawala Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam Bi. Getrudi Mpaka akitoa salam za Mkoa huo kabla ya kuukabidhi Mwenge wa Uhuru Mkoa wa Mjini Magharibi leo july 30.

 Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam,Said Meck Sadiki akimkabidhi Mwenge wa Uhuru Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mjini Magharibi Abdallah Mwinyi Khamis, makabidhiano hayo yamefanyika uwanja wa ndege mkongwe Kiembesamaki leo. (Picha na Makame Mshenga- Maelezo Zanzibar).


 Vijana wa Chipukizi wakiimba nyimbo ya Mwenge.


 Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Rais, Ikulu na Utawala Bora Dkt. Mwinyihaji Makame akishika mwenge wa Uhuru ulipowasili Zanzibar.
Mkimbiza Mwenge wa Uhuru Hamza Ibrahim kutoka Mjini Magharibi na maaskari wakiukimbiza Mwenge.

 Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mjini Magharibi Abdallah Mwinyi Khamis akimkabidhi Mwenge wa Uhuru Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Magharibi Hasan Mussa Takrima kwa ajili ya kuukimbiza katika Wilaya yake.

Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Magharibi Hasan Mussa Takrima akikimbiza Mwenge wa Uhuru mara baada ya kukabidhiwa na Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mjini tayari kuanza ziara yake.(Picha na Makame Mshenga- Maelezo Zanzibar).

Chanzo: ZanziNews

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eid el Fitr 2014 in Dar es salaam

   
Eid el Fitr prayers held at National level at the Mnazi Mmoja Garden in Dar es salaam July 29, 2013

The Zanzibar tourism industry is dying

The Zanzibar tourism industry is dying

Jul 30, 2014
Although there are existing laws and policies that should protect tourism, the government does not enforce them, and this is slowly but surely killing Zanzibar as a tourism destination.
In other words: The economically important Zanzibar travel and tourism industry is dying.
Due to the global financial crisis, there has been a slow-down in arrivals – something the government has been warned about by tourism stakeholders. The way the government is dealing with this loss of revenue is to raise as well as create new taxes, leaving an already struggling tourism industry being financially strangled. Many tourism companies would have already filed for bankruptcy if not for their directors injecting funds into these companies just to keep them alive.
The Zanzibar government has imposed new airport taxes, new road taxes for tourism vehicles, additional VAT/levy tax on tourism vehicles, and toll taxes to reach certain villages from where some excursions are departing. This is all falling onto a small base of tax payers who have chosen to run their businesses as prescribed by the law.
However, there are larger numbers of beach boys, unlicensed operators, and guest houses who are not tax registered, therefore, no taxes are being collected from their tourism activities.

Exotic Zanzibar

 The Sultan's Palace, now a museum exhibiting memorabilia of the Omani rulers,  is on most visitors' itineraries.
The Sultan's Palace, now a museum exhibiting memorabilia of the Omani rulers, is on most visitors' itineraries.

Sandip Hor explores the Indian Ocean archipelago that lures and magnetises visitors from round the world.
''I landed here 15 years ago and never went back,'' Nora, from Holland, tells me while sipping coffee at a cafe in Zanzibar, the exotic Indian Ocean archipelago 35km from mainland Tanzania.
I can't blame her; I am feeling the same way, after spending just a few days here.
Zanzibar has been luring outsiders to its shores for centuries.
While for early adventurers the attraction was spices and slaves, for the modern generation it is abundant sun, sea and spicy seafood, with the lively legacy of past colonisers an added attraction.
The Arabs were the first foreigners.
They landed about the 8th century AD from present-day Oman and Yemen, started growing spices including cloves and cinnamon and began exporting them to the Arab world.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sala ya Eid ul Fitr viwanja vya Maisara


 Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe,Alhaj Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein (wa nne kulia) akijumuika na Waislamu mbali mbali na Viongozi katika Swala ya Eid el Fitri iliyoswaliwa kitaifa katika viwanja vya Maisara Suleiman Mjini Zanzibar  leo asubuhi katika kusherehekeka mfunguo wa Mwezi Mtukufu wa  Ramadhan.[Picha na Ramadhan Othman Ikulu.]
 Baadhi ya Mashekhe na Viongozi wakijumuika na Waislamu mbali mbali na Viongozi katika Swala ya Eid el Fitri iliyoswaliwa kitaifa katika viwanja vya Maisara Suleiman Mjini Zanzibar  leo asubuhi katika kusherehekeka mfunguo wa Mwezi Mtukufu wa  Ramadhan.[Picha na Ramadhan Othman Ikulu.] 
  Baadhi ya waislamu waliomaliza Swala ya Eid el Fitri wakimasikiliza Sheikh Mziwanda  Ng'wali  Ahmed  (hayupo pichani ) alipokuwa akitoa Khutba baada ya swala hiyo ambapo aliwataka waislamu kusherehekea Sikukuu ya Eid kwa upendo na mashirikiano katika viwanja vya Maisara Suleiman Mjini Zanzibar  leo asubuhi [Picha na Ramadhan Othman Ikulu.]
 Sheikh Mziwanda  Ng'wali  Ahmed (aliyesimama) akitoa Khutba baada ya Swala ya  Eid el Fitri mbele ya Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe,Alhaj Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein na Viongozi mbali mbali wa Kitaifa na Wailslamu waliojumuika kwa pamoja katika viwanja  vya Maisara Suleiman Mjini Zanzibar leo asubuhi.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe,Alhaj Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akisalimiana na Watoto walioshiriki katika Swala ya Eid el Fitri na kuwatakia Kheri katika kusherehekea Sikukuu hii ya  kumaliza mfungo wa Mwezi Mtukufu wa  Ramadhan.[Picha na Ramadhan Othman Ikulu.]

Source: ZanziNews