SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities said on Thursday the World Bank
was hesitating to fund the east African nation’s
southern tourism circuit in protest against the
implementation of the Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric
project in the Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage
Hamis Kigwangalla, the Minister for
Natural Resources and Tourism, said donors were worried
that implementation of the hydroelectric in the southern
tourism circuit through the Resilient Natural Resource
Management for Tourism Growth (REGROW) project will
affect the ecosystem of the game reserve.
The southern tourism circuit comprised of Katavi,
Kitulo, Mahale, Mikumi, Ruaha, the Udzungwa Mountains
National Parks, the Selous Game Reserve and two rift
valley lakes of Nyasa and Tanganyika.
Kigwangala said the government was determined to
ensure protection of the environment and the Selous Game
Reserve, adding that the REGROW project will be
implemented regardless of delays in securing funding.
The minister was reacting to members of the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land, Environment
and Natural Resources who had advised the government to
fast track talks with the World Bank for acquisition of
a 150-million-U.S.-dollar loan to improve tourism in the
They said talks to finalize the release of the loan
were delayed by the World Bank following the Tanzanian
government’s decision to implement the 2,100-megawatt
Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project at the Selous Game
Tanzania had requested for a World Bank loan to
improve the country’s tourism in the southern corridor
through the REGROW project.
The project was expected to help improve management
of natural resources and tourism assets in priority
areas of southern Tanzania and to increase access to
alternative livelihood activities for targeted
The Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project has drawn
criticism from environmental NGOs, both for its effect
on the core area of the Selous Game Reserve and the
downstream ecology of the Rufiji River.
But Tanzanian President John Magufuli has dismissed
concerns about the effect the hydroelectric project
would have on the game reserve.
government and Bharti Airtel sign agreement
DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania and Bharti
Airtel Limited, an Indian global telecommunications
services company based in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday
signed an agreement including raising the East African
nation’s shareholding in the mobile phone operator to 49
percent from 40 percent.
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential
Communication at State House in the commercial capital
Dar es Salaam said the agreement was signed between
Tanzania’s Minister for Justice and Constitutional
Affairs, Palamagamba Kabudi and Bharti Airtel Chairman
Sunil Mittal and witnessed by President John Magufuli.
Before the agreement, the global telecommunication
company owned shareholding of 60 percent.
The statement said Bharti Airtel has also agreed to
give dividends to the government of Tanzania to the tune
of 10 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 4.4 million
U.S. dollars) that Tanzania had not received for the
past 10 years.
According to the statement, Bharti Airtel has written
off a debt amounting about 1 trillion Tanzanian
shillings that Tanzania owed the telecom firm.
Bharti Airtel will also contribute 2.3 billion
Tanzanian shillings to social corporate responsibility.
"The agreement has opened a new cooperation chapter
between Bharti Airtel and Tanzania.
This agreement has written new history," said Mittal.
"This is the kind of investment that we prefer.
Airtel has been in Tanzania for the past eight, nine
years but the country was not benefiting," Magufuli
Tanzania ready to
sell food surplus to Malawi: president
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli said on Wednesday his country
was ready to sell its food surplus to Malawi when the
southern African country was in short supply.
President Magufuli made the remarks shortly after he
had received credentials from Malawi’s new envoy to
Tanzania, Glad Chembe Munthali, at State House in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania has a surplus and it is ready to sell it to
Malawi, a statement issued by the Directorate of
Presidential Communication quoted Magufuli as saying.
The president also assured the new Malawi envoy of
Tanzania’s continued cordial bilateral relations, said
Early this month, the Minister for Agriculture,
Japhet Hasunga, said the country has about 3 million
tonnes in surplus food.
Hasunga said Tanzania has continued to help several
neighboring countries with food supplies, including the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi.
He said Tanzania Revenue Authority data showed that
Tanzania exported a total of 64,477.95 tonnes of maize
and 99,434.45 tonnes of beans to these countries between
June 2017 and June 2018.
communications regulator introduces system to trace
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- The Tanzania
Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) said on
Thursday it has fixed a telecommunication traffic
monitoring system (TTMS) aimed at tracing fraudulent
James Kilaba, TCRA Director General, said the TTMS
will officially be handed over to President John
Magufuli on Friday at TCRA’s headquarters in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Kilaba said the system has been useful in identifying
fraudulent traffic as well as mobile money transactions,
data that would have been difficult to access accurately
without such a system.
The state-of-the-art technology has also enabled TCRA
to ascertain the quality of services given by mobile
phone operators to their customers, he added.
"Economic activities related to information and
communication technology (ICT) have grown and continue
to grow tremendously in our country hence the need for
robust monitoring system," he said.
Kilaba added that ICT should continue to contribute
in economic development.
In April 2016, President Magufuli sacked the then
TCRA Director General Ally Simba and disbanded the
entire TCRA Board of Directors for failing to oversee
the monitoring of the industry.
rescued from gorge in western Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A baby elephant which lost its
herd and plunged into a deep gorge in western Tanzania’s
district of Sumbawanga has been rescued, a senior
official said on Tuesday.
James Wakibara, Director General for the Tanzania
Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) said that the baby
elephant believed to have come from one of the game
reserves in western part of the country was found
trapped in a gorge on Sunday and was later airlifted to
safety by conservationists aboard an airplane.
He said that the exercise to airlift the young
elephant from Sumbawanga to the Makoa Farm’s elephant
orphanage, located in Kilimanjaro, was performed jointly
by TAWA and the Friedkin Conservation Fund.
The official said: "It took about three hours to
transport the baby elephant from Rukwa to Kilimanjaro by
The Jumbo was escorted by wildlife and veterinary
He said that if the young elephant could have died if
it had stayed longer in the precipice.
"After spotting it, our officers reported the matter
and we took efforts to rescue the animal," he said.
According to Wakibara, the little elephant will stay
for a while at the Makoa Farm in Kilimanjaro where
wildlife and veterinary officers will be checking its
progress, before being released back into the wild to
join its herd.
One of the stakeholders in conservation, Joram Laizer
praised the joint efforts of Friedkin Conservation Fund
and the TAWA in rapid act of ensuring the jumbo’s
safety, especially at the time when wild animals face
serious threats from poachers, diseases and being the
underdog in human-wildlife conflicts.
Wildlife officials reveal here that the baby elephant
was still in suckling stage and when it fell head-on
into the gorge.
It badly injured both its trunk and mouth area,
making it difficult for the jumbo to feed.
Still, it is being hoped that the baby elephant will
recover in time to be sent back to join its family.
Due to drop in poaching cases, the number of
elephants is on steady increase throughout the country
and many of the jumbo are currently roaming freely
across the landscape, with some, like this baby jumbo,
accidentally falling into valleys.