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IT did not come to my surprise having heard President John Magufuli recently corrected the notion claiming that he is a dictator.

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THIS week’s headlines saw so much swift and stern call to action and action as well. It had a lot of Tanzanians waving their patriotic flags high, me included.

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LET me start by saying that anybody with a tongue or pen can criticise. However, not all criticism is bad for your health. Now that we have a new government committed to action and not words, we the people need to feed it as many ideas as we can to enable it to make informed choices.

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TODAY I look at the injuries and fatalities that await young and older children in rural Tanzania. Most children in rural Tanzania are born to poor peasants who eke out a living tilling the land.

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WAY back in 1963 when Tanganyika was on its honey moon after independence in 1961, the first indigenous Commissioner of Prisons O.K.Rugimbana thought of creating a new prison to cater for convicted civil servants at Ubena in the Coast Region.

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THE ‘Citizen’ of Thursday, January 28, 2016, carried the following headline news on its front page: “Chaos rocks Bunge as government cuts live coverage”; and showed pictures of what it called the ‘battle’ which took place inside Parliament between the opposition MPs and a group of police officers who had been assigned to maintain peace after the House business was disrupted.

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FOR painfully-long, South Africa was generally-acknowledged as an African ‘economic powerhouse.’ Outside the World of Energy – in which a powerhouse, or power plant/station, is a source or means of supplying electricity – ‘powerhouse’ describes a remarkable source of influence or inspiration!

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SIMBA Sports Club appear to have finally waken up from their deep stupor after decades of erroneously believing that sponsors were the only people who could have taken them out of their economic problems.

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THE question of the medium of instruction in Tanzania is being dealt with a lot of indecisiveness. This ambivalence could possibly be a result of fear of the unknown. The debate is usually very broad, and it has been there for a long time, but it is not likely that a solution will be found so soon.

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My father was invited to a wedding in Moshi where he fell flat down due to the carpet not having properly been glued to the floor.

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In the ongoing parliamentary sessions in Dodoma, it appears that some members of parliament see eye-to-eye on government issues, where else some others find it difficult to see the logic behind certain issues.

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The 97th day of the month of January is upon us. It feels like this month is never going to end and even when it does, it will be too late. We would have all lost each other in the 100 days that are January.

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YUMMY, just the idea of sweets can make one smile. Sweets are always a welcome treat. Sweets often leave a good taste in one’s mouth. Yet we all know that too many sweets equals too much sugar and that can be bad for our health.

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There is one thing I am certain was in the original constitution of TANU, the party that fought for the independence of Tanganyika under the leadership of Mwalimu Nyerere.

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THERE are many funny (and dangerous) tales relating to drivers and other people posing as such in vehicles on our roads. A man driving in the city streets noticed that a lady driving slowly ahead of him had her right hand stretched out of the car window.

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WEANING a baby can be a stiff challenge for both the mother and her child. While the baby keeps demanding to breastfeed with incessant cries, his mother has to grapple with pangs of pain from overfilled breasts.

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SERENGETI shall not die is a highly acclaimed documentary film. There were one or more strong reasons which forced Bernhard Grzimek- the Germany film producer to venture into this project.

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VISITING a place five times as I did last December when I went to Tarime town is no big deal. Significant is what happened in those or on any one of the occasions.

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TODAY, the last Saturday of this month, the nation is supposed to be engaged in cleanliness exercise after the December 9, 2015 successful turn out for such campaign.

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THERE are landmarks in the life of a given nation, which a people of that given nation do not immediately consider as achievements unless, on reflection, some of their compatriots point out those achievements.

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WE are currently within the statutory season for the hearing of election petitions, arising out of the general elections which were held on 25th October, 2015. A significant number of election petitions have reached the stage of hearing before the High Court around the country.

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IT was on a date like today’s – January 27 – that Pope Clement VI issued the Papal Bull ‘Unigenitus’ in 1343CE to justify Papal Power and the use of Indulgences.

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IT was good to learn, early this week, that Young Africans had finally resolved their standoff with their midfield maestro, Haruna Niyonzima, who was in the verge of being shown the door.

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MY previous articles on the quality of education in Tanzania have brought about a lot of useful feedback from some readers.

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My wife with whom I am separated, intentionally teaches our child wrong stuff, trying to prove her point.

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LISTEN up brethren, being single does not always mean not having a partner. There are married folks who on the outside appear to be like any two-being-one couple, but within the confines of their house, they are as single as an atom of nitrogen. There is nothing they do together apart from being roommates.

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THIS week, I had a candid talk with one academician, who is also an upcoming scientist and among those devoted citizens of this country. He is based in Kilimanjaro Region, teaching in one of the government schools.

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The trek from Baraki had been grueling and energy sapping, so I went to bed rather early. Baraki, a remote village across the crocodile infested river, was the venue for an after harvest festival.

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I AM old enough to remember the days when we had SCOPO. (Standing Committee on Parastatal Organizations?) It was something like a regulatory authority on incomes for parastatal organizations employees.

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READING the match report on in one of the local English newspapers (not the Daily News) on Thursday this week on Simba and Azam FC over their performances in the Vodacom Premier League (VPL), against Ruvu Stars and Mgambo Shooting Stars respectively, I was attracted by what Simba’s interim chief coach, Jackson Mayanja said about his new charges.

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FROM the pre historical time, the savannah is governed by a strong principle of survival for the fittest. In the Savannah, weakness is defined as inability to defend your family or resources against powerful enemies such as lion, leopard, cheetah or spotted hyena.

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In today’s world one’s best friend is no doubt their mobile phone. Forgetting it at home when going out on a journey of nearly 56 kilometres could make a big difference.

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Dear Readers, TODAY we take a brief look at squints in children. Later on, we look at a few dangerous childhood illnesses. When eyes do not look in exactly the same direction they are said to have a squint (strabismus).

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