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How do we assess a person? Do we judge a person by the qualities he/ she possesses, or we simply assess by how much money he/she has amassed? Does this craze for money lead us to some sort of madness?

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TEACHING practice is an important component in the process of training teacher. Through this process student teachers are supposed to be helped to practically prepare their teaching notes, stand before students, write on the chalk board, their looks, their use of the PowerPoint, how they prepare slides, and manage discipline, how they control their voice levels, provide feedback to the learners, and other related undertakings.

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THE government of JPM is not reconsidering its intention to move to the centre of Tanzania. It is just that I have heard and read too many opinions on the move that makes it worth my giving it a second look.

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WHEN I was in Uganda pursuing undergraduate studies some years back, I learned something very important which today, I should share with my esteem readers.

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Good morning people, hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for travel. Even when I was in school, I hoped that when I grew up I would land myself a job that would allow me to see the world.

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POTUNA is my father’s sister. She came to the city some thirty years ago for a wedding celebration. Aunt Potuna is great fun, and like all good things, I would like to share her with my friends.

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WINNING of the presidentia we have heard so much of the parole following the appointment of the former Vunjo Parliamentarian, Dr Augustino Lyatonga Mrema as the Chairman of the National Parole Board.

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TRAFFIC jam, air pollution and noise from marching guys is ‘murder’ in Dar es Salaam. Despite the introduction of Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), traffic jam has continued to hurt many Dar residents.

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THE “Mind your Language” Column has been inactive for some time (in fact since January 2016) but it is my sincere hope that you, the reader, have been well.

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SOMETIMES when I go downtown I see the huge buses zoom along the street like some celestial bodies. They are known as DART. In Swahili they have the moniker of Mwendo Kasi.

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IN the course of the coming month, September 2016; the Parliament of the United Republic will resume its scheduled sittings in Dodoma. We all remember that the Opposition coalition in Parliament boycotted a greater part of the Budget session, which completed its business at the end of June, 2016.

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ONE of the readers of my sports columns last Saturday told me over the phone after she had read through my Sportscene piece that Hilal Hemed, who had two days earlier won his first 50m Olympic Games swimming heat was not the first Tanzanian to do so at that level. She said to the contrary he was the second Tanzanian to after Ammaar Ghadiyali, who posted two victories in heats, although he was later eliminated, at the 20th Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom in August 2014.

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IT is not the first time you are hearing this famous dictum, “Knowledge is Power.” We all know, this saying is famous, as on various occasions we have been lectured on it by our parents, teachers and other elders.

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MY article today is on the government’s decision to relocate its capital from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma. Currently this decision is the talk of the town in Tanzania.

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IN recent weeks, we heard of students who were not qualified to be in college. Apparently, when one is unqualified there is a tendency to underperform. A bit like sleeping on the job. In Kiswahili, they call such species ‘kilaza’. The government has been taking the search for ‘vilaza’ - plural of ‘kilaza’ - a step further.

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WHAT mum would have said? I hope you would remember that method you were using as a child to clarify simple choices between right and wrong.

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THIS week has been something. I knew it was a great week when the heavens opened its gates and blessed us with a little rain.

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A VERY happy Sunday to you all! Hope you are all having a peaceful weekend. Yes I am back after many months of absence. I know I have done a huge disservice to my very loyal readers but I will make it up to you. Writing and sustaining a column, I have learnt over the years, isn’t a walk over but with determination and passion, it is doable.

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ON Wednesday I travelled by bus from Dar es Salaam to Arusha aboard Dar Express, a journey that took us 13 good hours instead of eight hours that we are used to. We left Shekilango station at exactly 7:00am and arrived in Arusha at 8:00pm.

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TANZANIA recently hosted the African Leadership Forum (ALF) at the Hyatt Hotel in Dar es Salaam. This was the third after the inaugural one that was launched in 2014.

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SAY something negative about Dr John Pombe Magufuli to Romana Sylvester and you will have sparked up a quarrel. President Magufuli is the hair dresser’s man.

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TANZANIA and Tanzanians are keen at observing their traditions and culture. This week, we again marked an annual national event that brought together policy makers, farmers, consumers, agribusiness technologists and innovators as well as producers and suppliers of farm products such as seeds, fertiliser and insecticides.

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THE Rio 2016 Olympic Games are on and as usual with some of our local papers, name calling started no sooner had they started to take part in the Games.

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IN Tropical Savannah of Africa or Asia a male leopard takes his own way immediately after spending not less than 46 days to impregnate his beautiful partner.

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END of last month on July 31st - this is how a Chinese diplomat who was robbed at a supermarket in Dar es Salaam narrated to me the incident: Begun the lady diplomat: “I was at the Oyster Bay ‘Food Lovers’ Supermarket when two or three men emerged from a deep blue ‘Toyota Trial’ vehicle – and one of them violently snatched my handbag – so violently that I nearly fell down.

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ON July 8, 2016; the High Court of Tanzania made history when it declared that any marriage of anyone under the age of 18 years, is illegal.

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NEARLY a fortnight has elapsed since the quadrennial Summer Olympic Games were launched at the Maracana Stadium in the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon of August 5.

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TANZANIA’S U-17 national soccer team, Serengeti Boys, appear to have finally found their footing on the ground after they held their South African counterparts to a one all-draw in a competitive match over the weekend in a match played away from their home in South Africa.

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In this article, I am discussing the exclusive value which Tanzania’s education system attaches to examination grades.

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IT is a hard truth to accept that money we earn is there to spend. Although the basic rule is we should spend lower than what we earn, and this is how we will be able to generate an investable surplus.

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TOO much is going on right now for my weekly article to cover in less than a month, so am going to condense some of it to give my esteemed readers flavour a la Bongoland.

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RECENTLY, we took a glance on visionary leadership in public service, which underscored the importance of systematic succession plan and professional legacy.

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IT RAINED in sheets that bitterly cold July night. Thunderclaps were so numerous and so ferocious that you could think the gods in the distant hills were busy fighting. Gusts of whirlwind threatened to snatch thatched roofs.

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