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ON April 27, 2016, South Africans celebrated 22 years of freedom from the heinous apartheid system, which sought to carve racial mini-nations out of Grand South Africa.

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There is an adage that goes “We do not fear the unknown, but we fear what we think we know about the unknown”. This is the situation that has been prevalent recently in Tanzania.

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The plaintiff in a case has filed an affidavit that is full of lies. In fact some are so obvious that any smart judge can pick up the lie. Is such lying not an offence?

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WHEN governments resort to micromanaging, could it tantamount to political leverage. Often it becomes a habit very hard to break.

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Until recently, a job in the Government meant absolute security. It didn’t matter that you did not do anything positive in office, or indeed did a lot of negative things, once appointed, you were safe and sound for life.

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SOME years ago, AMREF Tanzania launched eLearning course to upgrade enrolled certificate nurses to diploma level. I was among the journalists who were invited to cover that event.

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WE were getting some work done while discussing Uncle JPM’s latest firing and it hit me that May Day is this weekend. Joy! Quick succession of thoughts flooded my mind; maybe I can get an extra day to work on my side projects and maybe get my hair done.

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I AM an avid follower of tech news and have had my share of personal computers, cameras, phones and anything which produces sound or pictures. I have had my share of fun with technology and also many disappointments. What would life be without its usual ups and downs?

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THE Vodacom Premier League (VPL) has reached a very interesting juncture with the driving seat going back to where it had belonged, to defending champions, Young Africans.

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BROADCASTERS and broadcasting industry in the country came under scrutiny this time around! Journalists forming the “Media Fraternity” WhatsApp group gave it a critical look.

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HELLO Readers. Today I tackle a subject that touches all children and their parents. I look at the most common injuries that afflict young children especially in their homes. Children’s injuries range dangerous falls from tree canopies to electric shocks and attacks from animals.

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ONE of the landmarks of a country’s culture is language – a language that distinguishes a given country from another or is regarded by a given country as its ‘lingua franca’ or mother tongue.

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LAST Tuesday , the 26th of April, 2016, was the 52nd anniversary of Union Day, which is the date on which the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar was established, way back in 1964.

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IT was on April 27, 1950 that the-then Apartheid Government of South Africa (SA), under Premier Daniel Malan, passed the ‘Group Areas Act/Population Registration Act’ to segregate the races, creating special areas for ‘Whites,’ ‘Blacks,’ ‘Asians’ and ‘Coloureds!’

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TANZANIA is now witnessing a lot of investment in the education sector. This goes hand in hand with expansion in enrollment, growing number of schools and universities. Additionally, more and more students graduate from schools, colleges and universities.

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A few months ago a non-governmental organization called Siha Aids Fund contributed almost seven million shillings to help ease the suffering of orphans and vulnerable children who live in abject poverty and, consequently, very difficult conditions.

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There is some sort of hysteria in the public domain, both in the country and abroad that the fifth phase government is reverting to Socialism, which has Tanzanian characteristics.

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FOr some time in the past years, I had been thinking of writing two articles with the following titles; “The War Without Casualties” and “Bongoland; The Country Where the Bad Guys Ride off Happily into the Sunset”.

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A NeW bridge is up in Dar es Salaam- good times! I say this like we get a new bridge every other day but you get what I mean. I join my people in celebrating this marvellous construction that joins Kigamboni peninsular to the general Dar city centre.

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I know the young and restless offspring of today have a strong aversion to history. To them anything that happened yesterday is a story better consigned to the past. What happened two years ago is not even in their soft disks; they already deleted it from memory.

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This time around, my column strangely is coming straight from London where I am attending a very important Board Meeting of the Penal Reform International (PRI), an international nongovernmental organization working on penal and criminal justice reforms worldwide with its head office in London.

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BOTH Tanzania representatives in the continental soccer clubs tournaments, Young Africans Sports Club and Azam FC as had been widely expected out of the run.

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THE marriage of George Nyakado and Getrude Baisha was meant to last throughout their life. So are all marriages, aren’t they? Yes! But for some women there lingers in the matrimonial horizon the talaq ghost.

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A VIDEO clip is displayed of a teacher who lives and works in poverty! She closes her patchy-looking-house and proceeds to school. Squeezing herself past a crowded class with most pupils sitting on the ground.

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SMACKING children is commonplace in this country but I find it outrageous. It does not only have physical effects but also emotional and psychological ones.

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TOMORROW, the 22nd day of April, is the anniversary date of the historic event of signing the ‘Articles of Union’ which united Tanganyika and Zanzibar into one Sovereign Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on the same date in 1964.

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AS we prepare to ‘stomach’ the world’s first-ever human head transplant tentatively slated for 2017, the world’s first surgical replacement of a human organ – an esogaphus – was performed on a date like today’s, April 20, 1951 by the Romanian Dr Dan Gavriliu (1915-2012)!

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WHILE it is true that private schools are private businesses owned by individuals, companies and religious institutions, due to the fact that they deal with building skills and attitudes imperative for national and personal development of the learners, it is necessary that the Government controls their running.

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DOES the way someone think determines whether somebody would be a rich person or poor? Are you a bit surprised to hear this statement?

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Having lived in Europe for over 20 years, I would like to now start my own country. I am sick of being governed by other people especially with some laws that I do not agree with.

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In order to avoid falling into the trap in what is known as, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, leaders are encouraged to learn how to exercise impartiality and open-mindedness. There is no one among us who is immune from this attitude of turning your enemy’s friend into your buddy except those who are pious or in Arabic Muttakkiin.

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Consider the following case study: The task at hand is buying a new computer for some specific task. An officer in the public (read Government) sector writes to the Head of Department stating his requirement.

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I can tell you solemnly, the food that you partake daily is what will kill or cure you. Therefore the way to a man’s health must also go through his stomach.

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