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IF you talk of the media veterans of this country, earnestly you cannot miss the name of Paul Sozigwa who died a fortnight ago at the age of 83. Rather belatedly, I am obliged to pay tribute to his colossal contributions to this country as a technocrat, a journalist and a politician of our times.

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IN 1632, Pope Urban the eighth through apostolic constitution called Cœlestis Jerusalem officiate the process of beatification of people after their death, this is a procedure to make a person to be a blessed which also elevate someone into sainthood according to the Catholic Church.

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I WAS going back home from church when I saw him. He must have been there for quite some time and grown weary of the place, but for some reason was finding difficult to leave the area.

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THOSE following the news on global television networks here -most likely– may have come across reports of a well-attended summit of global leaders meeting in Beijing a fortnight ago. I, for one, was particularly intrigued both by the theme of the summit and the fact that I was coming across the existence of such a gathering for the first time named ‘Silk Road’.

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CURRENTLY ongoing in Dodoma, is the annual budget session of our Parliament (Bunge), and indeed our MPs are currently assembled in the capital city, discussing the government’s budget proposals for the Financial Year 2017/2018.

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LAST week Wednesday May 16, the small town of Usa River in Arusha region was in a great grief, as people gathered to attend the funeral of Father Josephat Msongore, a member of the Holy Ghost Fathers, famously known as Spiritans.

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ONLY a competent and honest medical scientist can give a proper explanation on why I didn’t die, rejoin my ancestors, and fire up their spirits in singing hallelujah, when my heart skipped three bits, after bumping into Jose Kitindamimba.

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ONE of my contacts recently shared a note with a list of European leaders who have no offspring. As a Tanzanian I was like, what?

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Haya, there are those who thought that Papa Shango is dead and buried, okay, let me burst your bubble, I am alive and kicking, and I intend to start where I left, ukikasirikabasipasuka!

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LAST week I promised to finish the last part of punishment as related to conviction that lands one into prison.

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MADE with a network of about 40,000 muscles and 640 veins, a trunk of an elephant is capable to lift up more than 250 kilograms which is less than 32 times to a total weight of 8,000 kilograms of a full grown African elephant.

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A JOURNALIST’S biggest tools of trade are their pen, a notebook and a camera. I always carry all these with me all the time.

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IN recent years, we have witnessed the mushrooming of new religious sects. Christians have taken the lead and every sect has come up with a unique ‘selling’ proposition to appeal and attract new followers from across section of the community.

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SUNDAY, 14th May was Mother’s Day, celebrated in over 40 countries in the world. The day is rather low key here in Tanzania although it is well observed in neighbouring Kenya, with mothers getting showered with flowers and gifts. In the Kenyan weekend newspapers, we find at least three articles related to Mother’s day.

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Dr. John Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania “Usiwe kupe; Jitegemee! (Do not be a parasite; be self-reliant) “Ujamaa ni Utu; Ubepari ni Unyama!” (Socialism is humanity; capitalism is beastly) Paul Sozigwa’s Radio Tanzania slogans in the midseventies and eighties.

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BECAUSE the event of celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the Union which took place last month was a great and historical national event, I had decided to write two articles relating to that historical event.

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THE goalless draw valiant Serengeti Boys managed to pull out against the prematch, hot favourites and African Youth Championship (AYC) defending champions, Mali, on Monday this week in a match played in Libreville, in Gabon should be a major lesson to Tanzanians on what investment in football or any business for that matter can do if well done.

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What you do with your money may not be of much consequence today, but for sure it will have great ramification on your life in future.

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In one of my previous articles I briefly shared that ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers, is an International organization that coordinates the operation of the Internet in terms of policies and technical operations.

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THEY say you should be happy and grateful for all the gifts you receive. That’s what they say but are you really obliged to do this?

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SOMETHING nasty nearly happened to me on a day that I try my level best to remember to forget. It is a day when my heart narrowly missed being rendered as useless as a deflated balloon.

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WHEN the Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, was winding up estimates for his 2017/2018 fiscal budget on May 5, 2017, he uttered a statement that really shocked some of us.

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BRITONS are questioning the wisdom of their government in proposing the new Prisons and Court Bill excluding the word punishment in the definition of the purpose of jail. Introducing this new Bill, according to “The Telegraph Newspaper” the Justice Secretary Ms Liz Truss told prison governors that they must protect the public, reform and rehabilitate offenders; prepare prisoners for life outside to be safe and secure.

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JUST recently I made a surprising discovery about retirement. To many people it is as scary as death and those who are scared of it have reasons to be. But really, they should not be. In 2014 my office sent me to Morogoro to undergo a course on how to handle retirement.

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THINK of this situation, you are in a single engine plane which is flying hundreds of metres above the sky and your pilot falls unconscious and unable to control the flight, what are you going to do, will you close your eyes and sleep for your own death in the sky?

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THE Daily Blog (Monday 24 April) carried a front page news item titled: “Fate of seized viroba this week”, in which the Minister of State in the vice President’s Office, Union Affairs and Environment, was reported as saying that the government planned to convene a meeting that week to decide on the fate of the outlawed sachet-packaged liquor ‘consignment’ confiscated during a recent countrywide operation.

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THOSE following TV proceedings of the meeting of representatives of the Tanzanian private sector in the intervening period must have found remarks by the Tanzanian Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, pertinent and reflective of what this country is missing: seriousness in promoting the country internationally in terms of tourism.

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I AM very happy to be back in this ‘Current Affairs’ column, after a temporary absence of a few weeks during the month of April, 2017.

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League is finally in its final stretch with traditional arch soccer rivals, Simba and VPL reigning champions, Young Africans contending for top honours.

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Repossession of sensitive equipment

We have provided some equipment to an authority in Tanzania that is using it for some important purposes. Unfortunately we have not been paid and want to repossess our equipment. We are told that we cannot do so as it will amount to an offence under the National Security Act. Please guide. YU, Dar

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A scandalously long time ago, when I was scandalously young enough not to know anything between A and Z of the mischief in which Adam and Eve reportedly engaged in a garden whose name I have forgotten, something of titanic proportions took place in my home village.

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You know why many people find something to like about the religion they used to love but are no longer practising it? Because there are a lot of good lessons for everyday life in the scriptures.

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Are there any refunds being given out to those who purchased their academic records, certificates, diplomas, degrees and so on; and as of this week have been named and shamed? I’m asking for a friend.

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