IF it had legs of its own, obstetric fistula would be very good at eluding attention; instead, it sends its victims into hiding – and sure death where ignorance and lack of medical care come into play.Add a comment
AGRICULTURE undoubtedly forms the backbone of this country. Despite being a leading employer, many rural folks depend on it for survival.Add a comment
A COUPLE of years ago, a young, foreign schoolgirl fascinated many people – via a video clip - by the speed and accuracy at which she mentioned the capital cities of all African countries.
Cynics may dismiss that as pointless, arguing that she had merely crammed the names, and that, therefore, she didn’t deserve any credit. Semantics aside, though, the girl’s response to what the capital city of Tanzania was, is, important.
She cited Dar es Salaam and Dodoma as a two-in-one answer. That set-up is most probably intriguing for many foreigners, who may be wondering why a country should have two capital cities.
Included in the group may be some who may merely shrug off the entire thing and say that it is none of their business but exclusively of Tanzanians themselves.
They certainly would have a point, against which backdrop we should ponder President John Magufuli’s dissolution of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday. Some compatriots may be as curious as some foreigners, over the rationale behind Tanzania having two geographical power centres.
They would similarly have a point, and a very big, may be, gigantic one.
For them, foreign and short-term visitors, plus longer-term residents on tourism, business, and other engagements, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma’s shared ‘capital city’ status is confusing, and even hilarious. Pinning the ‘political capital’ and ‘commercial capital’ on Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, respectively, hasn’t been very helpful.
For, the labels notwithstanding, Dar es Salaam is literally running the show either way, as it hosts the Executive and Judicial branches of the State.
But even on the legislative front, Dodoma does, for most part, spring into beehive-like life during parliamentary sessions, commemorative events like the latest Union Day on April 26, and high-level meetings of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi. What’s more,Dodoma – whose choice as the presumed future capital city was largely influenced by its geographical centrality is overwhelmingly overshadowed by Arusha and Mwanza cities.
Very little headway has been made to transform Dodoma as the country’s nucleus, largely because CDA’s performance over the past 44 years has been below par. For the sake of fairness, though, the successive management teams of the Authority haven’t been wholly to blame.
Some of its problems have stemmed, for instance, from structural arrangements that bred overlaps. Remedial measures have been set in motion, the most significant, so far, being transferring hitherto CDA activities to the Dodoma Municipal Council.
We earnestly hope that, it will discharge its responsibilities to the best of its abilities, and avoid the all-too-familiar pattern of slipping into lethargy after a few months or years of enthusiasm. Tanzanians are anxious that the long-elusive Dodoma dream comes true-- and fast !Add a comment
TANZANIA was last week honoured to host South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma who visited the country on an invitation by President John Magufuli.Add a comment
GOOD books mean money. This is true whether we’re talking about novels or set textbooks for secondary school pupils or primers on surgery for the specialist consulting surgeon.Add a comment
THE reports by some sections of the media in the neighbouring Kenya that Tanzania is prying in the neighbouring country’s politics ahead of the August general election are reckless, unethical and frivolous to say the least.Add a comment
THE invention of road motor transport marked a turning point in the history of humanity as it went a long way in reducing the constraints of distance and time, when one travels from one point to another.Add a comment
THE media fraternity in the country yesterday joined the rest of the world in marking World Freedom Day, with the government expressing commitment in ensuring independence of the press and lack of restrictions in information dissemination in the country.Add a comment
IT began with Congolese music in the early 1960s when the Tanzanian music scene could have been heard anywhere in the streets of Kinshasa and Lubumbashi because our ‘jazz’ bands– without jazz music –were playing tunes lifted slap-bang into Dar es Salaam entertainment houses from the Congo.Add a comment
POVERTY throughout the world has cut many bright students’ education dreams, throwing them into the vicious circle of paucity.Add a comment
PUT liberally, 53-year-old human age mates of Tanzania’s Union– whose latest commemoration is today‑are two years short of voluntary retirement. But unlike a public servant for whom retirement is beckoning, and who is probably excited over liberation from stress, the Union is an entity for which no time-frame has been set.Add a comment
ASK any ordinary citizen about the Union between the Republic of Tanganyika and the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government, which gave rise to the current Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, especially those born after independence, and you won’t be surprised if that majority will only tell you sketchy information apart from ‘knowing that one is free to move between the two without a passport or visa’.Add a comment