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Is Magufuli the right man, or wait one after?



A good number of my fellow citizens are struggling to keep their head above water as tough financial times continue. These people are complaining for life hardships. They complained during Ali Hassan Mwinyi, kept the same while Benjamin Mkapa got in power, just like that when Jakaya Kikwete sat at our State House, Magogoni. Now here is Dk. John Magufuli, the story is very similar. Our staff writer SIMON MKINA looks on who is to rescue and stop moans?  Read on.

I like the writings of one of the best thinkers, Nicholas Kristof, of the United States of America, a renowned author, who was contributing to The New York Times twice a week.

He proved to be one of the icons that I have been admiring, respect and above all, value him a lot as the best editor, just like my other media icons; my newspaper don – the late Farayi Munyuki, the first black editor in Zimbabwe, Johnson Mbwambo, Ndimara Tegambwage, Salva Rweyemamu (before he was presidential appointee, of course) and many others in Tanzania.

These giants in our local media, and Kristof deserves admiration from all sharp and smart people who cuddles no nonsense no matter what.

In mid-May 2008, Kristof wrote about Africa, asserting that it is a continent with a glittering future and sited Rwanda and Benin as exemplary countries when it comes to tangible development aspects. He was right, but not very right.

He said Rwanda has reinforced all the worst stereotypes of Africa: Wretchedly poor, torn apart by a civil war and seemingly destined to be an international basket case forever.

Yes, Rwanda now is that nice country that has peace, and a shining economy. Rwanda is now clean, safe and enjoying economic growth more than twice as fast as the US or Europe.

To me, the only problem with Rwanda, as I see it is the decision of President Paul Kagame to preserve bones of those who were killed in the massacre of 1994, in a macabre museum. To me, this is the action that can stir up another bout of killings because as human beings, every one of us feels irrationally angry when coming across killers of our kin and kith.

I beg you Mr President (Kagame), it is now high time you buried all the bones as a sign of forgetting the massacre forever. Do it Kagame.

                                            Yes, Rwanda now is that nice country that has peace, and a shining economy.

We all know that in the early 1960s, most of African countries were richer than Asia. Many economists expected Africa to zoom far ahead of Asia. Back then, the World Bank named a group of African countries that it projected to grow at 7 per cent annually. 

Instead, Africa drove over a cliff. Of those countries with good data, one-third now have lower per capita incomes than they did at independence (in the 1960s), and the five worst performing economies in the world from 1960 to 2001 were all in Africa!

What went wrong? The reasons were that Africa was not well governed and that it was torn apart by wars, grand corruption (ufisadi), nepotism and all the evils that go with politics and power gluttony.

Those were the brainchild of greedy politicians, who most of the times love to deliver sweet speeches on platforms while the truth is that they do not know what to do to implement what they are preaching. We have many of them, when the audience claps for them they go home with big heads. This is totally unbecoming.

Despite our enormous natural resources, Tanzania, our mother country, has the disadvantage of starting from the bottom rung — per capita income is a mere 260 US dollars. The country is ranked among the world's 10 poorest nations with half of the population living on less than one dollar a day, and 16 per cent of those in abject poverty line on less than half a dollar.

Is there anyone feeling pity seeing their fellow countryman dying from hunger, seeing him without shelter as some big shots out there had decided to demolish their houses to pave the way for a mansion of a tycoon. Is President John Magufuli the one we expected, or should we anticipate the one after him? When? Who will that be? Under which constitution?

This is ridiculous for our people to swim in poverty while we are blessed with a lot of gold reserves; diamonds, copper, coal, hard working people, but we are victims of poorly implemented policies. 

We do not have Tanzania leaders who can come up with relevant organizations and policies or plans that can give us an equivalent of what has been done in Singapore to stand where it is today. Singapore is a totally different story; it has developed thrice as much now, while we were all sailing in the very same boat some 50 years ago.

                                                                               There is nobody who will rescue us, but ourselves.

We want our leaders, under President Magufuli’s points – to know what we need to get out of the mess and poverty; each of us can contribute, but they are the ones who fail us.

We need to stand on our own feet and not on goodwill of the West who, in real sense, are not helping us for free. Trust me, there is no free lunch to offer to anyone, we are not their uncles and aunties. There is nobody who will rescue us, but ourselves.

Some years ago, I remember to had copy of Twaweza, of a  well innovative idea; calendars with distribution of different pictures of famous people in Tanzania on the cover and asking if any one of those will  change anything for better while we all sit back and relax.

On the calendar, there were a lot of famous presidents, artistes, rich, philanthropists and other global icons, but only one box was empty. This vacant box needs one to put his/her picture and ‘check’ who will be coming to rescue from poverty.

No way, the only man (and woman, of course) to rescue you from difficulties, including poverty is only you.

Tanzanians, take charge!

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Kwanini wanawake hupata msongo wa mawazo kwa kiwango kikubwa kuliko wanaume?



Kama ambavyo imekuwa ikielezwa na baadhi ya vyombo vya habari, wanawake wapo kwenye nafasi ya kupata msongo wa mawazo kwa kiasi kikubwa kuliko wanaume. Pia kiwango chao cha kupata matatizo ya kiafya au kujiua ni kikubwa mara tatu ya kile cha wanaume.

Utofauti huu kati ya jinsia hizi mbili bado haupo bayana, baadhi ya watu wanaamini takwimu hizi zimeongezwa chumvi kwasababu tu wanaume ni viumbe “dhaifu” hivyo ni rahisi kwa wao kuonesha dalili hizo. Hata hivyo baadhi ya tafiti zinaonesha kwamba madai haya ni ya kweli, kama hizi zifuatazo:

1. Utofauti wa homoni huchukuliwa kama kigezo kikubwa. Ukilinganisha na wanaume, wanawake hukumbana na matatizo mengi katika viwango vya homoni mwilini ambayo huusishwa na dalili za msongo wa mawazo. Mbali na matatizo mbalimbali ya hedhi, asilimia 15 ya wanawake hupata msongo wa mawazo baada ya kujifungua.

Msongo wa mawazo hujitokeza sana katika kipindi ambacho hedhi hukoma, ambapo melancholia ilibainika kuwa moja ya matatizo ya kiakili mpaka kufikia mwaka 1980. Pia wanawake wapo kwenye nafasi kubwa ya kupata matatizo ya upungufu wa homoni ya thyroid (tezi yake ipo kwenye shingo), ambapo mara nyingi huusishwa na msongo wa mawazo.

2. Kutokana na kigezo cha kimaumbile wanawake wapo kwenye nafasi kubwa ya kupata msongo wa mawazo kutokana na tafiti mbalimbali za mapacha wasiofanana, pia kutokana na historia ya familia.

3. Wanawake hujihusisha zaidi kwenye mahusiano binafsi kuliko wanaume na huathirika zaidi pale wanapovurugwa. Wanawake wengi walioolewa na wale ambao ni mama wa nyumbani wamekuwa na majukumu makubwa zaidi na kujikuta wanashindwa kuhimili majukumu ya kazi na familia, kama vile kutunza na kulea ndugu ambao ni wazee.


 Wanawake wenye umri kati ya miaka 25 mpaka 40 kiwango chao cha kupata msongo wa mawazo kimeongezeka mara nne zaidi ya wanaume.

Utafiti uliofanyika Ulaya kwenye nchi zaidi ya 30 na kuhusisha watu milioni 514 umebaini kwamba kiwango cha wanawake wenye umri wa kati kupata msongo wa mawazo kimeongezeka ndani ya miaka 40 kutokana na shughuli hizi. Wanawake wenye umri kati ya miaka 25 mpaka 40 kiwango chao cha kupata msongo wa mawazo kimeongezeka mara nne zaidi ya wanaume.

4. Wanawake huishi kwa miaka mingi zaidi kuliko wanaume na hii huusishwa na kukosa matumaini, upweke, hali mbaya ya kiafya na matatizo mengine ambayo husababisha msongo wa mawazo.

5. Wanawake ni wepesi sana kutafuta kuonana na wahudumu wa afya pale wanapojisikia kwamba hawapo vizuri kiafya tofauti na wanaume, hivyo ni rahisi kwa wao kugundulika wanapokuwa na matatizo ya kiafya. Pia kuna ushahidi kutoka kwa madaktari wa kike na wa kiume kuhusu wepesi wa kugundua hali ya msongo wa mawazo kwa wanawake zaidi kuliko wanaume kwa dalili zinazofanana.

6. Dalili za huzuni kwa wanawake ni kubwa mara nne zaidi ya ilivyo kwa wanaume, na matokeo yake huongezeka zaidi kadiri majira na nyakati zinavyobadilika. Mfano, Tromso mji uliopo Norway, huwa na karibu siku 50 kipindi cha baridi ambapo jua huwa halionekani kabisa.

Katika kipindi hiki watu huchoka sana na kiwango cha utendaji kazi hupungua. Pia kuna ongezeko kubwa la msongo wa mawazo hasa kwa wanawake. Ajali na mauzo ya dawa mbalimbali za usingizi huongezeka zaidi katika kipindi hicho.

Hata hivyo wanawake walio kazini na wale wasio na wenzi wapo kwenye nafasi kubwa si tu ya kupata msongo wa mawazo lakini pia magonjwa ya moyo, kansa ya matiti na kansa ya kizazi.

Pamoja na ushahidi uliotolewa hapo juu, bado tafiti zaidi zinahitajika juu ya nadharia za msongo wa mawazo kwa wanaume na wanawake.

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RIPOTI YA CAG: Rais Magufuli asisitiza trilioni 1.5 hazijapotea, aitupia lawama mitandao ya kijamii



Rais John Magufuli amesema ripoti ya Mdhibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Serikali (CAG) aliyokabidhiwa haionyeshi upotevu wa trilioni 1.5 na kwamba ni upotoshaji unaofanywa na baadhi ya watu kwenye mitandao ya kijamii una lengo la kuigombanisha Serikali na wananchi.

Kauli ya Rais imekuja ikiwa zimepita siku chache tangu Katibu wa Itikadi na Uenezi wa Chama Cha Mapinduzi kutoa kauli inayofanana na ya Rais kuwa hakuna fedha iliyopotea na kilichopo ni kutokueleweka kwa ripoti ya CAG.

Akizungumza leo muda mfupi baada ya kuwaapisha Majaji wa Mahakama, Ikulu jijini Dar es Salaam, Rais Magufuli amesema aliwasiliana na CAG, Prof. Mussa Assad na kwamba alikiri kuwa hakuna upotevu wa trilioni 1.5 zinazosemekana hazijulikani zilipo.

“Nilikuwa ninasoma baadhi ya mambo mengine wanasema Serikali imeiba trilioni 1.5. Siku moja nikampigia Controller and General Auditor General (Mdhibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Serikali) mbona kwenye ripoti yako uliyonisomea hapa Ikulu hukunieleza huu wizi wa trilioni 1.5.” amesema Rais Magufuli.

Amesema kama kweli upotevu wa fedha huo ungekuwa umetokea angechukua hatua mapema za kuwafukuza kazi watendaji waliohusika na ufisadi huo lakini kinachoonekana ni upotoshaji unaofanywa kwenye mitandao ya kijamii na kuwaaminisha wananchi kuwa fedha zimeibwa na Serikali.

“Kwasababu ungenisomea hapo siku hiyohiyo ningefukuza watu, kama nimefukuza wakurugenzi watatu siku hiyohiyo kwasababu ya hati chafu, hawa trilioni 1.5 uliwaficha wapi? Nimejaribu kusoma kwenye ripoti yako (ripoti ya Ukaguzi ya CAG) sioni mahali palipoandikwa zimepotea trilioni 1.5. Prof. Assad aliniambia hakuna kitu kama hicho, nikamuuliza Katibu Mkuu akasema hakuna kitu kama hicho.” Ameeleza Rais Magufuli.

Hata hivyo, Rais Magufuli hakufafanua trilioni 1.5 zimetumikaje kama kweli hazijapotea, zaidi ya kuwalaumu watumiaji wa mitandao ya kijamii kutumia uhuru wa kutoa maoni kujadili ripoti ya CAG ambayo inaonesha trilioni 1.5 hazijulikani zimetumikaje.

“Kuna ugonjwa tumeupata Tanzania wa kufikiri kila kinachoandikwa kwenye mitandao ni cha ukweli. Sasa sifahamu huu ugonjwa umetoka wapi? Lakini ni kwasababu hii mitandao hatuicontrol (hatuisimamii) sisi, wako huko wenye mitandao yao, wao interest (maslahi) yao ni kutengeneza biashara hawajali madhara mtakayoyapata.” Amesema Rais.

Kauli ya Rais imeungwa mkono na Naibu Waziri wa Fedha na Mipango, Dkt. Ashatu Kijaji akiwa bungeni Dodoma wakati akitoa tamko la Serikali juu kutoonekana kwa matumizi ya trilioni 1.5 kwenye matumizi ya Serikali kwa mwaka wa fedha wa 2016/2017.

“Kutokana na matumizi ya mfumo huu wa viwango vya Kimataifa vya Uhasibu katika sekta ya umma, napenda kuliarifu Bunge lako Tukufu na Watanzania kwa ujumla kwamba hakuna fedha taslimu ya shilingi trilioni 1.51 iliyopotea au kutumika kwenye matumizi ambayo hayakuidhinishwa na Bunge. Hivyo basi, madai ya baadhi ya watu wasiolitakia mema Taifa letu na Serikali yetu ya Awamu ya Tano hayana msingi wowote wenye mantiki.” Amesema Naibu Waziri.

Amesema wakati CAG akifanya ukaguzi wa mahesabu, Serikali ilikuwa inatekeleza mpango mpya wa kimataifa wa mahesabu katika sekta ya umma (International Public-Sector Accounting Standard IPSAS Accural) na kwamba ndio ulioleta mkanganyiko wa mahesabu.

“Napenda kulitaarifu Bunge lako Tukufu kwamba, kuanzia mwaka 2016/17, Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania ilianza rasmi kuyatambua mapato kwa mfumo wa Accrual. Hivyo basi, kati ya mapato haya ya shilingi trilioni 25.3, yalikuwemo pia mapato tarajiwa (receivables) kama mapato ya kodi yenye jumla ya shilingi bilioni 687.3 pamoja na mapato ya kodi yaliyokusanywa kwa niaba ya Serikali ya Mapinduzi ya Zanzibar ya jumla ya shilingi bilioni 203.92 (transfer to Zanzibar).” Amesema Naibu Waziri na kuongeza kuwa,

“Katika uandishi wa taarifa ya ukaguzi, CAG alitumia taarifa za hesabu na nyaraka mbalimbali ikiwa ni pamoja na Taarifa za Utekelezaji wa Bajeti (Budget Execution Report) ambapo hadi kufikia tarehe 30 Juni 2017, mapato yalikuwa jumla ya shilingi trilioni 25.3 na matumizi yalikuwa shilingi trilioni 23.79.”

Naibu Waziri amefafanua kuwa Matumizi ya trilioni 23.79 hayakujumuisha bilioni 697.85 zilizotumika kulipa dhamana na hati fungani za Serikali zilizoiva. Pia Matumizi hayo yalikuwa hayajafanyiwa uhamisho (re-allocation) wakati ukaguzi unakamilika.

Ameongeza kuwa, baada ya kufanya uhamisho jumla ya matumizi yote kwa kutumia Ridhaa za Matumizi (Exchequer issues) yalikuwa shilingi trilioni 24.4. Amedai kuwa trilioni 1.51 zilizodaiwa kutoonekana kwenye matumizi ya Serikali zilitokana na mchanganuo ufuatao;

Katika ripoti ya CAG aliyoitoa hivi karibuni katika ukurasa wa 34 imeelezea kwa undani kuhusu kutoonekana kwa matumizi ya fedha hizo, ambapo aliwataka wabunge kuihoji Serikali ziliko trilioni 1.5 kwasababu katika ukaguzi wake hakubaini zimetumikaje ingawa hakusema zimepotea.

Tangu kutolewa kwa ripoti ya CAG ya ukaguzi wa hesabu za Serikali na mashirika mbalimbali nchini kwa mwaka wa fedha unaoishia June 2017. Mijadala mbalimbali imeendelea kwenye mitandao ya kijamii kuhusu mambo mbalimbali yaliyoibuliwa na CAG ikiwemo kutojulikana kwa matumizi ya trilioni 1.5.

Baadhi ya vyama vikiwemo vya CCM, ACT-Wazalendo na CHADEMA vilitoa maoni yao kuhusu ripoti hiyo.

Mbunge wa Kigoma Mjini, Zitto Kabwe amekuwa alijitokeza kwenye mitandao ya kijamii akisisitiza kuwa ukaguzi wa CAG ulihusisha fedha zilizokusanywa na sio za hati fungani ambazo Serikali imezitolea maelezo.

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Kwanini kukaa muda mrefu kunasababisha kuganda kwa damu kuliko ukiwa umelala?



Unaweza kuwa umegundua kuwa ukikaa sehemu moja bila kubadilisha mkao hata kwa saa moja, miguu yako itaanza kupatwa na hali isiyo ya kawaida. Wengine wanaweza kuhisi mshtuko fulani wa kutekenywa, maumivu au ganzi, lakini wengine wanafikia hatua ya kutoweza kusogeza miguu kutoka sehemu moja kwenda nyingine. Na wengine wanapooza miguuni kwa muda mfupi.

Dalili hizi hujidhihirisha kwa mtu ikiwa atakaa sehemu moja muda mrefu kwa muda usiopungua saa moja.

Kwa upande mwingine, tunapolala huwa tunajinyoosha miguu yetu kwenye kitanda kwa saa 6 hadi 7. Lakini hatuhisi hali yoyote ya kutuumiza au dalili kama tulizoziona wakati tumekaa.

Kukaa kwa muda mrefu kunaweza kusababisha hali isiyo ya kawaida na wakati mwingine damu kuganda (boold clots) ndani ya mwili. Lakini ukiwa umelala huwezi kuhisi hali hiyo ikitokea kwenye mwili. Kwanini iko hivyo?

 Jinsi damu inavyozunguka

Kama tunavyofahamu, moyo ni kiungo au ogani muhimu inayohusika na mzunguko wa damu mwilini. Damu inaanza safari yake kwenye moyo; baada ya kutoka kwenye moyo, damu inaingia kwenye mshipa mkubwa (aota) na kusambazwa sehemu zingine za mwili kupitia mishipa midogo midogo (arteries).

Baada ya damu kuingia kwenye mishipa midogo midogo, hurudishwa tena kwenye mapafu na moyo kwa kupitia mfumo wa mishipa ya vena (venous system).

Mishipa ya vena ina matundu madogo ambayo yanasaidia damu kutorudi nyuma wakati ikisafiri kuelekea kwenye moyo. Kwa msingi huo inapambana na nguvu ya mvutano ambayo inazuia damu isisambae au kusafiri kutoka kwenye miguu hadi kwenye moyo.

Wakati mtu amekaa sehemu moja kwa muda mrefu, damu haiwezi kusafiri haraka kama inavyotakiwa. Hali hiyo huchochea mgando kwenye mwili ambapo matokeo yake ni kuganda kwa damu.


Ukiwa umelala…

Ukiwa umelala kitandani, kwa kiasi fulani miguu yako inakuwa imenyooka ukilinganisha na unapokuwa umekaa, na ni rahisi kuisogeza. Kwasababu hii, damu haitalazimika kufanya kazi kubwa ya kushindana na nguvu ya mvutano ili kufika kwenye mapafu na moyo. Matokeo yake damu inasafiri kwa urahisi.

Wakati umelala kwa kiasi kikubwa viungo vya mwili vinakuwa vimetulia, na hali hiyo haiwezi kusababisha tatizo la mzunguko wa damu kwasababu mwili umenyooka na damu hailazimika kusafiri kwenda juu.

Hata hivyo, haimanishi kuwa ukilala unakuwa salama dhidi ya kuganda kwa damu. Hata ukijilaza, mvutano bado una umuhimu katika mzunguko wa damu. Ukijilaza, nguvu ya mvutano inainuliwa kidogo na kupunguza tatizo la kuganda kwa damu kwa saa 8 hadi 15.

Kwa msingi huo, ukijilaza kitandani  bila kugeuka geuka kwa saa 20 au zaidi, unaweza kupata matatizo. Ndio maana madaktari wanakuwa makini hasa kwa wagonjwa wanaolala muda mrefu, jambo wanalolifanya ni kuwageuza mara kwa mara ili kuhakikisha damu haigandi na kuudhuru mwili.


Ukiwa umekaa…

Ukiwa umekaa sehemu moja hasa wakati unasafiri kwenye treni, basi au ndege kwa muda mrefu inasababisha shughuli za misuli ya mwili kupungua.

Kwa mkao huo, miguu pia haisogei na muda mwingi hukaa kwenye mwelekeo mmoja. Wakati huohuo damu inakosa nguvu ya kupambana na nguvu ya mvutano. Kutokana na mchakato fulani wa kibailojia, mzunguko wa damu kwenda juu  unapungua. Hali hii kwa kiasi kikubwa inasababisha kuganda kwa damu kwenye mwili na matokeo yake mtu hujisikia kupata ganzi au namna fulani ya kupooza.

Damu iliyoganda ikisafiri kwenye mishipa na kufika kwenye mapafu, inaweza kuleta madhara mbalimbali ikiwemo matatizo ya mfumo wa upumuaji (Pulmonary Embolism).

Ndio maana inashauriwa kusimama na kutembea mara kwa mara wakati ukiwa safarini hasa kwenye safari ndefu au ukiwa kwenye shughuli zinazokufanya ukae muda mrefu.

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