Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Maiti wa Ajali ya Tanga Watambuliwa!

WAKATI Jeshi la Polisi nchini likitangaza majina ya abiria waliokufa na waliojeruhiwa katika ajali ya basi la Mohamed Trans lililogongana uso kwa uso na lori wilayani Korogwe, mkoani Tanga, serikali imetoa takwimu zinazoonyesha kukithiri kwa ajali mbaya za barabarani nchini.
Akizungumza jana kwenye eneo la tukio, Kamanda wa Kikosi cha Usalama Barabarani nchini, James Kombe alisema kuwa watu waliothibitika kufariki kwenye ajali hiyo ni 28 na 14 kujeruhiwa. Hadi jana maiti 13 walikuwa wametambuliwa na miongoni ni ya mmoja wa madereva wa basi la Mohamed Trans, Joseph Kamitee.
Mwingine ni Ramadhani Kipsto, dereva wa lori lililohusika kwenye ajali hiyo linalojulikana kama Simba Track, ambalo lilikuwa linatoka Dar es Salaam kwenda Arusha.
Wengine ni raia wawili wa Marekani akiwamo Catheline Brooke Baxter mwenye paspoti namba 089355273 iliyotolewa New Orleans na Francis Kanyoike, raia wa Kenya. Wote walikuwa wamepanda basi hilo lililokuwa linakwenda Dar es Salaam likitokea Mwanza kupitia Nairobi, Kenya.
Kombe aliwataja maiti wengine kuwa ni Hassan Ramadhani (35) Julius Mollel (40), Mkadara Saidi Athumani (32), Ludovic Mselle (48), Ainaini Maro (53), Wisdom Mmasa (17) na Ramadhani Shaaban (30).
Vilevile, aliwataja Baraka Shaaban (21), Mohamed Saidi Cheka (Utingo wa Lori), Hagilori Utrikari (43) mwenye asili ya Kiasia, Neema Robert (24), Helen Jamhuri (37), Mbaruku David Kassanda (35), Daniel Owino (34) na Cathyrin Brooke (32).
Maiti wote wamehifadhiwa katika Hospitali ya Mkoa ya Bombo baada ya kubainika kuwa majokofu katika chumba cha maiti cha Hospitali ya Wilaya ya Korogwe, hayafanyi kazi ipasavyo.
Alisema ajali hiyo ilitokea baada ya gurumu la mbele la basi hilo kupasuka na kwa vile lilikuwa katika mwendo mkali, dereva alishindwa kulidhibiti na kwenda kuliparamia lori hilo lililokuwa linakuja mbele.
Mganga Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Korogwe, Rashid Said alisema majeruhi wawili wa ajali hiyo, hali zao zilikuwa mbaya na ilibidi wasafirishwe hadi Dar es Salaam ili wachunguzwe na kutibiwa kwenye Hospitali ya Taifa ya Muhimbili.
Majeruhi hao aliwataja kuwa ni Maria Kika, mkazi wa Moshi na Mary Erasnos ambapo wote wamepata majeraha vichwani. Hata hivyo, alisema majeruhi ambao wataendelea kupata matibabu hospitalini hapo ni Erasmos Mathias, Nelson Giatu na Lugano Martin (mmoja wa madereva wa basi).
Majeruhi wengine ni Ahmed Abdallah (22) wa Nairobi, Abdallah Ademi (22), Peter Nyakua (43), Mtunzi Selemani(32, Mary Erasmus (27), Hellen Alex (23), Jane Njeri (33), Jenipher Mushi (29), Nelson Gitau (40), Jimmy Massawe (32) na Ludovic Mcharo.
Wakati huo huo, serikali jana ilitoa tamko ikisema kuwa licha ya ajali hiyo, tayari watu 1,468 walikuwa wamekufa na wengine 8,373 kujeruhiwa katika ajali 10,168 za barabarani zilizotokea nchini katika kipindi cha Januari na Juni, mwaka huu.
Tamko hilo lililosainiwa na Waziri wa Mambo ya Ndani, Lawrence Masha na kusambazwa kwenye vyombo vya habari jana, licha ya kusikitishwa na kasi ya wimbi la ajali hizo, lilitaja hatua kadhaa ambazo serikali imekusudia kuzichukua.
Masha alithibitisha kuwa katika ajali ya juzi iliyotokea Korogwe mkoani Tanga watu 28 walipoteza maisha, 18 wakiwa wanaume na 10 wanawake.
Alibainisha kuwa waliojeruhiwa katika ajali hiyo ni14, kati yao wanawake watano na tisa ni wanaume. Masha alilalamika kwamba, ajali hizo zimeendelea kutokea licha ya serikali kutoa taarifa, maelekezo ya mara kwa mara na elimu kwa umma.
Alisema uchunguzi wa polisi unaonyesha kuwa ajali nyingi zinatokana na madereva wazembe wanaoendesha magari bila kuzingatia sheria za barabarani, hasa mwendo kasi. Kwa upande wa mabasi ya abiria, Masha alisema: "Chanzo chake kikuu ni pamoja na mwendo kasi, ubovu wa magari, uzembe wa wenye magari kwa kutoyakagua mara kwa mara, ulevi na makosa mbalimbali ya kibinadamu."
Pamoja na usugu huo wa madereva kutobadilika, Masha alisema kuwa serikali haijakata tamaa na itaendelea kuimarisha doria katika barabara kuu, ukaguzi wa magari ili kuyazuia mabovu na kuielimisha jamii ili itoe taarifa polisi wanapogundua dereva anaendesha vibaya.
Hatua nyingine alizitaja kuwa ni kuendelea kuboresha sheria za usalama barabarani, kuhimiza elimu kwa madereva, kukagua na kuhakiki uhalali wa leseni na kuwabana wamiliki wa magari ili waajiri madereva waaminifu na wanaowajibika katika kazi zao. Katika tamko hilo, Masha alitoa pole kwa wote waliopatwa na msiba pamoja na majeruhi katika ajali hiyo.
Wakati huo huo, Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Tanga, Meja Jeneral Said Kalembo jana alizungumza na wananchi waliofika kwenye eneo la ajali hiyo na kuwatahadharisha kuwa wanaposafiri dereva akiendesha basi kwa mwendo wa kasi, watoe taarifa polisi ili waweze kudhibitiwa.
"Nawapa mkono wa pole ndugu wa waliokufa katika ajali hii, ni janga kubwa limetukuta Tanga, lakini nawaomba abiria mkiwa katika magari yanayoendeshwa kwa kasi toeni taarifa polisi," alisema Kalembo.
Naye Kombe alieleza kukerwa na mtindo wa baadhi ya madereva wa magari ya abiria kuendesha kwa kasi wakati wakijua wamebeba roho za watu. Mmoja wa majeruhi aliyejitambulisha kwa jina la Erasmus Mathias alisema ajali hiyo ilitokea baada ya tairi la la basi upande wa kushoto kupasuka na baadaye kulivaa roli na kisha magari yote yakaanguka.
"Dereva wa basi kama angekuwa amekwenda mwendo wa kawaida yasingetokea maafa kama haya," alisema Nasoro Juma, mkazi wa Kijiji cha Kwakombo.
Taken from: www.mwananchi.co.tz

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ajali Ya Mohamed Trans Yaua 30!

ZAIDI ya watu 30 wamefariki dunia baada ya basi walilokuwa wakisafiria la Mohammed Trans, kutoka Mwanza kwenda Dar es Salaam kupitia Nairobi nchini Kenya, kupata ajali wilayani Korogwe mkoani Tanga.
Kwa mujibu wa taarifa zilizolifikia gazeti la Mwananchi kutoka kwa Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Korogwe Erasto Sima, zinasema chanzo cha ajali hiyo ni kupasuka kwa gurudumu moja la basi hilo na kugongana uso kwa uso na gari la mizigo aina ya Scania, lililokuwa likitoka Dar es Salaam kwenda Arusha.
Mpaka gazeti linakwenda mtamboni ni majeruhi 13, ndio waliokuwa wamelazwa katika hospitali ya wilaya ya Korogwe, Magunga, mkoani Tanga na katika chumba cha kuhifadhia maiti cha hospitali hiyo, iliwekwa taa ya kandili kutokana na kukosekana kwa umeme ili shughuli za kuweka miili ya marehemu hao ziendelee .
Habari zaidi zilisema ajali hiyo ilitokea katika eneo la Kwa Kombo wilayani Korogwe, majira ya saa moja jioni jana.
Sima alisema jitihada za kutoa maiti nyingine ambazo zinadaiwa kuwa zimekandamizwa na basi hilo, zilionekana kuwa ngumu kiasi cha kuagiza winchi kutoka mjini Tanga, lisaidie kuliinua basi hilo ili maiti zilizokandamizwa ziweze kupatikana.
Hata hivyo, mkuu huyo wa wilaya alisema hadi muda huo kulikuwa na maiti 27 zilizokwisha patikana, wanaume 21 na wanawake sita.
Wakati huohuo, mtu mmoja amefariki dunia katika ajali iliyotokea maeneo ya Wami mkoani Tanga baada ya gari la Kampuni ya Airbus lililokuwa likisafiri kwenda Dar es Salaam jana kugongana na lori.

Taken from: www.mwananchi.co.tz

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Fasihi kwa Road", Maoni?

"Nyuki Hakumbatiwi"

New Employment Rules. What do you Think?

SICKDAYS:
We will no longer accept a doctor's certificate as proof of sickness. If you are able to get to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

SURGERY:
Operations are now banned. As long as you are an employee here, you need all your organs. You should not consider having anything removed. We hired you intact. Removed of any organ constitutes a breach of employment.

HOLIDAYS:
Each employee will receive 104 holidays per year. They are called Saturday and Sunday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE:
This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends or relatives. Every effort should be made to have non-employees to attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled for the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch-hour and subsequently leave one hour early, provided your share of the work is done.

ABSENT FOR YOUR OWN DEATH:
This will be accepted as an excuse. However, we require at least two weeks’ notice to allow time for you to train your own replacement.
TOILET USE:
Entirely too much time is being spent in the toilets. In the future, we will follow the practice of going in alphabetical order. For instance: All employees whose names begin with 'A' will go from 8.00 to 8.20, employees whose names begin with 'B' will go from 8.20 to 8.40 and so on. If you are unable to go at your allotted time, it will be necessary to wait until the next day when your turn comes again. In extreme emergencies employees may swap their time with a co-worker. Both workers' supervisors must approve this exchange in writing. In addition, there is now a strict 3-minute time limit in the toilets. At the end of 3 minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper will retract, and the door will open.
LUNCH BREAK:
Skinny people get an hour for lunch as they need to eat more so they can look healthy, normal size people get 30 minutes for lunch to maintain their average figure. Fat people get 5 minutes for lunch because that's all the time needed to drink a Slimfast and take a diet pill.

DRESS CODE:
It is advised that you must come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing designer clothing we will assume that you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a payrise.

Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplations, consternations or input should be directed elsewhere.

Have a nice day.
The Management
Taken from: Mdau- Faustine's Baraza

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sea cable Ushers in New Internet Era!

The first undersea fibre optic cable went live in five African countries simultaneously on Thursday, marking the beginning of an era of faster and cheaper internet connections.
A privately-funded consortium, Seacom, commissioned its Sh59 billion ($760m) undersea cable in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda and South Africa with Rwanda set to be linked up in the next two weeks.
This effectively means that Kenya is now part of the global information superhighway and will be able to compete on a more level platform with more established economies.
The commissioning in Mombasa, was marked with a live telecast by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete in Dar es Salaam, who was linked with journalists in Kampala, Maputo, Johannesburg, London and Marseille.
“The arrival of this cable signals the beginning of a new era in the telecommunications sector,” said Mr Kikwete. “History has been made.”
Eastern Africa has been the only region in the world not connected through an undersea fibre optic cable and has had to rely on the more expensive satellites whose charges have been as high as Sh540,000 ($7,000) per megabyte.
“Today is the day technology has arrived in Africa,” said Cisco Systems vice-president Le Roux, whose firm provided the technology for the cable.
Seacom announced that it would offer wholesale prices in the range of Sh7,700 ($100) per megabyte, with even more subsidised costs of between Sh770 and Sh1,925 ($10-$25) to schools, research and health institutions.
Connectivity
“Broadband will change the connectivity and economy of Africa,” said Seacom president Brian Herlihy in a live feed from the Tanzanian capital.
Five yet-to-be-named internet companies were the first to access the 6,500 kilometre-cable and will now connect their equipment to the marine cable as they prepare to link offices and homes.
However, the consortium warned the public that they will have to wait a little longer for cheaper Internet as industry players will first want to recoup their investments.

Narok Bus Accident (Kenya)!

Two buses collided at dawn on Wednesday near Narok town in the Rift Valley leaving at least 22 people dead and 47 others seriously injured. Those injured were rushed to Narok District Hospital.

The bus christened Philomena which collided with another called Nyamisi Express


Nyamisi Express bus


Ann Magoka and her 2-year-old-son Shadrack
Taken from: Saturday Nation

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Funny but Dangerous!

They seem to enjoy the ride, but this is a very dangerous act.

SUMATRA Yasihi Mradi wa DARTS Uharakishwe!

Msongamano wa magari barabara ya Morogoro, Dar es salaam


Mamlaka ya Udhibiti wa Usafiri wa Majini na Nchi kavu(Sumatra),imeutaka mradi wa mabasi yendayo kwa kasi(DART), uharakishwe ili kuondoa adha ya usafiri inayolikumba jiji la Dar es salaam.
Akizungumza na gazeti la Mwananchi kwa njia ya simu Afisa Uhusiano wa Sumatra, David Mziray alisema mradi huo unatakiwa ufanyike haraka kwani utasaidia kuondoa adha ya usafiri jijini Dar es salaam kwa kiasi kikubwa.
Mziray alisema hayo alipoulizwa juu ya maoni yake kufuatia taarifa zilizotolewa kwamba mradi huo una hatihati ya kutelekezwa mwaka huu na hata mwaka kesho kutokana na kukosekana kwa mkandarasi wa kujenga miundombinu ya barabara za zege.
Taarifa za Ofisa Mtendaji Mkuu wa DARTS, Cosmas Takule zilisema mradi huo ulipata mkopo wa dola za kimarekani milioni 190, kutoka Benki ya dunia kwa ajili ya kuanzisha mradi huo, lakini utekelezaji wake bado unasuasua jambo ambalo linatia hofu kuzuka kwa ubadhilifu baadaye.

Abiria wa Treni Reli ya Kati Waponea Chupuchupu!

ABIRIA 380 wa treni ya Express waliokuwa wakitokea Kigoma kuelekea Dar es salaam wamenusurika kufa baada ya kupata ajali mkoani Tabora.
Ajali hiyo ilitokea usiku wa manane wa kuamkia juzi baada ya kichwa cha treni na mabehewa mawili kuanguka kati ya stesheni za malongwe na Tura mkoani Tabora.
Hata hivyo hakuna abiria aliyepoteza maisha wala kujeruhiwa na abiria wote walilazimika kurejeshwa mjini Tabora mapema baada ya ajali na kuondoka siku iliyofuatia.
Baadhi ya abiria wamelaumu kwamba tangu mwanzo wa safari ilionekana kwamba kichwa cha treni hiyo kilikuwa na matatizo lakini hakuna aliyeonyesha kujali. Pia abiria hao walilaumu kwamba wametelekezwa, wanalala na kushinda njaa pamoja na watoto wadogo.
Wengine wamesema ni wagonjwa na hawana msaada wowote wa dawa.
Afisa Uhusiano wa Kampuni ya Reli (TRL) imeunda tume ya kuchunguza ajali hiyo.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hatari!

Hii ni asubuhi mapema, mabasi ya kutoka Dar es salaam kwenda sehemu mbalimbali za mikoani yanapotoka eneo la ubungo. Kwa kawaida huwa yanashindana na kukimbia kwa kasi sana kama inavyoonekana pichani.Hali inakuwa tishia kwa watumiaji wengine wa barabara hasa ukizingatia kwamba, muda huo wa asubuhi maeneo hayo yanakuwa 'busy' sana.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Mzee Madiba!

Today is Mzee Madiba's 91st Birthday.May God almighty give him more strenghth and energy so that he could continue to give us more and more of his wisdom to make this world a better place.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

JFK Jr. Plane Crash Anniversary!

It's been 10 years since the plane crash that took the lives of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette. The Kennedys' marriage and the promising lives ended by a tragic accident.

The plane: John was flying a Piper Saratoga II the night of the crash.
The search: It took nearly a week for divers to locate the crash site.
The cause: John had gotten his pilot's license about a year earlier and had about 300 hours of flying experience. The NTSB's final report attributed the accident to pilot error and weather.
Bad luck? Some attribute Kennedy family deaths and accidents to a "curse." There is even a book about it.
Source: www.bing.com

Mwafaka Madereva Wa Daladala, Serikali Wakwama Kimara!

KIKAO kati ya Umoja wa Madereva na Makondakta wa Daladala za Kimara Kwa Nyoka (UMADEKO) na Mwenyekitiwa Serikali za Mitaa Gabriel Kilave, Umeshindwa kufikia mwafaka.
Kikao hicho kilitokana na wananchi kupinga nauli ya sh. 300 wanayotozwa kwa madai kuwa barabara iliyolalamikiwa na madereva hao imeshakarabatiwa, hivyo hawapaswi kulipa nauli hiyo.
Awali UMADEKO ulilalamikia barabara mbovu iliyosababisha magari kuvunjika 'springi' na kutaka kuongezwa kwa nauli hadi sh.300 ili kufidia gharama za kutengeneza magari yao.
Akizungumza katika kikao hicho Kilave alisema amelazimika kuitisha kikao hicho kutokana na malalamiko ya wananchi ili kufikia muafaka kwa nauli inayotozwa kwa sasa.
Source: Mwananchi

Maiti Zagawanyika Vipande Vipande Kwenye Ajali ya Ndege Iran!

Ndege ya shirika la ndege la Caspian Airlines la Iran imeanguka nchini humo na kuua jumla ya watu 168 waliokuwemo kwenye ndege hiyo na kusababisha vipande vidogo vidogo vya maiti kuzagaa katika shimo kubwa lililotokea eneo ambalo ndege hiyo iliangukia.
Ndege iliyotengenezwa nchini Urusi aina ya Tupolev ya shirika la ndege la Iran, Caspian Airlines iliyokuwa ikisafiri kutokea Iran kuelekea Armenia imeanguka baada ya kushika moto angani na kusababisha shimo kubwa sana kwenye shamba ilipodondokea na kuua jumla ya watu 168 waliokuwemo kwenye ndege hiyo.Ajali hiyo iliyotokea dakika 16 baada ya ndege hiyo kupaa kuanza safari yake, iliacha vipande vya mabaki ya ndege vikiwa vimezagaa kila kona huku miili ya watu wote waliokuwemo kwenye ndege hiyo ikiwa imekatika vipande vipande na kuteketea kwa moto.Ndege hiyo iliyodondoka majira ya saa nne asubuhi kwa saa za Tanzania, ilikuwa imebeba abiria 153 na wahudumu wa kwenye ndege 15."Niliona kidole cha abiria ardhini, kulikuwa hakuna dalili kama kulikuwa na ndege ni vipande vidogo vidogo vya vyuma vilivyokuwa vimezagaa kila kona" alisema shuhuda mmoja wa tukio hilo na kuongeza "Sikuona hata mguu au mkono uliokamilika, ni vipande vidogo vidogo vya miili ya watu vilivyokuwa vikionekana".Wachezaji wanane wa timu ya taifa ya judo ya Iran na makocha wawili walikuwa miongoni mwa waliofariki."Ndege ya shirika la ndege la Caspian Airlines imeanguka na imeteketea kabisa na kwa bahati mbaya maiti zote zimeungua na kuteketea kabisa" alisema Massoud Jafarinasab, kamanda wa polisi wa mji wa Qazvin ambako ndege hiyo imeanguka.Maafisa wa Iran walidai kuwa ndege hiyo ilikumbwa na matatizo ya kiufundi angani na ilikuwa ikijaribu kutua kwa dharura lakini kwa bahati mbaya ilishika moto angani na kulipuka."Ilikuwa ni ajali mbaya sana, mabaki ya ndege yakitapakaa kwenye eneo la mita 200" alisema afisa mmoja wa zimamoto."Kulikuwa na mlipuko mkubwa uliosababisha shimo kubwa lilokuwa na kina cha mita 10 ardhini. Kulikuwa hakuna kitu ambacho tungeweza kufanya kuokoa maisha, tulijaribu kuuzima moto uliokuwa ukiwaka kwa uwezo wetu wote" alisema afisa huyo.Sababu za kudondoka kwa ndege hiyo bado hazijajulikana.Iran imekuwa na rekodi mbaya ya ndege zake kuanguka ndani ya miongo michache iliyopita na ajali nyingi za ndege nchini humo huhusisha ndege zilizotengenezwa nchini Urusi.Vikwazo vya kiuchumi walivyowekewa Iran na Marekani vimesababisha Iran ishindwe kununua spea za ndege zao za zamani aina ya Boeing na Airbus na kusababisha wategemee zaidi ndege zinazotengenezwa nchini Urusi.
Source: http://www.nifahamishe.com/

Apigwa Faini Kwa Kuendesha Gari Huku Akioga!

Dereva mmoja wa lori nchini China amepigwa faini baada ya kukamatwa akiwa kwenye usukani akiendesha gari huku akioga.
Polisi waliokuwa katika gari la patrol walishangazwa kuona maji yakitiririka barabarani kutoka kwenye lori lililokuwa mbele yao kwenye barabara kuu kwaajili ya magari yanayoenda kasi ya Jinyi."Tulihofia kuwa dereva atakuwa hajui kuwa gari lake lina matatizo na maji yanavuja kutoka kwenye gari lake, tulimuamuru aegeshe pembeni lori lake kwenye kituo cha mafuta cha karibu", alisema msemaji wa polisi.Polisi walipigwa na butwaa baada ya kumuona dereva wa lori hilo akiwa ametota maji mwili mzima akifurahia kupiga bafu akiwa kwenye usukani kwa kutumia maji yaliyokuwa yakitiririka kutoka kwenye bomba lililokuwa limewekwa juu ya kichwa chake.Mkewe aliyekuwa amekaa siti ya abiria pembeni yake alikuwa ameshikilia mfuko wa plastiki kuziba baadhi ya vifaa vya kwenye lori hilo visilowe.Walipokamatwa mkewe alimtetea mumewe kwa kusema kuwa walikuwa wanaharakisha kuipeleka mizigo iliyokuwemo kwenye lori hilo mji mwingine na mumewe aliamua kuoga kwenye lori hilo baada ya kiyoyozi cha kwenye lori hilo kuharibika.Polisi walimpiga faini dereva wa lori hilo hapo hapo na kumpa onyo kuwa akirudia tena kuoga huku anaenda gari basi atakuwa kwenye matatizo makubwa.

SUMATRA, Polisi Zinashindwaje Kuwasaidia Wanafunzi?

Mpango wa kuanzisha sekondari kata ulipokewa kwa shangwe na wazazi wengi. waliamini kwamba watoto wao wangepata nafasi kubwa ya kuchaguliwa kujiunga na sekondari lakini pia wangesoma karibu na makwao.
Lakini inavyoeleweka, dhamira na malengo havifanani kabisa.Wanafunzi hao wameendelea kuchaguliwa kujiunga na shule zilizo mbali na makwao hivyo kuendelea au kuwaongezea adha ya usafiri.
Ndiyo maana baadhi ya wazazi wamefika mahali wanapohoji umuhimu wa shule za kata ambazo walizijenga wakiamini kwamba, zingetatua matatizo ya watoto walio katika maeneo yao kuondokana na adha ya usafiri na kupata elimu ya uhakika.
Hata hivyo kwenye usafiri hali ni mbaya na hakuna dalili ya lini itakuwa angalau nafuu kwa wanafunzi kama hao ambao hiari ya kusoma karibu na majumbani kwao haipo.
Ni kipindi kirefu tangu sasa Mamlaka ya Usafiri wa Nchi Kavu na Majini(Sumatra), ilipotangaza kuwafutia leseni na kuwachukulia hatua za kisheria madereva na makondakta wanaopatikana na makosa ya kuwanyanyasa wanafunzi.
Tangu Sumatra itoe ahadi hiyo hatujasikia hatua zilizochukuliwa na unyanyasaji huo unaoendelea hasa katika Jiji la Dar es salaam.
Kwa kifupi badala ya kupungua, tatizo hilo limekuwa likongezeka kwa kasi siku hadi siku.
Labda mamlaka hii imesahau kama maandalizi ya viongozi bora wa taifa hili siku za usoni ndiyo hao wanaopata adha ya usafiri. Kwanini shida hizi ambazo zinaweza kukomeshwa kwa amani bila vurugu zisifanyiwe kazi, ili watoto wetu wapate elimu bora kwa kuwahi vipindi?
Kauli hiyo ilitolewa na kiongozi wa mamlaka hiyo na kuahidi kwamba angeshirikiana na jeshi la polisi upande wa usalama barabarani kwa kuwa kazi yao inahusisha usalama kwa wasafiri na vyombo vyao imeishia hewani.
Sumatra ilitoa ahadi hiyo wakati aliyekuwa Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dar es salaam, Abbas Kandoro alipokuwa akifanya ziara katika maeneo mbalimbali ya mkoa wake mwishoni mwa mwaka jana, lakini sasa ni takriban mwaka sasa hakuna dalili zinazoonyesha hatua iliyochukuliwa.
Ni ukweli usiofichika kwamba bado wanafunzi wanataabika kutokana na usafiri na wengine wakiharibu na kupoteza nyenzo muhimu za kujifunza, ina maana viongozi wa mamlaka hii wamesahau kuwa ahadi ni deni?
Wahenga walisema haja ya nja hunena muungwana ni vitendo, katika hili la kutatua kero ya usafiri kwa wanafunzi Sumatra haina budi kukiri kwamba imewahadaa wanafunzi na kiungwana, iwaombe radhi.
Kwa mtazamo wangu, sera ya polisi jamii na ulinzi shirikishi inastahili kupelekwa kwenye upande wa usafiri wa wanafunzi labda hiyo itasaidia kwa kuwa viongozi wa pande zote mbili wataliangalia kwa umakini zaidi.
Kwa kuwa polisi imeshatuthibitishia kwamba sera hii imekuwa na mfanikio makubwa ambayo hata wengi wetu tunakubaliana nalo,tunaomba ligeukie katika hili la wanafunzi hasa kwa kuwa mpango wa shule za kata unaonekana kutolenga kuwaondolea adha hii ya usafiri lakini Wizara ya Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi inapaswa kurejea madhumuni ya kuanzishwa kwa shule hizi za kata ikiwa na jitihada za kuondoa kero hii ya watoto wetu kuhangaika kwenye mabasi na kupoteza muda wao mwingi wa masomo wakiwa njiani.
HAiyumkini mwanafunzi anayeishi Mbezi Luisi kwa mfano, kuchaguliwa kwenda kusoma Bunju na hii imeshatokea mara nyingi tu huku ikieleweka wazi kwamba hakuna usafiri unaounganisha maeneo hayo mawili.
Kwa maana hiyo mwanafunzi huyo analazimika kupanda basi hadi Ubungo kisha kuanza kutafuta usafiri wa kwenda huko. Tujiulize ataweza kweli kuhudhuria vyema masomo kwa maana ya kuwahi na kuzingatia kinchofundishwa?
Wizara inapaswa kutoa mwongozo wa manispaa husika kufanya uchambuzi yakinifu wa wanafunzi wote waonaochaguliwa kujiunga na sekondari hizi na kisha kuwapanga kwa kuzingatia maeneo wanakotoka.
Lakini wakatai tukisubiri hayo, Sumatra inapaswa kutafuta ufumbuzi wa tatizo hili la usafiri kwa wanafunzi hasa ikizingatiwa kwamba haijawahi kusema kwamba imeshindwa.
Sioni sababu ya Sumatra kushindwa kulitafutia ufumbuzi suala hili. Naamini vyombo hivi viwili vinaweza labda havijaamua tu au havijapata agizo na shinikizo kutoka juu.
Source: Mwananchi, makala imeandikwa na Ummy Muya 0715 33 66 41.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Tide Turns For luxury Cars!

Treasury now thinks Mercedes Benz once a favorite of officials, is bad for its image.
How times have changed. Who would have thought a day would come when the government of Kenya would think that the Mercedes Benz, the ultimate status symbol, was bad for its mage?
A day after State House rejected 8 luxury fuel guzzlers, Treasury yesterday dropped the broad hint that the Benz, the mark of ministers and senior government officials, will soon be a thing of the past.
The government now wants vehicles that sip, not guzzle, petrol. And it is not enough for a vehicle to be no more than 1,800cc it must be cheap and be seen to be cheap.
“It is a question of attitude and perception. To the majority of Kenyans, it does not matter what model a Mercedes is a Mercedes and it is expensive….as a government, that is not the kind of image we want to pass on to Kenyans”, said Finance Permanent Secretary Joseph Kinyua.
Therefore, while some Mercedes models meet the 1800cc limit announced in this year’s budget, the models would still send the wrong message to most Kenyans.
The government is expected to buy new vehicles for government officials once they comply with the austerity measure announced by Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta in his budget speech presented to Parliament on June 11.
Mr. Kenyatta directed all Cabinet Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Provincial Commissioners and other senior public officials who are entitled to official cars be given vehicles whose engine capacity is no more than 1800cc.
Mr. Kenyatta, his assistant minister Dr. Oburu Oginga and Mr. Kinyua started using Volkswagen Passat, complying with the directive on the same day.
With the exception of the Mercedes Benz, many of the cars surrendered under the austerity measures will be given to the police.
“Definitely we will not give the police Mercedes cars. But the police have been asking for vehicles, and there is no need of buying new ones when we have others” said the PS.
He was speaking to the Daily Nation at Treasury after Mr. Kenyatta and Swedish Ambassador Anna Brandt, signed a Sh.3.5 billion-a-year development cooperation agreement. The agreement will run for five years.
Mr. Kinyua said the government expected to generate about 500million from the sale of cars returned by its officials.
The money will be used in an economic stimulus package and social projects such as resettling internally displaced people.
Earlier, Mr. Kenyatta prasied the move by the President and First Lady Lucy Kibaki to reject the 8 vehicles, saying the government will save about 150 million.
“Kenyans expect us to be a government that is not engaged in any extravagant expenditure”, said Mr. Kenyatta.
source:www.nation.co.ke

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Conflicting Reports Over Plane Crash Survivor


The Associated Press says that initial reports that a 5-year-old boy had survived a jetliner crash in the Indian Ocean are now in question.
According to Rachida Abdullah, an immigrations officer in the Comoros, where the plane went down, it appears that the survivor is a 14-year-old girl, the AP says. Neither report could be independently confirmed.
The Yemenia Airbus jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday during an attempted landing in strong winds on the island nation. There was no word on other survivors.
(Photo of grieving relatives at Marseille airport by Claude Paris, AP)
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