Next, ITV asks about priorities – three governments or two, vs water, food, health, resources, education:
Third, The Citizen is worried things might turn unpleasant:
Expect a bruising battle – from The Citizen
And finally, saving the best for last, Nipashe makes a pointed statement about the benefits the constitutional assembly members will get:
Bonge la Katiba – from Nipashe
Tanzania Daima reports that each member of the Bunge la Katiba will get Tshs 700,000/- (~USD $430) per day in allowances. If this is true, and assuming the assembly lasts for the full 90 days, each assembly member will pocket Tshs 63m/- ($39,000) and these allowances will cost the Tanzanian taxpayer a total of Tshs 37bn/- ($23m).
A “wild guess” from Kitila Mkumbo (of Zitto Kabwe fame), on the key decision of assembly will make.
Has Tanzania fulfilled its commitments in the first phase of the Open Government Partnership? My view, at the time of the OGP Summit in London last year, was that very little had been delivered. I found that only two out of 25 commitments had been fulfilled, though some progress had been made towards fulfilling others.
Three out of 25 commitments have been completed, substantial progress has been made against four commitments, and limited progress in eight. That leaves five commitments where there was no progress at all, and five where it was unclear. Continue reading →
They are talking about the latest set of Uwezo results, which came out this week for Tanzania, and a week earlier for Uganda. For those who are unfamiliar, Uwezo is a large annual survey of primary school-age children in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, asking them to complete short tests in English, Swahili and numeracy, based on Standard 2 curriculum. The idea is to see whether children are actually learning in school, rather than simply whether they are attending school. The latest reports are for surveys carried out in 2012, and the results are not good. Continue reading →
I submitted a Freedom of Information request with the Department for International Development (DFID) last month. I’m asking for the Memorandum of Understanding between DFID, the Government of Tanzania, the Serious Fraud Office and BAE Systems, and related budget details. (See here and here for some background).
The government legally has to respond within 20 days – the deadline is tomorrow. Continue reading →
I caught this news broadcast from (Tanzanian) Radio One yesterday, reporting the Ministry of Water making some big promises:
Here’s a translation:
“The Ministry of Water has said that in the next three years, 74% of Tanzanians will get access to clean and safe water, compared to 65% in the Millennium Development Goals. Responding to a question in parliament, the Deputy Minister of Water, Binilith Mahenge, said that in the first year of the Big Results Now initiative, 7.1 million people will get water. He told parliament that in the second year, 7 million would get water, and the number of people who would get water in the third year of the plan was 1.3 million. As such, the number of people who will get water in the next three years is 15.2 million, which will bring the total to over 50 million Tanzanians after three years. ” Continue reading →
A referendum is coming up next year in Scotland, with a simple question proposed: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
And in Tanzania, a referendum on constitutional reforms is also imminent. After a long public consultation process, a draft new constitution for Tanzania was published in June. It will be revised further, and then probably some more, but eventually Tanzanian citizens will decide whether or not to adopt the new constitution.