In the western world, the lights are already glowing and shining. In the shopping malls,Santa has already taken his usual position to create those lasting memories for kids. The radios’ playlists reflects the Christmas mood with songs that reminds us that it’s about time to go home for Christmas. It is that time of the year.
A huge difference between how Christmas is celebrated in the western world and how the same goes down in Africa,is the level of noises and lights.In Africa,lights don’t matter that much even though growing up I remember seeing a Christmas tree at my grandpa’s living room with cotton pieces indicating “snow”. Without lights though…it was noisy. In North America,for example, Christmas goes very quiet. Streets are usually empty. If you walk around you can only hear distant sounds of music coming from basements.
Things are changing though. Africa is getting quiet and the western hemisphere is learning to have “fun”. To kick start the season, Lameck Ditto has released a Christmas song titled Heri Ya Christmas. Listen and Download it below.
Katika Kampeni za uchaguzi mkuu wa mwaka 2000 na 2005 nilitumia muda mwingi kuelezea rushwa inayohusiana na mkataba wa TANESCO na IPTL. Kwa bahati mbaya hoja zangu hazikupewa uzito na vyombo vya habari.Wakati Tanzania inaelekea kwenye uchaguzi Mkuu, Serikali ya CCM imewawekea fursa wapambe wake kujichotea fedha za umma kupitia fedha zilizowekwa katika akaunti maalum ya Escrow kwenye Benki Kuu ya Tanzania. Akaunti ya Tegeta Escrow ilianzishwa baada ya Shirika la kufua na kusambaza umeme la Tanzania TANESCO kudai kuwa kampuni binafsi ya kufua umeme ya IPTL imekuwa inaitapeli TANESCO kwa kuitoza Capacity Charge kubwa kuliko makubaliano yaliyoko katika mkataba. Toka imeanzishwa kampuni ya IPTL imekuwa mzigo mzito kwa TANESCO na watumiaji umeme wa Tanzania kwa sababu ya kuilipa capacity charge kubwa na mashine zake zinatumia mafuta mazito kufua umeme. Mafuta mazito yana bei kubwa zaidi ya mara mbili ya gharama za gesi.UKAGUZI WA MDHIBITI NA MKAGUZI WA HESABU ZA SERIKALI (CAG)Ukaguzi wa CAG wa akaunti Tegeta Escrow umebainisha kuwa TANESCO ililipa capacity charges zaidi ya kiwango kinachotakiwa kulipwa. TANESCO walipaswa kurejeshewa tshs 321 bilioni zilizolipwa ziada kwa IPTL kati ya mwaka 2002 – 2012. Kwa hiyo fedha zote za akaunti ya Escrow jumla ya tshs 306 bilioni ni mali ya Tanesco na bado wanaidai IPTL shilingi bilioni 15.Kampuni ya Pan-Africa Power Tanzania Ltd (PAP) haikununua kihalali asilimia 70 ya hisa za kampuni ya Mechmar katika IPTL kwani zilizuiwa na mahakama na PAP hawana hati halisi za hisa hizo ( share certificates). Pia PAP ilifanya udanganyifu mkubwa katika malipo ya kodi kwa kutoa nyaraka za uwongo kuwa walinunua hisa kwa tshs 6m badala dola 20m na kuikosesha Serikali Mapato ya tshs 8.7 bilioni. Kosa hili linahusu pia mamlaka ya TRA Ilala ambao walihusika katika kupokea kodi ya mauzo hayo.Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Serikali alivunja sheria kwa kuelekeza kuwa kodi ya ongezeko la thamani kwenye capacity charges isilipwe na kupelekea Serikali kupoteza mapato ya tshs 21 bilioni.Waziri kwa kushirikiana na Katibu mkuu Wizara ya Nishati na Madini hawakufanya uhakiki (due diligence) kuhusu uhalali wa umiliki wa kampuni ya IPTL. Katibu Mkuu alisaini kutoa fedha za escrow bila ya kuhakikisha fedha za TANESCO zinarudi na hivyo kupelekea kulipotezea Shirika zaidi ya tshs 321 bilioni.Mkurugenzi wa Tanesco na Bodi ya Shirika la TANESCO haikutimiza wajibu wake wa kulinda maslahi ya shirika wanaloliongoza na kugeuza maamuzi yake yenyewe ( ama kwa kushinikizwa na Wizara au kwa rushwa) na kulikosesha Shirika shilingi bilioni 321.Waziri Mkuu ambaye ndiye Kiongozi wa Serikali Bungeni na Msemaji Mkuu alilipotosha Bunge aliposema bungeni mwezi Mei kuwa fedha hizo sio za umma isipokuwa kodi.James Rugemalira wa VIP Engineering and Management (VIPEM) na Harbinder Singh Sethi, wa Pan African Power (PAP) kwa kushirikiana na viongozi wa serikali wameitapeli na kuibia serikali fedha zote zilizochukuliwa toka akaunti ya Tegeta Escrow.HATUA ZA KUCHUKUACUF inaitaka serikali kupitia TAKUKURU kuwakamata James Rugemalira na Harbinder Singh Sethi na kuwafungulia mashtaka ya rushwa na wizi wa mali ya TANESCO. TAKUKURU isifanye ajizi kama ilivyokuwa katika kesi ya Rada ambapo walimpeleka Sailesh Vithlani Mahakamani baada ya yeye kutoroka nchini. Hatuna uhakika kama Harbinder Singh Sethi bado yuko nchini.Akaunti zilizopokea fedha ya Tegeta Escrow zisimamishwe (freeze). Fedha iliyobakia kama bado ipo isichukuliwe.Waziri Mkuu Mizengo Pinda, Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Serikali, Jaji Werema, Waziri wa Madini na Nishati Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, Katibu Mkuu wa Waziri wa Madini na Nishati E. C. Maswi wajiuzulu au kufukuzwa mara moja.TAKUKURU iwachunguze kama wamehusika na rushwa katika kuwezesha PAP kuchukua fedha za Akaunti ya Tegeta Escrow.Ni wazi Benki Kuu ilikuwa na wasiwasi kuwa fedha za Tegeta Escrow zilikuwa zinachukuliwa kinyume cha utaratibu. Bila shaka Gavana alimjulisha Rais Jakaya Kikwete. Je Rais Kikwete alichukua hatua gani? Rais Kikwete aueleze umma kwa nini serikali yake ilishindwa kuzuia fedha za Tegeta Escrow zisiporwe wakati Benki Kuu ilionyesha wazi wasiwasi wake kuhusu uhalalali wa kuhamisha fedha hizo.Sakata la Tegeta Escrow Account linaonyesha umuhimu wa Bunge kuisimamia serikali na Wabunge kutokuwa Mawaziri kama ilivyopendekezwa katika Rasimu ya Katiba na kuondolewa kwenye Katiba Inayopendekezwa. Waziri Mkuu amekuwa anatafuta kisingizio cha kuzuia mjadala wa taarifa ya CAG ndani ya Bunge.Rasimu ya Katiba ilipendekeza zawadi za viongozi zirejeshwe serikalini. Taarifa ya vigogo wengi kupewa fedha toka akaunti inayomilikiwa na James Rugemarila inaonesha umuhimu wa kifungu hiki kilichomo katika Rasimu ya Katiba. Katiba Inayopendekezwa iliyoandaliwa chini ya uongozi wa Andrew Chenge imenyofoa kifungu hiki.Baada ya mjadala ndani ya Bunge kukamilika CUF kwa kushirikiana na wadau wengine tutaandaa maandamano makubwa kulaani vtendo vya kifisadi kuhusiana na akaunti ya Tegeta Escrol na kuwapongeza Wabunge walioibua hoja hii na PAC mpaka kufikia CAG kufanya ukaguzi wa akaunti hii.Viongozi wa serikali kushiriki kuihujumu TANESCO kunaonesha jinsi CCM kimekuwa Chama Cha Mafisadi kisichokuwa na hata chembe ndogo ya uzalendo. Nchi yetu inahitaji mabadiliko na uongozi thabiti wenye utashi wa kisiasa wa kupambana na rushwa na mafisadi bila woga. Uongozi utakaouhamasisha na kuushirikisha umma katika vita dhidi ya mafisadi. La sivyo Tanzania itakuwa na dola iliyofeli (A Failed State).HAKI SAWA KWA WOTEIbrahim Haruna LipumbaMwenyekiti,Jumapili, 23 Novemba 2014.
When he spoke [or was speaking] few weeks ago, that democratic and civil event was cut short due to another democratic but uncivilized chaos that was caused by hecklers. His personal security was jeopardized something that raised a lot of questions on the kind of security deemed or given to a former Prime Minister.
The dust has now settled and once again, Judge Warioba(retired) and his team are ready to speak again.Justice Warioba and his team will be enlightening the citizens about the actual content of the proposed new constitution that will be voting for or against in April next year. You want to understand more? You need to attend this event. The details are below
Venue: Mlimani City
Time: 2:00pm- 6:00pm
Panelists: Judge Joseph Warioba,Professor Baregu,Maria Kashonda, Mzee Butiku,Humphrey Polepole,Professor Kabudi,M.Y.Mshamba
Broadcasters: ITV/Radio One and Sibuka TV
I mentioned last week that despite everything going on,said and done about Lady Jay Dee, there is a good reason her fans nicknamed her “Commando”. She can shake it off, get focused and move on. Whether she has entirely decided to take a new direction in her personal life or not, fans can have one guarantee. She is gonna keep doing what she does best; music.
Before the year ends and now under “new management”, Lady Jay Dee says “Forever”. In this new joint in which she collaborates with Dabo. In Forever, Lady Jay Dee is trying new heights with a reggae fusion afar from her usual Afro fusion [zouk like] we are used of.
If today’s Tanzanian music can credit someone for taking it international, AY stands more than a big chance to take that credit. He wanted to go out and inform the world that somewhere in East Africa there is a country known as Tanzania and yes there are young folks who can dare to walk in the cloud. Life and career,after all, is about dreaming and doing. When the morning comes,you have to get up,shake it all off and stand out of the hood avenue and start taking that walk to downtown. You will need confidence, good team and willingness to work hard.
For AY,that determination and dream saw him advancing not only his career but also helped others to reach just as far. But be warned,he is not done yet. He wants more. The race has just started. In his instagram posts,AY urged his fans to pretend like they haven’t heard anything from him before. This is the beginning.
In that race, he now has a brand new joint featuring Sean Kingston and Ms Triniti. The song is titled Touch Me. It’s produced by Riley & Zaire Koalo
Tanzanian former beauty queen turned TV personality,actress and artist,Jokate Mwegelo is up for a new challenge of her always sprawling career moves as she is set to come together with Uganda’s first representative to Big Brother Africa 2003 Gaetano Kagwa for a TV show called Beat The Challenge which will air on Maisha Magic, DSTV.
The show will be about 12 families from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The auditions for both countries will be on 22nd this November, Tanzania auditions will be at New Africa Hotel, Kenya at Supersport Studios and Uganda at Silver Springs Hotel.
The show will debut on 13th December. On the other hand Jokate who is also Channel O’s Top Ten Most and TV1’s The Show presenter.Sky is the limit.Keep going girl!
If you have never jammed to Mr.Blue’s Pesa, I am sorry to inform you that you missed the fun of hip-hop and you are encouraged to do it asap. It’s one of dopest songs from Mr.Blue an artist who adopted the name Blue after his hit single Blue in which he proclaimed his love for color “blue”.
I remember about a year and half ago when “Pesa” became one of the testing songs at MwanaLizombe Records [Professor Jay’s studio]. As speakers, microphones were put to the test, Pesa [and couple classics from Motown to Death Row] came handy. I loved and still love the song. Producer Dunga [who assisted a lot in putting things together at MwanaLizombe] also enjoyed the heavy beat of Pesa.
I am therefore happy to see that I can finally watch the video for this song that without a doubt brought Mr.Blue back to the hip hop level he deserves to be seating on. Watch
Queen B is about to “break the internet” for real. Well…kinda off. This is how; her latest song titled Ring Off is said to have leaked online and thousands of fans are already jamming to it. According to multiple sources including Hollywood Life, the song became available in couple of platforms before SME worked hard into pulling it off.
Have you heard it? Goodluck with Google and you may be able to..
Whenever anyone’s authority is threatened, the only sensible thing to do is stand up and defend himself/herself. But even when no authority is in jeopardy, reminding everyone about who you are what you are made of is actually an even more sensible thing. You want to attract new territories and pick new flowers in some cases. And then what do you do when you have just picked a new scent from someone you admired for years?
Diamond Platinumz can be in the whole or part of above scenario. After all is said and done, he is here once again. The new single, Ntampata Wapi is out. Like many of his previous songs, the fire starts slowly before it can burn the entire forest. Ladies and gentlemen, here is Nitampata Wapi…can we say UG? #JustAsking
If her career into music was a computerized chart for economists, it’d look like one of those stocks where no one ever stop smiling. It keeps shooting up and the few glitches don’t last overnight. Since she decided to add performing artist title in her resume, Vanessa Mdee hasn’t let us down. Her dedication, creativity and free soul spirit could be credited for her success so far.
Okay, I don’t want to talk about her career that much but rather for her later single with Barnaba out of which the images you see below came from. Aren’t they awesome? They are for the single titled “Siri” which came out earlier today and you can download it from www.mkito.com.
Here is their new single titled Siri (Click On The Link To Download)