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Mtwara Region facing acute food crisis
2009-05-06 13:22:14
By Regional Reporters

Mtwara Region is facing an acute food shortage, forcing some people to eat rice which has been condemned as unfit for human consumption, reports Happy Severine, Mtwara

This has been caused by inadequate rainfall in the area, which affected food crops.
Destruction of the condemned consignment of rice was being undertaken by the municipal health department.

Municipal health officer Deogratious Dotto said recently that the rice consignment imported from China consisted of about 9251 tonnes, out of which 1500 tonnes were proved to be unfit for human consumption.

He said the 1500 tonnes of rice were rotten after seawater sipped in the hull of MV King Carrier, which brought the rice consignment last year.

Dotto said the management of Olam Tanzania Limited, owners of the consignment, had stored the rice since last year until recently when his department officials went to inspect the rice and found that the 1500 tonnes had gone bad.

Duo jailed seven years each for burglary

Two people have been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the Morogoro Resident Magistrate\'s Court after they were found guilty of breaking into Kaloleni Primary School in the municipality and stealing doors and windows worth 500,000/-.reports Idda Mushi, Morogoro.

Meanwhile, the school`s watchman, Cosmas Leons (30), who was one of the accused in the case but had jumped bail, was sentenced to three years in absentia for failing to take due care to prevent the theft.

He will start serving his sentence after he has been rearrested.

Those convicted in the case are Steven Abdul (19), a resident of Riverside, and Hasani Mamba (22), a resident of Mji Mpya.

The sentences were handed down by resident magistrate Jafari Mzonge.

Earlier, prosecutor Robert Rugimbana had told the court that the accused committed the offence on October 16, 2008 at the school.

Siblings killed in road accident
Two children from the same family died on the spot in a road accident which involved a vehicle belonging to the National Electoral Commission in Segera -Chalinze highway, reports Lulu George, Handeni

The deceased are Abass Sheweji (12) and Omar Sheweji (10), both pupils at Kwaludege primary school in Kabuku ward, Handeni District.

Tanga Regional Police Commander Simon Siro said the accident occurred on April 28, this year, at Kwedikwazu on the Chalinze-Segera highway.

RPC Sirro said on the fateful day the two children were going to fetch water by bicycle when they were knocked by a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle with registration number STK 1915 heading to Dar es Salaam, killing them on the spot.

He said the driver of the vehicle, identified as Kassim Billal (58), had already appeared in court charged with reckless driving.

Oxfam, Hakiuchumi plan to benefit 9m people

More than 9 million people worldwide are expected to benefit from a joint programme by Hakiuchumi and Oxfam, which aims at empowering the poor to improve their livelihoods, reports Cynthia Mwilolezi, Arusha

Hakiuchumi project coordinator Silas Olang`i made the remarks here yesterday at a four–day workshop for the programme\'s stakeholders.

He said Oxfam had decided to establish the programme since 2007, adding that it was being implemented in 12 countries in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and the European Union.

``We want to empower the society so that it can recognize the available opportunities which will help them to improve their living standards,`` he said.

Olang`i added that the aim of the workshop was to share experiences from other countries about the programme and to know the challenges facing people in fighting poverty.

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