The President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete has named a United States of American citizen Doug Pitt - The Goodwill Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania. President Kikwete honored Mr. Doug Pitt for humanitarian and philanthropic activities in Africa. The ceremony took place at NYC’s Essex House on April 19, 2010.
Doug Pitt is a director of Africa 6000 International and also a photojournalist. The charity organization, Africa 6000 International is helping and financing the supply of fresh water in the rural communities in east Africa.
Doug Pitt is also a major participant of the ‘Care to learn’ project that focus on hunger, hygienic and health of our school children in the global village including America. This particular project have co-members including his movie star brother Brad Pitt and Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.
For his hardworking, steadfast commitment to our collective humanity and his tireless, unflinching fight to combat hunger, disease and to promote health in our children, the Management and Staff of Afripol chose Doug Pitt as the PERSON OF THE WEEK.
Tanzania’s Willibrod Slaa and opposition party rejects poll results
Tanzania's incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete has been re-elected to another term according to statement by Tananzania Electoral Commission. According to the electoral commission President Kikwete of Chama cha Mapinduzi party gathered over 61% of the votes to defeat other five candidates of the opposition political parties.
Tanzanian economy is growing progressively in which the "domestic product was $21.6 billion with a gross national income per capita of $500 in 2009 for a population of 43.7 million, according to World Bank data. That compares with an average of $1,096 for sub-Saharan Africa. The total size of the economy is second only to Kenya in the East African region.” According to IMF, "Tanzania boasts east Africa's second-biggest economy, although more than 50% of Tanzanians still live below the poverty line"
The 60 year economist by training President Kikwete “increased spending on roads and energy projects, using higher tax revenue and donor funding, while keeping government borrowing in check. Kikwete has pledged to maintain fiscal policies that are expected to drive the economic growth rate to 6.5 percent this year and 6.7 percent in 2011, the IMF said on Oct. 6. That compares with average growth rates of 5 percent and 5.5 percent expected in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa in the same periods.”
President Kikwete’s transparency did not help in his fight against corruption. Tanzania was rated low in the index of the world’s most corrupt countries from previously 93rd t0 116th position by Transparency International.
Tanzanian opposition party Chama Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) and its presidential candidate Dr. Willibrod Slaa have called on Tananzania Electoral Commission to cancel the concluded presidential election results. The Electoral Commission was instructed by the opposition party to organize a new election because as they claimed the concluded election was allegedly flawed due to riggings and irregularities.
Dr. Willibrod Slaa pic credit: Daily News
The popular President Jakaya Kikwete re-election has been predicted from the returning votes according to "the provisional results released yesterday by the commission indicated that the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi’s Jakaya Kikwete was far ahead of his six competitors, polling 3,316,130 votes from 147 constituencies tabulated. President Kikwete was leading in 144 constituencies followed by the Civic United Front’s Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba who was leading in 20 constituencies. Dr Slaa had taken eight constituencies. Tanzania has a total of 239 constituencies."
Dr Slaa, his words as he addressed a press conference at the party's headquarter: “We cannot accept such results simply because the army, police and the NEC are trying to manipulate us to do so.” He further accused the electrocal commission and intelligence operatives for “expertly steal opposition votes” for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi’s Jakaya Kikwete party.
Lewis Makame, a retired judge who is the head of Tanzania national electoral commission claimed that allegation has not been formally been made, therefore no action will be taken until the opposition party makes its complain official.
Economy of Tanzania
"GDP (2009 est.): $22.4 billion.
Average growth rate (2009 est.): 4.9%.
Per capita income (2008): $440.
Natural resources: Hydroelectric potential, coal, iron, gemstones, gold, natural gas, nickel, diamonds, crude oil potential, forest products, wildlife, fisheries.
Agriculture (2009 est.): 26.6% of GDP. Products--coffee, cotton, tea, tobacco, cloves, sisal, cashew nuts, maize, livestock, sugar cane, paddy, wheat, pyrethrum.
Industry/manufacturing (2009 est.): 22.6% of GDP. Types--textiles, agro-processing, light manufacturing, construction, steel, aluminum, paints, cement, cooking oil, beer, mineral water and soft drinks.
Trade (2009 est.): Exports--$2.74 billion (merchandise exports): coffee, cotton, tea, sisal, cashew nuts, tobacco, cut flowers, seaweed, cloves, fish and fish products, minerals (diamonds, gold, and gemstones), manufactured goods, horticultural products; services (tourism services, communication, construction, insurance, financial, computer, information, government, royalties, personal and other businesses). Major markets--U.K., Germany, India, Japan, Italy, China, Bahrain, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia. Primary imports--petroleum, consumer goods, machinery and transport equipment, used clothing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals. Major suppliers--U.K., Germany, Japan, India, Italy, U.S., United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Kenya.
Tanzania’s population is concentrated along the coast and isles, the fertile northern and southern highlands, and the lands bordering Lake Victoria. The relatively arid and less fertile central region is sparsely inhabited. So too is much of the fertile and well watered far west, including the shores of Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa (Malawi). About 80% of Tanzanians live in rural communities.
Zanzibar, population about one million (3% of Tanzania’s population), consists of two main islands and several small ones just off the Tanzanian coast. The two largest islands are Unguja (often referred to simply as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Zanzibaris, together with their socio-linguistic cousins in the Comoros Islands and the East Africa coast from modern-day southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, created Swahili culture and language, which reflect long and close associations with other parts of Africa and with the Arab world, Persia, and South Asia.
Tanzanians are proud of their strong sense of national identity and commitment to Swahili as the national language. There are roughly 120 ethnic communities in the country representing several of Africa’s main socio-linguistic groups." (Information:US State Dept.)