TAS appeals for security following attacks directed to albinos

The Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) in Dar es Salaam has appealed authorities to step up security for people with albinism since their lives are in danger.

The call has been made in mid August by the TAS General Secretary, Ms. Zakia Nsembo, in the wake of recent brutal attacks directed to people with albinism in Tabora and Simiyu regions.

TAS is an independent organisation, run by people with albinism with the aim of advocating for their welfare. For a couple of years TAS has been funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in a number of projects that aim at enhancing their democratic rights and participation in development processes.

Thus, Zakia said the recent brutal attack directed to albinos (as was in the past few years) has made them keep indoors, and hence unable to perform their daily activities for fear of being attacked.

Just recently, an albino girl and a resident of Buhelele ward, Nsimbo district in Igunga region, Susan Mungi (35) was attacked and her arm got chopped off by unknown people who then disappeared.

During the attack, Susan’s husband, Mapambo Mashili was brutally killed soon after being hit by a sharp object on his head and chest. He was trying to save his wife from being attacked.

The attack in Igunga came hardly a week after another albino girl at Usinge village in Kaliua district, Tabora region, Upendo Sengerema, was attacked and her hand chopped off by unknown people.

Simanjiro CSO reaches over 160 children in morality issues

Elishadai Children Foundation has trained 160 children from Sokoni and Terrat ward in Semanjiro district on child development issues and upbringing through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

This was made known in mid August by the organisation’s coordinator, Mr. William Mwenda, when speaking to members and various stakeholders of the organisation at a special training on child development and upbringing issues.

Mwenda said they have trained children in phases with the aim of identifying different things that may be of help in their daily lives.

He said the training entailed issues of morality, self-awareness and stimulating the children’s sense of responsibility to the community. So far there a number of children that have changed for the better through the knowledge gained.

“Since we began training the children from these two wards we have seen some significant changes. Even some of the parents do acknowledge this. We plan to go further with our intervention in this northern zone since absence of these life skills may lead our children into moral decay and even expose them to further vulnerability,” added Mwenda.

He also said for the country to have children and youths with sound morality, there is a dire need for the entire community and the CSOs in particular to work together in provision of education related to morality.

Earlier the training facilitator, Mr. Javes Sauni, said for CSOs that deal with community and children development to succeed, there has to be a robust guideline that is readily acceptable both from the government level and to the donors’ point of view.

He thus said there are times where organisations fail to reach their goals on providing basic education to the community because they lack some proper guidelines, let alone the issue of misuse of funds.





Kisarawe CSO pushes for social security of Persons with Disability

Our grantee in Kisarawe Furaha ya Wanawake Wajasiriamali kwa Viziwi Tanzania (FUWAVITA) has urged the government to support their course in overseeing the protection of social security needs of Persons with Disability (PWDs) so that in the end the special group is emancipated economically and hence becomes aware of its basic rights.

The remark was made by the secretary of a social security project at FUWAVITA, Aneth Gerama, in early August when providing status of their project that seeks to distribute the social security Information, Education & Communication (IEC) materials to the PWDs. The materials aim at raising awareness to the PWDs’ rights and improve on their general welfare.

She said the government is required to support the PWDs annually so that they emancipate themselves and know their rights in different sectors.

“We ask the government to support us and work to improve the functioning of its state apparatus for better protection of PWDs and hence ensure adherence of the laws in different sectors,” said Aneth.

FUWAVITA has been distributing the IEC materials to women with disability so as to increase awareness on their rights with regards to the 2010 Persons with Disabilities Act.

“We have trained women with disability so as to be aware of their social security entitlements as stipulated in the 2010 Persons with Disabilities Act,” added Aneth.

She said the organisation has been working in Dar es Salaam and Coast Region and has been able to reach out to more than 450 women with disability. They have also discovered that many of the PWDs living in the remote areas are not knowledgeable on the use of sign language.

Aneth said their organisation has so far distributed IEC materials on the social security of the PWDs as stipulated in the 2010 Act to over 200 women in Mkuranga and Kisarawe district through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).





Ruangwa citizens awakened to question on development funds

Education stakeholders in Ruangwa district, Lindi region have confessed that it was once not easy for them to enter in local government premises and interrogate officials on matters related to the use of public resources, including funds set aside for development projects in education sector. But now the issue is a thing of the past.

This was made known during a three-day capacity building training on Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) in education sector that brought together CSOs, Secondary School Boards and religious leaders from seven wards of the district.

The PETS project has been coordinated by Asasi ya Kuunganisha Vijana Kimaendeleo Ruangwa (AKUVIKIRU) through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

In their reaction, citizens from the seven wards of Namichinga, Nambiranje, Nkowe, Likunja, Chinongwe, Makanjiro and Ruangwa have admitted that they did not know that it is in their constitutional right to question and follow up on the development projects in secondary school education sector, so that all is implemented well and finished on time.

Mussa Mchupila says before attending the training most of them were not capable of facing the secondary school board members as well as the head teachers, and forward their queries with regard to implementation of schools construction projects.

“I am certainly sure that after the training each one of us will have benefited and be aware of their responsibilities to follow up on public resources and even question on students’ academic performances and teachers’ responsibilities,” said Mchupila from Nandandara village in Matambarale ward.

Another participant Paulina Mmuya from Likangara village in Namichinga ward said the training has opened their eyes on being able to know the amount of money set aside for development projects in education sector, particularly in secondary schools.

“For instance, we have become aware that during the year 2011/2013 when funds were being requested for the project, the secondary school development budget in Ruangwa district was allocated TZS 67,000,000 - equivalent to 4 percent of the whole development budget for that fiscal year. And this was to go for the construction of the schools’ toilets, classrooms and staff houses, she added.

However, one of the training facilitators, Moris Lyimo, urged the participants not to be afraid and understand that they have lawful responsibility to follow up on any plans laid down for their schools’ development.

The project coordinator, Abdul Mitumba says it is very important for the citizens to know that it is not every fund allocated for schools’ development is being misused. But if the citizens get to know how much money is exactly allocated for the development projects (in their schools) then it will be easier to curb any misappropriation that may arise.

“Proper follow up will determine whether those entrusted with the public funds really do justice to the public resources for the sake of public interest. It is not acceptable to see citizens remaining silent when there is an obvious foul play in the construction, of say, libraries, classrooms and/or teachers’ houses. Where then will your responsibilities be, questioned Mitumba.

Albino society appeals for security of people with albinism

The Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) in Dar es Salaam has appealed authorities to step up security for people with albinism since their lives are in danger.

The call has been made by the TAS General Secretary, Zakia Nsembo, in the wake of recent brutal attacks committed against people with albinism in Tabora and Simiyu regions.

TAS is an independent organisation, run by people with albinism with the aim of advocating for their welfare. For the past few years TAS has been funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in a number of projects that aim at enhancing their democratic rights and participation in development processes.

Thus, Zakia said the recent brutal attack directed to albinos (as was in the past few years) has made them keep indoors, and hence unable to perform their daily activities for fear of being attacked.

Just recently, an albino girl and a resident of Buhelele ward, Nsimbo district in Igunga region, Susan Mungi (35) was attacked and her arm got chopped off by unknown people who then disappeared.

During the attack, Susan’s husband, Mapambo Mashili was brutally killed soon after being beaten by a sharp object on his head and chest. He was trying to save his wife from being attacked.

The attack in Igunga came hardly a week after another albino girl at Usinge village in Kaliua district, Tabora region, Upendo Sengerema, was attacked and her hand chopped off by unknown people.

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