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Tanzania: Air Tanzania Among Entities that Borrowed Money Without Approval, says Parliamentary Accounts Committee

Dodoma. Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL, is among institutions that have been named by the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) that borrowed Sh896 billion without the approval of the Ministry of Finance and Planning as required by the law.

Another institution named by the PAC team is the Arusha International Conference Center (AICC).
The Vice Chairman of the committee, Mr Japhet Hasunga said this on Thursday, October 21, 2021 during an interview with The Citizen after reviewing the report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) for the year 2019/20.

Mr Hasunga said they have also noted the lack of a proper record keeping for the national debt where some debts are either not visible or the records are not accurate.

“All institutions that borrowed money without the ministry’s approval are required to repay the debts because we have identified they were not approved by the Finance and planning ministry,” Mr Hasunga said.
He did not however say when exactly the said monies were borrowed.

In addition, Hasunga said the committee found that the criteria used to assess the sustainability of the debt was not well established.
“The government said criteria would change as Tanzania is currently classified as a middle income country,” he said.

It was the same report that identified that Air Tanzania Ltd among the loss making government entities.
During his report presentation at the State House Dodoma, CAG Charles Kichere said one of the loss-making companies that came to the forefront was ATCL, emerging that the carrier has incurred losses worth Sh150 billion in the past 5 years.

CAG Kichere said ATCL flights traveling abroad run the risk of being impounded because of the huge debts and the related interests.

“During the pandemic, many aircraft were parked but ATCL was paying rental fees regardless of whether the aircrafts were not operating due to the Covid 19 challenge. This was due to the lease agreement between Tanzania Government Flights Agency and ATCL. ‘There was no clause in the agreement that says when the aircraft is not functioning we should not pay,”CAG Kichere was quoted.


He said between March and June 2020, ATCL was charged Sh15.4 billion for aircraft rental while they were not providing services and the agency also inherited huge debts with interest.

SOURCE: The Citizen

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Cristiano Ronaldo recommends Zinedine Zidane to Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement

Cristiano Ronaldo has recommended Zinedine Zidane to Manchester United’s hierarchy as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports in Spain.

Solskjaer has come under increased pressure at Old Trafford following United’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, which has left them without a win in their last three Premier League games.

It’s understood that United’s hierarchy are giving their full backing to Solskjaer and are confident the 48-year-old, who signed a three-year contract in July, will improve the team’s performances.

But according to El Chiringuito, United have been considering their options and have identified Zidane as a possible candidate following a recommendation from Ronaldo.

The report claims that Zidane has spoken with United’s hierarchy but declined a potential move to Old Trafford as he wants to become France’s new head coach after Didier Deschamps.

It’s also claimed that Zidane has been approached by Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United but the former Real Madrid boss turned down both clubs.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure to improve Manchester United’s results (AFP via Getty)

United now embark on a difficult run of games in the Premier League as they face Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea within the next five weeks.

But Rio Ferdinand believes Solskjaer will be given the full season to prove he is the right man for United.

‘There’s been gradual improvement every year he’s been here and the squad shape and the mould of the squad looks better than when he took over, that’s all perfect,’ Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five show.

‘This season now is Ole’s squad. This season he will be judged.

‘He’s got to go and win something and show improvement again. I think if he doesn’t, he’s going to be on a chopping board.

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Humphrey Magwira, 20-Year-Old College Student from Tanzania, Shot and Killed in Houston, TX, USA, after Causing a Minor Car Crash

A 20-year-old college student was killed in a suspected road rage shooting Friday after causing an accidental car crash, Texas police say. Humphrey Magwira, whose relatives said had immigrated to the United States from Tanzania with his family when he was 11, died at a local hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting led to the arrest of 19-year-old Houston resident Ramon Vasquez. He was charged with murder after deputies say he got out of his vehicle and shot Magwira. Vasquez fled after the shooting but was caught Saturday morning, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

“This senseless and tragic loss of life occurred as result of a minor unintentional vehicle collision,” Sheriff Eric Fagan said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family as our Detectives continue their work on this case.”

Magwira was a second-year computer engineering major at the University of Houston, according to KPRC.

“We thought it was a good idea to come to this country for a better education for my kids,” the 20-year-old’s father, Exuperius Magwira, told KPRC. “But now, it’s not,” added the slain student’s mom, Josephine Kuyangana. Family members are attempting to bring Magwira’s remains back to his native Tanzania, KTRK reported

Vasquez was jailed in Fort Bend County on a $500,000 bond, deputies said. “Why even give him the opportunity to get out at all? He killed my brother for no reason. Senseless. Pointless,” Humphrey Magwira’s brother, Rodericque Magwira, told KTRK.

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Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hires Tony Blair to Handle Fight vs COVID and Rebuild Country’s International Reputation

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has made two official visits to Tanzania since Samia Suluhu Hassan assumed the presidency in March this year after the sudden death of her predecessor, John Magufuli.

Government officials say that the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has been hired by President Samia to handle two of her administration’s key projects: the fight against Covid-19 and rebuilding Tanzania’s international reputation.

In July, Blair paid his first courtesy call to Tanzania where he and President Samia discussed how to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blair said his institute is responsible for facilitating the testing and distribution of vaccines, and may help Tanzania to access top vaccine producers.

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Road to Qatar 2022: Tanzania Beat Benin Away to Revive World Cup Hopes

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania national football team –Taifa Stars has on Sunday October 10 revived hopes of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals after defeating Benin 1- 0 in Cotonou.

The solitary strike by Simon Msuva in the Seventh minute was enough for Taifa Stars to regain leadership of Group J with 7 points after they had lost to the West Africans at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium four days ago.

Stars could have registered a better score line but Captain Mbwana Samatta failed to convert from close range in the dying embers of the game.

Taifa Stars next outing is on November 11 against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Dar es Salaam before facing  Madagascar on November 14.

Elsewhere in East Africa Uganda beat neighbours Rwanda in Kampala by 1-0, after the first duel had ended with a similar score line in Kigali on Wednesday in favour of the Cranes.

In Nairobi, Harambe Stars had very little to show on their home turf after they fell to Mali courtesy of a 55th minute strike by Ibrahim Kone leaving the Kenyans with very slim chances of qualifying for the next stage of the qualifiers.

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Tanzania: Opposition ACT-Wazalendo Massively Win Konde By-Election in Zanzibar, Their Candidate Mohammed Said Issa Gets 72% of Votes.

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Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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Why Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp All Went Down Yesterday

The problem relates to something called BGP routing, and it took down every part of Facebook’s business.

A FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, WhatsApp, and Oculus outage knocked every corner of Mark Zuckerberg’s empire offline on Monday. It’s a social media blackout that can most charitably be described as “thorough” and seems likely to prove particularly tough to fix.

Facebook itself has not confirmed the root cause of its woes, but clues abound on the internet. The company’s family of apps effectively fell off the face of the internet at 11:40 am ET, according to when its Domain Name System records became unreachable. DNS is often referred to as the internet’s phone book; it’s what translates the host names you type into a URL tab—like facebook.com—into IP addresses, which is where those sites live.

DNS mishaps are common enough, and when in doubt, they’re the reason why a given site has gone down. They can happen for all kinds of wonky technical reasons, often related to configuration issues, and can be relatively straightforward to resolve. In this case, though, something more serious appears to be afoot.

“Facebook’s outage appears to be caused by DNS; however that’s a just symptom of the problem,” says Troy Mursch, chief research officer of cyberthreat intelligence company Bad Packets. The fundamental issue, Mursch says—and other experts agree—is that Facebook has withdrawn the so-called Border Gateway Protocol route that contains the IP addresses of its DNS nameservers. If DNS is the internet’s phone book, BGP is its navigation system; it decides what route data takes as it travels the information superhighway.

“You can think of it like a game of telephone,” but instead of people playing, it’s smaller networks letting each other know how to reach them, says Angelique Medina, director of product marketing at the network monitoring firm Cisco ThousandEyes. “They announce this route to their neighbor and their neighbor will propagate it out to their peers.”

It’s a lot of jargon, but easy to put plain: Facebook has fallen off the internet’s map. If you try to ping those IP addresses right now? “The packets end up in a black hole,” Mursch says.

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A map shows where Facebook is unreachable due to DNS resolution failures—basically, it’s everywhere, all at once. COURTESY OF CISCO THOUSAND EYES

The obvious and still unresolved question is why those BGP routes disappeared in the first place. It’s not a common ailment, especially at this scale or for this duration. During the outage, Facebook didn’t say beyond a tweet that it’s “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” After service came trickling back late Monday afternoon, it sent a statement that still lacked any technical detail. “To everyone who was affected by the outages on our platforms today: we’re sorry,” the company said. “We know billions of people and businesses around the world depend on our products and services to stay connected. We appreciate your patience as we come back online.”

The internet infrastructure experts who spoke to WIRED all suggested the likeliest answer was a misconfiguration on Facebook’s part. “It appears that Facebook has done something to their routers, the ones that connect the Facebook network to the rest of the internet,” says John Graham-Cumming, CTO of internet infrastructure company Cloudflare, who stressed that he doesn’t know the details of what happened. After all, he says, the internet is essentially a network of networks, each advertising its presence to the other. For once, Facebook has stopped advertising.

Which also means that more than just Facebook’s external services are affected. You can’t use “Login with Facebook” on third-party sites, for instance. And since the company’s own internal networks can’t reach the outside internet, its employees reportedly can’t get much done today either. (Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri even tweeted that “it does feel like a snow day.”)

That could also help explain why it’s taking so long to get back up and running. In 2019, a Google Cloud outage prevented Google engineers from getting online to fix the Google Cloud outage keeping them offline. It seems at least possible that Facebook is stuck in a similar catch-22, unable to reach the internet to fix the BGP routing issue that would let it reach the internet.

The good news is that once Facebook is able to revert whatever configuration got it into this, it shouldn’t take long to be back in business. “When it’s corrected, the traffic will really start flowing,” says Medina.

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Meanwhile, the rest of the internet has felt Facebook’s absence. Or, more specifically, DNS resolvers like Cloudflare—services that convert those domain names into IP addresses—have seen as much as double the usual amount of traffic, as people keep trying to load Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp to no avail. Those requests aren’t enough to overwhelm the system, but the surge is a reminder of just how interdependent, and sometimes fragile, the internet really is.

“It’s not so much the dramatic story of the whole internet could fall over, or some nonsense like that,” says Graham-Cumming. “It’s more that it’s an interconnected system and it stays up partly because of technical things and partly because of people who keep an eye on it day and night.”

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WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram down as users report being unable to send messages or refresh feeds

A similar issue with the three apps was recorded in April 2019, when they crashed for around two hours before returning to being fully functional.

Facebook has apologised as tens of thousands of people report problems accessing its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp.

Those two services and Facebook itself have all reportedly crashed, with users reporting being unable to send or receive messages, and their feeds not refreshing.

Andy Stone, from Facebook’s communications department, tweeted: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Downdetector, which collects status reports on the services, showed 73,804 problems with WhatsApp had been recorded in a spike at 4:53pm.

It showed 43% of the problems were associated with the app and 28% were related to sending messages.

WhatsApp thanked its users for their patience in a statement posted on its official Twitter account.

The tweet said: “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment.