Zanzibar in darkness

13 12 2009

By Mwinyi Sadallah
12th December 2009

Most parts of Zanzibar will go without power until next month after a submarine cable supplying it with electricity from Tanzania mainland snapped on Thursday.

The supply network developed hitches at Fumba area in the Urban West region, Isles Water, Works, Energy and Lands minister Mansour Yusuf Himid told journalists here yesterday.

The minister said that before the problem, technicians from the Zanzibar Electricity Company (Zeco) in collaboration with an expert from South Africa switched off the power to allow them to carry out normal maintenance since yesterday morning to 5:30pm.

“But after switching on the power, consumption rapidly increased causing one of the power receiving stations to be overwhelmed before bursting,” he explained.

He however said the government had taken measures to ensure that water supply services would not be affected.

“Emergency generators have been installed at water sources to ensure that people get water all the time as was the case before the power blackout,” he stressed.

He further noted that power services in Zanzibar will normalise in three weeks, saying the government had ordered spare parts from South Africa.

“We are expecting that spare parts will arrive in the country on Tuesday next week and the task of fixing them will start immediately because experts are already here,” he remarked.

The minister explained that after last year’s power problem which was caused by disconnection of the underground cable at Fumba and Kilomoni peninsula stations, Zeco entered into a contract with South African experts to make sure that the power receiving stations were regularly inspected.

He however said that security in important areas and some streets will remain intact during the time that the Isles will be facing a power blackout.

“I call upon people to be patient at the time as the government works on the problem,” he appealed.

Earlier, Zeco manager, Hassan Ali Mbarouk called upon Zanzibaris to remain calm at this time when the power utility firm in collaboration with the government was working on the problem.

Fumba power station has the capacity to receive 45MW through the undersea cable from Tanzania mainland.

Last year, the power black-out affected Zanzibar for almost three months, after the same submarine cable developed technical glitches, forcing the Isles’ government to call in experts from Norway.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN





Kili Stars yalala, Zanzibar yafanya mauaji

1 12 2009

Michael Momburi, Mumias
TANZANIA imetupa karata yake ya kwanza kwenye michuano ya Chalenji mjini Mumais jana kwa matokeo ya furaha na uzuni kutoka kwa timu zake za Zanzibar Herous kuisambarati Burundi 4-0, huku Kilimanjaro Star wakilala kwa mabao 2-0 kutoka kwa mabingwa watetezi Uganda.
Bao la mapema lilofungwa kwa kichwa mshambuliaji Owen Kasule akiunganisha krosi ya Godfrey Walusimbi dakika ya 2 ya mchezo lilitosha kuichanganya Kilimanjaro Stars walionekana kupwaye zaidi kwenye nafasi ya kiungo kabla ya Mike Serumaga kufunga bao la pili dakika 88.
Viungo Tony Maweje na Senyonjo wa Craines alitawala sehemu ya kati na kuwachanganya kabisa Shabani Nditi, Juma Nyoso na kuwafanya wasionekana kabisa.
Beki Nyoso alitolewa nje kwa kadi mbili za njano baada ya kumchezea vibaya Senyonjo huku awali akiwa ameunawa mpira makusudi hivyo kutolewa nje kwa kadi nyekundu.
Vita kuu katika mchezo huo ilikuwa ni kwenye winga ambao upande wa kushoto Juma Jabu alikuwa na kibarua cha kumzuia Danny Wagaluka, huku Shadrack Nsajigwa wakionyeshana na Steven Bengo wote ni wachezaji ya Yanga.
Kili Stars iliuanza mchezo huo kwa kujilinda zaidi jambo lilokosesha amani kocha Marcio Maximo ambaye alikuwa akipiga makelele ya kuwawata wachezaji wake wasogee mbele.
Mshambuliaji kinara wa ufungaji katika Ligi Kuu ya Tanzania, Jonh Bocco alikuwa chini ya ulinzi mkali wa mabeki wawili Andy Mwesigwa na Joseph Owino wa Simba.
Kiungo wa kimataifa wa Tanzania, Henry Joseph na aliingia kuchukua nafasi ya Nditi, huku Mrisho Ngasa akichukua nafasi ya Boko wakijaribu kuongeza kwenye shambuliaji.
Uganda ambao ni mabingwa mara 10 wa michuano hiyo wakitumia vizuri maumbo yao makubwa na urefu kuzuia pasi zote za juu na chini ambao kipa Mohamed Mwarami alikuwa akijaribu kutumia kuanzisha mashabulizi ya kushitukiza.
Kipindi cha pili washambuliaji Mrwanda na Ngasa wakitumia kasi yao kujaribu kichanganya ngome ya Uganda bila ya mafanikio. Beki Jabu alipewa kadi ya njano kwa kumkwatua Wagaluka.
Star wakionekana wanahamu kubwa ya kutafuta bao la kusawazisha kwa nguvu walijikuta wakifungwa bao la pili kwa mpira wa adhabu uliopigwa na Serumanga na kwenda moja kwa moja wavu na kumwacha Mwarami asijue la kufanya.
Mapema, pamoja na baridi kali na mvua iliyokuwa ikinyesha mjini humo haikuizia Zanzibar kuichakaza Burundi kwa mabao 4-0 katika mchezo wa kwanza kwa Kundi C uliochezwa mjini Mumias.
Zanzibar walifungua kalamu ya mabao dakika ya 15 lilofungwa na Agrey Moris akiunganisha krosi ya Nadir Haroub ‘Canavaro’ dakika moja baadaye beki wa Burundi, Hassan Hakzmana alijifunga mwenye akijaribu kuokoa mpira uliokuwa ukienda golini kwake.
Vijana wa Karume wakionyesha wamedhamiria kupata matokeo mazuri kwenye mechi hiyo waliandika bao la tatu dakika 22 lilofungwa na Mohamed Salum kabla ya Nzeyimana Hussein kujifunga bao la nne dakika 70 na kuicha Intamba Burundi wasijue nini kinachoendelea uwanja hapo.
Kocha wa Zanzibar, Hemed Moroco aliwasifu wachezaji wake wa kucheza soka ya kujituma na kuelewana na kufanikiwa kupata ushindi huo wa kishindo.
Mjini Nairobi, Rwanda walifaidika na bao la mapema la kujifunga wenye Somalia kupata ushindi wa 1-0.
Leo michuano hiyo inaendelea kwenye uwanja wa Nyayo Jijini Nairobi kwa mchezo mmoja baina ya Ethiopia na Djibout.
Katika uwanja wa Mumias mjini hapa timu za kundi C, Kilimanjaro Stars, Zanzibar, Uganda na Burundi zitakuwa mapumzikoni kwa kuendelea na mazoezi.
Kilimanjaro Stars itakuwa ikijianda na pambano lake dhidi ya ndugu zake Zanzibar mchezo ambao umeanza kuibua hisia nyingi kwa kila mmoja kumhofia mwenzake. Timu hizo ambazo zimepiga kambi kwenye hosteli moja zimekuwa zikihofiana na wachezaji na viongozi wake hawashirikiani kwa kina kama inavyokuwa katika michuano mingine.
Michuano ya Chalenji inaendelea mjini hapa, lakini imekuwa na msisimko mdogo huku mashabiki wengine wakiwa hawana taarifa kabisa ya nini kinaendelea.
Kikosi cha Kilimanjaro Stars, Mohamed Mwarami, Shedrack Nsajingwa, Juma Jabu, Kelvin Yondani, Salum Sued, Juma Nyoso, Danny Mrwanda, Shabani Nditi, Jonh Boko, Kigi Makasi na Nurdin Bakari. Akina benchi, Shaban Kado, Henry Joseph, David Naftari, Jerry Tegete, Musa Mgosi, Mrisho Ngasa na Mwaipopo.

Chanzo: Mwananchi 29 Nov 2009





Maalim Seif aanika mkakati wake Karume

1 12 2009

SIRI zaidi za mkutano wa rais wa Zanzibar, Amani Abeid Amani Karume, na katibu mkuu wa CUF, Seif Sharif Hamad, zinazidi kuwekwa bayana baada ya Maalim Seif kusema lengo kubwa la faragha yao ilikuwa ni kuunganisha nguvu katika kutetea mambo yanayoihusu Zanzibar kwenye Muungano. Seif alitoa kauli hiyo juzi wakati akizungumza na wananchi kwenye sherehe maalum za Baraza la Eid El-Hajj zilizoandaliwa na CUF kwenye ukumbi wa Jamat-khan ulio Mkunazini Mjini Unguja .
Seif, ambaye aliwahi kuwa Waziri Kiongozi wa Serikali ya Mapinduzi (SMZ), alisema kuwa Zanzibar iliyoungana itazaa Tanzania iliyoungana. Alisema kuungana kwa Wazanzibari kutasaidia kuimarisha Muungano wa Tanzania Bara na Zanzibar kuliko kugawanyika kwa Wanzibari kwa kuwa pande zote mbili zina malalamiko kuhusu suala hilo. “Wazanzibari wakiungana wataweza kudai haki zao na kuuimarisha Muungano kuliko wakigawanyika,” alisema.
Zanzibar imekuwa na madai kadhaa kwenye Muungano; ikidai kurejeshewa utaifa wao ili iweze kushiriki katika masuala ya kimataifa; inadai pia kuwa kuna baadhi ya mambo yameingizwa kinyemela katika mambo ya Muungano likiwemo suala la mafuta na baadhi wanataka rais wa Zanzibar arejeshewe hadhi yake ya kuwa makamu wa rais.
Seif na Karume walikutana Ikulu ya Zanzibar Novemba 5 mwaka huu; lakini hakuna taarifa rasmi iliyoeleza walichozungumza zaidi ya kila upande kueleza chake kwenye mikutano ya hadhara.
Hata hivyo, baada ya Maalim Seif kwenda Ikulu, aliitisha mkutano wa hadhara na kutangaza uamuzi wa CUF wa kumtambua Karume, tamko lililosababisha azomewe. Baadaye, jumuiya ya wanawake ya chama hicho ikawa ya kwanza kutamka kuwa imemuelewa na inamuunga mkono kwa uamuzi huo. “Pande zote mbili zina malalamiko juu ya Muungano; Wazanzibari wana malalalmiko yao na Wabara nao wana malalamiko yao. Wazanzibari tukikaa pamoja tutaweza kutetea malalamiko yetu kama wao watakavyoweza kutetea malalamiko yao katika muungano,” alisema Maalim Seif .
Alisema kuwa serikali ya Muungano ina matatizo yake na SMZ ina kilio kikubwa katika kudai haki zao za kisheria katika Muungano; hivyo, kuwepo kwa umoja na ushirikiano baina ya viongozi wa vyama viwili hivyo ni dhahiri kuwa kutasaidia kwa kiasi kikubwa katika kuitetea Zanzibar na watu wake kwa kudai haki zao kisheria bila ya kuathiri Muungano. “Mazungumzo tuliyofanya kati yangu na Rais Amani ya kutaka kudumisha umoja na ushirikaino na kuzika chuki zetu yataweza kusaidia hata katika kuitetea nchi yetu katika masuala ya Muungano wa Tanzania ” alisema Maalim Seif .
Maalim Seif alitumia fursa hiyo kuwafahamisha wananchi kwamba mazungumzo yake na Karume hayana lengo la kuvunja Muungano ambao umedumu tangu mwaka 1964, na wala hayana ajenda ya siri kwa kuwa lengo kuu la mazungumzo hayo ni kuwaunganisha Wazanzibari ambao alisema wamegawanyika kwa miaka mingi. “Sisi ajenda yetu ni kuwaunganisha Wazanzibari wote; na hatuna ajenda nyingine kwa kuwa sote tunafahamu kwamba tumegawanyika kwa muda mrefu na hili tumeliona; sasa tunataka kuungana kwa pamoja ili kuleta maendeleo ya nchi yetu,”alisisitiza Katibu Mkuu huyo.
Alisema wapo baadhi ya wananchi wasioitakia mema Zanzibar wameanza kudai kuwa mazungumzo hayo hayataendelea kwa kuwa hayana lengo la kujenga umoja na maendeleo; lakini, akaongeza kuwa watu hao ni wachache na wanapaswa kuelimishwa au wapuuzwe iwapo wataendelea na msimamo huo.
Seif, ambaye alilazimika kuachia wadhifa wake SMZ kwa tuhuma za kuvujisha siri za vikao, alisema pande zote mbili zinafamu umuhimu wa Muungano na ndio maana wanaona ni lazima kwanza Wazanzibari waungane. “Kwa kuwa kuna mambo yanayolalamikiwa katika Muungano, ni lazima hayo malalamiko yapatiwe ufumbuzi na hilo ndilo tunalotaka lakini si kuvunja au kuukataa Muungano… hilo halipo kabisa,” alisema.
Aliwaeleza wananchi hao kwamba wameamua kwa hiari yao kufanya mazungumzo na Rais Karume kwa lengo la kuharakisha maendeleo na kuwaahidi kwamba yale yote ambayo wamekubaliana kwa upande wake atayasimamia kikamilifu na kuyatekeleza.
Hata hivyo, alisema ana imani kubwa kuwa Rais Karume pia atatekeleza yale waliyokubaliana ambayo yako chini yake kwa kuwa tangu walipofanya mazungumzo hayo hajaona ishara yoyote kutoka kwa rais huyo inayoonyesha kuwa hatatekeleza waliyokubaliana.
“Nathubutu kusema kuwa… hii inanipa moyo kwa kuona kuwa Rais Amani tayari ameshaanza kuchukua hatua za utekelezaji wa ahadi zake.” alisema Maalim Seif . ‘Imani yangu ni kuwa Mheshimiwa Karume atatekeleza makubaliano yetu kwa maslahi ya vizazi vyetu na naahidi kuyasimamia kuyatekeleza yale yaliyo kwangu. Inshallah, tutafanikiwa kwa uwezo wa Mwenyezi Mungu.”
Seif pia aliongeza kusema: “Nakiri kusema kuwa ndani ya moyo wangu ni safi… safi… safi, hamna chuki hata kidogo kwa Rais Amani Karume na ninamuamini sana. Tokea siku ile alisema tuzike tofauti zetu na tuwe kitu kimoja na Inshallah iwe hivyo sasa na nyinyi mtuunge mkono viongozi wenu; sawa sawa?”
Aliwataka wananchi wote wakati huu mgumu kukaa pamoja na kujadiliana njia gani za kuweza kutatua matatizo na kujenga Zanzibar mpya yenye maendeleo na umoja, hasa katika kipindi hiki ambacho alisema kinatazamwa na maadui ili mazungumzo hayo yasizae matunda.
Awali akimkaribishwa mgeni rasmi katika hafla hiyo, Makamu Mwenyekiti wa CUF, Machano Khamis Ali, alitoa wito kwa wananchi wote kuwavunja moyo watu wenye nia mbaya na mazungumzo hayo pamoja na kuwapuuza wenye chochochoko.

Chanzo: Mwananchi 30 Nov 2009





What next after Karume and Maalim Seif U-turn?

1 12 2009

MYSTERY still surrounds the recent move by Zanzibar President Amani Abeid Karume and CUF’s Secretary General Seif Sharif Hamad to put aside their political differences in a move both have described as aimed at promoting peace, stability and unity in Zanzibar.

No one has yet given a clue on what would follow next, sparking off dozens of speculations, including the formation of a government of national unity next year, with Mr Hamad, popularly known as Maalim Seif, taking over as vice-president or prime minister”

Speculation is rife that there would be reforms on the Zanzibar constitution come next year and that the registration of voters will start fresh to have in place a credible register that would ensure free, fair and transparent elections.

Both Karume and Hamad have been carefully selecting words to tell their followers in the past public rallies. While Hamad continues to tell his supporters to hope for the “bright future,” Karume said “I and Hamad have agreed to promote peace, stability, and unity among Zanzibaris instead of continuing with unnecessary conflicts. We have no other agenda.”

Other senior leaders from both CCM and CUF have also remained reluctant to give details on what would be the next step after the Karume-Hamad meeting.

However, Mr Saleh Ramadhani Feruzi (CCM deputy Secretary General- Zanzibar), Mr Juma Duni Haji (CUF deputy Secretary General) have led other leaders at lower levels to show support of the new move, as they insist on praying for Zanzibar not to go back to the ‘old days of conflicts.’

For many Zanzibaris or Tanzanians, the major issue at stake is peace, stability and smooth democracy. The view about the formation of a government of national unity in Zanzibar is not new. Arguably CUF had it for quite long and it is included in its manifesto, while in the ruling party- CCM, idea was openly suggested by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the Father of the Nation, a few months before the second multiparty elections in Tanzania.

There were mixed feeling after Nyerere’s statement. Some Zanzibaris supported the idea while and others, including the then president Salmin Amour Juma, openly opposed the idea, arguing that two parties with different ideologies could not work together. Nyerere’s idea was also backed literary by some development partners who unsuccessfully encouraged the formation of the government.

However, Dr Salmin later held talks with Hamad after meeting Mwalimu Nyerere about what has not been revealed to date, but also sparked speculations similar to the current rumours including possible formation of the government of national unity.

Some historians argue that ‘history repeats it self.’ President Karume has met Hamad behind curtains; in the same way Mwalimu Nyerere and Dr Salmin met with Hamad. Many journalists have interpreted Karume’s words of unity and solidarity with the opposition to mean a ‘government of national unity! It is hard to see the basis for their argument.

Delay or failures

For years since the first general elections in 1995, different people from within Tanzania and abroad have been trying to find some way out of the political problems in Zanzibar but both government and CCM party leaders in Zanzibar have been blamed for the delay.

On November 5, this year, Karume and Hamad met and announced that they have decided to ignore their political differences ‘in the best interests of Zanzibar’’. But yet they have on different occasion avoided giving details of their meeting.

The Karume-Hamad meeting was made furtive even to top CCM leaders, including President Jakaya Kikwete, according to senior CUF official Ismail Jussa Ladhu who says there has been no external push for the meeting.

According to him, it was Maalim Seif and Karume’s own initiative to meet after failure of the internationally backed Muafaka One (a Commonwealth initiative of 1999), Muafaka Two (President Mkapa 2001) and the stalling of Muafaka 3 talks initiated by President Jakaya Kikwete — in 2008.

The issue of recognising Karume as a legitimate president had been avoided by the CUF for four years as a political weapon in protest against the 2005 general election results. But it became clear to CUF that without resolving the issue of recognising Karume, probably Zanzibar would remain in needless tension indefinitely.

Could there be more be going on behind the scenes?

Several supporting statements have come from within Tanzania and internationally which includes the United States, EU, UN and individual countries, issued statements seen by some people as a drive to push both Karume and Hamad to a meaningful commitment in uniting Zanzibar a head of the 2010 elections.

While the majority of the people are eagerly awaiting the the next steps in building a new Zanzibar , It seems clear that many people, particularly Zanzibaris, who have not been registered in the voter register because of lack of Zan IDs, are uneasy about the effect of the political rivals’ meeting.

Although there have been glaring discrepancies about the number of people who have not been registered, which deprives a cross-section of their democratic right to vote. This is more evident in the CUF stronghold of Pemba.

President Karume and other senior ministers have repeatedly said that all eligible Zanzibaris must be registered. The immediate idea suggested by many is for the president to act against some few dishonest officials who have been causing problems in the registration process.

CUF should also ask their supporters to go for registration after the recognition of the Karume administration. CUF leaders have remained silent about whether to ask their members and supporters to register or to continue with the boycott.

The voter registration discrepancies, especially in Pemba, are a nagging issue. It must be solved if the present goodwill between the government and the Opposition is to stand on firmer ground. CUF Director of Information and Publicity Salum Bimani talks about massive cheating in favour of the ruling party, alleging that the exercise has involved underage Zanzibaris and non-citizens.

He said that CUF will make an evaluation during its next National Council meeting scheduled for next week (December 7-8). “Preparations for elections, including voter registration may be among the items on the agenda. We hope that President Karume will effect some changes soon. Already some CUF members are advising the party to boycott the next general elections,’’ added Bimani.

What next or what follows? Probably what follows in the near future will be in the form of positive actions of goodwill, followed by series of dialogues to resolve disputes, particularly over the voter registration process in an effort to put in place a credible register book before the 2010 general elections. Probably, what would follow next is the search for a legal backing for the formation of government of national unity as speculated by a section of the media!

Lingering doubts

It is still difficult to see how answers to those questions could be found in a short time before the general elections, with the demand for the credible register book, and free, fair, and transparent elections. Or could CUF members agree to some ambiguous form of words from their leaders to wait beyond?

Top CUF leaders Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, Mr Machano Khamis, Mr Seif Sharif Hamad, Mr Juma Duni Haji, and Ismail Jussa have been advocating for patience among members and supporters.

Last week, the CCM Vice Chairman (Mainland), Mr Pius Msekwa was quoted by BBC as saying that the formation of a government of national unity in Zanzibar may not be bad idea, but ‘’will require constitutional amendments’’. The idea is not a new one. It has been toyed with for a long time with proponents saying it could be the ultimate solution to centuries of tense political situation in Zanzibar.

There have emerged conflicting views about such a government in Zanzibar. There are still the diehards; the ‘revolution’ supporters who still refuse to see reason and cling to the past. There are also reformists who wish to see change in the isles in accordance with true democratic governance. Time will tell whether – and when — the two sides will reach a compromise.





Zanzibar Heroes: Last bet for Maximo?

1 12 2009

Weary Kilimanjaro Stars face blood brothers Zanzibar Heroes in the second match of the Group C to be played at Mumias Complex this afternoon.

Actually, Kilimanjaro Stars are walking on tight rope to find a breakthrough before being knocked out of the regional championship.
The match is expected to kick off simultaneously with another clash of Group B as COSAFA champions Zimbabwe meet Eritrea at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. Zanzibar kicks off the match with great composure after collecting three points in their opening match against Burundi on Sunday.

 It’s the Kilimanjaro Stars who are under pressure to win the match after succumbing to 2-0 loss at the hands of the tournament champions Uganda The Cranes last Sunday.
Zanzibar, with only two players featuring in the United Republic of Tanzania’s national team, Taifa Stars, will have to a seemingly arduous task to beat star-studded Mainland with bulk of the Stars players in their line-up.

Zanzibar have several times shocked Mainland in previous matches of the same tournament. It is not exactly not known what is in store for the isles side that breezed past Burundi in a match almost transformed into a practice session. Should Zanzibar make use of similar ammunition that rocked Burundi, Kilimanjaro Stars will be in deep trouble.
Coaches of either side have remained highly optimistic to win the encounter with Isles’ Hemed Morocco maintaining his stance to avenge last year’s 2-1defeat in Kampala. Uganda, Zanzibar and Mainland Tanzania featured in the same group during the Challenge Cup previous edition in Kampala.
Taifa Stars coach Marcio Maximo, who also doubles as the Mainland tactician, had his boys flop in the Group C opener and have no option other than to win. The situation at the Kilimanjaro Stars camp is very delicate such that should the team lose today they will certainly bank on miracles to make quarterfinal progression.
Zanzibar need to win just one out of the remaining two matches to book a place in the last eight. Recovering from the 2-0 goals shock, Mainland team is in tight corner to meet satisfaction of their home fans who have started to lose confidence in the team and the coach alike.
Holders Uganda will be out of action as they await their second match tomorrow against Burundi to weigh their quarterfinal possibilities. Mainland play their last group match against Burundi on Friday, two hours before Zanzibar conclude the group’s fixture.

 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN





Court orders auction of Bwawani Hotel

1 12 2009

Zanzibar High Court yesterday ordered the auction of Bwawani International Hotel following the Zanzibar Government’s failure to pay a Thai firm 1.6trn/- in debt.

The famous and historic hotel was built by the founding president of the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government, the late Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume and has since been property of the Isles government. The decision was reached after the Thai firm – Leamthore Rice Ltd won a civil suit it had filed against the Zanzibar government.

The case was filed against the Permanent Secretary in the Zanzibar Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, after the Isles government had procured rice from the company and failed to pay on time. The company filed the civil case in January 1997 following the Ministry’s failure to pay them the outstanding debt of $69.4m.

The company which was being represented by advocate Masumbuko Lamwai further asked the court to order the hotel to pay them 25 per cent interest for all the time the debt was outstanding, including costs of running the suit. The court’s decision follows failure by the then Permanent Secretary Omar Sheha Mussa to obey the court’s order to appear in court.

Reacting to the court decision, the management of the hotel tried to appeal against it, but they were late in lodging their appeal and therefore ordered to pay the 25 per cent interest, bringing the total sum owed to $1.6bn, equivalent to a three -year budget of the Zanzibar government based on the current figures.

The business contract was entered into by the fourth phase government under late Idris Abdul Wakil and former Chief Minister Seif Shariff Hamad. If the order is to be implemented other companies will also suffer because the hotel has leased offices to tourism business and cargo agents.

The High Court Registrar, Yesaya Kayange, endorsed an earlier verdict delivered on May 16, 1997 by Judge Wolfgang Dourado. According to a letter written on November 12, this year, Kumekucha Auction Mart was ordered to auction the hotel which is a few metres from Zanzibar’s Mji Mkongwe city centre.

“So as to be sure that justice is done, the verdict to auction the hotel must be implemented in order to pay the debt,” said the registrar.

Elaborating, the registrar said that earlier the court had ordered the auction of a Government land located at Kijichi village in Zanzibar. However, the order could not be implemented because it was not clear where the hotel border lines ended.

Speaking with The Guardian, Salim Ahmed Salim from the auctioning company confirmed to have received the court order. He said preparations were underway to implement the auction including giving notice to the owners of the hotel. No immediate Government reaction was forthcoming over the court order.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN





Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Hassan Omar Ali

1 12 2009

CURRICULUM VITAE OF DR. HASSAN OMAR ALI

PERSONAL HISTORY:

Date of Birth: 30 June 1962

Place of Birth: Pemba, Tanzania;

Marital Status: Married with three children;

Nationality: Tanzanian;

Permanent Address: 605 Dove Cove Ct, Murphy, Texas 75094, USA;

Tel: +1-214-567-2060 (Work)

Tel: +1-214-474-1512 (Home)

E-mail: hassan@magma.ca

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada, (1996);

M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada, (1992);

B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, (1987);

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

October 2003 – To date; Electrical Engineer (Senior Applications Engineer), High-Speed Semiconductor Products, Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, Texas, United States of America;

February 2002 – October 2003; Electrical Engineer (Senior Signal Integrity Designer), Data Communication and Telecommunication Products, Fidus Systems Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada;

April 2001 – December 2001; Electrical Engineer (Senior Signal Integrity Designer), Advanced Data Communication Products, Lantern Communications, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada;

March 1997 – April 2001; Electrical Engineer (Advanced Electrical/Optical Interconnect Designer), Telecommunication Products, Nortel Networks, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada;

September 1991 – March 1997; Technical Researcher/Teaching Assistant, Electromagnetics Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada;

November 1988 – September 1990; Tutorial Assistant/Assistant Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;

July 1987 – November 1988, Electrical Engineer, Zanzibar International Airport, Zanzibar, Tanzania;

October 1981 – May 1983, Physics and Mathematics Teacher; Fidel Castro Secondary School, Pemba, Tanzania;

CONFERENCES/MEETINGS ATTENDED:

“International Consumer Electronics Show”, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., January 2008;

“National Association of Broadcasters Show”, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., April 2008;

“DesignCon”, Annual Conference organized by the International Engineering Consortium, Santa Clara, California, USA; years attended: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007;

“System Hardware Design Symposium”, Annual Symposium organized by Texas Instruments; years attended: 2004 and 2005;

“IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility”, Austin, Texas, USA, August 1997;

“Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS)”, Pasadena, California, U.S.A, July 1993;

PUBLICATIONS:

Hassan. O. Ali and R. Mwikalo; ‘Kompyuta: Jifunze na Ielewe (Computer: Teach Yourself Guide – in Swahili)’, Commoners’ Publishing Inc., ottawa, Canada, 2000;

Ratner, Ali, and E. Petriu, ‘Neural network simulation of a dielectric ring resonator antenna,’ Journal of Systems Architecture, vol. 44, pp. 569-581, 1998;

H. O. Ali, ‘Near-field computation using the finite element method,’ Ph.D. thesis, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, Dec. 1996;

S. Labonte, A. Blais, S. Legault, H. Ali, L. Roy, ‘Monopole antennas for microwave catheter ablation,’ IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory and Tech., vol. 44, no. 10, pp. 1832-1840, Oct. 1996;

H. O. Ali and G. I. Costache, ‘Accurate frequency domain modelling of coaxially driven axisymmetric microwave structures,’ IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, vol. 4, no. 12, pp. 390-392, Dec. 1994;

H. O. Ali and G. Costache, ‘Finite-element time-domain analysis of axisymmetrical radiators,’ IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagation, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 272-275, Feb. 1994;

H. O. Ali and G. Costache, ‘Finite-element time-domain analysis of axisymmetrical radiators,’ IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagation, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 272-275, Feb. 1994;

H. O. Ali and G. Costache, ‘Transient finite element analysis of axisymmetrical antennas,’ PIERS Conference, Pasadena, U.S.A, July 1993;

H. O. Ali, ‘Finite-element time-domain analysis of axisymmetrical radiating structures,’ M.A.Sc. thesis, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, Oct. 1992;

H. R. Mgombelo, H. O. Ali, and M. M. Kissaka, ‘Performance characteristics of a class of two-way, 3-dB, planar power dividers,’ International J. for Modeling, Simulation & Control, A, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 25-39, 1991;

H. R. Mgombelo, H. O. Ali, and M. M. Kissaka, ‘New impedance transforming ratrace hybrid ring,’ Electronics Letters, vol. 26, no. 13, pp. 837-839, 1990;

H. R. Mgombelo and H. O. Ali, ‘New two-way, 3dB, equiphase, impedance-transforming power divider suitable for high power applications,’ Electronics Letters, vol. 25, no. 15, pp. 1014-1016, 1989;

Hassan O. Ali, et al., ‘Reducing the coupling between LC-oscillator based phase-locked loops in flip-chip ASICs,’ United States Patent # US 7173498 B2, issued February 6, 2007

LANGUAGES:

Kiswahili (Mother Tongue)

English (Working Language)

HOBBIES:

Writing and reading everything about computers; participate in and watch sports (i.e. soccer, baseball, basketball, athletics, football, etc.);

Writing and reading poems, articles, and books in and about the Swahili language;

COMPUTER SKILLS:

– Very familiar with various computer operating systems e.g. All versions of Microsoft Windows, Various Unix/Linux flavours, and Apple Macintosh

– Fluent in various computer and web programming/scripting languages: C, C++, C#, Visual Basic, FORTRAN, Pascal, Perl, PHP, HTML, Awk, Python, UNIX shell, etc.

– Excellent mastery of computer office suites such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org, Visio, etc.

– Unix/Linux server/network administration.