Tuesday, March 16, 2010

call for action in north mara mine

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Dear Colleagues and partners,

Greetings from North Mara in Tarime.

I wish to share with you some photos of the current situation in North Mara. Rev. Magafu and I have been assessing and identifying the victims of the last year’s and ongoing waste ponds spillage at North Mara gold mine.

New cases of the victims are coming up with symptoms that are vivid and the situation is alarming. Two cases, though, needs immediate medical attention and action. This involves Mama Otaigo from Weigita village and Paul (8 year old boy) from Nkerege village.

The situation we have found them in is far different from when we met them during the health screening done in January 7th 2010. Their health state is deteriorating from day to day. I am attaching their current photos for your review.

As the governments still remains silent on this matter attempts to get referral letters from government health facilities have proved abortive and therefore we need to act as soon as possible to save the lives of those who are critically ill.

An appeal is made to all of you to act in your different capacities.

Kind regards,

Chacha Benedict Wambura
Executive Director
Foundation HELP
Plot No. 1, Block G. Old Custom Rd, LakeSide Area
P.O. Box 854 Musoma Tanzania
Tel/Fax: +255 28 2620 575
Cell: +255 787 945 414, +255 713 235 146

Source: udadisi blogspot

Monday, March 8, 2010

beyond being special: are women any equal themselves?

As we are mark women's day it is worthwhile reflecting on what we have done to bring about the envisaged equality if at all we are any equal. For over two decades, we have had women special seats. HAS THIS PROVISION BROUGHT ANY CHANGES OR AT LEAST CHANCES FOR CHANGE IN THE LIVES OF THE MARGINALISED WOMEN IN OUR VILLAGES AND TOWN SQUATTERS? My take is, it has not, to the greatest of extent.

Many women picked for representation on special seats basis are already privileged in so many ways. They could actually stand firmly and contest in constituencies and win.Even more importantly, such 'town/privileged women' do not share the pinch of hardships those truly marginalised women face. They have never sold vitumbua and been molested by militia of the city/town/municipal/district councils; they do not know how it feels to go without water or rather to walk half day's distance in search for firewood and water for the family. Many a women filling up political posts in the name of increasing women representation in decision making, are as 'previleged' as much as their male counterpart in most cases.

If special seats are to be meaningfully special it needs that those poor marginalised rural and street women,poor widows are to be taken aboard! otherwise, down with special women which adds insult to the injury of undermined mothers of ours.


Hivi sasa KILIMO KWANZA wimbo 'mtamu' uimbwao na wanasiasa wa Tanzania.
Utoaji wa pembejeo za kilimo (sema mbolea na mbegu 'bora') ikiwa ni sehemu ya utekelezaji wa Kilimo kwanza ambao ni mpango/kauli mbiu/tamko/programu/dhana/sera/ chochote tu; nk ulioasisiwa kwa pamoja kati ya serikali na jumuiya ya wafanya biashara nchini(sijui ni kwanini hawakuasisi - BIASHARA KWANZA);umezusha mushkeli wilayani monduli mkoani Arusha. Hapa nakupa mifano michache tu:

Kijiji cha Olarash
Kijiji kilipewa vocha 100 kwa ajili ya mbolea na mbegu za mahindi kama ruzuku kwa wananchi ‘wanaoweza kuzalisha mali’. Wakazi wa kijiji hiki ni wafugaji/wakulima. Wanayo mbolea (samadi) kibao kwenye maboma yao. HAWAHITAJI MBOLEA ya chumvichumvi hawa. Ngoma ni pale wanapotakiwa kulipa shilingi 38,000/= ili kupatiwa kilo kumi za mbegu za mahindi na mfuko mmoja wa mbolea.

Wachache waliochangamkia vocha hizo, walitarajia kupata mbegu za mahindi, ndiyo MAHITAJI YAO. Lakini wanawekewa ngumu wakishinikizwa kuchukua na mbolea pia (ambayo hawahitaji, kwani wanayo ya kutosha na iliyo bora na rafiki zaidi kwa mazingira, SAMADI).Taarifa zilizopo ni kwamba ni kufuatia shinikizo hilo, wananchi wamegoma kuchukua vocha za ruzuku, na wachache waliochukua wamazikalia majumbani mwao pasipo kwenda kununua pembejeo.

Mto wa mbu
Wakulima wa mpunga wamepelekewa mbolea ya kupandia mahindi pamoja na mbegu za mahindi wakati wao wanahitaji mbolea ya kukuzia mpunga wao.Mfano wa wendawazimu wa top down planning, mh Hapana huu ni corrupt planning. Ufisadi tu. Punda hata akifa lakini mzigo ufike. Wakulima walazimishwe kununua pembejeo wasizohitaji, uzalishaji ubaki vile vile, lakini BIASHARA SI ITAKUWA IMEFANYIKA? Naam, hayo ni matunda ya mpango wa kilimo uliobuniwa na wafanyabiashara matajiri.

Inaelezwa kwamba huko ndiko kunakochimbwa malighafi ya mbolea ya minjingu, udongo wake una fosfeti, lakini mbado nao wamepelekewa phosphate hiyo hiyo ya minjingu. JAMANI WATOA RUZUKU, SI KILA MTU ANATAKA MBOLEA, ACHILIA MBALI YA AINA MOJA!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010



"How do I stop my negative thoughts?" - is a question that I have been asked many times. If you have ever asked this question then you will feel such enormous relief in knowing the answer, because it is so simple. How do you stop negative thoughts? You plant good thoughts!

When you try to stop negative thoughts, you are focusing on what you don't want - negative thoughts - and you will attract an abundance of them. They can never disappear if you are focused on them. The "stop" part is irrelevant - the negative thoughts are your focus. It doesn't matter if you are trying to stop negative thoughts or control them or push them away, the result is the same. Your focus is on negative thoughts, and by the law of attraction you are inviting more of them to you.

The truth is always simple and it is always easy. To stop negative thoughts, just plant good thoughts! Deliberately plant good thoughts! You plant good thoughts by making it a daily practice to appreciate all the things in your day. Appreciate your health, your car, your home, your family, your job, your friends, your surroundings, your meals, your pets, and the magnificent beauty of the day. Compliment, praise, and give thanks to all things. Every time you say "Thank you" it is a good thought! As you plant more and more good thoughts, the negative thoughts will be wiped out. Why? Because your focus is on good thoughts, and what you focus on you attract.

So don't give any attention to negative thoughts. Don't worry about them. If any come, make light of them, shrug them off, and let them be your reminder to deliberately think more good thoughts now.

The more good thoughts you can plant in a day, the faster your life will be utterly transformed into all good. If you spend only one day speaking of good things and saying "Thank you" at every single opportunity, you will not believe your tomorrow. Deliberately thinking good thoughts is exactly like planting seeds. As you think good thoughts you are planting good seeds inside you, and the Universe will transform those seeds into a garden of paradise. How will the garden of paradise appear? As your life!

May the joy be with you,

Rhonda Byrne

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