Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Kendwa Rock Beach Hotel Yaungua Moto

Chanzo cha moto:Hitilafu ya umeme.

Jengo lilioungua ni la Jiko, Duka na Sehemu ya burudani.

Hasara iliyosababishwa na moto huo, inakisiwa kuwa ni Shilingi bilioni moja.

Picha na OMPR

Zanzibar Is Safe, German Leader Prove It.

Germans have had very interesting relations with Zanzibar. They were here on commercial terms and with counsellor representation before Berlin Conference and occupation of Tanganyika. Almost all their explorers took off for the interior Africa using Zanzibar as their launch pad and least one forget the issue of Heligoland Island that put the two sides on international level when the Sultanate was in control of the whole East African Coastal strip.

Also German soldiers are buried here after their war vessel Konisberg sunk in our territorial water. In all humility they are our family after a German business man eloped with Seyyida Salme, a princess and hence out there is our royal blood.

Zanzibaris would never forget the interest that East Germany took over Zanzibar soon after the 1964 Revolution in recognizing the nascent state and helping out as close friend. Hence it was befitting gesture and high note endorsement of Zanzibar made by the German President when he walked along the Forodhani Road on his arrival, something never done by any visiting leader. The visiting German President was at home.

I am sure President Gauck was thrilled as he was boisterously cheered by the friendliest people on earth chanted for him and Germany which they admire their football and hard work.

The Forodhani Road passes through many land mark buildings such as the Old Dispensary, the Big Tree, the Custom House, the Sultan Palace, The Forodhani Gardens, The Old Fort and the Tembo House. It always feels pleasure to walk the road. To me it was more than a walk surely to see the sea front which needs repair badly and which the German government would intervene to re-enact and strengthen, the same as it has done to pave the narrow streets in one of the biggest project it had undertaken in Zanzibar. Whoever planned for that walk must have thought very well for Zanzibar which for a long time now has been suffering heaps and heaps of blame on insecurity so much at times the exaggeration is beyond belief. The visit killed it all.

A Western Europe leader walking in the streets of Zanzibar, what a script to run for security endorsement in a place where the Western media bombard with stories on religious violence, extremism and connections made with Al Qaeda, Al Shabab and such groups mainly because certain individuals have collaborated with them.

The walk is big public relations to Zanzibar that tourists here are safe despite hiccups on mugging, acid attacks something that can happen anywhere and in fact such attacks are prone at any big city anywhere in the world.

The walk has sent good messages to potential German visitors to Zanzibar being the second biggest group after the Italians. But to the rest like the Britons, the Scandinavians, the Spanish, the Belgians and the Swiss who come to Zanzibar in their droves. Of course the endorsement by German President Gauck comes with very high price which the Zanzibar Government has to pay, as they say there is no free lunch.

It means it has to clear its house and put it into order to match the gesture. Granted there are religious frictions that can lead to extremism. Not refuted that tourists have been attacked and foreign residents have been targeted as criminality is a real threat. Drugs are galore.

Zanzibar cannot relax at all when tourism sector is being threatened because it now its heartbeat with 200,000 visitors per year channelling over 60 per cent in the Zanzibar Government financial machinery.

To me, the doors have been just opened for Zanzibar and it is for us to decide how to walk the distance.

By Ally Saleh

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Encourage Women participate in Politics, Scribes Urged

ACTIVISTS in Zanzibar have urged the media to encourage women participate in politics and get ready to be voted into government during the next general election.

Activists from Ulingo Platform, Jumuia ya Wanawake Wenye Ulemavu Zanzibar (JUWAUZA) -- an organization for disabled women of Zanzibar, Gender Coalition, and TAMWA said that low representation of women in all decision making groups at all levels frustrates them in fighting for their rights.

Dr Ave Maria Semakafu --Tanzania Women Cross Party (TWCP) -- Ulingo Platform, Ms Asha Aboud- Gender Coalition, Ms Mzuri Issa-TAMWA, and Ms Mwandawa Khamis-JUWAUZA joined together in asking media to help awaken women.

"Journalists and the media have a big role to play in educating and encouraging women to be active in their respective political parties, and contest for various positions," said Dr Semakafu.

She was speaking during a capacity building workshop organized by Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) with funding from UN-Women, for journalists in Zanzibar for the upcoming general election.

She said that despite efforts to get women into politics since 2010, low women representation still remains a challenge. The media have a critical role in getting more women into politics and leadership positions by promoting and protecting their interests.

Ms Aboud, Ms Khamis and Ms Issa informed journalists that most women including those with disabilities in the country are now educated and capable to lead, but they cannot withstand the pressure and acrimony in politics especially in positions that require campaigning and voting.

The activists said media have the power to protect and promote women empowerment for national development especially representation in decision making groups. Many women are planning to contest in the coming general elections.

Source: Daily News

Friday, 6 February 2015

Wakifanya Yao...

Kobe (Aldabra giant tortoise) katika kisiwa cha Changuu(Prison Island) Zanzibar...

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Muscat Festival 2015: Taste Zanzibari Snack at International Food Court

Zanzibar's culture is a remarkable fusion of African, Arab and Indian influences, all of which have helped shape an eclectic street cuisine that rivals anywhere else in Africa. This time in the Amerat venue of the Muscat Festival, cheap and scrumptious eats from Tanzania are available at the International Food Court. So keep your eyes peeled for these tasty treats if you are a foodie.

Haji Amour Haji, the energetic managing director of Hamoup Company Ltd, Tanzania, which is into food industry, is here for the first time to have a taste of Oman as well as to give a taste of Zanzibar to the festival folks. Haji and his three-member team from Tanzania are preparing some of the best Zanzibari evening snacks at the pavilion. Ali has brought some of the original Zanzibari ingredients which are not available in Muscat.

"But I purchase some common food stuff from the supermarket here to make the food," he said.

"Mainly people are coming here for mishkakI (beef or chicken kebabs) and mbatata Urojo. The festival is starting at noon time so we are concentrating on snacks. We are doing the recipes of Zanzibari cassava, banana and the mixed food. Owing to the limited space available we are preparing only snacks. People enjoy and are happy to taste our food here," Haji, who is visiting Oman for the first time, said.

The snack menu includes cassava crush mixed with beef, kachori, samboosa etc. The spice island's special blend, urojo soup tastes significantly better than it looks. The yellowish broth is a mouthwatering blend of mango and ginger (usually with tamarind, lime and hot peppers to taste) stuffed with your choice of potatoes, kachori, cassava chips, bread, eggs and salads.

The other item on the menu, Zanzibar Mix, is a homegrown Indian Zanzibari Tanzanian creation. Zanzibar Mix (known as Urojo in Zanzibar), is an Indian inspired Zanzibari Tanzanian bowl of curry soup with lots of toppings. Potatoes, chickpeas, fried bhajias, peanuts and an assortment of the crunchy things make the base.

They are then covered in a light creamy curry sauce and finally topped with a handful of cassava of potato chips, a spoon of fresh coconut chutney, and a pile of hot pili pili (chili) sauce. It's a Dar Es Salaam street food favorite – and it's packed with diverse flavors and textures. You will get to know how the different cultures have an impact on your taste buds!

"I brought Cassava from Zanzibar," said Haji. For many this is the real staple food of Zanzibar. It is produced locally and used as a main dish as 'muhogo wa nazi', which literally translates to 'coconut cassava', ugali, etc or crisped as a snack, or grilled.

A true food lover, Haji admits that these are not the real traditional Zanzibari food. "These are only snacks. Our kitchen here in this festival is very small. So we find it really difficult to make the real traditional food." The price ranges from 100 baiza to RO1 for a snack deal.

Apart from the Zanzibari snack stall some local franchisees have put up Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Iranian and Turkish stalls. "The food items are being prepared in traditional Chinese Dalian style," says Konj, the man behind the Chinese delicacies here. The menu offers Chinese noodles with vegetables, fried noodles, sauces beef, wonton, boiled dumpling, fried dumpling, fried squid, fried mutton and garlic broccoli among others.

At the Egyptian counter, you can have traditional Egyptian Koushari, fool (mashed fava beens), famous sweets such as kunafa, sweet omali and Mahalabiya (rice custard). The Iranian stall is full of sweets, candies and ice creams of different flavours plus chicken sandwich. "From 200 baiza to RO 1.300 traditional Iranian sweets and products such as dried pomegranates Marjoram extracts and saffron and saffron flavoured sweets are here," Shakiba, the manager of the Iranian stall said.

The Indian menu has the world's great street food snacks such as pani puri, pappi chat, gol geppe etc and dishes from the tandoori oven - . nan, roti chicken tikka and paneer tikka. "We also serve south Indian food like dosa, idli, oothappam, masala dosa etc. Our specialty is Mumbai special biryani and dosa items, oothappam, masla dosa," says cook Madan Singh adding that lot of foreigners have been coming and tasting the pani puri here." The Biryani combo has raita, salad, Indian pickels and biryani for RO 1.700.

The famous Turkish chicken shawarma is another attraction at the food court. You can sip traditional Turkish coffee and tea, and enjoy various flavours of cake - profiterole, orange, chocolate, lata - here.

Though there is a long way to go for a real international food fest, you can, still, have an interesting snack deal from here.

Source: Times of Oman

Bei ya Petroli Zanzibar...

Bei ya petroli kwa Zanzibar sasa ni Shilingi 1,920, huku upande wa pili wa Tanzania bei ikiwa kama inavyooneka kwenye picha hapa chini...

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Ukarabati wa Kanisa la Anglikan - Mkunazini Zanzibar

The Anglican Christ Church Cathedral linafanyiwa ukarabati mkubwa katika kipindi cha zaidi ya miaka 140. Kanisa hili lilijengwa mwaka 1873 katika ujenzi uliochukua takribani miaka 10.

Picha kwa hisani ya Kathryn Rossiter

Monday, 2 February 2015

Zanzibar Has the Best Proximity to Maternity Care in Africa

Zanzibar — PROXIMITY to healthcare facilities is no longer a problem in Zanzibar, the Deputy Minister for Health, Mr Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, has said.

Mr Kombo informed Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives that the Islands have the best proximity to healthcare facilities compared with any nation in Africa.

"Pregnant mothers in Zanzibar, including in rural areas no longer live far away from healthcare facilities providing maternal services.

The longest distance to maternal care centre is 3.5 kilometres surpassing the five kilometre distance recommended by the WHO," said Mr Kombo.

The deputy minister was responding to the question from Ms Panya Ali Abdalla (Women-CCM) who asked as to why maternal mortality is on rise in Zanzibar. She asked whether poor access to health care, which results in delayed attendance, led to the increase.

Mr Kombo said that each health centre which provides maternal services has at least three trained staffs capable of attending 20 pregnancies, but women who visit health facilities to give birth is normally between three and five.

He said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other development partners recommend Zanzibar's efforts in improving health services, and that the reasons behind the fluctuating maternal mortality include normal pregnancy complications and heavy reliance on Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs).

Statistics collected at the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital shows 77, 62, 103 and 80 maternal deaths in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively.

The deputy minister urged leaders at all levels to encourage mothers to deliver at the official health centres instead of going to the untrained TBAs.

By Issa Yussuf,DN

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Namba Mpya Za Magari Zanzibar

Namba binafsi kwa vyombo vya moto kuanza kutumika Zanzibar...

Picha kwa hisani ya Zanzinews