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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hon. Membe meets Consul General of India to Zanzibar


Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation today met with Consul General of India to Zanzibar, Mr. Pawan Kumar, who had paid a courtesy visit to the Minister's Office in Dar es Salaam.


Hon. Membe in discussion with Mr. Kumar during their meeting today at this Office.


Hon. Membe meets Consul General of India to Zanzibar

By TAGIE DAISY MWAKAWAGO

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), today met with Consul General of India to Zanzibar, Mr. Pawan Kumar in his office at the Ministry in Dar es Salaam.
Mr. Kumar paid a courtesy visit to the Minister and discussed successful areas of cooperation between Zanzibar and India in particular, solar energy project. 
During their discussion, the Consul General said his Government sponsored six women from Zanzibar and provided practical training in solar power equipment installation in India for six months.
He said that since their return back to Zanzibar, the women have managed to connect electricity to 100 villages.
Mr. Kumar also highlighted new similar solar project his Government has earmarked to embark in Matemwe Village, in the Northern part of Unguja. 
“We are working on setting up training program at the doorstep in Zanzibar instead of training technician all the way to India,” said the Consul General.
On his part, Hon. Membe welcomed and congratulated the Consul General, in particular for his Government’s assistance to Zanzibar in solar energy project. 
“We have had rich traditional history with India in sectors such as  health, information and communication technology,” said Hon. Membe.
Hon. Membe said that he was happy that the solar energy project has taken its course in Zanzibar, serving hundreds of households in the rural areas. 
He further hoped that India’s cooperation through solar energy projects will continue to blossom in both parts of the Union.    

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Membe: Hakuna mtu kusema Ziwa lote ni lake



Waziri Membe akiwa Katumbasongwe

Mhe. Bernard K. Membe (Mb), Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa akiongea na wazee waishio Katumbasongwe, kando ya Ziwa Nyasa ndani ya Wilayani Kyela, Mkoani Mbeya.


Wakazi wa Katumbasongwe walimiminika kwa wingi kumsikiliza Mhe. Membe.


Wazee wa Katumbasongwe wakinyoosha mikono kujitambulisha umri wao wakati wa Mkutano wao na Waziri Membe uliofanyika jana Wilayani Kyela, Mkoani Mbeya.  Wazee walio weka mikono juu wana umri kati ya miaka 60 hadi 85. Waziri Membe alikuwa Mkoani humo kwa ziara ya siku mbili ambapo alitembelea maeneo na makazi ya wananchi waishio ufukweni mwa Ziwa Nyasa.



Waziri Membe akiwa Matema


Waziri Membe akiongea na wakazi wa Matema, Wilayani Kyela ambapo aliwasihi waendelee na shughuli zao za kujiletea maendeleo.  Aidha, Mhe. Membe alisema Serikali inajitahidi kadri iwezavyo kutafuta suluhisho la mgogoro wa mpaka wa Ziwa Nyasa kati ya Tanzania na Malawi. 

Wakazi wa Matema, waishio katika ufukwe wa Ziwa Nyasa, Wilayani Kyela wakimsikiliza Waziri Membe alipowatembelea jana.


Waziri Membe (hayupo pichani) pia alipata fursa ya kuongea na wazee wa Matema ikiwa ni sehemu ya mwisho wa ziara yake ya siku mbili Mkoani Mbeya.  Katika mazungumzo yake na wazee hao, Waziri Membe aliwaeleza kuwa ziara hii ni sehemu ya kukusanya ushahidi muhimu kutokana na maelezo ya historia watakazochangia hususan tangu enzi ya ukoloni kuhusu Ziwa Nyasa.



Membe: Hakuna mtu kusema Ziwa lote ni lake
 
Na TAGIE DAISY MWAKAWAGO,
Mbeya
30 Oktoba, 2012

“Hakuna mtu kusema Ziwa lote ni lake,” alisema Waziri Bernard K. Membe (Mb), Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa na kuongeza kuwa lazima kuwe na dhamana inayoonesha mipaka, kanuni na sheria ili kuondoa wingu la shaka yoyote hususan kwa Taifa lolote na wananchi wake. 
Aidha, Waziri Membe aliongeza kuwa Serikali ina jukumu la kumaliza mgogoro wa mpaka wa Ziwa Nyasa kati yake na Malawi, na jitihada muhimu zinafanyika ili kuumaliza kwa amani na utulivu.
Waziri Membe aliyasema hayo jana mjini Mbeya alipokuwa akizungumza na Kamati ya Ulinzi na Usalama ya Mkoa wa Mbeya, ambayo hiko chini ya Uenyekiti wa Mhe. Abbas Kandoro, Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mbeya.
Akiainisha jitihada hizo, Mhe. Membe alisema kuwa Kamati ya Taifa inayojumuisha timu ya wanasheria na wataalamu wa mipaka imeundwa kwa madhumuni ya kutatua mgogoro huo na timu ya Malawi.  Pia kuna timu ya Kikosi Kazi chini ya Waziri Membe, ambayo jukumu lake ni kukusanya nyaraka na kumbukumbu muhimu za mgogoro huo tangu miaka ya 1890 hadi leo.
Kwa mujibu wa maelezo ya Waziri, baada ya Kikosi Kazi kumaliza kazi yake, kitawasilisha rasmi nyaraka kwa Mhe. Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete na kwa Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Serikali ili hatua muhimu za Serikali zifanyiwe kazi.
Aidha, Mhe. Waziri alisema kuwa kuna umuhimu wa kutumia vyombo vingine ili kusaidia kutatua tatizo hili kama vile Jumuiya ya Maendeleo ya Nchi za Kusini mwa Afrika (SADC), Baraza la Uongozi wa Wakuu wa Afrika la SADC (Leadership Forum - SADC), Umoja wa Afrika (AU) na ikiwezekana kuipeleka kesi kwenye Mahakama ya Kimataifa ya Haki (ICJ).
Kwa upande wake, Mhe. Kandoro alisema kuwa hali Mkoani Mbeya ni tulivu na kwamba maisha yanaendelea vizuri.  Alikanusha kuhusu taarifa zisizo za kweli zilizotangazwa kwenye mitandao kwamba mabomu yamerushwa Mkoani Mbeya hususan kwenye maeneo ya mpaka wa Ziwa Nyasa. 
Aidha, Mkuu wa Mkoa aligusia ukamatwaji wa wavuvi na mitumbwi kutoka Malawi ambayo ilikuja ufukweni mwa Tanzania, na kusisitiza kuwa hatua muhimu zilichukuliwa kwa kuzingatia na kuheshimu ujirani mwema.  
Katika ziara yake, Waziri Membe pia alitembelea Ofisi ya Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kyela, Bibi Margareth Malenga, ambapo alipata taarifa kuhusu hali ya ulinzi na usalama katika mipaka ya Ziwa Nyasa, pamoja na mahusiano kati ya Wilaya ya Kyela na Wilaya ya Karonga nchini Malawi. Wilaya ya Kyela iko mpakani mwa Wilaya ya Karonga nchini Malawi.
Akisoma taarifa ya Wilaya yake, Bibi Malenga alisema “hali ya mipaka ni tulivu na kueleza kuwa hivi karibuni, mnamo tarehe 11 Oktoba, 2012 walipata ugeni wa Mhe. Mganda Chiume, Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Malawi na ujumbe wake akiwemo Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Karonga nchini humo.”  
Kwa mujibu wa Bibi Malenga, lengo la ziara ya Waziri Chiume lilikuwa ni kukagua mpaka wa Ziwa Nyasa kwa upande wao lakini waliona ni vizuri waje Wilayani Kyela kuona hali ya mahusiano ilivyo baina ya wananchi wa upande wa Kyela na wale wa Karonga.   
Akiendelea na ziara yake, Waziri Membe pia alipata fursa ya kuongea na wazee alipotembelea maeneo ya Katumbasongwe na Matema yaliyopo katika ufukwe wa Ziwa Nyasa. 
“Tumekuja hapa kupata ushahidi wenu wa kihistoria tangu enzi ya ukoloni ambao utazisaidia Kamati zilizoteuliwa kutatua mgogoro huu ili ziweze kukusanya kumbukumbu na kufanya kazi ipasavyo,” alisema Waziri Membe. 
Aidha, Waziri Membe aliwahakikishia amani na utulivu wananchi wa Kyela, na kusema kuwa “Serikali inajitahidi kadri iwezavyo kutatua mgogoro huu kwa njia ya kidiplomasia na hata kama ikiwezekana kwenda ICJ.”
Kabla ya kumaliza ziara yake ya siku mbili jana Mkoani Mbeya, Mhe. Membe alitembelea Kasumulu ambapo mpaka wa Mto Songwe hupo, ikiwa ni pamoja na Katumbasongwe na Matema kwenye ufukwe wa Ziwa Nyasa ambapo alizungumza kwa kina na wakazi waishio ufukweni mwa Ziwa hilo.

Mwisho.




Membe: We are committed to settle the Lake Nyasa dispute


 Hon. Membe in Katumbasongwe

Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation is talking to residents of Katumbasongwe, offshore of the Lake Nyasa, in Kyela District - Mbeya Region.  Hon. Membe assured them peace, security and wanted them to continue with their daily activites.


Residents of Katumbasongwe are doing their daily activities near offshore of the Lake Nyasa.

Residents of Katumbasongwe are busy doing their daily activities such as washing dishes and bathing kids.  Witnessing the activities is Journalist and Owner of Jamhuri Newspaper, Mr. Jakton Manyerere (2nd left).


Hon. Membe witnessing some of daily activities of Katumbasongwe residents.  Minister Membe was in Mbeya Region for a two-day tour around the Kyela District and offshore areas near the Lake Nyasa which ended yesterday.



 .....while in Matema


Hon. Membe assured residents of Matema peace and security, asking them to continue with their daily activites. Matema is located in the offshore of Lake Nyasa in Kyela District. During his meeting, Hon. Membe said the Government will to continue its efforts in resolving diplomatically the dispute of Lake Nyasa between Tanzania and Malawi.  


The Matema residents listening to Hon. Membe (not in the photos) explanation of the dispute of Lake Nyasa between Tanzania and Malawi.  Both countries have been in dispute over the Lake Nyasa, whereas Malawi claims ownership of the whole Lake of the area under dispute and Tanzania claims the 50 percent share ownership of the same.
 

   
Daily activities in Matema near the offshore of the Lake Nyasa in Mbeya Region.




  
Fishermen arriving in Matema with their boat, whereas children are playing and bathing on the Lake Nyasa.



Photos by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago  


Monday, October 29, 2012

Meet the children living near Lake Nyasa in Mbeya Region


Photographic portraits of beautiful children living near offshore of the Lake Nyasa in Katumbasongwe and Matema located in Kyela District, in Mbeya Region. 

By Tagie Daisy Mwakawago of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation

  






Children having fun in Katumbasongwe offshore Lake Nyasa, in Kyela District, in Mbeya Region.


Meet our future Miss Tanzania.

Our future leader from Matema near offshore of the Lake Nyasa in Kyela District, in Mbeya Region.


Children in Matema near offshore of the Lake Nyasa in Kyela District, in Mbeya Region.


Waziri Membe akiwa ziarani Mkoani Mbeya



Mhe. Bernard K. Membe (Mb), Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa akisaini kitabu cha wageni leo katika Ofisi ya Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mbeya, wakati akiwa katika ziara ya siku mbili Mkoani humo.


Mhe. Waziri Membe akifafanua kuhusu mgogoro wa Mpaka wa Ziwa Nyasa kati ya Tanzania na Malawi mbele ya Kamati ya Ulinzi na Usalama chini ya Uenyekiti wa Mhe. Abbas Kandoro, Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mbeya.


Baadhi ya wajumbe wa Kamati ya Ulinzi na Usalama Mkoani Mbeya wakimsikiliza kwa makini Mhe. Waziri Membe (hayupo pichani).




Wilayani Kyela, Mbeya

Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kyela, Mhe. M. Malenga akimkaribisha Mhe. Waziri Membe (wa pili kulia), wakati alipotembelea Ofisini yake Wilayani Kyela.  Mhe. Membe yupo Mkoani Mbeya kwa ziara ya siku mbili ambapo atatembelea na kuzungumza na wananchi waishio katika maeneo yaliyopo kando ya Ziwa Nyasa.

Wajumbe mbalimbali waliohudhuria Mkutano wakimsikiliza Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kyela (hayupo pichani).


Balozi Irene Kasyanju (wa pili kushoto), Mkurugenzi wa Kitengo cha Sheria kwenye Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa na Balozi Dkt. Mohamed Maundi (kushoto), Mkurugenzi wa Chuo cha Diplomasia - Kurasini wakisikiliza maelezo ya Mhe. Malenga kuhusu Wilaya ya Kyela.




Safari ya kuelekea kwenye mpaka wa Mto Songwe

Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kyela akiuongoza msafara wa Waziri Membe kuelekea kwenye mpaka wa Mto Songwe uliopo kati ya Tanzania na Malawi.


Mhe. Waziri Membe na msafara wake wakiwa wamesimama kwenye mpaka wa Mto Songwe.


Waziri Membe akiangalia Mto Songwe, huku akitafakari mpaka kwa vile hapo aliposimama kwa ufupi ni nchini Malawi ambapo wananchi wa nchi zote mbili upishana wakiwa katika shughuli zao za kawaida (angalia alama ya tundu lililoko chini ya fensi - kulia).


Mhe. Waziri Membe akiongea na Wajumbe wa msafara wake akiwemo Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mbeya, Mhe. Abbas Kandoro (mwenye shati jeupe mbele ya Waziri), Balozi Irene Kasyanju (wa pili kushoto), Mkurugenzi wa Kitengo cha Sheria kwenye Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa na Balozi Dkt. Mohamed Maundi (kushoto), Mkurugenzi wa Chuo cha Diplomasia - Kurasini.  (Picha hii na Mbaraka Islam)


Makazi ya wananchi wa Malawi kando ya Mto Songwe ambapo mmoja wa wananchi anaonekana akifua nguo (pichani - upande wa kushoto ambao ni ng'ambo ya mpaka kwa upande wa Malawi) wakati wengine (kulia) wanaonekana wakiendelea na shughuli zao za kawaida huku wakiwa tayari ng'ambo ya mpaka kwa upande wa Tanzania.

  
Mhe. Waziri Membe akisalimiana na mmoja wa Machifu kutoka Malawi, Bw. Clement Kyungu Mwakasungura ambaye alikutana naye Kasumulu, Wilayani Kyela - Mkoani Mbeya.

Picha, maelezo na Tagie Daisy Mwakawago


President Kikwete sends congratulatory message to President of Turkey


Jakaya Kikwete - Doug Pitt Named Goodwill Ambassador Of Tanzania Hosted by President Kikwete


H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania has sent a congratulatory message to H.E. Abdullah Gul, President of the Republic of Turkey on the occasion of the National day of Turkey.

The message reads as follows.

“H.E Abdullah Gul,
President of the Republic of Turkey,
Istanbul,
TURKEY.
Your Excellency,
          On behalf of the people and Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and on my own behalf, I wish to convey my sincere congratulations to you, and through you to the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey on the Occasion of the 89th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey.

Tanzania and Turkey enjoy good bilateral relations.  The celebration of your country’s National Day offers yet another opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to continue working with you in further consolidating and strengthening the ties of friendship, cooperation and partnership which exist between the two countries and people.

          Please accept, Your Excellency, my best wishes for your personal good health and continued peace and prosperity for the people of Turkey”.

ISSUED BY: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION, DAR ES SALAAM.

29TH OCTOBER, 2012
 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

PRESS RELEASE



Press Release

Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation is leading a team of Government officials and stakeholders in a two-day official exploratory tour in Mbeya Region. The Minister is expected to visit Kyela District to meet elders and people living around the shore of Lake Nyasa. 
This tour is yet another continuation of the exploratory mission undertook by Hon. Membe with this team last two months ago in Ruvuma Region, whereas they toured Wards of Mbamba Bay, Lituhi, Liuli including Songea District.  It is an effort to brief citizens residing around Lake Nyasa about the ongoing border dispute with Malawi and solicit their views and contributions to the ongoing border talks.
The team is consisted of officials from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, State House, Ministry of Defense and Scholars from various universities.
Tanzania and Malawi have been in dispute over the Lake Nyasa, whereas Malawi claims ownership of the whole Lake of the area under dispute and Tanzania claims the 50 percent share ownership of the same.
The Minister is expected to end his tour on 30 October, 2012.

Issued by,
Government Communication Unit
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
DAR ES SAALAM.

28 October, 2012.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mhe. Waziri Membe nchini Ufaransa kwa Ziara ya Kikazi‏



Mhe. Bernard K. Membe, Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa katika picha ya pamoja na Mwenyeji wake Mhe. Laurent Fabius, Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Ufaransa ofisini kwake jijini Paris leo, Jumatano tarehe 24 Oktoba, 2012.

Mheshimiwa Waziri Bernard K. Membe (Mb.), Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa katika mazungumzo na Mhe. Abdou Diouf, Katibu Mkuu wa La Franchophonie na Rais Mstaafu wa Senegal alipofanya nae mazungumzo ofisini kwake Paris leo. Wa kwanza kushoto ni Mhe. Begum Karim Taj, Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Ufaransa.

Mhe. Waziri Membe na mwenyeji wake Mhe. Abdou Diouf katika picha ya pamoja na ujumbe wao mara baada ya mazungumzo.

Mhe. Waziri Membe na mwenyeji wake Mhe. Abdou Diouf katika picha ya pamoja na ujumbe wao mara baada ya mazungumzo.

Mhe. Waziri Membe Ziarani Ufaransa
Mhe. Waziri Membe yuko nchini Ufaransa kuwasilisha ujumbe maalum wa Mhe. Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Mwenyekiti wa Asasi ya SADC ya Siasa Ulinzi na Usalama kwa Mhe. Francois Hollande, Rais wa Ufaransa.

Mhe. Waziri Membe amewasili leo asubuhi na kufanya mazungumzo na Mwenyeji wake Mhe. Laurent Fabius, Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Ufaransa ofisini kwake jijini Paris. Mhe. Membe aliwasilisha ujumbe wa Mhe. Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Mwenyekiti wa Asasi ya SADC ya Siasa, Ulinzi na Usalama kwa Mhe. Francois Hollande, Rais wa Ufaransa. Tanzania ni Mwenyekiti wa Asasi ya Siasa, Ulinzi na Usalama ya SADC, chombo kinachoshughulikia migogoro na usuluhishi katika ukanda wa SADC.

Baadaye, Mhe. Waziri Membe alifanya mazungumzo na Mhe. Abdou Diouf, Katibu Mkuu wa La Francophonie na Rais Mstaafu wa Senegal.

Mhe. Waziri Membe anatarajia kumaliza ziara yake kesho kwa kukutana na Mshauri wa Rais Hollande wa Masuala ya Afrika.





Japanese Companies plan to create more businesses, jobs in Tanzania


Ambassador Mbelwa Kairuki (left), Director of the Department of Asia and Australasia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation in talks with Honourable Mutakoshi Hirotami (right), Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan when he paid a courtesy visit to his Office in Tokyo, on Tuesday October 23, 2012.


Ambassador Kairuki in a group photo with Executives of Somitomo Corporation, a Japanese based trading Conglomerate Company investing in Tanzania's power sector.  Accompanying him is Mr. Francis Mosongo, Head of Chancery of the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Japan.


Ambassador Kairuki in a photo with Mr. Koshin Komiya, Senior Managing Executive Officer and Director of Nitori Holdings Co., Ltd. when he paid him a courtesy visit at Nitori Head Office in Tokyo, Japan.  In their discussion, Mr. Komiya informed Ambassador Kairuki that his Company intends to invest in Textiles Industry in Tanzania and create 2000 direct jobs.  The industry will also create assured market to cotton farmers in Tanzania. 
 

Ambassador Mbelwa Kairuki (left), Director of the Department of Asia and Australasia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation in a photo with Honourable Murakoshi Hirotami (centre), Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr. Francis Mosongo, Head of Chancery at Tanzania Embassy in Japan.  Ambassador Kairuki is in Japan for a working visit where he paid a courtesy call to the Deputy Minister and discussed areas of investment opportunities in Tanzania. 

UN Marks 67th Years Anniversary



Hon. Samuel Sitta (MP), Minister for East African Cooperation saluting the National Anthem, before inspecting the Guard of Honor.  Hon. Sitta was present on behalf of Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, who had previous pertinent engagement.  The ceremony to mark the 67th Anniversary of the United Nations was held today at Karimjee Hall grounds in Dar es Salaam.

Hon. Sitta inspects the Guard of Honor, as part of celebrations to mark 67 years of the United Nations.  

Hon. Sitta observing the raise of flag ceremony, a symbol to mark the 67th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Among the participant attended the United Nations 67th Anniversay, include Ambassador Vincent Kibwana, Director for the Department of Africa (left), in a conversation with one of the Ambassadors who attended the ceremony.

Ambassador Bertha Semu-Somi (2nd left, front roll), Director for the Department of Diaspora at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation listens to Dr. Kacou, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System.


All Photos by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago