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Mkutano Mkuu wa Dharura wa UTPC, wapitsha Mpango Mkakati wa UTPC 2016 – 2020

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Wajumbe katika Mkutano Mkuu wa Dharura wa UTPC wa mwaka   2016

Mkutano Mkuu wa wanachama wa Muungano wa Klabu za Waandishi wa Habari nchini (UTPC), umepitisha Mpango Mkakati wa UTPC 2016 – 2020 ambao umefanyiwa marekebisho na mfadhili Sida.

Mkutano huo ambao ulifanyika tarehe 6 na 7 Oktoba, jijini Mwanza, ulifunguliwa na Rais wa UTPC Bw. Deo Nsokolo ambaye katika hotuba yake  aliwaambia wajumbe kwamba UTPC imepata fedha kutoka kwa mfadhili Sida na kwamba sasa kazi zitaanza rasmi baada ya Mkutano Mkuu huu kumalizika.

Hata hivyo Rais aliwaambia wajumbe kwamba, katika Mpango Mkakati huu, UTPC itashughulikia suala la kuanzishwa kwa chama cha wafanyakazi cha kutetea maslahi ya waandishi wa habari.

Pamoja na mambo mengine wajumbe wa Mkutano Mkuu walipitisha maazimio kadha wa kadha ikiwemo mabadiliko ya katiba ya UTPC ambapo sasa UTPC itakuwa na Bodi ya Udhamini na mtaalamu wa masuala ya fedha ambaye ataingia kwenye Bodi ya Wakurugenzi.

Mbali na azimio hilo lakini pia wajumbe wa Mkutano Mkuu walijadili kuhusu muswada wa sheria ya habari na namna bora ya kufikisha maoni yao kabla ya muswada huo kupitishwa rasmi.

Katika majadiliano kuhusu kutoa maoni ya muswada wa sheria, wajumbe walikubaliana kuiomba Serikali kuongeza muda zaidi kwa waandishi wa habari kujadili na kutoa maoani juu ya Muswada wa Sheria ya Habari.

Lakini pia wajumbe wa mkutano mkuu walipitisha azimio la kuiagiza Bodi ya wakurugenzi ya UTPC kutafuta fedha kwa ajili ya kufanya Mkutano utakao wakutanisha wanachama wa UTPC ili kutoa maoni yao kuhusu muswada wa sheria ya habari.

Pia katika mkutano huo, taarifa za utekelezaji na ukaguzi wa hesabu za UTPC kwa mwaka 2015 zilipitishwa.

 

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NEW UTPC BAORD INAUGURATED

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An incoming 10 – member UTPC Board, voted in office during Members General Meeting (MGM), held in Morogoro On 7th November, 2015, was officially inaugurated on 23rd, November, 2015 at Mwanza’s Eden Palace Hotel. 

The brief but colourful function was graced by a renowned media stakeholder, Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) Executive Director, Mr Ladislaus Mwamanga, during which he presented a UTPC Constitution and Board Charter to the Board Members, to enable them to fulfil their oversight obligations efficiently.

The newly- elected  Board Members, with respective regional Press Clubs in brackets, include  Mr Deogratious Nsokolo who is UTPC President (Kigoma), his Vice -  President, Ms Jane Mihanji (Dar City)and Mr Habel Chidawali

(Central).

Others are Ms Anna Makange (Tanga), Mr Frank Leonard (Iringa), Ms Pendo Mwakyembe (Mara), Mr Abdalah Abdulrahaman Mfaume (Zanzibar), Ms Stella Ibengwe (Shinyanga), Mr Andrew Kuchonjoma (Ruvuma) and Ms Salma Abdul (Tabora).

A social worker himself, the TASAF Executive Director challenged the Board, seven of whom are new faces, to play their part in terms of overseeing the Secretariat strictly in compliance with servant hood principle, considering that they are being regarded as powerful and exceptionally influential mass – communicators.   

To his understanding, he emphasized, it is only an efficient and effective Press Clubs, which they represent, that can guarantee the country lasting peace and tranquility and, for that reason, the Board members ought to uphold high degree of professionalism in the course of fulfilling their day – to - day obligations.

Responding to Mr Abubakar Karsan, UTPC Executive Director who had earlier on pleaded with the TASAF boss for furnishing an Information and Resource Centre (belonging to the former) with equipment, Mr Mwamanga gave a pledge that he would certainly consider such a request.

However, he advised the new Board to relentlessly strive to work in closer partnerships with as a wide range of media stakeholders as possible to make UTPC stay afloat always.

A retired President, Mr Kenneth Simbaya was also in attendance, prompting Mr Mwamanga to pay glowing tribute to UTPC for smoothly ensuring a total of four leadership successions, since UTPC was inaugurated 17 years ago.  

Conveying his greetings at the historic event, Mr Simbaya simply congratulated the new Board members and wished them all the best of luck, urging them to execute their duties with innovativeness.

For his part, Mr Nsokolo showered the TASAF Executive Director with praise for accepting UTPC’s invitation to come and witness the inauguration ceremony, bearing testimony to how he cooperates with other organizations, as UTPC itself strives to speak for the disadvantaged ‘voiceless’ lot.

Echoing with the President’s remarks, Ms Jane, in her capacity as Vice – President, described Mr Mwamanga as among very few truly good hearted media stakeholders and pledged that UTPC will take notice of  the TASAF Executive Director’s’ piece of advice.

Soon after the inauguration ceremony, the newly elected members underwent an induction course at the UTPC premises aimed at equipping them with leadership skills in their capacity as Board Members.

UTPC Executive Director, Mr. Abubakar Karsan (left) welcoming invited guest who made a courtesy visit to UTPC offices located along Balewa Road in Mwanza recently. The visitors constituted newly-elected UTPC Board Members and invited guests who were in attendance at the inaugural ceremony.

TASAF Executive Director, Mr. Ladislaus Mwamanga (left) cutting a ribbon to signal official inauguration of newly-elected UTPC Board Members.

TASAF Executive Director Mr. Ladislaus Mwamanga (Centre) handing a Board Chatter and UTPC Constitution to UTPC President, Mr. Deogratius Nsokolo during inauguration ceremony, held recently at Eden Palace Hotel, in Mwanza. Looking on (right) is UTPC Executive Director Mr. Abubakar Karsan UTPC Board Members taking part in an induction course at UTPC Premises in Mwanza recently

 

 


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Mafunzo ya uongozi na usimamizi wa fedha yafanyika kwa klabu za waandishi wa habari.

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 Viongozi wa iringa press club wakiwa katika mafunzo ya  uongozi na usimamizi wa fedha

Mafunzo  ya Uongozi na Usimamizi wa fedha yanaendelea katika klabu zote za Waandishi wa Habari Tanzania.

Mafunzo hayo yana lengo la kutoa maelekezo kwa viongozi wa klabu za waandishi wa habari nchini, namna bora ya kutunza na kusimamia matumizi ya vifaa na rasilimali fedha  kwa faida ya klabu na wanachama wake .

Pia mafunzo hayo yamelenga kuongeza uelewa wa namna klabu za waandishi wa habari zitakavyo toa huduma bora kwa wadau wa habari ili kuharakisha maendeleoa yao binafsi na mkoa kwa ujumla .

Klabu ambazo tayari zimepatiwa mafunzo mpaka sasa ni pamoja na Mwanza , Mara, Simiyu, Pemba,  Zanzibar, Mbeya,  Iringa,  Mtwara, Ruvuma,  Lindi  , Arusha, Tanga, Central , Shinyanga,  Dar es Salaam na Morogoro .

Mafunzo haya yanatolewa kwa viongozi wa ngazi za juu wa Klabu ambao ni Mwenyekiti, Makamu Mwenyekiti, Katibu Mkuu,  Kaimu Katibu Mkuu,  

Mwekahazina  na Mratibu wa klabu.

Katika mafunzo haya miongozo miwili imetengenezwa  ambayo  ni  Mwongozo wa Kanuni  na Taratibu za  Matumizi ya Fedha na Mfumo wa Uandishi wa Vitabu vya Hesabu kwa Klabu za Waandishi wa Habari, pamoja na Mwongozo wa Klabu za Waandishi wa Habari wa Namna ya Kutoa Huduma kwa  Wadau.

Miongozo hii imeanza kutumika rasmi na klabu zote za Waandishi wa Habari  Tanzania ambazo zimeshapewa mafunzo.

 

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New UTPC Board of Directors put in place

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The newly elected members of UTPC Board of Directors, posing for picture with UTPC Executive Director, Mr. Abubakar Karsan

A new UTPC Board of Directors, comprising complete seven new faces, is already in place following a two - day Members General Meeting (MGM), held at Morogoro’s Flomi Hotel in the recent past.

It is a Kigoma Press Club (KGPC) Chair, Deogratius Nsokolo who has taken the helm, thus succeeding an outgoing UTPC President, Mr Kenneth Simbaya in the process, on the one hand.

But on the other, Ms Jane Mihanji, also Dar City Press Club (DCPC) Chair becomes Vice - President for the second term in a row.

Other Board Members, whose three - year tenure officially ends on September, 2018, include Mr Andrew Kuchonjoma, Mr Habel Chidawali, Mr Frank Leonard and Mr Mfaume Abdalah Abdulrahman who are Chair persons of Ruvuma Press Club (RPC), Central Press Club (CPC), Iringa Press Club (IPC) and Zanzibar Press Club (ZPC) respectively.

Others are Ms Anne Makange  and Ms Pendo Mwakyembe, both of whom are Secretaries of Tanga Press Club (TPC) and Mara Regional Press Club (MRPC) respectively, Ms Stella Ibengwe of Shinyanga Press Club (SPC) and Ms Salma Abdul of Tabora Press Club (TBPC), both of whom are Treasurers.

Mr Nsokolo, Mr Kuchonjoma and Ms Jane are serving in their capacity as Board Members for the second term in a row, in strict compliance with UTPC Constitution which embraces a principle of continuity whereas the rest are simply new faces.

In his thanksgiving remarks, the new President called upon his fellow Board Members in particularly and all high – profile Press Clubs’ office – bearers at large, all of whom constitute UTPC General Meeting members, to work relentlessly in a team work spirit to realize cherished set goals, for their own benefit and those of their respective communities.

In turn, Ms Jane simply pledged to fulfill all his promises that she gave during an election campaign as well as work closely with the entire Board.


The Executive Director of UTPC, Mr Abubakr Karsan, for his part, acknowledged that the election has left, particularly contestants, with fresh scars which need to be healed urgently by uniting them all and that such a task constitutes one of his top priorities

Journalists’ efforts to fight for press freedom bear fruit

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Right to Access Information and Media Services Bills are most likely to be tabled on the basis of 2003 policy, during this year’s (2016 / 2017) Budget session due in Dodoma with effect from June, 2016.

Journalism practitioners and media stakeholders at large must have sighed with relief, following such assurances contained in a speech delivered by an Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Minister; Mr Nape Nnauye at Malaika Beach Resort, where this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) was commemorated at national level.

He reaffirmed that the Fifth – Phase Government, of which he is part, is determined to uphold and enhance press freedom as well as freedom of expression as enshrined in the law of the land.

He cited recent research findings which suggest that of 180 countries the world over, Tanzania occupies 71st  slot globally, 11th position in Africa and is leading in East Africa, as a clear testimony to how Tanzania upholds press freedom and an individual’s freedom of expression, strictly in compliance with Article 19 of the UN  Declaration of Human Rights.

Mr Nnauye equally pledged in front of hundreds of local journalism practitioners drawn from across the country, media stakeholders and a significant number of representatives of international Organizations, that in the same spirit, his Government is equally ready to take part in a round – table talks with all media stakeholders to see how best a bitter controversy over live Parliamentary sessions broadcasting can be mitigated.

To that end, he suggested that the media stakeholders, on their side, form a real representative committee for the talks, which will also involve the Parliament itself.

Theme of this year’s WPFD, characterized by a two – day symposium, reads, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms. This is your Right!” and based on that, in the end  a booklet on Gender Policy for Community Media was officially launched and five resolutions in total passed, seeking to heal wounds that journalism practitioners have long sustained, in the course of fulfilling their professional obligations.

The resolutions are as follows:

  1. Journalism practitioners and media stakeholders should follow up closely/ make to use, an avenue opened by Government, in relation to tabling to Parliament of Right to Access Information and Media Services Bills.
  2. Formation of a representative committee at a round table talks between journalism practitioners/ stakeholders and the Parliament to deliberate on controversy over live Parliamentary sessions broadcasting
  3. Government and related coercive organs should be extremely cautious when it comes to dealing with journalism practitioners who are on duty
  4. The judiciary ought to see to it that it reaches a verdict soonest, in relation to a police officer implicated in the late Daudi Mwangosi’s brutal killing in Iringa in 2012.

Cyber Crime Act , 2015 be amended to incorporate a section that guarantees safety of whistle blowers

 
 

Training to press clubs members have started

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A total number of 486 journalists who are member of 27 press clubs are going to be trained on various disciplines within a span of three (3) months.

According to the statement released by UTPC, Executive Director, Abubakar Karsan, the training, are a result of a Training of trainers that has recently taken place at Nashera Hotel, in Tanga region.

He mentioned the subjects for training as Court reporting, health reporting, online journalism and feature writing.

Others are human rights and good governance, policy analysis  and budget tracking and investigative journalism.

Trainers that have been selected and who have undergone a training of trainers are Fili Karashani, Joyce Kabigi, Deodatus Balile and Mnaku Mbani.

Others are Donald Kasongi, Dr Ahmed Twaha and Charles Kayoka.

All press clubs leaders have been notified about the training.

Four newly - founded Press Clubs get a boost

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Four newly – founded Press Clubs, based in equally new regions of Geita,  Njombe, Katavi and Simiyu, are so lucky for being provided with modern working equipment, donated by National Micro – finance Bank (NMB), Mwanza Branch, for the first time in UTPC’s history.

The Bank’s Managing Director (MD), Ms Ineke Bussmaker handed brand new 16 desk top computers, 4 laptops and 4 printers, all worth some 28.0m/=, over to Executive Director of UTPC, Mr Abubakar Karsan, at a short but relatively colourful ceremony, held at its premises, along Balewa Road, in Mwanza, on 21st April, 2016.

UTPC will, in its capacity as an umbrella body for Press Clubs currently scattered all over United Republic of Tanzania, hand 4 desk top computers, a laptop and a printer over to each of the aforesaid newly founded Press Club, just  shortly so the recipients could be able to match older ones.

Saying such a donation is in strict compliance with social responsibility principle, by which her Bank always abides,  Ms Ineke contended,  in front of a sizeable number of local journalism practitioners invited to come and cover the event,  that annually NMB sets aside 1% of the profit generated for the country’s  supporting health facilities and the press, which she described as a catalyst for transparency and accountability.

Accompanied by the NMB, Kenyatta Rd Branch Manager, Mr Amos Magusi and the Bank’s Zonal Manager, Mr Abraham Augustine, the CEO said pieces of  the aforesaid modern devices donated would enable the four Press Clubs’ members in particular and the media fraternity at large to fulfill their professional obligations well enough.

She expressed optimism, therefore, that the recipients would put the equipment to judicious use, as planned, in processing and subsequently disseminating new stories and feature articles / documentaries.

On his side, Geita Press Club (GPC) Chairperson, Mr Daniel Limbe, who is among the beneficiaries, expressed his gratitude to NMB saying he is extremely delighted to see his Club being one of the luckiest media institutions to receive the equipment. He was speaking on behalf of fellow leaders of the new Press Clubs.

Earlier on, Mr Karsan, who took the initiative to request for the equipment, gave the NMB officials a full briefing on what UTPC and Press Clubs are all about, pivotal roles they play in the society.

He then handed the UTPC Strategic Plan 2016 – 20120 over to Ms Ineke, apparently for her to be able to go through it and see what NMB can do about it.  An outgoing Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013, implemented much to the Swedish International Development Agency’s satisfaction, officially drew to its close on 31st December, 2013.

 

NMB Managing Director (MD) Ms. Ineke Bussmaker (right) handing modern working devices over to UTPC Executive Director, Mr. Abubakar Karsan. The equipment donated by NMB meant for four newly-founded Press Clubs of Geita, Njombe, Katavi and Simiyu
NMB Managing Director (MD), Ms. Ineke Bussmaker (right) receiving a copy of UTPC Strategic Plan 2016 -2020 from Mr. Abubakar Karsan, UTPC Executive Director at equipment handing over ceremony held in Mwanza.

TANZANIA PARTICIPATION TO EAIGF IMPRESSIVE

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Stakeholders in attendance at a EAIGF meeting following Mr. Kenneth Simbaya’s presentation

Tanzania participation to East African Internet Governance Forum 2015 was impressive.

The Tanzania delegation was led by the Chair of Tanzania National Internet Governance Forum’s. Steering Committee Mr Kenneth Simbaya and the UTPC Executive Director  Mr Abubakar Karsan.

Mr Simbaya presented the Tanzania report to the forum, which explained what his committee had done in respect of the organization of the country IGF.

He said the NIGF Steering Committee met prior to the national IGF and deliberated on various matters, such as the topics to be discussed, venue and the list of the stakeholders to be invited.

On the major issues that were discussed at the national IGF, Simbaya said national security was paramount. The participants expressed their concerns on the system on the national IDs to be protected against hackers.

Another issue that featured prominently in the forum, was online child protection, Simbaya added.

Cyber crimes was also discussed a lot, to the extent that many were worried about cyber crime act recently passed to impact their freedom to use internet negatively.

This year’s EAIGF which has justly concluded, was held in Kampala and attended by 60 participants, from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi.

At the end of the forum, it was agreed to strengthen the coordination of EAIGF. The Ugandan focal point Ms Lilian Nalwoga has been tasked to come up with the proposal on how to approach the matter.

Modern furniture distributed to all Press Clubs

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 High-ranking leaders of Press Clubs based in Lake Zone Regions Tabora, Dodoma, Mwanza and Shinyanga admiring pieces of Furniture on display, before receiving them from UTPC Executive Director, Mr. Abubakar Karsan (left) in Mwanza on 18th December 2015.

Union of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC), in its capacity as an umbrella body,  has started distributing pieces of furniture to all 27 Press Clubs, scattered all over United Republic of Tanzania, with effect from 18th December, 2015.

A total of six Press Clubs based in Lake Zone Regions of Mwanza, Mara, Kagera and Shinyanga and those of Tabora and Dodoma, constitute the first batch of recipients of three chairs and a table each.

High – ranking office bearers of the aforesaid Press Clubs who received the furniture at the brief handing – over ceremony, held at UTPC premises along Balewa Road, in Mwanza City, include Mara Regional Press Club (MRPC) Secretary, Ms Pendo Mwakyembe and Kagera Press Club (KPC) Vice – Chair, Ms Jane Lwomile.

Others are Ms Rachel Kibwete who is Central Press Club (CPC) Vice - Chair, Chair of Shinyanga Press Club (SPC), Mr Kadama Malunde, Tabora Press Club (TBPC) Secretary, Mr William Mahimbo and Mwanza Press Club (MPC) Treasurer, Ms Pauline David.

Speaking shortly before handing over the modern furniture, UTPC Executive Director, Abubakar Karsan hinted that the exercise was strictly in compliance with an Activity Plan, 2015 and that phase II distribution to the remaining 21 Press Clubs is to take place with as immediate effect as possible.  

However, in apparent reference to the past experience, Mr Karsan cautioned them about abusing their offices by unilaterally hoarding Press Clubs equipment so that other members will not make use of them.

As regional development entry points, , he stressed, Press Clubs ought to utilize the equipment and other office valuables, provided by the donors and well-wishers, with the aim of fulfilling set sacred servant hood obligations as per President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli’s famous “Hapa Kazi Tu” slogan.

“You can only do so successfully if you relentlessly uncover social evils, highlight peoples’ nation – building efforts, help Government of the day live to Tanzanians’ higher expectations and uphold professional ethics, to mention but a few”, the Executive Director contended.

Welcoming the Press Clubs leaders earlier on, UTPC Programme Officer responsible for Administration and Procurement, Ms Hidla Kileo said four newly – founded Press Clubs of Njombe, Geita, Katavi and Simiyu would, later on, be provided with four table computers, a laptop, a radio receiver, a photocopier, a video camera, a still camera, a projector and its screen, a printer, a lamination and a binding machine each, in addition to 10 pieces of chair and a table.

“This is all aimed at enabling them to match for the older 23 Press Clubs in terms of keeping abreast of current situation”, she emphasized

 

UTPC Executive Director, Mr. Abubakar Karsan (right)  handing pieces of furniture over to Ms. Pendo Mwakyembe, Secretary of Mara Regional Press Club (MRPC) at short ceremony,  held in Mwanza on 18th December 2015.

 

NIGF HELD SUCCESSFULLY

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NIGF delegetees at their group photo 

Stakeholders of National Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), have resolved to put more efforts in addressing challenges affecting internet resource.

They advised the NIGF Steering Committee, to publicize the forum so that other stakeholders especially mobile phone operators, should attend.

Emphasizing the importance of cyber security in the in the country, they challenged TZNIC to reduce the registration fee of .tz as compared to .com.

On the importance of national security, they stressed the need of having national IDs for every citizen, as well as securing cyber traffic.

The forum was officially opened by Engineer Sunday Richard from TCRA on behalf of the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Director General Dr Yahaya Simba.

Eng Richard who is the TCRA Director of Telegraphic Monitoring, thanked various stakeholders who made it possible for the forum to take place.

Six presentations were presented and deliberated upon by the participants.

Those presentations are spectrum availability white space spectrum and internet penetration in Tanzania by Dr Emmanuel Manasseh, understanding cyber laws in Tanzania by Said Kalunde and Development on internet in Tanzania in TTCL perspective by Florent Mtuka.

Others are National IDs and information society by Alphonce Malibiche, Adoption of .tz domain name by Sarah Mhamilwa and Online Children protection by Dr Jim Yonaz.

Since 2008 UTPC has been organizing for the National Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) in Tanzania, and support the participation of Tanzania to regional and global IGF.

This year’s NIGF has been supported by TZNIC, UNESCO, COSTECH, IFM, Tanzania Institute of Technology and Tanzania Global Learning Centre.

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