Tanzania threatens to dissolve opposition-run municipal council over transparency row

first_imgTanzania’s President elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party’s sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman Tanzania’s President elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party’s sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. REUTERSTanzania threatened on Monday to disband an opposition-led municipal council if it continued to defy the government and maintain membership in a global initiative aimed at creating more open government.The Kigoma Ujiji Municipal Council in northwestern Tanzania run by a relatively small opposition party, ACT-Wazalendo, has vowed to remain in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) as a sub-national member despite central government’s withdrawal, Reuters reports.The government warned the leader of ACT-Wazalendo, Zitto Kabwe, in parliament on Monday that his party would lose the municipal council if it did not immediately withdraw.“A municipal council cannot refuse to comply with a decision made by the central government,” Tanzania’s Good Governance Minister, George Mkuchika, said in parliament.Mkuchika warned that if the council continues to communicate with OGP, the government will take stern measures, which may include disbanding the municipal council.The East African nation joined the OGP in 2011 to promote transparency and accountability in government spending, but withdrew in July. It said it wanted to focus on participation in APRM, a similar peer review system for African governments.The 75-member Washington-based OGP aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.Tanzanian President John Magufuli, has been accused by rights groups of cracking down on opposition. He denies the claims, saying his government respects democracy.Magufuli has been praised by some Western countries for curbing corruption and wasteful government spending since taking office in Nov 2015.last_img read more

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Negrense Nonoy banners UST Tigers in UAAP Season 82

first_imgAdded the Negrense rookie: “Excited na akona makasama ‘yung magagaling at makalaban ko na ‘yung magagaling din. Readynaman ako kung ano’ng ipagawa nila coach.” Holdovers from last year’s Tigers’lineup were team captain Crispin John Cansino, Henri Lorenzo Subido, ZacharyHuang, Dave Ando, Ira Bataller, Enric Caunan, and Nat Cosejo. Mark Nonoy is a former standout of Hua Siong College of Iloilo Red Phoenix. NBA PHOTO “We have nine new players in thelineup but this will be a fighting team come UAAP,” Ayo told Panay News. “Definitely, we will have amuch improved performance as compared to Season 81.” The La Carlota, Negros Occidentalnative guard admitted feeling the pressure ahead of his UAAP collegiate debutbut he vowed to do his best to help the Tigers regain its glory days. The Growling Tigers finished at sixthplace in the Season 81 with 5-9 win-loss slate after playing for most part ofthe season without center Steve Akomo and also losing Cansino later in theseason due to a knee injury./PN Nonoy will be one of the ninenewcomers in head coach Aldin Ayo’s roster aside from Soulemane Chabi Yo, RhenzAbando, Sherwin Concepcion, Vince Cuajao, Brent Paraiso, Albert Bordeos, MiguelPangilinan, and Ferdinand Asuncion. “Tinginko naman ready na ako,” said Nonoy, a former standout of Hua Siong College ofIloilo Red Phoenix. “Binibigyan ako nicoach ng confidence na kaya ko na magsalpak sa college.” MANILA – Negrense guard Mark Nonoywill be among the new faces when the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigerskicks off its campaign in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball this week.last_img read more

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Bracketologist drops Cards post-Jones; UK holds

first_imgCBS Sports “Bracketologist” Jerry Palm dropped Louisville’s basketball team a seed line in his projections this week. As for whether he’ll move the Cardinals down more depends on how they perform without starting point guard Chris Jones, dismissed from the team Sunday. In a new bracket published Monday, Palm lists U of L as the No. 5 seed in his East Region, down from a No. 4 in the Midwest Region last week.He cited an injury to Purdue’s Robbie Hummel in 2010 as one case in which a team lost significant seeding after losing one player. But the bracket expert wrote that, “Typically, where roster issues are involved, the committee will put a little more weight on how a team did with the roster a team is taking into the tournament than otherwise, but they don’t overdo that.“Rarely is there more than a one-seed line difference between what the profile might merit and the actual seed.…We’ll see how Louisville performs without Jones. So far, the Cardinals have lost the one game he missed when he was suspended. That was at Syracuse.” Kentucky remained the No. 1 overall seed, projected to open the NCAA tournament with a pair of games at the KFC Yum! Center, in projections by both Palm and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. ESPN’s Bracketology left U of L, as of Monday, as the Midwest’s No. 4 seed. Palm likes Indiana as the East’s No. 7 seed, whereas Lunardi lists the Hoosiers as the No. 8 in the South, quite a difference with the 8 on pace to play a third-round game against the region’s top seed. The 7 gets the 2 seed. Both experts tab the Ohio Valley Conference’s Murray State as a No. 13 seed at this point — Palm with the Racers in the South and Lunardi with them in the West.last_img read more

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