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#MVLiemba, Investments, Cities and Football

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Zitto Kabwe and Mrs. Anke Pöksen

Zitto Kabwe and Mrs. Anke Pöksen

On Friday 21st June 2013 I visited the Government of Lower Saxony in Hannover for a discussion about deepening the partnership between Tanzania and Lower Saxony. The discussion was led by the Government Spokesperson Mrs. Anke Pöksen (photo) in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment, the head of International Office and the Chief of Protocol.

It was principally agreed that the bilateral cooperation be  built in the period between 2013 to 2015 as a climax of the partnership whereby partnership agreement will be signed in Tanzania. The year 2013 marks the 100 years since MV Liemba was built in the city of Papenburg, and 2015 marks the 100 years since MV Liemba was put on Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma.

During this period from 2013 to 2015 the partnership between Tanzania and Lower Saxony will be formalized, several activities carried out and finally a German delegation will travel to Tanzania.

It was emphasized that, In order to create best synergies and links the partnership should first seek to establish a continuation of the rehabilitation of the MV Liemba, support business investments and softer diplomacy like cultural activities and cities cooperation. Tanzania will have to appoint 3 football clubs to be brought into partnership with 3 clubs in Bundesliga from Lower Saxony – VfL Wolfsburg, Hannover 96 and Braunschweig. Proposed city cooperation are for Mtwara with Wilhamshafen, Mbeya with Hannover and Kigoma with Papenburg.

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June 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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Photos from #GermanAfricaInitiative December 9-11 2012 in Berlin

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December 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

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Comment on the use of social media and politics in #Tanzania #GermanAfricaInitiative

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I  was answering the following question in a panel debate during the ‘Africa Initiative’ in Berlin on December 11 2012:

‘Mr. Kabwe, you are among the youngest parliamentarians in Tanzania and you are using primarily Twitter to communicate with your fans and friends. Can social media reduce corruption and lethargy in African democracies?’

(Part of the answer to the question is inserted below. The question is explained in German at the beginning of the video clip. Please note that the quality is a  bit shaky at the beginning, but improves.)

Social media in itself cannot reduce corruption or create democracy. It is a tool, and it works differently in different African countries.

I use both ways, traditional way of communicating through political rallies etc. I definitely believe that social media has made information easier to access, and that it brings a new level of interactivity between the media and the people, but also between politicians and other leaders and people.

I was recently interviewed by one of the leading social media platforms in East Africa (www.JamiiForums.com). It was a record interview, 8 hours consecutively where I responded to 85 very pertinent questions in a day, gathered from members of the forum. The people who asked these questions were from everywhere in the world. The interview is still accessible and anyone visiting the page can read and comment. This would not be possible through traditional media. An 8 hours long interview, I believe, is the longest one any politician has been subjected to.

Through my personal blog (www.zittokabwe.com), Facebook Pages and Twitter account (@zittokabwe), followers could read and react on the private motion I had on billions of Tanzanian shillings in Swiss accounts by Tanzanian citizens. The motion was passed by the Parliament that the Executive must investigate the Swiss billions held by Tanzanians and report back to the Parliament during the April 2013 parliamentary session.

In April 2012 I moved a motion in Parliament to censure a Prime Minister following misuse of public funds by ministers as evidenced by the Controller and Auditor General. I used social media (primarily Twitter) to ask citizens to call their MPs to sign a petition (hashtagged #sahihi70) – 70 signatures needed to qualify to move a vote of no confidence against a Prime Minister (#VoteOfNoConfidence). My party has 48 MPs only, but the petition was signed by 75 MPs. It was an uncomfortable topic for some members of the ruling party but with all the attention drawn on these issues through independent social media it was hard for the government to ignore the issue and they had to respond to questions. Eventually the President sacked 8 ministers including Ministers of Finance and Energy, key ministries.

Social media was very instrumental in both of these examples I have given. Social media is also an accountability tool used by citizens to reach politicians. I am regularly questioned a number of issues on social media and I respond. I am asked questions by people who would never get such an opportunity because of the distances the traditional media keep between politicians and the people.

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December 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Debating ‘Models of development cooperation in the context of partnerships, experience of German and African border crossers’ #GermanAfricaInitiative:

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Zitto Kabwe and Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development

Zitto Kabwe and Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development

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Rahime Diallo and Zitto Kabwe in debate

Rahime Diallo from the African Diaspora  Policy Centre in The Haag and Zitto Kabwe in debate on the role of diaspora for Africa’s development.

Read the presentation here: Models of development cooperation in the context of partnerships,

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December 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Germany’s Federal Minister for Development Dirk Niebel, wants to Help the Serengeti

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17.02.2011

PRESS RELEASE

Niebel wants to help Serengeti

Serengeti shall not die - for Minister Niebel more relevant than ever

Serengeti Shall Not Die – newly relevant

On Thursday, German Development Minister Dirk Niebel visited the Frankfurt Zoological Society, which has been working to help protect the Serengeti ever since the activities of Professor Grzimek almost 50years ago. During his visit, he presented a new proposal made in the context of the debate about an envisaged road across the national park. This debate is based on the Tanzanian government’s plan to build a 54-kilometre road across the Serengeti National Park so as to advance the development of rural areas in northern Tanzania. In the international community, the plan has met with concern.

“If the road was built as planned, this would have irreversible consequences for this world heritage site, especially with regard to the annual migration of 1.3million animals,” Niebel said. “Our initiative, by contrast, shows a way in which Germany, through its development cooperation, can help achieve win-win solutions that accommodate the perfectly reasonable development interests of neglected rural areas in Tanzania without irreversibly destroying this world-famous, unique ecosystem,” the Minister said.

The German proposal involves the following elements: Germany recognises the economic benefits of an improved road infrastructure. Germany is willing, within the framework of its development cooperation, to undertake a study on how to link the districts north of the Serengeti (especially Loliondo) to the existing road network (without crossing the Serengeti) and on actions for rural development in the region, and to use existing German funds to finance implementation.

In addition, Germany will take part in an international feasibility study on what is called the “southern bypass”. Germany wants to encourage other donors to give financial support to the implementation of alternative routes as part of a donor consortium. As part of its offer, Germany is calling on the Tanzanian government to ensure that such solutions would be sustainable by passing a political moratorium on the construction of commercial roads through the Serengeti.

This is the first proposal that addresses, in a constructive manner, Tanzania’s justified economic interests while simultaneously protecting the Serengeti in the long term.

During talks in Tanzania last week, the representatives of the Tanzanian government took note of Germany’s proposed package with interest.

During the press conference: FZS Executive Director Christof Schenck, FZS Vice President Prof. Manfred Niekisch and the Minister for Development Dirk Niebel

Background information: For some time now, the Tanzanian government has been planning a trunk road from Arusha to Musoma. According to current plans (what is called the “northern route”), this road would cross the northern Serengeti (54 kilometres), which would entail significant ecological and social consequences for its unique ecosystem. Notwithstanding strong international protests, President Kikwete repeatedly confirmed this plan in public, and he did so again just recently. In late January the draft version of a long-awaited environmental impact assessment for the road was presented. Now broad consultation should follow. The study, however, only deals with ways of reducing risks involved in the northern route but does not give detailed attention to alternative routes that would be economically, ecologically and socially more compatible.

Photos courtesy of: Frankfurt Zoological Society

Frankfurt Zoological Society Press Release

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