Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Monday, 22 November 2010

Prof. Sospeter Muhongo's updated curriculum vitae

I have received an updated curriculum vitae from Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, whose CV was posted in this blog recently. It just reminds me that I have some pending academic upgrading to complete.
Prof Sospeter Muhongo, a Tanzanian, is an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences. He is a fellow of eight highly learned professional societies. He was the founding Regional Director of the ICSU Regional Office for Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. Prof Muhongo was the Chair (2007-2010) of Science Programme Committee (SPC) of the UN-proclaimed International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE). He is the Vice President of the Commission of the Geological Map of the World (CGMW). Prof Muhongo is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences (Elsevier) and Associate Editor of Precambrian Research (Elsevier). He is a Full Professor of Geology at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and an Honorary Professor of Geology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prof Muhongo has published over 200 well acknowledged research articles, geological and mineral maps. He has delivered more than 250 keynote speeches around the world at international conferences. Prof Muhongo has been on many STI review/evaluation panels for both national and international institutions and organizations. He has undertaken over 100 contracted scientific research projects, and consultancy services in the mineral industry, environmental issues and STI policy matters. Over the past two decades Prof. Muhongo has co-organized over 100 international STI and science policy conferences, including those on “Science with Africa” which are hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and their partners.

Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, right, speaks at the African-European Georesources Observation System (AEGOS) conference in Dar es Salaam in May 2010. To his right is former Tanzanian minister for Energy and Minerals, William Ngeleja.
Prof Muhongo is a Member of the International Experts Group (Global Science Forum) of OECD. He has occupied numerous important national, regional and international professional positions dealing with science, technology, innovation, earth resources, science policy and science diplomacy. Prof Muhongo is intensively mentoring young scientists, engineers and technologists around the world and has developed a special interest in the application of STI for the sustainable growth and socio-economic development of the global society. Prof Muhongo, recipient of numerous scholarly and professional awards, grants and fellowships studied geology at the Universities of Dar es Salaam and Goettingen (Germany). He graduated with Dr.rer.nat. degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. s.muhongo@bol.co.tz

Prof Sospeter M Muhongo

Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Mwalimu Nyerere/Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb postponed

In a press release I gave out a few days ago, I announced that this year's Mwalimu Nyerere/Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb will take place from 23 to 30 November. I have to postpone the climb yet again for two reasons: first, lack of timely sponsor support, and, second, my guest climber, Jaffar Amin, has caught influenza.

The climb dates will now be from 7 to 14 December, 2010.

Climbing Kilimanjaro involves considerable cost and sponsor support is crucial. I have received limited support and had to postpone the commencement dates to allow receipt of some funding from a sponsor on November 25. I communicated the information to Jaffar proposing  postponement and he informed me he had contracted influenza. Influenza is one item that is not recommended for all those who climb Kilimanjaro. I would have had to postpone the climb until he is fully recovered.

The beneficiaries for this year's climb do not and will not suffer from influenza. Please donate. Some information on them is provided below:

The objective this year is to raise charitable donations from you for one of two (or both) beneficiaries. The first is the Chief Edward Wanzagi Girls’ Secondary School, which was also the beneficiary of the first climb in 2008 when more than $US20,000 was raised. Details of the 2008 climb can be found here:

The school still needs funds to complete various projects including a library, and recreational grounds. I am appealing to you to donate directly to the school’s account whose details are:

Name of Account:
Chief Edward Wanzagi Girls’ Secondary School Fundraising

National Bank of Commerce, Musoma Branch

Account Number:

The second beneficiary is Bukoba Disabled Assistance Project (BUDAP), a Bukoba-based NGO established in 2005 to empower the disabled through training and employment. Details of BUDAP’s activities can be obtained here:

I also appeal to you to donate to BUDAP, whose bank details are:

Name of Account:

National Bank of Commerce, Bukoba Branch

Account Number:

Should you have any questions or require clarification, please send me an email at madaraka.nyerere@gmail.com or call me on +255(0)755 570 795.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Tanzanian elections 2010 in pictures

The Tanzanian general elections on 31st October 2010 had no shortage of flags of rival political parties. In this year's campaigns Chama cha Maendeleo na Demokrasia (CHADEMA) posed the greater challenge to the ruling party, Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

The rivalry between the two political parties is reflected in the photograph, below, showing the flags of both parties flying high on a treetop in the town of Bunda in Mara region, CHADEMA's flying slightly higher.
The National Electoral Commission continues to release results of the presidential elections, with CCM's presidential candidate and incumbent, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, holding a clear lead ahead of other candidates.

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Monday, 1 November 2010

CHADEMA's Vincent Nyerere wins the Musoma Urban parliamentary seat

It is official: Vincent Nyerere of the Chama cha Demokrasia (CHADEMA) has won the parliamentary seat for Musoma Urban in a fierce campaign against outgoing MP, Vedasto Mathayo Manyinyi of the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.

Vincent Nyerere, the elected MP for Musoma Rural constituency, addresses Musoma residents during the recent election campaigns

Official results are as follows:

Vincent Nyerere (CHADEMA)                            21,335 (59.71%)

Vedasto Mathayo Manyinyi (CCM)                     14,072 (39.38%)

Mustapha Juma Wandwi (Civic United Front)           253 (0.71%)

Chrisant Ndege Nyakitita (Democratic Party)             53 (0.15%)

Tabu Saidi Machibya (NCCR - Mageuzi)                  19 (0.05%)      

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