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Sharing Excitement and Challenges of Research Feedback on Decentralized Forest Management in Babati District, Tanzania

Communicating research findings to communities and other stakeholders where research has been successfully completed is a vital an outreach activity. Towards the end of October 2019, feedback activities on research work titled “A novel theory for clarifying successes of decentralized forest management (DFM): Institutional dynamics and performance in Babati District, Tanzania” were undertaken in four villages including Ayasanda, Endanachan , Haraa and Boay, and at Babati District level. The research feedback project was supported by Ford Foundation- the United States of America based organization.

Photo 1 Feedback meeting at Haraa village Babati District Tanzania Near Bereku Forest Reserve

Photo 1: Feedback meeting at Haraa village, Babati District, Tanzania (Near Bereku Forest Reserve)

Process Followed in Conducting Research Feedback in Babati District

At local level, the research feedback was conducted through meetings that involved village leaders, members of village councils and members of village environmental committees who will eventually communicate the message to their constituents at village assemblies and sub-village meetings. At district level, the feedback involved the District Executive Director (DED), the District Forest Officer, District Natural Resources Officer and Forest Officers working with Tanzania Forest Service (TFS).  Two main messages were communicated; first, the message indicating that institutional changes under DFM was associated with positive multi-dimensional outcomes on governance, rural livelihoods and condition of forest resources, and second, the message indicating that more recent Multiple Institutional Logics of Action (MILA) theory is more capable of explaining successes under DFM than conventional rational choice theory that considers cost-benefit calculations only. In contrast, the MILA theory combines three institutional logics- the logic of discourse to explain introduction of new ideas, the logic of appropriateness to explain rejection, adaptation or adoption of new rules and the logic of rational choice (the logic consequentionalism/cost-benefit analysis) to explain the compliance to agreed-upon institutions.  The two messages were shared orally and using a brochure of the MILA theory (in Kiswahili version), which was presented to audience beforehand.

Photo 2 Feedback meeting at Boay village Babati District Tanzania Near Bereku Forest Reserve

Photo 2: Feedback meeting at Boay village, Babati District, Tanzania (Near Bereku Forest Reserve)

 Excitement about Research Feedback in Babati District

Excitement on knowledge generated

The shared knowledge, which was generated from the research work was found useful and reflected the reality both at community and district level. On good governance dimension, the research showed an improved trust between local communities and forest officers after embracing DFM approach. This differs from the period prior to DFM when the relationship between the two actors was at best characterized by mistrust and at times hostile. Accountability of both forest officers to local communities and village forest committee to villagers, and empowerment of local communities in managing forest resources had also occurred. On the livelihoods dimension, there were improved aspects of sustainable livelihoods due to maintained soil fertility following reduced erosion by the presence of increased vegetation cover. On the condition of forest resources, there was an improved forest cover in the four study villages and reappearance of previously disappeared tree species.

Photo 3 Feedback meeting at Endanachan village Babati District Tanzania Near Qaimanda Traditional Forest

Photo 3: Feedback meeting at Endanachan village, Babati District, Tanzania (Near Qaimanda Traditional Forest)

Excitement among village community members and district officials in receiving feedback

There was huge sense of appreciation among members of village communities and at district level alike for seeing a researcher coming back to provide feedback after successfully completion of research work. Research feedback provides an opportunity to researchers to give back to communities as a way of appreciating the valuable information they provided. One of the quotes at village community level was “Mgeni njoo mwenyeji apone; umeleta mrejesho wenye maarifa mapya yanayohitajika “, which translates in English as, “A guest has come for salvaging the host; you have shared very useful knowledge to us”. A quote at district level was ’’huu utafiti umetoa matokeo mazuri sana, tutaendelea kutumia maarifa yake kuimarisha usimamizi wa misitu hapa wilayani Babati’’, This Kiswahili quote translates in English as, “your research has generated a very useful knowledge that the district will use in enhancing management of forest resources in the area”.

Photo 4 Feedback meeting at district level Babati DED Mr. Hamis Malinga second from right near Babati District Council Offices

Photo 4: Feedback meeting at district level (Babati DED, Mr. Hamisi Malinga, second from left, back row, near Babati District Council Offices)

 Challenges encountered in conducting research feedback in Babati District

The research feedback was conducted during the period when key actors and an approach for managing forest resources in the district appear modified towards recentralization. This created a confusion in perspectives among stakeholders at local and district level on how to sustain the successes achieved under decentralized forest management.

Photo 5 Feedback meeting at Ayasanda village Babati District Tanzania All photos in this communication by Dr. Innocent H. Babili

Photo 5: Feedback meeting at Ayasanda village, Babati District, Tanzania (All photos in this communication by Dr. Innocent H. Babili)

 Acknowledgement

Sincere appreciation goes to Ford Foundation for their financial support that enabled carrying out research feedback activities in Babati District. Thanks go to members of village communities, and Babati District Officials who provided their time to receive the feedback. I am also grateful to SUA management for granting permission to do the work.

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Sokoine University of Agriculture Shines at the 2019 Simiyu Nanenane Exhibitions

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has been awarded a certificate and a trophy after emerging the second best winner in the category of High Learning Institutions and Vocation Training at the national level Nanenane Exhibitions held in Bariadi, Simiyu from 1st to 8th August, 2019.

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SUA exhibitors happily holding awards at the climax of the 2019 Nanenane Exhibitions held recently in Simiyu

Various categories of SUA displays impressed at the Nanenane Exhibitions.These categories include processed food, leather goods, Hero Rats for detection of land mines and TB, mobile soil testing kit, plant propagation materials including tissue cultured banana, tree seedlings, timber and non-timber products. Other displays were processing of animal feeds, raising of local chickens, afya data device for identification of zoonotic diseases, diagnosis of animal and fish diseases, their treatments and management, techniques of fighting against elephant poaching, cat urine products for rodent control, mkulima collection and admission information and services for SUA prospective students.

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A section of displays at the SUA pavilion during 2019 Nanenane Exhibitions in Simiyu

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Congratulations to SUA for the successes achieved!
From the office of the Director,
Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Communicating SUA Successes in Conducting Short Course on Fish Farming

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has successfully conducted a short course on fish farming to agricultural entrepreneurs. The training, which involved 33 self-sponsored participants including six females, was conducted from 6th to 9th May 2019 at SUA. Twelve (12) participants came from Morogoro; Nine (9) participants from Dar es Salaam and three (3) participants from Mwanza. Three regions of Dodoma, Manyara and Arusha each had two participants whereas one participant each came from Iringa, Pwani and Singida. The training constituted theory, which was delivered at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Conference Hall and practical, which was conducted at Magadu Farm. 

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Participants of the short course on fish farming following attentively a training session at ICE (Photo by SUAMEDIA)

Course objectives

The course intended to achieve the following:

  •  Participant should be able to understand and explain general concept of fish farming and fish farming best practices in Tanzania
  •  Participant should acquire and practice skills on how to construct fish pond of various type and size
  •  Participant should understand how to fertilize fish pond
  •  Participant should understand how transport and transfer fingerlings from the producer to the fish pond
  •  Participant should understand general concept of fish nutrition, how to prepare feed, how to feed the fish and proper feed storage.
  •  Participant should understand general concept of intergraded fish farming and be able to integrate fish farming, crop production and livestock keeping.
  •  Participant should understand general concept of fish harvesting and be able to harvest fish from the pond.
  •  Participant should understand general concept of record keeping and be able to keep records related to fish farming

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Participants of fish farming short course visiting fish farming demonstrations at Magadu farm, SUA 

Opening ceremony of the training

The opening of the training was officiated by Prof. F. Kahimba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance- A&F), SUA on 7th May 2019. The DVC was thrilled by the number of participants who turned up. He was confident that the commitment showed by participants in the course will be translated into improvement of fish farming practices. Prof. Kahimba recommended that this training should serve as a model for envisaged short courses offered at SUA. He also recommended that similar courses need to be offered at zonal levels. The DVC congratulated the Department of Animal, Aquaculture and Range Sciences (DAARS) and the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) for successfully organizing the course. He commended the efforts of the Head DAARS Prof. Chenyambuga and the trainers, the Director ICE Prof. Mwaseba and the entire outreach team at the Institute. 

Fish Training participants Posing in a photo with Prof KahimbaParticipants of short course on fish farming posing for a photo with Prof. Kahimba, the DVC (A&F), first row (center) during official opening ceremony of the course (Photo by SUAMEDIA)

Facilitation and Coordination

Trainers of the course included Prof. S. Chenyambuga, Dr. R. Mnubi, Dr. B. Mnembuka, Dr. H. Lamtane, Dr. A. Mwandya, Mr. P. Kinyage and Mr. A. Tegemea under the auspice of DAARS. The coordination of the training was done by staff from ICE in collaboration with those from DAARS.

Media coverage of the training

The course was advertised using SUAFM radio, SUA website and SUA Facebook page and was covered by SUAMEDIA.

Closing Ceremony and Awards

The guest of honour Prof. S. Chenyambuga, the Head DAARS presided at the closing ceremony of the training on 9th May 2019. Prof. Chenyambuga thanked and congratulated participants, trainers and coordinators for making the training a success. All participants were awarded certificates of participation at the end of the course for acknowledging their readiness and motivation for utilizing training opportunities available at SUA

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One of the trainees of the short course on fish farming receiving a certificate of participation from the guest of Honor Prof. Chenyambuga (Photo by SUAMEDIA).

Acknowledgment

The Institute of Continuing Education, Department of Animal, Aquaculture and Range Sciences and SUA at large wish to thank participants of the course for using opportunities available at SUA, financing over 90% of training cost including transport, accommodation, meals and incidentals whereas SUA subsidized the training fee. Thanks also go to facilitators and organizing team from DAARS and ICE

 

By:
Dr. Innocent H.Babili
ICE, SUA

TANGAZO LA MAFUNZO YA MUDA MFUPI YA UFUGAJI WA SAMAKI

Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo (SUA) kupitia Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) na Idara ya Sayansi za wanyama, ufugaji wa viumbe majini na nyanda zamalisho kimeandaa mafunzo ya ufugaji wa samaki yatakayofanyika mwezi wa tano, 2019.

Tarehe ya mafunzo : 06/05/2019 hadi tarehe 09/05/2019 kuanzia saa mbili asubuhi hadi alasiri.

Mahali: Ukumbi wa Taasisi wa Elimu ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) uliopo kampasi kuu ya SUA.

Malengo ya mafunzo :Baada ya kumaliza mafunzo mshiriki ;

  • Ataelewa dhana ya ufugaji bora wa samaki
  • Atapata elimu na ujuzi wa ufugaji mseto wa samaki
  • Atapata elimu na ujuzi wa jinsi ya kujenga bwawa la samaki, na jinsi ya kurutubisha bwawa
  • Ataelewa jinsi ya kusafirisha na kupandikiza samaki kwenye bwawa
  • Atapata ujuzi wa kutengeneza chakula cha samaki na kuwalisha samaki
  • Atapata elimu na ujuzi wa kuvua samaki kwenye bwawa
  • Atapata elimu ya kutunza kumbukumbu na umuhimu wake

Aina ya Mafunzo: Mafunzo yatafanyika kwa nadharia na vitendo

Walengwa: Mtu yeyote mwenye nia ya kufuga samaki na aliyeanza kufuga ili kupata mbinu zaidi

Ada ya ushiriki:Hakuna ada ya mafunzo. Mshiriki atajigharamia gharama zote za kujikimu wakati wamafunzo ikiwemo usafiri, malazi, chakula, na kununua kitini cha mafunzo, n.k.

Idadi : Washiriki  30

Vyeti vya kuhitimu:  Mwisho wa mafunzo, mshiriki atatunukiwa cheti cha kushiriki mafunzo

Jinsi ya kuomba: Mwombaji atajaza fomu iliyoambatanishwa hapa chini au anaweza kufika katika ofisi ya Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE).

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Bofya hapa kupakua fomu ya maombi

GRADUATE TRAINING FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS CREATION 

SHORT COURSE ON HORTICULTURAL PLANT PROPAGATION

INFORMATION BRIEF

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) will offer a short course on horticulture because of its huge potential for wealth and job creation across many areas in Tanzania. Horticultural business has therefore the potential of positive impact on the socio economic wellbeing of millions of farm families and young men and women who graduate annually from Universities and other higher educational institutions in Tanzania. This training program is intended to give the required knowledge and skills in developing a profitable horticultural enterprise for self-employment of university graduates.

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 BACKGROUND

Labour force in Tanzania is growing at around 2.3 percent per annum, with new entrants to the labour market estimated at 800,000 to 1,000,000 per year.  Horticulture is one of the fast growing agribusiness subsector with a huge potential for self-employment and job creation.

The foreign exchange generated by the horticulture industry has steadily increased from USD 46.7 per annum in 2006.07 to USD 112.7 million in 2008/09 and USD 127.7 million in 2010/2011.

University graduates have the opportunity to be part of this exciting growth and prosperity and exploit the growing demand of high quality horticultural plant propagation materials and produce.

COURSE OBJECTIVE

The main objective is to develop skilled and competitive graduate workforce capable of effectively fostering Productive Jobs for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth through transformation of Agriculture, Agri-Business and Agro-Processing in Tanzania

PROGRAMME OUTPUTS

Competencies of 90 university graduates in horticultural crop propagation techniques improved in one year

COURSE DURATION

This course module will take two weeks. This module will cover horticultural plant propagation techniques and nursery management. It will be followed by a module on effective horticulture crop production under indoor and open field conditions. The current course will be conducted from 13th—26th May, 2019.

TRAINING APPROACH

The trainings will focus on imparting practical skills in horticulture crops propagation techniques. Propagation will cover vegetable seedlings production and grafting and budding for fruit crops. The crops will include (but not limited to) tomato, cucumber and sweet pepper (vegetables) and citrus, avocado and mango (fruit crops)

The training will use experiential, interactive and adult learning techniques including study visits to selected horticultural enterprises. Experienced horticulture entrepreneurs and experienced stakeholders will be invited to deliver motivational talks and share their practical experiences

ELIGIBILITY

The courses will be delivered to graduates with interest in Horticulture as their carrier business. Applicants will be required to submit a one page motivation letter and  fill application form. Applicants must be ready to meet the cost of their meals, accommodation and travel. Each course slot will train 30 youths. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Completion of this short course will set you on the path of establishing and running a successful horticultural fruit and vegetable nursery business

Send applications by 09/05/ 2019 to:

Project Manager,
Skills Development Project
P.O. Box 3005, Chuo Kikuu
Morogoro, Tanzania
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Exciting interaction between local communities, livestock and wildlife in Ngorongoro conservation area in Tanzania

Who said human beings are not animals? From classification biology of living things, we learn that human beings belong to animal kingdom. Please wait! This article is not about biology; rather it is about exciting and innovative interaction between human beings, livestock and wildlife in Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA). The interaction goes beyond conventional thinking about conservation of natural resources. This article was inspired by the visit of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in September 2018 at Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), which aimed at strengthening collaboration among the two organizations on outreach activities. The university was represented by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SACIDS).

maasai children near grazing livestock around in Ngorongoro Conservation Area TanzaniaA photo showing maasai children near grazing livestock around 17.00 EAT, Sept. 2018 in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania (Consent sought)

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A photo showing maasai houses in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Conventionally, ideas and practices about conservation of wildlife have centered on separating wildlife from human beings. Yet, we understand from traditional life (prior the western ideas of fines and fencing), the separation of human beings from wildlife resources was not common. For example, traditional management and uses allowed the interaction of hunters and gatherers with natural resources including wildlife.

wildlife zebra and maasai livestock grazing together in Ngorongoro Conservation Area TanzaniajpgA photo showing wildlife (zebra) and maasai livestock grazing together in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Areas (NCA) provides an example where external ideas are adapted instead of being adopted as blue prints. Such adaptation respects and embraces multiple interests of local communities including livelihood practices of livestock keepers and conservation at the same time, rather than advocating external perspectives and practices alone, which may not suit social-cultural local context. Combination of multiple uses in NCA is an innovative and middle ground practice that needs sustaining and applied in other similar situations for the benefit of local communities and conservation of wildlife resources.

maasai children during break time around at a primary school located within the surroundings of NCAA Head Quarter

A photo showing maasai children during break time around 10.00 EAT at a primary school located within the surroundings of NCAA Head Quarters (All photos in this article by Dr. Innocent Babili, September 2018)

By
Dr. Innocent H. Babili, Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) - SUA.
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Highlighting the Training for Fish Farming entrepreneurs at Sokoine University of Agriculture

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has successfully conducted a short course for fish farming entrepreneurs drawn. The training was conducted from 2nd to 5th May, 2018 and involved 30 participants including five female. Participants from Morogoro were 22 while participants from Mwanza were three. Kigoma, Dodoma, Mara, Arusha and Kilimanjaro each had one participant. The training used theoretical orientation that was conducted at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Conference Hall and practical, which was conducted at Magadu Farm. 

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SUA yampongeza mwandishi wa habari wa SUAMEDIA kwa kupata tuzo

Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo SUA kupitia Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza ICE kimepongeza mwandishi wa habari wa SUAMEDIA Bw. Calvin Edward Gwabara kwa kuibuka kidedea katika Tuzo ya Mwandishi bora wa habari za Kilimo na Uchumi Kilimo kwa upande wa Radio, tuzo zilizoandaliwa na Baraza la Habari Tanzania MCT 2017.

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Mwandishi wa SUAMEDIA Calvin Gwabara aibuka mshindi wa Tuzo ya Mwandishi bora wa habari za Kilimo na Uchumi Kilimo

Mwandishi wa SUAMEDIA Calvin Edward Gwabara ameibuka mshindi wa Tuzo ya Mwandishi bora wa habari za Kilimo na Uchumi Kilimo kwa upande wa Radio katika tuzo zilizoandaliwa na Baraza la Habari Tanzania MCT 2017. Mwandishi huyo Mwandamizi katika habari za Kilimo amepata Tuzo, Cheti na Zawadi ya fedha, kama mshindi wa Kwanza katika kipengele hicho. Katika tuzo hizo zaidi ya waandishi wa habari 470 kutoka vyombo tofautitofauti vya habari nchini walishiriki na baadae kuchujwa na kubakia 47 ambao waliingia kwenye fainali za kuwania tuzo hizo katika vipengele mbalimbali.
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Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo (SUA) kuimarisha matumizi ya SUAMEDIA ili kuchochea maendeleo ya kilimo na ufugaji nchini

Katika kuhakikisha Elimu itolewayo na SUA inawafikia wadau wengi hasa wakulima na wafugaji, Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) inaendelea kujiimarisha katika kutoa huduma bora za ugani kupitia vipindi vya SUATV na SUAFM Radio.

Akizungumza katika kikao cha kamati ya ugani ya SUA (SUA Outreach Committee), Kaimu Mkurugenzi, Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (Institute of Continuing Education- ICE) Dr. Innocent H. Babili alisema Chuo kinakamilisha utaratibu wa kurusha vipindi vya SUATV kupitia ving’amuzi vingi zaidi ili kuwafikia wadau wengi na hivyo SUA kuchangia katika kuboresha mbinu na kuongeza uzalishaji na tija katika kilimo na ufugaji.

Aidha kitengo cha SUAMEDIA, ambacho ni sehemu ya ICE, kimeanza kupanua huduma zake kwa kushirikiana na wadau wengine hususani radio Clouds FM na TBC FM ambazo zimekuwa zikirusha vipindi vya SUAMEDIA kwa lengo la kukitangaza Chuo na shughuli zake nchini.

Katika kuhakikisha kuwa SUAMEDIA inakuwa na vipindi vingi vya kitaaluma na vyenye ushawishi wa mabadiliko ya teknolojia kwa wakulima na wafugaji, Kamati ya ugani ya SUA imewataka watafiti na wakuu wa ndaki, shule kuu, taasisi, vituo, idara na vitengo mbalimbali kushirikiana kwa karibu na SUAMEDIA katika kutengeneza vipindi ambavyo vitarushwa kupitia SUA TV  na  SUA FM.

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Katibu mkuu wizara ya elimu sayansi na teknolojia apongeza jitihada zinazofanywa na SUA

Katibu mkuu wizara ya elimu sayansi na teknolojia Dr. Leonard Akwilapo amepongeza jitihada zinazofanywa na Uongozi wa Chuo kikuu cha sokoine cha Kilimo SUA kwa kushirikiana na serikali katika kuboresha miondombinu chuoni hapo.

Katibu mkuu huyo ameyesema hayo wakati akikagua jingo jipya la kulia chakula wananfunzi na wafanyakazi wa chuo linalojengwa kwa fedha za serikali kupitia wizara hiyo  pamoja na miundombinu ya umwagiliaji inayojengwa kwaajili ya kuwezesha upatikanaji wa maji ya kumwagilia bustani na mashamba ya chuo kama sehemu ya kufundishia wanafunzi na wakulima nchini.

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Partnership between Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and China Agricultural University (CAU) in the making

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and China Agricultural University (CAU) held a meeting at SUA main campus, Morogoro, Tanzania on 21st December 2017 during a visit of the CAU from Beijing China. The meeting aimed at identifying areas of collaboration between the two universities for increasing academic excellence of these institutions and enhancing agricultural development in Tanzania The meeting aimed at identifying areas of collaboration between the two universities for increasing academic excellence of these institutions and enhancing agricultural development in Tanzania.

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Sokoine University of Agriculture Conquers 2017 Agricultural Shows

The Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) participated in the annual Eastern Zone Agricultural (Nanenane) shows, which was officially opened by Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism (MP), on 1st of August 2017, and officially closed on 8th August 2017 by the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children, Hon. Dr. Hamisi Kigwangala (MP).

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