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Kikwete upbeat on nuclear energy and also wanted Airtel shares in TTCL disposed;

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  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has directed the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology to expedite formulation of a policy on uranium mining in the country.

    Speaking to officials at the ministry in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, Mr Kikwete also urged the ministry to prepare the nation for nuclear energy, saying its application in power generation in the future was inevitable.

    "Although this may not be urgent at present since we are focusing on natural gas and other sources, but we should now start considering nuclear plants," he said.

    The Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa Mnyaa, told the president that regulations on the mining of uranium were being drafted by the National Atomic Energy Commission and that they would be ready next month.

    "Following the discovery of uranium deposits in some parts of the country, the ministry is also formulating a Nuclear Science and Technology Policy to guide the country towards exploitation of nuclear energy," said the minister.

    The president said "nuclear is the energy of the future," noting that leakages at nuclear reactors in Japan should not drive away dreams for the technology.

    He was confident that new technologies will soon be in place to avoid tragedies like the recent case in Japan.

    Once Tanzania starts mining of uranium, it could be the third largest producer in Africa, according to President Kikwete.

    According to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, recent explorations have indicated that there are approximately 53.9 million pounds of uranium oxide deposits available in the country.

    The president also directed the ministry to hasten negotiations with Airtel Tanzania to purchase its 35 per cent stake in the cash-strapped Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL).

    TTCL holds 40 per cent stake in the private telecom firm while Airtel has a stake of 35 per cent in the parastatal.

    He, however, warned the ministry not to swap the TTCL shareholding with the government stake in Airtel, since the latter's shares are of more value.

    "We should speed up the process to turn around TTCL by disposing of Airtel shares," he said.

    Briefing the president earlier, Prof Mnyaa said negotiations were underway with the Indian company to exit from TTCL.

    "For TTCL to be revamped it needs a guarantee from the government to seek loans but it cannot do so under the current shareholding structure, the exit of Airtel will enable the company to be in a position to borrow funds to boost its operations," the minister said.

    Government and private institutions as well as individuals owe TTCL some 9bn/-, with the government institutions debt totalling a whooping 7bn/-.

    "The company has so far been paid only 791m/- of the total 7bn/-," said the minister, flanked by his deputy Charles Kitwanga.

    President Kikwete said he would see to it that the government institutions that owe the company pay their debts to enable it stands to its feet again
  2. Ehud

    Ehud JF-Expert Member

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    Itakapoanza kutumika hiyo uranium natumaini yeye na kizazi chake hawatakuwepo maana walivyo wazembe watasababisha ilipuke kama mabomu ya gongo la mboto halafu iwe tabu uraiani
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    Mr. Zero JF-Expert Member

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    Wako busy kulipa Dowans mabillion wakati 7 billion tu za TTCL zinawashinda.
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    AlamaZA NYAKATI JF-Expert Member

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    jamani nyie ccm hebu lipeni hilo deni la 7b ili ttcl iweze kurudi katika hadhi ya zamani. pesa mnazo na watu wengine binafisi mnawalipa kwa nini kwa ttcl hapana ....aibu
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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Madeni yote ni Serikali ya CCM; wanapaswa kulipa hayo madeni...

    Uzembe unaanzia serikalini... we need change
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    kayumba JF-Expert Member

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    Kulipa madeni ni tatizo kwa serikali, juzi nilimsikia JK akimwambia Magufuli ampelekee orodha ya wizara na taasisi za serikali zilizopeleka magari katika karakana ya serikali na kushindwa kulipia matengenezo ili amsaidie kudai hayo madeni!