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Plans underway for UDSM ultra-modern student centre
25th November 2010

PLANS are underway for the construction of an ultramodern multi-purpose student centre at the University of Dar es Salaam, the project initiated as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the university.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rwekaza Mukandala told the media in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that completion of the 17bn/- worth complex project would cater for a computer centre, a spacious library, shopping malls, resting locations and other purposes.
"Partly as an investment, the centre will generate some income which will largely be directed to the office of the students' organization in support of the organization's leadership duties," Prof Mukandala explained

Registration of more students at affiliated DUCE, Chang'ombe and Mkwawa campuses increased in the number to 18,000 of students at the University of Dar es Salaam.
More facilities for accommodation are required.

He said the university has fulfilled the country's ambition as advocated by Mwalimu Nyerere that by 1980 the university should be in a position to produce a good number of professionals to build the nation.

Flanked by Prof Makenya Maboko and Prof Yunus Mgaya both from the University of Dar es Salaam, the Vice-Chancellor took the opportunity to inform the general public that the University of Dar es Salaam was due to celebrate its Golden Anniversary in October 25, 2011.

He said over the last 50 years the university had fulfilled its key responsibility of producing knowledge and providing higher education to generations of Tanzanians, Africans and other people of the world.

"The occasion of the 50th Anniversary provides an opportunity for the University to take stock of its past efforts and seriously reflect on its future directions and aspirations. To reflect these underlying objectives, the celebrations will be marked under the dictum: "Advancing Knowledge, Creating Futures."

The Annual General Convocation Meeting which opens at the University today under the theme; "Towards 50 Years of the University of Dar es Salaam, explained the Vice- Chancellor, would mark the beginning of yearlong celebrations of the University's Golden Anniversary. The launching ceremony will be graced by the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda.

The President of the Convocation, Justice Joseph Warioba had shown strong support to the construction of the student centre, whereby different stakeholders from within and outside the country would be involved in fund raiser for the project. About 1.2bn/- has been collected so far.

The University of Dar es Salaam was born out of a decision taken in 1970 to split the then University of East Africa into three independent universities; Makerere University (Uganda), University of Nairobi (Kenya) and University of Dar es Salaam.

Famous alumni include President Jakaya Kikwete, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, the late President Laurent-Desire Kabila of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the late John Garang, former Vice-President of Sudan and Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

Interviewed students Linus Herman and Tausi Jumanne both second year students in different faculties spoke of the problem of accommodation.

"It is extremely difficult to concentrate for private studies in the local rented houses. Halls of residents for all students would be appropriate and students' learning ability will not be undermined," Tausi explained
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Ivory Coast jets in Dar es Salaam on Friday

By ABDALLAH MSUYA, 25th November 2010

FOOTBALL powerhouses, Ivory Coast, are set to jet in Dar es Salaam on Friday morning winding up a spell of arrivals by a number of national football teams, ahead of the start of the 2010 Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup in the city.

The Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire who have been invited to feature in this edition, were scheduled to arrive in the city at 08:00am and will be accommodated at Tansoma Hotel in Kariakoo area, together with Rwanda and Sudan.

Already Kenya, Sudan and Zambia are in the country since Wednesday, while Malawi, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zanzibar, Somalia and Ethiopia were all scheduled to arrive in the city on Thursday.

According to the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Director of Competition, Saad Kawemba, regional bitter rivals, Kenya and Uganda have been kept together at the Land Mark Ubungo, alongside Malawi and Ethiopia.

Zanzibar, Burundi and Zambia will camp at Johannesburg Hotel in Sinza, Somalia (Tansoma, Kariakoo) and the hosts Kilimanjaro Stars are accommodated at Atriums in Sinza.

Already, a 12-member delegation of foreign referees, who will be in charge of the matches during the two-week tournament, is in the country ready for the showcase.

Referees summoned for the tournament include Issa Kagabo from Rwanda, Rassas Librato Sabit (Sudan), Israel Mujuni (Mainland), Dennis Bate (Uganda), Ramadhan Kibo (Zanzibar) and Bamlak Weyesa Tessema (Ethiopia).

Assistant referees are Charles Nizigiyimana from Burundi, Gebre Silassie Solomon (Ethiopia), Wamalwa Elias Kuloba (Kenya), Theogene Ndagijimana (Rwanda), Hamis Chang’walu (Mainland), Bugembe Hussein (Uganda), Medany Mustafa (Sudan) and Bashir Arab (Somalia) The match officials had medical check-up and a seminar session yesterday and will this morning attend Cooper Test.

According to Cecafa General Secretary Nicolas Musonye, those who will fail the referee’s fitness test will immediately pack their luggage back home.

Mainland’s Kilimanjaro Stars will start the ball rolling when they take on invitees Zambia in the opening match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Jan Poulsen’s side played Kenya in a friendly on Tuesday, winning 1-0, but the Danish acknowledged that his charges need some improvement to mount a serious challenge for the regional glory, which has eluded the Mainland team since 1994.

Sparked by the teams’ arrival, the heat is already on the rise towards tomorrow’s kick-off and Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye is looking forward for a great tournament. The Cecafa boss said the Dar es Salaam revelers were in for an entertaining two weeks of football.

“Residents of Dar es Salaam and Tanzania will be treated to great football action. We have three groups with four teams each and from these the top two qualifiers from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. Two best losers will also make it into the knock out stage,” Musonye said.

Defending champions Uganda together with guest teams such as Ivory Coast and Zambia are looked as strong contenders for the coveted regional trophy, but the tournament sponsors sees home teams as clear favourites to win the championship.

Serengeti Breweries Marketing Director, Caroline Ndungu said when handing new Challenge Cup trophy to Cecafa officials that Kilimanjaro Stars and Zanzibar Heroes were likely to finish in the top slots by virtue of being hosts.

“Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar Heroes have what it takes to win the championship in front of their home fans. The two teams will have a clear home ground advantage and the largest fan base here in Dar es Salaam.

“As for Tusker it would be our pleasure to see both host teams advance to the later stages of the tournament and indeed it would be great to see one of the teams win the title,” said Caroline.
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