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Extract Author: Adam Ihucha, Arusha
Extract Date: 30 Oct 2004

Two dead in Maasai, Sonjo clashes

A fresh round of fighting between Maasai and Sonjo tribesmen in Ngorongoro District has left two people dead.

Arusha Regional Police Commander James Kombe confirmed yesterday that clashes had erupted afresh in Sale Village where a number of houses had also been set ablaze.

He said the fighting broke out after the Sonjo accused the Maasai of stealing six head of cattle from Sonjo herdsmen.

People believed to be Maasai morans (warriors) allegedly drove the cattle off when they raided the homesteads of Sonjo tribesmen identified as Kadir Gandisi and Surambaya Sayembe.

Sonjo tribesmen followed the animals’ tracks and traced them to a boma belonging to Patareto Kikonya in Arash Village.

The irate Sonjo men allegedly shot Kikonya to death with arrows before torching five houses in the village.

Having accomplished their mission in Arash Village, the Sonjo tribesmen went to Maloni Village where they attacked villagers and torched some houses, Kombe said.

A Maasai elder, identified as Olekungu ole Onyokite, was reportedly burnt to death in one of the houses.

Kombe said hundreds of people had been left homeless as a result of the violence which was quelled by a unit of regular and riot police sent to the area.

Two people were arrested in connection with the clashes. They are Makandoma Simon, 23, and Barannobi Charles, 27, both residents of Sale Village.

Kombe said more police officers had been sent to the area to ensure that the violence did not recur.

The latest violence erupted just four weeks after the two ethnic groups clashed in Loliondo, Ngorongoro District, leaving scores of people seriously wounded and tens more homeless.

The first serious confrontation between the Maasai and Sonjo this year took place in July in Kisangiro Village, Ngorongoro District.

One person was killed in the clashes.

Extract ID: 4891

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Extract Author: Adam Ihucha, Arusha
Extract Date: 10 Nov 2005

Woolworths opens store in Arusha

The Woolworths Company Tanzania Limited has officially opened a new store in Arusha town, the centre of the Northern Tourist Circuit.

With a total trading area of more than 500 square metres, the new Woolworths store, located in the Tanganyika Farmers Association (TFA) shopping centre in Ngarenaro suburb is the largest of its kind in Arusha City.

The chairman and Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Woolworths Company Tanzania Ltd, Ali A. Mufuruki, has praised TFA leaders in Arusha for creating a real estate opportunity that made it possible for his company to open a store in the city.

’The concept of the TFA shopping mall is cost effective one. The TFA people have made it possible for retailers, not only Woolworths but also all the tenants in the complex to work close together,’ Mufuruki said.

Officiating at the opening of the store, the East African Customs Commissioner, Kenneth Bagamuhunda said: ’The EAC recognises the vital role of the private sector and in particular the growing significance of formal retail trade in our economy.’

The opening of the Arusha Woolworths store was part of an East African retail boom.

Extract ID: 5111

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Extract Author: Adam Ihucha, Arusha
Extract Date: 2008-02-19

Business in Arusha stands still as roads closed

Business in Arusha ground to a virtual standstill yesterday as US President George Bush entered the city on the third day of his historic four-day state visit to Tanzania.

The visiting President and his entourage jetted in from Dar es Salaam, where the first leg of their high-profile tour began on Saturday evening.

With the only major road linking the city to the outside world closed for hours to facilitate the tour, local motorists parked their vehicles, seriously disrupting transport schedules.

Most workers and other local residents were unable to make it to the city centre following the absence of commuter buses and taxis and other means of transport from as early as 7am. As a result, shops remained closed and most other business premises deserted.

According to an earlier police alert, the relevant stretch of the busy Moshi-Arusha road would be closed to the public from 8am to 5pm.

A similar situation was witnessed here in August 2000 when President Bush?s predecessor, Bill Clinton, attended the Burundi peace accord signing ceremony.

People lined the road stretch all the way from the Philips factory to the Mianzini suburb as well as the Namanga road portion from the Col. Middleton junction to Sakina/TCA.

Hundreds of others had camped at Kambi ya Fisi, along the Ngarenaro Villa corner stretch of the road to Nairobi and at Mbauda/Majengo along the road to Dodoma.

The Dodoma Road section from the so-called Nairobi Corner and all the way to Makuyuni at the border between Arusha and Manyara regions was a no-go zone.

Many Arusha residents had hoped that President Bush would greet them by shaking their hands just as had happened in Dar es Salaam but that was not to be, as his motorcade simply sped past them.

Meanwhile, there was a sudden scarcity of fresh milk in the city since most hawkers normally bringing the milk from the Arumeru hills by bicycle were barred from entering the central business district.

Also, with the 45-kilometer road stretch from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) to Arusha closed, newspapers could not reach here on time. It was not until about 2pm that they were delivered,which means that they were ready for sale at least two hours later.

An agent of Kilimanjaro Express Bus services, Victoria Obeid, said the Bush visit to Arusha forced them to cancel a scheduled trip to Dar es Salaam.

Normally, some 40 commuter buses ply the Dar es Salaam-Arusha route on a daily basis.

The services of the 300-plus minibuses that routinely ferry passengers between Arusha and Moshi everyday were similarly disrupted yesterday.

The security measures did not spare tour operators, who had no option but to observe the travel restrictions.

Only scheduled airlines were allowed to land at KIA between 10am and 6pm, according to an e-mail message from Tanzania Tour Operators Association Executive Secretary Mustafa Akuunay copied to all tour operators.

Within a radius of 60km from the smaller Arusha Airport, some 8km west of this city, no flight training, aerobatics, hand gliding, hot air balloon parachuting exercises were allowed.

The road from KIA via Mianzini, Nairobi Road corner and down to the Tanzania National Parks Authority head offices, Arusha Airport, and A to Z Textile Mills at Kisongo was also closed between 8am and 3pm.

President Bush and his entourage landed at KIA with the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro fully visible. They were welcomed by Maasai women dancers in purple robes, white discs hanging around their necks. The VIP guests admired the show from a short distance, some nodding in appreciation but not actually joining in the dance.

President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush began the day by touring a hospital, before visiting A to Z Textile Mills that makes treated mosquito nets recommended by the World Health Organisation.

The Arusha net factory, the only one in Africa passed by WHO for the purpose, is a 50/50 joint venture between the Tokyo-based multinational Sumitomo Chemical and Arusha?s A to Z Textile Mills.

The venture is an expansion of a business relationship that took off with royalty-free technology transfer in 2003. The new facilities can make up to 10 million treated mosquito nets a year, much in excess of Tanzania?s needs.

The venture is reported to have created more than 3,200 jobs supporting at least 20,000 people.

``We are delighted to celebrate with you all, this significant milestone. Our collaboration has grown to a full-fledged joint venture,`` said Sumitomo Chemical President Hiromasa Yonekura at the factory?s official inauguration yesterday attended by President Bush.

Extract ID: 5560
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