A primary school with only one classroom finally got assistance with which to build more classrooms after journalist Phinias Bashaya published a series of articles in Habari Leo newspaper.

He made a follow-up on the budget normally allocated to schools, his aim being to find out the root cause of the problem. Apart from the abysmally low budgetary allocation to primary schools, he found out that most primary schools in Muleba District recorded the highest examination failure rate in Kagera Region.

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Mwanza-based ITV journalist Emmanuel Chacha, a TMF grantee, covered the story of the dilapidated Mwisenge Primary School in the environs of Musoma Municipality.  The school is of immense historical significance, as it was there that Father of the Nation Mwalimu J. K. Nyerere had his basic education.

 “As you can see, immediate action was taken after a phone call from Education and Vocational Training Deputy Minister Gaudencia Kabaka, who is also a nominated Member of Parliament on the ruling CCM’s ticket. The minister has also congratulated me on the interesting news I had aired on television,” reported Chacha, adding that many other national figures also gave me a ring on the same soon after.  

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Kigoma-based journalist Deogratius Nsokolo received a regional grant from TMF. He set out to finding out why there was a series of murders in the region, with criminals using firearms to kill innocent people. His investigation identified illegal routes through which the weapons were entering Tanzania from Burundi. Many, including law-enforcement agents, were shocked by his findings.

Kigoma RPC George Mayunga said he was aware of the stories aired in Radio One and ITV and admitted that they had contributed much in reminding police on the need to put inject more efforts in curbing the illegal flow of fire arms from Burundi.

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David Azaria, a correspondent with the Kiswahili daily Habari Leo (government-owned), got a regional grant to do investigative stories on reports that there were ghost workers at the Sengerema designated district hospital.

His lead story, headlined “Hospital pays monthly salaries to 34 ghost workers”, prompted Mwanza Regional Commissioner Abbas Kandoro to direct Sengerema District Commissioner Elinasi Pallangyo to make an immediate follow-up on the matter and establish whether the story was true.

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TMF individual grantee Anthony Mayunga, a correspondent with a leading Kiswahili daily newspaper Mwananchi, published a series of news stories and features on environmental pollution by Bunda Oil Industries Limited in Bunda District, Mara Region.

“I was driven to pursue the story owing to the loss of livestock that the villagers were experiencing, especially after their cattle drank the contaminated water from Kyandere River.....The stories I published prompted the Bunda District Economy, Works and Environmental Committee to request the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) to carry out inspection in the industry to assess the health and safety risks posed by the operations of the industry,” said the journalist. 

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