The Kili FM programme titled ‘Ahadi Hizi ni za Kweli?’ (‘Are These Promises True?’) became a very popular programme in the northern zone (Arusha, Manyara, Tanga, Kilimanjaro). The 45-minute programme followed up on unfulfilled promises by elected leaders, and was introduced with TMF funding. The programme consisted of 20 to 25 minutes recorded programme, after which followed a live part where listeners had the chance to air their voices regarding the unfulfilled promise of the day.

In pulling the veil off unfulfilled promises, particularly those made by leaders, the programme ensured people were no longer kept in dark because they know what is going on in their respective constituencies after being urged to make informed choices when the General Election came. Ordinary citizens in the zone had time to speak about the unfulfilled promises made by their MPs. Some of the citizens’ views, as aired through the programme, associated MPs with failure to deliver to satisfaction. As a result, half the 20 legislators chose not to stand again, were dropped at the screening stage or simply lost their seats. 

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TMF funded a Flame Tree Media Trust project on the coaching of rural-based journalists on effective rural photojournalism. The coaching was conducted through 10 press clubs in Tanzania. Jovither Kaijage was one of the participants in one of the coaching sessions, held in Mwanza. He is the only rural-based journalist from Ukerewe Island, the largest in Lake Victoria and the largest inland island in Africa with an area of approximately 530 kilometres, situated 45 kilometres north of Mwanza.

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Envirocare received a capacity building grant to engage 20 journalists in reporting on chemical management in the textile and tanning industries in Tanzania. Journalists on the project received investigative journalism training before they went into factory premises to investigate approaches to disposal of wastewater from leather treatment processes after which they wrote exposés on the impact of the pollution.

One of the cases that were reported was that of Himo Tannery in Moshi in Kilimanjaro Region, which had ignored warnings from the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) over its management of waste products, sludge, hides and the bad smell emitted by the factory that irritated the community. It was the reports from the journalists on the project that finally moved the factory to action. 

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1.8.1       Grand Corruption Discovery

As a result of Emmanuel Chacha’s exposé on grand corruption at Nyanza Cooperative Union (NCU) members demanded that legal action be taken against Jacob Shibiriti, the former MP for Misungwi and chairman of NCU as well as other NCU top officials. President Kikwete requested a report from NCU. The entire NCU top leadership was fired, and the union hired a new manager who is trying to ensure that the Union is running profitably. The article won one of the MCT 2011 Awards.

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Besides promoting individual capacity of journalists, TMF also endeavours to enhance the capacity of the sector as a whole. This includes the capacity of the sector to produce – and give space to – locally produced content. An example from the Pilot Phase is the production of local programmes by media producers that were aired on Tanzanian television. 

Locally produced television programmes are a rarity in Tanzania due to various factors. Some of these factors include the low quality of production of such programmes against a backdrop of more readily available foreign programming which often tends to be cheaper. Local producers who manage to come up with works that can be aired find themselves asked by the TV stations to either buy airtime to run their documentary or to look for sponsorship themselves before their programme can be aired.

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