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The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) has a new President. He is rtd. Judge, Justice Thomas Mihayo.

Justice Mihayo who has chaired the Council’s Ethics Committee for three years was elected to the position during the National General Convention (NGC) held at Kilamang’ombe, Bagamoyo on June 25, 2014


Justice Mihayo takes over from justice Dr. Robert Kisanga who had served in that capacity for two three year terms..

Veteran broadcaster and Director General of Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Hassan Abdallah Mitawi was elected Vice chairperson.

He takes over from Chande Omar Omar who like Justice Kisanga had completed two three year terms as provided by the Council’s Constitution.

Mitawi had previously served as member of MCT’s governing board,

During the election held in a wide tent pitched at the proposed site of the Council’s headquarters about 90 active members of the voluntary media regulating body, elected seven other members of its governing board.

The elected members are Wallace Maugo - the managing editor of The Guardian, Tuma Abdallah Senior Editor at Daily News, Badra Masoud - Head of Communications at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Rose Haji Mwalimu – media consultant.


Other members from the public who were elected to the Governing Board include prominent businessman Ali Mfuruki, Justice J’Mlay, and Prof Bernadetta Killian.

According to the Council’s constitution, the president of the Governing Board is non–media person while Vice President is from the media.

It also provides that four of the members must be media persons and three must be representatives from the public.

Earlier the Executive Secretary, Kajubi Mukajanga, welcomed the delegates to the meeting site, pointing out it was a landmark achievement for Council to have acquired its own place.

He explained that the initial developments including the construction of wall fence, a well and a sentry structure, were built using funds raised by the Council through its various activities such as consultancy, management fees and research.

A fund raising campaign was launched to raise about TZS 500 million for the construction of the head office complex.

The headquarters which will have office complex, conference facility and a budget hotel is estimated to cost over TZS 7 billion when completed.

Special forms were distributed to members of the Council during the meeting requiring each to raise TZS two million for the project.

The NGC also reappointed the audit firm RSM ASHVIR as external auditor of the Council.

It also received the narrative report of thr Executive Secretary for 2013 and the financial report.

The two reports were presented by the Regulation and Standards Manager, Pili Mtambalike and Finance Manager John Nguya respectively.

The meeting was also informed that 38 new members have joined the Council increasing the members to 178.

The one-day NGC was preceded by a professional ethics symposium held on June 24,2014 whose theme was Celebrating two decades of pluralism and diversity of media in Tanzania.

Three members of the Council’s Think Tank led by its chairperson Prof. Penina Mlama made presentations on various aspects of media development in the country,

Other members who also made presentations were Ndimara Tegambwage and Jenerali Ulimwengu.

Two journalism lecturers = Dr. Ayub Rioba from the School of journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) of the University of Dares Salaam and Simon Berege of Tumaini University also made presentations during the symposium which is held once a year.

The NGC delegates also planted trees around the fence of the headquarter complex site, an area covering 14 plots.


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