Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tanzanian attorney general resigns over graft accusations



(Reuters) - Tanzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency.
The resignation followed a vote in parliament late last month calling on the government to dismiss senior officials, including Attorney General Frederick Werema, for their role in an energy deal that lawmakers say was fraudulent.
President Jakaya Kikwete has said he will respond later this week to parliament's resolution, which was binding.
Tanzania is estimated to have 53.2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas reserves off its southern coast, but its energy sector has long been dogged by allegations of graft.
Lawmakers found that the officials, including the attorney general and the energy minister, fraudulently authorised the transfer of at least $122 million (£77.5 million) of public funds to a private company. The funds came from an escrow account held jointly by state power company TANESCO and independent power producer IPTL and went to IPTL's owner, Pan Africa Power (PAP) in 2013.
The government officials denied any impropriety in the transfer of the funds, and PAP said the transfer was legal.
In his resignation letter, Werema said he was stepping down "because his advice on the Tegeta escrow account issue had not been understood and had disrupted the country's political atmosphere," according to the president's statement.
A group of 12 international donors have said they will only pay outstanding pledges of budget support worth nearly $500 million to aid-reliant Tanzania if the investigation into the graft claims are published and appropriate action is taken.
The United States warned last week that its award of grants, under a program that rewards countries for good governance, would depend on the government's anti-graft effort.
BY FUMBUKA NG'WANAKILALA

(Editing by Edith Honan and Michael Perry)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Minister Councellor of the Tanzania Embassy in Stockholm will be the guest of honour




RATIBA
MUDA
TUKIO
MHUSIKA
20:00
Mlango kufunguliwa
Bw. Chioko, Tenga, A. & 
20:15
Mgeni rasmi kuingia ukumbini
 CCW (Oslo) & TASAO
20:30
Kufungua sherehe – Wimbo wa Taifa
MC Daddy Omari Hassan & Bi. Hawa Madiwa | Wote
20:30 – 21:30
Chakula cha jioni
Bi. Theodora Kavishe | Wote
21:30 – 21:40
Risala ya M/kiti wa CCW (Oslo)
Daddy O.Hassan kwa niaba ya mwenyekiti wa CCW Oslo, Dr.Titus Tenga.
21:40 – 21:50
Risala kny Rais wa TASAO
Mch. Charles Tarimo
21:50 – 22:00
Wimbo “Nakupenda Tanzania”
MC Daddy Omari Hassan & Bi. Hawa Madiwa | Wote
22:00 – 22:15
Salamu kutoka nchi rafiki
Wawakilishi wao
22:15 – 22:30
Hotuba ya mgeni rasmi
Mheshimiwa Balozi
22:30 – 03:00
Kukaribisha watu kucheza mziki
MC Daddy Omari Hassan & Bi. Hawa Madiwa
03:30
Mwisho wa sherehe




53 YEARS ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF MAINLAND TANZANIA


PROGRAM

 TIME
ACTIVITY
RESPONSIBLE PERSON
20:00
Opening the door
Mr. Chioko, Tenga, A. & 
20:15
Guest of honour entering the hall
CCW (Oslo) & TASAO
20:30
Open ceremony – National Anthem
MC Daddy Omari Hassan & Ms. Hawa Madiwa | All
20:30 – 21:30
Dinner
Ms. Theodora Kavishe | All
21:30 – 21:40
Speech by Chairman of CCW (Oslo)
Daddy O.Hassan on behalf of Dr.Titus Tenga
21:40 – 21:50
Speech by President of TASAO
Rev. Charles Tarimo
21:50 – 22:00
Singing “Nakupenda Tanzania”
MC Daddy Omari Hassan & Ms. Hawa Madiwa | All
22:00 – 22:15
Greetings from  friend countries
Respective representatives
22:15 – 22:30
Speech by the Guest of honour
The Excellency Mr. Ambassador
22:30 – 03:00
Welcoming people to the dance
MC Daddy Omari Hassan & Ms. Hawa Madiwa | All
03:30
End of the ceremony 


Wamarekani wasitisha msaada kwa Tanzania - "MCC’s Board expressed continued concern over corruption in Tanzania, including the implications of the recent case involving Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL)..."






The full text of the Board’s December 10, 2014 public statement is available on the MCC website here: http://www.mcc.gov/pages/press/statement-tanzania 


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

TANZANIA MAINLAND CELEBRATES 53 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE, 9th.DECEMBER2014


Tanzania is a name of an East African country which originated from the union of two independent states, Tanganyika (Tanzania Mainland) and Zanzibar.  

Tanganyika got independence in 1961 and Zanzibar got her independence in 1963, then in 1964 the two independent states united to formulate one country named United Republic of Tanzania.

Tanganyika was under Germany domination since 1886 up to 1919, by then it was called German Eat Africa. After German being defeated in the First World War (1914-1918), Britain took over all Germany colonies in 1919 right after the First World War. In January 1920 Britain decided to change the name German East Africa to Tanganyika territory. This name originated for the biggest lake located in Western part of the country.

After being under Britain, then Tanganyika got her independence in the 9th of December, 1961.

Each year Tanzania has been celebrating independence day on 9th  of December to remember this special day and remind themselves of what have been done and what to be done so far for the betterment of the country.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tanzanian Prime Minister tries to halt debate on energy sector graft, angering lawmakers


Tanzanias Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda


(Reuters) - Tanzania's government asked parliament on Thursday to cancel a planned debate on corruption allegations in the energy sector, angering some lawmakers who complained of a cover-up and potentially jeopardising some foreign aid.
    The east African nation has made big discoveries of natural gas, but its energy sector has long been dogged by allegations of corruption. Investors say graft is one of the main reasons for the high costs of doing business in Tanzania.
A group of 12 international donors have said they will only pay out outstanding pledges of budget support worth nearly $500 million if the findings of an investigation into the graft claims are published and appropriate action is taken.
    Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said parliament should not debate the findings of the energy sector investigation by the chief auditor as this would interfere with ongoing court cases.
    "Based on the principles of rule of law, when there is an ongoing court proceeding, we are constitutionally obliged ... not to publicly debate that issue because it could jeopardise the court case," Pinda told parliament on Thursday.
    "At the moment, there are more than 10 pending court cases from protracted legal wrangling over this matter."
    The investigation, ordered by the government in May, followed claims by opposition lawmakers that senior government officials had fraudulently authorised payment of at least $122 million of public funds to a private company.
    The opposition said the money came from an escrow account held jointly by state power company TANESCO and independent power producer IPTL and went to IPTL's owner, Pan Africa Power (PAP) in 2013. PAP said the transfer was legal.
    The government has denied any wrongdoing by its officials. The government's anti-corruption watchdog has also investigated the fraud allegations.
    Some lawmakers said the government sought to muzzle them.
    "The only way to put an end to these (graft) allegations ... is to debate this issue in parliament and bring it to a close," said Zitto Kabwe, chairman of the parliamentary watchdog Public Accounts Committee. The panel is scheduled next week to present the auditor's report on the IPTL allegations to parliament.
    The parliamentary speaker's office is expected to rule on the issue after considering arguments from both sides, but said parliament would not allow its independence to be undermined.

(Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by George Obulutsa and Gareth Jones)