DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- Tanzania’s anti-corruption watchdog
in the northwest region of Mara on Wednesday detained and
questioned a local investor after he had failed to develop a
hotel he acquired 10 years ago from the state.
The Prevention and
Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) was questioning Mauza
Nyakirang’anyi even after returning the property to the
government, said Adam Malima, Mara Regional Commissioner.
surrendered the hotel documents to my office but authorities
still want him for questioning over the condition of the
facility and violation of investment conditions,” said Malima.
Malima said another
local investor he identified as Otieno Igogo was also wanted by
PCCB after he had acquired 10 hectares of a dairy farm at Utegi
located in Rorya district and abandoned the farm which became
idle and derelict.
“Igogo also returned
legal documents for the farm to my office on Wednesday but
authorities still want him for questioning over failure to make
investments as agreed during the takeover,” added Malima.
“We gave him a hotel
and he returned it in ruins. We gave the other investor a farm
with equipment but he returned it in ruins,” Malima said,
explaining that these were the reasons the two investors were
summoned to appear at the anti-graft agency.
Malima, who is the
chairman of the regional defence and security committee, said
the decision to question them followed directives given by
President John Magufuli during his tour of Mara region last
Magufuli accused the
Tanzanian investor who had acquired the hotel of a litany of
malpractices, including bribing government officials.
“He is holding all
security organs here in Mara. He is holding them in his pocket,”
the president said.
Magufuli, who spoke
after passing nearby the hotel and having a close look at the
once-glittering facility located on the shores of Lake Victoria,
ordered relevant state organs to repossess the hotel.
Last week, President
Magufuli appointed a new Director General of the PCCB.
A statement issued
by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House
in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said President Magufuli
appointed Commissioner of Police Diwani Athumani as the chief of
the anti-corruption watchdog.
Shortly after he
came to power in November 2015, Magufuli vowed to fight
corruption, including establishing a special court to deal with
corrupt public officials.
“I will sack any
public servant who is implicated in corrupt deals before being
prosecuted in the special court,” warned President Magufuli.
mentioned other measures aimed at enhancing efficiency and
boosting collection of government revenue for improving
provision of social services such as education and health.
Tanzania plans to amend law on
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania on Tuesday tabled in
Parliament proposed amendments to the public-private partnership
The amendments were
designed to resolve disputes with private entities by local
courts and not by international arbitration bodies.
Philip Mpango, the
east African nation’s Minister for Finance and Planning, said
the recommended changes were aimed at giving the government
powers to oversee the implementation of policies, laws and
regulations governing its engagement with private players in
various development projects.
recommendations of the Public Private Partnership (Amendment)
Bill, 2018 for the second reading in Parliament, Mpango said the
amendments were aimed at addressing various gaps that were found
in the law to improve implementation of various PPP projects for
the country’s development.
stated that all PPP contracts should be firstly approved by the
Attorney General before being agreed and passed by the PPP
steering committee,” Mpango told the National Assembly in the
He said the current
PPP Act had a number of gaps that affected implementation of
various development projects in the country, the second largest
economy in East Africa.
speaking on behalf of the opposition camp in Parliament, said
the amendments were only aimed at making it difficult for
investors to seek arbitration in international legal bodies.
have no capacity to resolve disputes between the government and
investors. Such disputes could only be resolved by international
legal bodies that are neutral,” said the outspoken legislator
for Kawe constituency in Dar es Salaam.
Parliament approved amendments to Statistics Act 2015, making it
a criminal offence to publish official statistics including
surveys without the authorization of the National Bureau of