28 June 2012

Tanzania: Kiwia Gets Seven Days to Present Evidence

Dodoma — THE Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr John Ndugai, has given Ilemela Member of Parliament (CHADEMA), Mr Highness Kiwia, seven days to present evidence that there is a mission to assassinate him.

This followed a plea by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr William Lukuvi that the legislator should prove the allegations for security reasons.

Debating the PMO 2012/13 budget estimates on Wednesday, Mr Kiwia alleged that there was a plot engineered by followers of the ruling party (CCM) to assassinate him.Mr Kiwia and Ukerewe MP (CHADEMA) Mr Salvatory Machemli were seriously injured during Kirumba by-election in April, this year.

"There was a mission and the mission is still there to kill me, they think they can contain movement of reforms (change) by killing one person."I thank God and all other well wishers because I was badly injured and I had to be referred to India where I undergone surgery," he told the august House.

It was at this juncture that Mr Lukuvi wanted the MP to prove the allegations to allow state organs to handle the matter and for his own security.

"This is a very serious matter because it involves life of Member of Parliament so it's better you provide evidence including names of the schemers of the plot. This will also enable you to get necessary safeguards," ruled Mr Ndugai.

Mr Kiwia said that he would give more evidence but preliminary evidence was that a vehicle owned by CCM MP (Special Seats) Maria Hewa was found at the scene of the April incident.

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