26 May 2013

Tanzania: Parliamentary Committee to Probe Mtwara Gas Pipeline Dispute

Parliamentarian Charles Mwijage will lead a 13-member cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the dispute over a planned gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam, National Assembly Speaker Anne Makinda announced Saturday (May 25th).

"After the government had issued its statement in the house, the parliamentary steering committee met and decided that a select committee be formed to listen to residents of Mtwara over their scepticism in the government's plan to construct the gas pipeline," Makinda said according to Tanzania's Daily News. "I call upon residents of Mtwara to co-operate, be open and free to speak their mind without fear."

The inquiry follows two days of protests by residents, which led to the burning of several buildings.

Official reports by Mtwara regional medical officer Saduni Rashidi Kabuma said police shot dead at least three people during the protests, including a pregnant woman and her baby, and injured others, Tanzania's The Guardian reported.

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