Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzanians Capable of Running Large Investments, Says Pinda

Karatu — THE Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda has warned politicians to stop speculating that local Tanzanians were incapable of investing in large undertakings such as gas and mineral explorations.

"Because all foreign investors currently operating in the country have brought nothing here, they came and started right from our own resources such as land, minerals and even workforce," said Mr Pinda adding that his government will do everything possible to ensure that potential citizens access capital for their proposed investments endeavors.

Addressing people who turned up at the Mazingira Bora grounds, Mr Pinda praised Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Professor Anna Tibaijuka for her move to force foreign investors pay royalties to the surrounding communities wherever they set up investments.

On his part the Member of Parliament for Karatu, Reverend Israel Natse (CHADEMA) praised the Prime Minister and his government for a number of successful development projects being undertaken in the country but he didn't resist quipping; "It is because I push him very hard in the parliament," he joked.

Mr Pinda was quick to respond to the joke; "They don't exactly push us, but rather come crying for support whenever they need something, yet when we table the national budget which pays for their projects, they stage boycotts," said Mr Pinda.

The premier also reinforced peaceful co-existence among people of different political and religious ideologies citing his case with the Natse with whom they shared a stage at the rally and joked freely.

"The biggest thing that Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the father of our nation fought for was peace, cohesion and harmony among Tanzanians but recent incidences are a bit disappointing and it is high time that we start saving the situation," said Pinda.

He called upon members of the opposition parties to adhere to the country's laws and regulations in addition to supporting the sitting government; "Because when their time comes we will also respect their leadership," pointed out Mr Pinda.

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