21 June 2014

Tanzania: MPs Accuse Each Other of Conspiracy

Dodoma — SOME members of parliament have accused fellow legislators of ill motives every year when the Ministry of Energy and Minerals tables its budget estimates.

They said this on Thursday evening while debating the government's revenue and expenditure estimates for the fiscal year 2014/15.

Mr Ally Keissy (Nkasi North-CCM) said it has been a trend every year that MPs conspire to make the approval of budget estimates for the ministry in question impossible.

He wondered where such MPs got the zeal and vigour to talk too much ill over the ministry as if nothing good has ever been done in the energy sector.

"There are MPs in here who have made a routine every year that when it is energy and minerals ministry presenting its budget someone in the ministry has to resign.

This is disgusting, I wonder where they get the zeal and vigour to do this," he said. Mr Keissy noted that one's interests in either energy or mineral sectors should not be a big deal to the extent of making the nation believe that things are in bad shape in the ministry.

"No one has been stopped from having shares in the mineral or energy sectors, whoever wants such shares should follow proper channels and stop disorganising the House," he said amid applause from fellow MPs.

The vibrant MP was also bitter about the government's policy of tax exemption as a way of attracting investors saying that there should be no exemptions at all.

Mr Keissy noted that the country was depending too much on development partners to fund its projects while exempting tax in terms of trillions, saying that if all the exemptions were to be removed domestic revenue would be enough to fund the budget.

In another development, Mr Charles Mwijage (Muleba North-CCM) warned Tanzanians against some local companies he termed as unscrupulous which were going around announcing that oil has been discovered in some parts of Tanzania.

He pointed out that there were some individuals mobilising wananchi to buy shares in their companies in the guise that they have discovered oil and gas in various part of Tanzania including Morogoro and Kilimanjaro regions.

Mr Mwijage noted that officially there is no oil discovered in any part of Tanzania, adding that discovering the precious liquid is a long scientific procedure that involves advanced technologies.

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