Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral David Jairo

A government report on the allegations of wrong-doing facing the former Energy and Minerals permanent secretary, David Jairo will be presented in the Parliamentary session expected to officially kick off today in Dodoma, an official statement issued yesterday by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Dr Thomas Kashililah said.

The government is expected to present a descriptive report on how it implemented recommendations made by the parliamentary select committee formed to investigate allegations of wrong-doing made against the former energy and minerals permanent secretary.

Among other things, the parliamentary select committee investigated the legitimacy of Jairo’s actions — that is soliciting contributions from departments and institutions under the energy and minerals ministry.

The committee recommendations required the government to institute disciplinary action against Jairo, for ordering departments and institutions under the ministry to contribute money to facilitate the endorsement of the 2011/12 budget estimates.

The report also recommended Energy and Minerals Minister William Ngeleja and his Deputy Adam Malima be held accountable as the ministry’s overseers.

It also recommended that the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) Ludovick Utouh and Luhanjo be held responsible for clearing the embattled permanent secretary.

According to the committee led by Tunduru North MP Ramo Makani (CCM), 140m/- was contributed by three out of the four institutions. The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) contributed 40m/-, Rural Energy Agency (REA) 50m/- and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) 50m/-.

However, the committee found out that only 9m/- was spent for lunch during the MPs’ seminar organised by the ministry a few days before the budget estimates were tabled in parliament.

The report also shows that 32.4m/- was spent on allowances, 17.4m/- on food and beverages, 5.7m/- on fuel, 625,120/- on stationery and 8.4m/- on refreshments and sitting allowances.

All the contributed money was channeled through Account No 5051000068 of GST Dodoma Branch.

Besides Jairo’s report, the sixth parliamentary meeting is also expected to discuss a government report on Parliamentary committee picked to examine ways for enhancing effective operation of the gas sector.

“The parliamentary meeting would also receive and discuss private motions to be presented by Members of the Parliament,” said Dr Kashililah in the statement, but did not name MPs who would present the motions.

Among MPs who have disclosed their intention to table private motions during this session is Bumbuli legislator January Makamba.

He told reporters in Dar es Salaam on Sunday that he had plans to table two private motions in the parliament which begins its session today.

The first motion seeks enactment of a law aimed at controlling the entire system of financial services provision so as to protect the rights of consumers.

Makamba who is also chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Energy and Minerals told journalists yesterday that currently there is neither specific law protecting financial services customers nor a special basis for handling related violations of their rights.

“I plan to table a private motion seeking the august House to ask the government to bring to the National Assembly a bill on financial services consumers’ protection,” Makamba said.

He said there is no law protecting financial services consumers against sporadic rise of interest rates, repayment of loans, disturbances encountered by retired persons in securing pensions, loan seeking students and accident victims when it comes to payment of insurance dues.

He said the financial sector has greatly expanded in the country over the recent past and was crucial for the development of entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Makamba added: “These institutions are protected from collapsing or making decisions that will risk the economy by the Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1991 (amended) but do not provide protection to their customers.”

In tandem with this, Makamba plans to table a motion seeking the amendment of the Rental laws.

Lack of a law that guides the rental sector leads to many problems, at times making the landlords feel they have more rights than responsibilities to their tenants.

He said: “Contracts entered between the landlords and the tenants are not registered; tenants are not protected against paying monthly or annual rental fee in advance and worse in foreign currency. All these are problems tenants encounter and this is because they have no legal assistance.”

He added: “The rapid increase in the number of auctioneers is another problem that has to be solved immediately. These people are not registered and so do not pay tax because they do not offer receipts for the transactions.”

Some of the bills lined up for presentation and discussion during this session included The Tanzania Livestock Research Institute Bill, 2011, The Social Security Laws (Amendments) Bill, 2012 (No. 2) (2012), The Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2), Bill 2012), The Anti Money Laundering (Amendments) Bill, 2012,and (The Business Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2011.

According to the statement the Parliament is set to ratify the international convention on Youth Affairs of 2006 while the government would present a certificate on Excise (Management and Tariff) Act, Cap. 147.

By Judica Tarimo, The Guardian



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