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Bombshell to Zitto Kabwe? John Mashaka amshambulia Zitto dhidi ya Prof. Muhongo

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  1. Muke Ya Muzungu

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    Zitto Kabwe, Let Dr. Muhongo Do His Job - John Mashaka

    Energy sector has brought to a disgraceful ending some very promising careers. It has sent packing very powerful and prominent figures in the country's upper echelons of power; Infarct, at one point, it almost brought down the entire government, when the country's premiere at the time, faced grand corruption allegations, and was forced to resign. It is our economic sector, by far mired by grand corruptions and ineptness.


    Reason behind all these has been nothing more than the bogus contracts. There is therefore, a critical need to review and even terminate some of the existing contracts in the eyes of the public, in order to close the loopholes fleecing the country of its wealth

    The Kigoma North Legislator, Zitto Kabwe, has unleashed in the past few days, some scathing attacks on the Minister of Energy Sospeter Muhongo, for proposing a thorough review of the Gas exploration contracts. Mr. Kabwe described Dr. Muhongo's statements as irresponsible, publicity stunts and cowboy's approach at the expense of transparency. What I found rather irresponsible, odd, flawed and vague, was the broad idea of "Transparency" in which Mr. Kabwe is attacking Dr. Muhongo's premise without providing a practical solution under conventional wisdom

    I also found Mr. Kabwe's idea of shelving gas exploration for ten years as logically, and economically naïve. At best I would describe the proposition as a theory that contravenes the basic and natural economic principles that cannot be implemented in a needy nation like ours. Implementing this thought would be nothing short of economic suicide for a nation whose economy is extremely fragile.

    Mr. Kabwe's Transparency assertion reveals nothing short of tactical political, intimidation, representation and defense of the unknown interests. I would not go as far as describing the verbal assault as a self serving personal act of vengeance. However, the premise under which Mr. Kabwe's argument is based, and his pattern of attack, points towards just that.

    Mr. Kabwe unambiguously failed to explain how making transparent shoddy contractual agreements, will benefit the country without identifying the loopholes and deficiencies through extensive review. Arguably, lack of legal and technical knowhow to intimately interpret word by word in the existing contracts to weed out the elements tilting the scale on the favor of investors and shadowy forces of corruption, would have lent Mr. Kabwe's proposition of transparency, some flesh to stand the test in opposition Dr. Muhongo's hypothesis

    Mr. Zitto ought to understand that, major foreign companies operating in Africa have tremendous resources. They have access to some of the best lawyers, and subject matter experts with extensive experience in contractual review, interpretation, negotiations, and writing. A fact which has many a times, led to the creation of lopsided contracts that have benefited investors while fleecing the host country.

    Mr. Kabwe failed to provide a balanced approach to those deficiencies. In my opinion, Dr. Muhongo's approach is heroic, and nationalistic. The public should, without reservation throw its absolute support behind this man for his position to temporarily suspend and review all the current contracts related to gas exploration and even electricity production

    Having worked in the Investment Banking –Capital Markets- Can affirm to the fact that, success or failure of an investment, primarily depends upon how crafty a contract is. Managers across all economic sectors assemble top legal minds and experienced subject matter experts that would pull off successful investments through favorable and well structured contracts. These contracts at the same time have in them, clauses and provisions that provide room for ongoing review and amendments contingent upon the prevailing conditions or circumstances and market situations.

    My only question is why Zitto is up in arms trying to block the review of questionable contacts in the public eyes, what is his fear? Singapore, India, Venezuela, Brazil etc. in recent years, radically modernized and even terminated some contracts with foreign investors in various sectors that were becoming economic liabilities or not equitably representative. This is how things work be it in municipalities, public or private companies, sovereign states and government agencies. Dr. Muhongo as a subject matter expert has suggested just that. Why should he face political interference?

    From my understanding, TPDC, a body tasked with the contractual review is not a political body. It is a professional entity made of subject matter experts –seasoned professionals -. If Mr. Zitto is dissatisfied with TPDC current formation or the capability, he should demand the overhaul of its management team for a more qualified one, which will execute the task –contractual review- diligently, impartially and independently for the interest of the nation. All findings thereafter be made public to satisfy his demand for transparency

    Political meddling, intimidation and personal hostility are not doing the country any good considering the fact that, main victims of bad contracts in the energy sector are the country's economy, and the public at large. Politics should be kept off professional undertakings. Mr. Kabwe should let Dr. Muhongo do his job. This man has been in the office for a very short period. He has taken bold and risky decisions no other minister has ever taken in the ministry and the energy sector in general. He is stepping on dangerous toes for the best interest of the country, and what he needs the most at this point is our support not interference

    Dr. Muhongo's success or failure is not going to be measured by how many politicians he pleased or displeased, but on what he delivered to the country at the time of need. Soon or later, the public will know whether he was a bluff or a HERO he painted himself to be. Dr. Muhongo's approach is the right step in the right direction. Wrong step into the wrong direction is to politically interfere with his work in the name of transparency. Give him a chance to do his Job


    CHANZO: John Mashaka on Michuzi Blog -
    MICHUZI: Hon. Zitto Kabwe, Let Dr. Muhongo Do His Job, says John Mashaka
     
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    Hon.MP Senior Member

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    Good work of Mashaka; a well-crafted analysis on Hon. Zitto personal attack to Hon. Muhongo. Sooner we shall find out openly what ZK is up for & he shall never win the battle against good intentions of Prof. Muhongo, whose walk stands for public interests.
    When Dr. Muhongo gives bold and clear directives to the newly elected Board Members of TPDC on overseeing and assessing different existing contracts, Zitto calls it a political stunt & flip flopping.

    In concluding, Zitto is warned as as once, a respected Raban Gamaliel of the Sanhedrin said,

    "if it be of men, it will come to naught, but if it be of God, ye will not be able to overthrow it; lest perhaps ye be found even to fight against God"
     
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    Huyu mwandishi wa hii makala yeye ndiye bogus kabisa. Anasema Brazil, Singapore, Venezuela na India ni miongoni mwa nchi zilizositisha(terminate) baadhi ya mikataba baada ya kuipitia kama ambavyo Prof. Muhongo alivyoiagiza TPDC.

    Kitu ambacho hajui ama amekisahau ama hataki kukitaja ni kwamba Muhongo ameshatangulia kusema kwamba hakuna mkataba wowote utakaovunjwa. Kwamba kabla hata mikataba haijafanyiwa review kujua mapungufu yaliyopo waziri unatoa statement za kupre empty zoezi zima la kufanya review linakuwa halina maana tena.

    Tunakumbuka jinsi serikali ilivyoshauriwa na kamati ya Bomani kufanya marekebisho ya msingi katika mikataba ya madini lakini imegonga mwamba kwa makampuni ya madini hasa barrick ambao wamekataa katakata kufanya marekebisho ambayo yangeinufaisha nchi.

    Serikali ya ccm haina uthubutu wala nia ya kufanya review za manufaa kwa nchi zaidi ya kujinufaisha viongozi wao binafsi. Waziri Muhongo ni m-ccm na wa-ccm wote akili zao zinafanana linapokuja suala la mikataba... Wote ni dhaifu!
     
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    timbilimu JF-Expert Member

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    Huyu mwandishi sijui kama amefuatilia huu mjadala hapa wiki iliyopita,anaonekana ni mtu wa kukurupuka na asiye na uelewa na mambo yanavyoendeshwa hapa nchini.
     
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    Shardcole JF-Expert Member

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    Baada ya Zitto kusema kuwa" kwa wanaotegemea kuivuruga CDM kupitia Zitto waandike maumivu"

    basi mmeanza kumuandama maana mlidhani wenu kumbe jamaa yupo beyond ya akilini zenu sasa mnaanza kumponda nyie magamba.

    Tuachieni jembe letu Zitto.

    Ebooooo............
     
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    Very well written (grammatically(sp) )

    But nauliza tu

    Je mifumo ya usafirishaji na uchimbaji wa visima umekakilika? Nani mmiliki?
     
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    pata uteuzi-review mikataba-tishia mwekezaji/kampuni ya madini/nishati-,vuta kidogo hifadhi Swittzerland/Malta/Cisily/- tulia-Mbunge XXX analeta hoja binafsi bungen-Uchunguzi/ jiuzulu-Mfalme anasema huna issue ya rushwa! The vicious cycle of corruption huko wizara husika NA VITO.

    Maneno mengine ni mengi buire tu. Mtalalamu wa hesabu anisaidie formula au zile zaitwa functions hapa tuanze kuchora graphs na tutapata Phd hapo hap[o kwenye kidonda ndugu cha madini/nishati hapa nchini,
     
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    " Dr. Muhongo's success or failure is not going to be measured by how many politicians he pleased or displeased, but on what he delivered to the country at the time of need"

    huyu mtu anamaana tumwache Muhongo aendelee na kazi yake hata kama anafanya sivyo halafu baade tuje tushughulike na ugonjwa
     
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    zito zitto zittto zitttto give him a break, huyo muhongo angeweka hiyo mikataba public, angejua mabaya mengi kwa ajili wadau mbalimbali wangeisoma na kuichambua. kwa nini anaificha?
     
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    I would never waste my valued time criticising a leader whom I do not have HIGH REGARDS TO.

    Therefore by shear dint of the fact that most of us here would never hesitate off-loading scarthing attacks on certain UNBECOMING CHARACTER TRAITS IN OUR LIFE-LONG FRIEND, ZITTO ZUBERI KABWE, that simply owes to the fact that he matters a lot to us thence no slightest wayward veering would go unscrutinised thoroughly about this gentleman, Dr Mkumbo and even Dr Slaa himself.

    Constructive criticism is here to stay those who matter a lot to us, and Zitto for one in this instance. I, for one, would always NOT HESITATE, today or tomorrow, to turn RED HOT on any of the political leaders that Iplace of an exceptional stature, only choosing to become FAST-RATE POLITICAL MERCHANTS of some sorts, perfectionists in DOUBLE-SPEAK, and a bull of a lion in INCONSISTENCIES, LONE-RANGING and unwarranted popularity seeking tendencies.

    Naam, in a nutshell, Zitto can still be a VALID CHAQUE to cash on some days as long as he resets his new-found political passions into a public-friendlier social justice warrior with predictable steps and dependable moves both in public eye or in private.

    Gentlemen, if you truely have so political love for our buddies like Kitila Mkumbo, John Mnyika, William Malecela, Zitto Kabwe, Deus Malya, Massele, Prof Muhongo Muhingo Rweyemamu, Mzee Mwanakijiji and the like, TELL THEM THE MOST CHOKING TRUTH so that only truth and truth alone remain the strong foundation of your friendship and NOT otherwise.

    If Prof Muhongo is truely dedicated to let his fellow Tanzanians have a taste of the various natural resources in the country, currently mercilessly being milked by a few MAFISADI, why MUST Zitto stand on his way argueing for the interests of that UNKNOW category yet we just let this go down the bridge simply because he is our friend????????

    Let the Minister to his job and if he messes around we shall equally be here and round to take him to task so mercilessly on this very score.
     
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    Bravo CCM-MAMA,I am especially enthralled by the impeccable english narratives and expressions that portray the true picture of the situation.

    Somebody said Zitto is a front face for some economic- political force behind.

    Zitto must be contained
     
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    Msingi imara wa urafiki wa aina yoyote ile ni sharti kuelezana ukweli na ukweli wote. Zitto's DOUBLE SPEAK on energy and minerals sweeping review proposal IN NOT GOOD for the country.

    You just can't be switching positions on delicate nationl issues of IMMENSE PUBLIC INTEREST just like that and with a mark of very doubtful inconsistency and still just expect a silence of the nights over it.

    Prof Muhongo, we the Tanzanian public are both HUNGRILY and ANGRILY up-in-arms demanding for our FAIR-SHARE of our natural resources to trickle down our lives TODAY and not TOMORROW.

    This is a most legitimate demnd that MUST AT ALL COSTS be fortified with a new set of air-tight regulatory framework in that very direction without any further day.

    The review team MUST be sectorwide stakeholder base all-inclussive and not just the TPDC pack of political henchmen around the table. Massele, oya vipi hapo na unafanya kazi gani juu ya hili????
     
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    Dear Author,

    Are you familiar with the word being critic? What is Zitto doing is criticing our Minister. Yes he is doing a great job but in some instances, he is a flip flopper. Particularly, when it comes to oil and gas. My advise to you is to LET ZITTO DO HIS JOB AS WELL. WE TANZANIANS ARE BENEFITING FROM KNOWING WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON IN THERE.

    This is 21st Century, if you still think you and your magambas party can enter into shaddy deals with your fellow magambas members you are dead wrong. 2015 mtakiona cha moto!!!
     
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    siyo tu ndni ya CDM, hata CCM Zitto kajiweka kwamba ni mtu ambaye ana akili sana. Hajui kwamba kuna magwiji zaidi yake. Mara nyingi vitu anavyoandika Zitto ni vya kutafuta public attention tu. Nadhani mwandishi wa haya makala has nailed it. Zitto should think twice before going public na issues kwa maana ikianza hivi atazidi kuvuliwa nguo na kubaki uchi.

    Prof. Muhongo, kama alivyosema mwandishi need to be given time to get some work done. siyo kila siku ZITTO kamlima barua. haina maana kabisa. Zitto atulie Zake CDM. CCM anatafuta nini?
     
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    Nimeona English tu, nothing more

    the guy is out of touch, ameapproach contract issue with a banker's approach.......... totally lost it!!!

    kuna transparence, na contract review, yeye analinganisha the two
     
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    So the guy is a banker ? huyu s ni mwandishi wa Mwananchi, because i have seen his article in one of the english papers. it was vry well written though
     
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    As usual Zitto hater,

    Zitto was actually right but since we Tanzanians are ignorant and do not like to read, we do not know what is actually going on around the world. Tanzania is competing with Mozambique to built a first LNG. Do you know the difference in the price of a raw gas and a liquidified gas? It is huge ndugu. If we built an LNG plant in Tanzania hundreds of people will be employed, thousands of people will benefit from using the gas. Without forgeting the revenues that will rise from exporting liquidfied gas abroad.

    I remember last 2 to 3 weeks ago I came across an article from the Financial Times, Ophir suspended plans to built LNG plant in Australia because they are focusing on Tanzania. What Tanzania has which Mozambique is missing is political stability and peace, and investors valued that highly. However, what Muhogo is doing in suspending and reviewing license will costs Tanzania hugely as it is going to chase away those investors.
     
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    Acha kuongea pumba na kushabikia pumba, wewe na akili zako mwekezaji wa nje anakwenda kuwekeza nje bila ya PEST analysis, hili ajue ajilinde vipi huko baadae kwenye mkataba wake. Unadhani huyo mwekezaji ajui kama ana deal na watu wenye tamaa na things might change quickly if the contracts come to the open.

    Halafu mwandishi anaongelea jamaa wanamaloya wa maana (true) amboa wanajua nini maana ya mikataba, halafu hapo hapo anazungumzia review ya contracts na mingine ivunjwe aint that pathetic.

    Yeye mwenyewe ajaongelea cost za kuvunja hiyo mikataba na wala hajui gharama za kuvunja hiyo mikataba on the same token anaongelea eti hoja ya Zitto ya transparency aina mantiki sasa hatajuaje athari za kuvunja hiyo mikataba ambayo anashadidia hiwe reviewed and be terminated, amuulize huyo Professor wake why is he backtracking.

    Pumba tupu.
     
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    kama ni mashaka, basi sio mwandishi wa mwananchi

    ameandika vizuri, ila amebana sana kushoto, kaacha barabara kubwa sana kwa counterpunches
     
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    John Mashaka just another Opportunist who can't explain the Flip Flopping of the minister once the market went down. What the hell did he promise investors of good results before even the review was done. My understanding Prof. Muhongo should ought to know this (in bold) and the fact that they will use all their experties to defend their interest..Who is he fooling!
     
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