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CAG to audit Dar es Salaam airport VIP lounge value

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  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Fri, Apr 20th, 2012

    Tanzania |

    Julius Nyerere International Airport.

    The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Anne Makinda, has ordered the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) to conduct a special auditing on 12bn/- spent on the construction of the VIP Lounge at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).
    The construction was done by China Sonagol Internation Limited (CSIL) in collaboration with the government of Tanzania. CSIL contributed 9bn/- while the government of Tanzania contributed 3bn/-. The Speaker’s direction to CAG was prompted by a request by the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Assembly, Mr Freeman Mbowe.

    Mr Mbowe said that the 12bn/- was very huge amount of money which did not correspond with the work done, claiming that only 3bn/- contributed by the government of
    Tanzania was enough to build the lounge. “We all know the VIP Lounge at JNIA; 12bn/-
    is a huge amount.

    I am sure that only 3bn/- contributed by the government was adequate to construct it, I therefore ask the Assembly to direct CAG to immediately audit the said amount, I doubt if really the money was spent on the project,” Mr Mbowe said.

    The Speaker also directed the government to bring before the Assembly a clear explanation on the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the government and CSIL over purchase of 49 per cent stake in the Air Tanzania (ATCL). Mr Mbowe also said that the Chinese company was engaged to conduct oil exploration in Rukwa basin under unclear circumstances.

    Kigoma North MP on Chadema ticket Mr Zitto Zuberi Kabwe in his supplementary question claimed that CSIL, besides signing the agreement to buy Air Tanzania, also unlawfully engaged in oil exploration in the Rukwa basin before being halted by the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).

    Mr Kabwe further alleged that it was a mistake to say that the Chinese firm was a generous donor who supported the construction of the terminal, when actually it gained at the expense of the government in the airline deal. The Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr Adam Malima, stood up to explain that after it was agreed that CSIL was engaged in an illegal exprolation, it was halted and the deal was handed to Heritage, a UK based company.

    On CSIL investment in ATCL and construction of VIP Lounge at JNIA, the Minister for Transport, Mr Omar Nundu, explained that the documents which Parastatals Organizations Accounts Committee were given were inappropriate and were misleading and should not be considered. The Speaker was dissatisfied with explanations given by both Ministers and therefore directed them to prepare explanation and present before the assembly to settle the controversies and contradictions.

    “This matter is very paradoxical, even your explanations are controversial and incomprehensible, I therefore want you to prepare satisfactory explanation for the assembly,” Ms Makinda said. Earlier, the Deputy Minister for Transport Mr Athuman Mfutakamba when answering the basic question by Mr Kabwe on fate of Terminal III construction at the JNIA said that the government was planning to do it through Public Private Partnership.

    He also said that the government was looking for 15.5bn/- to compensate Kipunguni residents.

    Source Tanzania Daily News

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    wow it seems everyone is in the country to steal and go
  3. Nazjaz

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    mbombo ngafu, wananchi tujiulize, CCM oyeee au ccm hoi?