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Hapa Vipi? Dar health varsity project threatened

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    21st January 12
    Dar health varsity project threatened
    Judica Tarimo
    South Korea has threatened to withdraw funding for a 100bn/-national health project at Mlonganzila-Kibamba in Dar es Salaam if Tanzania does not compensate villagers and resolve other controversies within two months to enable its take-off.
    Chairman of the Public Organisations Accounts Committee (POAC), Zitto Kabwe said pullout by the creditor would be a big blow to the country, which is currently facing an acute shortage of doctors and medical professionals.
    "Its' a huge loss to the nation…our country may lose 100bn/- soft loan from South Korea. My committee, members of Parliament and Tanzanians will not accept this," he said at a parliamentary meeting yesterday.

    The committee was scrutinising books of accounts of the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), the key implementer of the long-awaited and much-talked about Mlonganzila health-education project, which is expected to produce about 900 doctors annually.

    According to the POAC chairman, the project which was scheduled to start in 2010, and be ready in three years has yet to start because the government has been dilly-dallying in compensating the villagers to pave way for construction work.
    The Parliament had been approving compensation packages for the villagers, but they were yet to receive their money, due to what he described as negligence and lack seriousness on the part the relevant government ministries - Health and Social Welfare, Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development and Finance.
    "In the financial year 2009/10, the government set aside compensation package for villagers, but the money was not paid to respective villagers. Again, funds were allocated in the financial years 2010/11 and 2011/12, but villagers are yet to be paid their compensation…it is ridiculous," said Zitto.
    He expressed dismay over a "possible financial and experts loss" to the nation if the government fails to compensate the villagers to allow the project to start.
    "We are going to lose two things…100bn/- soft loan from the financier (South Korea) and secondly 900 doctors annually, who are expected to be produced through this project," said POAC chairman.
    Yesterday, the parliamentary watchdog suspended its scrutiny of MUCHS' accounts until it gets detailed explanation from the government.
    Speaking shortly after suspending the session, Zitto Kabwe said: "We have decided to stop discussions, until we get a satisfactory explanation from the government. We are not joking, the creditor (South Korea) is withdrawing funding…they gave the government only two months to start the project, failure of which they will quit."
    "As chairman, I instructed government officials to bring the key persons -- Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Permanent Secretary of the Education and Vocational Training. They have to come here and explained why compensation has been delayed unnecessarily," said Zitto, adding: "We are now waiting for them…we cannot proceed with the session until we get a government word through them."
    When this reporter contacted Finance Minister, Mustafa Mkulo, he declined to comment on the issue, saying responsible sector ministries (health and education) were better positioned to give correct explanation on the compensation claims.
    When approached, Ramadhani Khijjah Finance Permanent Secretary said he was not aware of the compensation claim on the Mlonganzila health-education project.
    "It's not possible to know every project. Responsible ministries should present their claims to us. If they have a budget for that (compensating villagers), we will give the money, but if they have no budget, that would be something else," said PS.
    Efforts to get comments from the villagers' committee which is following up on their claims are continuing, after failing to reach them by phone yesterday.

    Dar health varsity project threatened

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