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Kagoda scandal queries resurface in Bunge

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    Kagoda scandal queries resurface in Bunge

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    Ubungo MP (Chadema), Mr John Mnyika

    By Mkinga Mkinga
    The Citizen Reporter
    Dodoma. Queries over the outcome of the investigation on the involvement of Kagoda Agricultural Company Limited, one of firms named in the Central Bank’s External Payment Areas (EPA) account looting scandal, has resurfaced in the Parliament.

    This time it was the Ubungo MP (Chadema), Mr John Mnyika, who raised the issues during the question and answer session in the House, challenging the government to state the status of the investigation.The company is alleged to be the single biggest beneficiary of funds looted from the Bank of Tanzania’s (BoT) external payment arrears (EPA) account after receiving dubious payments of more than Sh40 billion.

    In his supplementary question, Mr Mnyika queried why no action has been taken so far against the company.
    “I would like to know the progress on the said investigation on the Kagoda Company, which we were earlier told that it is also involving some international investigation agencies,” the MP asked the minister responsible for Good Governance, Mr Mathias Chikawe.

    In his response, Mr Chikawe said the investigation was still going on. “The investigation is yet to be completed and once completed the suspects would be arraigned if there would be sufficient evidence,” he told the Parliament.On the other hand, Mr Chikawe informed MPs that the government was planning to compile a report on the pending grand corruption cases and table it before the Parliament.

    Responding to a question by Wawi MP (CUF), Mr Hamad Rashid Mohammed, Mr Chikawe said most of the cases have stalled at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). In his question, Mr Hamad referred to the statement by the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) chief, Dr Edward Hosseah, during a seminar for MPs in Dar es Salaam that the anti-graft watchdog has completed many investigations but the files are still pending at the DPP’s office.Despite admitting the delays, the minister pledged to bring the report before the end of the ongoing Parliamentary session in Dodoma.

    Meanwhile, the parliamentary committee on Justice and Constitutional Affairs will conduct a public hearing tomorrow to collect views on the 2011 Constitutional Review Bill.According to the Parliament’s schedule of activities, MPs will only have two day to debate the crucial 2011 Constitution Review Bill, which has been scheduled for tabling on April 18.The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Anne Makinda, told MPs that the hearing would be conducted in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, urging stakeholders to attend and present their views.

    “I urged all stakeholders to show up for the hearings at Karimjee Hall in Dar es Salaam and Pius Msekwa hall in Dodoma. We have opted for two different venues due to the importance of the issue,” Ms Makinda said.
    According to the minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ms Celina Kombani, the government would conduct campaign, jointly with non-governmental organisations, to educate the public on the current constitution to enable them present informed views.

    Ms Kombani was responding to a question by Special Seats MP (CCM), Ms Fakharia Shomar Khamis, who wanted to know plans by the government to educate the public on the new bill.

    In what appears to be the legislator’s quest for the public involvement in the process, Civic United Front (CUF) MPs, Mr Habib Mnyaa (Mkanyageni) and Mr Mohammed Ibrahim Sanya (Mji Mkongwe) challenged the Speaker over the exclusion of the Parliament office in Zanzibar as a venue for the public hearing.

    “Honourable Speaker even the Zanzibaris have the same need to participate in the planned public hearing, since the Constitution is a union matter. Why has the Zanzibar office not been involved?” queried Mr Sanya.
    In her response, Ms Makinda said the Zanzibar office has been asked to mobilise people to come over to Dar es Salaam for the hearing.
     
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    Mswanda wa kuanzisha mchakato wamarekebisho ya katiba haupashwi kujadiliwa kwa sasa maana haukidhi haja; kwanza madai ya watu ni kuwa na katibapya na siyo kuifanyia marekebisho katiba iliyopo kama inavyopendekezwa. Pili mswanda huu unampa rais madaraka makubwa sana katika mchakato mzima. jambo linalopingana na dhana nzima ya utungaji wa katiba ambapo sauti ya umma ndiyo inapashwa ipewe kipau mbele.
     
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    Chama cha zamani watakuroga Mnyika
     
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