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  1. Mlalahoi

    Mlalahoi JF-Expert Member

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    Msabaha `dives` for cover over suspect pipeline deal

    FINNIGAN WA SIMBEYE

    Dar es Salaam

    REJECTED only the other day, an American company is back with a lucrative deal, apparently all signed and sealed, to supply power to the national electricity grid, THISDAY can reveal.

    At first attempt, the Third Phase government rejected a bid by Messrs Richmond Development Company (RDC) to secure a 650bn/- pipeline project. But the same firm has just scooped the lucrative deal.

    THISDAY can now reveal that the RDC failed to win the tender for the oil pipeline project floated by the Third Phase Government on grounds that it had submitted ''a poor project implementation proposal.''

    But to the surprise of stakeholders in the construction industry, heightened by a highly suspect move, the same company recently received a bond worth $100m (about 130 bn/-) from the CRDB Bank, with which it has just secured a contract from TANESCO to supply 100 megawatts of power to the national electricity grid.

    ''When the Third Phase government was about to end its tenure towards the end of last year, we had rejected Richmond's proposal,'' former energy minister, Daniel Yona told THISDAY.

    He added: ''As to what is happening now, you had better contact the current minister (Dr. Msabaha).''

    When contacted for comment, Dr Msabaha dithered: ''You better come to my office � I don't give interviews over the phone.'' But when THISDAY visited the minister's office, his aides demanded a written questionnaire.

    The US company, based at Houston, Texas was about to win the lucrative oil pipeline project which was initiated by a local company, Africommerce International Limited (AIL), but it failed in its bid after it allegedly failed to submit a satisfactory proposal on how to implement the project.

    The former minister dismissed allegations that the US firm had won the bond through his 'influence-peddling' by virtue of his membership to the CRDB Board.

    ''Those reports are absolutely untrue, I first knew Richmond during my tenure at the ministry when they approached us with a view to taking over the Dar es Salaam-Mwanza oil pipeline project,'' Yona insisted.

    The AIL which initiated the project in the 1990s had sunk over 3bn/- by last year when the former energy and minerals minister decided that the company had failed to deliver over the years.

    After a long silence, Richmond resurfaced in the local media last week when press reports revealed that the company had secured a last-minute bond from CRDB after failing to do as a pre-condition to import 20MW General Electric gas turbines to supply power to Tanesco.

    The RDC is one of the four private power-generating companies awarded a tender last week to supply Tanesco with energy. But reports said the US firm had failed to import a 20MW gas turbine early this month due to failure to raise a bank guarantee � but which the CRDB finally provided.

    At a news conference last week, Minister for Energy and Minerals, Dr. Ibrahim Msabaha -- who served as deputy to Mr. Yona during the last five years of President Benjamin Mkapa's administration -- confirmed that CRDB had 'rescued' the American company in its desperate bid to clinch the Dar es Salaam-Mwanza oil pipeline.

    Investigations by THISDAY have since established that RDC had earlier failed to secure a bank bond both at home in the US and locally because of stringent US bank demands on credibility and project viability of the loan seeker.

    On its website, the RDC which is jointly owned by businessman Mohammed Gire and economist, Dr. Mohammed Huque, does not give any details of its finances other than giving a general notice on projects covered.

    ''RDC team has brought to financial close several projects totalling some $500m (approx. 650bn/-). RDC's current development includes civil constructions, oil pipelines and 200MW Power Plant, and a 200,000 bpd Refinery Project in Brazil,'' the company says on its website.

    Without naming where the projects are specifically located, the RDC further claims it is undertaking an 'oil pipeline' project and a '60,000-seat national stadium' project � both projects located within East Africa, according to the website.

    ''Richmond Development Company of Houston which is developing several projects in the East African nation of Tanzania hosted Tanzanian Ambassador to the US, Honorable Andrew M. Daraja to Houston, Texas, from July 20 through to July 22, 2003,'' the company said in a statement on its website.

    The RDC said the projects currently under development include, (the) ''National Sports Stadium with seating capacity of sixty thousand spectators, 1,150 km of petroleum product pipeline plus five terminals.''

    Asked to clarify on the projects currently under development, Dr. Huque refused to disclose what he termed as ''secret company information'' in an electronic mail message.

    On public record, there is only one 60,000-seater stadium project � the National Stadium project built by a Chinese company -- while the Dar-Mwanza pipeline project is stalled pending final decision by Dr. Msabaha.



    Hivi ndivyo ilivyoripotiwa na Daily News la tarehe 12/09

    Source:: Daily News
    Story by: CHARLES KIZIGHA
    Date: 12.09.2006

    A US-based firm is behind its schedule of installing a 20-MW gas turbine at the Ubungo power station in Dar es Salaam.
    The company had targeted end of this month or early next month for the beginning of the installation work in addition to installing two more turbines of 40MW each by December.

    The delay is expected to further aggravate the power crisis in the country in the next few weeks.
    Country Manager of Richmond Development Company of Houston, USA, Mr Naeem Gire, said last month that the 20-MW turbine would arrive towards the end of this month to be followed with installation immediately.
    Following the impending serious power crisis, the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has contracted Messrs Agreco to install a 30-MW diesel generator in Mwanza in six months' time, according to sources.

    The move follows envisaged serious national grid system instability in the gold producing regions of Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mara when the Mtera Dam hydroelectric plant comes to a halt when the water level reaches 687 metres above sea level at the end of next month.
    The company planned to install a 20-MW gas turbine between September and October and another two of 40MW each by December, which could have injected 100MW more to the national grid.

    Sources close to the ministries of Finance; Energy and Minerals as well as the banking sector claimed that Richmond's plans to import the gas turbine in time emanated from its failure to secure a bank guarantee from an American bank so that a Letter of Credit could be opened.
    The bank decided not to issue the bank guarantee after undertaking a due diligence of Richmond Development Company, sources claimed, alleging that the Bank of Tanzania was also not keen for security reasons over the issue.
    The company has finally approached CRBD Limited which has opened the L/C but was yet to be confirmed as of last Friday, The CRDB Managing Director, Dr Charles Kimei, was not available for comment yesterday. This reporter was directed to talk to one Mr Nkini who was also not reached.

    Sources claimed that Messrs Richmond had asked for an advance payment of 30 million US dollars (33bn/-) while they did not have a bank guarantee.
    It was further alleged that the company had already informed Tanesco that the gas turbine had already been crated in the US when they were told local experts wanted to inspect the machine. But a senior government official ordered it (consignment) to be shipped so that the needful (inspection) could be conducted in Dar es Salaam.

    When Tanesco demanded the shipping documents, Richmond officials promised to deliver them but that never happened to date. Officials of the company could not be reached through their cellular or the landline phones. This newspaper also failed to reach the country manager.

    Authoritative sources close to the industry said that failure by the US company to install the gas turbine according to its plan, plus the absence of a Songas 40-MW turbine which broke down last month and flown to Holland for repairs has forced Tanesco to generate more electricity at Mtera Dam than it had earlier planned.

    The water level at Mtera recorded 687.88 metres above sea level yesterday, meaning Tanesco was left with only 88 centimetres to generate power for 44 days only since the consumption was two centimetres a day, sources said.
    Mtera was generating 30MW intermittently for some few hours. However, by yesterday, the plant was shut down completely, meaning that there was no water flowing into Kidatu. Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) generates 100MW, Songas 140MW, Nyumba ya Mungu, three MW, Kihansi 30MW and Pangani 29MW.

    "Tanesco is generating between 300 and 350MW during the day to cope with the 12-hour load shedding, increasing the amount to 550MW after the day's rationing by generating more from the hydropower stations whose water levels are very low," sources said.

    "If Mtera closes today, Kidatu will be able to continue generating power for only one week," they said.
    In the light of this situation, the Tanesco board of directors is expected to meet this morning. Its Chairman, Ambassador Fulgence Kazaura, said it would assess the power situation in the country and come up with strategies to increase generation as well rationing, bearing in mind its financial and economic implications.


    Sijui kwa wanao-doubt efforts za This Day stori hii ni of public interest au "maslahi binafsi ya Mengi"?
     
  2. FairPlayer

    FairPlayer JF-Expert Member

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    Wametumwa, wengine ni wajinga tu ambao wanalinda matumbo yao na kuweka utaifa kando. Watu wa aina hiyo ndio walioua mashirika yetu na wengi wamekimbilia nje au kupelekwa nje kama Adadi ktk juhudi ya serikali yetu "nzuri" ya ku "waajibisha" waliotenda "vizuri" kazini!.

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    Ogah JF-Expert Member

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    where is "tafiti then jadili" ??
     
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    FairPlayer JF-Expert Member

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    Ogah,

    Ukija na hoja mbovu lazima uingie mitini, Tafiti alikuwa anatetea "tumbo". Baadaye akajifanya anajadili na hoja nyingine, kisha mitini.

    Unakumbuka na yule rafiki yako Nungwi naye amekuja na hoja zake feki, joto likazidi jikoni ameingia mitini. Safi sana, ongezeni moto wooote waingie mitini.

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    Hana la kutetea.Labda sasa anafanya uTAFITI ili THEN aJadili:)
     
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    Kulikoni JF-Expert Member

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    About two months ago, nlisoma hii habari katika THISDAY nikaamua kuisave kwa sababu ilinikera kama mwananchi na kuniacha na maswali kadhaa.

    While nliwasifu for bringing it up whereas other media ha no mention of it, naona nao pia wameiandika ki-'Daily news' kwa kutotuwekea wazi mambo mengi. I was left curious as to who the hell is this man? where is he from? what are the names of his 'several companies' that apparently operate from his apartment or a miniature office? ..?..? who are these 'senior' and 'top retired' officials'? ..? ..? Why hawatajwi majina as we have come to expect from THISDAY kind of reporting?

    Since it is obvious that kuna rushwa involved, with many leads, nlitarajia na suala hili pia wangelivalia njuga, but I haven't seen it again ever since.

    So to THISDAY, keep it up.. but be THISDAY in all issues, don't become DAILYNEWS in some.
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    Short, fat man with big govt deals
    http://www.thisday.co.tz/News/412.html

    THISDAY REPORTER
    Dar es Salaam

    THERE is disquiet among multinational companies, some of them unhappy that the government is routinely awarding a series of top contracts, including the famous radar deal and supply of the new presidential jet, to the same man.

    Our investigations show that the man has also picked up other major defence contracts, such as the supply of patrol boats and helicopters to the ministries of home affairs, and defence and national service.

    Sources say the man has also been working closely with top retired and current government officials in winning the contracts worth millions of US dollars.

    The silent man acts as a middleman, handling huge deals between the government and manufacturers in exchange for a hefty commission. Technical reports prepared by various government departments and ministries suggest he has vast business interests in Tanzania, all giving him favourable status in bidding for top contracts.

    But our investigations have revealed that the man only operates from a small rented office of 50 square metres or from his rented apartment. The businessman owns several companies, all of which operate from a small office in the Dar es Salaam city centre.

    ’’This mystery man owns very little assets in Tanzania, which means he keeps all his money from the lucrative deals with the government outside the country,’’ said a government source. He added: ’’The fact that he is a briefcase businessman with no commitment to Tanzania means that he can leave the country at any time. Yet, he has been getting all these major government contracts.’’

    Sources say he has so far done deals worth over $260m (around 300bn/-) with the government, but has filed a mere 5m/- in tax returns. All the deals involving the businessman are tinged with controversy. The government ran into trouble with international donors over the purchase of the ?28m (over 50bn/-) air traffic control system, which experts say is not only obsolete but overpriced as well.

    The man is said to have lobbied officials with the former Ministry of Transport and Communications (now incorporated in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development) to pick the US $40m Gulfstream 550 presidential jet over other cheaper options ? which raised serious complaints from other suppliers, including Bombardier of Canada, which cried foul over the way the contract was awarded to the eventual winner.

    Officials from Bombardier said ministry officials deliberately pitted Gulfstream 550 against a lower version of their planes, describing the move as comparing ’’apples with oranges.’’

    When contacted for comment, the Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzania Government Flight Agency, Capt John Mkony, said the presidential jet was bought directly from manufacturers in Seattle, the United States, without using an agent.

    ’’Since the jet was not bought on loan there was no need of using agents or suppliers. We would have used agents if the plane was bought on loan,’’ he said.

    However, a senior official with the former Ministry of Transport and Communications told THISDAY that the mystery man had been seen frequently visiting the ministry to lobby government officials to buy the presidential jet from Gulfstream Corporation.

    ’’I used to see a fat, short man in the corridors of the ministry. He was actively lobbying for the deal on the presidential jet,’’ said the official who preferred to remain anonymous.
     
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