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Parliamentary Committee's Directive On 'Injustices'

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    Alex Bitekeye and Florence Mugarula
    30 May 2011

    Dar es Salaam - The parliamentary Energy and Minerals Committee yesterday directed the Tanzania Mines, Energy, Construction and Allied Workers Union (Tamico) to gather evidence on injustices committed on its members before it meets the House team.

    The committee, under chairperson January Makamba, told Tamico leaders that although they had genuine concerns to warrant intervention by the committee, there must also be sufficient facts to substantiate their claims.

    "You should go back and organise yourselves because we need a formal presentation with vivid examples which will enable us to see what action to take next, as opposed to what you are doing currently," said Mr Makamba. Corroborating the information, Ms Munde Tambwe said she agreed with the union's leaders that there are many grievances from mine owners, specifically those that are foreign-owned.

    "You may find people with the same qualification being paid different wages, based on the colour of their skins ... the union leaders must offer evidence on this trend before we rectify it," added Ms Tambwe.

    Earlier, Tamico general secretary Hassan Ameir told the committee that most workers under the union were facing various problems including unfair termination from work, lack of recognition and worst of all, discrimination.

    "Most mining employers do not follow labour laws and as a result most of the workers are treated unfairly," said Mr Ameir.Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee's (PAC) chairman, Mr John Cheyo, has turned away officials from the Lindi Municipal Council, noting that the CAG's report does not allow them to say anything before the committee.

    Mr Cheyo said the council has recorded poor performance in a period of two years consecutively and that the committee has realized that there was nothing to discuss with council officials."I think we have lost respect for anything you want to say to this committee ... we have no time to discuss your terrible report," said Mr Cheyo.

    However, he said the committee wants the government to stop transferring officials from one work station to another after proving that they were poor performers in previous stations.He noted that former Lindi regional administrative secretary (RAS) Claudio Bitegeko has ruined the council, but the government has transferred him to Manyara Region instead of firing him.

    Mr Cheyo said the committee was looking forward to summoning Mr Bitegeko and the current Lindi municipal council management team to discuss various issues concerning the misuse of public funds.According to Mr Cheyo, PAC will also write to the Paymaster General seeking for cancellation of Mr Bitegeko's name from the list of regional administration secretaries who qualify to receive money on behalf of municipal councils in the country.

    "The committee would also write to the minister for Local Government and Regional Administration to deduct at least 15 per cent of Mr Bitegeko's salary every month so as to recover the loss he has caused the government," said Mr Cheyo.