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Richmond founder eyes more contracts

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Makaayamawe, Oct 29, 2009.

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    Makaayamawe JF-Expert Member

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    The founder of the US-based Richmond Development Corporation (RDEVCO) LLC, Mohamed Gire, now appears to have re-invented the company at the centre of a large-scale corruption scandal in Tanzania by making several changes to its official profile.

    The company, which lists its official address as 5825 Schumacher Lane in Houston, Texas, has recently refurbished it’s website which now makes no mention of its previous or ongoing business interests in Tanzania.

    Richmond is described on the website rdevco.com - as a ”premiere firm specializing in infrastructure development and energy markets,” and
    names Gire, a Tanzanian national of Asian Indian descent - and a former US ambassador, Lewis Lucke, as the company’s two-man leadership team.

    ”Mr Gire brings a unique blend of talent and over 20 years of business insight to growing companies. In 1985, he started the Richmond Printing Company, now one of the largest printing businesses in Texas,” says the website, adding:

    "This experience fostered his interest in advanced technologies. With his savvy talent for real estate and management, he ventured into other areas. Gire’s focus on energy and infrastructure projects has continued since 2003, when he co-founded RDEVCO, LLC."

    In a personal statement also published on the website, Gire claims that Richmond is a company that 'cares for the people' in its business dealings.

    ”I’ve tried to create a company that cares deeply about the people it serves, by creating the roots for advancing them economically. I think the work we do at RDEVCO accomplishes that,” he states.

    According to the online profile, Gire has participated in numerous international trade delegations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

    But it does not offer any specifics.


    Gire says his experience in Tanzania and Africa as a whole ”inspired” him to give back to the community.

    ”The first time I set my foot back on African soil after so many years away, I was overcome with so many emotions - joy, nostalgia and this tremendous sense of my own mortality. I like to think that the things I build today will be there long after I’m gone,” he says.

    Ambassador Lucke, described on the website as the Richmond company’s director of government relations, served as the US envoy to Swaziland from 2004 to 2006.

    ”RDEVCO is excited to welcome Ambassador Lucke and we look forward to his wise counsel, enthusiasm, and passion for international development,” says another statement on the website.

    Until June 2006, the Richmond company was barely known to the Tanzanian public. But since then, it has quickly assumed an infamous reputation owing to its being the primary factor in an entirely-bogus emergency power generation contract with the state-run Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).

    A parliamentary probe team led by Kyela legislator Dr Harrison Mwakyembe last year uncovered clear indications of massive corruption in the Richmond deal, leading to the resignations of the then prime minister Edward Lowassa and senior Cabinet ministers Nazir Karamagi and Dr Ibrahim Msabaha.

    The Richmond scandal is now widely expected to resurface yet again in the latest National Assembly session which started this week in Dodoma
     
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    1. TAKUKURU inaelekea hawana kazi za kufanya mpaka wachunguze posho za wabunge. Kwa nini wasihangaike na huyu Gire aliyetutapeli na nduguzake bado wako Bongo?
    2. Je anglau wamesharipoti hii kampuni ya Richmond kwa mamlaka za US Gov na kuomba msaada wa FBI kama Waingereza wanavyohangaika na RADAGATE yetu ambayo TAKURURU wameisusa?
     
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    takukuru ni kikundi cha wezi tu.....hakuna kitu. Vijana wameajiriwa hapo mwaka 2006 leo wananuua nyumba ya TZS 30m hizo hela wanapata wapi?? kama siyo rushwa tu na wizi??
     
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    Halafu cha kusikitisha wanajisikia raha kuitwa wafanyakazi wa ikulu huku input zao kwa maendeleo ya Taifa hazionekani. Hawa jamaa wanalipwa mishahara na marupurupu bure. Hawastahili kabisa.So far hakuna la maana wanaloweza kujivunia wamelifanya. Liko wapi labda ni mimi tu nisiyeona
     
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    Kwa hali ilivyo jamii yetu kwa ujumla inahusudu mambo ya kuvunja vunja sheria. Tunahusudu watu matajiri hata kama utajiri wao ni wa mashaka makubwa. Maafisa serikalini na kwenye mashirika ya umma wanapenda kufanya "deals" na watu wenye historia isiyoeleweka (dubious). Ukiwa muadilifu upati kitu! Mtu kama Gire ndiye anayetakiwa na wakubwa hapa kwetu maana "anaweza". He has the guts wanasema waingereza. Tusishangae kama akipata deal nyingine maana hatakuwa wa kwanza. Juzi juzi tumesikia Jeetu Patel kashinda zabuni ya billioni 50 kuagiza matrekta ya Kilimo Kwanza! Wenzetu serikalini kilimo kwanza ina maana ya "MATUMBO KWANZA". Gire Oyee!!
     
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    Gire ni mfanya biashara mwenye pesa na ndiyo maana aliweza kupata tender kwani alikuwa na pesa za kohonga. Hapa Houston ana tender ya kuprint AD za City of Houston na ana $4m House lakini kabla hata ya Richmond deal. Vilevile cha kushangaza alikuwa kati ya watu wachache walio piga debe kwa Condi Rice na George Bush kutoa msaada wa barabara Tanzania $700m. George Bush Senior anamfahamu kwasababu wanakutana kwenye harambee za misaada ya masika au vyuo vikuu. Vilevile Gire anaheshimika sana City na ni Mshauri wa Mayor wa Houston kwenye mambo ya Africa. Tatizo moja la Watanzania wenzetu wa Asili ya kiasia ni ubinafsi kwa mfano sijawahi kumsikia Gire katoa hata punje kwenye michacho ya vifo kwani tunatabia ya kuchangiana na kusafirisha maiti kwasababu hakuna pesa.
     
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    Gire na michango

    ContributorCandidate or PAC Amount Date FEC Filing Gire, Mohamed
    Houston, TX 77057
    Richmond Printing/PresidentRODRIGUEZ, CIRO D. (D)
    House (TX 23)
    CIRO RODRIGUEZ FOR CONGRESS$2,300
    general06/18/08[​IMG]Gire, Mohamed
    Houston, TX 77057
    self/ConsultantJACKSON, JESSE L JR (D)
    House (IL 02)
    JESSE JACKSON JR FOR CONGRESS$1,000
    general05/13/08[​IMG]GIRE, MOHAMED MR.
    HOUSTON, TX 77057
    SELF-EMPLOYEDMCCAIN, JOHN S. (R)
    President
    JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC.$500
    primary05/25/07[​IMG]Gire, Mohamed
    Houston, TX 77057
    Richmond Printing/Owner
    TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY (D)$500
    primary06/28/04[​IMG]GIRE, MOHAMED
    HOUSTON, TX 77057
    RICHMOND PRINTINGJOHN, CHRIS (D)
    Senate - LA
    CHRIS JOHN FOR US SENATE$500
    primary06/01/04[​IMG]Gire, Mohamed Mr.
    Houston, TX 77057
    Richmond Printing/PresidentBELL, R CHRISTOPHER (D)
    House (TX 25)
    CHRIS BELL U.S. CONGRESS COMMITTEE$1,000
    general10/01/02[​IMG]GIRE, MOHAMED
    HOUSTON, TX 77057KIRK, RONALD (D)
    Senate - TX
    RON KIRK FOR U S SENATE$250
    general09/16/02[​IMG]GIRE, MOHAMED
    HOUSTON, TX 77057STRICKLAND, THOMAS LEE (D)
    Senate - CO
    STRICKLAND FOR COLORADO INC$250
    general09/05/02[​IMG]Gire, Mohamed
    Houston, TX 77057
    Richmond Printing/Business ownerLEE, SHEILA JACKSON (D)
    House (TX 18)
    SHEILA JACKSON LEE FOR CONGRESS$1,000
    general08/30/02[​IMG]GIRE, MOHAMED
    HOUSTON, TX 77063
    TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY (D)$1,000
    primary08/09/00
     
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    [​IMG]

    Asia Houston Network
    cordially invite you to the 2009
    [SIZE=+0]Community Leadership Awards Luncheon
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    Hon. Theresa Chang & Dr. Peter Chang
    Event Chairs

    Host Committee
    Victor Alvarez, Sheila Briones, Rogene Gee Calvert, Hon. Leonel Castillo, Hon. Jacqueline Baly Chaumette, Ann Cheng, Richard Cole, Tim Dang, Debbie Tyler Dillard, Hon. Charles Foster, Mohamed Gire, Glen Gondo, Reggie Gray, Mandy Kao, Gigi Lee, Wea Lee, Darcy Mackey, Zeljka Momirovic, Johnathan Nguyen, Bob Nowak, Hon. Gordon Quan, Hon. Randy Sim, Vu Thanh Thuy
     
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    Kamundu,
    Sasa huo ndiyo uzembe tulionao wa Tanzania. Wewe kama unaishi hapo Houston, na ni mkereketwa wa Utanzania wako, unaweza kusaidia huyu jamaa aka-adhibiwa. Is matter of your guts; kwa nini tunalalamika sana serikali haifanyi kazi na huyu jamaa unaye hapo.

    Fanya vitu vyako usiogope mripoti huyu jamaa kuwa anayoi scandal kubwa ya kuibia Africa; na una full evidence. Jamani hivi sisi ni wagonjwa?? Sasa unangoja serikali ifanye hiyo kazi na wewe hapo unaweza kufacilitate.
     
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    mzanganyika JF-Expert Member

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    Kila mwenye meno ale kwa saizi ya meno yake.

    Bwana Gire tafuna tu, nchi ya waliwayo kila mwenye meno na ale.

    Kamundu-asante kwa kuleta ka profile cha mtaalamu Gire, jamaa namu admire sana kwa uwezo wake wa kuleta action na kutafuna visivyo na wenyewe.
     
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    kwa michango hii jamaa ana vihela mbuzi tu. Hata Peter Noni anaweza kutoa zaidi ya hapo
     
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    Edo JF-Expert Member

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    HAPANA CPT. Marekani kuna kiwango cha kutoa michango, sio kama kwetu unatoa kadiri unavyoweza na kwa siri.
     
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    Jamani, Gire kaiba nini? Kama procedures za manunuzi hazijafuatwa na Watanzania, Gire kakosea nini? Kama generator zipo na in good condition as per contract terms. Money paid $30million, money recouped through charges so far $22million. Nadhani report had a political ambition rather than the facts. IPTL alitakiwa alete High Speed Engines ambazo zingekuwa easily convertable to gas utilization lakini walisupply engine zingine tofauti kabisa.
    Na hii nyingine ya uhifadhi wa samaki, kila mwezi charges $8million, nadhani hii inabidi iangaliwe kwa karibu na ichunguzwe haraka sana kuhakikisha kuwa kulikuwa hakuna ufisadi katika kuipa serikali mwanya wa kujilipa yenyewe fedha through her agents for elections purposes or individual gains.
    There is a lot including EPA inayoendelea BoT still pamoja na kesi nyingine kuwa mahakamani, jamani, there are just a lot of scams in this country. We don't here TAKUKURU on these issues. We want reports publicized by TAKUKURU on all these issues.
     
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    Kamundu JF-Expert Member

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    Hiyo michango ya kampeni si kwa ukubwa lakini inanunua urafiki na ndiyo kitu ambacho watu wengi wanafanya. Ukinunua urafiki uko mbele inakuwa rahisi kama unahitaji msaada. Mimi ni kweli nipo Houston na siwezi kufanya kitu kwani sijui vizuri tatizo la Richmond zaidi ya kusoma kwenye magazeti, pili nalaumu serikali kwasababu naamini hii biashara Gire aliletewa na Watanzania na ni kwasababu ana pesa ya kuhonga. Waziri mkuu Sumay, balozi wa zamani hata spika sita alikuwepo hapa miaka ya nyuma waliongea na Gire privately lakini wakati huo hatukujua ni nini kinaendelea. Watu wote hata Kikwete anamjua Gire ni mnafiki tu. Kama Gire angekuwa Mzungu wa Kimarekani sijui kama watu wangeisema Richmond kama sasa hivyo kwa upande mmoja naona Utanzania umemponza .Kuna rushwa kila siku Tanzania lakini kama unaasili ya kitanzania ni rahisi kujulikana kwasababu watu wanakujua kibinafsi.
     
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    Huyu Mohammed Gire wa Kisutu mtaa wa Kreist amekuwa tajiri hivyo eeeeh!
     
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    Tupo pamoja hapo. Limits ziko kwenye siasa lakini kama unataka kuchangia masuala ya jamii unatakiwa kuwa na fedha halali tu. Kiasi utakachotoa ni juu yako. Ndio maana utaona huyu lofa michango yake ni kwa wanasiasa tu. Huoni hata sehemu moja mfano wakati wa katrina kutoa hata mablanketi.
     
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    Mkuu,
    Input zao zinaonekana sana hata kipofu anaziona! Si ndiyo zilizoturudisha nyuma kiasi hiki?! input zao zina very negative effect kwenye maendeleo ya taifa mkuu. Ni afadhari kama isingekuwepo kabisa Taifa lingeokoa gharama za mishahara na marupurupu mengine wanayopata akina Hosea
     
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    Kamundu JF-Expert Member

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    REAL PROPERTY : Records Search [Tax Year: 2009]
    Your search for owner name : GIRE in tax year 2009 returned 5 record(s).
    Account InformationAccount NumberOwner NameProperty AddressZipImpr Sq FtMarket Value Appraised Value1158280050002GIRE ANISA I 2300 OLD SPANISH TRL 102677054838$103,871$103,8710741650030041GIRE FAMILY LP5825 SCHUMACHER LN7705719,754$673,179$673,1791207460010003GIRE MOHAMED A1606 POTOMAC DR C770574,277$720,174$720,1741207460010002GIRE MOHAMED A TRUSTEE1606 POTOMAC DR B770573,701$626,875$626,8751207460010001GIRE SHARIFFA1606 POTOMAC DR A770574,190$642,885$642,885
     
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    Kamundu JF-Expert Member

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    REAL PROPERTY : Records Search [Tax Year: 2009] Your search for owner name : GIRE in tax year 2009 returned 5 record(s).Account InformationAccount NumberOwner NameProperty AddressZipImpr Sq FtMarket ValueAppraised Value1.15828E+12GIRE ANISA I2300 OLD SPANISH TRL 102677054838$103,871 $103,871 7.4165E+11GIRE FAMILY LP5825 SCHUMACHER LN7705719,754$673,179 $673,179 1.20746E+12GIRE MOHAMED A1606 POTOMAC DR C770574,277$720,174 $720,174 1.20746E+12GIRE MOHAMED A TRUSTEE1606 POTOMAC DR B770573,701$626,875 $626,875 1.20746E+12GIRE SHARIFFA1606 POTOMAC DR A770574,190$642,885 $642,885 Total $2,766,984 $2,766,984
     
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    Tanzania ni kama shamba la bibi......
     
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