Wakuu ktk pekua pekua kwenye mtandao nimekutana na hii, naomba kuwakilisha kwa mjadala wa kina... Tanapa gets bad press in report from CNN advert deal A CNN newstand at a US airport. Tanapas campaign on CNN Airport Networks was meant to persuade more American tourists to visit the country By WILFRED EDWIN-The East African Posted Monday, May 25 2009 at 00:00 Tanzania National Parks is in the spotlight over irregularities in the procurement of services from two international media firms the Atlanta, US-based Cable News Network (CNN) and Jambo Publications Ltd of London. Tanapa, as the parks authority is known, is one of several public entities found to have been riddled with massive financial irregularities in the latest audit report by Controller and Auditor General Ludovic Utouh that has booked it under specific observation. The CAG said the procurement for advertising services from CNN and Jambo Publications did not follow official procurement procedures, adding that his office found that the Ministry of National Resources and Tourism, contrary to the requirements of the Public Procurement Act of 2004, handled all procurement processes. The total contract sum of advertising with CNN for the year 2007/2008 amounted to $750,000. Further, Tanapa signed a new contract for $800,000 for the year 2008/09 for advertising services. According to the Annual General Report of the Controller and Auditor General on the Financial Statements of Public Authorities and Other Bodies for the Financial Year 2007/2008, the contract was signed by the Director General of Tanzania National Parks Gerald Bigurube and (Rtd) Col Emmanuel S. Balele, board chairman at the time. Interestingly, both contracts fail to specifically indicate the timing, duration, length and frequency per day of the advertisements contracted for. The contracts also do not indicate week or month or any other details about what time the adverts were to be carried, or procedures to monitor whether the advertisement was aired at the right times and at the right quality. Terms of payments are also lacking. For instance, Tanapa made a lump sum payment of Tsh1 billion ($1 million) in October 2007 in favour of CNN. The payments were not supported by broadcasting confirmation orders or any other documents, confirming frequencies of the advertisements aired by CNN, says the report. In the case of advertising with Jambo Publications Ltd, London, Tanapa paid a total of $272,006.45 as fees in respect of advertising services for six months from January to June, 2008 at Londons Heathrow Airport. Advertisements on Terminal Four were paid for at $68,373.23 and advertising services for six weeks on 100 London Buses at $203,633.20. But in a surprising turn of events, the contract in respect of this service was not made available to the auditors for review upon demand. In addition, an invoice dated December 18, 2007 in respect of the above amount was addressed to the Tanzania Tourist Board but was paid by Tanapa. There was no evidence to suggest that the advertisement was carried out.