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TOURIST HUNTING INDUSTRY: Revealed: Mzindakaya`s `hidden` business interests

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    TOURIST HUNTING INDUSTRY: Revealed: Mzindakaya`s `hidden` business interests

    THISDAY REPORTER

    Dar es Salaam

    MORE details have emerged about the concealed business interests of the Kwela Member of Parliament on the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ticket, Dr Chrisant Mzindakaya, in the country's tourist hunting industry, which suggest that the lawmaker may have a direct conflict of interest in tabling a private members motion in Parliament on the allocation of hunting blocks.

    According to latest THISDAY findings, the MP has been linked to a controversial tourist hunting company Tanzania Hunting Safaris Ltd-- whose South African director, David van der Meulen, fled the country in December 1996 without paying a $372,980 (approx. 500m/-) debt to the government.

    In 1996, the Wildlife Department stopped issuing hunting licences and other services to Tanzania Hunting Safaris due to an accumulated debt that the company had failed to settle, but Dr Mzindakaya on behalf of Tanzania Hunting Safaris negotiated with the Wildlife Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, and gave verbal and written assurances that he will follow up and make sure that the company paid the debts provided the Wildlife Department continued issuing hunting permits and services to the company.

    Dr Mzidakaya failed to honour his assurances and this resulted in the debt of Tanzania Hunting Safari to the Wildlife Division to increase, reaching $372,980.

    This company failed to settle its liabilities to the Division of Wildlife and Dr Mzindakaya in his letter with reference number ECG.4/WL.8/7 dated December 18, 1996 guaranteed the settlement of the liability which he never did, say government sources.

    Thus far, government officials say the lawmaker has not been able to assist the government to recover the estimated 500m/- from Tanzania Hunting Safaris.


    The Wildlife Division wrote a letter to Mzindakaya on February 3, 1998 with reference NO: GD/T.80/53/63 asking the MP to facilitate payment of the company's debt, but he has since been unable to secure recovery of the funds.

    ''I have been directed to inform you that the Division (of Wildlife) is requesting settlement of more than $372,980 owed by Tanzania Hunting Safaris whose whereabouts is not known,'' said the letter signed by one senior wildlife officer on behalf of the Director of Wildlife.

    The letter seen by THISDAY added: ''As the consultant (Mzindakaya) of the company we advise you to let the Wildlife Division know procedures of payment of the money, including availing us information on the whereabouts of the company.''

    ''The Department (of Wildlife) is banking on your co-operation in making sure that the money is recovered as other legal measures against the company are being taken,'' said the letter.

    In 1996, Mzindakaya and a South African national, David van der Meulen, took over Tanzania Hunting Safaris Limited. A year later (1997), Mzindakaya and van der Meulen attended the Safari Club International Convention in Nevada, USA, where they are reported to have sold safaris to American clients.

    Later, David van der Meulen went into hiding taking away all trophy fees for 1996 and clients� deposits for 1997 causing hundreds of thousands of dollars loss to the government and clients.

    The government was forced to release trophies to clients without being paid a single cent in order to safeguard its reputation in the international hunting market.

    A Tanzanian professional hunter who had worked with David van der Meulen confirmed in Arusha over the weekend that Mzindakaya had worked closely with this South African.

    The hunter who preferred to remain anonymous said David van der Meulen and Mzindakaya used to charter planes flying to Rukwa and Kigoma Regions where ''they were reportedly intending to establish joint ventures in mining.''

    The professional hunter, now doing his hunting business in Mozambique, said the South African and Mzindakaya were reported to have joint business interests with Malaysian investors in Kigoma and Rukwa Regions.

    ''Reports indicate that the hiring of the aircraft left David van der Meulen bankrupt and insolvent, something that forced him to wind up his tourist hunting company without settling the firm's liabilities,'' said the local professional hunter.

    He said when Tanzania Hunting Safaris Ltd wound up its business Mzindakaya and himself took motor vehicles belonging to the firm, adding that the Kwela legislator helped himself with a Toyota Landcruiser with registration number ARP 17.

    Political observers say Mzindakaya's decision to move a private member's motion in Parliament on January 30, this year, on the country's hunting industry was a direct conflict of interest due to his personal financial interests in the area.

    Investigations have revealed that apart from the MP's links to the dubious Tanzania Hunting Safaris company, his own children -- Lucas M. Mzindakaya and Paul C.M. Mzindakaya -- also have controlling shareholding in a company known as Milanzi Wild Animals Zoo and Tours Limited, which was registered in May 1994.

    An industry source says Milanzi Wild Animals Zoo and Tours Limited was allocated the Swagaswaga Hunting Block in Rukwa Region. ''As a father of those shareholders, Mzindakaya ought to have complied with Rule 49 (7) of the august House rules by declaring his interests which he did not do,'' say political observers.

    The analysts add that the Kwela legislator has been personally lobbying to get the Milanzi company allocated with hunting blocks which already belong to other hunting companies.

    ''The Division of Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism could not do that because it could have amounted to breach of contractual obligations. That has been the cause of the outbursts of Hon. Mzindakaya,'' said one industry source.

    During the 2008/09 marathon parliamentary budget session, the MP controversially opposed a motion by opposition lawmakers against the misappropriation of funds from the Bank of Tanzania's external payment arrears (EPA) corruption scandal, who also called for the resignation of former BoT governor, the late Dr Daudi Ballali.

    He made the remarks in defence of the central bank without publicly declaring that he was among businessmen who were beneficiaries of billions of shillings from financial institutions under the BoT�s guarantee.

    These include Sumbawanga Agricultural and Animal Food Industries Limited (SAAFI) that got a loan of 9.7bn/- from Standard Chartered Bank in 2004, thanks to a guarantee from the BoT, whose primary function is to safeguard the country's economy.

    Mzindakaya criticized corruption allegations on the EPA scandal presented by the Secretary-General of the opposition CHADEMA party, Dr Wilbrod Slaa, without mentioning that he was actually the beneficiary of a hefty BoT-guaranteed loan.

    It is possible that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism failed to institute legal and criminal actions against David Van der Meulen over 10 years ago due to Dr Mzindakaya's involvement with him, but it is still possible to institute legal action against van der Meulen as there is no time frame on the case.
     
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    Is it the Mzindakaya we know. "Mzee wa mabomu"? kweli pesa ni haramu.
    NA ULE MKOPO WA BOT WA BILIONI 9 UMEISHIA WAPI WAKULU?
     
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    Is the one, and am sure he hasn't paid his due on BoT loan and the Government will not recover anything from the liquidated company which he guaranteed by word of mouth
     
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    You can not change the system while you are part and parcel of it! Hakuna cha mtaalamu wa kulipua mabomu wala nini hapa!Viini macho vya siasa za bongo!dawa ni moja tu, kuunganisha nguvu na kuwaeleze wananchi wajue adui yao wa kweli ni yupi! Umasikini ni kitu kinacholetelezwa tu na hii mifumo ya kinyonyaji! Wakoloni walitunyonya, na watanzania wezetu bado tu wanaendelea kutunyonya!hapana! wakati umefika jamani!tuamke tuanze kazi!
     
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    Sidhani kama kuna aliye msafi humo ndani
     
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    Wasafi wapo ila hawana sauti na wana mashaka iwapo sauti zao zitaleta matumaini yoyote hasa kwa sababu jamii yetu bado imelala usingizi mnono.
     
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    Inabidi wapaze sauti kwa nguvu, au la tutafute mganga wa kutupepea
     
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    Mzindakaya kazi kweli kweli. Jamaa alikuwa mkulima mzuri kweli kweli kule kwetu Sumbawanga. Unajua nyama ya mtu tamu sana,ukionja huwezi kuacha. Ameonja ufisadi huyo,alikuwa analipua mabomu ya ukweli sana ila sasa kila bomu analolipua kuna conflict of interest nyuma yake.
    Angalia issue ya BOT-EPA na suala hili la Natural resources. Kule kwetu kijijini wamemchoka lakini hakuna mtu ambaye wananchi wanamuona ana mawazo mapya. Ushahidi ni pale alipokataliwa na wananchi mbele ya Kikwete.
    Watanzania tusidhani wabunge wanapigana kwenda bungeni sababu ya posho peke yake,unapokuwa mbunge unakuwa na political muscle katika biashara. Unakuwa na competitive power ambayo mtu mwingine wa kawaida hawezi kuwa nayo. Kama huamini hilo waulize wagombea kwanini huwa wanatoa pesa nyingi sana kwenye uchaguzi zaidi ya zile watakazopata kupitia posho za vikao.
    Kama ingekuwa ni mtu wa kawaida,guarantee aliyopewa na BOT asingepewa. Wala guarantee aliyotoa kwa huyo mwekezaji hakuwa na powers ya kutoa. Guarantee kama hizo hutolewa na mabenki.

    Mwanzo wa tatizo ni nini?
    Tumebadili ideology kutoka ujamaa kwenda ubepari bila kujipanga vizuri ni namna gani tunagawa kile kilichochumwa kijamaa ili kila mtu aanzie kwenye level ground. Simaanishi tugawane mashirika ya umma lakini kila mtu ambaye ni mtanzania afaidike kwani katika kuyajenga tulifunga mikanda (Kama sio sisi basi babu zetu).
    Ukiangalia nchi kama Urusi walipoingia katika ubepari,watu wachache waliokuwa karibu na watawala walifaidika na ndiyo mabilionea wa Urusi tunaowasikia sasa (akina Abramovich). Tanzania tunaelekea huko,kwa sasa tuko katika mpito lakini kama hatutabadilika kutakuwa na watu mabilionea wa dola hapa wachache walio karibu na watawala au watawala wenyewe na watu wengi waliofunga mikanda wakati wa Mwalimu watabaki katika umaskini.
    Watanzania tuamke, la sivyo tutakumbuka shuka wakati kumekucha.
     
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    Hata hawa wanaolipua mabomu sasa hawana tofauti na Mzindakaya. Tunahitaji alau kuanza kubadil Mfumo...Wengi waliopo madarakani wanaogopa Utawala mpya kuingia...kwani MIRIJA yao itakwamshwa!!!
     
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    Mzindakaya huyu huyu! Huyu huyu!...huyu wetu...
     
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    Labda tukumbushane tu kwamba jama, tuka hakikishe vile vitambulisho vya vyetu vya kupigia kura vipo sehemu nzuri, na safari hii tusikae majumbani kwa kusema eti hata tupige kura wataiba, twende tupige kwa wingi kwani hata wakiiba kama tofauti ni kubwa watagota!
    Hii ndiyo njia pekee ya kujikwamua na utawala dhalimu na fisadi, ambao kwao mtu mwemma mpenda nchi ndiye wanamuona adui wa nchi!
     
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    Ukiona analipua bomu, basi ujue maslahi yake yako hatarini au anatetea maslahi ya kundi fulani baada ya kuvuta chochote kitu. This is how politicians work. Na wawindaji wanajua mno ku-lobby. Very few people can withstand their lobbying power!
     
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    Mbona wapo wengi sema wengine wanamshukuru Mungu kuhamishwa wizara. Mfano wapo waliokwenda Wizara ya Elimu na Wizara ya Viwanda na Biashara.
     
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    Ulishajaribu kufahamu kwanini waliondolewa na kupelekwa Wizara nyingine? Huu ni mfano mzuri wa uwezo wa ushawishi wa hawa wawindaji.
     
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    Angalau hii haikuandikwa na Magazeti ya Rostam!!!!!
    Hali huko Bungeni inatisha. Sasa Mbunge kama huyu si mfanya biashara sawa na Mohammed Dewji. Nafikiri Wabunge wote ni wafanya biashara.
     
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    I agree with you a hundread percent. It is so disturbing and just pathetic. How could he, serious there is a need of massive mobilization against all these leaders. It is so possible to form a coaliation against leaders of such kind. Lets wake up... I am crying on behalf of my people, they are so left out in the show. The local in the village level does not seem to really understnad the impact of this govenrment. How could it be possible that everyone of them has interest. It shows how confident and how comfortable he is with the system to table it to the parliament.

    How dare.. How dare really. I am so speechless and hurt so much.
     
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    Kama sauti ya Zitto vile ilipotoka baada ya kuwa hakuwa nayo na kuhamasisha tununue mitambo mitumba ya Dowans! ama kweli pesa mwajaharamu.
     
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    ccm ccm out out out out.....

    Ndo dawa wakuluuuu....hamna la ziada hata tukiandika pages na pages..
     
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    -Conflict-of-interest allegations against MP Mzindakaya: Speaker Sitta called upon to take action

    -Formal request letter copied to State House, Tourism ministry

    THISDAY REPORTER
    Dodoma

    A GROUP of stakeholders in the local hunting industry have lodged a formal complaint with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Samwel Sitta, over an alleged breach of parliamentary conflict-of-interest regulations by Kwela legislator Dr Chrisant Mzindakaya.

    According to THISDAY's findings, the letter dated April 15 this year makes reference to a private member's motion moved by Mzindakaya during a National Assembly session last January, and asserts:

    ''The effect of that motion was to portray us, stakeholders in the hunting industry, as corrupt and greedy people who do not take the interest of the country at heart. The motion has created a very bad image of us.''

    The stakeholders accused the veteran ruling CCM member of parliament of moving the motion ''with the intention of deceiving the National Assembly, and without full disclosure of his personal interests and motives''.

    They said the motion tabled on January 30 this year, concerning alleged anomalies in the allocation of hunting blocks in the country, was a direct conflict of interest considering his own personal financial interests in the matter.

    Parliamentary sources say the letter was also copied to the Chief Secretary at State House, and the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism.

    The matter is understood to have come to a head in the wake of recent revelations that Mzindakaya has had direct business links to a number of hunting firms, but did not declare this as required by House regulations when tabling his motion earlier this year.

    ''We know that an MP is not permitted to move a motion in the National Assembly for the sole purpose of advancing private interests. Yet (Hon.) Mzindakaya did just that,'' the letter said.

    It asserts that two of the MP's sons, namely Lucas M. Mzindakaya and Paul C.M. Mzindakaya, have controlling shareholdings in the Milanzi Wild Animals Zoo and Tours Limited hunting company, and adds:

    ''As the father of those two shareholders, Hon. Mzindakaya ought to have complied with Rule 49 (7) of the august House rules by declaring his interests. He did not do that.''

    ''He has been lobbying to get the Milanzi Company allocated with hunting blocks which already belong to other hunting companies. The Division of Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism could not do that because it could have amounted to breach of contractual obligations. That has been the cause of the outbursts of Hon. Mzindakaya,'' the letter further states.

    The letter also detailed Mzindakaya's apparent business associations with a South African national, David Van Der Meulen, who owned a company called Tanzania Hunting Safaris Ltd, but has since skipped the country without paying around 500m/- in various government fees and royalties.

    ''(Mzindakaya's) motion contains lots of untruths and fabrications. Just to give one example, he stated that the hunting industry is dominated by foreign operators and professional hunters. The truth is that in the year 2008, there were about 55 hunting companies in Tanzania and only 11 of them were foreign,'' said the letter.

    Stating that they were writing ''as citizens of the United Republic of Tanzania, and as stakeholders in the hunting industry in Tanzania,'', they asked the Speaker to forward their complaints against the veteran legislator to the parliamentary ethics committee for deliberation.

    They added that they were willing to appear personally before the committee to ''explain all the falsehoods contained in Hon. Mzindakaya's motion, so that if the same are established, appropriate steps may be taken against him as permitted by the Rules of the House.''

    Although, after a week-long effort, THISDAY finally managed to get hold of Mzindakaya yesterday to comment on the allegations of conflict of interest against him, he chose to decline comment.

    Our investigations have established that in 1996, the government stopped issuing hunting licences and other services to Tanzania Hunting Safaris due to an accumulated debt that the company had failed to settle.

    But Mzindakaya then intervened by formally vouching for Van Der Meulen's company as a genuine hunting firm.

    In a signed letter dated December 18, 1996 and addressed to the Wildlife Division in Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism,with reference number ECG.4/WL.8/7, the MP stated: ''I am currently the consultant of this company (Tanzania Hunting Safaris), and I will facilitate payment of the fees owed by the company to the (Wildlife) Division.''

    Government sources say it is not acceptable that some legislators have decided to damage the tourist hunting industry and destabilise the image and the reputation of Tanzania in the world.
     
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    Hamna kitu hao wanaoandika na aliohusika wote ni wezi ,sasa kwa nini hawaendi mahakamani ,au nani anapaswa kufikisha habari hizi kwenye vyombo vya sheria ,hapo kuna hitilafu ya ulaji zaidi kwa hivyo vitalu vya uwindaji ambavo habari inaonyesha kuwa Mzindakaya aliviteka kwa nguvu na kuwawekea wanawe ilihali ni vya walaji wengine ,sasa ndio jamaa inaonyehsa wameshindwa kuvumilia na kuona bora lizame.
     
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