CCM-CC blesses Dowans payment By BILHAM KIMATI, 21st January 2011 @ 16:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 114 JUST a day after the CCM Youth Wing (UVCCM) denounced payment of 94bn/- to Dowans, the party's Central Committee (CC) has insisted that the decision by an international arbitration tribunal must be honoured. The CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Mr John Chiligati, told a news conference in Dar es Salaam on Friday that the CC met on Thursday and agreed that it was wise for the government to comply with the ruling. "The matter was settled by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), where the government was found to be on the wrong side of the law and the only option now is to pay Dowans," Mr Chiligati said. However, he said, the CC has advised the government not to hasten the payment pending determination of an injunction filed by activists at the High Court contesting the ICC decision. UVCCM leaders issued a statement on Thursday advising Tanesco not to settle 94bn/- awarded to Dowans Tanzania Limited over a disputed contract inherited from Richmond Development Company. Richmond was awarded a controversial tender for emergency power supply to Tanesco. UVCCM leaders said the matter should be referred to the National Assembly, which had earlier refused to acknowledge legality and propriety of the inherited contract. They suggested suspension of all other proceedings including registration of the ICC ruling at the High Court, which was a precondition prior to the payment of 94bn/-. Addressing the Editors' Forum in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, Acting National UVCCM Chairman, Mr Beno Malisa requested the government to help identify owners of Richmond Development Company, saying they should foot the bills instead of squeezing Tanesco to bear the burden. According to official records by the Business Registration and Licensing Authority, BRELA, there are six directors of Dowans Tanzania Limited. These are Andrew James Tice (Canadian), Gopalkrishnan Balachandran (Indian) and Hon Sung Woo (Singaporean). Others are Guy ArthurPicard (Canadian), Sulaiman Mohammed Yahaya (Omani) and Stanley Munai (Kenyan). Asked whether the conflicting opinions between UVCCM and the CC could jeopardize the party's cohesion, Mr Chiligati said the youth had the right to express their views just like any other citizens. "There is no conflict between UVCCM and the Central Committee. The party has chosen the right path (payment). Nonetheless, the government has learnt a lesson in signing contracts to avoid repetition of similar mistakes in future," he said. Meanwhile, Mr Chiligati said that the CC has expressed deep concern and sympathy to all victims of fatal clashes between police and Chadema on January 5. He said the CC has appealed to politicians to avoid making statements that were likely to incite violence and breach of peace. He said the mayoral election for Arusha District Council were properly conducted in accordance to procedures and regulations, where Mr Gaudence Lyimo (CCM) won and Mr Michael Kivuyo (TLP) was elected Deputy Mayor. Mr Kivuyo later resigned from the post. He refuted claims that Chadema councillors were prevented by the police from taking part in the election, adding that since the delegates' quorum was attained the exercise continued as usual. "There are 19 wards in the Arusha District Council. Out of the number CCM during October elections secured ten seats, Chadema eight seats and TLP one seat," he explained. Adding, " Inclusion of six special seats councillors nominated by the two major parties increased the number of CCM seats to 16, Chadema 14 seats and TLP remained one bringing to 31 the number of voters for the mayor post," he explained. Since the number of voters (17) exceeded the required quorum and the fact is that no election procedures were violated, he said. "There is not justification for rerun of mayoral election in Arusha," he said. The publicity secretary also announced the timetable for celebrations to mark the 34th anniversary of CCM saying inauguration would be marked in Dar es Salaam on February 1, and the climax would be marked in Dodoma on February 5. Activities throughout the week will include public rallies to give thanks to the voters who have re-elected CCM into office. The CC has also decided that since 60 per cent of the 260 CCM members of parliament were new comers, they should attend a three- day orientation seminar opening today in Dar es Salaam. "The Vice-Chairman of CCM and former Zanzibar President Amani Abeid Karume will officiate the opening session of the seminar and the national chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, is scheduled to officiate at the closing ceremony of the seminar on Monday.