- Jan 23, 2008
- Hivi serikali haiwajibiki kutufahamisha ni nani hao, "the so called Donors", waliotupa pesa ili tuende kupigana?
- Ni kwa nini taifa halikufahamishwa kabla ya kupeleka watoto wao vitani?
- Je jeshi letu lina tofauti gani na yale ya 'Mamluki'? Wapi tena tutalipwa kwenda kupigana??
Comoros military action cost 7.1bn/-
By Lusekelo Philemon, Dodoma
Tanzania spent 7.1bn/ during the Africa Union-backed military operation that deposed Mohammed Bacar, rebel leader of the Anjouan Island in the Comoros in March, the House was told yesterday.
Deputy Minister for Defence and National Service Emmanuel Nchimbi said the government spent 7,123,000,000/- during the campaign that involved troops from Tanzania, Sudan and the Comoros.
Nchimbi was responding to a question posed by Wete MP, Mwadini Jecha, who had wanted to know how much Tanzania had spent during the mission.
Tanzania was commanding the AU troops that made a hardly one-day onslaught against Colonel Bacar, who fled to Mayotte, a nearby island under French administration.
Nchimbi said out of the sum, 6bn/- was contributed by foreign donors.
The minister said the money was spent on preparations, soldiers' allowances as well as logistics.
He said more than 500 African Union troops '400 from Tanzania, 168 from Sudan' joined 400 Comoros soldiers in the military campaign.
Bacar, the self-styled Anjouan leader, refused to relinquish power when his term expired in April last year. He instead held an illegal election using his own printed ballot papers and declared himself the winner in June the same year.
He then closed down Anjouan airport, expelled union soldiers and barred the Comoros Federation President Mohammed Abdallah Sambi from visiting the island.
The Comoros is made up of a union of three islands 'Ngazija, Moheli and Anjouan' all under one federal president. Under the Comoros constitution, each island has its own president although they are responsible to the federal president.
The Comoros Constitutional Court declared the election illegal, but Bacar refused to step down, prompting AU military action to get him out of power.
He is now living in exile in the Reunion Island, also under France. The Comoros administration has asked France to repatriate Bacar so that he can face justice.
Anjouan residents went to polls last Sunday to elect their president.