===Is Godfrey Zambi a HERO!!?!?!?++++ 24th June 2009 The scam on the controversial extension of the Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) contract re-surfaced yet again in the National Assembly yesterday, when a lawmaker slammed the government over failure to end the stalemate after over twelve good months. Godfrey Zambi (Mbozi-east, CCM), who last year successfully tabled in parliament a private motion calling for the investigation of TICTS to establish how the firm's 10-year contract was "illegally and hurriedly extended to 25 years" said it just didnt sink in his mind why the issue was yet to be resolved after one year. Zambi raised the issue when debating the Prime Ministers Office Budget for the 2009/10 financial year, which was tabled in Parliament on Monday. I really dont understand why it is taking the government so long to end the TICTS issue once and for all. Does it take a year to decide something which Parliament has discussed and recommended on ? queried the MP, adding: We are talking about good governance, Honourable deputy speaker. What kind of good governance takes a whole year to implement Bunge resolutions? The Mbozi lawmaker, who is also a member of the Parliamentary Infrastructure Committee, said good governance should not just end in leaders speeches, but also be reflected in addressing pertinent issues on time. SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN He appealed to Premier Mizengo Pinda to respond to the long-standing issue when he winds up the debate, before the people start suspecting honesty of the government in solving the problem. The lease of the container section of the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) to TICTS, a firm in which former minister of energy and minerals Nazir Karamagi holds a 30 per cent stake - has been on and off in the House since Zambis motion and subsequent endorsement last year. The TICTS contract - widely considered to be among the more sensitive unresolved issues is expected to create heated debate in the ongoing Parliament meeting following contradictory reports over why the initial 10-year lease was secretly extended to 25 years. In January last year, Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure challenged the government to explain why it extended the contract before the end of an initial agreement without following proper procedures. The review of the contract followed a report by the Controller and Auditor General, Ludovick Utuoh that the whole process of extending the lease from 10 to 15 years in 2005, and later on to 25 years, constituted a gross violation of the Public Procurement Act of 2004. Utuoh said the extension was also a breach of clause No 9 of the agreement on Amendment of Lease, which required extensive consultations with all parties who may be affected by such amendment. The Tanzania Cabinet also did not discuss or approve the contract. Karamagi has defended the controversial TICTS contract extension, saying the Mkapa government endorsed it. While addressing the findings of the Controller and Auditor General's report on the manner in which the lease was extended, Karamagi argued that there was nothing sinister about the extension as it was endorsed by the Cabinet. TICTS was originally contracted to offer container services at the Dar es Salaam port for 10 years, but before the expiry of the agreed time, the government extended the lease to 25 years. The TICTS contract extension, according to the Controller and Auditor General, made no reference to the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) as required by the law. PPRA is a body charged with ensuring application of fair, competitive, transparent, and non-discriminatory and value of money procurement standards and practices.