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Govt 400 Laid Off At Kiwira Mines Employees

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  1. nngu007

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    Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)


    ALL the 400 employees of the ailing Kiwira Coal and Power Limited (KCPL) have been retrenched in a bid to relieve the government of the financial burden it has been bearing in connection with the defunct coal mine project, it has been announced.

    The government has since 2008 been paying salaries and meeting other costs for the project after Tanpower Resources Limited, which acquired a 70 per cent stake in the venture in 2005, failed to develop the mine and pay salaries to its workers.

    The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mr Eliakim Maswi, told journalists in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday that the government would pay the workers a total of 1.3bn/- in severance and other payments.

    "The government has decided to retrench the workers from June 30, this year, since it cannot continue paying salaries and footing other bills while the project remains dormant. The decision followed a cabinet meeting of April 23, this year," he explained.

    The PS, who was flanked by State Mining Corporation (STAMICO)'s Director General, Mr Gray Mwakalukwa and the Acting Commissioner for Minerals, Mr Ali Samaje, said preparations for the payments were being done. "I want to assure all the workers that they will receive payments by next Monday (July 9, this year)," the PS said.

    Mr Maswi said a team of experts from the ministry met with the management and trade union representatives of the company on June 7 and 8, this year and deliberated on the workers' benefits.

    "After a thorough analysis, the experts found out that they were a total of 398 workers. The team was also charged on working on total benefits that the workers were entitled to," said the soft-spoken PS.

    It came to light yesterday that the government had spent about 4.5bn/- to pay salaries and arrears since it repossessed the project in 2008 from Tanpower Resources Limited. The project has now been placed under STAMICO.

    Tanpower Resources Limited, which has been linked to former President Benjamin Mkapa and former Energy Minister during his time, Mr Daniel Yona, is said to have acquired the project a mere 700m/-, despite the fact that valuation carried out in 1991, put its value at 7bil/- by then.

    The investor had entered into a partnership agreement with the government in 2005, in which the latter held 30 per cent stake, with a prospect of developing the coal mine for electricity generation. It, however, failed to develop the project and forced the government to reclaim it in 2008.

    "During discussions with the investor he had wanted to be reimbursed 75 million US dollars for the 70 per cent stake it held, but the government refused since it had incurred cost which was supposed to be settled by the investor," he explained

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    Since the company was taken over from Mkapa and Yona in 2008 the GVT was paying Employees Salaries without Working.

    Mkapa na Yona walinunua Kiwira Coal kwa Sh. 700M na Walitaka reimbursement ya $ 75M yaani ni kuiibia serikali ya

    Nchi yao kimacho macho; Ina Maana wengine walifanya hivyo au wamefanya hivyo, sababu wasinge omba pesa

    kiasi hicho na wanajua serikali ya CCM ina pesa hizo mahali fulani; lakini inagoma kuwalipa Madaktari; UKISHA