We need the breakdown of those numbers and in which industries those 437, 205 'new jobs' we created from January 2005 to June 2008 Opposition: Govt figures on job creation wrong By Samuel Kamndaya, Dodoma THE CITIZEN A cabinet minister and the opposition bench in Parliament engaged in a heated argument yesterday over claims that the fourth phase Government has created over 400,000 jobs since it came to power. Labour, Employment and Youth Development minister Juma Kapuya said 437,205 jobs had been created, but the opposition spokesman for the ministry, Mr Salim Khalfani, said the figures were wrong. The opposition wants the minister to tell the National Assembly where these 400,000 jobs are, said Mr Khalfani, the Civic United Front MP for Tumbe. President Jakaya Kikwete pledged to create one million jobs in the first five years of his administration and Prof Kapuya yesterday told Parliament the Government was on course to honour the promise. Records indicate that until June 2008, 437,205 jobs had been created. This is equivalent to 43.7 per cent of the goal of creating one million jobs by 2010, said the minister while presenting budget estimates for his ministry for the financial year 2008/09. The opposition said some 1,700 jobs might have been created contrary to what the Government was saying. Mr Khalfani said he based his assessment on a publication on the state of the national economy for 2007 which showed that employment in the industrial sector rose from 89,316 jobs in 2005 to 91,112 in 2007. But Prof Kapuya said the informal sector created 195,017 jobs during the last two years while the private sector created 183,789 jobs. The public sector created 58,399 jobs.Mr Khalfani asked the Government to carry out a comprehensive study over employment in the country. He claimed that there were reports that telecommunication companies had employed foreigners illegally. Meanwhile, the Government has said it plans to complete a study to establish effects of the new minimum wage on the growth of the private sector.Labour, Employment and Youth Development minister Juma Kapuya told the House yesterday that the study to establish the impact of the Sh80,000 minimum wage on the private sector would be conducted in the current financial year. The Government established the private sector wage board that proposed new minimum wage for the private sector from Sh40,000 to Sh80,000 a month. The rate sparked a war of words between the private and the public sectors. There had been reports of massive retrenchments and closures of some companies due to the inability to pay the wages. We will establish the effects in a study and propose new measures to be taken in accordance with what the report will tell us, Prof Kapuya said. But the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Community Development, Mrs Jenista Mhagama (CCM - Peramiho), said it was high time another comprehensive study on the wages was carried out to enable it to arrive at a rate agreed by all parties.