Edward Lowassa, Prime Minister in the first two years of the Kikwete presidency, was at different times Minister of Lands and Minister of Water. Lowassa systematically used his position to extract both personal and political RENTS( RETURNS FROM FACTORS OF PRODUCTION). Lowassa was involved in the Dar es Salaam and Lake Victoria water projects, Richmond, the Kagera Sugar Company, and numerous deals involving land, housing, and construction. He also had a reputation for extorting rents from Asian businessmen, with whom he developed a generally antagonistic relationship. Lowassa regularly used his powers as Prime Minister (2005-08) to prevent parliamentary discussion of sensitive issues that implicated him, which upset some CCM backbenchers, and helped split the party into pro-Kikwete and pro-Lowassa factions. NOW SOME OF YOU BELIEVE THIS MAN- AT THE CENTRE OF ALL THESE CORRUPT DEALS- IS LIKELY TO LEAD THIS NATION IN THE COMING YEARS. WHAT A CRAP...I WAS GLAD AN INTRUDER HAUL A FORM PIE ONRUPPERT MUDOCH....YELLING AT HIM ....YOU GREEDY TYCOON!