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Msanii Kikwete at his best

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by BAK, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    WAR ON GRAFT: You are failing us, JK tells the west


    President Jakaya Kikwete speaks during the Economic Conference Second Business Roundtable in Dar es Salaam yesterday with him is Africa Economist Editor Richard Cockett.

    By Damas Kanyabwoya

    President Jakaya Kikwete said yesterday that grand corruption cases were difficult to probe and conclude due to among other things inadequate cooperation from international intelligence and crime agencies.

    Speaking at the second Economist business roundtable in Dar es Salaam, Mr Kikwete said the cases were so intricate to be handled by local authorities alone. He said the scams were schemes that involved many people, both locals and foreigners as well as big corporations, which posed a big intelligence gathering challenge.

    He cited specifically the External Payment Arrears (EPA) account case, whose suspects have not all been prosecuted due to lack of cooperation from international crime agents.

    "These cases are so complex and difficult to deal with because we lack cooperation. We have received good cooperation in the radar case because the British SFO has an interest in it but the rest of the cases we have to struggle with the little information we have," he said.

    He said that despite such challenges remarkable progress has been made and more cases would soon be lined up in the courts.

    "According to recent surveys such as the Transparent International survey, Tanzania is leading other East African countries in the fight against corruption," he told the Second Business Roundtable for Tanzania meeting, organised by the UK's Economist magazine.

    President Kikwete was highlighting on the progress made on issues raised during the first meeting last year that included the government's handling of the mega corruption cases. Other areas which the head of state took time to address were the errant power supply system, the reformation process, red tape and congestion at the Dar es Salam port.

    He said efforts by his government to redress power problems have been impaired by the global economic crisis, which has led to the stalling of major power projects.

    Mr Kikwete said some power generation projects, including the 300MW project using the Mtwara natural gas had to be cancelled because the lead financier of the project, Barrick Gold, failed to mobilize the necessary funds for its execution.

    "Had it not been for the global economic downturn, the Mtwara project would have been at an advanced stage. We are currently looking for other international partners to get the project going," he said.

    He noted that Tanzania faced recurrent power problems such as the current shedding due to lack of surplus power generation capacity which could be used as back up the supply system when conventional means failed.

    "Our aim all along has been to build surplus power capacity to avoid recurrent blackouts, but the global crisis has frustrated our efforts," he said.

    He said, however, that some of the promises made in the last year's roundtable meeting as far as power generation has been fulfilled.

    "We have been able to add about 100MW in Dar es Salaam and 60MW in Mwanza as we promised during the first roundtable meeting last year," he said.

    He said a 200MW coal to electricity power generation in southern Tanzania is in the pipeline after the Government's intervention broke the political deadlock that had stalled it.

    He also said power generation from the Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) would start anytime soon after trials are completed.

    "The owners of IPTL are battling in court over ownership issues, but we told them as they battle in court they should generate power for us," he said.

    As far as improvement in the Dar es Salaam port's efficiency is concerned, the President said there have been massive improvements, with the waiting days being cut from 23 days to 16 days. The average ship turnaround time has also been reduced from 23 days to 4 days.

    However senior officials of the Tanzania Ports Authority said that there were still problems with documentation for inland cargo and transport woes for transit cargo due to poor railway and road transport.

    Mr Kikwete assured investors that reforms will continue to be carried out in all areas of the economy despite the global economic crisis.

    He said he believed the ongoing global economic difficulties did not happen because the free market economy was the wrong mode of production but simply because there were weak regulatory mechanisms in the international financial system.

    "I believe there is nothing wrong with the free market economy, but the crisis has taught us on the importance of the role of the state in creating adequate regulatory mechanisms," he said.

    On bureaucracy, Mr Kikwete said he has ordered the creation of a special taskforce to deal with the issue of speeding up the business registration processes.

    Mr Emannuel Ole Naiko, the executive director of the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), said the ultimate aim of the taskforce is to reduce the time taken to register businesses from more than 100 days currently to less than 10 days.

    "We are going to meet on November 12 this year to work on various issues and try to find ways of rooting out delays in registering businesses, and acquiring various permits," Mr Naiko said.

    Mr Kikwete admitted that bureaucracy was real and was one of the reasons that disappoint investors.

    "I discovered the other day that for an investor to build a house or a factory in Dar es Salaam, he needs to get clearance from the geological survey office, among others. And I failed to understand why the mining people should be involved in allowing somebody to build a house in Dar es Salaam," he wondered.

    Discussing President Kikwete's speech, the meeting's special guest, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who is the Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, said there was a need for Tanzania and other African government to be run like big businesses which put emphasis on efficiency, competitiveness and results.

    He said he was encouraged by President Kikwete's resolve to continue with reforms.

    "Reforms are a sign of willingness for self-examination and change. It is a readiness to respond to the dynamics both within and around us," he said.

    Energy and Minerals minister William Ngeleja said the Government was finalizing the renewable energy policies to facilitate investments in biofuels, solar energy and other renewable sources.

    "The energy policy of 2003 had some aspects of renewable energy, but we want to come up with a comprehensive renewable energy policy to facilitate investments in that area," he said.

    He however noted that investors should not be deterred by the lack of the policy because TIC had general investments guidelines that were enough to cater for any investments.
  2. Kimbweka

    Kimbweka JF-Expert Member

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    Atafanyaje sasa na ndizo pesa zilipomweka alipo! Ni kutumia usanii tu mkuu
  3. Kigogo

    Kigogo JF-Expert Member

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    kweli rais tunaye hawa wamarekani wanamsifia sana wanapata wapi takwimuhizi jamani
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    Kuna kitu anapata katika sifa hizo siyo bure mkuu!
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    Sio USANII bali ni kusema UONGO.
    1. Amedanganya kuhusu Ufisadi. Chenge, Idrisa wote wametajwa kushiriki rushwa ya Radar Uingereza lakini bado wako bongo wanatanua. Ndio kupiga vita huko? Richmond nayo vipi?
    2. Amedanganya kuhusu umeme. Barrick walijitoa sio kwa sababu za kiuchumi, waliona wanataka kutapeliwa. Barrick utajiri wao umeongezeka wakati huu wa mgogoro wa kiuchumi na haukushuka kama alivyodanganya JK (Angalia stocks zao zilivyopanda)
    3. Ni aibu eti raisi mzima ameshindwa kupatia ufumbuzi tatizo dogo kama la bandarini kwa zaidi ya miaka yake minne na badala yake anatafuta sababu. Likewise suala la uandikishaji wa makampuni.
    Kwa kifupi ni kuwa Kikwete ni mbabaishaji na anafikiria mambo hufanyika kwa yeye kunena tu na ndio maana kila alivyoachiwa na Mkapa, hivi sasa vyote vina hali mbaya zaidi.

    Visingizio vyake vikubwa ni kulaumu nchi za nje, kulaumu ukosefu wa misaada, kulaumu mgogoro wa kiuchumi duniani n.k. Lakini haelezi hatua alizochukua baada ya kugundua hivyo vikwazo. This guy has to go or the country will be bankrupt many times over.
  6. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Wizi wa Kiwira pia uliofanywa na Mafisadi Mkapa na Yona hadi leo hii hakuna uchunguzi wowote huu, sidhani kama unahitaji ushirikiano wa vyombo vya nchi za kigeni.

    Kuwafukuza CCM wote wenye tuhuma za ufisadi akina Rostam, Lowassa, Yona, Msabaha, Makamba, Chenge, Mkono, Majiyatanga, Mkapa na wengineo hakuhitaji msaada toka vyombo vya kimataifa.

    Bilioni 7 walizokopa mafisadi Mkapa na Yona toka NSSF hazijarudishwa sidhani kuwashinikiza Mkapa na Yona warudishe pesa hizo au wafilisiwe kunahitaji msaada wa vyombo vya Kimataifa.

    Wakati Balalli anatibiwa Marekani, Balozi wa US wakati ule aliiambia Serikali kwamba nchi yake iko tayari kusaidia kumrudisha Ballali nchini ili ajibu tuhuma za ufisadi dhidi ya EPA. Kikwete kama Mkuu wa Serikali ya Tanzania akakaa kimya kabisa bila ya kutia neno lolote, sasa leo anataka kuwatupia mpiira wengine ili kukimbia uzembe wake wa kutisha katika uongozi. Si ajabu hata kushuka kwa nidhamu ndani ya CCM anaweza kuwalaumu vyombo vya Kimataifa.

    Mkuu MYM, kusema uongo wakati ukweli unajulikana ndiyo usanii wenyewe huo anataka kutudanganya kila kukicha wakati ukweli tunaufahamu fika.
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    Magezi JF-Expert Member

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    Ninavyojua mimi mradi wa umeme kutoka mtwara, Barrick walikuwa tayari kutoa fedha lakini wakasita kwa sababu mwanzo waliipa TANESCO US$8m kwa ajiri ya kupeleka gridi kwenye migodi yao lakini tanesco ikatumia pesa hiyo kwa mambo mengine. ikabidi Barrick waingie gharama tena kuunganisha umeme kwa pesa zao. Sasa ulipokuja mradi wa mtwara Barrick wao wanataka ifunguliwe account ya pamoja kati ya Tanesco na wao ili wakiweka pesa zitumike kwa mradi uliopangwa badala ya kuwapa tanesco kwani watakula kama zile za mwanzo. Kikwete hapo amedanganya na sijui ni kwa nini asiwaamuru tanesco wakafungua hiyo account ya pamoja na Barrick ili mradi uweze kuanza.

    Kwa kweli hatuna rais na kwa mwendo huu nchi inaelekea pabaya, hasa kuhusu umeme. Kwa nchi yenye gesi asilia siyo nchi ya kulialia umeme tena nchi ndogo kama Tanzania. tuna hitaji viongozi wenye akili na wanaofanya kazi field siyo mezani na kusubiri posho.
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    Magezi JF-Expert Member

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    Anasema SFO imemsaidia angalau kwa issue ya rada....sasa mbona chenge na rashid hawakamatwi??

    Hivi Tanzania bila CCM haiwezekani kweli??
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    lukule2009 Senior Member

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    Marekani akikusifia ujue unalinda maswali yao .. nakumbuka niliona kwenye documentary moja ya moja ... Bush (the father) anamwambia RIP mabutu.. We are very proud of your leadership in Africa....It means you are taking care of our interests thank you very much ....
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    Makaaya Mawe,
    Lini Kikwete aliwahi kusema ukweli? Unakumbuka alituambia kuwa Richmond haijapewa hata senti tano za Watanzania?