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Sh60bn EPA cash set for Budget inclusion

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    2009-01-27 13:56:00

    Sh60bn EPA cash set for Budget inclusion
    By Citizen Reporters ​

    The Sh60 billion recovered from various suspects in the External Payment Arrears (EPA) scandal is to be incorporated in the 2008/9 Government Budget, The Citizen has learnt.

    Reliable sources told this newspaper yesterday that the proposal was in the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2009 expected to be tabled in Parliament during its 14th session beginning today.

    A Finance and Economic Affairs ministry official confirmed that the Bill had been finalised. "It is true that the Government intends to table the Bill in Parliament. The document is now awaiting approval by the relevant parliamentary committee before it is presented for discussion," the source said yesterday.

    The minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr Mustafa Mkulo is scheduled to table the Bill.

    According to a schedule of activities released in Dodoma, lawmakers will discuss a "government plan" to be tabled by the minister.

    The National Assembly opens the 14th parliamentary session amid expectations of dramatic debates on sensitive issues from the previous sessions. On its list of activities, the parliament has included the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2009, which will be discussed to its finality.

    Usually, other bills are read for first time during one session and then adjourned to the next session. The move is likely to pave the way for the tabling of the proposal.

    Other sources in the finance ministry told The Citizen yesterday that the Speaker's office was expected to forward the plan to the relevant parliamentary committee for review before the minister tabled it in the august House.

    Nine bills have been lined up for discussion during the current session, which will last until February 11, this year. The two-week session is likely going to be dominated by hot debates about sensitive issues on various government contracts.

    The Government's marriage with the Tanzania International Container Terminal Service (Ticts) will most probably emerge as a major issue once again. Similar fierce discussions are expected about the troubled Tanzania Railway Limited (TRL), which has been leased to India-based RITES Company.

    Lawmakers are also likely to rekindle debate on the controversial sale of government residential properties as they seek the way forward on the issue.

    And the Energy and Minerals minister is possibly bracing himself for questions regarding the recent fuel crisis that hit the country. He is also expected to present a report on the Kiwira Gold Mine.

    The same goes for other ministers who are expected to present reports on issues that parliament resolved and made recommendations on during the previous session.

    The infamous US-based Richmond Development Company (RDC) will perhaps feature again as lawmakers seek to know whether or not their recommendations were followed.

    Other major issues expected to attract interesting discussions include the Government's decision to bail out Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL). More so, the list of the session's activities shows that the Government will respond to more than 170 questions from legislators.

    Three protocols will be ratified during the session while a number of private motions will be presented, if there is enough time.

    And among the bills to be tabled are two that will be read for the first time- the Fertilisers and Human DNA Regulation bills.

    Six of the bills will be tabled for second reading. These include the Public Health, Wildlife Conservation, and the Tanzania Trade Development Authority bills of 2008.

    Others are the Standards, Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendment), and the Political Parties (Amendment) bills of 2008.

    In addition, parliament is expected to ratify the International Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency; as well as others on Gender Development of the Southern African Development Countries (Sadc) and on the Establishment of the East African Science and Technology Commission.

    Reporting by Mkinga Mkinga in Dar es Salaam and Faraja Jube in Dodoma
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