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Ufisadi wa kutisha kupitia kampuni ya AGRISOL: Serikali, Iddi Simba na Lawrence Masha wanahusika

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    The June 2011 publication of the Oakland Institute’s investigation into AgriSol Energy’s land deal in Tanzania was followed by an indicting televised report from Dan Rather, the involvement of international civil society including the Sierra Club, Tanzanian activists, and a broad array of supporters from around the world. Yet, AgriSol still plans to go ahead with this large-scale agricultural project to produce agrofuel and genetically modified crops for export from Tanzania.

    If the deal goes forward, Tanzania will be ceding 800,000 acres of fertile agricultural land already under cultivation by small farmers and feeding local communities. The tragedy of "responsible business" in Sub-Saharan Africa is that corporate partners like AgriSol and investors can go ahead with a project that will displace over 162,000 people, on the sole promise that it will bring wealth and development to the country.

    AgriSol Energy and its Tanzanian partner Serengeti Advisors have responded to concerns over their investment, expressed by thousands of people around the world, with a series of public statements. With profits projected at hundreds of millions of dollars per year, it appears that they will do whatever it takes to move forward even under the intense glare of the press and international pressure on them to stop. Yet, PR tactics by AgriSol Energy and Serengeti Advisors can’t stand up to the facts and evidence obtained by the Oakland Institute.

    Myth #1: "Tanzania has abundant arable land, much of which is not currently being farmed."
    Serengeti suggests that their plans are based on an abundance of productive but unfarmed land in the country. A presentation to potential investors by AgriSol’s partner Pharos Global Agriculture Fund, "Africa Projects 2011," (p. 12, 21 & 24,) describes the proposed area as follows: "Large tracts of uninhabited savanna non-jungle land with quality soil. Massive empty refugee camps provide for quality location to start farming," and in the case of Katumba, the site is referred to as an "abandoned refugee camp."


    AgriSol Energy and principal investors were aware of the inhabitants in the lease area from the start of the negotiations as evident from their own documents. Contradicting the above mentioned documents, an August 2010 Memorandum of Understanding, between AgriSol Energy Tanzania and the Mpanda District Council, explicitly indicates that "Katumba and Mishamo are currently under the process of being closed as refugee settlements and the refugees are being returned to their country of origin (Burundi) or, in the case of those who have opted to stay in Tanzania, being resettled away from Katumba and Mishamo." (Article 1.1 of the MOU for Conducting Feasibility Study, AgriSol Energy Tanzania and the Mpanda District Council, August 11, 2010, p.1)

    Muhimu zaidi, AgriSol kudai kwamba kuna vile "mengi ya kilimo nchi" katika Tanzania, anaomba swali la kwa nini wao ni kulenga maeneo tayari zinakaliwa na watu zaidi ya 160,000? Wengi wa wakazi - wa zamani wa wakimbizi kutoka nchi jirani ya Burundi - ni zikiwemo wa vizazi kadhaa ya familia kuwa mafanikio ya kuendeleza na kilimo cha ardhi kwa miaka 40.



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    Asante sana kwa kutujuza. Wengi tulikuwa na hizo myths pekee yake, sasa tumepata facts. Ni muhimu sana taarifa au ripoti kama hizi ziwafikie wadau wote wenye mapenzi mema na nchi hii ili waweze kutafakari na kuwachukulia hatua majizi yanayohusika.
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    SOURCE: IPP Media, Tanzania

    AUTHOR: The Guardian, Tanzania, by Gerald Kitabu

    DATE: 11.12.2011

    The US-based AgriSol Company has landed another lucrative land deal involving 10,000 hectres amid growing public outcry about the recent land deals sealed by the company in Rukwa region.

    The company, mid this year, came under attack from land rights activists and politicians, especially Members of Parliament for acquiring over 300,000 hectres located at Mishamo and Katumba areas in Mpanda district for agricultural development.

    The attacks prompted Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda to throw his weight to defend the investor, saying the deal could benefit the local economy and had the potential to uplift peasants in the area from the vicious cycle of poverty. He said the investor through Agrisol Energy Tanzania Limited, had acquired the land in question after open, long negotiations with regional and district leaders.

    Before the dust settles, an investigation conducted by The Guardian on Sunday has revealed that the same firm has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kigoma regional authorities about two months ago for the acquisition of the land located at Lugufu area in the region.

    The area in question was formerly used as the camp that harbored Congolese refugees until 2009 before they were repatriated. It is located 92 kilometers south of Kigoma.

    Lugufu has a total of 15,000 ha out of which 10,000 ha have been reserved for the investor while 5,000 ha have been reserved for the newly designated Uvinza district, to build headquarters and other services in the neighborhood.

    Already residents from the villages that surround Lugufu area have started registering complaints over the manner in which the decision to award the land to the prospective investor was reached, saying the process did not involve them. The villages that surround Lugufu area are Mwamila, Basanza,
    Kazuramimba and Kazaroho.

    In separate interviews the residents claimed they knew nothing about the investor and the type of investment as they have never been consulted, leave alone introduction of the prospective investors to them, blaming district authorities for making it a secret deal.

    Now, the residents have vowed to protest against the AgriSol investment deal in Lugufu should the deal materialize, on grounds that they have never been involved in the land acquisition process and more importantly, they were not sure of the benefits they would get when the project kicks off.

    Lugufu, a camp that accommodated 510,000 Congolese refugees, is located in Uvinza ward. Following the signing of peace agreements and consequently the restoration of peace in the Congo, the refugees were repatriated and the camp closed in 2009.

    In an interview with the Guardian on Sunday, the chairman of Mwamila Village which surrounds Lugufu, Yohana Nkolanigwa said he knew nothing about the intended investment except having seen officials of the purported investment company passing through their village to Lugufu and putting beacons, a sign that send a message that the land might have been sold or was in the process of being sold.

    "We don't have any knowledge of the investor or the intended investment. We only hear about the investment in the media, which means we have never been consulted leave alone there being awareness creation, education on benefits that we are going to get from the proposed investment," he said.

    He told this newspaper that he remembered one day in July this year a delegation passed through their village but did not stop until they arrived at Lugufu.

    Later, in the evening, he went to see security guards of the Lugufu area who told him that the delegation was led by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives accompanied by the investor and they were surveying the land.

    He said he was shocked to note that the nearby land was being leased to a foreign investor while his village with a population of 4,820 was faced
    with shortage of land due to invasion by people from other villages such as Kazuramimba and at times, there are land conflicts caused by a rising

    Mpenjiwa Jackson, head teacher of Mwamila primary school, apart from blaming the district authorities for leasing the land which is now habouring rare animals such as chimpazees, elephants, wild pigs, and elephants. He said that it is not wise to lease the land to the investor while Mwamila village is faced with shortage of land, and increased population caused by migrants from Manyovu, especially the Sukuma and Tusi tribes.

    "Mwamila village has no pastures for livestock keepers, and the village is currently being invaded by livestock keepers, something which can cause land conflicts in the near future," he said.

    On his part, the chairman of the village environment committee, Godfrey Thomas said that apart from responsibility of the district authorities for making the deal a secret, leasing the area would be a big blow to biodiversity such as survival of chimpanzee. They have in recent years been multiplying much faster after the repatriation of refugees.

    According to him, Lugufu is endowed with abundant natural resources such as rare animals and fertile soil for locals and at the moment there are more than 200 chimpanzees which, if the investor would take the land means even the very rare species would go.

    Moshi Muzanye, agricultural extension officer for Kazuramimba ward which has a population of 32,200 said that at first he heard the district authorities asking villagers who wanted to go and farm in Lugufu to list their names so that they fill a special application form. But as the residents started filling in the forms, another directive was issued by the same authorities that the land had been leased to a foreign investor whom they do knot know.

    He said that if the government had consulted them, he would have advised it to reserve the land for locals to ease pressure on their land because it can accommodate more than 30 villages with a population of 2,000 people at any moment.

    Herman Chubwa, a villager in the Kazaroho hamlet, which has a population of 185 located close to Lugufu, said that one day in July this year, some people came to the village and started surveying Lugufu area. When he asked them about their mission, they told him that they were surveying the area for a foreign investor.

    "I was shocked. I could not believe my ears as even my neighbours knew nothing about the planned investment in Lugufu. How can we live with an investor we don't know and his mission," he queried.

    The chairperson of Basanza village, Abdul Buguzo and acting village executive officer Rigobati Lilai said that the news about the investment in Lugufu caught them by surprise.

    Still they admitted that one day they received visitors who identified themselves as AgriSol officials seeking good neighbourhood, as they were
    planning to acquire 3000 ha of Luchugi land in the nearby village. It is about 20 km from Lugufu, but they knew nothing about land acquisition in Lugufu.

    They said that at one point in time, the Division Officer, on behalf of the DC visited the village and explained to the villagers about AgriSol investment in Luchugi and not Lugufu.

    Babu Pascal Steven, the head of youth department at the Kigoma Vijana Development Association (KIVIDEA), and his executive secretary Festo Nemesi were running an agricultural project for the youth in the area but stopped due to lack of funds and inputs to expand the projects.

    They said that Kigoma has plenty of natural resources and in recent years it has been invaded by investors who make deals without involvement of the locals.

    "We also learnt about the investment in media and in Parliament otherwise we know nothing," they said.

    Co-founder and managing director of Farming for Energy for Better Livelihoods in Southern Africa (FELISA) also based in Kigoma, Dr Hamimu Hongo expressed his dismay and horror at the whole process of the investment and the level of involvement of the local communities, saying it was not participatory.

    According to him, a foreign investor with enough resources should have been given undeveloped land and not the already developed one like Lugufu which has all the infrastructures left behind by the refugees' management which could help in assisting poor locals to farm easily.

    He was of the view that such potential land should have been given to local investors for the benefit of smallholders and the nation at large.

    Despite Kigoma district authorities admitting to have met the investor and conducted preliminary discussions about the proposed investment, the investigation conducted in the region by the Guardian on Sunday revealed the district authorities were not aware of the signed MoU as it was regional authorities that were actively involved in the negotiation process.

    Kigoma District Administrative Secretary Margreth Heguye confirmed to have information about the investor but declined to give more details, saying she knew nothing about the proposed investment as all the files were in the hands of the District Executive Director but when this newspaper reached Kigoma district's Acting Executive Director Jomo Watai on the MoU he said had never signed the document with the investor.

    "What is going on is just negotiating meetings between the two parties. The MoU would be signed when both parties have reached consensus on the terms of leasing the land," Watai said.

    While the district council denied completely to have signed the MoU, the Kigoma region Assistant Administrative Officer responsible for Planning and Coordination, George Bussungu confirmed that the MoU was signed two months ago, and that a feasibility study was underway, financed by the investor.

    In what appeared to be a surprising remark, he scoffed at the MoU signed between the Mpanda district council and the investor, saying the MoU did not have the interest to the Mpanda people and the nation.

    "When we saw the MoU signed between the Mpanda District Council and the investor, it was obvious that it had no benefit to the nation.

    If you look at the MoU, there is no difference with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals that gave an investor 97 percent leaving behind 3 percent as royalty for the nation," he explained.

    Despite complaints from the village leaders, local communities and other stakeholders for lack of involvement, the Kigoma regional authorities said
    all villages and other stakeholders were fully involved in the process.

    Asked by this paper if the MoU has been signed, the regional authorities admitted to have signed it but excused themselves that the deal was still
    at a low stage pending the feasibility study currently underway, being taken by the investor.

    Speaking cautiously on behalf of the Kigoma Regional Administrative Secretary, the Region's Assistant Administrative Officer in the Planning
    and Coordination Section, George Bussungu said that the investor would only be given land if the deal would be fair for all parties.

    A lesson learnt from the MoU signed between Mpanda district authorities and AgriSol in Mishamo and Katumba revealed that the deal was not fare, it aimed at benefits the investor more than locals and the nation at large.

    Citing examples of some provisions in the Mpanda MoU, which Kigoma Region authorities had strong reservations, he said that his region would not agree to lease 99 years to an investor, genetically modified crops (GMOs) and that in case of conflict, the mediation should be done at the High Court of Tanzania and not in London, UK as it is written in the Mpanda MoU.

    When contacted for comments on the planned investment, Betram Eyakuze , the director of AgriSol Tanzania Ltd, the Tanzanian arm of AgriSol Energy that would provide the domestic front for this operation, confirmed that AgriSol was conducting a feasibility study in Lugufu.

    He declined to give details on the deal saying he was on the road and if the reporter wanted more on the matter he should file questions through his email.

    "Yes, AgriSol is surveying the land including preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment but if you want to know more on other issues send me questions through my email because I am on the road driving," he said.

    Recently, the same investor signed an MoU with the Mpanda district Council, provoking protests from people of all walks of life due to controversial terms included in it.

    These include the initial term of the certificate of occupancy which is 99 years lease, plus the proviso that the government creates a regulatory framework for growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops, which is not yet to be approved. The deal, for the district, is a Sh200-per-hectare-per annum land rent, and Sh500 as fee to the council per hectare per year.

    Also in the list are other controversial terms such as that for any disputes that may arise, arbitration shall be held in London, England, pursuant to the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which is reminiscent of the controversial Dowans contract.

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    Waendelee tuu kuuza nchi
    Deal nyingine za akina chief mangungo wa msovero as if wanaosign hawajui kusoma au hawajui masuala ya mikataba
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    Hakuna kitu mbaya kama in god we trust.

    It can make you blind, deaf and dumb.

    It can make you kill your broza or sista, father or mother.

    The power of $$$$$$$$$$$ is sooooo bad
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    Miaka 50 ya uhuru?

    It is a serious joke I swear.
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    Hivi, ni mwendawazimu gani aliyekuja na wazo kwamba kugawa ardhi kwa kampuni kubwa za kilimo duniani ni uwekezaji?
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    Power of money to grab our land so cheap
    Power of money to bribe our leaders
    Power of money for our leader be so blind that they can not see how they sell our land cheap to the so called investor
    At the end of the day we will end up displace our own people for the benefit of the so called investor
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    tumejaribu, tumeuza na tutauza zaidi
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    Mtm kweli tumejaribu na tumethubutu na tutazidi kuuza zaid na zaidi kwa hawa wanaoitwa wawekezaji
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    What I see is that tumefukuza mkoloni mweupe na badala yake tukaweka mkoloni mweusi.

    Huyu mkoloni mweusi ni mbaya zaidi ya mkoloni mweupe, kumuondoa ni Ngumu sana kwani hana tofauti sana na watawaliwa. Tumekwisha sisi na vizazi vijavyo.

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    1) The lawyers who made up the contract are probably the same who have been involved in all the questionable contracts in Tanzania-
    this is called LOOTING.

    2) the laws of ownership are different in Tanzania thn in America. In Tanzania, the land belongs to the families who have farmed on the land and the land rights have been passed down from one generation to the next. Both legally & structurally, in Tanzania land ownership rights are vastly distinct thn in America. In America, the multinationals own the land. Whatever the contracts they are signing should be null/void when the rights of the people of Tanzania not been taken into consideration.
    Before even considering signing any contracts of land ownership, the government should have looked at the ownership rights in the land.

    (In fact, this land grabbing issue should be in the new constitution! I bet even in the old constitution there must be something about land ownership rights and what the current govt. is doing with signing of these questionable land contracts, is UNCONSTITUTIONAL)

    3)Tanzanians in Tanzania and all over the world NEED to WAKEUP, their Tanzania is being SOLD!!
    YOUR leaders, and current regime has no care or interest in your welfare. The proof is all there in the past 30 years.

    4)The proof lies in the way they sold the land to a multinational without taking in the interests of their own people. Take a look at Nigeria, see whats going on there. OR CONGO. IF the Tanzanian people do NOTHING, thn you are as to be blamed for the silence you observed when the VULTURES stole everything from you and as a Tanzania you became a foreigner in your own land.


    Get on twitter, or email Human rights groups, US State Department, anticorruption, worldbank, NYtimes, WallStreetJournal. Write to President Obama. BE proactive. TELL them your rights are being stolen, violated!!!

    #stolenfuture #stolenlives