Wednesday, 28 July 2010
WORLD BANK IGNORES CONCERNS IN THE SILVERDALE FARM CASE
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete in discussion with World Bank Vice-Chairperson (Africa Zone), Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili (right) in Kampala, Uganda.
On the 8th January 2010, World Bank Vice-Chairperson (Africa Zone), Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili (right above) wrote to the British investors in the Silverdale Farm case after they had raised issues with her regarding the case. Ms. Ezekwesili repsonded as follows:-
"...............what I see is that we at the Bank can continue to emphasize to the Government of Tanzania the importance of adhering to the rules of the game for promoting investment. That, I assure we shall do and I will be directly reaching out to the political authorities on your issue (and)will revert to you with feedback from my discussion with the Tanzania government in the next two weeks".
Six month's later and despite six requests to Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili to adhere to the promises she made in the Silverdale case, she is now ignoring the investors. President of the Wold Bank Group Mr.Robert Zoellick also refuses to answer communications in respect of the case.
It is difficult to understand how the World Bank Group would want, at the highest level, to ignore such an extreme level of corruption and to fail to see, that in a country propped up as it is by overseas aid this damages the development that the bank seeks to promote!