This video shows some of the daily harassment of the investors by the police. The officers, armed with AK 47 machine guns, come to the farm and demand entry. They are asked what they want and to state what power under the penal Code of Tanzania, they have power to enter. They never state the later. Firstly they state they have come to the farm to investigate the theft of Mengi's cattle from the farm. Mengi and his wife, keep 120 cattle on the farm unlawfully. They use them to destroy the investors crops produced for export. the Mengi's are therefore guilty of criminal trespass and the police do nothing to stop the continuance of this serious criminal offence and situation. The cattle are used as a tool of harassment. The police are asked who the complainant is. They state Benjamin Mengi. The investors point out that he is in India. The police then change their story and state that the complainant is now Mengi's cattle staff (seen in the video on the left). The police are told that the cattle staff are trespassing on the farm, as are the cattle, that they do not own the cattle and therefore have no right of criminal complaint. The officer is asked what power he has to enter the farms. He refuses to state what power he is operating under. The officer then is just not sure why he is there and can clearly be heard to say 'maybe the complaint is theft of cattle'.
By MASATO MASATO, 1st March 2011 @ 11:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 27
THE Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda on Tuesday welcomed investors into the country, assuring them of the government determination to create conducive environment fordoing business.
“We have made great strides in the economic front but still we have a lot of challenges ahead,” Premier Pinda told the Economist Tanzania Summit in Dar es Salaam. However, he acknowledged that poor infrastructure, unskilled human resource and erratic power supply were factors that impede doing business. He encouraged the private sector to effectively participate in the national development, citing agriculture, agro processing and mining as some of the country’s virgin sectors, yearning for investments.
The government focus, he said was on infrastructure development, investing heavily on human resource development and spearheading ICT for the country’s development. “We, in the government, believe firmly that well developed ICT will have far reaching impacts on almost all sectors of the economy.” Mr Pinda, describing himself as the peasant son, said the government was, through the ambitious Kilimo Kwanza initiative, determined to liberate majority Tanzanians out of abject poverty.
He said reforms were underway to address land related issues that impede commercial agriculture in the country. The reforms, according to the Premier, will cover financial sectors to allow speedy settlement of commercial disputes by the judiciary. “Tanzania boasts of robust financial system that allows banks to operate—and, banking remains one area that is open for investments.” Investors however decried power blackouts and poor infrastructure—roads, ports, railways and airports, which they said were making it difficult to trade in Tanzania. They blamed the persistent power crisis to politics, challenging the government to look for the lasting solution to rescue the economy from total collapse.
Infotech Investment Group Executive Director Ali Mufuruki put the loss suffered by the national economy due to power problems at one trillion, a month. Tanzania Revenue Authority, the government tax collection agency, has admitted to have lost over 800bn/- so far in uncollected revenues due to blackout.
Mr Mufuruki raised concern over the human resource problem in the country, saying: “Skills are a serious problem in Tanzania...I’m not exaggerating but we have university graduates who cannot express themselves in a few sentences, be it in English or Kiswahili.”