"Whether we like it or not, if we are to advance our economy we must, as a nation, use all possible means to attract investments especially in the agriculture sector”.
THE GOVERNMENT WILL STAND BY AND WATCH BRITISH INVESTORS HARRASED, INTIMIDATED, UNLAWFULLY ARRESTED AND THEIR INVESTMENT DESTROYED BY BENJAMIN MENGI AND VARRIOUS GOVERNMENT MINUSTERS THAT FACILITATED THE CORRUPTION
IN THE SILVERDALE FARM CASE
Friday August 26, 2011
Pinda: Don’t scare investors
PRIME Minister Mizengo Pinda has advised Members of Parliament to refrain from uttering statements that may scare away would-be investors or cause conflicts between them and the "wananchi."
The premier made the remarks when adjourning the National Assembly here on Friday. He stressed that the private sector was the engine of the economy.
"Parliament is an institution which commands a lot of respect world-wide. Whatever is said inside the National Assembly by any MP is accorded due respect. Investors and the general public follow proceedings in the House very closely," Mr Pinda said.
The remarks by the PM seem to have been prompted by some legislators who lashed out at investors in the country during the just ended parliament session.
He noted that due to advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), it has become possible for anyone to monitor proceedings in the House.
"There isn't any investor who will invest where he or she will incur losses, particularly at this time of financial meltdown," he said in a speech that lasted for about an hour.
The premier went on to add that anti-investment sentiments among the legislators are likely to frustrate efforts made by President Jakaya Kikwete, who has been on the forefront to attract both local and foreign investors.
He stressed that economic growth in any country is stimulated by two major factors namely, participation of the private sector as well as advancement in science and technology.
"Whether we like it or not, if we are to advance our economy we must, as a nation, use all possible means to attract investments especially in the agriculture sector.
"All countries in the world that have opened doors to business and attracted investments have recorded positive developments," he said. He said that the government recognizes the role of the private sector as the engine of economic growth and creation of jobs in the country.
On the other hand, Mr Pinda said the government will investigate and take actions on allegations levelled against some bureaucrats in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
He said the government will not remain silent when national resources are plundered to benefit few people, some of who are not even Tanzanians. The PM also spoke on the increasing road accidents saying that the government is taking effort to address the pathetic situation.
Among the efforts, the PM said the government will establish a National Road Safety Agency through the Executives Agencies Act of 1997.
The agency will be charged with supervising and co-ordinating the Road Safety Act in a bid to check on the menace that is claiming lives of Tanzanians.
In another development, Muhidin Issa Michuzi reports that the Speaker of the National assembly, Ms Anne Makinda, on Friday appointed a five-person team to probe the procedure by which ministries may have raised funds to induce MPs to endorsed their estimates.
Those appointed are: Ama Matala Makani (Tunduru North - CCM), Gosbet Blandes (Karagwe-CCM), Reverend Israel Yohana Natse (Karatu - Chadema), Mr Khalfan Suleiman Khalfan (Gando - CUF) and Ms Martha Umbula (Special Seats - CCM).
This follows a motion by Mr Christopher ole Sendeka (Simanjiro-CCM) on Wednesday to form a select-probe committee to investigate the move by the Chief Secretary, Mr Philemon Luhanjo to clear the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mr David Jairo of wrongdoing.
Mr Jairo is believed to have committed an offence by allegedly soliciting funds from institutions under his ministry to facilitate the endorsement of budget estimates for the ministry for the 2011/2012 financial year.
The House was presented with a letter in this vein, signed by Mr Jairo by Ms Beatrice Shelukindo (Kilindi - CCM). The letter created tension from the floor with MPs demanding disciplinary action against Mr Jairo.
The PS move created heated debate in the House whereby MPs rejected the budget proposals by the ministry, on grounds that the budget was not satisfactory considering that the country was going through a power crisis.
The crisis called for government action to find lasting solutions. The MPs were also against mining contracts by foreign investors. They claimed that the government was losing through such contracts.