It is an indictment on Tanzanian’s governance that President Kikwete holds hand so to speak with the corrupt.
Seen below, Kikwete is in effect sticking two fingers up at the British High Court and British Tax payers money that is paid to the government of Tanzania in aid.
In December 2012, the British High Court found Reginald Mengi to be corrupt. It held that in respect of the Silverdale Farm case, Reginald Mengi had been comp-licit in his bother Benjamin’s corruption in the theft and destruction of British investment in Tanzania. To clarify, Reginald Mengi was found to have been complicit in corruption that destroyed private sector investment in Tanzania. The court also found he lied to and misled the court along with his witnesses and that he was probably guilty of criminal libel vis-a-vis the law of Tanzania.
It is repugnant hypocrisy on the part of |Kikwete that he is seen here holding hands with Reginald Mengi at a meeting which is designed to improve the business environment in Tanzania to attract foreign investment.
Tanzania has fallen to 145th place in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report in respect of which Kikwete states “you need to analyse who and what is responsible for the poor ranking. These must be put to task. We must remove all obstacles that lead to such poor ranking.”
This begs the comment, Mr Kikwete all the time you support the corrupt, you remain at the bottom of the list!
This is not an issue about Reginald Mengi, it is an issue of a President that accepts corruption from the rich and powerful.
That Mr Kikwete, is corrupt in itself!
JK talks tough on improving doing business environment
President Jakaya Kikwete with Reginald Mengi (left) in Dar es Salaam on Monday.
By Veneranda Sumila ,The Citizen Reporter
Wednesday, December 18 2013
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s poor ranking in World Bank’s Doing Business Reports -- which are highly respected by international investors -- will soon improve if government officials take President Jakaya Kikwete’s directives seriously.
Tanzania has featured poorly in the reports in the past six years consecutively.
In its 2007 Doing Business Report, the WB and its private sector-leaning arm -- the International Finance Corporation (IFC) -- ranked Tanzania among the world’s top 10 reformers. That mark was, however, short-lived as in a similar report in 2008, the country slipped three places to clinch the 127th position out of 181 countries surveyed.
Likewise, in the 2010 report launched in September 2009, Tanzania dropped to 131st place. The trend has persisted and the latest report puts Tanzania on position 145 globally and the last in East Africa.
Unhappy with the trend, Mr Kikwete yesterday directed government officials to find a solution that would see the country improve its doing business environment.
“You need to analyse who and what is responsible for the poor ranking. These must be put to task. We must remove all obstacles that lead to such poor ranking,” President Kikwete said while gracing the 7th Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) meeting in Dar es Salaam on Monday. This is the second time the President gives such a directive, the first was after the issuance of the 2010 report.
Speaking at a WB workshop on ‘Improving Tanzania’s Business Environment’ in Dar es Salaam in March 2010, the then minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Co-ordination and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Phillip Marmo, said the reports were a wake-up call to the government.
He said the government had initiated a team of permanent secretaries – under the chairmanship of the then permanent secretary in the PMO, Mr Peniel Lyimo – to come up with a road-map for improving Tanzania’s business environment.
Without delving into the findings of My Lyimo’s team, President Kikwete said yesterday there were many investors around the world interested in doing business in Tanzania but they were being put off by the lukewarm reception they were given.
He hit at those promoting the establishment of executive agencies saying: “Now it is becoming a fashion for every authority and ministry to establish executive agencies. These only consume a lot of money and become hindrances to doing business in the country,” said President Kikwete.
Members of the private sector say it was only 40 per cent of recommendations made by Lyimo’s team that have been implemented.
“Lack of accountability among government officials constrains the implementation of the agreed actions,” said Tanzania Private Sector Foundation executive director Godfrey Simbeye recently.