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Tanzania: Minister tells procurement network to fight bureaucracy


October 6th, 2012

By Felix Lazaro, The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Deputy Finance minister Saada Mkuya Salum has called for formulation of more initiatives that will address problems of bureaucracy and secrecy that mar the country’s public procurement practices.

Speaking on Wednesday during the Commonwealth Public Procurement Network 2012 African Regional Conference in Dar es Salaam, she said despite various procurement reforms undertaken, the desired results were yet to be fully achieved.

“Our countries have procurement legislations and bodies to oversee their implementation. Despite these impressive structures and reforms we all complain about bureaucracy and secrecy surrounding these procurement systems,” said Ms Salum.

Lack of transparency in procurement, she said, needed to be addressed to improve efficiency and diligence, particularly in realizing value for money, quality and timely delivery.

She expressed her optimism that the meeting would act as a catalyst to the country’s procurement regime as well as those of other African countries and the deliberations bring forth procurement experiences and best practices.

Ms Salum said if the right inputs and appropriate processes of procurement were put in place, the chance of getting good outputs were high.

“Our people want to see good services in the health sector, education, water and others, while they all happened within the budget,” she said.

For his part, retired Justice Thomas Mihayo said after Tanzania had operationalised the Public Procurement Act, 2004 for sometimes, it has become clear that it was not just the matter of compliance but the need to go beyond that and see if the Act delivers the intended goals.

“Are we really getting value for the money spent? Are the social and environmental concerns addressed when making procurement decisions?” quarried Justice Mihayo whos is the Acting chairman of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority’s board of directors.

Justice Mihayo said the meeting should be the catalyst for the country to achieve necessary reforms in its public procurement system for it to deliver effective and sustainable outcomes.

Tanzania leader sacks ministers amid corruption scandal


BBC

May 4th, 2012

He has been under pressure to deal with the scandal following a report by a body overseeing public finances.

The inspector of the government‘s accounts noted the rampant misuse of funds in at least seven ministries.

The ministers who have been dropped from cabinet all hold high-profile portfolios: Finance, energy, tourism, trade, transport and health.

‘Taken to task’

In November, the ruling CCM party promised to implement anti-corruption measures, but there have been heated calls from the opposition for heads to roll.

Announcing the cabinet reshuffle, President Kikwete said that accountability would be taken seriously and ministers’ subordinates and even executives working for state-owned companies would also be held responsible over any embezzlement.

“It is not enough for a minister to take responsibility alone but the new approach is that even those who caused the mishap will be taken to task as well,” Mr Kikwete told journalists at State House in Dar es Salaam.

The BBC’s Hassan Mhelela in Dar es Salaam says the ministry of energy, which oversees the lucrative mining sector, and ministry of tourism – two of the major revenue generators for the government, were criticised most in the Controller and Auditor General’s annual report.

There have been mixed reactions to the sackings, our reporter says.

Many are pleased that the government has acted at last but some feel there should be prosecutions too, he says.

Mr Kikwete was re-elected in 2010 for a final five-year term.

His government has struggled to tackle corruption which has adversely hampered economic growth in Tanzania where the rate of inflation rate stands at 19%.

Last year, donor countries cut funding pledges to Tanzania after expressing concern about corruption and the slow pace of reforms.

Tanzania: Ewura CCC Urges Bunge to Probe Extractive Industry


AllAfrica.com

BY FINNIGAN WA SIMBEYE

February 9, 2012

THE parliament should continue pressing for access by its members to all contracts signed between the government and private investors in the extraction of natural resources to get rid of the problems that shroud the mining sector in the country.

According to the Chairman of Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority Consumer Consultative Council (EWURA-CCC), Professor Jamindu Katima, most of the problems with contracts signed between the government and private firms in the extractive industry emanate from secrecy.

These contracts are top secret which not even parliament can access easily,” said Prof Katima who is also the Principal of College of Engineering and Technology of University of Dar es Salaam.

He said all contracts in the gas subsector need to be reviewed if proved to be faulty as was the case with Pan African Energy which faces accusations of evading taxes in the tunes of billions of shillings while inflating prices of gas supplied to Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).

Apart from Songas and Pan African Energy, others companies extracting and supplying natural gas include Canadian Wentworth Resources and French Morel & Prom which are operating at Mnazi Bay in Mtwara region.

Lawmakers should continue to press the executive so that they can access all contracts and where necessary review them,” the Nobel Laureate said. Prof Katima who is a 2009 joint Nobel Laureate argued that Songas Limited may have signed another bad contract with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation which needs to be reviewed as its power tariffs to Tanesco are also excessive.

The don however warned against any attempt to undo such contracts. “I do not support severing such contracts because experience has shown that it becomes twice a burden to the public,” he pointed out naming Dowans Holdings Limited as the latest example…Read more.

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