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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jairo probe recommendations to be presented to President




The National Assembly has approved the recommendations made by the parliamentary select committee, which probed chief secretary Philemon Luhanjo and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals David Jairo.
They will now be presented to President Jakaya Kikwete for further action, Dr Thomas Kashilillah Clerk of the National Assembly told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the deliberations were made by the committee during the just ended meeting.
He said the parliamentary select committee’s recommendations required the government to take disciplinary action against Jairo, who ordered departments and institutions under the ministry to contribute money to facilitate the endorsement of the 2011/12 budget estimates.
The report also recommends Energy Minister William Ngeleja and his Deputy Adam Malima to be held accountable as the ministry’s overseers. It also recommends Controller and Auditor General (CAG) Ludovick Utouh and Luhanjo be held responsible for clearing the embattled permanent secretary.
According to the committee led by Tunduru North MP Ramo Makani (CCM), 140m/- was contributed by three out of the four institutions.
The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) contributed 40m/-, Rural Energy Agency (REA) 50m/- and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) 50m/-.
However, the committee found out that only 9m/- was spent for lunch during the MPs’ seminar organised by the ministry a few days before the budget estimates were tabled in parliament.
The report also shows that 32.4m/- was spent on allowances, 17.4m/- on food and beverages, 5.7m/- on fuel, 625,120/- on stationery and 8.4m/- on refreshments and sitting allowances.
All the contributed money was channelled through Account No 5051000068 of GST Dodoma Branch.
Members, who contributed to the report, said the state of affairs in the government was appalling and called for a special scrutiny of all ministries.
In their joint press conference, Luhanjo and the CAG said PS Jairo did not commit any disciplinary offence.
Luhanjo said according to the Public Servants Management Act, any servant appointed by the President once he/she commits a disciplinary offence after being proven so, was supposed to be provided with a notice accompanied by a charge sheet.
CAG said the preliminary investigations revealed that the institutions requested to contribute 50m/- were only four and not 20 as Members of Parliament (MPs) claimed.
He clarified that there was no evidence to prove that the collected amount of money was spent on bribing MPs to endorse the ministry’s budget estimates.

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