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MP implicates former Minerals minister in Kaburo hill scandal

24th April 2012
Kigoma North legislator Zitto Kabwe (Chadema)

Kigoma North legislator Zitto Kabwe (Chadema) told the House yesterday that a former Energy and Minerals minister [he didn’t reveal the name] instructed the State Mining Corporation (Stamico) not to renew its licence for Kaburo site, believed to have abundant coal deposits.

He made the accusation when seeking clarification from the House Speaker whether it was true that the government lacked funds for enabling Stamico to acquire the said site.

According to the lawmaker, the government had received USD 6million from the World Bank for developing the energy sector, including coal mining; therefore it was strange to claim that the government lacked a pautry USD 200 to renew the licence.

“It didn’t do so after being instructed by the government through the then minister for Energy and Minerals, who was a co-owner of Tanpower Resources, which later bid for the site,” claimed Zitto.

In response, National Assembly Speaker Anne Makinda advised the MP to table a private motion in the House, saying the matter was serious enough to call for more attention of the House.

Earlier, Energy and Minerals minister William Ngeleja had told the House that the mining corporation failed to renew its licence on Kaburo due to lack of funds.

His deputy, Adam Malima, told the Parliament when responding to the basic question that Kaburo mountain has coal reserves, promising to brief the House on the matter in future.

In his basic question, Ileje legislator Aliko Kibona had wanted to know reasons which delayed the National Social Security Fund’s plan to produce power from Kiwira coal.

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