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MP says PM cannot stop Dowans debate in House

26th January 2011
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Parliament Speaker Anne Makinda

Kigoma South legislator David Kafulila has said Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda cannot stop the debate about Dowans in Parliament, saying that the final decision about it rests in the hands of the Speaker, Anne Makinda.

He told journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam shortly after the opening of a 10-day seminar for MPs that the premier’s recent statement ruling out debate on Dowans in the House was wrong.

Kafulila said he had already informed the Speaker’s office of his intention to table in the next month’s House meeting a private motion on Dowans, and was currently waiting for response.

“I heard that yesterday (Monday) the Prime Minister said it is not possible to take back the issue to Bunge…but according to information I have, the Parliament office is working on my application,” said the MP on the sidelines of the meeting.

Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Anne Makinda said her office could not make any decision for something that is not real because Kafulila has only submitted a letter of intention, not the private motion itself.

“Kafulila is supposed to write a private motion to be tabled and we will discuss it before giving any answer of accepting or rejecting it,” she insisted, adding that her office won’t ignore or block any motion, as claimed by some people.

The MP announced recently that he planned to table in the February House session a private motion to hold the government accountable for losses in the energy sector linked to the controversial power generating company, Dowans.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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