Kigoma South Member of Parliament (NCCR-Mageuzi) David Kafulila yesterday censured the government for losing a 94bn/- suit to Dowans Tanzania Limited. He sounded the blame in a supplementary question in Parliament.
Kafulila claimed that he had ‘concrete’ evidence indicating why the government had failed in the high profile case in which the latter contested the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC’s) decision to award it 94bn/- in compensation over breach of contract.
The ICC Tribunal, sitting in Dar es Salaam awarded the amount to Dowans in compensation for ending prematurely a contract agreement by the Tanzania Electric Supply Co. Ltd (Tanesco) a couple of years ago.
In response, Energy and Minerals deputy minister George Simbachawene refused to answer the question, reporting that there was a pending case in court over the same issue. “…we cannot interfere with court proceedings. So, I don’t have the answer to your question,” he said.
Later on, Attorney General Fredrick Werema stood to clarify whereby he said the government is not part of the Dowans case. However, he advised Kafulila to present in the respective court ‘the concrete evidence’ he has.
“It is not our duty, as MPs to interfere with activities of other pillars. The court stands on its own. So, if Kafulila has the evidence, then he should present it in court,” he advised.