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Job Ndugai wants former minister held accountable

8th May 2012
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Job Ndugai

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Job Ndugai has urged the executive to hold former Transport minister Omar Nundu accountable for failure to revamp the central railway line and Tazara.

He argued in an interview recently in Dar es Salaam that failure by the former minister to supervise rehabilitation of the Tanzania Railway Limited (TRL) and Tanzania-Zambia Railway (Tazara) had denied the people the opportunity to get affordable railway services.

“There is a need to take to task the former minister over failure to revamp the central railway line and Tazara…because they are very important to the economy of the people. Most farmers rely on them for transporting goods and raw materials,” Ndugai said, adding:

“In addition to removing them from their ministerial posts over failure to execute their duties, the government has an obligation of punishing them,” he stressed.

Recently, President Kikwete reshuffled the Cabinet, leaving out Nundu and five other senior ministers, after mounting pressure from Members of Parliament and the general public.

A cross-section of residents interviewed yesterday in Dar es Salaam hailed the President’s move to reshuffle the Cabinet. One of them, Daudi Ibrahim from Kawe, said, “I congratulate the President for giving us at list of hope. He responded well to people’s calls,”

A farmer and businessman from Kigoma, John Bakari, said that the reshuffle has made the people regain their confidence in the government. “I can’t explain how much we have been disappointed before the reshuffle, we had lost hope…” he said.

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