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Team probing Luhanjo to verify testimonies next week

7th October 2011
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Chief secretary, Philemon Luhanjo

The parliamentary probe committee formed to investigate chief secretary (CS) Philemon Luhanjo’s decision to clear and reinstate Energy and Minerals permanent secretary David Jairo will next week begin verifying the information it gathered from interviewees.

The House team, chaired by Tunduru North lawmaker Ramo Makani, is investigating the CS verdict to clear Jairo of any wrong doing and subsequently reinstating him despite corruption allegation leveled against him in Parliament.

Makani said in a telephone interview yesterday that the team would complete the exercise of gathering the information this week ready for verifying them starting next week, informing that in the process the team would observe the country’s constitution and parliamentary regulations.

Other members of the probe committee include Goesbert Blandes (CCM), Rev Israel Natse (Chadema), Khalifa Suleiman Khalifa (CUF) and Martha Umbulla (CCM).

The five terms of reference were to investigate on the validity of all the steps taken regarding the contribution of funds to facilitate the approval of the Energy and Minerals budget by legislators and reviewing the investigation report by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG).

The other one is to look into how the government should react to issues raised by parliament and the procedures of revealing such information.

Others include reviewing whether the move by the CS to announce the findings of the CAG and reinstate Jairo to office undermined parliamentary immunity and discretionary powers.

On August 23, this year, Luhanjo who was accompanied by CAG Ludovick Utouh cleared Jairo of any wrong doing and reinstated him to his position as PS.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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