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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Team to probe Jairo saga

27th August 2011
Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda

Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda yesterday named a parliamentary select committee to probe the propriety of the directive by the Energy and Minerals permanent secretary (PS) David Jairo to institutions under the ministry to contribute funds to facilitate the ministry’s budget estimates.

The members of the probe team are Israel Natse (Chadema), Khalifa Suleman Khalifa (CUF), Martha Umbula (CCM), Gosbert Blandes (CCM) and Ramo Matala Makani (CCM).

The Speaker said among the elect committee’s tasks is to investigate the validity of all the steps taken regarding the contribution of the funds.

She directed the committee to probe into the report of the Controller and Auditor General on Jairo’s saga.

The team will also review whether the move by the Chief Secretary Philemon Luhanjo to announce the findings of the CAG and reinstate Jairo to his office did not undermine parliamentary authority.

Luhanjo ordered the reinstatement of Jairo at a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday after a report by the Controller and Auditor General cleared him of any wrongdoings, saying: “I order him to report for work effectively August 24, 2011.”

The committee has been given eight weeks to come up with a report to be presented to the November parliamentary meeting.

On Wednesday, Simanjiro MP Christopher ole-Sendeka (CCM) moved the motion which was overwhelmingly supported by the lawmakers cutting across party lines to form a committee to probe into the whole process.

The motion came during discussions of a motion moved earlier by Kigoma North MP Zitto Kabwe (Chadema) demanding that the House suspends the discussion of all government matters, including ministry budget estimates, to discuss a matter of urgency – the clearing and reinstatement of Jairo into office by the chief secretary.

Meanwhile, the State House yesterday clarified that the decision reached by President Jakaya Kikwete to order the Permanent Secretary Jairo, to remain on leave was right and that it did not contradicts the duties of the pillars of government.

It said the president directed Jairo to remain on leave until he (the president) allows him to resume work.

It said the president had made the decision before the parliament discussed the issue and, therefore, his decision had not been influenced by the parliament.

The statement also said the Chief Secretary acted within his powers to order the PS back to work after he was cleared by the CAG, but that in directing Jairo to continue with leave, was exercising his powers as the top appointing authority.

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