The state owned company which undertook construction of Tazara Railway line in 1970s, recently unveiled a U$ 43 million (over 99.5bn/-) project to construct a Royal Glory residence and shopping complex. The five acres plot whose selling caused controversy because of the price hike but also reports that the seller did not pay all applicable taxes.
In 2016 soon after the plot was advertised in state owned Daily News and later confirmed as sold, Property Watch contacted the brokerage agent who did not cooperate. An investigation by Tanzania Revenue Authority then under Commissioner General, Alphayo Kadata was launched but a few months later he was transferred to State House as Permanent Secretary.
“When I left, I had ordered an investigation by relevant TRA department and until the time that I left I had not received the report,” Kadata said while referring Property Watch to current TRA Commissioner General, Charles Kichere who also ordered an investigation.
Officials of the state owned Chinese contractor who recently held a ground breaking foundation stone laying ceremony attended by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Damas Ndumbaro have declined to name the plot’s seller while TRA also remain silent on the status of investigations and taxes paid.
“I have no comment on who sold us this plot because it is a contractual obligation not to disclose such information to the media,” an official at CCECC said saying Ministry of Lands and Human Settlement Development is better positioned to give such information.
During the foundation stone laying ceremony which was also attended by Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Wang Ke, the developer said Royal Glory Residence project is another big investment made by Chinese companies in Tanzania.
CCECC’s Sales Manager, Leon Zhang said Royal Glory Residence will include 14 villas and 156 apartments and a modern commercial complex with malls, restaurants, pubs and cinema halls.
Zhang said the first phase of the project which is due in November this year will employ over 1,000 people directly and indirectly.