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Future of Artumas worries MP

Leonard Mwakalebela and Faraja Mgwabati, 30th April 2009 @ 00:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 207

Mchinga MP (CCM) Mudhihir Mudhihir, has expressed deep concern over the state of affairs in the Canadian firm, Artumas Company Limited, which provides electricity to Lindi and Mtwara using Mnazi Bay natural gas. Mr Mdhihir told the National Assembly that the company had unfairly fired its workers and embarrassed top officials in an unacceptable way and asked the government to investigate the matter with a view to correct the situation.

He said if the situation was left as it was the possibility, then Artumas would collapse and people of Lindi and Mtwara who had started enjoying power supply would go back to darkness. The MP said last month some investigators from South Africa came at Artumas office in Dar es Salaam and tortured the country Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Peter Gathercole and snatched his laptop and a mobile phone.

He said in the same month, the CEO of Artumas International of Canada, Mr Steve Marson, was illegally expelled from the board of directors, hence uncertainty in the company’s operations in various parts of the world including Tanzania. “Mr Chairman, it is terrible to see some people from South Africa can come to Tanzania and harass people and leave just like that without any action. I beg the government to undertake investigation, to establish what is exactly going on with the company,” he said.

The MP was debating a report on Public Accounts Committee tabled by its Chairman, Mr John Cheyo, who among other things, said the committee was happy with Mnazi Bay Gas for Electricity project. He said although the committee felt that Artumas did a good job in implementing the Mnazi Bay project, the venture would collapse if the problems at the company were not addressed.

Mr Mudhihir said himself, Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, Mr Arnold Kilewo and Mr Raymond Mrope, were removed from the Board of Directors of Artumas Tanzania last December and that no other members were appointed since then. The MP also advised the government to change the system of collecting revenue from the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), to enable the corporation to retain some money for investment. Mr Mudhihiri who is also the TPDC Board Member said currently all proceeds from TPDC were taken by the Treasury, making it difficult for the corporation to make any investment.

He also informed the Parliament that most TPDC top officials had few years remained before their retirement, but nothing was done by responsible ministries to groom those who would take over. “Within the next three years most TPDC workers will be retiring…we have advised the Ministry of Finance to prepare new workers to take over the responsibilities, they told us to go to the Public Service Management office, but when we went there we were told to go back to the Ministry of Finance,” he said

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