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SA, Tanzania Commit to Preserve Africa’s History

South Africa and Tanzania have signed various agreements to cooperate in the areas of culture, heritage and preservation of South Africa’s struggle history for liberation.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and his Tanzanian counterpart Minister Harrison M Wakyembe on Tuesday night held a meeting in Dodoma, Tanzania’s administrative capital, where the two agreed to work together to ensure the Roads to Independence in Africa project is implemented across all SADC countries.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) appointed Tanzania to host the “Roads to Independence in Africa” project in collaboration with the African Union.

The project first focuses on Tanzania and the Southern African region, whose liberation movements were based in Tanzania. These countries are Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The South African chapter of the project, called the Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route, is a national memory project aimed at commemorating and celebrating South Africa’s road to independence. Cabinet established an Inter-Ministerial Committee to oversee this project and provide political leadership.

Speaking to SAnews in Dodoma on Monday, Minister Mthethwa said the project was crucial in ensuring that South Africa’s road to democracy and Africa’s road to independence is not lost.

“We are here today to emphasise and reaffirm the assignment by UNESCO and the AU of writing our story and identifying important sites on the road to independence. The most important thing today is that we were looking at different national chapters of the roads to independence from both South Africa and Tanzania and how far we have gone,” said Minister Mthethwa.

“The route that we took to liberate the people of South Africa and Africa…it’s important that it is written by ourselves for the world to know the real story of our liberation.”

Minister Mthethwa said he was happy over the fact that the South African delegation of Director Generals and their Tanzanian counterparts spent days sharing ideas over the implementation of the Roads to Independence in Africa project to ensure that it is implemented without delay.

“We are convinced that we have set ourselves to follow up and implement this and we are on course to make this continent proud of who they are. We have to do it now. We would like to thank Tanzania for being the convenors of this important work and we will do everything we can to support them,” said Minister Mthethwa.

Base for many liberation movements

Tanzania played a crucial part in the liberation of many countries in the continent and the country served as a base for many liberation movements during the struggle for liberation.

The country also opened itself as a base for many liberation movements that included the ANC, Pan African Congress, Mozambique’s FRELIMO and Angola’s People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

Tanzania was also a base for what was known as the African Liberation Committee, which was established by the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU). This structure was dissolved when South Africa gained it’s democracy in 1994.

Tanzanian Arts, Culture and Information Minister Harrison said Tanzania was committed to ensure that initiatives are put in place to ensure the history of liberation of the entire continent is recorded and kept for generations to come. The project includes the construction of a museum, library and archives and aims to recognise the spirit of solidarity and cooperation amongst Africans.

There are also proposals for the construction of a monument in honour of activists who lost their lives during various stages of the fight for liberation in Africa could be built in the near future. Three South Africans are buried in Tanzania after dying in that country while in exile.

Areas of cooperation

Following Tuesday night’s meeting, South Africa and Tanzania agreed to work together on several projects aimed at promoting heritage in both countries. They agreed to:

Exchange information and collaborate in areas of arts, film industry, museums, libraries and research

Cooperate in the fields of cultural relics, properties and heritage preservation

Develop capacity building and research collaboration among heritage professionals, including of working together on continental, regional and transnational African liberation heritage and development research projects

Collaborate to increase the number of world heritage sites related to the liberation struggles.

Govt Slaps Tabloid With Two-Year Ban

By Hilda Mhagama

Director General of Tanzania Information Services (MAELEZO) and Chief government spokesperson Dr Hassan Abbasi.

THE government has slapped a weekly tabloid, MwanaHALISI, and its online version, with a two-year ban effective September 19, 2017, for publishing seditious and fabricated articles which threatened national security.

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Director of Information Services Department, MAELEZO, who doubles as the Government Spokesperson, Dr Hassan Abbasi, said the decision was in accordance with Section 59 of the Information Services Act No.12 of 2017.

“This decision has been reached after a long term effort by the government to remind Mwana- Halisi editors over the importance of working accordance to journalism ethics and standards, but they were defiant,” he noted.

Dr Abbasi said that he was irked by the fact that the newspaper has been repeating the same mistakes now and again despite several reminders from the government.

He further said that journalism’s first obligation was to tell the truth, but in their September 4-10, 2017 edition, they published a feature article titled, “Makinikia yakwama” that did not have any truth in it and had intentions to make the public believe that negotiations over the mineral concentrates had failed.

“The editors were summoned and cautioned over weaknesses in the article and were ordered to apologise, but the newspaper chose not to,” he said.

The weekly-tabloid, in its January 30 – February 5 edition, published an article titled “Ufisadi ndani ya ofisi ya JPM,” which can be translated as “Graft in the office of JPM”, however, the content described procurement flaws at Kibaha Education Centre, in Coast Region contrary to the headline.

Expounding further he said the article intended at tarnishing the image of the President, the government and thus instructed the editors of the newspaper to assess themselves and make an apology in accordance to Section 40 of Media Services Bill of 2016, which gives them an opportunity to express regret.

The MAELEZO Boss said due to such reasons, the government has seen that the editors of MwanaHALISI and the entire leadership were not ready to abide by journalism ethics and therefore are given more time to meditate if they still need to continue working as journalists or not.

“Journalism is a profession with rights and responsibilities; the key rights of journalism are clarified in article 19 (2) of the International Political and Civil Rights Agreement of 1966 which Tanzania has ratified since 1976 and incorporated its foundations in its laws, particularly article 7 of the Information Service Act No.12 of 2017,” said Dr Abbasi.


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Fake Drugs Hold Back Health Delivery Efforts

By Abdallah Msuya in Zanzibar

THE presence of substandard and counterfeit products and limited access to affordable and quality medicines continue to be a major challenge to universal health coverage in low and middle-income countries, including Tanzania.

This was a shared concern by health experts from the European Union (EU) and the coalition of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations and WHO, who have convened in Zanzibar to take stock of the progress made by a joint five-year programme to strengthen pharmaceutical systems and access to quality medicines in 15 ACP countries.

Speaking on the opening day, the delegates highlighted a myriad of health challenges relating to access to quality medicines, while stressing the significance of tackling them in order to achieve the objective of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and ensure functional and strengthened health systems.

EU representative, Mr Gregoire Lacoin, in his remarks noted that access to affordable and quality medicines remains a major challenge in health policy for a number of countries, most notably developing nations.

” … limited availability … high prices and the significant share of false, substandard or counterfeit products and the associated health threat that they represent, is still a reality. Strengthened medicines control structures and regulatory bodies are needed to improve this situation,” charged Mr Lacoin.

He added: “… these challenges must be addressed comprehensively … through long term and sustainable engagement, in order to achieve the objective of UHC and ensure functional and strengthened health systems,” he added.

The EU representative pointed to adequate funding, policies on training and retaining human resources for health and access to quality and affordable products, as areas that should be given priority to improve the situation.

Dr Ghirmay Andemichael, Liaison Officer at WHO suboffice in Zanzibar said that to achieve universal health coverage countries need to ensure there is access to quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

“Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages will require strong national pharmaceutical systems in governance and accountability, innovation, manufacturing and trade, pricing and affordability, quality assurance and responsible use of medicines,” noted Dr Andemichael.

According to WHO, Barriers to accessing quality medicines in African countries are tied to resource constraints in the health sector, insufficient skilled staff, weak implementation of pharmaceutical policies and poorly managed supply chains.

The WHO Liaison officer, Mr Andemichael, said to address the challenges, a stronger partnership and collaboration is required with commitment for human and financial resources from government, private sector and development partners.

He added that the national medicines policy should ensure an uninterrupted supply of essential medicines that are efficacious and of good quality and are physically and financially accessible to all and which are used rationally.

On her part, the guest of honour, Ms Asha Ali Abdullah, the Isles Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health, acknowledged the need to strengthen health systems by increasing budgets and putting into consideration the well-being of health practitioners.

“A good health system requires a robust financing mechanism, a well trained and adequately paid workforce, reliable information on which to base decisions and policies, well maintained facilities and logistics to deliver quality medicines and technologies as well as appropriate governance and service delivery,” said Ms Asha.

She said the EU/ACP/ WHO Renewed Partnership which is coming to an end, has been a key partner in addressing challenges within the pharmaceutical sector in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

“Zanzibar being an Island and 100 per cent depending on importation of medicines and medical supplies, it is very prone to substandard, falsified and counterfeit as well as unregistered medicines and health products circulating in the market,” noted Ms Asha.

The EU/ACP/WHO Renewed Partnership was established in 2012 with 10 million euros seed funding to contribute to achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and UHC.

Under the leadership of Ministries of Health, the 15 ACP countries benefit from WHO’s strategic, technical and monitoring support to increase access to quality essential medicines by strengthening their pharmaceutical systems.

Aviation Players Told to Fix Snags

By Sauli Giliard

THE government has tasked aviation stakeholders to come up with solutions for problems facing the industry, including a decline of cargo deliveries at airports.

Officiating the first National Civil Aviation Forum in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa (pictured), pointed out that since the government was investing heavily on infrastructures, the challenge was how to reverse the trend of dropping cargo.

At the forum organised by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), the minister said it had been noted that flowers from Arusha as well as fish consignments were not being transported directly from the country, but through Entebbe and Nairobi airports in Uganda and Kenya, respectively.

Prof Mbarawa said the trend was worrisome, tasking the participants in the forum themed “Taking Civil Aviation Industry in Tanzania to the Apex” to come up with solutions.

“Any cargo plane can land at Mwanza Airport which has the longest runway in the region … but fish from Mwanza is being transported through Entebbe Airport and flowers from Arusha through Nairobi,” the minister noted sorrowfully, stressing: “We need short and clear answers on these challenges.”

In the forum attended by sector ministry officials, those linked with institutions under its umbrella, aviation companies including Air Tanzania, FastJet and Precision Air, the minister emphasised that the government needed a focused Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the construction of aviation infrastructures.

“Policy can’t be changed without inputs from stakeholders; we count on your inputs to solve the challenges facing the industry,” the minister said.

Among the challenges raised in the forum was the shortage of pilots, technicians, the trained cabin crew, which the minister said could be tackled if the stakeholders played their roles effectively.

Mr Hamza Johari, the TCAA Director General said since the country was striving to attain middle-income economy status, aviation stakeholder engagement was important.

Meanwhile, Mr Johari was currently striving to improve airport infrastructure, including radars, power stations and expanding existing ones to accommodate as many passengers and planes as possible.

In order to attract more planes to fly upcountry, the Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA) suggests that many sectors, including agriculture, should be linked to the aviation sector.


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Improve Areas Set for Industries, PM Tells Coast Leadership

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed Coast Region leadership to improve infrastructure in areas set aside for industries, to attract both local and foreign investors.

The PM issued the directives yesterday, when speaking at different times with workers at Keds Company Limited, a soap factory in Kibaha and Twyford, a tiles factory in Chalinze.

Premier Majaliwa expressed satisfaction at the speed in the construction of industries in Coast Region, urging leaders to ensure infrastructure is put in place, promptly in all areas earmarked for industries including electricity, roads and water.

“I am very pleased to see construction work on these projects nearing completion. I thank you all for supporting President John Magufuli’s strategy, of growing the nation’s economy through indus-trialisation,” Mr Majaliwa explained.

He said beside the two industries providing employment opportunities to Tanzanians, once production starts locals will access tiles at a cheaper price.

The Premier called upon Tanzanians working at the two industries to be good ambassadors by working hard, diligently and with high level of integrity, to provide investors with assurance that they do not need to hire people from outside the country.

Earlier, the Managing Director of Twyford, Mr Jack Feng, said 90 per cent of the construction work was complete, and they were now installing machines. The two industries are expected to start production in October this year.

Mr Feng said tiles produced would be sold at a cheaper price since 95 per cent of the raw materials would be locally sourced. He assured the Premier that employment priority would be for those living around the factory.

The Coast Regional Commissioner, Eng Evarest Ndikilo, appealed to PM Majaliwa for provision of electricity to run the industries in the region.

Eng Ndikilo said the region’s need for electricity is 92MW and currently they are receiving only 40MW, urging the government to find a lasting solution so it does not affect industrial production.


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AT Envisions Major Transformation

ATHLETIC Tanzania (AT) has outlined programmes to create a pool of young athletes, through the establishment of high performance Athletics training centre in Mbeya Region.

AT President Anthony Mtaka unveiled the plans recently; when the association’s top officials toured the Tanzania Standards (Newspapers) Limited (TSN) headquarter in Dar es Salaam.

He disclosed that the establishment of the centre was part of ‘serious’ transformation efforts of investing more in the sport initiated by AT, in an attempt to restore the country’s lost glory in the sport.

“For the past decades, we have witnessed little investments in athletics… we want to turn things around by investing heavily in the sport,” he said. Mtaka said in the recent past, the sport has shown some positives, drawing attention of several supporters, well wishers and the government.

And, this new initiative, he said, targets heavy investments in the sport as to groom more talents as well creating employment opportunities for Tanzanian youths. He said the envisaged transformation also aims at kicking off of early preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and 2019 All Africans Games in Equatorial Guinea.

Apart from plans to establish the high performance athletics centre, Mtaka, who is also Simiyu Regional Commissioner, urged media outlets to support the body’s envisaged transformation. “The transformation needs great awareness of the public and in-fact, AT targets to commercialise the sport so as to create as many employment opportunities as possible,” Mtaka said.

Mtaka said the body has organised a fund raise drive through a ‘Marathon Safari Walk across Tanzania’ to enable them set up the ultra-modern centre in the Southern Highlands Zone.

Speaking on the planned transformation, AT Secretary General, Wilhelm Gidabuday said to facilitate the establishment of the centre, AT has organised charity walk from Kigoma- Ujiji to Dar es Salaam via Bagamoyo (Coast region).

“Marathon Safari Walk across Tanzania seeks to draw attention of the public and stakeholders support to the sport,” he said.

Gidabuday disclosed that AT will involve government leaders and athletics legendary such as Juma Ikangaa, Filbert Bayi, John Stephen Akhwari, Mwinga Mwanjala and others to inspire stakeholders and the public in general to contribute to the project of construction of the centre, which will stay for years to benefit the country.

On his side TSN Managing Editor, Dr Jim Yonazi assured AT of support through its brands Daily News, Sunday News, HabariLeo, HabariLeo Jumapili and SpotiLeo because TSN is among the great sports stakeholders and willing to help whenever needed.

Dr Yonazi urged AT and other people to continue believing in TSN products, which are credible and accessible throughout the country and soon accessibility will be much easier as TSN is going to launch Daily News App, whereby people can easily access news from wherever they are in the world.


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UN Condemns Killing of Tanzanian Soldier in DRC

THE, has condemned the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper, serving with the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

He also urged the DRC government to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The peacekeeper died during a clash with suspected members of an armed group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Mamundioma, North Kivu Province. Another peacekeeper was injured during the incident.

In a statement issued by the UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres called upon all armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to cease violence and to avoid further deterioration of the security situation in the country.

The Secretary-General offered his condolences to friends and families of the deceased and to the Government of Tanzania.

According to the Associated Press, the mission said on Monday that the Tanzanian peacekeeper was shot during an attack on Sunday by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels on an armed forces position. It said the army position was about 500 metres (547 yards) from a UN base.

Tanzania has contributed uniformed UN peacekeepers in various parts of the world since 1995. It currently contributes peacekeepers in six UN missions in Africa and United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Tanzania’s contributions are largely informed by its history of African liberation, conflict prevention and peace processes, especially in African countries.

Regionally, Tanzania has shown willingness to participate and contribute both in terms of security and military cooperation. Under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), Tanzania is part of its African Standby Force’s (ASF).

Specifically, Tanzania falls under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and in 2007 signed an agreement to become part of the SADC Standby Brigade.

In 2013, Tanzania was one of three States that contributed a battalion of soldiers to the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) as part of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

In 2013, Tanzania was one of three States that contributed a battalion of soldiers to the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) as part of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

The FIB was established in March 2013, following the signing of the Framework Agreement for Peace, Security, and Cooperation for the DRC and the Region and UN Security Council Resolution 2098.


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Three Suspects Die, Seven Held As Police Tighten Grip

By Jimmy Lwangili

THREE suspected notorious bandits were killed and two others were arrested by the police at Vingunguti last Friday.

The Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa (pictured), told the journalists yesterday that the suspects were found in possession of three guns and 170 rounds of ammunition. He identified one of the killed suspects by the single name, Shafi and others as Babu Jaffari and Mbegu, alias Malon.

Mr Mambosasa explained that acting on a tip-off, the police waylaid the suspects while they were heading to warehouses in Tazara area. They were injured during an exchange of fire and died enroute to Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) for treatment.

“The incident occurred at BECCO area,” he explained further, disclosing that a Browning pistol and three bullets were recovered at the scene.

Meanwhile, the police in Dar es Salaam have arrested Mohamed Maganga (61) and Rahma Almas alias Baby (37) over involvement in various crimes, including the killing of a South African, Mr Wayne Derrick Lotter (51), who was the Director of Palm Conservation Foundation.

Commander Mambosasa said the suspects were arrested in Upanga last Saturday and were found in illegal possession of two guns, a grenade and 167 bullets. He said the suspects, who admitted involvement in various crimes in the city, would be arraigned after completion of investigations.

In another development, five people have been arrested for allegedly breaking into the offices of Prime Attorneys at Upanga last week and stealing 3,700,000/-, two lap tops and various documents.

The suspects, who were arrested at various areas of the city, were identified as Said Idrisa Salehe (47), Mustapha Ibrahim Said (35), Somfi Uliza Somfi (52), Iman Mbago Mhina (36) and Hussein Haji Suleiman (45).

“During preliminary interrogations, the suspects admitted that they committed the crime and investigations are underway to arrest others,” said Mambosasa.


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Court Clears DPP On Drug Evidence

By Faustine Kapama

THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has won an appeal over refusal by the High Court to admit as evidence an envelope containing Heroine Hydrochloride valued at over 169m/- in the criminal trial of Lithuanian woman, Kristina Biskasevskaja.

Justices Mbarouk Mbarouk, Richard Mziray and Sivangilwa Mwangesi ruled that the exhibit in question was wrongly rejected by the High Court when the prosecution sought to tender the same as part of evidence in the trial through a Government Chemist, Mr Machibya Peter.

They allowed the appeal lodged by the DPP having noted that there was no dispute that the envelope with 3.775.26 kilograms of heroin valued at 169,886,700/- was addressed to the Government Chief Chemist, and Mr Peter, a chemist in that office, was the one who analyzed the same.

“We buy the argument of senior state attorney that (Machibya Peter) was in the circumstances, with full information and knowledge of the envelope and, therefore, a competent witness than anyone else to tender in court the envelope and its contents,” they said.

The justices ordered the record of proceedings to be remitted back to the High Court for admission of the exhibit in question and continuation of the trial where it ended prior to the filing of the appeal.

“For interest of justice, we direct that the record be placed before another judge for continuation of trial from where it ended. Taking into consideration the nature of the offence and the fact that the respondent (Kristina) is in custody, a quick disposal of the case is necessary,” they directed.

The 25-year old woman from Lithuania was arrested at Kilimanjaro International Airport on August 28 this year and was allegedly found in unlawful possession of the drugs.

According to police sources, Kristina Biskasevskaja, who is a musician by profession, was on her way to Brussels aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET 0814.

On her first arraignment before the High Court, the accused person denied the charge.

On February 15, 2016 when the trial was still in progress, the prosecution led by Senior State Attorney Tamari Mndeme, assisted by Ignas Mwituka, a State Attorney, sought to tender the envelope through the government chemist as exhibit in the trial.


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Dar Not Safe Haven for Crooks

By Rodgers Luhwago

THE Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) has rubbished the widely circulating claims in international and local media outlets that Tanzania’s investment climate is unfriendly, causing investors to run away.

The claims that started making headlines since Monday was a reaction to a report by ‘Rand and Merchant Bank’s seventh edition of Where to Invest in Africa’ that actually stated that Tanzania was doing better in terms of attracting investment in Africa.

According to the edition of ‘Where to Invest in Africa 2018, RMB’s Investment Attractiveness Index’, Tanzania has jumped to the seventh slot from the ninth position it was placed before, thanks to a host of businessfriendly reforms aimed at rooting out corruption and steady economic growth.

“Where is this rumor originating from? Records at TIC show the country is performing well in terms of attracting investments,” Mr Geoffrey Mwambe, TIC Executive Director, said yesterday.

According to Mr Mwambe, TIC has removed all bottlenecks that were hindering smooth setting up of new investments, adding that, “today a new investor is capable of completing processes of acquiring all documents, allowing him to establish investment in three days.”

He insisted that all services related to processing of such documents were provided at one point (One Stop Centre), insisting the claims made public were utterly false and baseless, bent on tarnishing the country’s good image before the local and international community.

“Today, Tanzania is among ten fastest growing economies in the world, pegging its growth rate at 7.2 per cent. It is also the leading country in East Africa in terms of investment attraction,” he said.

He added: “The international community, especially investors should completely ignore the claims circulating. Tanzania through its institutions, including TIC ensures and will continue to ensure that investors conduct their businesses in friendly environment and get good returns.

” Giving figures, Mr Mwambe said for the two years Tanzania registered investments worth 1.35 billion US dollars, equivalent to 3trl/- followed by Uganda that registered investments worth 537 million US dollars, down by almost half of what Tanzania recorded in the same period.

The TIC Managing Director made it clear that despite the achievement recorded, the Centre would continue to take more drastic measures to attract investors, including exploring investment opportunities before making them public to potential investors, such as reliable markets in and outside the country, incentives offered by the centre and land availability.

Dr Hilderbrand Shayo, an expert in economy, said for investors who want to conduct their business in a transparent and accountable manner, Tanzania is the right place.

“Those who claim that the measures being instituted by the current government are unfriendly to investment are the ones who were fond of ‘cutting corners’, refusing to adhere to the laws, rules and regulations,” he said.

Professor Ibrahim Lipumba, an economist-turned politician, said potential investors always rushed to invest in countries with comprehensive tax system but unscrupulous investors shunned away from them.

“Large-scale businesspeople eager to illegally reap huge profits will never come to invest in Tanzania. What is only needed on our part is to establish comprehensive and predictable tax systems,” he said.

Prof Lipumba called upon the government to strongly and promptly counter the propaganda that tarnishes the country’s image before the eyes of investors.

Prof Razack Lokina from the University of Dar es Salaam said for a long time, investors have been complaining of corruption practices that ended up increasing the cost of establishing investment.

“Any investor who is not ready to pay tax is just like a thief. Any serious investor knows that paying tax is an obligation,” he said.

Speaking about turbulence that the banking sector was facing, the economist said the sector was just in transition period.

According to the claims raised, the measures being taken by fifth phase government of restoring discipline and sanity in all sectors of the economy and rooting out corruption have caused some investors to close down businesses and carry out massive layouts.

It was also claimed that some investors were leaving in droves and that many of the banks were on the verge of collapse due to a high level of nonperforming loans.

Furthermore, it was claimed that some sectors were reporting massive reduction in turnover and profits, mining companies being targeted with extremely questionable commodity value assessments and subsequent extortionate bills for tax, tourism industry experiencing similar difficulties, investors being harassed and tourism sector paying 56 different types of taxes and fees.

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