Across section of ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) law makers talked in defense of the president, saying it is high time politicians from all divide join hands and supports the head of state in the endeavors to save nations resources.
It all started when the Arusha Urban MP, Godbless Lema (CHADEMA) criticized the ban on the mineral sand exportation, saying the decision did not only spark conflict with the mining firms but will discourage investment in the country.
Contributing on the 2017/18 ministerial budget estimates for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East Africa and International Cooperation, he said the head of state should be advised on the better approach as the matter could have far-reaching negative consequences to the nation.
“Any intelligent person cannot question the bold step taken by the president in the war to protect the country’s meager natural resources but the approach is not good” he said, adding that it looks more political than patriotism.
He argued that the decision might trigger conflicts with investors just like it happened in some African countries like Zimbabwe that are feeling the pinch of such harsh decisions.
His Singida East counterpart, Tundu Lissu(CHADEMA) commenting on the same used the opportunity and hit the president for the decision, saying the consequences will be greater than any one might think.
He reminded the government to consider the reaction of the development partners from countries like China, USA and other countries major economic blocks after the decision.
“The issue is not patriotism or just being dragged to court but do you think serious investors will see Tanzania as one of the investment destinations in the continent?” he argued.
The vocal politician vowed to oppose such unwarranted decisions by the government at any time the country’s economic diplomacy is at stake. “Such terrible mistakes that are against bilateral treaties may cost the country more than the value of the banned concentrates” he added.
The MPs from CCM who discussed about the mineral sands saga defended the President and asked MPs to unite in protecting the country’s resources.
Special Seats MP,Mary Mwanjelwa(CCM) noted “This war is for all Tanzanians and President Magufuli has shown the way, all we need is to unite in his support”.
She said MPs should avoid differences in this national issue and we better be behind the head of state who is determined to make things go right and build the nation.
The Mafinga Urban MP, Cosato Chumi (CCM) supported the statement, saying, “Even if the so called investors take the government to international court, let us all unite to defend our resources.”, adding that it is high time the nation’s experienced lawyers come together and defend the country.
The Kigoma North legislator, Peter Serukamba (CCM), argued, “We need to know that extractive industry is changing and the president is just moving with the changes. We negotiated in 1990s but we did not benefit from the mining sector. It’s time to renegotiate for the benefit of Tanzanians,”.
The law makers made the remarks while debating the Foreign Affairs, East Africa and International Cooperation’s budget for 2017/18 estimates whereby the minister requested the parliament to approve Sh150.8 billion, Sh8 billion being the development expenditure.