Monday, January 19, 2015
PAC orders Wasira be removed from sugar Board house, or else pay the rent
The Parliamentary standing Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday ordered the Chairman of the sugar Board in the country to immediately issue a stop over to the Minister of State in President’s Office responsible for policy and coordination Steven Wasira from occupying the Board’s house. The decision by the PAC ‘s committee is among the six deliberations which have been sanctioned to the sugar Board in their meeting with the PAC committee members chaired by Zitto Zuberi Kabwe who is also a Member of Parliament for Kigoma South (Chadema). The PAC members arrived in such a decision after having discovered that Minister Wasira is staying in a house free of charge since 2006 and up to now.
Mr.Zitto Zuberi Kabwe.
In last week’ meeting the PAC Chairman Zitto noted that, minister Wasira was offered a house which is located at Masaki suburb in Dar es Salaam city on which to stay during the time he was serving as a Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives since 2006 up to 2010 when he was appointed into the current ministerial position. Elaborating more on his stay, Zitto noted that, “this is illegal as he is supposed to pay the house rent for the house does not belong to the government but rather to the Executive sugar Board whose jurisdiction is mandated by the ministry of Agriculture”. In view of this, however the PAC chairman Zitto has instructed the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture to write a letter to the Chief Secretary of State Ombeni Sefue in order to let the state house pay the outstanding house rent to be accounted since the time when Wasira occupied the house. Otherwise, he also noted that, after paying the money and if the state or the government would like his minister continue staying in the house, an agreement between the State House and the sugar Board should be made so as to let the minister continue paying the house rent as usual instead of staying free of charge.