By Emmanuel Onyango
The official opposition camp in Parliament yesterday called for judicial intervention of the East African Court of Justice against Abdulrahman Kinana, secretary general of the ruling party (CCM), for alleged involvement in illegal cross-border trade in elephant tusks.
The call was rubbished by the Minister for East African Cooperation, Samuel Sitta who termed the move ill-advised, as another demonstration of cheap politics from the opposition.
Shadow minister for East African Cooperation, Ezekiel Wenje, tabling his alternative budget speech yesterday insisted that the CCM Secretary General was involved in smuggling ivory tusks, which were seized in Vietnam last year.
The Nyamagana MP (CHADEMA) in a speech read on his behalf by Raya Ibrahim (Special Seats-CHADEMA) claimed that the CCM top official is a shipping agent of the ship which was found to have hauled illegal tusks to Vietnam last year.
The opposition claimed also that the CCM government plays foul over the matter by defending their party’s secretary general instead of investigating the matter to gather details and required evidence.
The speech also quoted the Minister for Home Affairs Dr. Emmanuel Nchimbi who earlier said that casea No. 3 and 4 of 2009 filed at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court had been suspended ever since as Tanzania has no instruments of exchanging suspects with the government of Vietnam. More....