Former Alliance for Democracy (Aford) Secretary General Dan Msowoya has accused Minister of Labour and Manpower Development Henry Mussa of barring his consultancy firm in workplace safety from operating in the country.
Msowoya claimed in an interview on Wednesday that he feels victimised by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), saying under its leadership, he has been denied various opportunities, including entrepreneurship, on political grounds.
“I am a political victim; I know that if I were identified as one in the blue camp it wouldn’t have taken this long for Honourable Mussa to authorize my firm which I registered in the year 2010. But he keeps giving me lame excuses and yet he is the only final authorising authority remaining because all paperwork was done long ago,” he said.
Msowoya, who claimed to have personally emailed Mussa his company and professional profiles, also revealed to have exchanged text messages with Mussa from which he said it came out clearly that his political affiliation was the only thing standing in the way of him getting the go-ahead.
“Yeah, he once told me through a text message that he would consider my request on its merit but there has been a lot of laxity on his part. He has my profiles and CV what else is he waiting for? I don’t mean him to take offence but it is very unfair of him to take political affiliation as a determining factor on professional matters,” Msowoya explained.
He added: “I have been patient long enough. Let them tell me convincing reasons. Is it on legal basis? Otherwise, if it’s the law that prohibits me from practising then that law is archaic and should be amended. I would even recommend the Labour Minister himself to champion that because he sits in Parliament.”
Msowoya, however, stressed that no matter how much frustration he gets from the ruling party, he will not stop advocating for federalism and that he remains an Aford member though he accused the party of sidelining him.
According to a certificate registration Number: NR /MZ/79 that The Daily Times saw on Wednesday signed by then Director of Occupational Safety H. Nyangulu, Msowoya’s Man Machine Environment firm is certified to carry out ins p e c t ion and maintenance of machinery and training on safety, health and environmental issues.
When contacted for comment, Mussa described Msowoya’s allegations as total nonsense, saying he is an attention seeker.
Mussa said: “That is utter nonsense. What does his application have to do with politics? I went through his documents and there is nothing new that he intends to do. Everything stipulated in his papers government is already doing it, be it maintenance, safety and all. We engage Teveta and PVHO in all that.”
Mussa said the DPP government is a national government which cannot waste time on victimising people on political grounds.
He advised Msowoya to go back and read through the feedback that the ministry gave him on his request.
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