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Full Norwegian control over HLH
Comments by Halvdan Jakobsen, managing director of HDC (15.03.2010)
One distinguished member from the Foundation Friends of Haydom in Norway and the “Dr Olsen family” are proposed to take life time control of the Haydom Lutheran Hospital.
The recent evaluation of the Haydom Lutheran Hospital (May 2009, CMI report), financed by RNE, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, is mentioning that the ownership of the Haydom Lutheran Hospital is to be organized with other owners than the present Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT Mbulu). The new organization is to be known as HDF, “Haydom Diaconical Foundation”. The first name that was used by “insiders” when the idea of the new structure was launched back in 2005 was the “Dr Olsen Foundation”.
The people behind the HDF seemes to be the same people that tried to take control of Haydom Development Company Ltd already from November 2005; building on an equivalent power structure as described in the outline for the constitution of Haydom Diaconical Foundation of November 2009. The by then legal advisers to the Haydom Lutheran Hospital explained to the Norwegian Director of HLH and “Friends of Haydom”, in vain, that such structure of ownership was not in agreement with the policy and the laws of Tanzania. The legal advisers were fired for giving such an advice and on 12th August 2006 all assets of HDC Ltd was illegally taken possession of by militia at HLH and armed with rungu (batons), on instruction from Friends of Haydom in Norway.
The Constitution of Haydom Diaconical Foundation provides for three classes of trustees; founder, institutional and individual. The real power is with the founder trustees; two Norwegian citizens appointed on life time basis. These two individual founders shall upon reaching old age (at least 75 years old) appoint a successor; at least one of these two from the Dr Olsen family.
The HDF is designed to take ownership also of Mulbadaw Farm and CMSC. Mulbadaw Farm has since 2006 been run from Norway without any legal registration by the registrar of companies in Tanzania under the name of “Haydom Farm Development Ltd”. CMSC was closed down 12th August 2006 and, “contrary to the conditions for taking possession of the service centre for the wheat farms, remained closed.
The Constitution document for HDF of November 2009 is presented as if both the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam and the Lutheran Church of Tanzania are sharing the opinion that this ownership and organization is to the best for the people of Tanzania and for the efficient administration of the Haydom Hospital. Representatives from RNE have recently been staying at Haydom, negotiating Norwegian financing of the hospital during the next five years at a considerable higher level than during the past 55 years.
With the experience I have from HDC Ltd it is likely that the ownership of Haydom Hospital, Mulbadaw Farm, CMSC and perhaps entities as Dr Olsen Secondary School and other institutions shall end up as assets of HDF; legally or not so legally.
I have for more than half a year been looking for news about this issue from the Foundation Friends of Haydom and the Haydom Lutheran Hospital; I have seen nothing on their web page www.haydom.no.
I am astonished that both the Tanzanian and the Norwegian Government apparently are supporting a structure which in all practical terms hand over ownership and responsibility for Tanzanian institutions and land to two Norwegian families on life time basis; to be inherited by their families.
Read what are proposed conscerning the Board of Registered Trustees for the Haydom Diaconical Foundatrion in the proposed constitution of the foundation.
You can also download the full version of the proposed constitution for HDF (Word- 97 file)