Tanzania PM Suspends Port Officials

  • The Prime Minister took the decision after receiving a report on a special audit conducted by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) in the accounts of Kigoma Port.
  • Majaliwa also instructed the CAG to conduct special inspections at the ports of Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Mtwara, Tanga and Kyela due to the misuse of public funds.
  • Majaliwa said TPA approved the payment of Sh 8.2 billion to Kigoma Port for various payments while the limit of the port is Sh 7.4 billion.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has dropped the ‘stick’ at the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) after suspending the Director of Finance, Nuru Mhando and the Finance Manager, Witness Mahela to allow an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of funds.

Tanzania PM Suspends Port Officials.

The Prime Minister took the decision after receiving a report on a special audit conducted by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) in the accounts of Kigoma Port for the year 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, the purpose of the audit is to satisfy itself about misuse of public funds.

Majaliwa issued the directive today, December 27, 2020 in Dar es Salaam in his meeting with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Construction and Transport, Board of the Tanzania Ports Authority and TPA Management, Director General of Takuru and Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

In a public statement, Majaliwa also instructed the CAG to conduct special inspections at the ports of Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Mtwara, Tanga and Kyela due to the misuse of public funds.

Majaliwa said among the factors that were depriving the government of revenue were tax exemptions of more than Sh 2 billion issued to the Mbeya cement factory despite rejection by the exemptions committee.

Secondly, Majaliwa said TPA approved the payment of Sh 8.2 billion to Kigoma Port for various payments while the limit of the port is Sh 7.4 billion.

The money was used to make improper payments including a construction shop owner in Kigoma Eliya Mtinyako, who was paid more than Sh 900 million. There are no documents showing why he was paid and he never provided any services and not a bidder. He has also been paid without official documents.

Mining Company Manager Arrested for Soliciting Bribes of 30 Million

Three police officers and six civilians, including a mining businessman, Lucas Mdeme, are being held by the Arusha Regional Police Force on suspicion of abducting and bribing the Chairman of the Tanzania Minerals Traders Association (TAMIDA), Sammy Mollel.

Speaking to reporters, Arusha Regional Police Commander, Salum Hamduni, said the incident took place on December 14, this year. Commander Hamduni named those arrested including mining businessman Lucas Michael Mdeme (46) who is the manager of Crown Lapidary Ltd mining company in Arusha, Shabani Benson (49) a Dodoma businessman and Nelson Lyimo (58) a businessman from Kimandolu Arusha.

Arusha city, Tanzania

The other suspects are Leonia Joseph (40) Germs & Rocks Ventures Secretary, Omary Mario (43) Olorieni Arusha businessman and Joseph Chacha (43) Elboru Arusha businessman.

He said police initially arrested three suspects, including two police officers DC Muchi, PC Murumbe and businessman Benson of the Germs & Rocks office after accepting bribes and later arrested six other suspects.

He said preliminary reports claimed that the suspects, who solicited bribes of Sh 30 million and had already received Sh 10 million and were arrested when taking the remaining amount.

Mollel admitted to being arrested by the suspects, who were armed and took him to Dodoma and on their way before reaching Dodoma they asked for money. However, he said at present he could not elaborate on the incident, as investigations were still ongoing and the suspects were still being arrested.

“This is a huge network that has cheated several traders so the security forces are working,” he said. One of the suspects, Mdeme who is also one of TAMIDA’s executives and the Manager of Crown Lapidary Ltd’s operating company, was mentioned in the case of smuggling of minerals at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).

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