15 November 2012

Tanzania: TRA Moves in to Detect Fraudsters

Photo: The Daily News
Tanzania Revenue Authority Commissioner Harry Kitilya (file photo)

THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) is to start using modern technology equipment to detect fraudulent elements that lead to huge siphoning of public revenues.

TRA Commissioner General Mr Harry Kitilya told reporters in Dar es Salaam that the technology has been procured to help in timely detection of acts of fraud and will officially be in use come January next year.

"TRA is equally affected with a number of fraudulent transactions but we are on the right track to uncover fraudsters as we are installing new technology to assist us to timely detect acts of fraud," he said.

He was speaking shortly after inaugurating the Fraud Awareness Week in the country where he also challenged the media to play an active role in sensitising the public on the importance of fighting the vice.

Mr Kitilya said that while a recent report indicate that fraud cost the world about 3.5 trillion US dollars last year, Tanzania is equally affected, hinting that his institution is among those prone to the problem.

The Fraud Awareness Week is organised by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Tanzania Chapter and is marked in the country for the first time. According to Mr Kitilya, it is high time Tanzania took appropriate measures in fighting the fraudulent elements by creating awareness campaigns and changing mindset towards quick wealth accumulation through dubious means.

He said fraud was rampant in areas of tax collection, vehicles registration, insurance payment and movement of documents in various financial institutions. A representative from the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA), Mr Simon Mponji, said his institution was keen to make sure its members are not involved in scams and has already taken action against culprits.

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