Tanzania: Dar es Salaam's Corruption Irks Kikwete

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete has expressed concern over the increasing cases of mismanagement of public funds by government officials.

Due to this, President Kikwete has directed the Chief Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Mr. Ludovick Utouh to hand all theft cases to the police.

"In order to promote the spirit of transparency and accountability as well as quality leadership, we will make sure that all culprits of public funds face charges according to law of the land," Kikwete said.

Kikwete said the government will not interfere with CAG and his subordinates while executing their duties, taking into consideration that the report by the CAG can only be challenged in the High Court.

"The CAG cannot be sacked by the appointing authority," the president said, adding that the country's constitution provides so in order for the CAG to execute duties without fear of reprisals or dismissal in the event he provides unpalatable audit reports."

President Kikwete has pledged continued government support of the National Audit Office to ensure that every region has an office.

Its functions have now gone international after the United Nations (UN) appointed it to audit its offices worldwide.

In a related development, the Managing Director of the Tanzania Electric Supply Company, Engineer William Mhando was dismissed from his post with immediate effect. A statement issued to East African Business Week by the power utility firm and signed by the Board Chairman, General (rtd) Robert Mboma, said the decision was reached based on a strings of allegations including abuse of powers.

The statement further stated that the decision reached by the Board of Directors was also based on the report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG). Following several allegations against him, the board had suspended Eng. Mhando on July 16, this year, to pave way for free and fair investigations.

"Investigations by the CAG revealed that there were wanton violations of the firm's procedures and abuse of powers exercised by the Managing Director, Eng. William Mhando," read part of the statement.

According to the statement, the board had appointed a panel to hear the defense by the MD on the allegations.

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