Sumbawanga — MPANDA Urban Member of Parliament (Chadema) in Katavi region, Mr Said Amour Arfi has requested the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to probe allegations that he took bribes from Premier Mizengo Pinda.
In a bizarre twist of events, Mr Arfi's odd request comes following allegations against him made by Chadema's Youth Wing Chairperson for Katavi and Rukwa regions, Mr Laurent Mangeshi. Mr Arfi is also the party's National Deputy Chairman.
In his accusations, Mr Mangeshi claims that Mr Arfi had been compromised by Mr Pinda to ensure that Chadema does not field candidates to vie for the Katavi constituency during the 2010 general election in favour of the premier.
Mr Pinda is the Member of Parliament for Katavi constituency after sailing through unopposed in the 2010 elections. Mr Mangeshi is said to have written a letter to the party's headquarters accusing Mr Arfi of taking bribes from the premier to do the latter's bidding and allow him to run unopposed during the 2010 general elections.
"Mangeshi was questioned and confessed to have written the letter and sent it to the party's headquarters. He, however, claimed to have been acting under the directives of the party's Secretary General, Dr Wilbroad Slaa," recounted a source within the party that Mangeshi had also sent a copy of the letter to Mr Arfi.
Mr Arfi said recently when addressing a public rally held at Mpanda hotel in Mpanda town that he welcomed a probe by PCCB at any time over the allegations levelled against him. He further told the large gathering that Mr Mangeshi had accused him again of being bribed by Prime Minister Pinda during the Chadema advisory board held in Namanyere town in Nkasi District in Rukwa region on December 16, this year.
Sources within the party said that following the accusations, Mr Mangeshi has been dropped as member and all his positions for gross indiscipline. The decision was reached recently after the party's advisory board convened at Namanyere town in Nkasi District, Rukwa region to discuss the matter.
The sources also said that Mr Arfi had vowed before the meeting to resign from all his posts including as an MP shall the accusations levelled against him be proven.