Sabahi (Washington, DC)

22 January 2013

Tanzania: Five Tanzania Port Authority Officials Fired for Corruption

Photo: The East African
Port of Tanzania: Five top port officials have been sacked for alleged corruption.

The Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) board on Monday (January 21st) announced the dismissal of five high-ranking officials following an investigation into allegations of corruption.

Former TPA Director General Ephraim Mgawe, his two deputies Hamad Kushumo and Julius Mfuko, Dar es Salaam Port Manager Cassian Ngamilo and Oil Terminal Manager at the Kurasini Oil Jetty Tumaini Masaro have been sacked and may face criminal charges, said Minister of Transport Harrison Mwakyembe, according to Tanzania's Daily News.

The officials are accused of establishing "unusual" procurement policies within the TPA, funnelling money away from official channels. Revenue has increased drastically at the Dar es Salaam port due to recent enforcement operations.

The investigation did not find sufficient evidence of the allegations facing oil jetty engineer Emmanuel Mataro and jetty master Joseph Bwakabale, and they have been re-instated to their posts.

The officials were suspended from their posts in August pending investigations into their alleged misuse of office. The TPA board of directors has since suspended 16 more officials on suspicion of corruption.

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