19 February 2013

Tanzania: Troubled TTCL Gets Substantive CEO

THE Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) Board of Directors, confirmed Dr Kamugisha Kazaura as CEO of the company.

The new CEO told the 'Daily News' in an interview that he plans to increase revenue and cut expenditure as well as creating industrial harmony among workers.

The new development follows recent crisis between the management and workers which forced the Deputy Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Mr January Makamba, as well as the board to intervene. Over a fortnight ago, the TTCL board suspended the top brass of the company for various misconducts such as embezzlement and abuse of office.

Mr Makamba told this paper recently that the recently suspended top-brass of the company now face criminal investigations. The Deputy Minister said he had written to the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), directing it to conduct criminal investigations on the accusations.

"Apart from the board's actions, I thought it was necessary that there should be criminal investigations as there are allegations related to embezzlement and abuse of office which fall under PCCB Act," Deputy Minister Makamba, said in an interview.

Adding; "I wrote to the PCCB and sent dossiers (presented to me by TTCL staff) to ask them to conduct investigations and bring these individuals to court in accordance to the law. I hope that nobody will be spared." Apart from the PCCB investigations, the Deputy Minister also hinted that the TTCL's Board had decided to conduct a separate probe through the Controller and Auditor General (CAG).

Asked on how long the investigations will take, the Deputy Minister said the time frame will depend on the course of the investigation. At a meeting recently, the TTCL Board of Directors suspended three senior officials including the firm's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mr Mrisho Shaban, Chief Marketing and Sales Operations Officer (CM&SO), Mr Ernest Nangi and Chief Internal Auditor (CIA), Godfrey Kilenga. During the meeting, the board appointed Dr Kamugisha Kazaura as the firm's Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who was before then TTCL's Chief Technical Officer (CTO).

Dr Kazaura replaced Mr Said Amir Said, who had reached compulsory retirement age and his employment contract had expired. "The board has decided to suspend the CFO, the CM&SO and the CIA to pave way for investigations. The outcome of the investigations will determine what steps to be taken," a statement issued then by the TTCL's Board Chair Dr Enos Bukuku, read in part.

Asked on whether the former CEO will be investigated, Deputy Minister Makamba responded; "People to be investigated will depend on how investigations proceed and what they (PCCB) uncover." Efforts to get comments from the Director General of PCCB, Dr Edward Hoseah and Dr Bukuku were not successful.

To fill the vacancy of the suspended officials, the board appointed Mr Alinanuswe Mwakitalima as Acting CFO, Mr Peter Ngota (Acting CM&SO) and Mr David Kalayi (Acting CIA). It has also appointed Mr Jotham Lujara Acting CTO and Adin Mgendi Acting Head of National Information and Communication Technical Broadband Backbone (NICTBB). Sources have it that more officials are under spotlight and that further actions should be expected soon.

The crisisridden management has been at the centre of attention recently, prompting Mr Makamba and Dr Bukuku to convene meetings with TTCL staff. Government sources say that despite huge resources, the company has failed to perform efficiently for more than 10 years now due to mismanagement.

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