Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Tanzania: Corrupt Staff Undermining Airport Security, Tanzanian Police Say

Corrupt or negligent airport staff are to blame for failures to detect drugs or illegal trophies at Tanzania's Julius Nyerere International Airport, airport police boss Deusdedit Kato said Saturday (August 17th).

On Friday, Vietnamese national Nguyen Van Chat was captured at the airport with 19 kilogrammes of ivory worth 18 million shillings ($11,100) in his possession, Tanzania's The Citizen reported.

Chat had planned to carry out the ivory smuggling with assistance from airport staff, Kato said.

In connection to another incident, Transport Minister Harrison Mwakyembe has directed the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) to sack six employees over alleged involvement in trafficking crystal methamphetamine to South Africa, Tanzania's Daily News reported.

The employees were caught on security cameras doing tasks contrary to their job requirements to help three people pass through with suspicious bags.

"The ministry is directing TAA to immediately fire its employees who in one way or another helped to pass through nine big bags that contained 180 kilogrammes of narcotics on July 5th this year. The ministry also wants the police force to apprehend all the culprits and legal proceedings to follow," he said.

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