APPOINTMENT of directors at Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is being done legally with blessings from the Civil Service Commission, TPA, Acting Director General, Eng. Madeni Kipande has said.
Eng. Kipande told the 'Sunday News' that whoever is opposing the new appointments is part of a cartel of saboteurs who for years have benefitted from shifty deals at the country's prime port.
"We requested support from the Ministry and Civil Service Commission and the ministry suggested competent people and everything is being done in accordance to the law," Kipande said.
Dismissing allegations that the appointment of directors is being done irregularly, parallel to a competitive process which is being presided over by TPA's board of directors.
Reports show that some board members are questioning the process which has so far seen two directors transferred to the Ministry of Transport. "If there is any board member who is complaining then he or she has a personal problem.
I advise you to contact the board chairman, the letter that I wrote was simply requesting for the board's guidance," he argued. Efforts to get TPA board chairman, Professor Joseph Msambichaka failed as his mobile phone went unanswered and text messages were not responded to.
Reports said Engineer Mathew Mtigumwe from TanRoads is now the Director of Infrastructure taking over from Eng Bakari Kilo who was sacked earlier this year by Transport Minister, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe alongside Director General, Eng Ephraim Mgawe.
Eng William Shilla from TanRoads is now the Director of Engineering and Technical Services, taking over from Julius Mfuko who has been transferred to the Ministry.
"The problem is that all this is happening while an official recruitment process is in place which raises questions as to the authenticity of the exercise," a source from TPA said.