Sumbawanga — CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Mpanda District, Katavi Region, has directed Mpanda District authorities to ensure that all those who have been alleged to have misappropriated million of shillings intended for rehabilitation of various development projects are taken to task.
The alleged misappropriated funds include more than 75m/-meant for the construction of two classrooms for disabled children schooling at Azimio Primary School in Mpanda town.
The order was given by Mpanda CCM district publicity and ideology secretary, Mr Joseph Lwamba on Monday, during a CCM District Political Committee meeting held in Mpanda township.
According to Mr Lwamba, the political committee discovered the embezzlement in both the works and lands departments following public complaints, compelling the party committee to direct Mpanda District Commissioner (DC) and Mpanda town director to take to task with immediate effect all those who have been discovered to have misappropriated the alleged funds.
Mr Lwamba added that more than 75m/- meant for the construction of two classrooms for disabled children at Azimio Primary School has disappeared into thin air, of which more than 50m/- was government contribution while the Mpanda Town Council had contributed 25m/- to the project since last year.
He further revealed that more than 17m/- meant for the construction of a laboratory at Misunkumilo Secondary School had been misappropriated. This came to light when members of CCM District Political Committee, accompanied by several senior officials, visited the school and witnessed how the structure had been constructed below standard.
According to him, Mpanda DC and Mpanda Town Council Chairperson had been directed to submit during the next political committee meeting a report on the rehabilitation of the Kakese-Mwamkuru road, which was constructed below standard and make a follow-up on why the contractor of the project ferried machinery to site as well as undertook rehabilitation works at night.
When contacted for comment, Mpanda Town Council Chairperson, Mr Gwambasa, said the council had already started taking measures against those involved in the embezzlement and ordered the contracts to undertake the rehabilitation works afresh at their own cost.
For his part, Mpanda DC , Mr Paza Mwalima, declined to comment on the matter, saying that although he was a member of the District CCM Political Committee, he did not attend the said meeting due to other pressing official assignments.