12 June 2014

Tanzania: Police Start Probe Into Missing Co-Ops Funds

Tabora — THE Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Mr Issaya Mngulu and his team arrived here ready for the probe of more than 12bn/- cooperatives fund believed to have been swindled by cooperatives' officials.

Their arrival follows complaints raised by concerned parties thus calling for investigations into the matter to bring out the truth as well a directive issued by President Jakaya Kikwete last week.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Mngulu said they will be probing tobacco primary cooperatives which have been accused of being sabotaged and thus led to the loss of billions of shillings.

"We will probe one cooperative at a time until we cover all of them and establish the truth of the matter and advise on proper course of action," he said.

He said they are in Tabora for that particular assignment of probing claims of misappropriation of cooperatives money by swindlers raised by tobacco farmers.

The DCI said the major task is to identify how the theft has been conducted and the tricks currently being used to steal farmers' money especially from the primary cooperatives unions.

He pleaded for support from the public especially when needed to appear before the team to volunteer various information which will help in making the mission a success.

Last week, Mr Kikwete ordered the police to investigate and immediately take action on officials alleged to have swindled funds of co-operative societies in Tabora Region.

The president expressed concern that tobacco farmers in the region have for long complained about not being paid after selling their produce to the cooperatives.

President Kikwete said he has been briefed on swindling and graft, which has crippled the cooperatives and rendered them unable to pay the farmers.

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