17 December 2017

Tanzania: Outgoing Teachers' Union President in Soup Over Bribery

THE Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) is holding the outgoing President of the Tanzania Teachers Union (TTU) Gracian Mkoba pictured) for allegedly involving himself in bribery transactions in the ongoing election process of the Union's top leadership.

PCCB's Spokesperson Mussa Misalaba confirmed to the 'Sunday News' on the matter, adding that Mkoba was arrested by investigators with the Bureau yesterday at around 9am at Chimwaga Hall grounds in Dodoma where the elections are going on.

Mr Misalaba disclosed further that TTU President is alleged to have attempted to bribe voters so that they could elect him to the post. He could not give more details on the subject. "We are going on with investigations on the matter.

That is all for now, we will give more details on the issue later," he said. Members of the Union are in Dodoma for their Annual General Meeting (AGM) wherein, among others, are set to elect their leaders. When officiating the meeting on Thursday, President John Magufuli reminded the teachers to choose clean leaders.

"Be yourself, go for a candidate whom you believe will stand for your interests and the improved welfare as well, rather than those who would be seeking to offer corruption to be elected," said Dr Magufuli He promised to take accountable any candidate to be involved in corrupt practices, saying, teachers need leaders who want to benefit the majority rather than themselves.

The President said some leaders want to create their stronghold within the TTU, something that has been failing teachers' affairs. He told teachers to hold the Union's leaders accountable on the two per cent monthly deductions from their salaries as contributions. He said his government is committed to pay outstanding 25bn/- for teachers, but reminded them to choose clean leaders.

During their AGM, President Magufuli said that that their Mwalimu Commercial Bank (MCB) is among poor performing banks in the country, hence risks closure. Ironically, the bank, which was established in 2012 has its capital decreasing steadily despite monthly contribution from the teachers, the President disclosed.

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