Tanzania’s anti-graft body arrests 50 cooperative unions officials over suspected fraud
DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — Tanzania’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday it was holding 50 cooperative unions officials in connection with misappropriation of some 212,000 U.S. dollars earmarked to pay sunflower farmers in Lindi region.
The arrest followed a directive made by President John Magufuli on Tuesday to the Acting Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), John Mbungo, to hunt down officials who have misappropriated the money.
During his working visit to Lindi region, President Magufuli was told by farmers of sunflower that they were yet to be paid after they had sold the cash crop to cooperative unions despite the fact that the government had released money for buying the crop.
Mbungo said some of the arrested officials have offered to refund to the government 20,175 U.S. dollars out of the 212,000 U.S. dollars that have been reported missing.
On Wednesday, Magufuli, on a four-day working tour of the east African nation’s southern regions of Lindi and Mtwara, sacked the commander of PCCB for Mtwara region after he had failed to show up at the meeting in Chigugu village in Masasi district.
The villagers had complained to the president that some officials with the cooperative unions in Mtwara region had misappropriated funds earmarked to pay cashew nuts farmers for the 2018-2019 farming season. Enditem
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: October 17, 2019 at 07:52PM