TANZANIA: President Dr.Samia Suluhu suspends Ports Authority boss over Sh3.6b fraud claim
Tanzania’s new President Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan has suspended Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Director-General Deusdedit Kakoko over allegations of massive embezzlement at the institution.
This came after the TPA was adversely mentioned in the report of the Controller and Auditor-General (CAG) for financial year 2019/20, which the Tanzanian President received at State House in Dodoma on Sunday.
The agency was adversely mentioned in a report compiled by the Controller and Auditor General (CAG).
The President received the report for the financial year 2019/20 at State House in Dodoma on Sunday.
She noted that she had seen massive embezzlement at TPA and ordered the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to urgently look into the matter.
According to the Head of State, an earlier probe initiated by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa had only led to the dismissal of junior staffers at TPA.
“But from the report that you submitted to me yesterday, at least Sh3.6 billion had been embezzled at TPA…..When the Prime Minister conducted a probe, we only managed to fire junior staff. I now order the suspension of TPA Director General to pave way for investigations into the embezzlement,” she said.
In December last year, the Prime Minister suspended two officials of TPA to pave the way for investigations over accusations of embezzlement of public funds
While noting that she had seen massive embezzlement at TPA, President Suluhu ordered the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to urgently look into the claims.
She said some actions were earlier taken after Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa formed a committee to probe the claims of embezzlement at the TPA.