TANZANIA: President Suluhu suspends Ports Authority boss over fraud claims

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Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan

Dodoma, Tanzania – Deusdedit Kakoko, the Director General of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), has been suspended by President Samia Suluhu Hassan to pave way for smooth investigations into massive loss of funds at the authority.

The Tanzanian President took the decision to suspend Mr. Kakoko on Sunday March 28 after receiving the 2019/20 Controller and Auditor General (CAG)’s audit reports at State House in Dodoma.

“…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,” President Samia Suluhu said.

She then directed the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to take up the task as a matter of urgency.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that the TPA Director General’s suspension follows that of Finance director, Ms Nuru Mhando, and the Financial Expenditures manager, Ms Witness Mahela.

In December last year, the Tanzanian Premier Kassim Majaliwa suspended the duo to pave way for investigations after TPA was accused of unsatisfactory practices that deprive government of revenues such as the tax exemption of more than Sh2 billion granted to Mbeya Cement despite rejection of the proposed exemption by the Special Committee.

The Tanzanian Premier also said that it was unusual for TPA to approve payment of Sh8.2 billion to Kigoma Port for various payments while the limit of the port was Sh7.4 billion.

According to President Samia, stern action will be taken against heads of other public entities, including Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) that was also mentioned in the CAG’s report.

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