Friday, August 25, 2017

Magufuli condemns PCCB on slow pace follow up on issues

President John Magufuli yesterday condemned the slow pace on investigations and prosecution of graft cases, directing the anti-corruption body to discharge the cases, swiftly. If we curb corruption by 80 per cent, we will be in a position to solve many challenges facing our country; the efforts we are taking now to tame the vice are already attracting admiration from development partners and investors,” Magufuli remarked at the State House in Dar es Salaam.  Speaking after swearing-in the newly appointed Deputy Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Brigadier General John Mbungo, Dr Magufuli said swift investigations and prosecutions would manifest the government resolve to tackle the social vice.  “I have committed myself to squarely deal with corruption and I want you to do the same in your workplaces. I want as many corrupt people as possible jailed, I know there are people who do not want to hear that but it’s what I want.  “The corrupt, it seems, have turned themselves into tutors of others... if we jail them all, we will get rid of the vice. Fear nobody in this fight. Corruption is a sin. Any corrupt person is not only my enemy but the enemy of the state,” Dr Magufuli told the new appointee and other leaders who attended the ceremony.  He expressed his regret that Tanzanians were facing shortage of medicines, better roads and other social services due to graft, saying it was high time the country became bribe-free. Dr Magufuli directed all leaders in the country to throw their weight in taming corruption and shield the country against the negative impacts of graft on the economy and social wellbeing. “If you look at all problems we are facing as a country today, ghost workers, drug dealings, fake certificates, shoddy contracts, fraud in subsidized farm inputs, injustice in courts of law, are because of corruption,” he said. 

President Magufuli in a light moment with military officers at State House in Dar es salaam yesterday.

But, he appreciated efforts which have been taken by the anti-corruption bureau, urging it to pull its socks and deal with all suspects of bribery dealings in accordance with the law. Shortly after he was sworn-in, Brig. Gen. Mbungo took the oath of integrity for public leaders, which was administered by the Commissioner of Ethics, Judge (Rtd) Harold Nsekela. The new appointee appreciated the appointment by President Magufuli and pledged to work with other leaders at PCCB to curb corruption in the country. Meanwhile, Dar es Salaam city has recovered 791m/- from corruption cases and yesterday added another impetus to the fight against the vice, by launching awareness campaign through the Rapid Transit Buses. The campaign, themed: ‘Penda Nchi Yako, Kataa Rushwa’ literally meaning, ‘Love your country, reject corruption’ was officially launched by the Minister of State in the President’s Office-Public Service and Good Governance, Angellah Kairuki. Dar es Salaam Regional Administrative Secretary Theresia Mbando, speaking at the event, said that during the 2016/17 fiscal year, PCCB in the region won 14 cases out of 21 cases filed in courts. She explained that from July last year to last month, PCCB received and worked on 220 corruption-related reports, out of which it probed 47 reports and forwarded the rest to other public institutions for actions. According to Ms Mbando, the PCCB submitted 34 files to the Director of Public Prosecutions, seeking approval to file cases in the courts against the culprits. The campaign will involve 60 buses with billboards bearing strong messages against corruption fixed on different parts of each bus, from interior to exterior parts, making them more visible. Treasury Registrar Dr Oswald Mashindano stated that since the campaign will involve moving billboards, each bus would manage to have the message reaching 300,000 people, daily. Brigadier General Mbungo said the campaign would cost about 223m/- out of which PCCB will contribute only 12.9m/- and UDART footing the rest.

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