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Dar’s newly sworn in Head of State hits the ground running

She has suspended Tanzania Ports Authority boss

SUNDAY March 28, 2021

President of the United Republic of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan. PHOTO | THE CITIZEN

By The Citizen Reporter, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Samia Suluhu Hassan has on Sunday March 28 suspended the Director General of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Mr Deusdedit Kakoko, after the institution was adversely mentioned in the report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG).

This came up when the President was receiving the CAG’s audit reports for the financial year 2019/20 at State House in Dodoma.

The suspended Tanzania Ports Authority Director General, Engineer Deusdedit Kakoko. PHOTO | DAILYNEWS

President Hassan said she had seen the massive embezzlement that has been conducted at TPA and ordered the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to take up the task as a matter of urgency.

At one point, President Hassan said, the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, had formed a committee to probe what had been happening at the port and some action was taken.

Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as Tanzania’s president at State House in Dar es Salaam two days after she announced the passing of President John Magufuli. Prior to his death, Dr Magufuli had not been seen in public for over two weeks, prompting speculation that he may have been suffering from COVID-19, which he had repeatedly denied was a problem in Tanzania. The government has blamed Dr Magufuli’s death on heart problems. PHOTO | DW

“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, Mr Kassim Majaliwa suspended two officials of TPA to pave the way for investigations over accusations of embezzlement of public funds.

The suspended officials were Finance Director, Ms Nuru Mhando, and the Financial Expenditures Manager, Ms Witness Mahela.

He said one of TPA’s unsatisfactory practices that deprive the government of revenues was the tax exemption of more than Sh2 billion (about $869,565) granted to Mbeya Cement despite rejection of the proposed exemption by the Special Committee.

Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a military honour guard after her swearing in ceremony. PHOTO | DW

The meeting – held at the TPA offices – was also attended by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Mr Robert Boaz, and the Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Brigadier General John Mbungo.

Mr Majaliwa said it was unusual that TPA approved the payment of Sh8.2 billion (about $3,565,217) to Kigoma Port for various payments while the limit of the port was Sh7.4 billion (about $3217391).

President Hassan said on Sunday March 28, 2021, that stern action will be taken against heads of other public entities, including Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) that had been adversely mentioned in the CAG’s report.

Mr Kakoko was confirmed as TPA Director General in October 2018 after working in the position in the acting capacity for a long time.

Samia Suluhu Hassan was the running mate and vice president of the late president John Magufuli (Right)

He replaced Awadhi Massawe who was fired along with the then permanent secretary in the Transport Ministry, Mr Shaaban Mwinjaka, by former president John Magufuli following disappearance of over 2,700 shipping containers at the port.

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