Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has suspended, with immediate effect, Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Director-General Deusdedit Kakoko over claims of embezzlement of Sh 3.6 billion public funds.
The suspension came after the Authority was adversely mentioned in the report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) for the financial year 2019/20, which President Suluhu received at State House in Dodoma on Sunday, March 28.
Noting that she had witnessed massive embezzlement at TPA, the Head of State ordered the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to look into the allegations immediately.
The president noted that some actions were earlier taken after Prime Minister Jassim Majaliwa created a committee to investigate the reports of misapropriation at the port.
“But from the report that you presented to me yesterday, at least Sh3.6 billion has been embezzled at TPA. When the Prime Minister conducted an investigation, we only managed to fire junior staff. I now order the suspension of the Authority director-general to pave the way for further probe into the embezzlement,” she stated.
In December 2020, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa suspended two PTA officials, Financial Expenditure Manager Witness Mahala and Finance Director Nuru Mhando, amid efforts to allow investigations into allegations of embezzlement of public funds.
According to Majaliwa, one of the body’s unsatisfactory practices, which deprive the government of revenue, was the tax exemption of over Sh2 billion granted to Mbeya Cement, despite a rejection of the approval by the Special Committee.
The meeting held at the TPA premises was also attended by Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Robert Boaz and PCCB Director-General John Mbungo.
Suluhu promised to crack down the whip on other public entities, including Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) that had also been adversely mentioned in the CAG’s report.
President Suluhu was sworn into office a week ago after the death of President John Pombe Magufuli, who was serving his second term.