DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s
anti-corruption watchdog has launched an investigation into
seven government officials, including police officers, over
corruption accusations, an official said on Monday.
Diwani Athumani, the Director General of the Prevention and
Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), said the investigation of
the officials followed President John Magufuli’s directive made
on Friday to investigate them during a meeting with prominent
Athumani said in a statement issued in the commercial capital
Dar es Salaam that the officials facing investigations over
corruption allegations were from the police force and the
Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).
He said one official from TRA and two police officers could
be taken to court over holding cargo of a businessman after they
had asked to pay 2 million Tanzanian shillings (about 870 U.S.
dollars) in bribe.
Athumani added that the TRA and police officials had accused
the businessman of under-declaring the cargo.
He said other suspects involved in this incident were still
Athumani said PCCB was also investigating four employees of
TRA for over-estimating taxes to the tune of 3.1 billion
Tanzanian shillings to a company called Steps Entertainment.
On Saturday, President Magufuli sacked the Minister for
Industry and Trade, Joseph Kakunda, and the TRA Commissioner
General, Charles Kichere.
The president sacked the two officials a day after meeting
prominent businessmen from across the country who complained
about poor performance of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and
Tanzanian government to
vet public figures in 12 regions: official
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s state-owned Public Leaders Ethics
Secretariat on Monday announced plans to conduct vetting of
public figures in 12 regions to establish if there was any
conflict of interests among them.
Harold Nsekela, the Ethics Commissioner, said in a statement
that the vetting will be done in the next few days in regions
including Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Geita and Kagera.
Nsekela said the vetting was an ordinary exercise, adding
that the secretariat was obliged to oversee public figures
behavior and implementation of the Ethics Act Number 13 of 1995
together with amendments made on the law.
The secretariat is mandated to oversee the political conduct
of public leaders and it is charged with the duty of receiving,
keeping and verifying declarations of properties owned by
Such declarations, made at the end of each year, was supposed
to be a good indicator of a leader’s integrity or the lack of
directs officials to address business hurdles
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Monday directed newly
appointed senior government officials to deliver by addressing
business issues and shortfalls raised in their dockets, warning
that he will not hesitate sacking them whenever they made
He directed newly appointed Minister for Industry and Trade
Innocent Bashungwa, Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)
Commissioner General Edwin Mhede and Njombe Regional
Administrative Secretary Charles Kicheere not to celebrate their
appointment because the task ahead was huge.
He made the directive shortly after he had sworn in the three
officials at a ceremony that was televised live by the public
broadcaster Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation at State House in
the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Magufuli expressed his dissatisfaction with the way things
were moving at TRA and the Ministry of Industry and Trade,
saying it was the reason for the changes.
He said one of the tasks for the Ministry of Industry and
Trade was to find a market for cashew nut farmers, explaining it
was sad to see that nothing has been done.
Magufuli said Tanzanians wanted actions and that the former
Minister for Industry and Trade Joseph Kakunda and former TRA
Commissioner General Kicheere did not impress him in the way
they carried out their duties in their dockets.
"Business people told me they never knew the Minister for
Industry and Trade.
"I had no problem if as a minister you went around listening
to grievances by businessmen," he said.
On TRA, Magufuli said it reached a time when he used to send
text messages to Kicheere telling him of some tax incidences for
him to take actions which according to the president he
responded to have received and promised to work on them but,
nothing was done.
Last Friday, Magufuli met representatives of business people
from across Tanzania’s mainland who complained to him on how TRA
officials were harassing them.
The traders accused TRA officials of over estimation of tax,
their involvement in corruption and unfriendly administration of
A day later, Magufuli suspended Kakunda as Minister for
Industry and Trade and replaced him with Bashungwa, shifted
Kicheere from TRA where he was Commissioner General to Njombe as
Regional Administrative Secretary and appointed Mhede to head
Tanzania’s inflation rate
rises to 3.5 percent in May: official
DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s annual headline inflation rate
for May increased to 3.5 percent from 3.2 percent recorded in
April 2019, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on
Irenius Ruyobwa, NBS Director for Statistical Operations,
attributed the increase of the headline inflation to an increase
of prices of commodities.
He said the overall index went up to 117.23 in May 2019 from
113.24 recorded in May 2018, adding that food and non-alcoholic
beverages inflation rate increased to 2.2 percent from 0.9
percent in April 2019.
Annual inflation rate for food consumed at home and away from
home for May 2019 increased to 3.9 percent from 2.7 percent
recorded in April 2019, said Ruyobwa.
"On the other hand, the 12-month index change for non-food
products in May 2019 has decreased to 4.7 percent from 5.3
percent recorded in April 2019," he said.
The official said the annual inflation rate which excluded
food and energy for May 2019 has slightly decreased to 3.5
percent from 3.6 percent recorded in April 2019.
On the same note, he said, the consumer price index from
April 2019 to May 2019 has increased by 0.4 percent, compared to
an increase of 0.5 percent from March 2019 to April 2019.
The overall index has increased to 117.23 in May 2019 from
116.82 recorded in April 2019, said Ruyobwa, adding: "The
increase in overall index is attributed to price increase for
both food and non-food items."
He said some food items that contributed to such increase
included maize flour by 1.9 percent, vegetables by 1.5 percent,
beans by 2.3 percent, potatoes by 8.4 percent and fresh cassava
by 8.2 percent.
On the other hand, non-food items that contributed to such an
increase included refrigerators by 3.5 percent, kitchen and
domestic utensils by 2.5 percent, petrol by 3.9 percent and
maintenance and repairs of vehicles by 2.9 percent, said the