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Bunge team to meet PM on swindling in councils

Apart from the PM, the committee also mulls meeting the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Local Government and Regional Administration, Ms Hawa Ghasia, and her deputies Kassim Majaliwa and Aggrey Mwanri.

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam, the LAAC Chairman, Mr Rajab Mbaruk Mohamed (Ole-CUF), said the move has been reached following shocking acts of theft and misuse of public finances and assets in almost all LGAs countrywide. “We have visited about 11 district councils since we assumed office last year and have witnessed a lot of pathetic elements -- all involved with swindling of public funds.

But apart from that, previous audit reports have also indicated the same problem in different areas that needs to be addressed immediately,” he said. Mentioning one example, Mr Mohamed said his committee has discovered that 70 district executive directors (DEDs) and treasurers swindled the money but ended up being transferred to other councils according to the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) report currently under verification.

Looking vividly irritated by the situation, he said transferring officers with allegations of theft of public properties and money will be one of the issues his committee will thoroughly discuss with the prime minister during the meeting.

He could not categorically mention the amount of money swindled by the said officers but said the Committee will hold a press conference on Friday and when possible mention the alleged 70 culprits while compiling figures of stolen money.

“We have also discovered a long chain of swindlers in the LGAs who are well connected with some of dishonest Treasury officers. It is high time this chain is cut off,” he said. On Monday, Mr Mohamed said his committee met the Arusha and Arumeru district councils where it was noted that the Arumeru District Council has been receiving dirty audit reports for the last five consecutive years.

On Tuesday, the committee met the Kwimba and Misungwi district councils among others and discovered one area of money theft at the Council was using manual receipts books when recording financial transactions and the practice was used by many LGAs.

Following the revelations, Mr Mohamed said his committee has already directed for all LGAs to stop using the manual receipt system and immediately shift to electronic or computerized system to avoid more theft.

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