Speaking to journalists here yesterday, PCCB commander in Kigoma, Raphael Mbwambo said the monies were recovered from attempts of allegedly laundering by five staffs of the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco).
He noted that the alleged staffs and a private advocate Michael Mwangati will appear in when investigations into their charges were completed.
Mbwambo explained that the alleged staffs attempted to forge compensation payments to 16 labouers who had worked with the state-owned power firm. The workers are said to file a case against Tanecso at the Commission for Mediation and Arbitration (CMA) in Kigoma.
“The commission ruled in favour of the workers and ordered the company to pay them 50,659,608/- through their private advocate, Michael Mwangati. We later discovered that the workers were paid the same amount twice, the first from Tanesco headquarters in Dar es Salaam and, again, through Tanecso in Kigoma”, explained Mbwambo.
He explained that all the payments were channeled through the advocate on December 5th 2018. He however Tanecso in Kigoma did not inform the head office in Dar es Salaam about the payment of the advocate.
According to Mbwambo the first suspect, advocate, Michael Mwangati had reimbursed part of the money after discovering that anti-corruption body was investigating the matter.
The Commissioner noted that PCCB has revealed a loss of over 70m/- out the 748,017,500/- allocated for implementation of a water project in Kalinzi and Mlangala village which was completed in August 2018.
He said despite the completion of the water project it was not functional because some of the pumps and equipment had been damaged. He said the anti-corruption body is investigating the matter so that legal measures will taken against all those involved.
He said that PCCB also discovered misuse of public funds and properties against the former Ujiji district executive director, Dr Jonh Shauri committed in between March and April 2018.
He said the former director pocketed 2,280,000/- as per diem for his Dodoma trip for 19 nights, but realistically he stayed in the country’s capital for five days only.
The DED is also accused of using a public vehicle for personal use to Karatu in Arusha city where he spent 528,725/- on fuels.