TUCTA suspends Msigwa, deputy for ‘abuse of office’

19Oct 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TUCTA suspends Msigwa, deputy for ‘abuse of office’

THE Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) has suspended its secretary general Dr Yahaya Msigwa and his deputy Jones Majura in the thick of allegations of misuse of funds and abuse of office.

TUCTA president Tumaini Nyamhokya

TUCTA president Tumaini Nyamhokya confirmed yesterday when contacted by our sister paper Nipashe that the decision to suspend them was reached at an executive committee meeting on Friday last week which agreed that they should stay aside to pave the way for investigations.

“They have been suspended for investigations to take place regarding suspicions surrounding their conduct,” he said.

Sources within TUCTA told The Guardian that allegations facing them include misuse of funds and selling a TUCTA house Mafinga in Iringa.

It is said that the two sold the house without the consent of the executive committee as well as not conducting an analysis on the actual value of the building.

As to when the two will be reinstated, Nyamhokya said he was not in a position to assert anything as the decision belongs to the union’s executive committee.

“We have suspended them just to pave the way for investigations and if they are found innocent they will be reinstated for we have not sacked them,” he said.

It is expected that the result of investigations will be tabled before the union’s general assembly before the end of the year for a final decision. The assembly will decide on whether they should be sacked or not.

TUCTA is a trade union federation established in April 2001 under the Trade Unions Act of 1998, later updating its registration under the Employment and Labour Relations Act of 2004.

It is a national umbrella organization of 13 sector-based trade unions with a total membership of around 650,000 workers by June 2016, whose main function is to coordinate and conduct liaison functions for the trade union movement in the country.

The organization promotes workers’ interests through promoting social dialogue and advocacy for decent work in harmonizing labour relation at all levels.

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