DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania said on Tuesday it has
removed 13,369 civil servants from its payroll after discovering
that they were either absent, dead or retired from the local
authorities following an operation against phantom civil
the east African nation’s Minister of State in the President’s
Office responsible for Regional Administration and Local
Governments, said the government lost 12.5 million U.S. dollars
as salaries paid to the phantom civil servants.
The crackdown on
phantom civil servants was launched by President John Magufuli
in March 2016 in line with his anti-corruption and austerity
warned that officials who failed to implement his directive to
remove names of phantom civil servants from the government
payroll would have faced punitive steps.
budget estimates for his ministry in the National Assembly in
the political capital Dodoma, Simbachawene said the government
managed to recover 1.35 million U.S. dollars that would have
been paid to the phantom civil servants.
“The government will
take punitive measures against officials involved in paying
salaries to the phantom civil servants,” he told the august
541 phantom civil servants were found in regional secretariats
while 12,828 were in the local governments.
“The government has
also sacked, demoted, warned or slashed salaries of 102 civil
servants after they were found they were involved in paying the
phantom civil servants,” said the minister.
He asked Parliament
to approve 3.3 billion U.S. dollars for his ministry’s
development and recurrent expenditure for 2017/2018.
Tanzania to review law on
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania plans to review the Prevention and
Combating of Corruption Act 2007 so that it accommodates matters
of economic sabotage as among corruption offences and allow for
nationalization of fraudulently acquired property.
Tanzania’s Minister of State, President’s Office-Public Service
Management and Good Governance revealed this on Tuesday in the
country’s capital Dodoma, saying the review will be done in the
2017/18 financial year as part of the plan to eradicate
corruption in the east African nation.
explained that the anti-graft watchdog will in the same year
conduct investigations and control of corruption on the hunting
blocks, the administration at the local government as well as
uses of the electronic fiscal device (EFDs) in tax collections.
“The government will
in the new financial year, streamline the PCCB Act number 11 of
2007 to include some other corruption-related offences that are
not currently covered by the law,” Kairuki said.
According to the
minister, the authority will also follow up on funds released by
the government and other development partners in all areas in
the country to ascertain if the projects have the same value for
The minister also
observed that PCCB will in the same year continue with some 409
cases already in court and any others new ones that will be
taken to court.
Between June 2016
and March 2017, the anti-graft watchdog completed investigations
into 376 files and submitted them to director of the
prosecution, seeking approval to arraign the suspects in court.
At least 157 files
got the approval, said the minister, adding that some 706
corruption cases were in court, including 227 new ones. During
the same period, she said 264 cases were judged whereby in 161
cases, the accused were set free while in 103 cases, the accused
were found guilty and were either sentenced to jail or paid