John Magufuli
John Magufuli

Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Wednesday that money to be recovered from economic crimes will be used to build nationwide road networks.

“Money to be refunded by people charged with financial crimes will be used to construct roads that will connect all regions across the country,” said Magufuli when he addressed a public rally broadcast live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation at Mlele in the country’s southern highland region of Katavi.

The president said after connecting the whole country by the road network, it will be easier to connect the country with other neighboring countries.

“People should be able to travel by road from Uganda to South Africa via Tanzania to do business,” said Magufuli shortly after he had launched a 76.6 km road from Kanazi-Kizi-Kibaoni in Katavi region that cost 100.5 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 45 million U.S. dollars).

On Sept. 22, President Magufuli gave seven days to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Biswalo Mganga, to consider offering forgiveness to remandees charged with economic sabotage or money laundering who will repent and refund the money that they had laundered.

On Sept. 30, Mganga said 467 people charged with financial crimes in the east African country have submitted applications seeking the presidential amnesty.

Mganga added: “These people have agreed to refund the money that they laundered, and we are still receiving more letters from others facing similar charges from upcountry.”

The DPP said the 467 facing various financial crimes have pledged to refund a total amount of about 47 million U.S. dollars.

Mganga said some of them have agreed to pay directly while others have requested to pay in installments. Enditem

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