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Speaking to journalists in Arusha, during the ongoing Executive Committee Meeting for the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities,Dr Hosea explained that the Radio Detection and Ranging surveillance equipment was sold to Tanzania under inflated pricing causing an international uproar from other development partner states including the UK itself.

But the British government agreed to refund the money back to Tanzania and we expected it to be delivered to us very soon because the Memorandum of Understanding between Tanzania, BAE Systems, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office as well as the Department for International Development (DFID) has already been signed.

According to Dr Hosea, the amount in question will be in the range of 40 million (British) pounds and much of that will be invested in educational services in the country. Asked whether his office has made any arrests in connection with the fraud, the PCCB boss explained that they had investigated everything including all channels through which the radar money transactions had undergone and apparently there were no Tanzanians involved in the racket.

Earlier on when opening the IAACA meeting, President Jakaya Kikwete blamed overseas based, international corporations, companies and financial institutions for fuelling corruption cases on the African continent. According to Mr Kikwete, developed countries are very good at preaching against graft cases of which, African states among others, are said to be notorious, it was actually the companies and other institutions operating in Europe and America that keep bribing officials in developing countries to win tenders on projects.

“Likewise, all the money stolen from poor African countries is always stashed away in foreign accounts,” the president maintained, adding that when the affected governments try to persuade the leaders of those rich countries to address the situation, they always refuse to do so, claiming that they normally do not interfere with their banks.

“In other words, the message here is clear; people should not steal from Africa, but if they do, then they must not put the money in European banks,” said Mr Kikwete.President Kikwete said more than US $140 billion were stolen from African countries and banked in overseas accounts and the figure accounted for over 25 per cent of the states’ annual GDPs.

Mr Kikwete also pointed out that over 50 per cent of the countries’ internal taxes and more than US $30 billion of Aid and grants money sent to the developing countries ended up in corrupt officials’ pockets on annual basis.

By MARC NKWAME, Tanzania Daily News


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