PCCB chief, Dr Edward Hoseah

Mr Kikwete, who was officially opening the Executive Committee meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) at New Mount Meru Hotel here, added that the accrual dealing with corruption was a difficult matter.

“Difficulty notwithstanding, the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau has registered remarkable success in fighting graft in the country.  The bureau’s major problems also include shortage of trained personnel and modern equipment,” he said.

The president also recognized the efforts of the PCCB Director General, Dr Edward Hosea. He said that he was rather surprised when Dr Hosea showed him the list of people who are currently facing corruption charges in courts of law.

“Very few countries in Africa have managed to log this achievement. Dr Hosea’s name list includes some influential official in government and other public offices. These officials were previously regarded as ‘untouchable!’” said Mr Kikwete.

The president pointed out that in countries governed by democratic laws the state has to tread carefully when planning to apprehend suspects in graft cases because the culprits can counter-attack through the same courts of law.

He also expressed concern that some people are quick to complain about increasing cases of corruption. “Some people assert that corruption is rampant in public service departments but they are not always ready to disclose the names of the culprits.

“This complicates the situation as law enforcement agents may not know where to start in taking remedial action,” he said.

The IAACA President, Mr Cao Jianming, said that the Executive Committee’s meeting was holding its first ever session in Africa at the Arusha gathering where 19 out of 27 IAACA executives are in attendance.

Mr Jianming concurred that most African states are unable to address irritating prevalence of corruption because the institutions formed to tackle the matter are often weakened by local laws and powerful officials.

The first International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities’ Executive meeting was held in 2006 but the IAACA establishment was initiated at the High-Level Political Conference for the Purpose of Signing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Merida, Mexico in December 2003.

Since then the IAACA received enthusiastic support among the various anti-corruption authorities in many countries and international organizations, as well as a special assistance of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at Vienna.

By MARC NKWAME, Tanzania Daily News

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