The government of Tanzania on Wednesday sacked top officials of the Rufiji Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) over unexplained disappearance of more than 1.3 million U.S. dollars earmarked for investment projects. Tanzanian
Stephen Wasira, the east African nation’s Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, told a news conference that the sacked officials were under investigation.
He named them as the RUBADA acting Director General Aloyce Masanja, his Finance Director Firoz Mayayi and Planning and Investment Director Tabu Ndaturu.
RUBADA was created in 1975 to promote, regulate, coordinate and facilitate a sustainable, balanced ecological system and enhance socioeconomic development in energy, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, tourism, mining, industry, transport and environment in the Rufiji River Basin.
Wasira said a report by a special committee which investigated the authority revealed massive mismanagement of funds earmarked for investment of projects.
“The report has also revealed poor management and abuse of offices by RUBADA top officials,” the minister said, adding that some officials have been doing responsibilities that they were not supposed to be doing.
“The report further revealed that the RUBADA Director General had taken over the management of finances while there were officials who were supposed to oversee financial matters,” said Wasira.
“The Director General was walking with RUDABA funds in his pockets and make payments as he wished,” he said.
The minister said that investors were also complaining that they were forced to pay some amounts of money to facilitate investment procedures. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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