Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday expressed concerns over the slow pace of investigations and conviction of corruption cases, the Directorate of Presidential Communications said in a statement.

The statement said the President made the remarks shortly after he had sworn in Brigadier General Julius Mbungo as Deputy Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Magufuli urged the PCCB to make sure that investigations, prosecution and conviction of corruption cases were hastened in order to eliminate this social cancer.

“If we succeed fighting corruption by 80 percent, this country will make huge progress,” said Magufuli.

“Most of the problems facing Tanzania have been caused by corruption. We have ghost workers. We have drugs. We have bad contracts, and we have fake academic certificates. All these have been caused by corruption,” said the president.

Last year, Tanzania established a specialized court on economic, corruption and organized crime after Magufuli has assented into law a bill approved by Parliament to establish it.

Magufuli had promised to establish the anti-corruption court during presidential campaigns for the October 2015 general election, saying fighting corruption was one of his priorities.

The PCCB Director General, Valentino Mlowola, said the decision by the government to establish the court showed its political will in fighting corruption.

Statistics showed that there were 3,911 cases involving corruption allegations during the 2015/16 year. Investigations on 324 of them had already been completed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh