The government will sack all corrupt and tainted local government officials in a bid to fight massive graft which cost a third of the total budget allocated to city, municipal and district councils in the country.
The move comes as President Jakaya Kikwete reshuffled his cabinet yesterday, ending a week-long tension and political pressure within the ruling party, as well as the entire government.
Officials from local governments implicated by the recently released report by the Controller and Auditor General, Ludovick Utouh, would be sacked immediately before being taken to court.
Local government officials have been stealing billions through ghost workers’ salaries, procurement of goods and services, fraud and project management.
Vice-President Dr Mohammed Bilal issued the pledge yesterday in Dar es Salaam, saying the government had already ordered its administrative machineries to undertake appropriate action in the process of handling the issue and take to court suspected culprits.
Dr. Bilal, who was chief guest, was addressing mayors, district council chairpersons and directors of the local government authorities in the country who gathered during their 28th annual conference of the Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT) which started on Thursday and ends today.
He said in his keynote address that the government was shocked by the CAG’s report which showed the general poor performance in financial management that led to the misappropriation of public funds in some of the district councils in the country.
However, he added that, together with the report, which he termed as shameful, the government would not tolerate such malpractices and would show its concern over the matter by taking appropriate action wherever possible and without failure.
“It is our responsibility to show diligence at our workplaces and abide by the work rules and ethical regulations as stipulated in civil service regulations,” he said, insisting that leaders should not let down their people who gave them the mandate and power to serve.
During the last parliamentary sitting, the legislators debated findings by the CAG as well as a reports by three House standing committees, namely the Public Organizations Accounts Committee (POAC) under Zitto Kabwe, MP for Kigoma North (CHADEMA); the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under John Cheyo, MP for Bariadi East constituency (UDP), and the Local Authority Accounts Committee (LAAT) under Augustine Mrema , MP for Vunjo East (TLP).
The vice-president also took time to remind ALAT members about the current economic situation in the country, noting that this was because of the global economic situation which had wrecked havoc on young nations.