Deputy minister orders arrest of officials over 3.6bn/- fraud

24Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
ARUSHA
The Guardian
Deputy minister orders arrest of officials over 3.6bn/- fraud

The deputy Minister for Water and Irrigation Jumaa Aweso has ordered for the arrest of four officials for the 3.6bn/- Mwakilenga water project in Arumeru district in Arusha over fund misuse allegations.

Those arrested include the accountant for the project Waliaranga Kisetu, the Chairman Goodhope Nnko, Manager Onest Kyori and Ndelero Kaaya who is the assistant technical operator.

The deputy minister made the decision after listening to residents of King’ori and Malula on the distribution of water in the area where they told him on the misuse. The officials failed to answer some key questions which were asked by the minister.

“You have failed to administer the distribution of water, and there is a leadership crisis, in your own grading system you have decided to give some people water and not others I cannot withstand this,” he said.

He said when he reaches the ministry, he will send auditors to find out the real value of the missing money and equipment.

He said the government can’t sit and watch few individuals distribute water on the basis of tribalism.

He directed the board of the project to have a representation of all the villages to ensure a fair participation in decisions to distribute water.

In his remarks, the District Commissioner for Arumeru Jerry Murro requested the minister to dissolve the board so that all the villages can get water.

In December last year, President John Magufuli laid the foundation stone for a Sh520 billion project that will see the construction of 56 wells for clean water that will also ensure conservation of the environment in Arusha Region.

It was expected that once completed, the multibillion shilling project was  to reduce water loss in the fast-expanding Arusha city to 25 per cent from the current 40 per cent.