Mbarawa suspends ATCL official over 700m/- loss in ticket sales

11Feb 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Mbarawa suspends ATCL official over 700m/- loss in ticket sales

MINISTER for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa, has suspended indefinitely Air Tanzania Company Limited finance manager Stephen Kasubi pending investigation into the loss of over 700m/- in ticket sales involving a Comorian travelling agency.

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Mbarawa announced the suspension to journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, saying: “Kasubi has been suspended following the loss of more than 700m/-, which was taken under his control, knowing exactly that the amount that was supposedto be paid to the agent was not more than 15m/-.”

Narrating the ordeal, the minister described Salama World Travelling Agency as ATCL’s travel agent based in the Comoros and dealing with online air ticket sales.

The minister alleged that the Comorian firm started stealing ATCL’s money since last year, revealing that between August last year and January this year it sold tickets worth more than 700m/- in which not even a single cent was returned to the Airline.

“At the same time, we have stopped Salama World Travelling Agency from being agents of Air Tanzania until the ongoing investigation proves them innocent,” the minister stressed.

He disclosed that Kasubi has been handed over to the cyber crime unit for further investigations and “he has been denied access to internet until the cyber crime team is done with carrying out the probe as it seems there is more than what we saw. The ATCL officer said that he lost his password, a situation that gave a room to the agent to continue selling air tickets.”

According to Prof Mbarawa, report on the investigation would be ready after one week from yesterday. He warned that if at all the parties involved were proven guilty they would be punished accordingly.

“We want to revive Air Tanzania, but we need trustworthy persons who would give priority to the company and not to themselves. And this is the only way Air Tanzania will survive and compete in the aviation industry,” the minister said.

He also revealed that investigations would further involve all travel agencies that have a business relationship with Air Tanzania as it seemed that the theft was widespread.