Anti-graft watchdog launches one month awareness campaign

11Nov 2016
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Anti-graft watchdog launches one month awareness campaign

DESPITE action by President John Magufuli since he took office one year ago, the government yesterday said corruption is still entrenched in society as agencies tasked to fight the vice launch new awareness campaigns.

Angellah Kairuki, Minister of State in the President’s Office (Public Service and Good Governance) launches a one-month anti-corruption campaign in Dar es Salaam yesterday. It is a drive meant to promote human rights and enhance accountability.

Speaking during the launch of a one month anti-corruption, human rights, accountability and good governance campaign, PCCB Director General Valentino Mlowola said that corruption has remained a big problem nationally and globally but the government was well prepared to tackle it.

“Corruption is not only in Tanzania but rather all nations in the globe, but the country has taken measures by focusing its efforts in fighting it,” he said.

The campaign has been launched ahead of Human Rights and Ethics Day scheduled for December 10, this year.

According to him, a number of awareness workshops, public conferences and events will be organised countrywide ensuring that they touch every corner of the nation while changing the mindset of people towards corruption.

“We will also continue working on various allegations we receive as some of them are still investigated and others sent to court,” he said.

He said that they have received at least 4,138 tips between January and June this year whereas 3,701 files are under investigation while 252 new cases have been filed in court.

Launching the campaign Minister of State in the President’s Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance) Angela Kairuki underscored the need for state organs, private sector and the general public to join efforts in the fight against corruption.
Kairuki called on all public servants to be patriotic and shun graft by adhering to ethical conduct and preserving human rights.

She said that the government was determined and was all out to make corruption currently plaguing public offices a thing of the past while stressing on the need for civil servants to maintain integrity and ethical conduct when serving the public.

“We are committed to change the country’s bruised image and restore discipline and ethics. We want all Tanzanians to enjoy the national cake, but what we need most is public support,” she added.

Kairuki noted that the war on corruption was an endless crusade under the new government, saying that all efforts, strategies and every trick will be used to deal with the challenge.

She said that Tanzanians are aware of corruption and related issues although the majority of them are not aware of the signs and that’s why the government has come up with the campaign to raise public awareness and in turn increase their participation in the anti-graft war.

Controller and Auditor General (GAG) Prof Musa Assad said that the CAG office was discussing with the government on new plans that will enable all recommendations by his office be timely implemented.

“There have been a number of recommendations we issue every year but they are not worked on, with the new plan I believe almost all recommendations will be taken into consideration,” he noted.

The campaign which started yesterday will go on until December 10 during which time a number of activities through the media and charity walks will be organised.