-bribery transaction, the duo had returned the money.
The two returned the money after strict PCCB interrogation. The money was earmarked for payment to cotton farmers in Mbushi village in the district.
On December 31 last year the OCD and the cooperative official were claimed to have asked the Village Secretary Salum Malonge to pressurize the cooperative (AMCOS) officials to pay them the 2m/= from the 5m/- that weas earmarked to be paid to farmers so as not to take them to court.
AMCOS officials agreed to pay the money whilst other refused and decided to report the matter to the District Commissioner.
After the crops committee meeting that sat on January 11 2020 to discuss the matter, the District Commissioner directed PCCB to interrogate the suspects.
On January 13 2020 the AMCOS official surrendered the money at District’s PCCB offices, but he did not explain the reason for his being in possession of the money, from where he obtained or given by who.
Handing over the money yesterday to the District Commissioner for onward transmission to farmers, the Regional PCCB officer Joshua Msuya said initial investigations showed the existence of corrupt transaction.
"Our first aim is to recover the money and take it to the farmers, which today we will hand it to the District Commissioner,” Msuya said.
He said investigations were still continuing for all suspects including AMCOS officials who are alleged to give out that bribery and reminded of the law that says both the giver and receiver are guilty.
Receiving the money, the Meatu District Commissioner Dr Chilongani thanked PCCB for the good job done and called upon them to continue with investigations on all the suspects so as to take them to court.
He also directed the Districts development Director (DED) Fabian Manoza to immediately suspend the AMCOS official, George Budodi.