The Deputy Minister in the President's Office (Public Service and Good Governance), Dr Mary Mwanjelwa said the money was recovered by the PCCB’s Asset Tracing and Recovery Unit.
The government established the unit as part of efforts to strengthen the fight against corruption, she said, informing the House that at least 1340 corruption cases have been filed in different courts, with the government winning 685 cases.
She told MPs that through the unit, PCCB investigated 899 development projects whose total expenses stand at 1.6trn/- and discovered that 111 projects where 23bn/- was expended had shortfalls.
Knowing the effects of corruption in social and economic development, the government was implementing the third phase of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan (NACSAP III) c covering 2017 to 2022.
The strategy aims at addressing corruption in strategic sectors such as public procurement, revenue collection, minerals and energy, gas and others.
Objectives of the strategy include strengthening and improving governance systems of public bodies entrusted to provide justice to the people, she said.
Other objectives are to raise ethics education in the fight against corruption along with enhancing transparency and accountability when implementing programs in each of those agencies, the deputy minister underlined.
She was responding to a question raised by Special Seats MP Fakharia Khamis (CCM) who said that corruption was a hindrance to justice and affects social, cultural, political and economic sectors. The MP said corruption enhances poverty, seeking to find out if there is an overall government strategy to combat the vice.