PCCB rescues 576.8m/-embezzled in four local councils in Songwe Region

14Jul 2020
The Guardian
PCCB rescues 576.8m/-embezzled in four local councils in Songwe Region

​​​​​​​THE Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Songwe Region has rescued more than 576,871,252/82 that had been embezzled during implementation of various community projects while it registered surprise to the Ileje District Executive Director (DED) over-

PCCB Commander for Songwe Region Damas Suta.

-failure to pay his Councillors more than 40m/- arrears of sitting allowances for eight months.

Speaking to reporters at the weekend in his office, PCCB Commander for Songwe Region Damas Suta said the money rescued came from the Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Societies (AMCOS) that had been given to members and officials thereof as loan from the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB).

He said after the members received the loan, they used the funds for other uses, whilst other rescued funds were the council revenue collections for Mbozi, Tunduma, Ileje and Songwe districts in Songwe Region.

He said after officials had been trusted with revenue collection using POS machines, they neither banked the money, nor remitted it to the respective councils.

Suta mentioned the amount of money rescued from each respective local council as Songwe 29,503,000/- Ileje 3,260,000/-, Momba 36,743,000/- making a total of 69,506,000/=.

The PCCB boss challenged DEDs by saying that PCCB plans to deal with them as funds were being embezzled by revenue collectors while they remained glued in their offices.

He said the issue of Ileje DED of not paying councillors their sitting allowance was due to sheer negligence on her part.

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