PM orders suspension of customs officer

11Oct 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Kagera
The Guardian
PM orders suspension of customs officer

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) regional manager in Kagera Region Adam Ntogha, to suspend customs officer at Mulongo border post in the region, for allegedly engaging in illegal activities.

Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa

The premier, who was speaking with Kagera Region leaders on Tuesday, identified the custom official as Peter Mtei. The PM concluded his four-day tour in Kagera Region on Tuesday.

Majaliwa also tasked Kyerwa District authorities to carry out an audit on their day-to-day activities.

He said: “It’s a shame that these illegal dealings are being operated without you taking any action. The district authorities should carry out self-evaluation.”

He warned the TRA manager in the area against transferring incompetent customs officers from one station to another as they would still be engaging in illegal activities, hence losing revenue  for the government.

Citing examples, the premier said Mtei was transferred to Mulongo custom’s office from the Mtukula border post between Tanzania and Uganda for allegedly involvement in corruption.

However, the Prime Minister said four months ago the officer had already been given a transfer letter to Rusumo custom’s station but he had not moved and was still engaging in illegal trade as of August 5, this year. The customs official is accused of clearing a truck belonging to one Erasto Muga, which was loaded with illegal products.

Further, Majaliwa ordered the regional manager to pay inspection tours at all customs centres in the region as well as increase the number of employees to help curb corruption practices.