Tanzania: Govt Asks for Extradition of Former Kenyan Senior Banker

Tanzania has asked Kenya to extradite former Stanbic Bank CEO Bashir Awale to face charges in the $600 million government bond bribery scandal, it has emerged.

Attorney General George Masaju has reportedly sought help from his Kenyan counterpart, Mr Githu Muigai, to bring back Mr Awale for questioning over the bribery scandal that rocked the final years of Jakaya President Kikwete’s government.

If extradited, Mr Awale will likely be joined in the case that has seen former Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) boss Harry Kitilya and two other prominent individuals charged and remanded since April, last year. Mr Kitilya, former Miss Tanzania Shose Sinare and Mr Sioi Sumari, all former officials of Stanbic bank, are languishing in jail awaiting hearing of their application for bail.

The three have been charged with money laundering, forgery, abuse of position, corruption, obtaining advantage and transfer of proceeds.

Yesterday, Kenyan media reported that President John Magufuli’s government wants Mr Awale to answer questions over the transaction of the deal in which he is said to have played a key role.

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