Tanzania: Lands Minister, Energy Secretary Among Latest Casualties In $120 Million Energy Payments Scandal

Tanzania: Lands Minister, Energy Secretary Among Latest Casualties In $120 Million Energy Payments Scandal

President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, has fired the country’s Land and Housing Minister Anna Tibaijuka for accepting $1 million from a businessman linked to the unauthorised transfer of $120 million in public monies to an energy company in 2013. The country’s permanent secretary in the energy ministry, Eliakim Maswi, has been suspended whilst an investigation into his role in the scandal is carried out.

According to Reuters , President Kikwete explained his decision to fire Tibaijuka yesterday on grounds that the minister had shown poor judgement in accepting the $1 million directly into her own personal account, even if the funds were eventually donated to charitable purposes.  Former Land And Housing Minister Anna Tibaijuka AFP “One of the biggest questions raised is why this money was not paid directly to the school and was instead deposited in a personal bank account in her name,” President Kikwete is said to have remarked.

“What the minister did is contrary to ethics of a civil servant. How can someone allow all that money to be deposited in his or her private account by a businessman?” the president added.

Anna Tibaijuka had previously dismissed calls by parliamentarians to tender her resignation and argued that the monies were transferred […]

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