Over 30pct of Budget eaten by corrupt oofficials ,says JK (The Citizen) President Jakaya Kikwete (2nd left) and Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau director-general Edward Hosea (right) tour a section of the new PCCB building in Dar es Salaam yesterday. By Beatus Kagashe A significant amount of Government money is diverted to personal use each year by corrupt senior public officials, President Jakaya Kikwete said yesterday. He said a third of the Government's annual budget allocations ends up in individual pockets through rampant corruption. The money is lost through dubious procurement deals, the President said in Dar es Salaam while opening new offices for the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB). Urging the anti-corruption agency to be more vigilant, Mr Kikwete said there was a high probability that of the Sh9 trillion Budget for 2009/10, some Sh3 trillion would end up in some senior Government officials� pockets. He challenged the corruption watchdog to devise new strategies to deal with widespread double-dealing in public procurement. "If you can stop graft in this area, you will be saving a quarter of the money in the Government Budget," he said. President Kikwete told the PCCB to double check all the big contracts the Government enters into with private companies. He said a significant number of dishonest civil servants were turning themselves into overnight billionaires through huge kickbacks. "Apparently, large sums of money change hands through dubious deals in mostly controversial contracts," the President said. For its part, the Government is in the process of reviewing laws on its contracts and the Public Procurement Act to plug the existing loopholes, he added. He called on the PCCB and Controller and Auditor General (CAG) to work in cooperation in the fight against corrupt elements within local and the central Government. "Local governments must also be put under scrutiny because, that is where a lot of funds are being directed," he said, adding: "The Government has increased its budget but it is meaningless if a third of the money is lost through corruption." The President Kikwete further urged the PCCB to prepare itself to deal with corruption as the 2010 General Election nears. He said the agency staff must resist any form of enticement from politicians seeking public office. "We need to have good leaders through free and fair elections, but this is achieved when you (the PCCB) put up proper strategies to handle the process," he told the agency's employees. The President said corruption was still one of the biggest problems affecting the country�s electoral system, and this was hindering people from electing competent leaders. He said: "If no immediate action is taken to stop corruption (in elections), we will continue having leaders who do not care about development, which pulls the nation down." The Government is currently working on a new law that seeks to prevent holders of public office from engaging in business. Another bill is on the cards and could soon be tabled in Parliament to check on how party funds are spent during elections. Mr Kikwete said the two bills, aimed at enhancing good governance, could be tabled in Parliament in October. "We will do whatever is necessary to make sure our country builds a strong pillar of good governance in the civil service," he said. Referring to the bill on scrutinising political parties' expenditures during elections, President Kikwete said it would stop politicians from "buying people". Between 2005 and now, the PCCB has recorded more than 471 corruption cases. This is a major increase from the 50 cases in 2005. The President praised the watchdog for stepping up the war on graft, saying its efforts in the past few years justified the Government's decision to allocate it more funds. He urged PCCB officials not to succumb to undue pressure from influential people who are under investigation. "We understand your work is risky, and it needs courage and confidentiality," the President said. Speaking during the occasion, the PCCB Director General, Dr Edward Hoseah, said the agency was currently working with some NGOs on a research to determine the extent of corruption in the country. The results of the research would be released in October, he said. Dr Hoseah commended the support provided by the Government and National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in the construction of the new PCCB House in the city. The construction of the Sh4.1-billion offices began in October 2007 and ended in March this year. Senior Government officials attended the PCCB House's inauguration yesterday, including the minister of State in the President's Office (Good Governance), Ms Sophia Simba. Swali: Trilioni 3 mikononi mwa maafisa wa serikali yako? You must be kidding me! Kuna faida gani kufanya tunayoyafanya? Screw 'em! this is absolutely insane.. are we a Banana republic? Halafu mnatuandikia sifa za kijinga na kujipamba kwa sifa za uongo..! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.. msonyoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! This is hopeless! ngoja nianze kufikiria jinsi ya kuingia siasa za hapa.. Tanzania is a hopeless case!!!! #@$%! em!! I'm really pissed off.. a president of our God-abandoned country got no idea what to do with corrupt officials in his god-forsaken government.. He proudly announces that 30 percent of the money inaishia mifukoni mwa maasifa wa serikali yake!.. Wakati huo huo serikali hiyo imekinga mkono kupokea Bilioni 690 toka Ulaya kiasi ambacho ni chini ya theluthi moja ya fedha zinazoishia mifukoni mwa wajanja!!! anaposema maafisa wa ngazi za juu wa serikali.. yeye mwenyewe yuko ngazi gani na amejua zinaishia huko? how do we know some of this money doesn't end in his own pockets kwa sababu na yeye ni ngazi za juu? #$@@@ Em!!!