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    Issue No 008, Dec 2010
    Dear Iteitei Lya Kitee,

    Welcome once again to this edition of our electronic bulletin of the Tanzania Corruption Tracker System.

    In this edition, we carry a number of articles on corruption, including the recent position of Donors on Corruption in Tanzania and need for government to demonstrate more in curbing the vice. In the issue, you will find progress on the controversial purchase of Tanzania Radar case in the UK and an exclusive media investigation linking Tanzania’s politicians to money laundering. There is also an article on corruption and poaching in Tanzania and an exposure of how the some government agencies may be flouting the law to engage in questionable commercial dealings.

    For Tanzanians, the general elections are over; it is now time for the citizens to continue monitoring and pressing those elected into office, to deliver on their promises to fight corruption. In order to amplify the campaign against corruption after elections, we have sponsored TV media adverts encouraging citizens to mount pressure on their leaders to fight corruption.

    Once again, we would like to celebrate with you reaching over 80,000 online subscribers and readers who have continued reading and sharing with us their views and information about corruption in Tanzania and outside our borders. We thank you for your support and encourage you to continue reading and sharing our website, materials and bulletins with others who can visit, subscribe and download information directly from our website via Untitled Document

    Wishing you a Happy Christmas season and Joyous New year!

    Yours Sincerely

    Moses Kulaba, Executive Secretary

    Donors press Tanzania on Corruption as TI reports an increase

    Donors continue pressing the Tanzanian government to fight against corruption as Transparency International’s global report indicated a dramatic increase in corruption worldwide.

    Speaking at the end of a week long Poverty Eradication Review and Annual Policy Dialogue, the General Budget Support (GBS) group of development Partners in Tanzania spoke tough against the government’s slow pace in the fight against corruption. Over 14 Donors contribute to Tanzania’s budget through the GBS modality.
    The fight against petty and grand corruption still needs more action” said the Chair of the GBS group of Development Partners in Tanzania, Mr Svein Baera, a Minister Counsellor of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam.


    Tanzania Radar case set for hearing December 20 in UK

    After long public out cry, advocacy, demonstrations, political jostling and legal twists, the Controversial Tanzania military radar purchase case appears to be finally on its way to the Courts of law.

    According to media reports, the hearing of the controversial radar-purchase case has been set for December 20th this year (2010) in the Southwark Crown Court in UK, according to the news agency.

    In the first hearing held on November 23rd this year at Magistrate Court in London, the BAE Systems, Europe’s biggest defense company, admitted that it failed to keep proper accounting records of payments in a case that tests UK fraud prosecutors’ ability to negotiate plea deals.


    Corruption driven poaching continues to eat Tanzania’s ivory
    The corruption which has doged Tanzania’s tourism and natural resources sector appears not to go away as yet recently the Country was once again in global spotlight and just like in the past, all for wrong reasons.
    The seizure by customs officials in Hongkong of 384 elephant tusks valued at 1.4m US dollars (2bn/- or 10.85 million Hongkong dollars) has once again put Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in the spotlight.
    According to one of Tanzania’s leading English dailies, The Citizen issue of September 11th 2010, the seized ivory which was in two containers was shipped from Tanzania.
    The seizure comes barely six months after Tanzania twice lost its bid to sell its 90 tones of its ivory stockpiles during a CITES (Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species) conference in Doha, Qartar early this year (2010).


    Tanzania’s top politicians linked to money-laundering deals

    It is now appearing that the long dreaded money laundering crime is a big business in Dar es Salaam, with its connections winding up through Tanzania’s political establishment, if the recent media reports are to go by
    According to This Day Newspaper some prominent politicians in Tanzania are alleged to be involved in a money laundering activities, but the government’s financial crimes watchdog is woefully prepared to deal with the problem, it has been revealed.
    A month-long investigation by This Day has revealed the dishonest politicians, senior government officials and other individuals have been stashing away proceeds of corruption and economic crimes abroad for several years now.

    No where to hide Tanzania’s stolen mineral wealth,

    Corrupt officials and mining companies have no where in the US to hide their corrupt and ill gotten mineral wealth as a new key legislation takes effect
    Tanzania’s mining laws which keep whatever goes on in the industry so secret to the extent of depriving its own citizens of such vital information may sooner than later become obsolete as a new US legislation comes into effect.
    This follows legal development that took place recently, and what is more interesting, completely outside Tanzania’s sphere of influence! The key US law takes the lid off secrecy in Tanzania’s mining sector

    Ex-spy chief backs special corruption courts

    As the Tanzania’s judicial system comes under intense criticism of being slow, sloppy and inefficient in prosecuting cases of corruption, voices are now emerging calling for establishment of a special court to try and prosecute the corrupt
    Dr.Hassy Kitine, the former head of the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Services (TISS), was the latest to join the crusade calling for the establishment of special courts for hearing corruption cases in the country.
    In an exclusive interview conducted by THISDAY and published in the issue dated October 4th- 1oth 2010, Dr. Kitine who also served as minister responsible for good governance in President Benjamin Mkapa’s government, said such courts would help address a growing public outcry against graft and speed up the dispensation of justice.

    Was Tanzania Govt Flight Agency involved in a corrupt aviation deal scandal?

    The last months of the recently concluded Tanzania general elections were awash with media reports that high profiled politicians and Tanzanian government officials were flouting the Country’s laws and election regulations by using public resources for political campaigns.
    The media presented in details what they described as ‘solid evidence’ as to how the ruling party-Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and its Presidential aspirant Mr Jakaya Kikwete had nourished on his ‘incumbency’ as the President of Tanzania to use public resources during his presidential campaigns. (The Tanzania Election Monitoring Report (TEMCO) has also expressed this observation in its interim election 2010 monitoring report released shortly after the elections)

    Gov’t hides behind Constitution to deny citizens access to social services, says -Law Don

    A seasoned university law don and human rights expert, Professor Chris Peter Maina concurs with many including senior public servants, key public figures and distinguished academics that Tanzania’s natural resources are immense and can support its population but the problem to effectively use them lay in the government’s lack of priority and poor planning.
    In a carefully articulated expose, Prof Chris Maina is of the view that the government is hiding behind weak constitutional provisions crafted in the rag-tag constitution without strong independent laws demanding government to provide key social services to its population.
    Professor Maina was speaking at a public dialogue before the launch of the Non-State Actors Charter on the Tanzania Citizens want During and After the 2010 General Elections held at Ubungo Plaza’s Blue Pearl Hotel on September 21st 2010.

    Retired judge. Free education possible, corruption blocks it

    As self reflection on the state of social service delivery in Tanzania continues more people are becoming of the view that government is capable of providing free key social services like education but the failure to do so is linked to corruption, lack of will, vision and daring courage to try

    “It is time Tanzanians changed their mindset by tackling challenges facing their nation instead of dismissing their opponents who believed that they had the capacity of doing things differently”

    This assertion was made by the Chairman of the Agenda Participation 2000, retired Justice Lameck Mfalali in Dar es Salaam shortly before he officially launched the Non-State Actors Charter and Public Dialogue on the Tanzania Citizens want during and after elections 2010.

    Justice Mfalali told a well attended meeting of non-governmental organizations, media and invited guests at the sprawling Ubungo Plaza’s Blue Pearl Hotel that it was wrong to write off presidential candidates who said they were capable of making education, health free if they were elected in the forthcoming general elections.

    “The government has minerals over and above cash crops and yet it is unable to provide free education and medical services…if the first phase government was able to provide free education, why is it difficult for the present government,” he asked.


    Corruption Tracker/ Agenda Participation 2000-(AP2000) Ubungo Plaza Tel P.O.BOX 55756,DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA TEL: +255-22-2460036/39 FAX: +255-22-2460040 EMAIL: info@agendaparticipation.org
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