PCCB acts tough against corruption ANNE ROBI Daily News; Thursday,November 13, 2008 @21:15 The Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Dr Edward Hosea has declared that all culprits involved in corruption activities irrespective of their status will soon be taken to court. Dr Hosea was reacting to the remarks made by the Civic United Front (CUF) Chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba during a short discussion on the National Anti-Corruption Annual Forum organized by PCCB in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Prof Lipumba claimed that the government had failed drag to court big shots answer corruption charges. He mentioned some of the cases that have been ignored as the radar scam, EPA, Meremeta, BoT twin towers, Richmond and IPTL scams. He said such indecisiveness was creating loss of confidence towards PCCB and the government. I want to assure you that all the people involved in corruption cases in the External Payments Arrears (EPA) and other will be taken to court soon, Dr Hosea said. He called upon the public to be patient as more people would be arraigned to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court. Earlier on, the UN Resident Coordinator Mr Oscar Taranco said that there was need to strengthen the capacity of anti- corruption institutions, to make effective prosecution of offenders. Enhancing the capacity of the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases goes hand in hand with addressing the root causes said Mr Taranco. He added that the government should institute a strategy of addressing the root causes of corruption in the country by involving local government authorities. The UNDP Resident Coordinator said such strategy would create linkages to other core government reform processes, improve public awareness and make anti-corruption processes stronger. Mr Taranco said that the recent findings indicate that a number of people living below poverty line have increased by one million in the past seven years. He said the decentralized fight against poverty reduction and decentralized watch over corruption should be closely linked together. The forum was organized with the aim of sharing experiences of the anti-corruption efforts and the way forward.