The Citizen News Posted Date:: 22.12.2007 @04:43 EAT Govt mum on fate of BoT chief By The Citizen reporter Uncertainty persisted yesterday on the resignation of Bank of Tanzania Governor Daudi Ballali. Mr Salva Rweyemamu, the director of communications at the State House, still maintained that no official communication had reached the president regarding such a move by the governor. "So far we have no official communication about this matter," he said, elaborating that information about his resignation was only seen in some sections of the media. "That's what I can say," he told The Citizen yesterday. Finance Minister Zakia Meghji also divulged no new ground on the issue, saying she wasn't aware the BoT governor had resigned. "I have no clue about what's going on," she said, promising yet another follow-up about the matter. Credible sources in the central bank were affirmative mid this week that the governor had resigned. "The government was struggling to establish who leaked the information about the resignation of Mr Ballali," reliable sources indicated. Certain BoT officials were under pressure on the leakage, an official said, declining to be named. "They (government) also want to establish the motive behind the leakage�we are terrified following the situation." Sharp divisions were being reported among top BoT officials, with some dejected that the governor "had been made a sacrificial lamb" to level off political pressures. The group sympathetic with the outgoing governor says that huge payments at the central bank were done under orders of the government, not by the governor's discretion. "They used him when they were in deep financial straits but now having succeeded in their mission, the governor is becoming a liability�He has been made a scapegoat," a sad official snorted to The Citizen. A less visible group comprising largely of non-sympathisers asserted that the governor had "failed to manage the central bank effectively during his tenure, paving the way for shady deals to take place within the institution." "The central bank's image has suffered during his leadership, with ghost projects mushrooming dramatically�He has made himself a sacrificial lamb," one of them disparagingly remarked. Mr Ballali's resignation including details that a letter was received at the State House late Tuesday this week to that effect was top rumour in downtown Dar es Salaam. Other affirmative reports say his medical condition wasn't improving, after he was hospitalized in Boston, Massachusetts in a medical trip that has taken the better part of three months. During a meeting with editors of print and audiovisual media, President Kikwete brushed aside suggestions that the governor had apparently found the controversy on the central bank unbearable, switching to the United States for a while. The president affirmed that he was only aware of the governor's medical condition, and that it wasn't improving quickly enough. Some reports even suggested his health situation had declined in a 'dramatic' way. The governor has been under pressure from opposition MPs led by Dr Wilibrod Slaa, the Chadema secretary general, whose entire political programme is focused on verifying payments at the central bank. The bill for constructing the central bank twin towers, several times higher than putting up a similar building in New York, has used up countless hours in Parliament as far back as mid 2005 Budget session. Equally engaging is the situation in the external payments accounts, where the government pays arrears on the country's foreign debt. With the twin towers bill put at around $400 million and EPAs payments chalking up twice as much according to internet documents, explaining all this has been a problem for the governor during the past half year.