Smear campaign against PCCB boss gathers steam THISDAY REPORTER Dar es Salaam A GROUP of powerful individuals targeted in ongoing investigations into grand corruption in the country is putting pressure on President Jakaya Kikwetes government to remove the director-general of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Dr Edward Hoseah, in an attempt to derail the investigations, it has been revealed. Various names are already being mentioned within government circles as possible replacements for Hoseah, in tandem with the unleashing of what appears to be a vigorous smear campaign to discredit the current PCCB boss. The smear campaign against Hoseah comes amid reports that the Bureau is in the final stages of filing corruption charges against prominent local personalities who have been linked to at least five separate PCCB investigations into high-level graft. It is understood that the PCCB investigations have targeted a number of well-connected politicians, senior government officials, and prominent local businessmen. At least some if not all of these same people are said to be behind what is perceived as an ongoing media attack on the PCCB boss, the main objective being to derail and perhaps completely scupper the investigations. Reacting to reports by some local media outlets that Hoseah illegally acquired a government house in Dar es Salaam, various government officials interviewed by THISDAY have explained that the PCCB boss was actually one of the beneficiaries in the sale of various government buildings in the citys Oysterbay suburb to civil servants. Officials in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development have meanwhile dismissed reports alleging that Hoseah illegally bought a government building reserved as the official residence of the PCCB director-general. It has now emerged that the government sold to Hoseah another house, situated on plot number 1/8 along Chisiza Close Street in Oysterbay, that was previously used by the PCCB for storage purposes. The government house reserved as the official residence of the PCCB director general has never been sold, said an official of the Tanzania Buildings Agency. The TBA official further explained that the house in question, numbered GT/MIK/HS 12, is located in the city's Mikocheni suburb, and is currently occupied by PCCB deputy director-general, Ms Lilian Mashaka. Hoseah was sold another house following all laid-down procedures, as part of the normal exercise of selling houses to government officials, the TBA official added. Even the former PCCB director-general, Anatory Kamazima, was sold a house by the government before his retirement, government officials told THISDAY.