PCCB launches study on state of corruption 2009-02-14 11:12:10 By Guardian Reporter The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau has launched a nationwide study aimed at establishing the state of corruption and governance in Tanzania. PCCB public relations officer Doreen Kapwani told The Guardian yesterday that the bureau has commissioned two consulting firms, Front Against Corrupt Elements in Tanzania (FACEIT) and Dar Management and Computing Center (DAR/MCC), to help it in doing the job. ``We started preliminary preparations for the study, including obtaining suitable consulting firms for undertaking the comprehensive study, in September last year,`` she said in a telephone interview. ``We have been making preparations for the study since. With this announcement, we would like to notify members of the public that the study starts with immediate effect and that it is important for them to fully cooperate with our researchers,`` she added. Kapwani explained that reports based on, or otherwise relating to, the study would be compiled every two years and follow-ups made as appropriate. In an earlier statement signed by the official, the bureau said the study would assess the state of corruption in various groups for an insight into experiences and perceptions of the problem by different groups in Tanzanian society. ``In its capacity as the main stakeholder in the national strategy against corruption, PCCB has assigned three officers in its Research, Control and Statistics department to work alongside the two companies which have won the survey tender,`` it said. The study will mainly seek to raise public awareness about corruption and sensitise wananachi on problems associated with ensuring good governance partly by reining in corruption at all levels of society. It is being launched at a time the nation is witnessing a number of corruption and abuse of office cases. Examples are the theft of 133bn/- from the Bank of Tanzania`s External Payment Arrears (EPA) account, the controversial purchase of air traffic control (radar) equipment and the scandalous signing of the Richmond Development Company emergency power generation contract. A number of prominent businesspersons and senior government officials, including former cabinet ministers, have been dragged to court in connection with the incidents.