Minister in graft probe THISDAY REPORTER Dar es Salaam A SENIOR cabinet minister is under corruption investigations over his involvement in dubious deals dating back to former president Benjamin Mkapas administration, it has been revealed. The minister (name withheld for now), who held a high-level position in Mkapas government from 1995 to 2005, currently serves in President Jakaya Kikwetes cabinet. It is understood that he is under probe over corruption allegations stemming from his involvement in a multi-million dollar deal that has been the subject of parallel local and international graft investigations. Well-placed sources say a special anti-corruption task force has been formed to investigate serious allegations of high-level corruption against the public official. Members of the government anti-graft team have already grilled the minister over the allegations. The ministers office and house have also been searched and several key documents confiscated, a government source told THISDAY. The governments anti-graft task team comprises carefully selected members from a number of key law enforcement agencies, according to several independent sources. The senior minister surprised many people by surviving the recent cabinet reshuffle, despite being heavily criticised for his alleged involvement in a number of dubious government contracts during the Mkapa administration. He is now said to be targeted by both local and international detectives over the particular corruption probe. The former government bureaucrat-turned politician is believed to have directly taken part in graft by allegedly receiving a hefty bribe to approve a controversial deal between the government and a private company almost a decade ago. Government officials say the ongoing investigation against the cabinet minister is part of President Kikwetes resolve to fight high-level corruption. Since Kikwete came into office, he has won plaudits both here at home and abroad for stepping up the fight against corruption. The recent purge on the Bank of Tanzanias external payment arrears account (EPA) and Richmond corruption scandal are some of the clear indications of this governments seriousness to tackle high-level corruption,said another source who declined to be named.