Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Tuesday suspended seven directors of irrigation from the Tanzania Commission for Irrigation for alleged negligence and embezzlement of public funds, said a statement released by his office.
Majaliwa directed the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) to launch an investigation into the conduct of the suspended directors.
“We will not have mercy on anybody that will be implicated in negligence and embezzlement of public funds,” he told a meeting with directors of the commission held in the capital Dodoma.
Majaliwa told the meeting which was also attended by relevant ministers and permanent secretaries that disciplinary measures should be taken against 21 other officers in the commission for their irresponsibility.
Majaliwa said the suspension of the directors followed reports of embezzlement of public funds earmarked for implementation of irrigation projects, corruption and office abuse.
“Directors implicated in sabotaging irrigation projects will face the full force of the law,” warned the premier.
He said the Tanzania Commission for Irrigation has failed to oversee 10 irrigation projects in the east African nation frustrating efforts by the government aimed at improving irrigation farming.
Makame Mbarawa, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, said most of the irrigation projects were substandard compared to the huge amount of money released by the government to fund them. Enditem