Tanzania’s anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday it has summoned 69 Members of Parliament from the main opposition party Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) for questioning over corruption claims.
The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) said in a statement that the questioning of the MPs was part of investigations following accusations of mismanagement of funds by the party’s top leadership.
The accusations were recently raised by a handful of MPs who have left the CHADEMA.
“The 69 MPs have been summoned to PCCB headquarters in the capital Dodoma for questioning,” said the statement signed by PCCB public relations officer, Doreen Kapwani.
The questioning of the MPs will end next week, said the statement, adding that the probe will focus on mismanagement of the party’s funds and abuse of office.
Some of the MPs who recently left CHADEMA claimed that since June 2016 they were forced to contribute to the party between 500,000 Tanzanian shillings (about 215 U.S. dollars) and 1,500,000 shillings monthly, said the statement.
According to the statement, the defected lawmakers claimed that the party did not reveal how the contributions were spent.
The statement said the PCCB has already interrogated several people including the opposition party’s former and current leaders, the party’s board members and former MPs. Enditem