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JPM bursts on vehicle import scam

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday issued a seven-day ultimatum to three public institutions to clear uncertainties over the 100 ambulances and police vehicles stranded at the Dar es Salaam port since 2015.

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and the Police Force had tough time yesterday as they came under strong reproof over the rot.

During his impromptu visit to Dar es Salaam Port, the country’s major sea gateway, the Head of State discovered that there were 50 ambulances and 53 police vehicles abandoned at the facility since2015 and 2016, respectively.

In yet another shocking revelation, it was uncovered that some importers had abandoned their vehicles at the port for over ten years, impeding the port’s capacity to store cargo.

The situation compelled President Magufuli to demand detailed explanations behind the vehicles’ overstay, which is against the law.

President Magufuli directed the authorities to embark on legal and transparent procedures to remove from the port all cars that have overstayed. “I want an immediate removal of all cars that have been here for longer time than what the law demands… if they are to be put under government ownership let them be. We can’t continue keeping vehicles of unidentified owners for ten years,” he directed.

Dr Magufuli said he is well informed of the dirty game going on, tasking the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate and give him the thorough report on the rot.

He was vividly irked by ministers whom he accused of not performing their responsibilities, directing them to perform their duties or risk dismissal.

“And, I am not scaring you…” President Magufuli strongly warned TPA and TRA whom he said have reverted to their past ‘business as usual’ approach of performing works, instructing ministers to make impromptu visits to institutions under their jurisdiction.

He as well directed the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Director General, Valentino Mlowola, to investigate all the stranded vehicles at the port, which were reportedly imported under the consignees of public institutions.

The probe will aim at identifying especially people behind the vehicle imports. He said the controversial vehicles were imported alongside the government vehicles, calling on investigators to reveal all the perpetrators even if they were from his own office.

In his visit, President Magufuli was accompanied by Works, Transport and Communications Minister Prof Makame Mbarawa and Finance and Planning Minister Dr Philip Mpango.

He reminded the ministers to closely monitor performance of the institutions under their dockets and take immediate measures against wrong doings by officials entrusted with the public offices.

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1 comment

rezen Nov 27, 2017 at 11:07 pm

Subject: JPM bursts on vehicle import scam, By Daily News, Nov 27, 2017

It worth repeating a few lines from the Article :
QUOTE :
*100 ambulances and police vehicles stranded at the Dar es Salaam port since 2015.
*The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and the Police Force had tough time yesterday as they came under strong reproof over the rot.
*In yet another shocking revelation, it was uncovered that some importers had abandoned their vehicles at the port for over ten years, impeding the port’s capacity to store cargo UNQUOTE

Commentary, 27 Nov 2017
First of all, the subject matter is not a new phenomenon in all ports around the Continent of Africa. I had the opportunity to see one port, superficially. For all practical purposes, African Government officials and their assistants have a clear idea of what is going on in their own ports. Tanzania is NOT an exception.

Note this quote>>>” Dr Magufuli said he is well informed of the dirty game going on, tasking the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate and give him the thorough report on the rot.” Yes, “dirty game” and it is well known in our Africa. And it will keep on going regardless of meaningless hundred and one orders for “thorough reports”. Such “reports” are good for fattening FILES in archives, collecting dust. Let us not pretend, please. It will keep on going because there are so much of ‘doughs’ to go around.

To “clean” Africa is a mammoth undertaking, almost to the point of being “IMPOSSIBLE”. Africa will go on being Africa: its Dictators will keep on emaciating Africa; its Intellectuals will keep on going being pretentious without substance; and the ordinary Black African People in general will keep on being poor and nuisance refugees, beggars, and ‘slaves for sale’ to the eyes of the World. THAT IS HOW WE ARE, MY FELLOW AFRICANS >>> WE CAN’T HELP IT. Prove it otherwise, without wasting your energy in tantrum. THE END

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