Tanzania president John Magufuli said he sacked the chairman of Tanzania Revenue Authority and dissolved its board over an attempt to extort profit from a sum of shillings 26 billion meant for the institution’s recurrent expenditure.
Magufuli who was officiating the 31st graduation of Open University of Tanzania (OUT) said he learnt that board chairman Bernard Mchomvu and his team approved the depositing of the money into fixed accounts from three commercial banks to share profits among themselves.
“After I learned of the irregularity, I directed that the money should be returned and thereafter dissolved the board,” he said.
The “bulldozer” said there is a growing tendency of public officials to hoard huge amounts of funds in commercial banks and make away with profits accrued.
The trend according to Magufuli causes government to experience shortage of funds and as a result turn to the banks for loans at high interests.
“While we are working hard to fight ghost workers and people who benefit illegally from funds meant to help other Tanzanians living in abject poverty, some senior officials have come up with new ways of personally benefiting from public funds” he told a jolly gathering of distinguished scholars, students and other guests.
The president further revealed that he had learned that the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) has as well hoarded some money in fixed accounts and yet it has been seeking contributions from various stakeholders.
“TEA was established for a purpose, now it bothers me that it calls for contributions and yet it has funds stashed in fixed accounts,” he noted with concerns.
Magufuli has won a household name in the region for his stance against graft. On November 5, 2015, barely a month in office, he fired TRA Commissioner General Rished Bade and his deputy, Lusekelo Mwaseba, on allegations that importers evaded about TSh 80 billion in tax on 349 containers that were irregularly cleared at Dar es Salaam Port.