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Vol 49 No 13

Published 20th June 2008


Graft at the top

Soon after his December 2005 inauguration, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete replied to critics who said he was too soft to run a country bogged down in corruption: ‘I may be wearing a smile but I am tough on issues.’ His predecessor Benjamin Mkapa’s government had been criticised for rampant graft. Half of Kikwete’s new cabinet were hangovers from Mkapa’s era. Basil Mramba became Infrastructure Development Minister. In 2002, as Finance Minister, he had backed the US$40 million purchase of a presidential aircraft.

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