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Vol 55 No 24

Published 5th December 2014


Tanzania

Power scandal rocks ministers

The President returns to find Parliament and people alike outraged by the latest corruption scandal. The CCM is looking for a way out

Having spent much of November convalescing in the United States after prostate surgery, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete came home to find a country in turmoil over the escrow account scandal and demanding action. Yet again, corruption is dominating politics and the media. Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe recently described it as 'by far the most serious challenge' Tanzania has to face. The urgency of decisive action has now been underlined by developments in Parliament in Dodoma, where an attempt by Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda to prevent a highly sensitive corruption debate from taking place was firmly overruled by Speaker Anna Makinda. As a result, over the past few days members of parliament have proceeded to debate the explosive findings of its Public Accounts Committee regarding a host of questionable payments involving power producer Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL).

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