Tanzania president fires officials over 'fake' earthquake fund

DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzania's president has sacked two senior officials for opening a fake account to siphon money from an earthquake fund, his office has said.

An accountant had been suspended for being part of the plan to take money collected for earthquake victims, John Magufuli's office added in a statement.

At least 16 people died and 200 were wounded in the 10 September earthquake in the northern Kagera region.

Foreign governments have donated money to the earthquake fund.

On Tuesday, India's government donated 545m Tanzanian shillings ($250,000; £190,000) towards the fund, Tanzania's privately owned Citizen newspaper reports.

The two dismissed officials had opened a bank account which "bears the same name as the one opened by the government," the statement said.

The two, along with the suspended official, intended to "use the account to collect money for their benefit while it was meant to help the victims" of the earthquake.

Amantius Msole, Kagera's regional administrative secretary, and Steven Makonda, Bukoba city municipal council director, were fired while accountant Simbaufoo Swai had been suspended, local media reports.

The three have not yet commented on the allegations.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake caused significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties were reported.

Tremors were felt as far away as western Kenya.

East Africa's Great Rift Valley runs along a geological fault line but major earthquakes there are rare.

A magnitude six quake struck the Tanzanian town of Arusha, east of Bukoba, in July 2007.

Comments (7)

Mr John Magufuli you are a shinning star in Africa by firing these corrupt officials. I wish if our old Mugabe can learn or take a clue from you.Zimbabwe will be a best country to live.

Joe Paddy - 30 September 2016

In Mr Mugabe's Zanu this guy will be promoted for corruption.

Galore - 30 September 2016

even better, jail them for this. and then a very good example will be set to the rest. for really why should they go scot free after such an activity?

kelly - 30 September 2016

Tanzania is blessed to have an illustious leader who uses common sense and fairness in his land. Very different from some who strut UN and AU platforms based on false "leadership" credentials when they are actually criminal-minded.

Sagitarr - 3 October 2016

Thus a good move from the president. They will be no room for corruption, fraud and bribery etcetera in Tanzania. I bet our president RGM is learning something. Its never too late to make action plan for our 15 billion dollars which vanished in oblivion.

jereboy - 3 October 2016

Mugabe is a thief who owns 13 farms and will never want to take a cue from Sir Magufuli. Musoro wake wakazara ndove

Captain D - 4 October 2016

Wat a leader

nzolisto - 22 October 2016

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