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IJ SUCCESS IN TANZANIA

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Hoseah: Patience still needed in prosecuting those involved in grand graft 2008-09-25 11:43:23 By Lusekelo Philemon

Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) director-general Dr Edward Hoseah has said it is very difficult to successfully prosecute in court people alleged to have been involved in the country`s grand corruption scandals.

He said under normal circumstances there would be no delays in charging them as many people thought, but the delays were occasioned by the complexity of collecting credible evidence that could stand in court.

In his key note address yesterday at an MCA-Bonga Media Roundtable Discussion and Anti-Corruption Media Awards in Dar es Salaam, Dr Hoseah said it was more difficult to investigate grand corruption cases than petty corruption scandals in which evidence could be easily collected.

He said grand corruption scandals in most cases had links with international bodies and agents, which again complicated the task of the country`s watchdog.

There are lots of issues involved in the process before bringing somebody before a court of law, he said, adding: "We know that the public is impatient to see the culprits taken to task.

But it is no easy task accomplishing that in a short time. Dr Hoseah stressed that PCCB would not act hastily and drag the culprits to court without thorough evidence. This process takes time in order to ensure that people's rights are observed.

According to the PCCB boss, even in more advanced countries, cases related to grand corruption take far longer to investigate and dispose of than other cases.

He cited the corruption case facing former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba as having taken a long time.

At some point PCCB are supposed to travel outside the country to investigate and get evidence on the culprits. This again involves mutual legal assistance for our officials to get the evidence abroad, he explained.

He noted that grand corruption cases were made more complicated by their international dimensions. Dr Hoseah urged the people to be tolerant as his body made all efforts to ensure that those implicated in grand corruption were taken to court to answer charges. `

We are doing a very difficult job for our fellow Tanzanians. I don`t see the reason why I should defend corrupt people, he said.

He said his body had set itself a target of investigating at least 10 cases related to grand corruption per annum. So far, we have processed five cases and two other cases are in the final stages. Three cases we`re still working on.

To us this is an important achievement, he explained. On his part, Media Owners` Association of Tanzania (MOAT) chairman Reginald Mengi commended the efforts made by the country's corruption watchdog.

He said even though the public was very eager to see the culprits taken to task, patience was needed for PCCB to perform its duties well. Mengi said MOAT would give all support to ensure that the task ahead of PCCB was accomplished for the benefit of the public and the nation at large.

At the event 15 journalists, all from the print media, received Investigative Journalism awards. The top five included Simon Mkina (ThisDay), who scooped 2m/-, followed by Christopher Nyenyembe of Tanzania Daima, who won 1.5m/-. Others were Joas Kaijage (The Citizen), who scooped 1m/-, and Rose Athuman (The Citizen) who won 600,000/- while the fifth winner was Rashid Issa Mkwinda (Business Times) who received 400,000/-.

The best ten entries included Lyamuya Stanley (The African), Stella Barozi (The Citizen), Finnigan Simbeye (ThisDay), Pendo Ndovie (ThisDay), Daniel Mbega (ThisDay), Lucas Liganga (ThisDay), Adeladius Makwega (Kulikoni), Iddy Mkwama (MwanaHalisi), Editha Eustace Majura (Kulikoni) and Kenneth Mwazembe (MwanaHalisi), who received 150,000/- each.


The awards were organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa-Tanzania Chapter (MISA-TAN) and sponsored by Pact Tanzania in collaboration with the American aid agency (USAID). SOURCE: Guardian

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