State probes misuse of projects funds

VICE-PRESIDENT (VP) Dr Philip Mpango has said the government is investigating all claims of misappropriation of funds in the country’s flagship projects, insisting that whoever will be found to have stolen even a single penny will be answerable.

The VP revealed the government’s stance when he attended a church service to consecrate the new Bishop of Dodoma Diocese of the Evengelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT).

He was responding to a request from the Head of ELCT, Dr Fredrick Shoo who had apart from praising the sixth phase government for its best leadership, requested that there was a need to take stern measures against individuals/groups of persons, who were squandering funds in crucial flagship projects designed for the best interests of the country.

In a quick response during his speech, Dr Mpango said the government was seriously watching the projects and that investigations were still ongoing, adding that should anyone be proved beyond doubt to have chopped any cent, stern measures would be immediately taken.

However, the VP took time to ask all religious leaders in the country to intensify their services to advise their parishioners to refrain from engaging in unethical activities so that the country’s development could be achieved as envisaged.

“Some of the squanderers of public funds are praying in our houses, therefore, you have a role to play because you are always at the position to change people’s hearts and minds through your prayers,” he insisted.

Therefore, the VP added that because the government was working with clerics closely, the latter were equally in position to keep eyes on various development projects and advise accordingly, wherever things were not going down well.

He further reiterated his call to clerics to emphasise on reducing moral decay in the communities. “On this, the government banks on you and we believe, with your service you can help reduce indecent matters in our communities,” he added.

In his remarks, Dr Mpango also warned some religious leaders who were going against the will of God by engaging themselves in indecent acts, noted that they were derailing efforts to have a civilised community.

Earlier in the morning, Pastor Christian Ndossa was consecrated Bishop of Dodoma Diocese taking over from Bishop Amon Kinyunyu and during the same service, Rev Stanley Tabulu was officially ordained to become Assistant to the Bishop.

At the event, Dr Mpango represented President Samia Suluhu Hassan who contributed 10m/- to help in the development of the church. The money was handed over to the newly consecrated Bishop Ndossa by the VP.

Also in attendance were former Prime minister, Mizengo Pinda, ELCT Bishops and bishops from the UK and US, among others.

In his speech, Bishop Ndossa paid tribute to President Samia for embracing dialogue in dealing with different matters of the country, pledging that he and his followers would join the president’s efforts in boosting the country’s economy by working hard.

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