|Tanzania disbands parly committee|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 22:04|
Tanzania is Africa’s fourth-largest gold producer and is fast becoming an energy hub in East Africa following recent major natural gas discoveries offshore.
Lawmakers have accused some of their colleagues in the 28-member energy and minerals committee of bribery and conducting private business deals with the state-run Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO), whose managing director was suspended in mid-July on allegations of embezzlement and abuse of office.
The speaker said she had ordered an internal investigation into allegations that some MPs in the energy and minerals committee had either received or solicited bribes.
Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo told Parliament yesterday that TANESCO’s managing director, William Mhando, was suspended pending an investigation into claims he awarded a contract worth more than 880 million Tanzanian shillings (US$557 700) to a company that he jointly owned with his wife and children.
Muhongo said the TANESCO chief, his deputy and two other senior officers were suspended over these allegations of graft in a contract involving the procurement of oil for a 100-megawatt thermal power plant. — Reuters.