Second Vice-President Rashidi Kawawa yesterday (Thursday) called on Tanzania's leaders to be in the front line in the fight against corruption.
Second Vice-President Rashidi Kawawa yesterday (Thursday) called on Tanzania's leaders to be in the front line in the fight against corruption. He was addressing the country's National Assembly on the first day of its new session.
Mr. Kawawa tabled a Prevention of Corruption Bill which was passed the same evening. The new Bill, which brings under one law various early pieces of legislation, provides for two-year jail sentences for such offences as corrupt property transactions. Bribery now carries a maximum sentence of 10 years or a 3,000 sterling (7,200 dollars) fine, while cases involving Government contracts can mean a 14-year jail term.
Also before the Assembly was a private member's Bill to abolish primary school fees.
As the Assembly reconvened, the Tanzanian Foreign Ministry bitterly denounced charges of subversion brought by the Ugandan Government of President Idi Amin. The ministry statement also defended Tanzania's right to allow former Ugandan President Milton Obote to live in the country.
SYNOPSIS: In Dar-es-Salaam, members of the Tanzanian National Assembly went to the Karimjee Hall on Thursday for the start of a new parliamentary session. The members were ready to debate a variety of proposals such as one to prevent exploitation of the national flag and another to abolish primary school fees. But the most important item was a new bill to combat corruption. The bill, which was passed in a day, provides for two-year sentences for corrupt property deals. Bribery now carries a maximum ten-year sentence or a fine of three-thousand sterling, while cases involving Government contracts could mean a 14-year jail sentence.
The corruption bill was introduced by Second Vice-President Rashidi Kawawa.