Tanzanian Probes $12 Million â€œBribeâ€?
''I got reports that there was corruption in the deal,â€? Kikwete told reporters. â€œThe world bank said that the radar cost more that four times what was necessary. I want serious investigations to be carried out.â€?
Vowing to keep his campaign promise that he would not tolerate corruption in government, Tanzania's president Jakaya Kikwete has asked the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud office to assist with investigations of the alleged payment of $12 million in bribe money to his government officials. The payment was allegedly made by a company that wanted to win contract to build a radar system for Tanzania.
''I got reports that there was corruption in the deal,” Kikwete told reporters. “The world bank said that the radar cost more that four times what was necessary. I want serious investigations to be carried out.”
Kikwete promised that he will not in any way interfere with the probe. The radar was supplied by a Saudi Arabian company called BAE systems. The middleman for the deal was Sailesh Vithalini. The British government reportedly supported the Saudi Arabian company to win the deal because it wanted Saudi Arabia's continued support for fighting terrorism.
It is alleged that some Tanzanian government officials were bribed so that they award the contract to BAE and also that they keep blind eye at the inflated cost.
The Black Star News’s East Africa correspondent Maganda is based in Uganda.
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