Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Procurement officials ‘steal colossal sums’

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Jane Kajoki, Mwanza

The government is incurring great losses every year as a result of unscrupulous procurement officials inflating prices of various goods, it has been observed.

Officiating at a five-day seminar recently, the Mwanza acting regional commissioner, Lt Col (rtd) Serenge Mringo, said 80 per cent of the government budget is spent on procurement of goods for provision of social services, but a big chunk went into procurement officials’ pockets.

He said members of the public always blame political leaders for engaging in corruption while it was actually being committed by unscrupulous government officials involved in the procurement of public goods.

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