Tanzania: High Hopes As Mwinyi Receives CAG Report

Zanzibar — ZANZIBAR PRESIDENT Dr Hussein Mwinyi on Saturday received the 2021/22 Controller and Auditor General (CAG) report with hopes that the future was promising in ending embezzlement and theft on public funds.

The new report indicates that 146 public institutions, which is about 91 per cent of all 160 audited institutions got unqualified opinions, while only one got qualified opinion and the remaining 13 institutions got adverse opinion. Revenue collection has also increased by 55.1 per cent from 712.43bn/- in 2022/21 to 937.66bn/- in 2021/22.

The President explained that the increased revenue collection along with increased investment was an indication of a better future with regard to financial discipline.

“However, based on the CAG report, it is clear that we still have challenges in all public offices with regards to collection and expenditure.

Cheating, theft and misuse of funds are still common,” Dr Mwinyi said at the State House after CAG Dr Othman Abbas Ali handed over the report.

“Everyone has a role in ensuring all loopholes leading to corruption, theft of public funds and shoddy works end in government projects. We need to collaborate to end indiscipline,” said Dr Mwinyi.

He directed the Zanzibar Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Authority (ZAECA) and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to investigate public servants implicated in the CAG report.

The President said: “I will present the report to the ZAECA so that they dig deeper into the report so that all officers implicated in the report are dealt with and taken to court by respective institutions. But ZAECA has to work with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).”