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Muhongo resigns following allegations

On Saturday, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete was urged to appoint a new minister of Energy and Minerals after former Minister Sospeter Muhongo resigned, Reuters reported.

Muhongo told media that this strategic decision was made to allow the energy sector to grow.

‘I’ve decided to resign to bring a conclusion to this never ending debate so the nation can focus on other important issues for national development. I did not do anything wrong and I did not steal any money. My record speaks for itself…I’m incorruptible’.

Muhongo is the third cabinet member to be relieved of their position since the graft scandal in November 2014, involving an estimated $122 million.

The allegations included claims against the respective government officials for committing fraud, involving the transfer of $122 million of public funds held by parastatel utility TANESCO and Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) to a private company, Pan Africa Power (PAP).

Although a region rich in gas deposits, investors are deterred by the allegations surrounding the Tanzanian energy sector.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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