Sunday , 17 December 2017
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The Tanzania Ports Authority director-general, Ephraim Mgawe, has been suspended by the Tanzania’s Ministry of Transport over allegations of cargo theft and embezzlement of funds.

Tanzania Ports Authority DG suspended

Six other senior directors have also been suspended, including two senior deputies, the manager of the port’s aviation fuel depot, the manager of the port’s oil jetty and the jetty’s engineer.

Last week the country’s Transport Minister, Harrison Mwakyembe, announced that up to 40 containers of fabric had been reported stolen from the port; in addition, fuel quantities leaving the port were being under-declared by port officials.

The Dar es Salaam Daily News newspaper reported that recently a container loaded with cargo valued at US$182,000 and owned by a trader in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo had been stolen.

In addition to Tanzania, the Port of Dar es Salaam serves Malawi, Zambia, the DRC, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. In the year 2011-2012 the port handled 3.27m tonnes of cargo from neighbouring countries.

(Source: Ports & Ships)