DAR ES SALAAM (TrustLaw) – Tanzania has disbanded a parliamentary watchdog committee charged with overseeing the efficiency of public institutions, an action critics say is a setback in its fight against corruption.
Anne Makinda, speaker of the country’s National Assembly, made a surprising move to dissolve the Parastatal Organization Accounts Committee (POAC) on the grounds that “nowhere in the world” do such committees exist. Political analysts say that POAC has played an instrumental role in exposing a range of corrupt practices and structural weaknesses in public institutions.
It was formed in 2008 at the request of the auditor general to seal off loopholes that allow for embezzlement in public organisations, following a major scandal at the Bank of Tanzania in which $100 million was stolen from its External Payment Arrears Account.
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