Head of Tanzania’s port authority suspended

19 February 2015

The acting director of Tanzania’s port authority has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations he violated procurement procedures.

The suspension comes at a time when the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam, a major gateway to east Africa long plagued by inefficiencies, is due to receive a major facelift as part of a push to become a regional trade hub.
Director Madeni Kipande, whose predecessor was removed in a graft scandal two years ago, said he had done nothing wrong.

Tanzania signed a $565-million deal with the World Bank and other development partners last September to expand the Dar port. Inefficiencies and other problems at the port have cost Tanzania and its land-locked neighbours up to $2.6-billion a year.

Officials insisted the upgrades would go forward as planned.
Tanzania, like its neighbour Kenya, is working to capitalise on its long coastline to serve the region’s fast-growing economies. It is due to begin construction of another port, in Bagamoyo.

Dar is a major gateway for trade from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as Zambia and Malawi.


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