PCCB says it is investigating allegations of ‘dirty money’ from opposition parties

Dar es Salaam. The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has confirmed that investigations into allegations of “dirty money” by opposition political parties have begun.

speaking to The citizen, PCCB deputy director-general Neema Mwakalyelye said investigations were ongoing without revealing the exact stage or how many people had been questioned so far.

“Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how far we’ve come, but investigations are ongoing,” he said.

The revelations come at a time when new allegations have emerged over the same matter, this time in Zanzibar.

Over the weekend in Mkokotoni, Nungwi, opposition party ACT-Wazalendo issued a warning to its newly elected grassroots leaders about the infiltration of dirty money aimed at derailing the party’s vision.

Without explicitly mentioning the source of this external financial interference, both the party’s national president, Othman Masoud Othman, and Zanzibar vice president, Ismail Jussa, highlighted several attempts to use illicit funds to penetrate its hierarchy.

They warned that greed is the number one enemy and that they should not let it get the best of them, otherwise they would have lost the fight before it began.

“In 1995, some elements offered me 20 million shillings ($40,000), but I refused because that was not part of my goal of joining politics,” Jussa told a gathering of more than 200 grassroots leaders in Kaskazini A and B.

Party sources who spoke with The citizen He said it is a ploy to weaken them by attacking party leaders at different levels.

“Those who have been contacted are divided into two categories: those who want to join the CCM and those who want to remain within the opposition but serve as informants,” they stated.

This narrative is not new: a few weeks ago another Chadema opposition stalwart, Mr Tindu Lissu, was quoted as warning against the use of money in internal opposition party elections, urging members to be cautious with funds that, according to him, “have been poured out to disrupt the elections.”

“Whose money is this, where does it come from and for what purpose? This is not Chadema’s money! said Mr. Lissu, who is the vice president of the party.

No names are mentioned, but fingers seem to point towards the ruling party, which has firmly disassociated itself from such transactions.

CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary Amos Makalla, during his visit to Mwananchi Communications Limited on May 7, distanced his party from allegations made by Lissu about the presence of “dirty” money injected to disrupt the party’s internal elections. , saying it required extensive investigation.

“Reports that the party has accepted illicit funds are worrying. A leading party in the opposition camp should not engage in such activities. “This revelation only reinforces our determination to affirm that this party is no longer worthy of the trust of the people,” he stated.

In his opinion, it is necessary to investigate accusations of illicit money arising from the fact that terrorism is currently a serious issue throughout the world.

The PCCB had previously promised to investigate the allegation, however its ZAECA engagement in Zanzibar is yet to make a similar commitment.

“Normally we work with information from any source. It is not necessary for someone to come to our office. If the information is disclosed publicly, it falls under the mandate of the PCCB and will be treated accordingly,” said PCCB director general Salum Hamduni. Mwananchi so.

As the debate over the origin of this recent alleged dirty financing intensifies, it emerges that money and politics are great bedfellows.

It’s a winner-take-all game of tug-of-war, the stakes are high, and as they say, politics is a dirty game.