In Tanzania, 50 ambulances and 53 police vehicles have been abandoned at the Tanzania’s seaport since 2015 and 2016 respectively. During the impromptu visit to the place, President John Pombe Magufuli noted that some importers had abandoned their vehicles at the port for more than ten years exceeding the port’s capacity to store cargo.
The President had to demand explanation behind the vehicles overstay which is against the laws of the land. The President told the relevant authority to work on the legal ways of making sure that the vehicles are removed from the port to ease congestion. In case the owners of the vehicles fail to show up, then it means the government will legally take the ownership of the vehicles.
Dr. Magufuli said that he was well informed of the dirty games going on at the port and called on the relevant ministries to sort out the mess, or else they risk being fired. The President strongly warned the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), and Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) whom he said have gone back to their previous dirty ways of doing their work and instructed the ministers to make impromptu visits to institutions under their authority.
He directed the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) Director General, Valentino Mlowola, to carry out the investigations and reveal those who were behind the mess even if they were from his office. The President issued those warnings on 2nd December 2017.