Tanzania’s anti-corruption watchdog announced on Monday that it has arrested six people in connection with taking bribe from a prospective candidate for the October 2020 general elections.
Pilly Mwakasege, the head of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) for Kinondoni in Dar es Salaam, said in statement five of the six suspects were arrested at Ubungo on Sunday, adding that the sixth suspect surrendered himself to PCCB on Monday.
Mwakasege said PCCB officials arrested the suspects shortly after the prospective candidate dished out envelopes containing 50,000 Tanzanian shillings (about 22 U.S. dollars) each for the suspects who are leaders of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party Mbezi ward on the outskirts of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
“The prospective candidate bribed the suspects so that they can help him to campaign in the initial electoral process,” said Mwakasege in a statement.
Mwakasege said PCCB was still holding the six suspects, including the prospective candidate, for questioning.
John Mbungo, the PCCB Director General, in January 2020 vowed to stop electoral fraud in the October general elections.
Mbungo said PCCB will leave no stone unturned toward the investigation of corrupt candidates or political parties in the course of the electoral process, adding that offenders will face the full force of law.
According to Tanzania’s electoral body, more than 30 million voters have their information updated in the voter registry between July 2019 and February 2020.