Tanzania:Red Cross suspends top officials over ‘bad news’

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On 22 September 2016 saa 03:07
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The Red Cross Society governing body has suspended the Vice President and Acting President, Dr Zainab Gama, the Arusha Regional Chairperson, Mr Christopher Nzela, and revoked membership of five others.

The five whose membership has been revoked are Mr Sufian Juma, Ms Ashura Nyagongo, Mr Omari Tokolyabe, Mr Nassoro Said and Mr Mawazo Halfan, all from Mzizima branch. The governing body has at the same time appointed Mr Mwadini Jecha as Acting TRCS president with effect from September 16.

According to TRCS, recent series of attacks from press and social media of fabricated stories have been misleading the general public and damaging the reputation of the society and its leadership.

“For the benefit of the well being of the Society, our esteemed public and partners, the governing Board of the Society has been forced to take these actions in order to address this most disturbing situation,” an advert in one of the local media read in part.

The TRCS cautioned the general public that it will not be responsible for any business transacted by Dr Gama, Mr Nzela and the other five members.

TRCS was established in the country by a parliamentary Act of 1962 No. 71, as an auxiliary organ with the mandate to supplement public authorities in humanitarian work.

The society is an independent, voluntary humanitarian organisation which is affiliated to the world wide Red Cross Movement-the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC.

Last month, some members of the TRCS sought audience and intervention of President John Magufuli, alleging embezzlement, maladministration and misuse of the humanitarian organization’s properties.

Apparently, the members blame the organisation’s leadership for laxity and failure to punish officials involved in the misappropriation of funds and properties of TRCS.

They alleged that the institution’s top brass was also selling the institution’s properties without the members’ consent and appointing consulting firms without following proper procedures