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Five executives of Tanzania state oil firm charged with corruption - 17 Mar 2018 13:50

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Five suspended senior executives of Tanzania's national oil company were on Friday charged with corruption offences over alleged irregularities in the award of a survey contract to a US firm. State-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation's (TPDC) managing director James Mataragio and four other executives were charged with abuse of public office. They awarded a $3.24 million airborne mining survey contract to US firm Bell Geospace without authorisation of the TPDC board, according to the charge sheet filed by prosecutors and handed out in court. All five denied the charge at the hearing in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam. Mataragio worked for Bell Geospace in the US as a geo-scientist for 10 years before being appointed TPDC's managing director in 2014. He and his four colleagues were suspended in Aug 2016 after audit queries raised red flags over the award of the survey deal to the US firm in a ...
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