February 26, 2020

Tanzania asks Kenya to extradite former bank chief to face Sh600 million corruption charges

By Jamhuri News Reporter

Former Stanbic CEO Bashir Awale.

Tanzania is seeking the help of Kenyan authorities to extradite former Standic CEO Bashir Awale to face bribery case charges in a Sh600 million government bond.

The scandal took place as President Jakaya Kikwete’s term was about to come to an end. Tanzania’s Attorney-General George Masaju is said to have sought the help of Kenya’s AG Prof Githu Muigai, to extradite Bashir.

In the event that he is extradited, Mr. Bashir will possibly be named in the case that has since seen previous Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) supervisor Harry Kitilya and two other high ranked people charged and remanded since April, 2016.

Mr. Kitilya and previous Miss Tanzania Shoshe Sinare and Mr Sioi Sumari, a previous official of the bank, are moping in prison anticipating a bail application.

Daily Nation reported that the three were charged with seven counts including money laundering, forgery, abuse of office, corruption, and obtaining advantage and transfer of proceeds.

It was detailed by Kenyan media that President John Magufuli’s administration needs Mr. Awale to answer inquiries over the exchange of the arrangement in which he assumed a key part.

An investigation in the UK by the Serious Fraud Office uncovered how Mr. Awale, Mr Kitilya and Ms. Sinare were main players in pushing the arrangement through prompting a $6 million (Sh600 million) pay off trick.

Mr Awale was extradited to Kenya not long after the 2015 General Election in conditions connected to his politicking then. He was said to have been among the presidential battle colleagues of previous Prime Minister Edward Lowassa who lost to Magafuli.

He was said to be one of the background strategists for Chadema presidential hopeful Edward Lowassa. Mr Awale had lived in Tanzania for a long time and filled in as MD for Barclays also.

As indicated by the reports in Kenya, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is helping Tanzanian specialists to have a Kenyan at the focal point of a Sh600 million bribery case in Tanzania captured and arrested and arraigned.

“We have received the MLA and are working closely with the State Law office in line with the request. A team of investigators from Tanzania and Kenya has been put in place to implement the request,” EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo said.

The EACC official didn’t shed light on the courses of events of their work or if they had taken action on the matter.