By Azania Post Reporter
PRESIDENT John Magufuli has questioned over 100 undocumented containers stranded in various dry ports in Dar es Salaam saying more were needed to save the country.
Speaking soon after he sworn in Dotto Biteko a new Deputy Minister for Minerals he said he formed secret teams which comprised police force , Corruption Bureau and Revenue Authority to investigate activities at the Port of Dar es Salaam.
“We have realized that there are 178 containers which belong to nobody at dry ports of AMI, ICT, and Ubungo ”, Dr. Magufuli said.
In March last year President Magufuli made an impromptu visit at the Dar es Salaam port where he was briefed on how some deceitful business people were dodging taxes by concealing the contents in the containers.
The president was shown some containers whose documents indicated they had second-hand clothes and shoes but inside had craftily packed brand new posh vehicles.
He commended the Port and Tanzania Revenue Authority officials for their bold move to seize the 20 containers of mineral sand, urging them to purge the port with all sorts of dishonesty.
“You have made me happy today and I encourage you to continue working diligently, apprehend all deceitful traders and take stern legal measures against them. Observe justice when executing your duties and do not accept bribes. We want people to understand that we are serious,” he was quoted as saying
Dr Magufuli called on all state organs responsible with control of import and export cargo through the Dar es Salaam port and all ports across the country to work together against dishonest traders.
In October last year Tanzania confiscated all stylish cars that were found in containers at Dar es Salaam port.The cars were confiscated due to court order resulted from tax evasion
It was further noted that the confiscated cars did not have valid documents to prove the genuine owners or importers.