Worker suspended after texting president

President Kikwete on the phone. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Texting allegations of embezzlement to President Kikwete got a finance office worker suspended from his job at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

A worker who texted the president alleging embezzlement by his employer has been suspended.

Paul Mhumba, who works in the finance office at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi reportedly sent a text message warning President Jakaya Kikwete about embezzlement at the medical facility, the Mwananchi newspaper reports.

KCMC finance director Hilda Mungure confirmed the incident but says the allegations are baseless.

“Those reports have been around for ages. Our records are clean, all the audit books show that there isn’t any embezzlement at KCMC”, says Mungure.

Mhumba, who also doubles as a branch chairman of Tanzania Union of Government and Health Employees (TUGHE) is also said to have complained to the president about employees being enslaved and how the hospital doesn’t need government subsidies.

KCMC public relations officer Gabriel Chisseo says the incident is being handled by ‘higher authorities’ and says he’s not authorized to comment.

There’s no word on how Mhumba got the president’s phone number.

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