Lugola keeps IGP on his toes, wants Lugumi arrested

Sunday July 22 2018

Home Affairs minister Kangi Lugola.

Home Affairs minister Kangi Lugola. 

By Bakari Kiango and Fotune Meena @TheCitizenTz

Dar es Salaam. Home Affairs minister Kangi Lugola piled the pressure on Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro Saturday with a new directive to bring the owner of Lugumi Enterprises to book by July 31.

The minister wants Mr Said Lugumi to be delivered to his Dodoma office by month-end, just a few days away. The Lugumi Enterprises owner is being accused of failing to implement a lucrative project to install electronic fingerprint machines at district police stations.

The minister issued the new order as he addressed reporters at Dar es Salaam offices after concluding an 11-day tour of various departments under his docket. Mr Lugola said that one of the directives he received from President John Magufuli was to resolve the Lugumi scandal.

“I have directed the IGP to make sure that the owner of Lugumi Enterprises Limited appears in my office on July 31,” said the minister.

He insisted that the IGP should search for Mr Lugumi from wherever he is holed up. Last week, Mr Lugola ordered the IGP to look for missing police sniffer dogs, sparking a backlash over separation of powers. Despite the criticism, he also spoke of the disappearance of Hobby, a sniffer dog from the Dar es Salaam Port, saying it was yet to be found. “It isn’t only about Hobby, the sniffer dog, there are 30 other sniffer dogs, which are missing and I have directed the IGP to find their whereabouts,” said Mr Lugola.

Swearing in the new minister, Dr Magufuli, among other things, directed Mr Lugola to resolve the controversial Sh37 billion Lugumi contract.

The 2011 deal involved the installation of Automated Fingerprint Information System at 108 police stations.

But the Controller and Auditor General’s report for financial year 2014/2015 revealed that the machines had been installed at only 14 stations and yet the firm received Sh34 billion out of the total amount of Sh37 billion.

The minister also directed the National Identification Acting director general Andrew Massawe to explain the whereabouts of a Sh32 billion national identity cards processing plant.

He directed Mr Massawe to appear before him at his Dodoma office by July 25.

According to Mr Lugola, a company, which was contracted to install the plant has not done so despite having received all payments.

“The deadline has expired yet the plant hasn’t been installed that is why I am demanding explanation from Nida,” said Mr Lugola.

Former Nida director general Dickson Maimu and other officials are facing charges in connection with the saga.