WWF SACKS A DOZEN STAFF OVER FRAUD ALLEGATIONS
The Tanzanian branch of the respected World Wide Fund for Nature has reportedly dismissed a dozen of their staff including to senior managers over allegations of misuse of funds and installed a caretaker management team to oversee the process of investigations and of a forensic audit.
Information received while out of country to cover the Seychelles Carnival Festival speaks of as much as US Dollars 200.000 which might have gone missing from the kitty. It appears that allegations over misappropriation of project funds emerged sometime late last year at which stage WWF commissioned Ernest & Young to carry out the audit, before notifying donors and partners of their suspicion and subsequent action in the spirit of full disclosure. It also appears that WWF has committed to cover the missing funds should it prove impossible to retrieve the money and those sacked now will face, depending on the outcome of the full audit report, the full force of the law.
WWF support a wide range of programmes and projects across Eastern Africa and has in the past been proud of an exemplary record of performance vis a vis delivery and as a globally leading conservation NGO for long lived by a zero tolerance policy over corrupt practices, embezzlement and misappropriation or misuse of funds.
Conservation sources in Nairobi expressed surprise at the development, with one regular contributor saying that: WWF has such good controls and checks and balances in place, if this is true those accused now must have been very cunning and conniving to get away with it, but in the end the procedures and cross checks worked against them anyway and they got fingered. It could not be established on which projects of WWF in Tanzania these incidents occurred but it is understood that none of those will be affected by delays or temporary suspension of the implementation time tables as WWF moved fast to keep things on track.