Suspicious fishing rights letters raise eyebrows

By Hilary Mare

A decision by Dr Moses Maurihungirire, an executive director in the corruption-tainted Ministry of Fisheries, to write to companies that never applied for fishing rights asking them to prove whether they did has raised suspicion that this could be a ploy to add new companies onto the final list of beneficiaries.

In the course of last month, Maurihungirire wrote to a number of companies that had not applied for any fishing rights in letters seen by Confidente, informing them that their applications had not been seen during the evaluation process and that they needed to confirm whether they had indeed applied for rights.