TANZANIA: President Samia fires 2 other top Gov’t officials over corruption

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Tanzania's president Samia Suluhu Hassan fires two more top government officials over graft; Courtesy Photo

Tanzania’s president Samia Suluhu has fired two other top government officials whose organizations have been facing complaints recently.

President Samia, on Monday, fired the Commissioner General for Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and the Director General -Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) on corruption-related issues.

The TCRA boss is accused of “mishandling” data bundle prices while the TRA is accused of “harassing” traders over unpaid taxes.

According to the new appointments, Mr. Alphayo Kidata is now the Commissioner-General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) replacing Dr. Edwin P. Mhede, while Dr. Jabir Bakari Kuwe is the new Director-General of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Kuwe is replacing Engineer James M. Kilaba who has been in the position for over 3 years.

President Samia recently urged the Ministry of Finance and Planning to expand the Tax base in order to collect more revenues but also warned TRA against harassing traders and shutting down businesses due to unpaid taxes.

Samia also appointed Mr. Erick Benedict Hamis as the new Director-General of the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) replacing Eng. Deudedit Kakoko whom she fired last week over corruption allegations.

Local reports indicate that Eng Deudedit Kakoko, the former Commissioner General for TPA, is under investigation for corruption. Deusdedit Kakoko was adversely mentioned in the report of the Controller and Audit -General(CAG) which showed that at least Sh3.6 billion has been embezzled at TPA.

Suluhu recently vowed to continue the strict legacy of former president Magufuli who had zero tolerance towards corruption, incompetence among other shortcomings. The late Joh Pombe Magufuli was widely known for his ruthless attitude against corruption.

Suluhu, 61, a soft-spoken ruling party stalwart from the island of Zanzibar, will finish Magufuli’s second five-year term, set to run until 2025.

In other sweeping reshuffles, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Mr. Gerald Kusaya Musabila as the Commissioner-General of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA), and appointed Mr. Gerson Partinus Msigwa to be the Government Spokesperson.

Most of the former office bearers in the Magufuli government are either sent home or put under investigation.

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