Magufuli sacks head of revenue authority

Results-Oriented John Magufuli, President of Tanzania

Results-Oriented John Magufuli, President of Tanzania

President John Magufuli on Friday fired the Commissioner General of Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Rished Bade over alleged abuse of office and fraud at the revenue collection body.

Bade’s termination took immediate effect as he will replaced by the Executive Director of the Planning Commission, Dr Philip Mpango.

Bade who was appointed by Former President Jakaya Kikwete in May last year is now under investigated over misuse of public office and irregularities that arose during his tenure at the TRA’s helm.
The impromptu decision by President Magufuli follows unannounced visit by Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa at the Dar es Salaam Port Friday.

The premier established a total of 349 consumer goods containers had been cleared without paying taxes to port authorities resulting into a Tsh 80 billion loss.

Majaliwa immediately suspended five TRA senior officials and three other staff members who are suspects in the tax evasion scam.

The suspended officials include, Customs Commissioner Tiagi Masamaki, Head of ICT Unit Haruni Mpande, Hamisi Ali Omari, Head of Inland Container Depot (ICD) Eliachi Mrema and Head of Customer Service Habibu Mponezya.

“I want the Inspector General of Police—IGP to immediately arrest these people and confiscate their passports.”Majaliwa said.

He ordered transfer of three officials Anangisye Mtafya, ansajigwa Mwandengele and Robert Nyoni from Dar es Salaam port to upcountry ports.

Nevertheless, the premier urged Bade and his Deputy Lusekelo Mwaseba to cooperate and help retrieve the missing revenues.

In a media statement released by the president’s directorate of communications quoting Chief Secretary Ambassador Ombeni Sefue said the President has also directed all other businessmen who had picked their containers untaxed to urgently clear their bills at the revenue authority.

The firing the head of the revenue collection agency follows that of the Director of Muhimbili National Hospital, Dr Hussein Kidanto, and the disbanding of the board of directors, earlier this month.

President John Magufuli, who took the oath of office after winning last month’s presidential election, has campaigned on ending inefficiencies and corruption within the Tanzanian government and he has already made some major decision in this regard.

Records show, the East African nation loses billions in corruption and waste and Magufuli has vowed to take this issue head on.

Meanwhile, the president also scrapped independence celebrations in Tanzania ordering money that had been set aside for the festivities to be channeled to fighting the Cholera epidemic.

“The Bulldozer” has cancelled the printing of Christmas and New Years’ cards by government officials in order for the funds to be diverted to serious national business.