Tanzania: Two More Senior Ports officials Sacked over Misuse of Funds

President John Magufuli with Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu and Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa

President John Magufuli with Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu and Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa

Tanzanian Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa has sacked two senior government officials over gross misconduct that cost government billion of shillings in revenue collection.

This is the latest in a string of terminations of high profile civil servants in Tanzania since the government of John Mugufuli assumed office at the end of last year for alleged misuse of government funds and incompetence. The sacked officials include Magdalena Chuwa, CEO for the Weights and Measures Agency (WMA) along with her Port Manager Bernadina Mwijarubi.
The Premier suspended the two with immediately effect to pave way for investigation over oil flow meters at Dar es Salaam port which had been unused for half a decade. Sources say that over TzSh12bn had been spent on maintaining and repairing the meters yet they had not been operating.

In his unannounced visit to the port, the Premier demanded written explanation from Ms Chuwa on why the agency had decided to bury the meters allowing oil dealers to dubiously access petroleum products.

The fifth phase government under President John Magufuli has vowed to tackle the rampant corruption, overspending and improve revenue collection at all cost in East Africa’s second largest economy.

Since coming into power late last year, the Magufuli administration has arrested numerous government officials linked to poor revenue collection and corruption practices most of whom from Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).