, DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 17 – Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday sacked the head of the country’s anti-corruption bureau Edward Hoseah for “poor performance and irresponsibility”, the government said.
It follows the sacking earlier this month of several top transport ministry and port officials, amid a crackdown on graft in the east African nation. Some of them have been charged by police.
“The decision follows the president’s concern over poor performance of the bureau in fighting graft, including recent massive incidents of theft and graft at Dar es Salaam port,” chief secretary Ombeni Sefue said in a statement.
Surprise inspections found some 2,400 shipping containers had transited through Dar es Salaam port without any tax being paid.
Magufuli, who took power last month after winning October 25 elections, has introduced a swathe of austerity cuts and crackdowns on public corruption.
Some officials have been jailed for lateness, the head of the tax authority has been suspended and the use of public funds to pay for Christmas and New Year greeting cards has been banned.