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President Suluhu fires Communications, Ports Authority chiefs

Dr Jabir Kuwe, new head of Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) . He has come in to sort the data price mess that has led to a public outcry

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | THE INDEPENDENT | The heads of the Tanzanian Ports Authority and Communications Regulatory Authority that have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons lately, have been fired by President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

President Samia on Sunday fired the director of the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Deusdedit Kakoko who had earlier been suspended pending an investigation into loss of  public funds amounting Tsh3.6 billion ($1.55 million).

The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has since arrested Kakoko. He has been replaced by Erick Hamis.

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) also gets a new director in Alhayo Kidata to replace Edwin Mhede while Dr Jabir Bakari Kuwe  replaces James Kilaba at the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

TCRA in the past week came under criticism after data bundle prices shot up, forcing government to suspend any new packages in the sector in public interest, until they are reviewed.

Masha John Mshomba has been appointed to take charge of the national Social security Fund  NSSF.

A new stand-alone position of  government spokesperson has been created, with by former director of Presidential Communication Gerson Msigwa in charge.

President Suluhu made more changes

Suluhu reshuffled several Permanent secretaries and heads of institutions. They will be sworn in on Tuesday April 6, 2021.

The changes come a week after a mini cabinet reshuffle after she took over following the death last month of the country’s 5th President Dr John Pombe Magufuli

Other than the appointment of Dr Philip Mpango as Vice President, President Samia Suluhu named Liberata Mulamula as Tanzania’s new Foreign Affairs Minister.

The changes included the exit of Chief Secretary, former CCM General Secretary Bashiru Ally, just one month after he was appointed. He has been replaced by Tanzania’s ambassador to Japan Hussein Yahya Kattanga.

 

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