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President fires drunk minister

22 May 2016, 17:00

Dar es Salaam - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired his interior minister for turning up in parliament drunk, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Saturday.

"The president has revoked the appointment of Home Affairs Minister Charles Kitwanga following reports that he was drunk in parliament and failed to respond properly to questions," Majaliwa told state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting corporation (TBC).

"Ministers and other civil servants must always display utmost integrity," Majaliwa said.

The occasion Kitwanga had transgressed was not clear but his demise is in keeping with Magufuli's "bulldozer" reputation.

The head of state has since taking office last October notably scrapped a number of ministerial foreign visits he deemed unnecessary and also cracked down on government entertainment budgets.

Magafuli also annulled last December's annual festivities to mark independence, a traditionally sumptuous affair, saying it would be "shameful" to spend money on a party in the wake of a cholera outbreak which killed dozens.

The no-nonsense Magufuli has also been probing stories of phantom civil servants with a bloated public sector fuelling widespread payroll fraud.



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