DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has suspended the Tanzania
Revenue Authority (TRA) Commissioner General, Rished Bade,
pending investigations into how taxes amounting U.S. $40 million
U.S. dollars for 349 cargo containers were not paid for at the
Dar es Salaam port.
The President suspended the TRA chief two hours after Prime
Minister Kassim Majaliwa had suspended five other senior TRA
officials over the whereabouts of the 40 million U.S. dollars
taxes for the 349 containers.
The suspension of the TRA senior officials followed a
surprise visit by the Prime Minister at the Tanzania Ports
The TRA boss becomes the first top official to be suspended
by the head of state since he was sworn in as president earlier
this month after he had emerged victorious in the October 25
The Chief Secretary, Ombeni Sefue, told a news conference
said President Magufuli has appointed Phillip Mpango, the
Executive Secretary in the President’s Office (Planning
Commission) acting TRA Commissioner General.
Majaliwa ordered the Inspector General of Police Ernest Mangu
to arrest the suspended TRA officials and withhold their
passports in the course of investigations.
Majaliwa also asked Mangu to ensure that their assets were
assessed to see if they were obtained legally and if they
correlated with the salaries of the suspended public servants.
The suspension of the TRA top officials came barely a week
after President Magufuli laid down the priorities of his
government, including a crackdown on corruption.
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