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Tanzanian President suspends revenue chief over loss of taxes

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 Authority (TPA).

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 general elections.

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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