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Port Authority Boss Fires Over Graft Allegations By New Tanzania President

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The newly sworn-in Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has suspended the Director of the country’s port authority over massive embezzlement of public funds.

Director-General Deusdedit Kakoko, the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) was adversely mentioned in the report of the Controller and Audit -General(CAG).

“But from the report that you submitted to me yesterday, at least Sh3.6 billion has been embezzled at TPA. When the Prime Minister conducted a probe, we only managed to fire junior staff. I now order the suspension of the TPA director-general to pave way for investigations into the embezzlement,” she said.

President Suluhu took the decision to fire him just days after being sworn in as the head of state following the death of former President John Pombe Magufuli.

Suluhu had vowed to continue the strict legacy of former president Magufuli who had zero tolerance towards corruption, incompetence among other shortcomings.

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