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Magufuli Fires 10,000 Workers With “Fake” Academic Papers

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On Friday afternoon, Tanzanian President John Magufuli showed nearly 10,000 civil servants doors, including high ranking officers, for forging and or using other people’s academic certificates to obtain their current positions, it was reported.

The dismissals came amid reports claiming the country has been losing at least $10 million a month in salaries and benefits to 19,708 ghost workers.

“Right from now, those public servants using forged or other people’s certificates are dismissed. Further actions including sending to court for forgery will follow,” said the president. 

A government investigation begun last October found 9,932 people it said had faked their secondary school qualifications, a number equivalent to two percent of the country’s civil service.

After receiving the final report on Friday, Magufuli said the named workers must resign or face prosecution, which could result in sentences of up to seven years in jail.

“The 9,932 employees recruited on the basis of false diplomas will not receive their salary for this month of April and have to leave their positions immediately,” Magufuli said.

In a nationally televised public address from the capital Dodoma, Magufuli also ordered an immediate salary suspension for 1,538 civil servants pending investigation.

The government is set to announce 60, 000 posts following its initial plans to recruit in the coming 2017/2018 financial year. Magufuli said the posts would be filled by “qualified persons” as soon as possible and called on local media to publish the names of those fired.

Since winning election in 2015, Magufuli has maintained his fight on corruption and misuse of public funds. 

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Tanzania’s President Samia Scheduled For Kenya Visit

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Kenya’s Presidency has confirmed that President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania is scheduled to jet in to Nairobi for a 2-day State Visit on Tuesday.

Kanze Dena-Mararo Kenya’s State House spokesperson said other details of President Suluhu’s visit will be shared in due course.

President Samia Suluhu is a sharp contrast of her predecessor John Pombe Magufuli who passed away recently.

On April 11President Samia Suluhu made her first trip outside the country since taking oath of office. She flew to neighbouring Uganda, a trip her handlers said was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and finalize the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Tripartite project agreement.

The Tanzanian leader has drawn a line under her predecessor’s controversial stances on COVID-19 and the media, indicating an apparent change in course for the nation after the death of John Magufuli in March.

“We cannot segregate ourselves like an island, but also we cannot blindly accept what is being brought forward to us (on COVID-19) without carrying out our own investigations and inputs,” she told officials at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. “Let us have a stance.”

President Suluhu also announced that media that had been banned by Magufuli’s government should be allowed to operate.

“We should not ban the media by force. Reopen them, and we should ensure they follow the rules. We should not give them room to say we are shrinking press freedom.”

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Angola Appoints Envoy To Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan

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President João Lourenço of Angola on Tuesday appointed Sianga Abílio as ambassador to Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia.

Sianga who is based in Nairobi, Kenya currently serves as Ambassador of Angola to Kenya and Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations offices in the Kenyan capital.

According to a statement from the embassy, as soon as presenting the Credential Letters, Ambassador Sianga Abílio, will start to provide Diplomatic coverage for the four countries, the from Nairobi.

Sianga Abílio, was accredited as a permanent representative of the country to the United Nations Offices in Nairobi in May 2018.

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Kenya Releases Results For Primary Schools Exam

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Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha on Thursday released results for the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam which was conducted last month.

About 1.2 million candidates sat the KCPE exam between March 22 and March 24, 2021.

Prof. Magoha said early today that the ministry thwarted several instances of irregularities in various places.

Meanwhile, Form 4 candidates are set to conclude the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination on April 26.

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