Tanzania’s president sacks ports boss in anti-graft drive

Tanzania’s president sacks ports boss in anti-graft drive

Tanzania’s new president John Magufuli has sacked the head of Tanzania’s ports authority and the top official in the transport ministry, in his bid to fight corruption.

The director general of the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Awadhi Massawe, and the permanent secretary in the transport ministry, Shaaban Mwinjaka, were dismissed following the disappearance of more than 2,700 shipping containers at Dar Es Salaam port.

Massawe is the third port chief to be sacked in as many years.

“President Magufuli has also disbanded the board of directors of the ports authority due to its failure to take action against the Dar es Salaam port’s long history of poor performance,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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