Tanzania: Magufuli fires 9,932 civil servants
Tanzania President John Magufuli dismissed more than 9,900 civil servants on Friday for having forged educational certificates.
Following a nationwide verification of academic credentials, 9,932 acting civil servants were found to have forged school and college certifications – including various senior members of the government.
Almost 10,000 sacked
In addition to the near 10,000 civil servants sacked, another 3,000 were suspended on Friday while their certificates are being verified. Magufuli said those dismissed will see their pay for the month of April withheld and will later have to defend themselves in court.
The president ordered that those found to have forged documents be dealt with legally “so that they could be jailed for seven years, as the law says.”
“These people occupied government positions but had no qualifications,” the president said. “They robbed us just like other common criminals.”
“Ghost workers” hitting Tanzania economy
The mass clearout comes as part of Magufuli’s war on corruption, following the sacking if a number of high-profile officials last year – including the country’s anti-corruption chief, of all people.
The president deems those without proper credentials as “ghost workers” and claims they cost Tanzania 238bn shillings (£82m) per year. These figures emerged after an investigation last year revealed there were more than 19,708 ghost workers in the country.
Magufuli has ordered officials to “name and shame” ghost civil servants by publishing a list of all those found to have forged academic certifications.
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