Govt removes 3 more in further TPA clean-up drive.

16Jan 2016
Aisia Rweyemamu
The Guardian
Govt removes 3 more in further TPA clean-up drive.

The government has removed three heads of department at Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and made immediate appointments to replace them.

Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Professor Makame Mbarawa.

This was announced in Dar es Salaam yesterday by Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Professor Makame Mbarawa, said the department heads have been removed because of unsatisfactory performance.

According to Prof Mbarawa, the removed personnel are Peter Gawile, heads of Human Resource Management; Kilian Chale, acting director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Mashaka Kasanza, acting director for Procurement.

The minister told reporters that the three would be replaced by Antony Mbilinyi, a Human Resource Manager from Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA); Benito Kalinga, a Procurement Officer from TCRA, and Abrahman Mbawa, Head of ICT from TCRA.

The minister elaborated that the three officials who had been removed from would be joining the ministry where they would be assigned other duties.

“The government has decided to make these changes so than all government institutions work effectively,” he stressed.

He called for the new staff to be accorded adequate support, adding that most problems at TPA originated from the three departments.

He explained that the removal of the three department heads was not related to the loss of hundreds of containers from the port.

The minister added that the government would find fitting positions for the removed staff so that they become productive.

Since the fifth phase government was formed it has embarked in a clean-up drive at TPA. The first step was to kick out almost the entire top boss at the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) due to the loss of over 300 containers at Dar es Salaam port.
The clean-up also involved the dissolution of TPA board over scandals.

Later, about 25 officials were sent home in the purge while 12 others were arrested to help in the investigation to recover billions lost in tax evasion.

The purge case after Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa made two successive impromptu visits to the port, on November 27 and December 4 last year to uncover the rot.

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