JPM confirms anti-drugs chief, dumps Meru OCD

07Jul 2020
The Guardian
JPM confirms anti-drugs chief, dumps Meru OCD

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday confirmed the Acting Commissioner General for the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA) James Kaji to the position citing his exemplary performance.

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT John Magufuli.

The president made the remark in a swearing in ceremony at the Chamwino State House for the recently appointed Tabora and Kigoma regional commissioners and the   Simiyu Regional Administrative Secretary.

The president remarked on Kaji’s stellar performance  in the fight against illicit drugs, having recently conducted an operation in Meru District where people engaging in cannabis growing were arrested and their farms destroyed.

The president ordered the suspension and demotion of senior police officers in Meru District, Arusha Region, over failure to control marijuana cultivation.

Those to be reallocated include the Officer Commanding District (OCD), District Security Officer (DSO) and Officer Commanding Criminal Investigation (OCCID).

 “The police officials do not deserve to be in office. They waited for the Commissioner General to go and destroy marijuana farms at their working area. I congratulate you and the team for a job well done,” the president intoned.

The suspended police officials failed to discharge their duties, he said, expressing dismay over the officers’ laziness as it wasn’t proper for them to wait for DCEA officials from the capital to conduct such operations.

“This is a clear indication that some of my appointees are not fulfilling their obligations. There must be a syndicate in the business because even the district and regional commissioners were not aware of the presence of cannabis farms,” he stated.

He however commended some of his appointees including Tanga Regional Commissioner Martin Shigela saying they are doing a wonderful job.

The president said that he has carefully gone through all the curriculum vitae (CV) of the recently appointed leaders as well as tracking their performance reports.

“Simiyu Regional Administrative Secretary, Mariam Mbaga was working at PO-RALG (the Ministry of State in the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government). She did well during the identification of ghost workers and those with forged academic certificates. It is for these reasons I have appointed you to help us in Simiyu Region,” he said.

He similarly remarked that he had appointed two district executive directors in Mbeya Region due to their good performance in revenue collection. They surpassed the target by reaching 103 percent, so the president appointed one of them as Mbeya regional planning officer and the other as treasurer.

“The country faces a number of challenges. Let us work on them to improve the welfare of Tanzanians who have now reached 60 million. I am often annoyed when I find people complaining over issues that could be solved by district or regional commissioners,” said Dr Magufuli, citing Kigoma Region as facing various challenges including poor road networks.

The government has started to construct a 310 kilometer road from Kigoma to Nyakanazi, which will facilitate transport services between Tabora and Katavi regions.

He directed the newly appointed Kigoma RC Thobias Andengenye to work on the challenges facing Kigoma residents as well as supervising ongoing development projects.

Andengenye was formerly Commissioner General of the Fire and Rescue Force.

In January, he was fired alongside other government officials over a 1trn/- irregular firefighting equipment tender.  He was recently pardoned.

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