- Civil servants in Tanzania have been banned from using social media at work.
- The ban is from the Ministry of Transport and communication.
- The minister's reason is that it slows productivity at work
The Transport and communication ministry in Tanzania has banned government workers in the country from using social media and chat apps during work hours.
The decision by the minister stems from the fact that the use of social media during office hours was interfering with Tanzania's development. Makame Mbarawa addressed his department saying this practice was affecting productivity and believed his ministry should set a positive example to the wider civil service.
Transport and communication ministry officials have been warned that "gossiping" on social media will lead to dismissal. It is not clear how the ban will be enforced amidst increasing social media popularity.
Cheap phone data bundles are enabling wider use of platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter in Tanzania.
Tanzania has faced many reforms since its new president, John Magufuli took office.