Tanzania president sacks minister for drinking on the job

Tanzania president sacks minister for drinking on the job

Tanzania president, John Magufuli, has sacked his home affairs minister after he turned up to parliament and answered questions while under the influence of alcohol, it has been reported.

Tanzania president sacks minister for drinking on the job

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli

Charles Kitwanga is the first minister to be fired since the cabinet's appointment and his sacking came as a surprise because he widely viewed as being close to Magufuli, according to a report by Reuters.

The Tanzania presidency reportedly said in a statement that Kitwange was sacked after he "turned up drunk to parliament and responded to a question directed to the Ministry of Home Affairs while being in a drunken state".

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It is not exactly clear when the incident happened.

But President Magufuli, who took office in November, has promised to tackle corruption and inefficiency in government.

He has also said that he would impose discipline on the civil service and public institutions.

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Magufuli has sacked several senior officials for graft and cut spending he deemed wasteful, such as scrapping official Christmas cards.

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