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President Magufuli sacks drunk minister

President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania has fired a Cabinet Minister for going to parliament while drunk.

In a press statement dated May 20, 2016, State House Director of Communications, Gerson Msigwa, said Minister for International Affairs, Charles Kitwanga, had been relieved of his duties by the president with immediate effect.

“The president has sacked Hon Charles Kitwanga for going to Parliament and responding to questions regarding his ministry while drunk,” the statement read in part.


President Magufuli, who came to power in after winning the country’s Presidential Election on October 25, 2015, has earned plaudits for his uncompromising stand on corruption.

President Magufuli brief rule so far has also been characterized by strict rule of law and discipline within the civil service that is unprecedented in the country’s history.

He is also increasingly gaining influence within the East Africa Community, having recently won over Uganda and Rwanda as economic partners at the expense of Kenya, which has for long been regarded as the regional economic powerhouse.