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Thobias Mwesiga: Uncertainty as Suluhu fires gov’t official hours after appointing him

Uncertainty has rocked Tanzania after President Samia Suluhu fired a government official hours after appointing him.

The Head of State appointed Thobias Mwesiga as Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) director-general on Sunday, April 4 and fired him on Monday, April 5.

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He was replaced by James Mataragio, who was reinstated to the position, a statement by State House indicated.

“President Samia Suluhu Hassan has revoked the appointment of the director-general of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Thobias Mwesiga, who was appointed on April 4, 2021

“Following the decision, President Samia has reinstated James Mataragio to be the TPDC director-general. Mataragio was the DG of TPDC prior to Mwesiga’s appointment,” read the statement.

It still remains unclear why Mwesiga was fired, with the president only asking Mataragio to resume his duties immediately.

This came a week after Suluhu suspended the director-general of the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Engineer Deusdedit Kakoko over alleged mismanagement of funds at the authority.

The president made the decision after after it emerged that TPA had not accounted for over KSh 160 million of the taxpayers’ money.

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Following the changes, Suluhu replaced Deusdedit Kakoko who has a pending court case with Erick Hamis.

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