Tanzania sacks about 10,000 civil servants with faked certificates
while applying for the positions in government ministries, agencies, local
government has been increasingly discovered to be alarming in Tanzania, an aspect
that the government has now decided to sack its 9,932 servants without mercy. The
government has fired nearly 10,000 civil servants after discovering that they
had phony academic documents, giving a 15-day ultimatum to voluntarily
disappear from their workstations or face seven-year jail terms. The group
includes 9,932 servants working in local government authorities (LGAs), public
institutions, corporations and agencies. It was not immediately discovered how
much the public officials have cost the government in wages, allowances,
promotion, insurance and pensions, but the executive order issued yesterday in
Dodoma put on ice their payments including this month’s salary. President John
Magufuli, addressing the public shortly after receiving an evaluation report on
academic qualifications for 435,000 public servants countrywide, said: “These
people must immediately disappear and their vacant positions filled.” He
described the embattled officials as “robbers and shoplifters” who do not
deserve to be civil servants. The evaluation, which was commissioned by the
President’s Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance) and
conducted by a 15-member team, was a follow-up exercise after a nationwide
crackdown on ghost workers that nabbed 19,706. According to the President, the
removal of the ghost workers saved the government 19.8bn/- per month or
238.2bn/- per year, paid as salaries to non-existent officials. “The government
average monthly collection was 800bn/- yet salaries alone amounted to 700bn/- .
President Magufuli insisting a ;point after having received the report
With this challenge, the country remained stagnant and therefore, the
government decided to hunt for a lasting solution,” the President said. The
report presented to the President by Public Service and Good Governance
Minister, Angela Kairuki showed that 9,932 officials or 2.4 per cent of civil
servants had fake academic documents - 1,538 (0.3 per cent) had controversial
documents and 11,569 which is about 2.8 per cent having submitted incomplete
documents, during the evaluation process. President Magufuli further ordered
1,538 officials whose academic documents appeared to be used by 3,076
officials, put on hold pending thorough investigations. “They should also not receive
this month’s salary. This means there are more jobs for competent graduates and
those who have been unemployed,” he said. He, however, cautioned officials
conducting the evaluation exercise to ensure that only those with legitimate
documents are retained. The Head of State urged those who know that they
submitted fake documents to also voluntarily disappear from their working
stations before May 15, this year. “Those who will be reluctant, we know their
names. I will urge the police to arrest them and have them charged in the court
of law. ” While it might sound as a favour to those who have been enjoying
decent jobs, for them not to be arraigned, the President ordered all those who
featured in the list of those with phony documents to be published in daily
newspapers. “Let the public know all those who had fake documents. Some young
men holding first-class qualifications were denied jobs by those holding fake
documents.” The new job opportunities totals to 64,456 including the 52,456
posts announced by Minister Kairuki in the Parliament when presenting her
ministry’s budget estimates for FY 2017/18.
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about " Stigma denial and Discrimination" associated with HIV/AIDS. This was organized by theAssociation of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT). On the Photo above President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, ( then the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony.This was at Maelezo auditorium in Dar-es-Salaam September 2005.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about "Vulnerable Children" associated with HIV/AIDS This was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT)
Winner of the National ICT Media Award organized By SWOPNET in the Country. On the photo above Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General ( Rt) Saidi Kalembo was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony which was held at New Sarvoy Hotel in morogoro town.I was awarded a Mobile phone and a tape-recorder.
I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
I was among the top 17 best selected students who excelled in their final examinations of the 2010/2011 academic year and awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s prize. I scored 4.5 GPA (First Class) in BA in Journalism. Above I am being given a certificate by the Chairman of the Open University of Tanzania Board of Senate. Standing at the centre facing camera is the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolly Mbwette. Extreme left partly hidden is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elifas Bisanda. This occasion took place during the convocation meeting, a day before the graduation day at the prospective permanent headquarter of the Open University of Tanzania which is currently under construction at Bungo-Kibaha in Coast region 40 kilometers away west of Dar es Salaam city.