Tanzania’s President Magufuli fires 10,000 workers for possessing fake academic certificates
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked around 10,000 civil servants for being in possession of fake academic certificates.
The president ordered that those affected leave their work stations by May 15 or else they would face arrest and prosecution.
The 10,000 servants account for just over two percent of the East African nation’s civil servants.
They also face the risk of facing prosecution if found guilty of fraud, a charge that could earn them up to seven years in jail.
The investigation only looked into secondary school qualifications of officials in local government, public institutions and government agencies and has not examined university degree certificates.
President Magufuli’s administration has been on a path to reduce government expenditure. Last year, the president banned needless travels abroad by government officials.
Since becoming President in November 2015, Magufuli has visited only four countries, allin East Africa; Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.