Tanzania announces 15,000 job vacancies

Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli. PHOTO AFP | DANIEL HAYDUK
Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli. PHOTO AFP | DANIEL HAYDUK  

A senior official with the Tanzanian government yesterday announced 15,000 new job vacancies, coming just days after President John Magufuli sacked nearly 10,000 government workers.

Laurian Ndumbaro, the Permanent Secretary in the President's Office responsible for Public Service and Good Governance, said the State will employ the new workers by the end of June this year.

"The government is aware that there are areas that have been affected by the recent sacking of more than 9,000 civil servants," Ndumbaro told a news conference in the political capital Dodoma.

He asked affected institutions to submit their employment requirements as soon as possible.

Last week, Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacked 9,932 public servants found with fake academic certificates after conclusion of verification process of their academic qualifications.

He fired them shortly after he received a report of their academic qualifications, ordering that April salaries for the sacked public workers be withheld.

Magufuli directed Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa that posts which were held by the 9,000-plus unqualified public servants should be advertised immediately.

The president also directed that other civil servants whose certificates have been found with discrepancies be prosecuted in courts of law.

He said the crackdown on fake academic certificates for public workers will complement an earlier exercise by the government to identify phantom employees.

In May last year, Tanzania removed more than 10,000 ghost workers from its public sector payroll after a countrywide audit.