Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired one of his ministers for turning up drunk for a parliamentary session.
Guardian reports that the country’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced Saturday that minister of interior, Charles Kitwanga, has been relieved of his duties for not being lucid enough in a meeting.
“The president has revoked the appointment of Home Affairs Minister Charles Kitwanga following reports that he was drunk in parliament and failed to respond properly to questions,” Majaliwa told state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting corporation (TBC).
“Ministers and other civil servants must always display utmost integrity,” Majaliwa said.
While the parliamentary session in question was not mentioned, the minister’s ejection is in keeping with Magufuli’s “bulldozer” reputation.
Since assuming office last October, the leader of the East African nation has scrapped a number of ministerial foreign visits he deemed unnecessary and also cracked down on government entertainment budgets.
He notably called off annual festivities to mark independence last december, a traditionally sumptuous affair, saying it would be “shameful” to spend money on a party in the wake of a cholera outbreak which claimed dozens of lives.
The Draconian Magufuli is reportedly probing stories of phantom civil servants, or ghost workers, with a bloated public sector fuelling widespread payroll scam in the country.