Tanzania’s new president sacks hospital chief after surprise inspection

Dar es Salaam – Tanzania’s new President, John Magufuli, has sacked the head of the main state hospital after finding patients sleeping on the floor during a surprise visit.

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Ombeni Sefue, Chief Secretary at the President’s Office, said on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam that the president also dissolved the governing board of Muhimbili National Hospital after discovering the main scanning and diagnostic machines were not working.

Sefue said the president was trying to send a message that times had changed and it is no longer business as usual.

“It’s all about delivery; the government has to deliver for the people,’’ Sefue said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

Magufuli took over last week from former president Jakaya Kikwete, who stepped down after two terms in office.

Magufuli’s ruling CCM party had been under increasing pressure to tackle rampant corruption and ensure economic growth trickles down to the poor.

Sefue said the new president had already ordered restrictions on foreign travel by government officials and cuts in tax exemptions, signalling the start of fiscal belt-tightening measures.

Magufuli, called the “bulldozer’’ by his supporters for building desperately needed roads across the country during his previous post as cabinet minister, has pledged to introduce measures to end government excesses and boost revenue collection.

He has also promised to create a special court to oversee all cases relating to corruption which investors have said is one of the main obstacles to business in the East African country. (Reuters/NAN)

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