Tanzanian authorities on Friday announced termination of a controversial contract with Rom Solutions Limited, a Romanian firm over the procurement of firefighting and rescue equipment worth 408 million euros (about 452 million U.S. dollars).

In January 2020, President John Magufuli sacked the Minister for Home Affairs Kangi Lugola and the Commissioner General of the Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force Thobias Andengenye, for overseeing what he described as a dubious contract.

Magufuli ordered the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) to investigate officials behind the deal.

George Simbachawene, the Minister for Home Affairs who replaced Lugola shortly after he was sacked, said on Friday the government terminated the contract on February 12 after learning that the “contract was not beneficial to the government.”

“The Commissioner General for Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force who signed the contract had no authority to do so,” Simbachawene told a news conference in the capital Dodoma. Enditem

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