Tanzanian president appoints new government chief auditor


Tanzanian President John Magufuli appointed Charles Kichere new Controller and Auditor General (CAG) replacing Juma Assad, a statement by the presidency said on Sunday.

The statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said the appointment of the new CAG will become effective on Monday.

Before his new appointment, Kichere was Njombe region administrative secretary, a post he was given by President Magufuli after he had sacked him as Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

In June 2019, Magufuli sacked Kichere along with Joseph Kakunda, former Minister for Industry and Trade, a day after he had held a meeting with prominent businessmen from across the country who had complained about poor performance of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and TRA.

The sacking of Kichere and Kakunda came after Magufuli had criticized state-owned institutions for creating unfavorable business climate.

He said the existence of excessively complicated administrative procedures in government was one of the factors that discouraged sustainable growth of business activities.

He told the business people from all districts and regions across the country that the current bureaucracy in the government made it difficult for the business environment to flourish in the country.

Magufuli said the tax burden was another challenge, particularly in the tourism sector. Enditem

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