Tanzania President John Magufuli sacked the Chairman of Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and dissolved the board for reasons yet to be officially communicated.
This is the second time President Magufuli, fondly nicknamed “bulldozer” for his anti-graft sentiment is shaking the tax man, just a year in office.
In a State House statement, the bulldozer sacked TRA Board chairman Bernard Mchomvu and appointed Charles Kichere, a former Finance and chief accountant of Tanzania Roads Agency as TRA deputy commissioner general. The Board chair position is still vacant.
On November 5, 2015, barely a month in office, Magufuli fired TRA Commissioner General Rished Bade and his deputy, Lusekelo Mwaseba, on allegations that importers evaded about TSh80 billion in tax on 349 containers that were irregularly cleared at Dar es Salaam Port.