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Tanzanian official sacked over social media posts

Wednesday August 24, 2022

A Tanzanian government employee has been sacked for opposing the introduction of charges for mobile money transfers on social media.

Jonas Afumwisye, a regional manager for Tanzania Railways Corporation, confirmed that he has received a sacking letter and would appeal to the Public Service Commission, The Citizen newspaper reports.

The letter stated that he had gone against the Public Service Act of 2003.

It's unclear which platform the official used as the sacking letter just referred to social media.

Mr Afumwisye is also accused of opposing the government's vaccination efforts and defaming President Samia Suluhu in his social media posts.

Trade union boss Tumaini Nyamhokya said they oppose the dismissal of the worker because he had a right to express his opinion, The Citizen newspaper reports.

Tanzania has in the past been criticised for declining freedoms and cracking down on government critics.


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