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Tanzania’s new female president is fast gaining a no-nonsense reputation as a tough customer against graft, picking up from where her late predecessor John Pembe Magufuli has left off.

One of Samia Suluhu Hassan’s first major decisions since being sworn into office in March to complete the remainder of Magufuli’s second five-year term has been to wield the axe against those in her government suspected of corruption and the mismanagement of funds in state institutions.

Those who know her personally say her soft-spoken nature belies a tough interior.

In a speech late last month, the 61-year old Suluhu known affectionately as Mama, put this soft-spoken and gentle mien to one side and riled against corruption which in the opinion of many Tanzanians nibbled at the system despite Magufuli’s muscular stance against the practice.

She was receiving a damning report from the Controller and Auditor General’s office fingering draft in the Tanzania Ports Authority.

Soon after heads began to roll as Suluhu true to her words of reining in corruption wielded the axe.

One of the first to fall was TPA senior engineer Deusdedit Kakoko who was incriminated over the gross mismanagement of of the port’s finances.

Suluhu is reportedly very angry that expressed over KSh 160 million of the taxpayers’ money had gone missing from the port’s coffers, apparently unaccounted for.

A day after appointing Thobias Mwesiga as director-general of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) on April 5th, she revoked his appointment.

Tanzania’s sixth and first female president also took swift action when an audit report on the Tourism ministry covering the 2019/2020 financial year suggested that TSh 34.98 billion allocated to the Tourism Development Levy Fund had been misused.

The director-general of the Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB), Devotha Mdachi has since been suspended, pending further investigations into her alleged role in the missing monies at the agency.

With these moves, perhaps President Samia Suluhu Hassan is already answering questions by observers on whether she was wearing Magufuli’s shoes and looking for new ones.

For all his traits, Magufuli was reputed as a fierce fighter of corruption. One analyst said like her predecessor, East Africa’s first female president “can’t be in the same room with the corrupt.”

If this is anything to go by, those in key positions in Tanzania under her watch may be bracing up for “long, sleepless nights”.

Already she is receiving approbation from the public. Backing her declared war on corruption, Lusho Ayi wrote: “Thumbs up Mama, show them that even a woman can run a corrupt-free nation.”  Suzan O /APA

Alexander Britton, PA

A 34-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a millionaire hotelier. Police said Sir Richard Sutton, who owned a string of top hotels in London, died on Wednesday during an incident at a property near Gillingham, Dorset.

Officers said a woman in her 60s was seriously injured in the incident and was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where she remains in a critical condition.

A spokesman for Sir Richard Sutton Ltd said the woman is Anne Schreiber, who was “a hugely important part of Sir Richard’s life” having cared for him for a “long period”, and wished her “a swift and full recovery”. 

Thomas Schreiber, from the Gillingham area, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous driving and is due before magistrates in Poole on Monday.

The spokesman added: “Though separated, Sir Richard also remained on good terms with his wife, Lady Fiamma, and very close to their children, who are mourning the loss of a devoted father.

“Employees across the group have been united in their shock at what has happened and will need time to come to terms with the loss of such an influential figure.”

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts remain with the victims’ family and all of those affected by this terrible incident.

“Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service.

“As a result, Dorset Police have been authorised to formally charge Thomas Schreiber with the murder of Sir Richard, attempted murder of the injured woman and dangerous driving.”

Sir Richard was listed at number 435 in the Sunday Times Rich List last year with an estimated family fortune of £301 million – a rise of £83 million on the previous year.

The guide says Sir Richard’s company owns London hotels the Sheraton Grand Park Lane and the Athenaeum, plus three smaller venues.

He had an extensive property and farming portfolio, including the 6,500-acre Benham Estate in West Berkshire and the Stainton Estate in Lincolnshire.  Yahoo News


Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Rwandan President Paul Kagame during a press briefing in Kigali Kigali on July 23, 2018. Representatives of both the Rwandan and Chinese governments have denied claims that 18 Chinese nationals were deported from Rwanda. Photo AFP / Simon Maina


Posts claiming that Rwandan President Paul Kagame ordered the deportation of 18 Chinese nationals for mistreating local workers have resurfaced online. AFP Fact Check debunked the same claim in 2020 and found no evidence backing up the allegations. To this day,  there is still no public record of such an order and representatives of both the Rwandan and Chinese governments have confirmed the incident never happened.

"You can't eat from Africa and you disrespect us...Africa is a people Continent that allows everybody to stay peacefully but won't accept any form of slavery again',” reads a Facebook post published on April 1, 2021, claiming to quote Kagame.

The post has since been shared more than 500 times.

The claim was also shared in Facebook posts here and here.

The same claim circulated last year on a Facebook page called "CNN Zambia". AFP Fact Check found it to be an imposter account pretending to belong to US news channel CNN.

There are no news reports or any other traces of the alleged deportation of Chinese nationals from Rwanda as per orders issued by Kagame.

His spokeswoman Yolande Makolo dismissed the claims as “fake news”.

"We would like to inform you that no such thing happened. It is fake news,” she told AFP Fact Check in an email on April 8, 2021.

The Chinese embassy in Kigali also said it was not aware of any deportation of its nationals.

“The Chinese embassy in Rwanda hasn’t heard about any of the deportation mentioned in the link. This piece of news is again fabricated, and full of misinformation. China and Rwanda are committed to deepen their bilateral cooperation, and bring more benefits to the Chinese and Rwandan people,” it said in an email sent to AFP Fact Check on April 8, 2021.

Reports of Chinese nationals mistreating local workers in Africa are not new. In February 2020, Kenya’s interior minister ordered the deportation of four Chinese nationals who were accused of assaulting a Kenyan restaurant worker. The scene, which was captured on video, caused outrage on social media. - Mary Kulundu, AFP Kenya/Fact Check

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