Medard Kalemani was sacked on Monday by President Samia Suluhu

Tanzanian President has sacked the country’s Minister for Energy, Medard Kalemani, replacing him with a former Deputy Minister for Environment who was sacked by the late President John Magafuli.

Her Excellency Samia Suluhu, on Monday, sacked Medard Kalemani as Minister for Energy in a cabinet reshuffle.

She immediately appointed Mr January Makamba as the substantive Minister for Energy.

The former Deputy Environment Minister, January Makamba was sacked from the government in 2019 and forced to apologise to then-President John Magufuli, who later died in March this year.

Mr Magufuli had accused Makamba of criticising him during telephone conversations with other members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party and threatened to expel him unless he apologised.

Magufuli, nicknamed ‘the bulldozer’ for his authoritarian leadership, made no secret of the fact that he eavesdropped on the telephone conversations of members of his government.

Makamba, whose father was a former Secretary-General of the CCM, had challenged Magufuli for the party’s 2015 presidential nomination but lost in the contest.

The Ministry of Energy is currently overseeing the construction of a controversial hydropower dam project in the Selous Game Reserve and is strategically vital to Tanzania, which has significant natural gas reserves.

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