Tanzanian regulatory board dissolved, head suspended

29 Apr 2016

President of Tanzania John Magufuli has dissolved the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) board and suspended its Director General, Dr Ally Yahya Simba, for failing to implement the Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring System (TTMS), reports DailyNews.co.tz. The decision followed a meeting involving the Communications Ministry, the Ministry of Finance & Planning and Tanzania’s anti-corruption bureau (PCCB) which concluded that the failure to implement the TTMS system was costing the government around TZS400 billion (USD179 million) in lost telecoms revenues per year. President Magufuli also instructed ICT Minister Makame Mbarawa to appoint an Acting Director General for the TCRA immediately, and urged the relevant authorities to ensure that the delayed local calls revenue collection system could commence operations as soon as possible. The President stressed: ‘Make sure that you take action immediately. I want us to properly collect revenue. I will not hesitate to take appropriate action against anyone who will hinder the process.’