DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania

Tanzania’s president sacked Thursday the country’s interior minister after ministry officials signed a controversial contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars with a Romania-based company without the approval of parliament and the Finance Ministry.

Besides former Minister Kangi Lugola, President John Magufuli also sacked the ministry’s permanent secretary, Jacob Kingu, and the commissioner for fire and rescue force, Thobias Andengenye, who had personally signed the £408 million ($535 million) contract.

In office since 2015, Magufuli has sought to tackle corruption and inefficiency in the government. He has sacked several senior government officials for graft and cut

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