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    Social media posts caused a Tanzanian official’s dismissal

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    An employee of the Tanzanian government who opposed the implementation of fees for mobile money transfers on social media was fired.

    Regional manager for Tanzania Railways Corporation Jonas Afumwisye acknowledged receiving a notice of termination and vowed to appeal to the Public Service Commission, according to The Citizen newspaper.

    According to the letter, he had violated the Public Service Act of 2003.

    Since the notice of dismissal only mentioned social media, it is unclear which network the official used.

    Additionally, Mr. Afumwisye is charged with disparaging President Samia Suluhu in his social media posts and criticizing the government’s vaccination initiatives.

    According to Tumaini Nyamhokya, the head of the trade union, they are opposed to the employee’s termination since he had a right to share his viewpoint, according to The Citizen newspaper.

    Tanzania has already come under fire for reducing liberties and repressing opposition figures.

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