President John Magufuli

The president of Tanzania, John Magufuli has sacked about 10,000 civil servants and ordered that their April salaries be withheld after they were found to have forged high school and university certificates.

Magufuli, elected in 2015, has embarked on an aggressive anti-corruption crusade in the country where graft is considered to be a major hindrance to private sector investments.

He also ordered that the names of the 9,932 affected workers with falsified academic certificates be publicized to name and shame the perpetrators whom he described as “thieves that should face the full force of the law.”

The audit into Tanzania’s civil service files also revealed that 1,538 academic records were being used by more than one official, while 11,596 staff had incomplete academic records.

In March last year, the government of Tanzania purged its payroll of 19,700 “ghost workers” who had cost the government $107m annually.