President Sacks Information Minister

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has sacked the country’s information minister, the first cabinet change since taking office in late 2015.

Magufuli, nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for his strict leadership style, launched a reform drive soon after he was elected by dismissing dozens of senior public officials over allegations of corruption and inefficiency.

The president removed Nape Nnauye as the country’s Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports just days after the minister ordered a probe into an alleged raid on a private television station by a senior government official on March 17.

Harrison Mwakyembe was appointed information minister while Palamagamba Kabudi was named justice and constitutional affairs minister, the portfolio previously held by Mwakyembe.

No reason was given for the cabinet changes, but some analysts said there were reports of friction among some government officials over Magufuli’s strict leadership style.

On Thursday, police officers prevented Nnauye from holding a planned press conference at a Dar es Salaam hotel after his sacking.

“I don’t expect to see any major rift that could affect the performance of the government as a result of conflicts between some government officials,” Benson Bans, a Dar es Salaam-based political analyst told Reuters.

“Recent opinion polls give Magufuli an approval rating of over 80 per cent so he is still very popular among Tanzanians and has a mandate to push through his reforms.”

US Says It Killed ISIS Information Minister Al-Fayad

The Pentagon says a US air strike has killed one of so-called Islamic State’s most senior leaders, Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, in Syria.

Also known as “Dr Wa’il”, he was minister of information for IS, and oversaw the production of propaganda videos showing executions.

The Pentagon said the strike had taken place near Raqqa on 7 September.

Fayad was a close associate of IS strategist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who was killed in an air strike last month.

“The removal of ISIL’s senior leaders degrades its ability to retain territory, and its ability to plan, finance, and direct attacks inside and outside of the region,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, using an alternative name for IS.

“We will continue to work with our coalition partners to build momentum in the campaign to deal ISIL a lasting defeat.”

Mr Cook said Fayad had also been a member of the IS leadership group, the Shura Council.

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Information Minister Seeks Support Of Police For Media Houses

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, is seeking the support of the police to provide security for media houses.

Speaking with Members of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja, Mr Mohammed said the initiative will help ensure that media houses run effectively without interference from criminally minded persons.

He appealed to broadcast organizations to join in the campaign against insecurity in the country.

He added that the spate of insecurity in the country and how to tackle it headlong is what informed this meeting.

Top officials of the broadcast houses freely express their minds on issues that affect them and how the campaign against terrorism can be sustained.

Mr Mohammed responded to their questions but called for a synergy between the Ministry and the Nigerian Police in providing adequate security for broadcast organizations.

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