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Tanzania splits energy and mining ministry

Tanzania’s energy and minerals ministry has been split into two, five months after sacking of the minister.

The development comes after two presidential committees recommended the move, to tighten supervision of natural resources in Tanzania.

President John Magufuli fired Sospeter Muhongo in May after an investigation into possible undeclared exports by mining companies.

Several senior officials resigned or were fired after allegations of impropriety in Tanzania’s mining sector.

The president appointed Angellah Kairuki as the new mining minister, the 41-year-old lawyer by training previously served as minister of state in the president’s office responsible for public service management and good governance.

Medard Kalemani, 41, has been promoted from deputy energy and minerals minister to lead the new energy ministry.

He has worked for the ministry for more than a decade, previously as its legal affairs director.

The country passed new laws in July to increase mining taxes, to force companies to re-negotiate their contracts and to allow the state to own up to 50 percent of mining firms.

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