ARUSHA (TANZANIA), Tanzanian President John Magufuli said the government will recruit 3,000 junior army officers to enhance service efficiency of the Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF) in the east African nation.
He announced the new employment in Arusha at the commissioning ceremony of 422 officer cadets at the Tanzania Military Academy.
"In our quest of striving to improve the military and its services, we have created 3,000 vacancies in the army this year. Those who have served in the National Service will be our top priority," said President Magufuli.
Apart from the vacancies in the military, the government will also employ 50,000 public servants this financial year, he said.
The increasing government job vacancies arises from the recent purge of "ghost workers" and those with contestable certificates, along with dividend of cost-cutting measures initiated by his government which he said had saved 600 million U.S. dollars.
Magufuli commended TPDF efforts in maintaining peace and security in the country and in several missions abroad.
"TPDF missions in war-torn countries are clear testimony of its astuteness and readiness to maintain peace and security outside our borders," he said. "Your vigilance and readiness in protecting peace and security is commendable, every Tanzanian is proud of you."
Tanzania, through TPDF, is taking part in United Nations peacekeeping missions in Darfur of Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Lebanon.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK