September 7, 2017 / 9:44 AM / 10 months ago

Tanzania president orders officials to resign over diamond probe

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania’s President John Magufuli said on Thursday he had ordered a review of a contract belonging to Petra Diamonds Ltd in Tanzania and asked senior public officials to resign over the outcome of a probe into the sector.

FILE PHOTO: Tanzania's President John Magufuli addresses a news conference during his official visit to Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

“I have endorsed all the recommendations of the parliamentary probe committees for the review of the Williamson Diamond mine contract,” Magufuli said in a television broadcast, referring to a mine that Petra owns.

Magufuli said he had also ordered law enforcement agencies to investigate allegations of under-declared diamond exports.

Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; editing by George Obulutsa and Jason Neely

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