The World Bank has praised the African country Tanzania’s fiscal growth, calling it one of the continent’s bright spots. The country’s President, John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, attracted headlines after cracking down on corruption and inefficiency, and he he hopes more investment will soon follow.
The World Bank has praised President Magufuli’s anti-corruption crusade. Now, the nation is looking towards the future. There are plans for a new port and a bid for a cross-country oil pipeline, among other projects.
After sweeping to victory in October 2015, Magufuli has embarked on a remorseless purge of corruption – an issue that has plagued the East African state. The Bulldozer was as good as his word. In the weeks and months since taking office, he has declared war on corruption and waste, including:
– Slashing the cabinet from 30 to 19 posts, merging some ministries and dispensing with others.
– Firing tainted officials such as Ports Authority Director General Awadhi Massawef and anti-corruption chief Edward Hoseah.
– Banning inessential foreign travel for politicians, and business class flights for all but the most senior figures.
– Personally visiting ministries to ensure that staff are at their desks.
– Cracking down on lavish state events.
He even banned independence day celebrations in favor of leading a street cleaning campaign to address the nation’s cholera outbreak.
Elected as the President of Tanzania, in office since 2015, Magufuli was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010, and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015.
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