This is Africa: 'No more Christmas for Tanzania – Hapa Kazi tu!'
[December 10, 2015]
Last week #WhatWouldMagufuliDo was trending on twitter as people, inspired by the frugal and conscientious leadership of Tanzania’s new president, John Pompe Magufuli, created memes in which they forego expensive options for more economic ones.
In many ways it is another new dawn for Tanzania, reminiscent of the days of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s founding president, a man famed for his spendthrift ways and his idealism. On October 25, 2015, Magufuli was announced the 5th President of the United Republic of Tanzania. The announcement was received with excitement by many Tanzanians. There was, to be sure, grumbling. Edward Lowassa, who carried the banner for the opposition coalition, UKAWA, claimed the polls had been stolen.
Magufuli’s win was accompanied by a first: Tanzania got their first female vice president, Hon. Samiha Suluhu. One month since his election, people’s sentiments towards him have changed, even those who didn’t vote for him. Magufuli has kick-started his term by making radical changes in the way things are done by the government.
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