Magufuli Marks 100 Days in Office As Tanzania President

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Tanzania President John Magufuli continues to make headlines after marking 100 days in office as the county’s latest president.

The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) leader was something of an unknown before he secured his place as the party’s presidential candidate. But Magufuli surprised many with his hardline talk throughout the campaign process; even more so when his actions followed suit in the early months after his election victory.

 

The ‘Bulldozer’ shaking up Tanzanian politics

The Tanzanian President earnt himself the nickname “Bulldozer” long before securing his role as the nation’s leader. As interior minister, he became known as a man who made things happen, but few would have predicted the impact he made within a few days of being sworn in as president.

His first move was to ban all overseas travel for civil servants that wasn’t first approved by the government. He then cancelled the traditional Independence Day celebrations and cut the budget for a state banquet that marks the official opening of parliament. And, come Christmas, he banned government officials from sending cards – each move a part of his efforts to cut public spending in the country.

 

100 days of #whatwouldmagufulido

Magufuli’s fight against officials dipping into public funds and graft in the country quickly became a trending topic. The hashtag #whatwouldmagufulido is a collection of praise and satire of the work Magufuli has done since coming into power.

i wanted a big cake for my wedding but then i asked myself, #whatwouldmagufulido

Posted by Eddy Dasilva Sebumba on Thursday, 26 November 2015

However, the impact Tanzania’s latest president has made isn’t being taken lightly.

“In just 100 days, President Magufuli has managed to control government expenditure, has addressed mismanagement of public funds and graft and increased revenue collections, which has been directed to providing public services such as free education, improved health service and the judiciary system,” said Dar es Salaam’s Regional Sheikh, Alhad Mussa Salum.