New Tanzania President Vows to Fight Corruption, Curbs Tax Exemptions and Travel For Officials

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Tanzania’s new president John Magufuli has vowed to fight against graft and corruption in the country.

The newly elected leader has promised to create a dedicated court to oversee all cases related to corruption and has vowed to take a zero-tolerance stance of graft. The president has also ordered a curb on tax exemptions and restrictions on foreign travel by government officials.

 

Magufuli’s economic shake up

Magufuli has vowed to double the east African nation’s monthly revenue income over the next five years. He has also promised to create more jobs and reinforce economic growth in the country, following an ambitious election campaign.

Among his first moves has been a travel ban on government officials, who will now need to seek clearance to travel outside the country. Officials have been widely criticised for making unnecessary trips – typically in business or first  class – at the expense of taxpayers’ money.

The president instead has ordered officials to concentrate on visiting rural areas in Tanzania to address domestic issues first.

 

Free school for all Tanzanians

The belt-tightening measures implemented by the president are part of the government’s plan to offer free primary and secondary education to all children in the country, as of January next year.

The plans have been well received by the public, although many feel more needs to be done to improve the standard of education – something expansion could compromise.

Another one of Magufuli’s key battles – if he wants to meet his economic target – will be taming corruption and graft in the nation’s government. Corruption has long been considered a major restriction on economic development in Tanzania, driving up the costs of doing business in the country.

The new president will soon announce his cabinet ministers and all eyes will be on his appointments. Opposition members will be quick to point out the hollow claims in Magufuli’s election campaign if he fails to appoint ministers who can boast a career free of corruption.

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.