‘I have sacrificed for my country’- President Magufuli
Tanzanian President, John Magufuli said on Saturday that he is sacrificing himself and his government to transform the country from abject poverty.
According to the president his prime target is to make Tanzania an example in Africa and if the globe if necessary.
The president told the Dar es Salaam Elders’ Council that the new changes will directly benefit the people and that he has no other option but to fulfill national interests. He said in any transitional action, fewer people especially the rich normally concerned but not the poor.
The president said Tanzania has abundant wealth but school children continue to sit on the floor, mothers sleep on floors and corridors and other Tanzanians cannot afford daily meals.
“This is completely unacceptable. My government and I have decided to sacrifice and we want your continued prayers for us to realize our ambitious target of bringing true change,” he said in a televised address.
He said majority of rich people in Tanzania are not concerned about the situation because they obtained their wealth illegally. “They have exploited the poor for all these years and we’re ready to deal with them as well,” he vowed.
The president cited a recent visit by the prime minister at the port of Dar Es Salaam which unearthed a scam where state co-owned oil dealers Oryx and Puma had not been measuring all imported oil in the local market for over five years.
He said the malpractice has led to loss of billions of Tanzanian shillings in revenue collection as well as the mushrooming petrol stations across the city.
“The money would have been used to construct several fly-overs or purchase enough beds for all admitted patients in public hospitals,” Magufuli observed.
The president also said that his recent random visit to Muhimbili National Hospital exposed the pathetic conditions of the health facility where dozens of mothers are sleeping on wet and filthy floors due to lack of a maternity ward which has been under construction since the 1980s.
The president issued a two-day ultimatum to the hospital executives to vacate the administration block to accommodate mothers in despair.
Meanwhile, President Mugufuli also ordered the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure to pay a visit to the lake zone, where he discovered that Bariadi District Council had spent over TzSh9bn to construct a 4.5km-long road.
The money according to the President would have facilitated construction of a 22km road in the district.
“You wonder how the district commissioner, district executive and the district engineer were all silent about this … we will make sure such kind of leaders have no space in my administration,” he warned.
Welcoming the President Dar es Salaam Elder Council Chairman Hamad Mkali said the elders were satisfied with the performance of the government in its first 100 days in power.
Mkali urged the general public to offer the best cooperation to the president including prayers as he embarks on the implementation of his transformational agenda.