Magufuli orders HIV/AIDS day funds purchase ARVs, Independence celebration money renovate city highway

President Magufuli (L) his Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu (C) and Prime Minister Kasimu Majaliwa share a light moment at State House on Monday November 30th.

President Magufuli (L) his Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu (C) and Prime Minister Kasimu Majaliwa share a light moment at State House on Monday November 30th.

President John Magufuli of Tanzania has ordered funds that were originally set aside for the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations in December, be used to renovate a nearly 5-Km portion of Morocco-Mwenge highway in Dar es Salaam to tackle the city traffic jam problem.

The president last week announced there would be no festivities on December 9 calling on leaders and the population to clean their communities in an effort to fight the Cholera epidemic.

Now the state house says about $1.848 million (Tsh4billion) earmarked for Independence Day cerebrations will be diverted to finance the expansion work of the 4.6km stretch of Morocco-Mwenge highway.

“It is shameful for the country to spend huge sums of money on the cerebrations while people are dying of cholera, the president said in a statement delivered by Chief Secretary Ambassador Ombeni Sefue. “The president wants the day be used for cleanliness of everyone’s backyard,” Mr Sefue said last week.

According to 2013 study, Tanzania’s commercial capital loses roughly Tsh 441 billion annually due to road congestion.

Magufuli, who was the Works Minister until his election to the presidency has warned motorists in the East African nation that they are likely to lose over Tsh 1.2 trillion in the next three years pending uncompleted infrastructure projects; Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit and flyovers and a dozens of interchange roads.

According to a press statement issued by the President’s Directorate of Communications. Magufuli has instructed Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) to start expansion work on Moroco-Mwenge highway with immediate effect.

In a related development, President John Magufuli not done with his cost-cutting measures, he has now called his government’s plans to sponsor World AIDS day events Tuesday December 1 and ordered the original earmark be spent on purchasing life enhancing drugs for the 1.6 million Tanzanians living with the virus.

The new Tanzanian leader might be weeks in office but “Bulldozser” is already famous for his frugality.
Magufuli’s aforementioned austerity measures, coupled with his unorthodox decisions to suspend foreign travel by government officials, to cancel the government plans to purchase and send out Christmas and New Year cards, have inspired the viral hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo where thousands of Africans on Twitter sarcastically tweet about their day-day cost-cutting decisions.

“I Wanted to buy an iPhone then thought #WhatWouldMagufuliDo and here i am,” One Ule Vid tweeted Saturday posting a picture of an old motorolla mobile phone.