Tanzania: Magufuli bans foreign travel for top government officials

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS: President Magufuli chairing his maiden 'cabinet' meeting

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS: President Magufuli chairing his maiden ‘cabinet’ meeting

The newly elected President of Tanzania, John Magufuli has ordered government ministers, and top ministry officials not to travel abroad for any government business and instructed them to go to local communities and consult with the people about their concerns and priorities.

Magufuli who was sworn in Thursday met with all current ministers and senior government officials including the Commissioner of revenue authority and the governor of the Central Bank, Saturday at State House in Dodoma and urged them embark on a countrywide fact-finding mission.
“I want the government to implement in full-force the idea of just work (#HapaKaziTu),” the president told his officials.

Magufuli, who had been serving as Tanzania’s minister of works stressed the importance of fulfilling his campaign pledges.

During Saturday’s meeting, the president tasked the commissioner of revenue to sort out issues regarding taxation and also directed officials at the ministry of education to start working on the introduction of free education from grade one to form four.

At least 86 percent of university students did not access school loans due to budget constraints in the High Education Student’s Loan Board (HESLB).

John Magufuli, 56, of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) won the October 25 presidential poll by over 58% of the vote defeating his rival Edward Lowassa, of Chadema, and opposition coalition UKAWA.
He is due to form his cabinet in 10 days.