Magufuli’s Reformist Drive Takes an Autocratic Turn in Tanzania

A Tanzanian woman walks past a billboard for then-presidential candidate John Magufuli, Dar es Salaam, Oct. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Khalfan Said).
A Tanzanian woman walks past a billboard for then-presidential candidate John Magufuli, Dar es Salaam, Oct. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Khalfan Said).
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After winning elections a year ago, Tanzania’s new president, John Magufuli, quickly lived up to the nickname he acquired while he was the minister of works, “the Bulldozer.” He launched investigations against corruption that led to the sacking of senior officials in the Tanzania Revenue Authority, the Dar es Salaam Ports Authority and the head of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau, among others. He sought to introduce a note of austerity within government, canceling expensive Independence Day celebrations and banning government officials from making unnecessary foreign trips. He was photographed picking up litter outside State House, the president’s […]

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