Tanzania's President Magufuli 'to slash' civil servant salaries

DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised to slash the salaries of senior civil servants, cutting the top wage threshold by almost two-thirds.

He told supporters that it was shameful that some top officials were earning $18,000 (£13,000) a month, while others were paid as little as $140.

Officials not ready to accept the new $7,000 monthly wage limit should "start looking for alternative jobs", he said.

Mr Magufuli has promised to cut wasteful public expenditure in office.

He has announced a range of cost-cutting measures since coming to power last October, including cancelling official celebrations for independence day.

The changes would come into effect in time for the start of the next financial year, which starts on 1 July, the president said.

He likened the gulf in wages to a few "angels residing in heaven", while the majority "languished as if they were in hell", Tanzania's The Citizen newspaper quotes him as saying.

Comments (6)

At last, an African president without degrees in violence but full of common practical sense. With our "learned' idiots here, tanyara maningi! This is a president I can admire and call a hero not the plentiful mercenaries we have.

Sagitarr - 31 March 2016

uyu munhu uyu kwete vamwe.

saul - 7 April 2016

if only our leaders wld learn frm this tanzanian

charles mutoro - 8 April 2016

if only our leaders wld learn frm this tanzanian

charles mutoro - 8 April 2016

this is one in a million african president who cares about equality of his people.

shuto - 20 April 2016

the move is promising. no brain Tanzanian has which will slip by salary slash to equality or balancing the have and have not. thank u

basila - 29 May 2016

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