Tanzania's Magufuli sacks officials for forgeting road budget

DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked two public officials after scolding one of them on live TV.

He had asked the two municipal directors what their budget was for road construction in their districts.

Neither could recall on the spot, and a few hours later both officials were sacked. No reason was given.

President Magufuli's critics say he is becoming increasingly authoritarian. But many have praised the president for his no-nonsense style.

His nickname is "the Bulldozer".

The president was attending a ceremony in the northern town of Bukoba when the incident happened on Monday.

A 30-second clip of the exchange - all in Swahili - shows him asking Mwantum Kitwana Dau to state how much money had been set aside for a road fund.

When she couldn't remember, the president scolded her. According to one account, Ms Dau said that she oversees many departments and could not immediately recall the exact budget allocated for road projects.

Comments (8)

what a wonderful president Tanzania have kurega zvedu hatingatauri

Magufulike - 8 November 2017

Much love and respect for the President of Tanzania. Much needed real leadership and house cleaning procedures. Corrupt and former corrupt African leaders need to be put on notice. Africa is for Africans. Not for just African leaders. But for the indigenous black African people first Keep up the good work.

Piankhi Ptah Atum Rayay - 16 November 2017

old news DN !!?

ace mukadota - 23 November 2017

While he has done many wonderful things for his country, I think he needs to be realistic in his dealings. I think its grossly unfair to sack someone for failing to recall an amount allocated for one of many operations. A simple rebuke would have been enough. He is now playing to the gallery. He needs to take it easy at times. He must not be overzealous, I don't think he would be able to recall every detail in his office files if he were asked about them. Let him continue like this and we will see where he will be by the end of his term. Its not necessary to behave like an overzealous headmaster. Its just my opinion.

MuZimbah - 26 November 2017

I agree with you muZimbah. As much as he need s to be firm he also needs to be fair. Such random and drastic action could have been good on his first days just to send the message but now it has to be transformed into proper systems. So I am hoping that he also has been working to install proper systems and institutions in place - a police force that is functional and less corrupt, a judiciary system etc etc. Otherwise random actions like this would be akin to autocracy.

GTC - 3 December 2017

It depends on the magnitude of the Road project, its like asking the current minister of transport the budget of the Beitbridge chirundu highway and the ministers says , " i dont know, i oversee many projects".

Chibaba - 11 December 2017

I agree with you Chibaba. No one must sleep on duty. The message he sent in the early days was not taken serious by this lady. We need such culture across Africa.

Matandamavi - 24 December 2017

I think the president is petty and has lost focus of his main mandate and because of that the country has plunged into foreign exchange crisis. by the time TZ realizes it they will be like Angola and other countries I wont mention.

Hubia - 16 January 2018

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