The legacies of late President John Magufuli of Tanzania

Late John Magufuli of Tanzania, who died at the age of 61left many legacies during his lifetime as the President of the East African country.

In fact, it is on record that he succeeded in making Tanzania a middle income country.

Below are some of the bold steps he took as President of Tanzania.

A loan of $10 billion from China was rejected by him.

He completely avoided going on any state trips outside Africa.

His cabinet’s size was reduced from 30 to 19.

Government officials were banned from foreign trips and also abolished their tax exemptions.

Salaries of top Government officials were also reduced.

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The late President accused a UK company, Acacia Mining of illegal mining and ordered them to pay $193 billion for undervaluing Tanzania’s gold exports.  

Over 250 containers of theirs were seized at Dar es Salaam port.

Magufuli made them pay $300 million and gave Tanzania 16% ownership in 3 of their mines in the country.

He introduced free education in government schools in 2016. He acquired 6 Air Tanzania planes, expanded Terminal III of Julius Nyerere International Airport.

He built Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway, Mfugale Flyover, Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station, Ubungo Interchange, Dr. Magufuli built Selander Bridge, Kigongo-Busisi Bridge, Huduma Bora Za afya, Vituo Bora Za Afya, expanded Port of Dar es Salaam, Dodoma Bus Terminal, an LNG plant, a water project, a wind farm project, Uhuru Hospital project, a gold refinery plant, and Magufuli Bus Terminal.

Magufuli was able to excell in infrastructure and financial affairs. 

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He was also faced with numerous accusations of human rights abuses and depression of the opposition. He also banned explicit images or videos online.

Many describe him as a true son of Africa.

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