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Dr Magufuli told journalist at State lodge Masaka that corruption had partly persisted in Tanzania because the past leadership did not face it squarely. He spoke in Swahili.
10 Nov 2017 23:27
Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic Of Tanzania inspecting a guard of Honor in Uganda at the beginning of his visit to Uganda

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Tanzanian President Dr John Pombe Magufuli says corruption cannot be fought successfully without the involvement of the general public. He, however, hastened to add that it also needs decisive action from the top leadership in the country.

Magufuli's intolerance for corruption has won him attention and admiration within East Africa and worldwide two years after he took office as President of Tanzania. Dr Magufuli told journalist at State lodge Masaka that corruption had partly persisted in Tanzania because the past leadership did not face it squarely.  He spoke in Swahili.

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That is Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli saying that when he took office in November 2017, he immediately slapped a ban on foreign travels by government officers and Ministers and that any travel would have to be sanctioned by a permit from him.

Dr Magufuli said he has personally limited his travels abroad as an example to his ministers and public servants.

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He said fighting corruption also requires direction and determination by the top leadership like the Presidency and it also requires the leader to enforce it. The press conference almost turned into an anti-corruption lecture as Dr Magufuli outlined what his leadership has done in fighting corruption.

President Yoweri Museveni was attentively listening while some government officers present would occasionally clap and stamp their feet on the ground as Magufuli went on outlining some of the benefits from his intolerance against corruption and corrupt officers.

He said the money saved from purging the government of ghost workers, restricted travels abroad and other anti-corruption initiatives has been used to increase the country's development budget from 26 percent to 40 percent.

Magufuli said it is from such savings that the government of Tanzania is funding its 726 kilometer Standard Gauge Railway at a cost of 7.1 trillion Tanzanian shillings.

President Yoweri Museveni in April vowed that all people involved in corruption if caught will be exposed and dealt with according to the law. The threat was made after the arrest of the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations Herbert Kabafunzaki. He said Kabafunzaki's arrest was is just a taste of what is to come.

Museveni has however not arrested or sacked more corrupt persons in government compared to what his visiting counterpart is doing in Tanzania. Museveni personally admitted and congratulated Dr Magufuli for being intolerant to the corrupt.

Museveni said Magufuli is succeeding in the war on corruption because he is not entertaining bureaucratic methods when dealing with the corrupt.

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Dr Magufuli, however, says corruption is yet to be eliminated from Tanzania but he said it is being fought heavily.

One of the journalists at the Press conference seemingly angered the Tanzanian leader when he asked whether Magufuli's fight against corruption was not violating the rights of those that have been summarily sacked over alleged corruption.

Magufuli said the government has to choose whether to continue with human rights or continue with corruption.

President Yoweri Museveni observed that the corrupt are abusing the majority of the citizens.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a report last year observed that corrupt behaviour can distort the allocation of funding within health and education systems.

It said in in the mid-1990s, the first public expenditure tracking survey (PETS) in Uganda revealed that during 1991 - 95 on average only 13 percent of government education grants reached schools and that more recently, a similar study in Tanzania in 2009 found that about 37 percent of money intended for education was lost.