Tanzanian president encourages civic leaders to support his transformation agenda

NAIROBI, Kenya — Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Monday advised civic leaders to support his transformation agenda aimed at making the east African nation flourish.

The President made the remarks during a meeting with the civic leaders at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

During the meeting which was broadcast live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation, Magufuli said people across the country should know what the government is doing.

Since assuming the presidency in November 2015, President Magufuli inspired the nation when he began implementing grand projects aimed at enabling the country to attain middle-income status by 2025.

The projects included the construction of standard gauge railway, the hydropower project in the Selous Game Reserve which is expected to produce 2,115 megawatts, the purchase of brand new planes for the national airline, expansion of airports and ports and road infrastructure, among others.

Magufuli warned the civil leaders against engaging in unethical practices, saying doing so will not only taint their individual images; it also affects that of the nation.

“I understand that some of you are ethical, and some are not. There are those who take part in corrupt and unethical practices, especially on issues involving land as well as in conflicts that involve farmers and pastoralists,” he observed.

Magufuli has in a recent past held meetings with the regional commissioners, district commissioners, regional administrative secretaries, district executive secretaries and ambassadors representing Tanzania in different parts of the word.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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