Tanzania’s new president has been given a comic hashtag on Twitter:#WhatWould MagufuliDo? after introducing a radical programme of government cutbacks just days into the job. As Hayley Platt reports he’s even banned government Christmas cards to cut back on costs. Continue reading
The new President of Tanzania has already made a name across the continent with a drastic reduction program. During his first three weeks in office, John Magufuli banned officials to travel abroad, canceled the annual celebrations of Independence Day and even put an end to the budget spent on Christmas cards, all before naming his government. Today, social media, to Nigeria and South Africa, have picked up the story and gently make fun of this austerity, with the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.
Tanzania’s ruling party looks set for the poll win, despite a challenge to its five decades in power from former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, who has voiced concerns the poll may not be free or fair.