Magufuli bans foreign travels for senior government officials

Tanzania's newly elected president John Magufuli (second right) shakes hands with Rwanda's president Paul Kagame (left) eyed by Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe (right) and Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (second left) during the swearing in ceremony in Dar es Salaam, on November 5, 2015. John Magufuli has banned foreign travels by senior government officials to tame public wage bill. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • President Magufuli instead directed senior government officials to make regular visits to rural areas to learn and help solve problems facing wananchi.

  • About Sh3.2 trillion was expected to be dished out as allowances in 2015/2016, equivalent to about half of the government’s wage bill.
  • A recent Public Procurement Audit report showed that the government lost Sh951 million that was paid to contractors for non-existent or shoddy works.



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