Magufuli  Biography

Magufuli (John Pombe Joseph Magufuli) was born on 29th October 1959 in Tanzania. He is the 5th president of Tanzania. He was elected in 2015 on Chama Cha Mapinduzi party ticket.  First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010, and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015.

Running as the candidate of the ruling CCM, he won the October 2015 presidential election and was sworn in on 5 November 2015. Magufuli’s presidency has been marked by a focus on reducing government corruption and spending.

Magufuli Education Background

John Joseph Magufuli started his education at The Chato Primary School from 1967 to 1974 and went on to The Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo for his secondary education from 1975 to 1977 before relocating to Lake Secondary School in 1977 and completing in 1978.
He joined Mkwawa High School for his A levels in 1979 and completed 1981. That same year he joined Mkwawa College of Education for a Diploma in Education (Sc.) Chemistry, Mathematics and Education.

Magufuli earned his bachelor of science in education degree majoring in chemistry and history as teaching subjects from The University of Dar es Salaam in 1988. He also earned his masters and doctorate degrees in chemistry from The University of Dar es Salaam, in 1994 and 2009, respectively.

  • 2009: Graduated with doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam.
  • 1994: He graduated with masters degrees in chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam
  • 1988: He graduated with a bachelor of science in education degree majoring in chemistry and mathematics as teaching subjects from the University of Dar es Salaam.
  • 1981: He joined Mkwawa College of Education for a Diploma in Education (Sc.) Chemistry, Mathematics and Education.
  • 1979 – 1981: A levels studies at Mkwawa High School.
  • 1977 – 1978: Secondary Education at Lake Secondary School
  • 1975 – 1977: Secondary Education at Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo.
  • 1967 – 1974: Primary school at Chato Primary School.

Magufuli Early Life

John Joseph Magufuli ventured into elective politics after a short period as a teacher at The Sengerema Secondary School between 1982 and 1983. He taught chemistry and mathematics. Later on, he quit his teaching job and was employed by The Nyanza Cooperative Union Limited as an industrial chemist.

He remained there from 1989 to 1995, when he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Chato district. He was appointed Deputy Minister for Works in his first term as MP. He retained his seat in the 2000 election and was promoted to a full ministerial position under the same docket.

After President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was requested to take office, he moved John Joseph Magufuli to the post of Minister of Lands and Human Settlement on 4 January 2006. Subsequently he served as Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010 and again as Minister of Works from 2010 to 2015.

Magufuli Political Career (siasa)

In November 1995 he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Chato. He was appointed Deputy Minister for Works in his first term as MP. He retained his seat in the 2000 election and was promoted to a full ministerial position under the same docket.

On 4th January 2006 after President Jakaya Kikwete took office, he moved Magufuli to the post of Minister of Lands and Human Settlement.

From 2008 to 2010 he served as Minister of Livestock and Fisheries and again as Minister of Works from 2010 to 2015.

On 12 July 2015 he was nominated as CCM’s presidential candidate for the 2015 election, beating Justice Minister and former UN Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro and African Union Ambassador to the United States Amina Salum Ali for the party’s nomination.

John Pombe Magufuli wins 2015 presidential election

On 12 July 2015 Dr. John Joseph Magufuli was nominated as CCM’s presidential candidate for the 2015 election, winning the majority votes against his opponent Justice Minister and former United Nation’s Deputy Secretary General Miss Asha-Rose Migiro and the African Union Ambassador to the United States Of America Miss Amina Salum Ali Amina Salum Ali for the party’s nomination.

Although he faced a strong challenge from opposition candidate and previous CCM political party member Edward Lowassa in the election, held on 25 October 2015, Magufuli was declared the winner by the National Electoral Commission on 29 October; he received 58% of the vote. His running mate, Samia Suluhu, was also declared Vice President-elect. He was sworn in on 5 November 2015.

John Pombe Magufuli’s presidency

After taking office, Magufuli immediately began to impose measures to curb government spending, such as barring unnecessary foreign travel by government officials, using cheaper vehicles and board rooms for transport and meetings respectively, shrinking the delegation for a tour of the Commonwealth from 50 people to 4, dropping its sponsorship of a World AIDS Day exhibition in favour of purchasing AIDS medication, and discouraging lavish events and parties by public institutions (such as cutting the budget of a state dinner inaugurating the new parliament session).

Most notably, Magufuli also suspended the country’s Independence Day festivities for 2015, in favour of a national cleanup campaign to help reduce the spread of cholera. Magufuli personally participated in the cleanup efforts, having stated that it was “so shameful that we are spending huge amounts of money to celebrate 54 years of independence when our people are dying of cholera”. The cost savings were to be invested towards improving hospitals and sanitation in the country.

On 10 December 2015, more than a month after taking office, Magufuli announced his cabinet. Its size was reduced from 30 ministries to 19 to help reduce costs.

On 12 April 2016, Magufuli conducted his first foreign visit to Rwanda, where he met his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame and inaugurated the new bridge and one-stop border post and Rusumo. Magufuli also attended the memorial of 22nd anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

In July 2016, Tanzania banned shisha smoking, with Magufuli citing its health effects among youth as reasoning. In March 2017, Tanzania banned the export of unprocessed ores, in an effort to encourage domestic smelting.

In January 2018, Magufuli issued a directive ordering the suspension of registration for foreign merchant ships, following recent incidents surrounding the seizure of overseas shipments of illegal goods (particularly drugs and weapons) being transported under the flag. Tanzania and Zanzibar had gained reputations for being flags of convenience.

Magufuli Salary

The Tanzanian president has revealed his pay as he emphasised the importance of anti-corruption drive in Tanzania
His pay is a huge cut from what his predecessor Kikwete earned as president

Tanzania President, John Pombe Magufuli has gone public with his pay in a televised speech to Association of Local Authorities as he emphasised the importance of anti-corruption drive in Tanzania.

African Review released figures three years of the salary of the then Tanzanian president. If the figures are anything to go by, Maguli is earning around a quarter of what his predecessor Jakaya Kiwete was earning.

The no-nonsense president is earning Tanzanian shillings 9 million which is around $4,000 or £3,000

Magufuli Wife, Magufuli children and personal life

Magufuli has received the nickname “The Bulldozer” in reference to his roadworks projects, but the term has also been used in reference to his moves to reduce spending and corruption within the Tanzanian government. Following Magufuli’s initial rounds of cuts post-inauguration, the hashtag “#WhatWouldMagufuliDo” was used by Twitter users to demonstrate their own austerity measures inspired by the president.

Magufuli’s government has been accused of attempting to repress opposition to his leadership, which included laws restricting opposition rallies, the suspension of the Swahili-language Mawio newspaper in 2016 for publishing “false and inflammatory” reporting regarding the nullification of election results in Zanzibar, threatening to shut down radio and television stations that do not pay licence fees, and a 2018 bill requiring blogs and other forms of online content providers to hold government licenses with content restrictions.

He is married to Janeth Magufuli, a primary school teacher, and they have three children. He is reportedly close to Nigerian ‘Prophet’ T. B. Joshua, who was among the high-profile guests in Tanzania during his inauguration.

Magufuli YouTube (Magufuli video)

Magufuli News – Tanzania News

Why I Haven’t Increased SalariesWhy I Haven’t Increased Salaries

2 May, 2018

President John Magufuli yesterday ruled out the possibility of the government raising public workers’ salaries in the near future. He promised, however, that salaries would be raised significantly before he leaves office. Dr Magufuli made the remarks in his address to the nation from Iringa, where May Day was marked nationally.

He said the government’s focus was currently on the implementation of major development projects, adding that salaries would be increased after the completion of the projects. President Magufuli mentioned some of the projects as construction of the standard gauge railway from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, the Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectricity power station and construction and upgrade of airports in various regions.

“I think it’s better to allocate sufficient funds to facilitate implementation of development projects instead of increasing salaries.” Dr Magufuli added, however, salaries would be raised before the end his tenure, and that the increase would be substantial. “When I finally raise salaries, it won’t be by a mere Sh10,000, but a significant amount,” he said, and urged workers to observe diligence wherever they were.

President Magufuli said major development projects being undertaken by the government would create direct employment for up to 52,000 Tanzanians. He commended the private sector for creating 582,073 jobs since he became President, adding that the total number of jobs created so far was 2.8 million against a target of 2.3 million.

Dr Magufuli commended the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (Tucta) for working with the government in addressing workers’ grievances. “The government has already paid over Sh52 billion to workers in salary arrears and Sh152 billion as other arrears. This means that over Sh220 billion has been paid in salary and other outstanding arrears. The government will continue to pay workers’ arrears,” the Head of State said.

He reiterated his government’s commitment to improving and developing key sectors, including tourism, education, health, water, energy and industry, with a view to attaining the goal of transforming Tanzania into a middle-income economy by 2025. Earlier, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Ms Jenista Mhagama, said the government was aware of the challenges workers were grappling with and was committed to addressing them.

“The government will continue to work closely with trade unions in line with the relevant laws as part of wider efforts to ensure that the labour sector contributes sufficiently to our economy,” she said. Ms Mhagama added that her office would steadfastly oversee the enforcement of public service regulations with a view to boosting accountability, commitment and efficiency at workplaces.

Speaking at the same occasion, Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) chairperson Jayne Nyimbo yesterday asked the government to reduce the skills and development levy from the current 4.5 per cent to two per cent, saying this would attract more investors and create employment for Tanzanians. “The rate was reduced from five to 4.5 per cent in 2015/16. On behalf of ATE, I request the government to reduce the rate further to motivate employers to join hands with the government to address the unemployment crisis in the country,” she said.

For his part, Tucta secretary-general Yahya Msigwa asked the government to ease the tax burden on workers, whom, he added, were subjected to excessive taxation. He commended the government for its decision to cut the number of pension funds to two from seven by merging several entities, adding that this would enhance public service delivery.

“We request the government to increase pensions for retired workers. The chronic problem of delaying retirees’ pensions should also be looked into,” Dr Msigwa said. The celebrations at Samora Stadium, which were televised live, were also attended by government officials, diplomats, representatives of development partners and thousands of Iringa residents.

Things that John Pombe Magufuli has banned in Tanzania

January 22, 2018

Registration of foreign ships
This week, Magufuli put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships, after the seizure of narcotics and weapons in at least five vessels flying the Tanzanian flag. The ships were seized in different parts of the world. In a statement, the president’s office said the ban would be in force until the system of reflagging vessels— which could help them evade control or scrutiny—was reviewed.

Export of minerals
Last year, Magufuli banned the export of unprocessed minerals as the government squeezed mining companies for higher revenues and royalties. His administration also asked the African subsidiary of the Toronto-based Barrick Gold to pay a jaw-dropping $190 billion in revised taxes, interests, and fines. After months of negotiations, the company said it will pay the government $300 million as part of a new deal, grant it a 16% stake in its mines, and equally split “economic benefits” from its operations.

Pregnant girls in schools
During a rally last year, Magufuli was quoted as saying that as long as he was president “no pregnant student will be allowed to return to school … After getting pregnant, you are done.” His decision was roundly criticized by human rights organizations who said it was out of touch with public opinion, contravened international human rights laws, and fuelled stigma against young girls and victims of sexual violence.

Public rallies
After the government banned live televised parliamentary debates, the opposition Chadema party called nationwide rallies to protest the decision. Tanzanian police responded by banning opposition rallies, a move which drew further criticism.

Newspapers and media outlets
Since coming to power, Magufuli’s government has tightened its grip on both digital and traditional media spaces.

The clampdown has taken on a new significance as the government introduced a law that would give it unfettered powers to police the web, register blogs and online forums, and prohibit material deemed as “offensive, morally improper” or that “causes annoyance.” Four newspapers have also been banned, including the Mwanahalisi and Mawio both of which were suspended for one and two years respectively. In 2016, two private radio stations Radio Five and Magic FM were also closed. Digital whistleblower outlets like Jamii Forums have also been targeted, with the government demanding they reveal the identities of users who shared sensitive information.

Tanzania banned the smoking of shishas or water pipes over concerns that they were linked with drugs or alcohol abuse. Prime minister Kassim Majaliwa reportedly said shisha was killing future generations. Tanzania was arguably the first African country to impose the shisha ban. In March 2017, alcohol sold in plastic sachets were also banned.

8 Reasons Why Tanzania’s John Magufuli Is Africa’s Most Beloved President

1. He came from humble beginnings.
Magufuli is a former school teacher, industrial chemist and ex-minister of works. He is the son of a peasant farmer.

2. He’s shown integrity.
As the Minister of Works, he was reputed to be a no-nonsense, results-driven politician. It was while in office that he got nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for steering the program to build good roads in Tanzania. He had opportunities to make riches while he held this position, but chose not to.

3. He campaigned for the presidency on a platform of hard work.
Hard work from his previous position as a Minister. He also did pushups to show that he was fit and ready for office.

4. He’s been keeping his promises.
Since being sworn in as Tanzania’s president on November 5, John Magufuli has been cracking down on corruption and wasteful spending. This has led to him losing a lot of friends. But he doesn’t let that stop him from doing the good work.

5. He’s been leading by example.
Rather than doing the disappearing act, or practicing “do as I say not as I do”, he’s been acting out what he preaches. Let’s give you some examples: For Tanzania’s Independence Day in 2015, rather than spend money on celebrations that would promptly have been forgotten the next day, he ordered a clean-up exercise. And he didn’t just order it, he joined in. This caused thousands of Tanzanians to come out and join as well, because if their president could do it, who are they not to?

When going to officially open parliament Magufuli didn’t go by plane, he drove all the way. He has reduced the size of the presidential convoy, as well as the size of presidential delegation that travels with him. What a guy!!!

6. He’s been channeling Tanzania’s monetary sources to more important ventures.
Not long after assuming office, he took drastic measures to boost government coffers, which includes:

A. He put a stop to the public procurement of goods and services at inflated costs.
He declared that anyone found procuring public goods or services on inflated prices will face the music.

B. Immediate ban on foreign travels by public servants. He did this ON HIS THIRD DAY IN OFFICE!
He stated that all tasks that necessitated government officials to travel abroad will now be done by the country’s high commissioners and ambassadors abroad.

C. He called on all public institutions to cut expenditure on refreshments during meetings.
Magufuli decried “unnecessary heavy refreshments” being offered at meetings and directed that lunch be served “in very rare and exceptional circumstances”, where a meeting that starts in the morning is expected to continue into the evening.

D. He issued a directive for unnecessary physical meetings to be stopped and for public servants to conduct conference calls instead.
This is to cut unnecessary costs that the government incurred from meetings and conferences held at various venues.

7. He made education free for children whose parents couldn’t afford it. A promise he made during his election campaign.
He also directed relevant authorities to sort and resolve the problems stopping the release of education loans.

8. He keeps federal workers on their toes, so they don’t mess up.
He went to the federal hospital unannounced and made sure to visit all the wards, including those kept from high profile visitors like himself. After discovering the sorry state, he fired the director, the hospital board and ordered that the equipment that weren’t working to be repaired within two weeks, otherwise he would fire even the newly appointed director. The repair happened in three days!