East Africa

Magufuli personally cleans Dar city streets


Magufuli joins his people to clean the main city

Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli has joined hundreds of residents in the main city Dar es Salaam to take part in a public clean-up operation.

According to BBC, Magufuli swept and picked up rubbish from the street as part of the scheme, which he had ordered to replace Independence Day celebrations.

The move is being seen as symbolic of the president’s promise to tackle corruption, our correspondent says.

Thousands of people across Tanzania are reported to have joined the clean-up.

Last month, Mr Magufuli cancelled traditional Independence Day celebrations, which usually include a military parade and concert, saying it would be “shameful” to spend huge sums of money while the country was facing a serious cholera outbreak.


Magufuli cleaing streets

CCTV reports that Pombe was dressed casually in a hat and a pair of gloves and was personally seen picking rubbish like any other commoner.

The cleaning exercise was replicated across the East African country, with schools and shops remaining closed as people swept streets, pruned trees and tidied up their areas.

This is the first time that Tanzania has not celebrated the Independence Day in 54 years.

Cholera has killed about 60 people in Tanzania in the last three months – many of them in poor areas which lack proper toilets.


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