East Africa

Magufuli drives all the way to Rwanda to cut costs


Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli is making his first foreign trip since becoming president.

In true thrifty Magufuli fashion, instead of arriving by air aboard a lavish jet, he crossed into the neighbouring small nation by road.

This is his motorcade spotted driving through the Tanzanian countryside towards Rusumo border post on his way to Rwanda.

Magufuli is scheduled to join his Rwandese counterpart in commemorating the country’s 1994 genocide that saw more than 800,000 people killed.

President Magufuli, 56, has been busy domestically since taking over from former president Jakaya Kikwete, spearheading a crack on corruption and instilling discipline in the public sector.

Unlike his predecessor who was known for frequent foreign trips, Magufuli has not been in a hurry to leave his country, and has even skipped at least five international meetings since becoming president.

The Tanzanian president’s trip to Rwanda is seen as significant in enhancing good relations between the two East African countries.

President Kagame recently praised Magufuli’s style of leadership, saying he believes he would help the East African Community move forward.


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