Magufuli only eats his wife’s food for fear of enemies

Pombe Magufuli and Janet Magufuli

Pombe Magufuli and Janet Magufuli

As a precaution, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli only eats food cooked by his wife for fear of attacks by his enemies.

According to the BBC, while in State House, Magufuli would only eat food cooked by his wife as a precaution from external attacks.

In an interview with Financial Times, Magufuli who described himself as a no nonsense person, had naturally made enemies hence the probable need for safety measures.

Since Magufuli took over power of the country on his birthday in 2015, he has only travelled out of the country once on a State visit to Rwanda in April 2016.

The Rwanda visit lasted only two days and he opted to travel by road instead of using the presidential airplane.

It could be presumed that even on this trip, his wife prepared his meals.

Magufuli has been known for his austerity measures that have cut back on political spending as well as the luxuries they enjoy.

He banned politicians from flying first class as well as cut back the number of delegation flying out for foreign meetings and conferences.

He also cut the salaries of ministers whom  he felt were being overpaid for their job descriptions.

His fight against corruption saw a number of politicians removed from office and some jailed for embezzling funds.

For this reason, a number of them expressed anger towards his personal interventions in reforming the country’s economy.

Some politicians felt that Magufuli was running the country as a private entity without consulting others before making a move.

The president has however been lauded in the world over for making drastic measures so soon and so fast into his presidency term.

Kenyans, leading the pack, demanded to have him for president.

In December last year, Magufuli has called on all public institutions to cut expenditure on refreshments during meetings and have funds channelled to more important needs.

In a letter to the University of Dar es Salaam, Magufuli decried “unnecessary heavy refreshments” being offered at meetings.

Magufuli directed that lunch be served “in very rare and exceptional circumstances”, where a meeting that starts in the morning is expected to continue into late afternoon.

“Clearance to offer lunch must be sought from the Finance Officer (C&B) in the DVC- Administration’s office,” he said.

The president ordered that in meetings lasting up to two hours, only water, tea or coffee should be served.

“Light refreshments may be offered at meetings in the morning or afternoon that last longer than two hours,” he said.

“Such refreshments shall be limited to tea, water or juice and nuts/fruits and shall exclude meats and heavy snacks.”


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