Former President Benjamin Mkapa and retired Prime Minister Joseph Warioba pledged continued support to the fifth phase government when the duo met with President John Magufuli at the State House today.
Mr. Benjamin Mkapa said he is ready for any task that President Magufuli would wish him to accomplish.
“The former president assured President Magufuli he is ready to cooperate with the President in any capacity,” Thursday’s Ikulu statement said.
According to the State House, the aim of the visit was to congratulate the Head of State for being entrusted to his post by wananchi and to wish him a happy new year.
The statement added that the former premier Warioba has congratulated Mr President for his outstanding performance on revenue collections, discipline in public expenditure and directing the national coffers to the areas that touch wananchi directly including education and water.
“It is a must for Tanzanians to support Mr President. We are not supposed to abandon him. If it’s corruption, let’s fights at our localities….” the retired Justice Warioba said.
Kikwete too backs Magufuli
Yesterday, President Jakaya Kikwete also paid Magufuli a courtesy call at state house where he commended him for good governance.
According to a statement issued by acting head of the directorate of presidential communication Gerson Msigwa, President Kikwete also said he supported various efforts by President Magufuli’s administration, especially in revenues collection.
This is the first time that the former and the current presidents are holding official talks since President Kikwete left the State House on November 5 after Magufuli was sworn in as president.
“The two leaders met and held talks on various issues; the former president wished President Magufuli a happy new year and expressed his support for various measures by President Magufuli, especially in collecting tax,” read part of the statement.
Since taking becoming Head of State, President Magufuli taken various steps to boost government revenue collection and to curb theft of public funds.
Various officials of Tanzania Revenues Authority (TRA) and Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) have been sent packing due to loss of government revenues.
President Magufuli also changed guards at both authorities by dissolving boards of directors as well as replacing their chief executive officers.
Some officials from the two entities are facing charges in court.
The efforts enabled TRA to collect a total of Sh1.4 trillion last month to set a new record since the country attained independence in 1961.
The Citizen Tanzania