Museveni told to be like Magufuli


Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame (left) shakes hands with Tanzania’s newly elected president John Magufuli as Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni (centre) and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe [extreme R] at Magufuli’s inauguration

President Yoweri Museveni has been asked to employ the methods used by Tanzanian president, John Magufuli, to cut state expenditure.

The call was made by Edward Segganyi, the Secretary General of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).

UPC led by Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena, recently said it had joined forces with the ruling party, NRM.

Although former UPC president, Olara Otunnu, says one of the oldest parties will never go in bed with Museveni, Akena on the other hand, says the ruling party has a vision for transforming Uganda.

In that light, Segganyi is quoted by Daily Monitor urging Uganda to adopt Magufuli’s “radical reforms” in order to ensure economic growth and development.

“Most of the reforms done by the Tanzanian president should also be applied here in Uganda because we are facing the same challenges,” Segganyi is quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Sseganyi believes if Museveni adopts what Magufuli is doing, he will reduce unnecessary wastage in his government.

Opposition presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, promises to curb government expenditure once he is elected president in 2016.

He pledged to fire all Resident District Commissioners and use the money “wasted on them” to help the country’s poor.

Besigye also promises to cut the size of Cabinet to 20 ministers, fire presidential advisors and cut down the size of parliament to reduce government expenditure.

He also this week said he would sell of the Shs88.2bn presidential jet and use the money to develop the country.

What would Magufuli do?

Magufuli is current the “darling” of East African region especially because of trying to curb unnecessary government expenditure in his government.

He has also become a center of ridiculous social media memes related to proper budgeting for meagre resources.

Months into Magufuli’s presidency, a district commissioner, Paul Makonda, ordered police in the Kinondoni area of the main city, Dar es Salaam, to detain 20 workers after they turned up late for a meeting.

The commission was reportedly inspired by the new president who started by firing the Muhimbili hospital administrator for letting patients sleep on a floor.

Magufuli also replaced Independence Day celebrations with a clean-up campaign to rid the country of avoidable diseases.

He ordered a parliament function and a state dinner planned to cost Shs 300m cut to Shs25m so the money would be used to buy hospital beds for Muhimbili hospital.

President Magufuli also reduced the size of the presidential convoy and the size of the presidential delegation that travels with him.

While officially opening parliament, Magufuli didn’t go by plane but reportedly drove the whole 600km from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma.

A group of 50 people were reportedly about to set off for a tour of commonwealth countries but the President reduced the list to 4 people, saving government Shs600m in tickets, accommodation and per diems.

Magufuli, nicknamed “The Bulldozer” also banned unnecessary foreign travel by government officials.

On December 1, Tanzanians did not celebrate International Aids Day; the president had cancelled it so the money can be used to buy ARVs for AIDS patients.

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