A man with humble background, John Magufuli is attached to the party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) since the late 70’s. He is the fifth president of Tanzania and some of his measures have been marking the difference.
John Magufuli was born on 29 October in Chato, a village in Kagera region in north-western Tanzania. Son of a peasant farmer, he is married to Janet Magufuli, the father of four girls and three boys, a Catholic, and known for his integrity, transparency and his fight against corruption.
He studied at Mkwawa High School and later at Mkwawa College of Education in Iringa, and took his degree in Dar es Salaam University. He then became a high school teacher of mathematics and chemistry and also worked as an industrial chemist in Nyanza Cooperative Union in Mwanza. In addition to his degree, he did a master’s degree and a PhD.
Nonetheless, he also made a political career. He is member of the party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) since 1977, entered the Parliament in 1995 and since then has been entrusted with public functions, such as Minister of Public works. He did not hide his humble background during the campaign for the presidency, and ultimately won the elections and became the president of Tanzania on 5 November 2015, at the age of 56.
The initiative to create a program for the construction of roads throughout the country, as well as the radical measures implemented earned him the nickname “Bulldozer”.
He is committed to exploit the natural gas reserves in Tanzania and he has implemented various measures since he became president. He did not held official ceremonies for Independence Day (December 9), considering dispensable to spend such money at a time when cholera decimated dozens of people. He decided to end 1st class and business tickets for government members with the exception of the President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister. He also decreed that workshops and seminars should not take place in expensive hotels, indicating the empty rooms of ministries for this purpose. Among other measures, he cut the opening of the new Parliament budget of $ 100,000 to $ 7,000.