President Magufuli of Tanzania collects and clears garbage on Independence Day (Photo)

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President Magufuli dressed casually cleaning up the streets

Newly elected President of Tanzania, John
Magufuli nicknamed “The Bulldozer”, this
morning dressed casually wearing a hat
and gloves, joined hundreds of people in
sweeping streets and picking up rubbish in
the main city, Dar es Salaam.
The president cancelling today’s usually
lavish Independence Day celebrations and
ordering Tanzanians to clean-up their
neighbourhoods.
The scene was replicated across the country,
with schools and shops remaining shut
as people swept streets, pruned trees, and
tidied up their areas from the crack of dawn.
This is the first time in 54 years
that Tanzania has not held celebrations to
mark independence from the UK.
In many ways, the clean -up exercise was
symbolic of President Magufuli’s pledge to
remove what many Tanzanians see as the
rot in public institutions, and their failure to
perform effectively.
Last month, Mr Magufuli said it would be
“shameful” to spend huge sums of money on
the celebrations when “our people are dying
of cholera”.
Cholera has killed about 60 people in
Tanzania in the last three months – many of
them in poor areas which lack proper toilets.

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