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Projet:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:28/03/2021

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Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli has died on 17th March 2021. His death was announced by the country’s vice-president, Samia Suluhu, who said the president died of heart failure. The passing of President Magufuli has left many East Africans in shock after days of speculation about his health.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru (Club de la Presse) talk show of this Sunday 28-03-2021 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on “The Legacy of President John Pombe Magufuli: A Lesson for Tanzania and Africa"

Guests:

Prof.Malonga Pacifique / A Rwandese born Tanzania

Edith Nibakwe /Journalist

Dr.Isamail Buchanan/Analyst

The guests first explained the history of Tanzania since the colonial period and the origins of patriotism of its citizens; claiming to be a country that has begun to strengthen and unite since the time of Professor Jilius Nyerere and continues as a legacy to this day.

Prof.Malonga: said that Tanzanians unity is built on their Swahili language that unites all citizens of different race

Regarding the life of Dr. John Magufuri, Prof Malonga said he was characterized by humility, hard work, love for people and prayer in the life they lived at Dar-ess- ram University.

Dr.Isamil Buhanan and Edith Nibakwe pointed out that President John Magufuli cemented his legacy, clearly demonstrating that with steadfast leadership, it is possible to sustainably transform a country. From the onset, Magufuli knew that fixing government inefficiencies, cutting back on wasteful expenditure, and widening the tax base would avail the country sufficient resources needed to bolster the economy.

Shortly after taking office in late 2015, he cancelled the symbolic Independence Day fete and directed all the funds budgeted for the event to be used to widen a part of a highway at Ubungo that was notorious for gridlocks in the main city of Dar es Salaam.

In just five years of his leadership, Magufuli’s ambitious social and economic projects largely financed by domestic resources, elevated Tanzania to lower-middle-income status in 2019, four years after he took office with Gross National Per Capita – a measure of economic activity or how much is produced in the country growing from $1,020 to $1,080 between 2018 and 2019 and above the $1,036 threshold for lower middle income.

Magufuli widened the tax base and instituted measures to ensure tax compliance across micro, small, and medium businesses firmly keeping the Debt to Gross Domestic Product ratio under 40 percent, the lowest in the East African region.

His legacy in Africa will be remembered for his love of service to the people and his unselfishness by agreeing to reduce his salary as Head of State to promote his country, to eliminate the misappropriation of public funds and promoting education.

However, guests criticized President Magufuli's low-key efforts to fight the Covid 19 epidemic, one of the most disastrous in his second term.  He said Tanzania would not impose measures against Covid-19 or lockdowns, instead urging Tanzanians to pray and herbal steam therapy to fight the virus but would end with the death of Covid 19, including senior officials.

The conlusion was that Magufuli goes to rest leaving a lasting legacy and a very strong message that, indeed, you can do so much in just five years with solid leadership and your country at heart.

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