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All Ministers and Public Officials must use VITZ and other cheaper Vehicles, orders President Magufuli

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30 Oct 2015, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania --- Tanzania's President elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party's sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. Tanzania's ruling party candidate, John Magufuli, was declared winner on Thursday of a presidential election, after the national electoral body dismissed opposition complaints about the process and a demand for a recount. The election has been the most hotly contested race in the more than half a century of rule by the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party, which fielded Magufuli, 56, a minister for public works. REUTERS/Sadi Said --- Image by © SADI SAID/Reuters/Corbis

30 Oct 2015, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — Tanzania’s President elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party’s sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. Tanzania’s ruling party candidate, John Magufuli, was declared winner on Thursday of a presidential election, after the national electoral body dismissed opposition complaints about the process and a demand for a recount. The election has been the most hotly contested race in the more than half a century of rule by the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party, which fielded Magufuli, 56, a minister for public works. REUTERS/Sadi Said — Image by © SADI SAID/Reuters/Corbis

Tanzania President Magufuli has banned all senior public officials from using fuel guzzling 4 x 4 cars and other luxury cars, ordering that all those cars in be seized and sold in a public auction and the money used to provide public goods and services.

The president further ordered that all ministers, chief justices, ambassadors and senior state officials must be supplied with a choice of Probox, Passo, Platz, Vitz , duet or any car that is less than 1400CC.

 

This move is likely to cause a lot of public anxiety in a country where Magufuli has become a national ‘sweetheart’ for his austerity measures and revolutionary ideas that seems to have eclipsed even opposition.

 

“This is a public service not a gravy train. Anybody who came here to make riches should quit and join the private sector. All ministers and senior statehouse officials are here to work not to seek obscene opulence. I don’t want to see them drive those big cars (4X4 guzzlers), if anyone insist please let them go buy their own cars, we (the government) shall fuel for them. To build this country like I promised during campaigns, we must make sacrifices and that includes sacrificing those unnecessary comforts for the small cars. I have ordered the police to impound any such big cars rode by state officials on the road & those officials be prosecuted. We are not here to rob the average Tanzanian but to make his life better. This is the reason I skipped the AU heads of state meeting in Addis and sent Mama Suluhu ( Dep President)” noted Magufuli shortly in down town Dar-Es-Salaam on a working trip.

 

A spot check by spectator news desk reveals that whereas other presidents traveled to the AU summit, Tanzania was represented by its deputy president Ms Suluhu Hassan.

 

It will be remembered that Magufuli has also banned use of presidential red carpets.

 

However this latest move is likely to ignite a hubbub in neighboring Kenya where even governors huge convoys and other senior state officials use huge fuel guzzling convoys.

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25 Responses to All Ministers and Public Officials must use VITZ and other cheaper Vehicles, orders President Magufuli

  1. These are the men who do the real Walk of the Talk

    Nangalembe
    February 2, 2016 at 7:04 am
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  2. What real statesmen. Not flip flops

    child of the sky
    February 2, 2016 at 7:34 am
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  3. These are admirable austerity measures, but may require special exemptions particularly when officials need to reach the country side that have bad roads.

    Alex
    February 2, 2016 at 7:37 am
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  4. I am not attracted by his model. He is the chair of the East African Community and elected to stay away from his inaugural presence at the AU. This is poor judgement especially at a time when neighboring Burundi needs answers to their political squabbles.. The other day, he was quoted as having outlawed miniskirts only to backtrack fearing the wrath of women. I am not sure cost-benefit analysis has taken place on his desire to replace 4 X 4 motor vehicles. A Mercedes Benz is expensive both to buy and maintain but it is known to outlive generations of Corollas.

    Pizza
    February 2, 2016 at 8:25 am
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  5. On this one I agree with Magufuli. Why can Zambian officials not be content with the Toyota Prius? It’s environmentally friendly and cost effective. The only reason theywant the 4x4s is for private affairs. Well done Magufuli on this one.

    Cha Cha Cha
    February 2, 2016 at 8:29 am
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    • You have a point but with our roads do you really think a prius or vitz makes sense.

      Mwe bantu
      February 2, 2016 at 9:36 am
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  6. It’s unbelievable. He’s the man

    Nevyson Kabbudula
    February 2, 2016 at 8:52 am
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  7. The man is just a dictator which educated man will join the Tz government and drive a vitz as minister or director apart from desperados. It’s ridiculous doesn’t he know that every employee needs motivation. Does he know what happens in an accident between a vitz and a 4×4. How many of us here dream about driving a vitz. Just like most dictators he is just scoring propaganda points.

    Mwe bantu
    February 2, 2016 at 9:33 am
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    • Read the article carefully. he gives option to use personal car at own cost.

      Nangalembe
      February 2, 2016 at 10:25 am
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    • He wants to help his people, where a 4×4 moves from point A to point B, won’t the other vehicles do the same thing

      lameck
      February 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm
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  8. This is a real African leader. Not here in Zambia where senior government officials are not only driving these big vehicles but are also abusing fuel from road contractors and parastatals. Asphat which is doing township roads in Kabwe and ZESCO are victims and this is in public knowledge and am sure just a tip of an ice berg. My simple question is how can the government ensure quality control in road contracts if it is helping itself on their fuels?? And if fuel allowance is given to these officers by government is this not outright theft?

    Kwifulaminwe Kabunke
    February 2, 2016 at 9:38 am
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  9. This is what Zambia and the rest of Africa really needs

    Storm
    February 2, 2016 at 11:12 am
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  10. cant see other comments

    Kays
    February 2, 2016 at 11:46 am
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  11. I envy Being a Tanzanian. He was born a leader. just looking at his face you see leadership qualities unlike ours in zambia. My foot! when are we going to have such leader also in zambia.

    GWENNY
    February 2, 2016 at 11:48 am
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  12. This is what we want to see in poor economies like Zambia though I think vitz is just too low for a minister. Something not 6 cylinder will do than what we see in Zambia. Zesco has a lot of Directors. Look at the cars they drive. Iam a Director of a private company and I drive a very reasonable car which is my own to get to work. Employees in the company are paid transport allowance and they find their way to work. Why should Directors burn 100Litres of petrol daily on unproductive elands??? Things must change. Magufuli is practicing reality of things.

    Abdullar Musa
    February 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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  13. Why sacrificing your friend’s entitlements and not yours? he is entailed to free thing’s and he has not scraped any of them. Give up on getting your monthly salary and maybe I can listen to you. He is just being excited.

    Ben the Ball
    February 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm
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  14. H.E.Edgar C. Lungu should emulate magufuli in the remaining few months and he will need no campaigns.

    Humphrey
    February 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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  15. He is the real man of action not the ba yama people made noise about man of action before he became president. These are real action not the Zambia sheepish character we had. Well done magufuli

    Lucy
    February 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm
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  16. I really wonder what this man will do next!!

    Mungwala
    February 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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  17. Magufuli is spot on, in Zambia too its worth adopting. Let those who want luxurious vehicles buy their own while say fuel allowances is cut to 220 lts per month. Ministry of Works can maintain a fleet of pool vehicles that can be assigned when on official duty in the country side. Also there can be a fleet for visiting dignitaries. There is just too much wastage of the meagre resources. Only those not in favor of serving but rather be served by the country would see Magufuli’s austerity measures as degrading status of elected officials.

    FuManchu
    February 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm
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  18. Real man at work.This is not a lip service.I hope his leadership style can be emulated by other african leaders more especially in third world countries.Zambia can be an example,too much selfish to civic leaders.They devour and steal from the havenots to enriched themelves.

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    May 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm
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