DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – January 6, 2016
Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli has joined hundreds of residents in the main city Dar es Salaam to take part in a public clean -up operation.
Mr. Magufuli picked up rubbish from the street outside State House as part of the scheme, which he had ordered to replace independence day celebrations.
The move is being seen as symbolic of the president’s promise to tackle corruption.
Thousands of people across Tanzania are reported to have joined the clean-up.
Last month, Mr. Magufuli cancelled traditional Independence Day celebrations, which usually include a military parade and concert, saying it would be “shameful” to spend huge sums of money while the country was facing a serious cholera outbreak.
“Let us work together to keep our country, cities, homes and workplaces clean, safe and healthy,” Mr. Magufuli told a crowd of surprised onlookers as he picked up rubbish off the street, AFP news agency reports.
“Tanzania has changed – this is a new Tanzania,” one resident told AFP, on a break from cleaning up the city’s public beach.
Since coming to power in October, Mr. Magufuli, nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for his no-nonsense approach, has announced a range of cost-cutting measures, including a ban on unnecessary foreign travel by government officials.
The Spiritan Office for Mission Advancement currently has nine mission projects in various stages of funding in the country. They include a livestock support project, funding for formation and a library for seminarians, a school science lab, a health clinic, seminary infrastructure, roofing for a parish church, and development of a girls’ secondary school.