– Tanzania President John Magufuli ordered all senior government officials to use Toyota Vitz,Duet,Passo and Probox as a way of curbing government westage
– He commanded all the fuel guzzlers be auctioned and proceeds used on public services
– The directive has been praised by the citizens
Tanzania President John Magufuli ordered all senior government officials on January 31,2016 to stop using fuel guzzlers and instead adopt low consumption Toyota Vitz as part of strategy to stop wastage in the government.
He commanded all luxurious government vehicles be sold through a public auction and the proceeds used on public services
The shocker was not over yet, as another directive was that the chief justice,senior state officers and ambassadors choose either to use a probox,Passo,Platz or Duet all not above 1400CC.
The latter caused a huge public outcry in Tanzania mostly from the affected, as the citizens lauded the initiative saying the proceeds from the budget cuts would go to service delivery.
“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 state house officials are here to work not to seek obscene opulence. I don’t want to see them drive those big cars (4X4s), if anyone insists, please let them go buy their own cars, we (the government) shall fuel for them,” Magufuli is quoted as saying.
“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 driven by state officials on the road and 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 (Deputy President).”
Magufuli has been trying to bring sanity in Tanzania by making both the elected and appointed leaders accountable to public funds as way of curbing corruption and wastage
Source : Tuko