John Pombe Joseph Magufuli
|5th President of Tanzania|
5 November 2015
|Vice President||Samia Suluhu|
|Prime Minister||Kassim Majaliwa|
|Preceded by||Jakaya Kikwete|
|Minister of Works, Transport and Communication|
28 November 2010 – 5 November 2015
|Preceded by||Shukuru Kawambwa|
|Succeeded by||Makame Mbarawa|
November 2000 – 21 December 2005
|Succeeded by||Basil Mramba|
|Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development|
13 February 2008 – 6 November 2010
|Preceded by||Anthony Diallo|
|Succeeded by||David Mathayo David|
|Minister of Lands and Human Settlements|
6 January 2006 – 13 February 2008
|Succeeded by||John Chiligati|
|Member of Parliament for
Biharamulo East and Chato
November 1995 – July 2015
|Succeeded by||Kalemani Medard|
|Born||(1959-10-29) 29 October 1959
Chato, Geita, Tanganyika
|Political party||CCM (1977–)|
|Residence||Ikulu, Dar es Salaam|
|Alma mater||University of Dar es Salaam|
|Nickname(s)||Tinga tinga (The Bulldozer)|
|Allegiance||United Rep. of Tanzania|
|Years of service||July 1983–June 1984|
John Pombe Joseph Magufuli is the President of Tanzania, in office since 2015.
First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995 after John Magufuli served
- in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000,
- Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006,
- Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008,
- Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010,
- and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015.
Running as the candidate of the ruling CCM, he won the October 2015 presidential election and was sworn in on 5 November 2015.
Education of John Magufuli
John Magufuli started his education at Chato Primary School from 1967 to 1974 and went on to Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo for his secondary education from 1975 to 1977 before relocating to Lake Secondary School in 1977 and completing in 1978. He joined Mkwawa High School for his A levels in 1979 and completed 1981. That same year John Magufuli joined Mkwawa College of Education for a Diploma in Education (Sc.) Chemistry, Mathematics and Education.
John Magufuli earned his bachelor of science in education degree majoring in chemistry and mathematics as teaching subjects from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1988. He also earned his masters and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam, in 1994 and 2009, respectively.
Early life and political career
John Magufuli ventured into elective politics after a short stint as a teacher at Sengerema Secondary School between 1982 and 1983. He taught chemistry and mathematics. Later on, he quit his teaching job and was employed by Nyanza Cooperative Union Ltd as an industrial chemist. He remained there from 1989 to 1995, when he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Chato. John Magufuli was appointed Deputy Minister for Works in his first term as MP. He retained his seat in the 2000 election and was promoted to a full ministerial position under the same docket. After President Jakaya Kikwete took office, he moved Magufuli to the post of Minister of Lands and Human Settlement on 4 January 2006. Subsequently John Magufuli served as Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010 and again as Minister of Works from 2010 to 2015.
2015 presidential election
On 12 July 2015 John Magufuli was nominated as CCM’s presidential candidate for the 2015 election, beating Justice Minister and former UN Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro and African Union Ambassador to the United States Amina Salum Ali for the party’s nomination.
Although he faced a strong challenge from opposition candidate and CCM defector Edward Lowassa in the election, held on 25 October 2015, John Magufuli was declared the winner by the National Electoral Commission on 29 October; he received 58% of the vote. His running mate, Samia Suluhu, was also declared Vice President-elect. He was sworn in on 5 November 2015.
As he began his term as President, Magufuli made international headlines for his austerity measures and impatience with corruption and waste. He cancelled Independence Day celebrations, traditionally a time for the government to spend big on a public display of nationalism.
In its place he declared the day be spent on street-cleaning to improve sanitation (in which he himself participated) and arresting the spread of the cholera outbreak. Magufuli also downsized by more than 90% the budget for the opulent state dinner that usually marked the opening of parliament and ordered the money saved to be spent on hospital beds and roadworks. He also cancelled foreign travel for officials and banned the purchase of first-class air tickets, although the president, his deputy and the prime minister were exempt. Furthermore, he ordered that government meetings and workshops be held in government buildings rather than expensive hotels and cut a delegation of 50 people set to tour Commonwealth countries to just four.
He also publicly issued a warning to the people he would select as ministers that he would not tolerate corrupt and bureaucratic government officials and that the ministers would have to work tirelessly to serve Tanzanians along with him.
On 10 December 2015, more than a month after taking office, President Magufuli finally announced his cabinet, composed of 19 ministries. It had 11 fewer ministries than the previous government; some ministries were merged to save money.
On 12 April 2016 Magufuli conducted his first foreign visit to Rwanda where he met his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame and inaugurated the new bridge and one-stop border post and Rusumo. Magufuli also attended the memorial of 22nd anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
He is married to Janet Magufuli, a primary school teacher and they have three children.[ He is reportedly close to Nigerian ‘Prophet’ T.B. Joshua, who was among the high-profile guests in Tanzania during his inauguration.
Speech by Tanzania’s President John Magufuli at State House, Nairobi
On his historic first visit to Kenya as Head of State, President Magufuli, who was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, was accorded full military honours complete with a 21-gun salute
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