President John Magufuli’s no-nonsense actions have earned him the online honour of a trending hashtag.
Magufuli’s austerity moves — scrapping World AIDS Day and Independence Day celebrations along with curbing other government excesses — have resonated with the people, not just in Tanzania but across the continent.
Not unlike the wave of change inspired by Nigeria’s new no-nonsense president Muhammadu Buhari, Magufuli’s ‘here to work’ campaign has become a breath of fresh air.
“The message [Magufuli] is sending is that it’s not true that Tanzania does not have money to improve public service delivery, resources are just not being directed to projects that can change the lives of people,” says political science professor Benson Bana, who says the moves are ‘long overdue.’
And so, the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo was born.