The other side of bold and efficient President Magufuli

While Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli won a ton of applause for his bold, productive and now and again grating way to deal with the administration of state undertakings, he likewise displayed a savage dictator streak and an affinity for moderate populism.

In a profoundly contentious and broadly reproved move, his administration multiplied down on a longstanding Tanzanian policy that bars pregnant students from going to school even subsequent to giving birth. More than 55,000 Tanzanian schoolgirls have been removed from school in the course of the most recent years for being pregnant. This is a policy that has denied little youngsters schooling and prospects for a better future.

What’s more, in 2018, a revision to the law guaranteed that government official statistics would not be tested or questioned. Any work to do so got criminal. Generally the state was made the sole caretaker of information and its “truth” turned into the indisputable truth.

Under his administration the nation experienced a drastic deterioration in political pluralism and acceptance of different view-points.

Opposition leaders and those who criticised his government were routinely harassed, some even detained. It was on his watch that an assassination attempt was made on the opposition leader, Tundu Lissu, who remains a firm critic of the late president.

Maybe the most alarming advancement during Magufuli’s term was the misinformation he energized around the new Covid pandemic. Uncertainty and doubt have been an element of the pandemic around the globe. Be that as it may, in Tanzania, a creating and data helpless nation, Magufuli’s COVID-19 distrust drove the nation down in a particularly dubious way.

He encouraged doubt about the seriousness of the pandemic notwithstanding convincing proof in actuality. As death figures continued to rise and political leaders lost their lives to the infection, Magufuli’s government persisted in their doubt.

He promoted questionable treatments for the infection, laughed off mask viability, kept no pertinent data and guaranteed his country people that God would protect them if the new Covid “at any point turned into an issue”.

Eventually, his way to deal with the pandemic created a health crisis. In any case, this has been difficult to track due to an administration clampdown on the release of information about the Coronavirus disease in the country.

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