Uhuru should act like Magufuli to end graft

It’s barely a month since John Magufuli was inaugurated as the fifth president of Tanzania.

Apparently, what he has done in the short time is amazing. President Magufuli has already displayed abundant zeal for austerity and impatience in uprooting corruption.

Magufuli cancelled Independence Day celebrations, a time the government spent big on public displays of nationalism, downsized by more than 90 per cent the budget for the opulent State dinner, cancelled unreasonable State travel for officials and ordered State meetings and workshops to be held in government buildings rather than five-star hotels.

He has also paid impromptu visits to government ministries and sacked civil servants who were not at their desks for flimsy excuses.

Magufuli’s stringent actions depict that he will no longer condone the cancer of corruption, which is heavily rooted in government. Thus far, I cherish his diligent leadership.

President Uhuru Kenyatta should take the cue from Magufuli in the fight against graft in order to rekindle the hopes of pessimistic Kenyans. Kenyan MPs and Cabinet secretaries squander public funds on unnecessary foreign trips which should be stopped.