Members of the Parliamentary Forum on East African Community (EAC) Affairs have lauded deceased Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli’s tough stance against corrupt tendencies.
Legislators who included Bukanga County’s Stephen Rwakanuuma Kangwagye, George Ouma Abott of Bukooli Islands and Kabweri County’s Francis Gonahasa Barnabas made these remarks at a press conference on Wednesday March 24, 2021.
Hon Francis Gonahasa (FDC) said Tanzania was able to witness huge economic growth as a result of Magufuli’s management style.
Unlike his contemporaries who chose to hide under the blanket of constitutionalism, Gonahasa said the late leader chose to tackle corruption and its manifestations head on, which in turn restored sanity in the country’s civil service.
“He rocked the boat; he fought corruption not only in words…For him, corruption was corruption. Out there a thief was a thief and a thief had to go,” he said.
Gonahasa retorted that Magufuli was able to extravagant Government expenditure using unprecedented measures.
“For example he said we don’t have to celebrate the independence anniversary by doing parades. He saved the money, used it to treat the people who were suffering from cholera in his country,” he added.
“He was able to recover, I think, $100 million in money that was going out of the country. He saved that money and used it for his people. He has built many roads without borrowing money,” Gonahasa stated further.
The MP as such slammed the African opposition leaders for always castigating governments even when it does not matter, alluding to exiled Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) stalwart Tundu Lisu’s tweets after Magufuli’s death.
“Opposition does not simply mean tearing down everything the Government has done. I have been reading a lot on social media and people in opposition in Tanzania and exile say he was a dictator…For heaven’s sake if something is good say it was good. If it is bad, say it’s bad,” he summed.
On his part, Bukanga County’s Stephen Kangwagye (NRM) said Magufuli will best be remembered for four things namely; Pan Africanism, Religiousness, hard work and transparency.
State Minister for Sports Dennis Hamson Obua who also doubles as the EAC Forum Chairperson was represented by Judith Alyek the Kole District Woman Representative (NRM).