The Tanzanian government on Sunday outlined a catalogue of achievements scored by President John Magufuli during the first two years of his administration.
Magufuli came to power on Nov. 5, 2015.
On top of the achievements was the restoration of discipline among public servants that has resulted in increased productivity in service delivery, said Hassan Abbas, director general of the Information Services Department.
“There has also been impressive achievement in the control of government expenditure and ensuring value for money in all state-funded projects,” Abbas said in an address broadcast on national television, Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.
He said the government also uncovered over 30,000 phantom workers and those with fake academic credentials, adding that all these were removed from government payroll, saving the country 190 million U.S. dollars.
The chief government spokesman said the Magufuli administration, in its anti-corruption drive, established a special anti-graft court and sacked scores of dishonest public officials.
He said the government also succeeded in the control and protection of natural resources, including minerals, citing the creation of three mineral laws and recent reforms in the extractive industry.
“Another achievement worth mentioning was the cost-cutting measures that saw reduced foreign trips for government officials and cutting down the budget for unnecessary meetings,” said Abbas.
“We have also managed to move the government’s seat from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma as it has been a dream for a long time. At the beginning no one expected it will be possible but the dream has become true,” he said.
Abbas mentioned other successes as the reduction of dependence on foreign aid, provision of free education, implementation of water projects across the country, increased budget for higher education loans and the implementation of the standard gauge railway using internal financing.