As of today, let’s discuss and learn more about the ‘Magufulification of Africa.’ While many people wrongly thought that Magufuli’s manner of doing things was a passing cloud, being a rara avis and rare breed, Magufuli has proved them wrong.
Magufuli has held that Tanzania in particular Africa, in general, are not supposed to beg. He has said that Tanzania is not going to beg while it sits on humongous natural resources of value.
And to prove his point, Magufuli has never neither toured the West nor Asia in the mission of begging. Instead, he has increased revenue collection as he embarked on the industrialization of Tanzania.
As if this is not enough, Magufuli has practically taken on corruption, laziness, and embezzlement of public resources. He does not spend any money on public holidays.
What is the Magufulification of Africa?
Magufulification of Africa is an Inspiring Talk by Prof. PLO Lumumba at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. And when some dudes in Zimbabwe (New Zimbabwe, January 10, 2016, cited in Mhango, 2018) coined the term Magufulification, I did not know that the term would become a buzzword.
The term was coined a few months after Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli came to power and did things in a very different manner and spirit. Magufuli’s mantra has always been: Africa can and should.
But, not many took Magufuli seriously. Simply, because many postcolonial African governments became a total bomb minus Botswana, Mauritius, and Seychelles.
Practically, freedom to many African countries are endemic and systemic beggarliness, dependence, and thuggery. Whereby, Nations survive on begging while sitting on colossal natural resources of value.
Actually, Independence in Africa was nothing but the replacement of one type of colonialism with another.
Why is the Magufulification of Africa a Must?
External colonizers were shown the door to allow internal ones to replace them. And as a result, perfecting the squandering of almost everything that Africans fought hard for.
While enabling Tanzanians to produce more competitively and efficiently, Magufuli is making Tanzania a middle-income country (MIC). What more can we learn from the leadership of Dr. John Magufuli?
1. Resources Availability
So to say, Africa needs able leadership that can marshal people and resources around investing in the future for self-reliance instead of begging.
As an example, Dr. John Magufuli has turned Tanzania into a huge and active workshop. Wherein mammoth projects are taking shape such as;
- First, the construction of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
- Secondly, the expansion of the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport
- Then, the construction of the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Dam
- Not to mention, the construction of many roads and port expansion has taken place
- Lastly, he moved the capital from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma
These have translated into Tanzania becoming the economic powerhouse of the region.
Despite facing resistance from abroad, Dr. John Magufuli has stood his ground in constructing the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Dam. With the aim of bringing the price of electricity in the county down.
2. Electricity Networks
Eventually, even before the completion of the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Dam project, the Rural Electrical Agency (REA) had already embarked on the electrification of Tanzania. Especially under the oversight of Magufuli.
According to Xinhua (February 20, 2019), the program aims at connecting more than 2.5 million Tanzanian households. Particularly, in rural areas to the national electricity grid over the next 5 years.
3. Aviation Industry
By the same token, Dr. John Magufuli has bought a couple of brand-new airplanes. In that case, reviving the national carrier, the defunct Air Tanzania.
Up until now, the Air Tanzania Ltd has the fleet of two 787-8 Dreamliner. In addition, there are already two Airbus A220-300 jets and three DHC Dash 8-400 aircraft. Formerly known as the Bombardier Q400 turboprop and all paid in cash.
On that note, Magufuli still believes that Africa needs to have its own airplanes. In order to attract and transport its people and tourists visiting Africa. He also wants to see Air Tanzania Ltd compete with other international airlines.
4. Economic Growth
Equally important, to effectively, effectually, and freely move goods and people, Dr. John Magufuli has already revivified the Dar-Arusha railway. And the central one that soon will be replaced by the SGR thereby links Tanzania with Burundi. As well as the DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda after completion.
Magufuli has enacted a new style of running the country based on hire and fire to see to it that public officers deliver. Leading by example, he has competently managed public finances and resources.
For example, in 2017, Magufuli banned the export of mineral sands. Arguing that companies dealing with minerals should have smelters in the country. He thereby, put a stop on mineral smuggling. By ordering the creation of local mineral trading centers in mineral-producing regions.
5. Exemplary Leadership
Up until now, Magufuli’s efforts have paid dividends. And for the first time, Tanzania has experienced an upwelling in revenue collection.
Notwithstanding, Tanzania revenues rose by 12.7 percent in the first half of the fiscal year. Compared to the same period a year ago as collection improved. This is according to Reuters, 2017.
It is important to realize, the Tanzania Revenue Authority collected TZS 1.767 trillion in September 2019. The amount was an increase of 29.18 percent from TZS 1.335 trillion in August.
This is according to the africa.cgtn.com report on October 2, 2019. And What’s More?
As a matter of fact, Dr. John Magufuli was the first African President to declare the country “Coronavirus” free thanks to prayers by citizens.
“The corona disease has been eliminated thanks to God,” Dr. John Magufuli told worshippers in a church in the capital, Dodoma. Bearing in mind, the World Health Organization (in short WHO) had expressed several concerns. In particular, over the government’s strategy on COVID-19.
This is barely after the government had stopped publishing data on the number of coronavirus cases in the country. Whereas on 29 April, the last day official data was released, and there were 509 cases, with 21 deaths in Tanzania.
Yet, Mr. Magufuli said the previous week that only four patients were receiving treatment in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. And as of May 2020, the Tanzanian government dismissed a US embassy warning.
Basically, that hospital in Dar es Salaam was “overwhelmed” and that the chances of contracting the virus were “extremely high”. And on a clear note, Dr. John Magufuli has repeatedly said the health crisis has been exaggerated.
While urging people to attend services in churches and mosques, saying that prayers “can vanquish” the virus. With this in mind, see more on What did Dr. John Magufuli really say?
Who is Prof. PLO Lumumba?
Notably, Prof. PLO Lumumba born Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba is that type of dude who never wore jeans on Campus. “While on campus, I believed what I believe right now. That is, I was a slave of my conscience and not the adolescent tantrums that are common among college students nowadays.
Equally, I never took part in any strike. And also, I knew that my mind could think something better than being subjected to believe that violence gives birth to solutions.” States Prof. PLO Lumumba.
Speaking at the ninth Mwalimu Nyerere Intellectual Festival in the city, Prof PLO Lumumba described the Magufulification of Africa during his moving speech.
Saying that; “I am not a Jewish Prophet or a (ruling party) CCM Member. But, if Magufuli continues with his current pace and gets a second five-year term as president, Tanzania will surely become one of the largest economies in the World.”
Prof. PLO Lumumba Take on the Magufulification of Africa
And that; “like a Catholic priest, President Magufuli says — I hear you, my son…… I will forgive you but you must pay for the revenue loss to the country,” Prof. PLO Lumumba remarked.
He added: “ I feel proud that there is an African leader who can stand up to the international group which has for a long time gypped his country of its proper tax rights…. this is why I say Magufuli is a breath of fresh air.”
You can watch the Magufulification of Africa full videos on the playlist below, especially, after watching his religious leaders talk in Kigali.
On one hand, Prof. PLO Lumumba noted that African’s political hygiene has been spoiled by politicians openly engaging in corruption. Stealing national wealth, while the youth suffer from high unemployment rates.
On the other hand, referring to recent happenings in Tanzania, he said it is not easy for a ‘White gentlemen’ to go to State House and express regret to the president for past international business misdeeds.
Magufulification does not lack detractors and haters who see the man behind it as a dictator. Again, if we consider how expensive democracy has been, especially for Africa, is there any way China would have made such great gains under democratic regimes?
I am not trying to justify dictatorship or anything close to it. But, when I consider countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and now China and the way they quickly made it out of penury.
I must admit that sometimes, I concur with the man who transformed Singapore from a poor country to an opulent one. He once said that to develop a country, we need to sacrifice some rights.
This is because nobody can put democracy on the table and eat it with family. So, Do you think our leaders are ready for the Magufulification of Africa?
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