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Tanzania President John Magufuli Spotted Cleaning Streets

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Newly Elected President of Tanzania, John Magufuli was spotted among hundreds of residents engaging in a public clean-up exercise in the country’s main city, Dar es Salaam.

President Magufuli packed up rubbish from the street outside State House as part of the scheme, which he had ordered to replace independence day celebrations.

The move is percieved as symbolic of the president’s promise to tackle corruption has motivated Tanzanians, as thousands of people across the nation are reported to have joined the clean-up.

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli joins a clean-up event outside the State House in Dar es Salaam on December 9, 2015. Magufuli cancelled Independence Day celebrations and ordered a national day of clean-up instead.  / AFP / DANIEL HAYDUKDANIEL HAYDUK/AFP/Getty Images
Tanzanian President John Magufuli joins a clean-up event outside the State House in Dar es Salaam on December 9,

According to the BBC, Mr Magufuli, last month, cancelled traditional independence day celebrations , which usually include a military parade and concert, saying it would be “shameful” to spend huge sums of money while the country was facing a serious cholera outbreak.

Since assumption to power in October, President Magufuli, nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for his no-nonsense approach, has announced a range of cost-cutting measures, including a ban on unnecessary foreign travel by government officials.

Last month, Mr Magufuli was reported to have ordered the cost of a party to inaugurate the new parliament to be slashed from $100,000 (£66,000) to $7,000.

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He also sacked the head of the main state hospital after finding patients sleeping on the floor during a surprise visit to the facility.

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