Tanzania’s new president, John Magufuli, has banned government officials from foreign trips and ordered them to visit villages and other rural parts of the country.
His office said in a statement on Tuesday: “The president has put a halt to all foreign trips by government officials with immediate effect”
“If there is an urgent need for foreign travel by a public official, approval must be granted by the president himself or the chief secretary (head of civil service).”
The 56 year-old president, who was sworn in on November 5, said officials should visit villages to address “grievances and problems of the people”
He is expected to appoint cabinet ministers within two weeks.