March 24, 2017, 11:15 AM EDT
—-> Tanzania leader charges the new Information Minister to take actions where others have failed
—-> Tells his ministers to “go out and work for Tanzania,” he’ll always be there for them
Tanzanian President John Magufuli admonishes media organizations of scandal-mongering, a day after he fired his Information Minister apparently for standing up for country’s press freedom.
The former Tanzania Information minister Nape Nauye had ordered inquiry into an incident involving regional commissioner, who last week invaded Clouds TV station with armed police officer forcing the station to air a contentious footage of a political rival.
“I said at the time of releasing the report of the inquiry that there is always a price to pay for standing up for justice,” Nauye told reporters on Wednesday.
According to Dubai-based research group Teneo Intelligence, the Commissioner Paul Makonda is an ally of Magufuli.
During Friday’s oath taking ceremony of new ministers, Magufuli had stern words for the journalists and media owners.
“Media owners, let me tell you: Be careful. Watch it,” “If you think you have that kind of freedom — not to that extent.”Magufuli said Friday at the Ikulu in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
President also scorned Tanzania journalists for news sensationalizing, while neglecting positive stories about Tanzania.
He pointed out the World Bank president recent visit and the investments made by the world financial institution in many sectors across the country.
“In Tanzania, there is a small group of people who like to complain, instead of looking for solutions,” he said. “They want Tanzania to fail. It’s unclear to me what their interests are.”
The president also told reporters to avoid writing stories that could lead to violence, pointing out the Rwandan ethnic cleansing in 1994, in which more than 800,000 people died.
Several UN reports cited Rwandan media responsible for broadcasts that intended to inflame the public to commit acts of genocide in East African country.
“The problems that have hit other countries were instigated partly by our pens,” Magufuli said. The Rwandan genocide “started with small things.”