John Pombe Joseph Magufuli (29 October, 1959 – 17 March, 2021) was the fifth president of Tanzania, he Served from 2015 until his death in 2021, John served as Minister of Works, Transport and Communications from 2000 to 2005 and 2010 to 2015 and was chairman of the Southern African Development Community from 2019 to 2020, he was blessed with 7 childrens and a wiffe “Janeth Magufuli”, He was said to have a net worth of $1.5 million.
|Real Name:||John Pombe Joseph Magufuli|
|Died:||17th March, 2021 (aged 61)|
|Net Worth:||USD $1.5 million|
|Profession:||Formal President of Tanzania|
First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, Minister of Works from 2000 to 2005, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010, and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015.
Running as the candidate of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the country’s dominant party, Magufuli won the October 2015 presidential election and was sworn in on 5 November 2015; he was re-elected in 2020. He ran on a platform of reducing government corruption and spending while also investing in Tanzania’s industries, but his rule had autocratic tendencies, as seen in restrictions on freedom of speech, restrictions on LGBT rights, and a crackdown on members of the political opposition and civil society groups.
Under his presidency, Tanzania experienced one of the strongest economic growths on the continent (6% on average per year according to the IMF) and moved from the category of low-income countries to middle-income countries.
Contrary to leaders elsewhere in the world, Magufuli ordered COVID-19 testing to stop and resisted calls to implement public health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic in Tanzania, He also expressed distrust of American- and European-developed vaccines, preferring to rely on faith to protect his nation, Magufuli’s approach has been characterised as COVID-19 denialism.
John Magufuli is said to have an estimate net worth of $1.5 million during his lifetime.
John Magufuli was born in 1959 in northwestern Tanzania (then Tanganyika), on the shores of Lake Victoria, into a poor family, He lived in a small thatched house, looking after the cattle and selling milk and fish to support his family.
John Magufuli started his education at the Chato Primary School from 1967 to 1974 and went on to the Katoke Seminary in Biharamulo for his secondary education from 1975 to 1977 before relocating to Lake Secondary School in 1977 and graduating in 1978, He joined Mkwawa High School for his Advanced level studies in 1979 and graduated in 1981, That same year he joined Mkwawa College of Education (a constituent college of the University of Dar es Salaam) for a Diploma in Education Science, majoring in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Education.
John Magufuli earned his Bachelor of Science in education degree, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics as teaching subjects from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1988. He also earned his masters, and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1994 and 2009, respectively, In late 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Dodoma for improving the economy of the country.
John Magufuli ventured into elective politics after a short period as a teacher at The Sengerema Secondary School between 1982 and 1983. He taught chemistry and mathematics. Later on, he quit his teaching job and was employed by The Nyanza Cooperative Union Limited as an industrial chemist. He remained there from 1989 to 1995, when he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) representing Chato district, He was appointed Deputy Minister for Works in his first term as MP, He retained his seat in the 2000 election and was promoted to a full ministerial position under the same docket. After President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was requested to take office, he moved John Joseph Magufuli to the post of Minister of Lands and Human Settlement on 4 January 2006m Subsequently, he served as Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010 and again as Minister of Works from 2010 to 2015.
John Magufuli had not been seen in public since 27 February 2021 and rumours swirled online that he was sick and possibly incapacitated from illness, A Kenyan newspaper reported on 10 March 2021 that “an African leader” was being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital in Nairobi, leading to speculation that it could be President John Magufuli, Opposition politician Tundu Lissu, citing unnamed sources but without providing evidence, said it was Magufuli who was hospitalised, having contracted COVID-19, He further claimed that there were plans to move John Magufuli to Indiam Lissu later claimed that Magufuli had died by 10 March
His death on 17 March 2021 was attributed by the government to a long-standing heart issue, He was succeeded by his Vice-President, Samia Suluhu.
He was married to Janeth Magufuli, a Tanzanian primary school teacher.
John is said to have seven childrens, these are some notable children he has below
- Jessica Magufuli
- Joseph Magufuli