It is with grave sadness that the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt) has received the news of the untimely demise of His Excellency John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, which occurred during the late hours of Wednesday, 17th March 2021.
A true patriot and an action-driven visionary leader, President Magufuli led numerous transformational efforts within the country that saw Tanzania achieving middle income status during his time in office. He was often heard speaking of infrastructural developments and the revitalization of the energy sector as key ingredients to driving
transformation. In spearheading the industrialization agenda, he led policy reforms within the mining sector to prioritize the nation’s interests, made contributions to the development of local infrastructure and tasked authorities in the energy sector with ensuring reliable power solutions within the country.
During his first tenure as President, Magufuli was quickly hailed for his strong stance against corruption. Taking unprecedented steps to stamp out corruption including purging thousands of “ghost workers” from public payroll, not hesitating to remove non-performing high ranking officials from their positions, and severely curbing government spending on non-essentials, he demonstrated his commitment to delivering on his election campaign promise of eradicating corruption in the country. The impact of the President’s efforts went beyond the government, as several government organizations also implemented requirements that their service providers sign the Integrity Pledge Form at the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA). As an organisation underpinned by ethical leadership for prosperity and growth, the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania has been encouraged to witness these ongoing efforts to commit to ethical practices, and proud to play a leading role within the Private Sector in promoting and driving the anti-corruption agenda. “As business leaders we have a lot to learn from the President’s leadership style, as he aimed for results-oriented actions,” remarked Sanjay Rughani, Chairman of the CEOrt. “In mourning this great loss, we ought to emulate not just his ethical stance, but also his drive for lasting positive impact,” he added.
The country has lost a leader, Tanzania has lost an incredible patriot and champion for sustainable socio-economic development. The CEOrt expresses sincere condolences to the family of President John Pombe Magufuli and the entire nation. May the soul of our dear departed President rest in eternal peace and may his legacy live on.