Tanzanian President John Magufuli is one of the lowest paid leaders in Africa and earns a monthly salary of just about $4,000, to be exact the figure is 9 million Tanzania shillings only.
Magufuli revealed his salary on Tuesday in financial capital Dar es Salaam and said his government has cut down salaries of executives too at state-owned companies at 15 million Tanzanian shillings a month.
It is not to forget the leaders has been regularly criticized for his policy of deep public spending cuts.
The president said, “They can leave if they don’t want it.”
He made the local officials know many people in the country lack access to health care, electricity and even water.
Magufuli added that abuse of public funds was rampant at state firms and he as rejected requests from some officials to double their allowances.
He won the October 2015 presidential election and was sworn in on November 5. Since then he has been nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for his strict policies and imposing measures like foreign travel restrictions for government officials and suspension of ghost workers from state payroll.
Some of the critics point out the severe cost-cutting measures of the new government could undermine growth in the country that has second biggest economy in East Africa.
In 2016 the president said has plans of submitting a parliamentary bill to prohibit public leaders from engaging in business so that conflicts of interest are avoided.
As of now no other source of income for John Magufuli is known publicly.