Former Presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete and former Prime Minister, Judge (retired) Joseph Warioba have commended President John Magufuli for his good leadership demonstrated so far.
The former top leaders made the remarks after meeting Dr Magufuli on separate occasions at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
Speaking on Thursday shortly after meeting Dr Magufuli, Mr Mkapa said that he went to see the president to congratulate him on his election victory and the overwhelming mandate he has been given by Tanzanians to form and lead the Fifth Phase Government.
According to a State House statement, Mr Mkapa wished the president a happy and prosperous new year and assured him of his support and availability for any assignment if needed.
On Wednesday, President Magufuli met with his immediate predecessor, Mr Kikwete, at the State House in the city where the latter wished the president happy new year and congratulated him for his sterling leadership.
Mr Kikwete also stated that he supported the various efforts made by the president, including initiatives made to boost revenue collection.
On his part, Judge Warioba, apart from wishing the president happy new year, commended Dr Magufuli for his good start and sterling performance, especially in tax collection, cost-cutting measures and investments in social service sectors such as water, health and education.
Judge Warioba called on all Tanzanians to support Dr Magufuli in his crusade against corruption, abuse of power, embezzlement, thievery of public funds and negligence.
“We must all support the president; we shouldn’t leave him alone to fight against corruption, abuse of power and other vices. He is our leader and we must support him in this endeavour. We shouldn’t let him to go it alone.
All Tanzanians must fight these vices,” the former prime minister and first vice-president said. Since he took power last November, President Magufuli has taken stern measures in curbing corruption, tackling abuse of power, taming thievery and embezzlement of public funds and negligence as well as cutting down costs of running the government.
The measures include removal and suspension of some government officials, arraignment of suspected corrupt officials, restrictions on foreign trips, and reduction of cabinet size.