Africa’s ‘bulldozer’ says God will save Tanzania from Covid-19

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John Magufuli, Tanzania’s maverick president, has used his strong personality to cow corrupt civil servants and force foreign mining companies to pay millions of dollars in outstanding tax. But the Covid-19 coronavirus might be less responsive. Picture: Magdalene Mukami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
John Magufuli, Tanzania’s maverick president, has used his strong personality to cow corrupt civil servants and force foreign mining companies to pay millions of dollars in outstanding tax. But the Covid-19 coronavirus might be less responsive. Picture: Magdalene Mukami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Last week, he became the first African leader to declare victory over the virus, even though health data had not been released for more than a month.

He criticised the national laboratory for exaggerating the number of infections, dismissed health experts and discouraged the wearing of masks, saying God would protect Tanzania.

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