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Tanzania threatens pollster that said Magufuli's popularity has reduced by 41% | Africanews - 7 months ago, 13 July 04:20

By: Daniel Mumbere

Tanzania’s government has given a pollster that published an opinion poll showing that President John Magufuli’s popularity is waning, seven days to explain why ‘appropriate action should not be taken against them’.

Researchers from research outfit Twaweza last week said President Magufuli’s approval ratings had plummeted by an alarming 41% since coming to power in 2016.

During his first year in office, Magufuli had a record setting 96% approval rate, largely driven by his crackdown on corruption and laxity of public officials.

Twaweza’s survey, called ‘Speaking Truth To Power’, which collected opinions from 1,241 respondents from Tanzania Mainland using mobile phones, says the popularity which dropped to 71% in 2017 has since reduced to 55%.

Poll conducted without permit

In a letter to the Executive Director of Twaweza dated July 9, the acting Director-General of the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Dr Amos Nungu, said the not-for-profit organisation had not applied to the ...
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