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Vol 37 No 8

Published 12th April 1996


Offshore, offside

President Ben Mkapa is doing well on the mainland but struggling with Zanzibar

The President insists that he does not want to be called Mtukufu (Your Excellency) or have his picture on banknotes and does not want to hear his name on the radio unless he has actually done something. Benjamin Mkapa offers a welcome break with the recent past. Since he took office on 23 November, he has grown in leadership and, it seems, in popularity. Mainland Tanzania likes his modesty (and that of his workmanlike Prime Minister, Frederick Sumaye). In Dar es Salaam, the clean-up is gathering pace.

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