Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been widely praised for his fight against corruption but his critics say that he has “limited the democratic space” in the country.
He has been accused of closing media organisations that are critical of him and for intimidating opposition groups.
Addressing journalists today as he marks a year in office he defended himself saying that he has promoted democracy but that it has limits:
I have not suppressed democracy. I promoted it, but democracy has limits. What we are doing is in line with our constitution and tradition… After the elections end we must all focus on work.”
Meanwhile he is marking a year in office, but celebrations are unlikely to be extravagant. Mr Magufuli has campaigned with a strong anti-corruption message and has cut government spending during his first year in office.
He even cancelled the annual independence day celebrations due to their “shameful” costs.
STORY BY BBC NEWS