Magufuli salutes Chinese donors
Publish date: 03 December 2018
Issue Number: 802
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Tanzania's President John Magufuli has said he preferred Chinese to Western aid as it came with fewer conditions. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Magufuli has faced fierce criticism from Western nations over his controversial policies. Denmark this month suspended $9.8m in aid because of ‘unacceptable homophobic comments’ by a Tanzanian politician. ‘The thing that makes you happy about their (Chinese) aid is that it is not tied to any conditions. When they decide to give you, they just give you,’ Magufuli said. BBC News reports that the EU is the East African state's biggest development partner, giving aid of more than $88m annually.