Tanzanian President John Magufuli was at it again on Friday 13, making headlines for making an impromptu visit to Julius Nyerere International Airport where he shockingly found out that the airport’s security screening machines were not functional.
Magufuli had just landed back from Kampala where he had gone to attend the inauguration ceremony of the country’s veteran leader Yoweri Museveni, when he made a surprise visit to the security check point.
He was shocked to find out that the Julius Nyerere International Airport’s baggage detector x-ray machines were not functioning.
He proceeded to ask the official’s why the machines were not working, to which they gave contradicting answers. This seemed to bother the president.
While one official told him that only one machine was not functional, another told him that both were not in good shape. He went ahead to order one of the machines to be tested in his presence to which he found out that it was not functioning.
The 56-year-old seemed particularly concerned by the fact that luggage from arriving passengers were not screened, and that this could be an easy way for the passage of illegal merchandise to enter his country.
A statement later released by the Tanzanian state house said the president ordered the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication to collaborate with the relevant security organs to ensure the immediate repairs of the machines.