Tanzanian President John Magufuli
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday assured teachers of continued payment of their salaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president made the assurance to pay salaries to teachers after the government closed indefinitely all schools and high learning institutions in the east African nation on March 17 over the COVID-19 outbreak.

A statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communications at State House said Magufuli made the pledge shortly after he had sworn in newly appointed Minister for Constitutional Affairs and Justice, Mwigulu Nchemba, at Chato State Lodge in Geita region.

“The government has put in place measures to ensure that teachers get their salaries without interruptions,” said Magufuli.

The head of state appealed to all Tanzanians, especially politicians and the media, to stop issuing reports on COVID-19 that created panic among members of the public.

He said Tanzanians of all walks of life should rally together toward the fight against the viral disease.

Magufuli paid tribute to health workers who were on the frontline of caring for COVID-19 patients and promised them full government backing.

On April 29, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said 196 new COVID-19 cases had been recorded in the country from April 23 to April 28, bringing the latest total number of cases to 480. Enditem

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