John Magufuli: Tanzania prefers ‘condition-free’ Chinese aid

He was speaking at the opening of a library at the main university in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. China assisted in building the $40.6m library.

“They have helped us in a lot of other areas of development,” Mr Magufuli said, adding that the two nations would continue strengthening ties.

The European Union (EU) is currently the East African state’s biggest development partner, giving aid of more than $88m annually.

The EU announced earlier this month that it was reviewing its policy towards Tanzania because of concerns about the rights of gay people and restrictions on civil society groups.

Chart showing africa's trade with the EU, China, US and the UK

Last month, Dar es Salaam commissioner Paul Makonda called on the public to report suspected gay men to the police.

The government said at the time that Mr Makonda was expressing his personal opinion, not government policy.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania.

The World Bank has put on hold a $300m loan for an educational project, partly in response to the government’s decision to expel schoolgirls who become pregnant.

Young mothers would be distracted if they were allowed back in school, Mr Magufuli said in a controversial speech last year.

“After calculating some few mathematics, she’d be asking the teacher in the classroom: ‘Let me go out and breastfeed my crying baby,’” he added.

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