By Azania Post Reporter and Agencies
Tanzania President Dr John Magufuli meets with the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), His Highness the Aga Khan, who arrived in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday for a two-day official visit.
John Magufuli called His Highness the Aga Khan to review service costs at his institutions such as hospitals, schools, universities and financial institutions that are getting tax exemptions from the government.
Tanzania President Dr John Magufuli (Right) in talks with the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), His Highness the Aga Khan at State House in Dar es Salaam (Photo: State House)
Dr Magufuli told the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims to lower the service costs at his facilities, citing the Aga Khan Hospital.
President Magufuli was speaking at the State House in Dar es Salaam where he received and held talks with visiting spiritual leader who also chairs the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
The Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims jetted in yesterday on an invitation by Dr Magufuli on the second leg of his tour of East Africa.
Tanzania President Dr John Magufuli (Right) share a light moment with the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), His Highness the Aga Khan at State House in Dar es Salaam (Photo: State House)
Minister of Defence and National Service, Dr Hussein Mwinyi and his Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training counterpart, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, were at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) to receive the leader who was treated to a full guard of honour and other traditional dances.
While in Dar es Salaam, his itinerary shows that he will meet members of the Shia Ismaili Community.
Dr Magufuli thanked the AKDN Chairman for various projects that his organisation is implementing in the country, citing the expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital to increase the number of beds from 74 to 172 as well as expansion of the hospital’s cardiac and cancer departments.
The health facility offers general medical services, specialist clinics and state of the art diagnostic services. It is part of the Aga Khan Health Services international referral system, with links to the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi and the Aga Khan University.