The World's 'Poorest President'

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Uruguay’s President José Mujica

While the title president is often synonymous with plush living and hefty paycheques, Uruguay’s head of state is contrasting the norm.

José Mujica who is commonly referred to as the “The World’s Poorest President” donates 90 per cent of his salary, taking home approximately Ksh105, 000 of his allotted Ksh1,050,000.

Speaking to a Spanish newspaper, the 77-year-old head of state explained that the amount he takes home is sufficient

"I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less," he told the paper.

Mujica also refused to live in the presidential residence, opting to reside in a small farmhouse owned by his wife. Like her husband, Mrs. Mujica donates a large sum of her senatorial salary.

The president, who was previously a guerilla fighter, has no bank account. When declaring his wealth, Mujica stated that his most valuable possession is his aged Volkswagen Beetle.

Known as a man who shuns formalities and high-end living, Mujica has endeared himself to many as a generous leader and a true man of the people.  After 10 years behind bars for his guerilla activism, Mujica has served as a senator and minister for agriculture.

Though José Mujica is not the first president to donate his salary, his move is a sharp contrast to the leaders in Kenya and other  who take home large salaries while the bulk of their constituents live below the poverty line.

Source: The Standard

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This is a man who genuinely cares for the people. Kenyan leaders whoever are busy stealing even from the poor! His leadership style speaks volume of his character. God bless Mujika.

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Mtulivu

Rais wa Uruguay, Mheshiwa Jose Mujica na mkewe Mama Mujica, ni wazalendo, wastarabu, wanyenyekevu, na kati ya viongozi ulimwenguni ambao wanakielewa kitu kimoja kinaga ubaga: kwamba kiongozi yoyote yule ni mtumishi wa umma. Nimuonapo Rais Jose Mujica, kwa kweil, namuona Hayati Julius Kabarage Nyerere wa Tanzania pamoja na babu yetu wa rohoni, Nelson Mandera wa Afrika Kusini. Sera zake kiongozi huyu zinawazuzua watu wake na kuwakasilisha viongozi wa Afrika hasa wa za Kenya, Nigeria, Gambia, Zimbabwe na Uganda.

Rais huyu anafahamu vilivyo sababu za kutoswa katika mamlakani na wananchi wa nchi ya Uruguay. Akiwa kama mwanamgambo aliyepigana kwa udi na uvumba dhidi ya viongozi walafi wa Uruguah ambao kwa miaka waliwakandamiza watu wake, Rais Jose Majica ni kiumbe cha namna ya peke ifikapo ni uongozi. Analewa kuwa viongozi wote wa Kenya, ambao kila wakati hujivisha vilemba vya ukoka, wanatakiwa kuokoka, kubatizwa tena, na kuoshwa kwa kutumia kemikali kali uchafu ulioenea damuni kote uhusio:
1). Uporaji wa mali ya umma.
2). Hila za kumsakama Mzee Kibaki na Raila waweke sahihi sheria kutoka Katiba Mpya walizozibadilsha ziwafae wao.
3) Njama za kujiongezea mishahara na marupurupu mengine usiku wa manane kwa kuzihalalasha na kuzijinafsisha bila aibu wala staha.
4). Kutolipa KODI.
5). Kubadilisha vipengere katika Katiba yetu ambazo zinawagusu wao ziwafae kwa miezi iliobakio mitano badala ya kuwafikiria watoto na viongozi wa kesho.
6). Kuhusika na visa vya wizi, najisi, ukejeli, na dhuluma kwa Wakenya kwa kuzichumia tumbo zao, jamaa zao, jamii zao, marafiki zao huku umma ukiendelea kuteseka kutokana na hali ya gharama ya juu ya maisha.

7). Kuzusha mvutano wa kisiasa baina ya wenyewe ili ionekane kana kwamba wanawatetea wananchi, kumbe ni unafsi wao tu.

8) Kutumia ushirikina kwa kuzikalia rasilmali na miradi ambayo yaweza kuiboresha maisha ya Wakenya wote.

Ningependa kumtaharisha Rais wa Hekima wa Uruguay asidhubutu kuitembelea Kenya maishani mwake asije kushikwa na magonjwa ya sukari, saratani, ukimbiaji wa damu mwilini ikiwemo pia ukimwi, haya yakiwa ni magonjwa ambayo Mwenyezi Mungu anayatumia ili kujibu vilio vya wananchi wa Kenya.  

Uongozi madhubuti wa Rais Jose Majika twautmbua wazi. Kuyarudia visanga tunavyovishuhudia kutoka kwa viongozi wa kenya hasa wabunge ni kichefuchefu kingine. Mzalendo huyu anaelewa pia kwamba uongozi waweza kulevya kama pombe, hasa unapotusi madaraka yako kutosheleza ndoto zako na za kabila lako. Endeleza sera Mhe Majica ingawa sifa zako duniani kutoka kwa wenzio marais hazitapakaa, ila sisi tutayaabudu yote unayoyatenda.

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Motongoria

Safi Mtulivu, nakubaliana nawe kabisa.

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peter kahura

The world leaders should visit this president and learn how to enjoy life without fear.The bigest shame we all have is to be poor but when you eat you have good health is enough wealthy to be happy of and enjoy life without fear.This is a wonderful President with true belief with the people takes care of as their President.

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clever dude

kwani mumemispell jina? his real name ni Mujinga.

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