It's a hard life for Tanzanian public officials these days.
No more driving your limousine to villages.
No more flying first class to meetings in Europe.
You can't even send Christmas cards on the taxpayer's dime.
President John Magufuli, elected in October, has banned these things. He canceled the country's Independence Day celebrations, saying it would be shameful to spend millions of dollars on fancy parties and military parades in a country battling cholera. And he even restricted the amount of refreshments allowed at official meetings.