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Opinion: Tanzania’s John Magufuli hid his tyranny behind a blame game

It's tempting to blame the West for all of Africa's problems. But it's an all too common tactic used by so-called benevolent dictators trying to cover their autocratic tendencies, says DW's Abu-Bakarr Jalloh.

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