17 June 2012

Tanzania: Districts Under Fire for Failure to Issue Financial Reports

Dodoma — SEVERAL local authorities have not made public the Controller and Auditor General's (CAG's) report for the 2011/12 financial year, a non-governmental organisation, Sikika, said on Saturday.

The Executive Director of Sikika, Mr Irenei Kiria, listed the authorities as Ilala, Temeke, Kinondoni, Kibaha, Kondoa and Singida.

"This is contrary to the spirit of Open Government Partnership (OGP) of 2011, to which Tanzania is a signatory," Mr Kiria said in a statement.

He said in 2006, President Jakaya Kikwete directed government officials to make public all reports on development programmes including those issued by the CAG. He said Sikika is responsible for promoting people's participation and openness in various government activities at all levels.

"People have the right to information and are expected to know expenditure of government funds," Mr Kiria stressed.

He strongly deplored bureaucracy in provision of information to the public and NGOs.

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