1 July 2012

Tanzania: MPs Office to Get Staff of Four Members

Dodoma — THE government is planning to employ four staff for every Member of Parliament (MP) office effective 2012/13 financial year.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Coordination, Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Mr William Lukuvi told the National Assembly that the plan aimed at improving efficiency of the MP's office.

He mentioned the staff as secretary, driver, office attendant and printer. "MP's office is an institution like any other institution such as DC office therefore it needs enough staff to operate efficiently," said Mr Lukuvi. He stated that the government had also set aside 10bn/- for construction of MP's offices in 2012/13 financial year.

"We're now talking with NSSF to expand Bunge sub offices in Dar es Salaam and for construction of other MPs offices. Bunge will also buy four new buses for carrying MPs in official duties" said the minister. He also revealed that 50th independence anniversary celebrations cost 27.5bn/ contrary to media reports that the government spent 60bn/- on the celebrations.

"It's not true that we spent such huge amount as reported, we spent 27.5bn/- against projection of 30bn/-" he stated. The minister reiterated government commitment to shift to Dodoma, saying the government has allocated 30m US dollars for construction of infrastructures in the region.

Mr Lukuvi said that the government hired a consultant from Korea and that a new master plan of the designated capital city had been completed. Under new master plan, new towns will be relocated to Ihumo and Chamwino. He also said that the government was planning to form a single organ to handle illicit drugs and to review law against illicit drugs in order to remove option of fines.

On his part, the Deputy Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development Godluck Ole Medeye said that the government would form new organ to manage Kigamboni satellite town.

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