22 November 2012

Tanzania: Transport Minister Bans First Class Travel

Tanga — THE Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, has prohibited officials of his ministry from flying in first (business) class when travelling abroad in a bid to minimize costs.

He warned that any official who would take a first class flight during official travel he or she will face the music including deduction of her/his salary to recover the extra money. Dr Mwakyembe made the warning at a press conference at Tanga Port, after handing over a report prepared by the Port Authority to the Board of Directors.

The minister said he wanted to have patriotic government officials who were not considering travel as a chance for free spending. "If your job description states that you will use first class when travelling abroad, you have to know that I've abolished such privilege and if any official wants to travel in first class may do so at his own expenses.

"It is now high time for government officials to feel the pinch of tax payers (Tanzanians) money. Most taxpayers live in abject poverty and need the same money for development projects," he insisted. Dr Mwakyembe directed the board members to be objective and execute their functions according to the requirements of the laws and regulations that govern their board.

He further directed it to improve services at Tanzanian's ports in order to attract more customers and boost national economy. Dr Mwakyembe was, however, optimistic that the Board would excel, as it comprised experienced, well trained members who want to see their country move forward economically.

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