Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

31 January 2013

Tanzania: Govt Sets Plans to Protect Public Funds

Dodoma — THE government is assessing coherent and practical revenue collection routines to prevent misuse of public funds in different district councils.

Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, (Regional Administration and Local Government), Aggrey Mwanri told the House in Dodoma on Wednesday that both revenue collection methods, meaning hiring of revenue collection agents and direct collection by officers from district councils have been applied.

"The outcome has been challenging. In some places where private revenue collectors were assigned to do the job, funds were obtained, while in other places losses were realized. Likewise, in places where district council officials were deployed similar experiences were recorded," Mwanri explained.

He was responding to a supplementary question by Mwigulu Nchemba (Singida West - CCM) who sought explanation on the way public funds are spent, especially in district councils where a number of community projects remain unfinished despite people's willingness to make contributions.

"All district council authorities have the obligation to honour people's efforts including monetary contributions for their own development. Misuse of funds will not be tolerated. Revenue collected must be spent wisely for the community," Mwanri explained.

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