5 February 2013

Tanzania: Ministry Warns NGOs, CBOs Over Misuse of Funds

Dodoma — THE government has warned Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community- Based Organizations, (CBOs) against accruing benefits at the expense of intended recipients.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Suleiman Rashid, informed the House in Dodoma that individuals found operating the organizations differently will have their licences revoked and won't regain them.

Dr Rashid was responding to a question by Harous Mohamed Shamis, (MP - Chonga - CUF), who asked the government to give statistics on registered civil organizations and the degree of compliance to their dedication to serve the disadvantaged members of the society such as the disabled, orphans, the elderly, street children and others.

"There are 153 registered such organizations and out of the number, 40 are centres for the disabled and the elderly, six are vocational training centres for the disabled, 100 are centres for children living under difficult condition, six are juvenile reformatory centres and one remedial school," Dr Rashid said.

The legislators were further informed that seven out 100 centres for the children living under difficult condition are specifically for street children and close monitoring of normal operations of the centres were carried out by the government. Clarifying on additional efforts by the ministry to ensure that the entrusted organizations adhere to regulations, the House was informed that policies, laws and regulations on services to special groups in the society were prepared by the government for realization of the intended objectives.

However, the House was informed that the majority of the organizations have continued to do a commendable job to help the needy, in support of the government initiative. Also, special arrangements, said the deputy minister, have been made to ensure regular assessment and advisory supervision to the organizations to control misuse of funds obtained from various sources.

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