15 February 2013

Tanzania: Serengeti Eyes Sh27 Billion Budget Next Fiscal Year

Serengeti — SERENGETI District Council projects to spend 26.4bn/- during the 2013/2014 financial year, a full council meeting was told here recently.

A huge chunk of the money amounting to 16bn/- will be for recurrent expenditure and the remaining will be spent on development projects. A Senior Official with District Council's Planning Department, Mr Alphonce Mulewa said they anticipate to collect 1.6bn/- during the same period.

"This budget has increased by 16 per cent from last year with most of covering recurrent expenditures," he said. The District Council employs over 400 workers and it plans to employ almost similar number in the next financial year, the aim being to improve service delivery.

He also said that the council expects to make a special request from the central for 5bn/- to finance construction of the district hospital and council offices. The District Council, he said intends to make special request of 5bn/- from government to finance on-going construction of the district government hospital and the council offices.

Serengeti District Council Chairman Mr John Ng'oina said the budget is meant to improve the welfare of residents in the area, promising that more investors would be attracted with improved services. He also pledged that more would be spent on the education sector in the next financial year.

"Serengeti is not a poor district. What we need is education to enable us utilize available resources for sustainable development", Mr Ng'oina said. It is estimated that over 90 per cent of Serengeti District is made up of game protected areas including the world heritage site of Serengeti National Park. But the majority of people living in the district live below poverty line.

Mr Ng'oina also used the opportunity to urge health officials to put in place effective strategies that will help to keep Mugumu town clean at all times. "Mugumu is set to become a tourist hub. We cannot have a tourist hub which is not clean," Mr Ng'oina cautioned.

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