Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: MP Calls for Revisiting of CDF Disbursement

Same — SAME East MP, Ms Anne Kilango-Malecela has called for a review of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) disbursement in accordance with the size of respective constituencies.

Ms Kilango-Malecela said it was imperative for the government to consider geographical areas of every constituency as some are small with adequate infrastructure while others are mountainous and difficult to access like hers.

She gave the request before the Same District Commissioner, Herman Kapufi, when he on behalf of Minister for Health and Social Welfare, presented her with an ambulance to cater for citizens who use Kirangare dispensary in the district.

The outspoken MP said it was not fair for all constituencies to get the same amount while they are far apart in terms of size and physical geography.

CDF was introduced in 2009 under which funding arrangements channel money from central government to electoral constituencies for local infrastructure projects. MPs influence heavily on decisions about how these funds are allocated and spent in the constituents.

Ms Kilango-Malecela said her Same East is biggest of all Kilimanjaro Region constituencies and that 65 per cent of her voters live in mountainous places, making it hard to access as infrastructure is not all that good.

"The government should review disbursement of CDF because there are too big constituencies with areas difficult to access you cannot liken Moshi Urban with Same East, yet we get the same disbursement," noted the MP.

She, however, consoled her voters, telling them that the government was going to do a lot for them as the ambulance was just the initiation of implementation of its promises and a second one was on its way.

Speaking on the construction of roads, the MP said already 49bn/- were set aside for that and power will also be connected, saying the citizens should never lose their sleep.

Same District Medical Officer, Dr Ernest Kyungu said the ambulance was important in the area and would by far reduce unnecessary deaths especially to pregnant women.

Other countries with CDF programme include Philippines, Bhutan, Solomon Islands, Kenya, Malaysia, Jamaica, India, Sudan, Pakistan, Malawi and Uganda.

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