26 June 2014

Tanzania: Tunduma Set to Become One Stop Border Post

Dodoma — THE Deputy Minister for Finance, Mr Mwigulu Nchemba, has said that the government will with authorities in Zambian start a one stop border post at Tunduma.

Mr Nchemba told the National Assembly that the move aims at improving operations at the border and fast track movement of goods and people.

He was responding to a question by Ms Hilda Ngoye (Special Seats-CCM) who wanted to know government plans in putting up a one stop border post at Tunduma.

Mr Nchemba noted that already the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has started around the clock operations and the move has to a large extent helped in fast tracking movement of goods and people at the border.

Earlier, Mr Ally Keissy (Nkasi North-CCM) wanted to know if the government would find an alternative road for people travelling to Sumbawanga, saying that the road to Tunduma border used now was busy and congested.

Responding to the question, Mr Nchemba noted that with TRA working 24 hours, the issue of congestion has been reduced significantly, but advised the Tunduma town council to discuss the matter and send its proposal in the ministry concerned for implementation.

In the basic question, Mr David Silinde (Mbozi West-Chadema) wanted to know how much was being earned from the businesses at the border post per annum. He also wanted to know how much out of that revenue was retained for Mpanda town council.

Mr Silinde also wanted to know whether it was justified to remit all the revenue collected at the border post to the central government.

He also pointed out that TRA has taken buildings that were earmarked by the town council for establishment of a hospital and wanted to know whether the government would be ready to surrender the buildings.

Mr Nchemba responded to the questions by saying that an average of 2.877bn/- is collected as revenue from the border per month. "As of now the government does not have any laws stipulating that all funds collected in a particular area should be spent there," he said.

He further said that the constitution directs that all national resources be distributed equally to benefit all the people.

Mr Nchemba asked Mr Silinde to ask Tunduma town council to put in writing the earlier decision it made about the buildings now used by TRA and submit to the ministry of finance for consideration.

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