Mwanza — A total of 32,456 households that were enrolled with the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), Phase Three, have been removed from the programme after intensive verification, which established that they lacked qualification.
Minister of State, President's Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance), Ms Angela Kairuki, ordered the removal of the households here on Monday when she was opening a two-day working meeting on the implementation of the programme.
The meeting was attended by the regional and district commissioners and directors from the Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in the Lake Zone regions.
She said among the dismissed households, it was discovered that 7,819 members of those households had already, 2,999 were leaders in different local government locations, 3,948 were those who were relocated to different areas before the programme was implemented, 9,342 were ghost households while 8,348 were households that lacked the necessary qualifications.
She said the process of validating people who did not qualify in the programme will be sustainable in which she urged leaders and government officials to cultivate a culture of giving feedback about the people who misuse the government funds out of its intended goals.
"I have ordered to be given the reports of all staff who have caused the misuse of these funds for enrolling ghost beneficiaries so that an action can be taken against them to stop, as we seek to get rid of such behaviour," she said in a speech read on her behalf by the Deputy Secretary in the President's Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance), Ms Susan Mlawi.
Moreover, Ms Kairuki said TASAF III faces many challenges, including the incorporation of ineligible households in the programme, ignoring the poorest households and non-distribution of funds to targeted beneficiaries.
It was discovered further that some civil servants and unscrupulous managers used to reduce payments intended for eligible beneficiaries as some beneficiaries did not go physically to take the funds, which were taken by other people on their behalf.
The aim of the meeting was to enable government officials to increase understanding of the basic requirements in execution of their duties, particularly in areas with challenges in managing performance and understand the operating systems of various programmes, including TASAF III.