18 July 2016

Tanzania: Jafo Vows to Protect JPM's Village Fund

Dar es Salaam — The government says it will make sure the Sh59 billion set aside by President John Magufuli to empower villagers is not misused.

The deputy minister in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government Authorities), Mr Selemani Jafo during a graduation ceremony of a special training for youth dubbed 'Youth Employment Empowerment' (YEE).

Mr Jafo said the government has learnt a lesson after money allocated to empower the poor, in some projects undertaken in the past, landed on wrong hands.

Disbursement of Sh50 million shillings was in line with President John Magufuli's pledge made during last year's election campaign. The money is intended to empower women and the youth.

Mr Jafo said the government is committed to fulfilling the pledge which was made by President Magufuli during the campaigns.

"We will make sure that challenges encountered during disbursement of 'JK Billion' are addressed; we will make sure that the money reach the intended recipients," he said.

According to Mr Jafo the money will only be enough for 1,180 villages out of 12, 433 villages.

However, Mr Jafo said the government will review its budget in December to reallocate a total Sh562.6 billion to the remaining villages.

Mr Jafo who is also Kisarawe Member of Parliament urged the beneficiaries of the funds to make sure that the money is used accordingly.

During the Youth Employment Empowerment (YEE) graduations organized by Plan International in partnership with the Vocational Educational Training Authority (Veta) under the European Union (EU) funding held at Kisarawe on Saturday, Mr Jafo handed over certificates to 110 youth trained in the fields of electrical installation, motor vehicle mechanics, tailoring, driving, catering and decorations.

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