Tanzania: President - Settle Suma JKT's 38bn/ - Debt Fast

Magufuli gives defaulters 30 days to pay up their tractor debts.

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has issued a one-month ultimatum to all public and private Institutions to pay an outstanding debt amounting to 38bn/- they owe Suma JKT, a military institution within the National Service.

The money represents debts by private and public institutions that purchased tractors from Suma JKT for executing various agricultural projects. In the same vein, Dr Magufuli has directed the minister for Defence and National Service to serve all the public institutions with letters to demand that they pay their debts for SUMA JKT security services that,

according to the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Venance Mabeyo, had accumulated to 3.4bn/-. The Head of State issued the directives during the commissioning of Suma JKT Mgulani Investment Centre which was launched along with two other industries within the facility.

These are drinking water and textile factories that were constructed at a cost of 1.4bn/- and 810.6bn/- respectively, according to the Head of National Service, Major General Martin Busungu.

On the 38bn/- debt, Dr Magufuli said anybody who will fail to clear all the outstanding dues would be arrested by security organs and appropriate legal actions instituted against them."After 30 days, if there will be defaulters, I want the security officials to launch a manhunt against them and take serious legal actions," he stated emphatically.

However, Dr Magufuli commended the army for participating in various development projects, saying he was firmly serious with industrialisation. He said he would attend the commissioning of all industries constructed by all members of the uniformed forces.

Dr Magufuli advised Suma JKT to capitalise on standards by ensuring that all the products produced by their factories adhered to quality and standards so as to win the local and international market.

In his remarks, General Mabeyo requested the President to push for settlement of the debts so that the money could be spent on implementing various projects in the army, including establishing more factories.

The CDF said various investments that were currently being established would create employment opportunities. "The army is fully committed to using our local professionals who are ready to discharge their responsibilities by observing the highest degree of discipline, unity and patriotism," he said.

In his remarks, the Minister for Defence and National Service, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, said following a state visit by the Egyptian President, Mr Abdel Al Sisi in August last year, during which Dr Magufuli and his Egyptian counterpart agreed on various areas of cooperation,

Egypt and Tanzania, through Suma JKT, were planning to establish pharmaceutical industries and a modern abattoir factory. "We have had a series of negotiations with a team of experts from Egypt and the negotiations are currently at the final stage," said the minister.

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