10 October 2018

Tanzania: PM Furious With Unfaithful TRA Officials

THE Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has warned unfaithful workers under the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), who collude in stealing government revenue.

Mr Majaliwa sounded the warning yesterday at the climax of his four-day tour in Kagera Region. He said that there was a "foul play" where some of the unfaithful workers were transferred from one station to another.

This trend should stop herewith, he said. He directed the Kagera TRA Regional Manager, Mr Adam Ntoga, to suspend immediately one of the workers whom he named as Victor Mtei, who is suspected to be involved in several corrupt practices, to allow thorough investigations to be conducted.

According to Mr Majaliwa, on August 5, this year Mtei, who is stationed at Mutukula Border Post, allegedly colluded by allowing a FUSO lorry with registration number T 957 AXF which had consignment of Eagle beer from a neighbouring country to enter the country without paying taxes property of Erasto Muga. In the racket, Mtei allegedly pocketed 2.5m/- bribe, he said.

He named some of the notorious routes to include Mutukula, Murongo, Kangenyi and Kyerwa. The Prime Minister has also thanked donors including the governments of Japan and the United Kingdom (UK) who responded quickly by assisting the nation after the September 10, 2016 earthquake that hit Kagera Region.

Mr Majaliwa made the remarks while receiving classrooms and toilets at Nyakato and Kashozi primary schools, on the outskirts of Bukoba Municipal that were reconstructed with assistance from Japan at a cost of 105,486 US dollars.

"The government highly appreciates the assistance given by donors including the governments of Japan and United Kingdom (UK), who responded quickly when the region was hit by the earthquake," he said.

Mr Katsutoshi Takeda, who is also the Charge D'Affaires and Interim of Japan to Tanzania, noted that the government of Japan has been extending support to local communities in various sectors including health, education and water supply under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security (GGHSP) schemes since 1991.

He reiterated Japan's commitment to continue supporting Tanzania in her bid to achieve a strong industrial economy.

The UK government reconstructed infrastructure at Ihungo secondary school. Mr Majaliwa utilised the opportunity to warn officials and teachers who collude in stealing and leaking examinations.

"This is a shameful act. All those involved in such shameful acts will face the music." He warned.

He urged pupils and students from nearby Nyakato and Ihumngo secondary schools - especially those in Form Four to study hard and be faithful during the national Form Four examinations which are expected to start next month.

He also urged parents to make close follow-up of their children who were attending school to be able to know their weakness.

The Premier also appealed to investors both Tanzanians and foreigners to invest by establishing medium schools and to ensure that they follow the laid down procedures.

He commended the Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Jasson Rweikiza, after visiting Rweikiza Medium Schools, located at Kyetema, about 20kms from Bukoba town where he was informed about the good academic performance of the pupils.

Mr Majaliwa yesterday concluded his four-day tour and later flew back to Dodoma.

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