12 October 2018

Tanzania: Premier Warns of Misuse of Funds

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has once again strongly warned individuals, including civil servants, against being involved in embezzlement, misuse and theft of public funds, saying such acts won't be tolerated.

Mr Majaliwa warned this yesterday, when addressing Kongwa District Council civil servants at the council's hall in Kongwa, Dodoma Region.

He insisted that every civil servant should be trustworthy, credible and maintain integrity, when discharging their responsibilities. He noted that the fifth phase government would not tolerate any civil servants, who were stealing public property, lazy and corrupt.

"Civil servants with such behaviour have no place in the fifth phase government. We want everyone to work hard and those, who are not diligently discharging their duties, will definitely be in trouble.

Civil servants must know this, that we are serious," he stressed. He directed civil servants to implement the 2015-2020 CCM election manifesto, including setting up a timetable for visiting villages (an outreach programme) to solve their problems.

"We don't want civil servants to stay in office. Go out there to serve people." He said it was inconceivable for civil servants in the sector of agriculture to spend five days of the week in office, while villagers were in need of their services.

He said farmers were facing challenges that needed the attention of agricultural experts. The Prime Minister also spoke of the need for civil servants to observe their legal bounds, including respecting one another.

He said the heads of department were duty bound to respect their subordinates. Speaker of the National Assembly, who also doubles as Kongwa MP, Job Ndugai, thanked the Prime Minister for solving various problems, including a shortage of clean and safe water and the construction of a stretch at tarmac level from Mbande to Kongwa.

Mr Ndugai floated a request to the Prime Minister, asking him to divide Kongwa Ranch into plots so that they could be allocated to livestock keepers as the area was idle.

"I propose to divide the ranch so that people can keep cattle."

Kongwa District Commissioner(DC), Deo Ndejembi, thanked the government for funding the implementation of various development projects, telling the Prime Minister that until yesterday Kongwa District had received 3bn/- for water projects.

Speaking of the availability of drugs in the district, Mr Ndejembi said the situation was good as the availability had reached 90 per cent.

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