Tanzania: Former Ministers Express Concerns Over Fish Levy

Dodoma — Parliament yesterday endorsed a Sh64.91 billion budget for the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development for the 2019/20 financial year, with contributions by former ministers taking centre stage in improving the revenue and expenditure plan.

Some of the former ministers, who debated the ministry's budget after it was tabled by the minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Mr Luhaga Mpina, on Tuesday, included ex-minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development, Dr Charles Tizeba, and former Finance minister Saada Mkuya.

The list also included former minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Charles Mwijage and the ex-minister for Investment, Dr Mary Nagu.

In his contribution, Dr Tizeba said a $0.4 royalty charged on every kilo of fish on a fisherman who goes fishing in Tanzania's deep sea waters was bad and that it was discouraging investment.

But in a quick rejoinder, Mr Mpina said the exemption on the said royalty (the $0.4 per kilo) as advanced by Mr Tizeba during his days as minister for the docket cost the government Sh5 billion in uncollected revenue.

Ms Mkuya, who served under former President Jakaya Kikwete's administration, shared Dr Tizeba's sentiments.

Also Read

Kikwete's take on three issues stalling Africa's development

Tanzania opposition demand reform of electoral body

Tanzania Parliament finds Pan African Parliament's Vice President guilty

'Governance, market forces inseparable'

"Zanzibar is a victim of the $0.4 per kilo royalty on fish caught in deep sea waters. You should look at other areas where you can collect revenue," said Ms Mkuya, the lawmaker for Melezo in Zanzibar.

Mr Mwijage, who was dropped from President John Magufuli's cabinet on the same day as Dr Tizeba, asked Mr Mpina to announce the release of boat engines that were seized during a recent illegal fishing operation.

Dr Nagu, who held the Investment Docket during Mr Kikwete's administration, told the government to find a lasting solution to the plight of livestock keepers who were forced to bribe government officials whenever their animals find their way into game reserves and national parks.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Citizen

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.