Tanzania’s President advised the Minister of State, President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government – Selemani Jafo to work on unbridled Remuneration loss within his directory
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– President of the United Republic of Tanzania – Samia Suluhu Hassan has advised the Minister of State, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (RALG) – Selemani Jafo to work on widespread dividend loss within his purview. This was as a result of a dictum that arrived shortly after the Controller and Auditor General (CAG); Charles Kichere delivered about 21 various audit reports for 2019/2020 Financial Year, which among other things unearthed huge payment loss within RALGs.
According to the CAG, about 185 LGAs were audited during 2019/2020 Fiscal Year out of which, only 124 received unqualified opinion reports 53 LGAs received adverse opinion reports while eight of them were slapped with qualified opinion, a move that raised eyebrows of the Head of State.
“There is a lot of loss of public funds within RALG and this has been transpiring due to the fact that whenever laws are ratified to regulate within the Central Government, they believe because in regional and local government authorities,’’ she noted.
According to Samia the late Dr. John Magufuli had already notified the minister responsible more than twice.
“I am asking you to go and keep eyes on revenue and expenditure within LGAs and this will be the last warning I am giving and should you fail please ask for help from us,’’ she added.
Samia said the situation was not well within LGAs as they were obtaining a lot of money from the Central Government but that money was being frittered. In this regard, she asked Jafo to make confident that the money that was obtained was not being misappropriated and that the funds expended from the treasury should equally be spent
on targeted projects.
The President further insisted that there were several other areas that the CAG report disclosed shortcomings, supervising all ministers responsible to work on them. She said she would distribute the reports to all ministers whose ministries seem to have loopholes for income loss.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent
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