167bn/- paid to settle servants debts, MPs told

DODOMA: MINISTER of State in the President’s Office, Public Service and Good Governance, Mr George Simbachawene said a total of 167.9bn/- has been paid to service public servants debts since President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan became the Head of State.

He told the Parliament that the government is committed to serving public servants debts and arrears saying the payments are the key to their welfare and improved performance.

He gave the sentiment when responding to a supplementary question posed by Ms Ritta Kabati (Special Seats-CCM) who wanted to know how it takes for a public servant to claim his/her leave, luggage and transfer allowance.

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The Minister said most of the debts originate from the regional and local government authorities, hence, directed them to clear them so that they do not accumulate and thus fail to clear them.

He asked the members of Parliament to assist the government to make close follow up and monitoring so that the local government authorities in their respective areas set a budget for the mission.

Mr Simbachawene said the sixth phase government has been doing anything possible to pay the debts, despite the fact that they are piling up due to negligence of some officials.

Earlier, in the main question Mr Issa Mtemvu (Kibamba-CCM) wanted to know the exact amount of public servants debts that emanate from annual leave, transfer and luggage charges after retirement.

Responding further, Deputy Minister Mr Ridhiwan Kikwete said as of April 30,this year, the amount of verified debts of the public servants have reached 285.1bn/-.

Moreover, he said, between July 2023 to April 2024, a total of 55.9bn/- has been paid as debts and they will keep on footing them with the availability of the financial resources

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