Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has warned individuals bent on misusing Information Communication Technology (ICT), insisting that such individuals will not be spared by the law.
The prime minister issued the warning on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam during an event to hand over awards to winners of Huawei ICT Competition held in Dar es Salaam.
The Prime Minister said the third phase government led by President John Magufuli was all out to prioritize the use of ICT to enhance transparency, accountability and efficiency in the daily performance of government activities.
He said the major objective of ICT was to simplify activity performance, exchange and share information and increase productivity, all of which contribute to improvement in individual income, job creation and reduction of poverty.
“I strongly warn all individuals who have been abusing ICT.
For instance, there are a few individuals out there who have been misusing social networks.
It is important for everyone to use ICT for developmental issues. Those who abuse it should be ready to face the wrath of the law, “he said.
Those who abuse it should be ready to face the wrath of the law,” he said. He said the government was confident that ICT played pivotal role in increasing efficiency in serving the public.
Giving an example, the Prime Minister said through ICT one teacher could reach a bigger number of students in different schools at once.
According to Prime Minister Majaliwa, through ICT the government can reduce administrative cost as government officials can now communicate among themselves without requiring them to travel outside their work stations.
Giving another example, the PM said in June 2017 President John Magufuli inaugurated Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Duty electronic collection system, proving how ICT was important for the development of all sectors of the economy.
Likewise, he said, in June this year during the Public Service Week, the government launched nine ICT system, all of which aimed at improving its performance in public service delivery. He said the government would continue investing in ICT for improved public service delivery.
According to PM Majaliwa, the Ministry of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) is capable of tracking revenue collection in local councils