PM instructs accounting officers to be vigilant

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has instructed accounting officers across the country, to strengthen supervision of expenditures in implementation of plans stipulated in the national budget for the year 2023/24.

He also instructed ministries and government institutions to minimise the unnecessary expenditures for the sake of ensuring effective implementation of development programmes and projects going forward.

Premier Majaliwa made the instructions on Wednesday in the National Assembly, while adjourning the 11th session of the 12th Parliament, until August 29th this year.

During sessions of the just adjourned House meeting, parliamentarians approved 44.39tri/- national budget that reflect the government Under President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s dedication in bringing development to the country.

“Implementation of the development plan in the coming fiscal year will stimulate social and economic activities to all people in the country,” he said.

Due to this, Premier Majaliwa reminded government officials to ensure effective adherence of public procurement procedures for the country to attain economic goals.

“Government executives should also strengthen revenue collections systems and ensure all the expenditures are within priorities of the national budget,” he said, insisting on the need to come up with new sources of revenues.

Mr Majaliwa also informed the MPs that the government is finalising arrangements for issuance of the 10 per cent of councils own source revenue.

“The date for resumption of the new procedure of issuing and repayment of the loans will be communicated to the public,” he said.

In April this year, the Government announced the suspension of the local council loans for the remaining duration of financial year 2022/23.

Mr Majaliwa said the decision was made in response to President Samia’s directives following the misuse of the loaned funds as indicated in the report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG), which questioned the sustainability of the scheme in the current set up.

The 10 per cent loan is a revolving loan scheme from the local government distributed on the 4-4-2 formula, for youth, women, and people with disabilities respectively.

In his report CAG showed that due to low capacity, local government authorities weren’t able to recover 88bn/- of the loan.

It was also noted 2.5bn/- was issued to the groups that ceased business operations while 895.94m/- was issued to 48 non-existing groups.

There were complaints from legislators over the minimal amount of loans given to the special groups, hence failing to meet the objective of empowering them economically.

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