DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of
Tanzania said on Monday it intended to cut donor dependence to 3
percent in the next national budget from 6.4 percent in the
The east African country’s Minister for
Finance and Planning, Phillip Mpango, told Parliament that
increasing domestic tax revenue by 15 percent, borrowing
commercially, cutting wasteful spending and reviewing tax
exemptions should compensate for the reduced donor funding.
Tabling the budget framework for 2016/17, Mpango said plans
were afoot to prepare an 11.5 billion USD budget in the next
financial year which will be slightly higher than the 11.2
billion USD budget in the current financial year.
The framework tabled by the minister in Parliament in Dodoma
will be debated by Members of Parliament till Friday and
expectations were that their recommendations will be taken into
account to improve the framework.
The government will also review all tax exemption contracts
with a view of establishing its benefits, said the minister.
"All government institutions will be required to use
electronic payment system in revenue collection so as to control
revenue loss," he added.
"Even contractors, tenderers and service providers will be
required to use electronic payment system if they want to work
with the government," he said.
opposition party to boycott re-run polls
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Zanzibar’s leading opposition party said on
Thursday it will boycott the March 20 re-run of the disputed
general election, a move likely to deepen the political
stand-off in the east African archipelago.
Civic United Front (CUF) said it will not participate in the
re-run elections because they were illegal and a defilement of
democracy as well as disrespect to the decisions made by the
people in the October polls.
Twaha Taslima, CUF’s Acting Chairman, told a news conference
in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that Zanzibaris had
already expressed their democratic rights of choosing the leader
they wanted in the October election.
CUF’s top decision making organ-the governing council-has
been holding a closed-door meeting in Dar es Salaam for two days
and came up with 12 resolutions which were declared the party’s
position since the announcement of the date of the re-run polls
by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairman Jecha Salum
Jecha last week.
Jecha announced that fresh elections in the Zanzibar
archipelago will be held on March 20.
The re-election of the President, members of the House of
Representatives and civic leaders follows the surprise annulment
of the October 25 results by the ZEC Chairman, three days into
counting and announcing of the outcome of the vote.
On October 28, 2015, the ZEC’s boss cancelled the Isles
election results, saying the polls were marred with
CUF Secretary General Seif Sharrif Hamad who was vying for
the Zanzibar presidency announced that he was the winner after
beating his rival-the ruling CCM’s Zanzibar President Ali
Following the announcement by ZEC to nullify the elections,
the international community has appealed to ZEC to resume and
complete the tallying and announcement of vote results swiftly.
Zanzibar to hold
presidential vote on March 20
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Zanzibar election
commission (ZEC) announced Friday the re-run of Zanzibar
election will be held on March 20.
In a statement issued at ZEC office in Zanzibar, ZEC chairman
Jecha Salim Jecha said the election would involve president of
Zanzibar, members of the House of Representatives and ward
The election would also involve all political parties who
formally took part in the last election, and would have no
election campaigns, Jecha explained
He said all aspirants who were formally elected by the
parties would continue to be contestants in the re-run election.
He called on the public to continue maintaining prevailing
peace, harmony and solidarity during election period.
ZEC annulled the results of the election held last October
after discovering it involved a number of irregularities.