Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The government in a move to cut down unnecessary ministerial costs
AS the national budget for the fiscal year 2012/13 is currently in debate at the parliament, higher government authorities from every ministry in the country such as permanent secretaries, directors and chief accountants and many others have been cautioned to avoid unnecessary expenditures in order to ensure accountability on government funds. The call was made recently in Dar es Salaam by the Minister of State in Prime Minister Office, policy, coordination and parliamentary affairs, William Lukuvi when stressing the importance of government’s need in a move to cut down unnecessary costs in all ministries in the country. He said in an interview with the Dar es Salaam based Independent Television (ITV) station during the 45 minutes talk show program which is being prepared by a TV presenter Selemeni Semunyu and aired on every Monday. According to the Minister, the government has effectively started implementing its program of cutting down unnecessary operational costs so that it should be in a position to make its proper development plans, an exercise which he says will take place in every ministry with effect from next 2012/13 financial year. Elaborating on how the government would be implementing its strategic plans, the minister noted that, one way it would reduce unnecessary travels of its high ranking officials and other dignitaries in a bid to control the excessive use of fuel on government vehicles. “This is to implement the order recently issued by the Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda in parliament to stop the purchase of luxurious Japanese cars such as Linux VX Land cruiser and instead, the government will be buying RAV4, Double Cabin or Hard Top types of vehicles which are more cost effective”, he said. .