Sunday, May 27, 2018
Magufuli issues a one month ultimatum to debtors to pay or risk arrest
President Dr. John Magufuli has issued 30 days ultimatum to the institutions owned tractors which were being distributed by people’s defense forces through its division of SUMA-JKT to settle their debts immediately, or else face the law. Magufuli issued a directive last week at the launching ceremony of the newly installed industry owned by a military division which is located at Mgulani in Dar es Salaam and s aid that moré than Tshs. 38 billion is not yet refunded. He insisted that, those who took the loan no matter who are they be it the State House, individuals, military staff or public institution should repay the debt within one month’s time. He directed the Minister for Defense Dr. Hussein Mwinyi to write a claim letter to all its debtors and copy him (President) for reference for easy follow up.
The Head of State remarked to his audience when delivering his speech that “taking a loan is an easy task, but why repaying back becomes an uphill task like a funeral”. However, he said if this money will be attained, he is sure that it will help to invest in an investment of other industries and this might prevent army soldiers from begging. The head of state being a commander in chief of the armed forces, he ordered the security agents including the army officer to launch a man-hunt to whoever will fail to repay the debt within the said timeframe. He noted that, his government will continue remembering soldiers and has asked them to be patriotic to safeguard the country. However, he has also asked the Chief of Defense Forces General Venance Mabeyo to bring to him names of retired army officer to benefit with further presidential appointments if chances will continue be available especially to lead various Boards in the country. He appreciated the investment made for the water industry by the army and noted that it will provide employment and increase revenues to the government. On various challenges facing the army he will continue solving them one after the other according to how they will be addressed to him.