Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Experts sent to investigate controversial levy charges for Ujiji town council in Kigoma

The government has sent a team of experts to investigate over the controversial charges on levy which the parliament was told last week during its morning session that had been interfered by the CCM party’s ideology and publicity secretary Humphrey Polepole. The allegations were raised by Kigoma North legislator from the opposition camp Zitto Zuberi Kabwe (ACT-Wazalendo) last week in Parliament who demanded an explanation from the government.  Zitto had accused the well-known CCM cadre of interfering by the decision made by the Ujiji town Councilors in their normal financial committee meetings. The councilors decided to increase charges of levies from Tshs. 15,000/- to Tshs. 50,000/- depending on the sizes for kiosks operating in the market which had been unanimously agreed upon to be induced within its council’s jurisdiction in accordance with the by-laws. 

Zitto Zuberi Kabwe

“The interference by Polepole is a violation of the council’s by-laws”, the legislator said and noted that had prompted low revenue collections within the town council and described the action of being illogical and contrary to local government’s ordinances. Clarifying over the matter upon the supplementary question which the Kigoma legislator had raised today in parliament, the deputy minister said that, the deputy minister of State in President’s office George Kakunda said that, “ government is waiting for the report from the team members and will issue an official report to the legislator”. Earlier the Bukoba urban legislator Wilfred Lwakatare (Chadema) had raised a question who wanted to know the procedures laid down when elections are taking place at the level of local government in local hamlets. Responding to this, Kakunda said that, there are no changes made so far as the elections are held as usual and in accordance with the laid down procedures, and whoever among the contestants is not happy by the decisions then might send their claims to various courts of law.

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