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Why 2017/18 Fiscal Year Will Be Tough for TRA

Dar es Salaam — The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) will be under intense pressure in the current financial year as it seeks to collect an amplified amount in tax revenue against a backdrop of missed targets in 2016/17.

The taxman collected a total of Sh14.4 trillion during the 2016/17 financial year.

Much as the money was 7.67 per cent higher than the Sh13.3 trillion which was garnered during the preceding year, it still fell short of the year’s collection target, TRA data show.

A total of Sh15.1 trillion was meant to be collected as tax revenue to partly finance the government’s Sh29.5 trillion-budget for the financial year 2016/17.

With funds from development partners becoming increasingly unpredictable, execution of some development projects suffered.

Presenting a report on the national economic survey for 2016 and the national development plan for the financial year 2017/17 in Parliament in June this year, the minister for Finance and Planning, Dr Phillip Mpango said while the government planned to spend Sh11.8 trillion on development projects in 2016/17, it managed to raise only Sh4.5 trillion as of April 2017 for that purpose. The poor performance, he said was attributed to delays in securing loans and grants due to prolonged negotiations with development partners and commercial institutions.

“Besides, interest rates rose during the period, forcing the government to defer borrowing. The rates of borrowing from international lenders rose to nine per cent from six per cent,” he said.

But against such a backdrop, TRA is now required to collect Sh17.1 trillion, which is Sh2 trillion more than what the taxman was meant to collect during the 2016/17 financial year and Sh2.7 trillion more than what it (TRA) actually achieved during the year. Similarly, development spending is also expected to increase slightly by 1.2 per cent from to Sh11.999 trillion.

This also comes against the backdrop of closure of a total of 7,277 businesses across the country between July 2016 and March 2017 even as the government says that TRA also registered a total of 224,738 businesses during the same period.

Attainable

But economists are of the view that the Sh17.1 trillion-target is practicable, saying the country’s business environment will gradually improve and thus create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.

“Had last year’s ways of doing things remained, I would not have been convinced that things would move, but after new measures were introduced in the 2017/18 budget, a lot of things have changed and will continue to change and the Sh17.1 trillion can be realised,” said Prof Humphrey Moshi of the University of Dar es Salaam in a telephone interview yesterday.

Prof Moshi’s arguments are based on a number of measures that the government has taken within the 2017/18 budget aimed at stimulating economic activities.

He is specifically happy with the government’s decision to scrap the annual motor vehicle licence fee and instead raising excise duty on petroleum products by Sh40.

“Before that, one could drive a vehicle with a fake registration sticker and avoid paying the fee, but now, there will be no avoiding the tax. You cannot drive a vehicle without refueling it. So, as you refuel it, you will be paying tax,” he said.

Besides, he said the government has also exempted VAT on importation of capital goods as way of reducing procurement and importation costs on machines and plants used in production. Similarly, it has zero-rate VAT on ancillary transport services associated with goods in transit as it seeks to attract more and more business to the Dar es Salaam Port.

“This was one of the reasons behind a drop a goods at the Dar es Salaam port. This is now bound to change,” he said.

The government, said Prof Moshi, is also determined to pay its various contractors and service providers to public schools, hospitals and security organs, among others.

“All these measures will stimulate economic activities. Besides, people have realised that President John Magufuli wants everyone to work hard and pay tax. You can see how people are complying with payment of Property Tax. I am convinced that the situation will be better this year,” he said.

According to the TRA director of taxpayer services, Mr Richard Kayombo, the tax body is currently undertaking various sensitisation programmes aimed at ensuring that businesses make use of EFDs effectively. Similarly, it hopes to collect more in Corporate Tax, with the deadline for last financial year collections ending on Saturday, July 15.

Worry Over Competition in Grain Market Grows

By Ludger Kasumuni

Dar es Salaam — Stakeholders of agriculture have raised concern over unfair competition in grain market arising from poor storage facilities and transport infrastructure.

Those who spoke to The Citizen in separate discussions yesterday want the government to find a lasting solution to the problem during the forthcoming budget.

One of them, the chairman for Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association, Mr Stephen Kingazi, said yesterday that poor storage facilities create a loophole for cartels and hoarding for deliberate price rise.

Mr Kingazi said smallholder farmers and consumers of grain can adopt traditional and non-traditional ways of grain storage which are already being used in the country. “We encourage them to use hermatic oxygen free bags manufactured in Tanga and Agroz which are processed in Arusha,” he said.

According to him, a bag of such brand with capacity to store 100kg is sold at between Sh4,500 and 5,000 locally.

Agribusiness consultant Hebron Mwakalinga said poor distribution and absence of a national network of silos caused distorted market for grain in the country, especially stable foods like maize and rice,

“The government decision to liberalise grain market was supposed to be accompanied with measures to make efficient distribution networks countrywide. Construction of more silos is necessary for the effective ways of government subvention in areas where there is scarcity of maize and other grains.”

Last week a principal agricultural officer under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Ms Marrystella Mtalo, said maize flour in the city has been rising at an excessive rate due to the creation of cartels among dealers.

According to a recent publication of Food Security Bulletin under the ministry, Morogoro, Dodoma, Musoma and Singida had above average maize price, while Mbeya, Songea, Bukoba and Moshi were all below average maize prices.

Morogoro, Dodoma, Musoma and Singida had above average maize price while Mbeya, Songea, Bukoba and Moshi were all below average maize prices, according to the bulletin. “However the lowest maize price were observed in Mbeya market (Sh 905.50 per kg), Songea market (Sh923.06 per kg) and Bukoba market (Sh923.13 per kg) However the lowest maize price were observed in Mbeya market (Sh905.50 per kg).”

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Dar Drivers Gear Up for Iringa Rally

AT least six drivers from Dar es Salaam clubs are expected to square it out during the Iringa Rally scheduled for April 22-23 in the Southern Highland region.

The second round of this year’s National Rally Championship (NRC) series, the drivers said the outing is touted as the most adventurous this season.

Randeep Birdi who will be navigated by the national champion, Zubeir Peredina in Mitsubishi Evo 7, said he was going to Iringa to officially start the 2017 season after missing Kobil Rally, the season opener in Moshi last month.

“It’s confirmed we going to Iringa. Our car is ready and in a good shape to overcome dusty road challenges,” he said. But the highest number of entries is expected from Dar es Salaam Motors Sports Club (DMSC) with four of its members confirmed participating.

The team led by the club’s former chairman, Erfaan Aladin, will also include Arif Haji, Salim Haji and Feisal Nayani. “We have seen heightened interest among the drivers for this round. We anticipate Iringa Rally to be one of the most competitive and popular events in the calendar of motorsport in Tanzania,” said Aladin who will be navigated by Prabh Bhatt in Mitsubishi Evo 9.

The second round of the NRC series will see some of the top contenders fight for top honours, as most of them missed the points in the opening round.

The 2015 champion, Dharam Pandya, is the sixth driver hoping to sparkle in Iringa after ending third overall in the season opener. Pandya in Mitsubishi Evo 9, has brought back experienced navigator, Awadh Bafadhil to navigate him in Iringa.

The Puma Energy-backed crew, said he was optimistic to win his first 25 points in Iringa and add to the 15 points he won in Moshi during the season opener. “We are looking forward to the Iringa Rally outing with great expectations and our focus will be to drive as fast as we can in the early stages and hope to lead in all tages,” said Bafadhil.

Other drivers already confirmed include Ahmed Huwel, Sameer Nahdi Shanto and Davis Mosha, all three making comeback to active rallying staying outside the circuit for over a decade. Mkwawa Pure Drinking Water is the title-sponsor of the two-day rally.

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Demolition Continues As SGR Gets Ahead

ONGOING demolition of unplanned structures along the central railway line from the City centre to Pugu Station by state owned Reli Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) is slated for completion tomorrow.

Speaking to ‘Daily News’ yesterday, RAHCO Public Relations Manager Ms Catherine Moshi said between 250 and 300 houses, mostly kiosks will be demolished along the railway line to pave way for construction of the Standard Gauge line.

“We expect to wind up with the demolition exercise on Tuesday … nearly 300 houses, mostly kiosks will be demolished along the City centre to Pugu railway line to give way to the construction of the SGR line,” Ms Moshi explained.

A consortium of Turkish and Portugal companies won the tender to construct the first phase of the country’s SGR from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, a stretch of some 205km, beating 39 other bidders after meeting both technical and financial criteria for implementation of the project.

En route to Mikese and Morogoro, the line snakes from Dar es Salaam through Pugu, Mpiji, Soga, Ruvu, Kwala, Msua, Kidugalo and Ngerengere. The SGR is part of a 1,216km stretch that will eventually link Dar es Salaam with the rest of the country as well as with Rwanda and Burundi.

Ms Moshi called on those with structures straddling the railway line to allow a ‘reserve area of at least 15 metres in urban and 30 metres in rural areas on both sides of the line; any structures within that space should be salvaged before the ‘demolishers’ arrive.

According to Ms Moshi, those who invaded those areas and are still living within the reserve areas would not receive “any form of compensation.” Among the structures that have been demolished so far include a Buguruni Flour Mill Factory owned by Said Salim Bakhresa Company Limited and a number of residential houses.

“All necessary steps including issuance of several public notices was done since April, last year. The notices were published and aired on various media outlets and it was stated that no one would receive any compensation,” said Ms Moshi.

She added: “The third no tice involved surveying the structures and ordering the owners to voluntarily demolish their structures”. Ms Moshi explained that there were about three court injunctions last year, noting that properties of those who filed the injunctions have not been touched in the demolition.

The government allocated 1tri/- (about $450 million) during the 2016/17 financial year. The planned SGR line is expected to improve regional trade links and help boost the economy in Tanzania and the landlocked neighbouring countries.

Although the demolition is not sitting well with local residents who were affected, the exercise is moving ahead; its foundation stone will be laid this month.

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Tanzania: Demolition Continues As SGR Gets Ahead

ONGOING demolition of unplanned structures along the central railway line from the City centre to Pugu Station by state owned Reli Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) is slated for completion tomorrow.

Speaking to ‘Daily News’ yesterday, RAHCO Public Relations Manager Ms Catherine Moshi said between 250 and 300 houses, mostly kiosks will be demolished along the railway line to pave way for construction of the Standard Gauge line.

“We expect to wind up with the demolition exercise on Tuesday … nearly 300 houses, mostly kiosks will be demolished along the City centre to Pugu railway line to give way to the construction of the SGR line,” Ms Moshi explained.

A consortium of Turkish and Portugal companies won the tender to construct the first phase of the country’s SGR from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, a stretch of some 205km, beating 39 other bidders after meeting both technical and financial criteria for implementation of the project.

En route to Mikese and Morogoro, the line snakes from Dar es Salaam through Pugu, Mpiji, Soga, Ruvu, Kwala, Msua, Kidugalo and Ngerengere. The SGR is part of a 1,216km stretch that will eventually link Dar es Salaam with the rest of the country as well as with Rwanda and Burundi.

Ms Moshi called on those with structures straddling the railway line to allow a ‘reserve area of at least 15 metres in urban and 30 metres in rural areas on both sides of the line; any structures within that space should be salvaged before the ‘demolishers’ arrive.

According to Ms Moshi, those who invaded those areas and are still living within the reserve areas would not receive “any form of compensation.” Among the structures that have been demolished so far include a Buguruni Flour Mill Factory owned by Said Salim Bakhresa Company Limited and a number of residential houses.

“All necessary steps including issuance of several public notices was done since April, last year. The notices were published and aired on various media outlets and it was stated that no one would receive any compensation,” said Ms Moshi.

She added: “The third no tice involved surveying the structures and ordering the owners to voluntarily demolish their structures”. Ms Moshi explained that there were about three court injunctions last year, noting that properties of those who filed the injunctions have not been touched in the demolition.

The government allocated 1tri/- (about $450 million) during the 2016/17 financial year. The planned SGR line is expected to improve regional trade links and help boost the economy in Tanzania and the landlocked neighbouring countries.

Although the demolition is not sitting well with local residents who were affected, the exercise is moving ahead; its foundation stone will be laid this month.

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Tanzania: RAHCO – State Will Not Compensate Invaders

Photo: Daily News

Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

By Rose Athumani

Invaders with structures put up within railway reserve areas where the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line will pass through will not receive any compensations, the government has declared.

The railway reserve area, according to the Railway Law is 15 metres from the centre of the line stretched on both sides of the line in urban and 30 metres also in the rural areas respectively.

Speaking to ‘Daily News’ the Reli Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) Public Relations Officer Ms Catherine Moshi said according to the base line they have received so far, 76 percent the SGR project will pass through the existing railway line reserve areas.

“Only about 24 percent of the SGR project will go outside the railway reserve area and eat parts of public land to reduce sharp curves. It is only these people who will receive compensation but the rest will not,” she explained advising those living in the reserve areas to start relocating before they are forcefully removed by the law.

The government is currently in the evaluation process for a tender it announced in September through Rahco for design and building contract in the first phase of the project from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, a 202km stretch whose construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year. Ms Moshi pointed out that the invaders should start moving out of the railway line reserve area before commencement of the SGR project picks up, otherwise they will be removed by force.

Under the SGR project contract, the line will be built in phases as Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, Morogoro to Dodoma, Dodoma to Tabora, Tabora to Isaka and lastly Isaka to Mwanza. Already the government has invited bidders for the construction of the sections from Morogoro to Mwanza and contractors who have expressed interests have been taken to the sites to enable them present proper bidding quotations.

“The tenders for the Morogoro to Mwanza section is expected to be opened in February, and bidders are continuing to express interest. Those who have contested have been taken to the sites as required by law so that they make proper quotations,” Ms Moshi added.

She explained that dividing the project into sections will speed up construction time and see into it that it is completed within the three years as outlined by President John Magufuli. The more than 1,219km project from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza will cost 15trl/-.

The government secured a USD 7.6 billion concessional loan from China’s Export-Import Bank (Exim) in July 2016 to build the SGR line that will link Tanzania to neighbouring countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

It also allocated 1tri/-(about $450 million) during the 2016/17 financial year. The planned SGR line is expected to improve regional trade links and help boost the economy in Tanzania and the landlocked neighbouring countries.

Rahco is the main supervisor of the project, which is part of the Central Transport Corridor intended to promote interregional trade in the East African Community. G

iving further details about the project, the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Prof Makame Mbarawa was quoted in the media saying the new railway will have a speed capacity of between 120 and 150-kilometre per hour, adding that movement of goods and people from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza will take less than 12-hours.

Upcountry buses spend more than 16 hours in the same trip and according to Prof Mbarawa the current meter-gauge line takes more than 36-hours for cargo to move from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam.

Meanwhile construction of the SGR project will also include identifying railway reserve borderlines where a fence will be put up especially in areas with human concentrations and beacons in area where there are no people.

Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) Public Relations Officer Ms Catherine Moshi told the ‘Daily News’ that the move is intended to keep the public from invading the railway reserve areas. She also hinted that the SGR line will be constructed with concrete slabs instead of metal slippers unlike the current case of the existing meter gauge to guard against vandalisms.

“Unless someone has ill intentions of derailing the development, but we do not expect any form of vandalism in the new railway line,” she pointed out.

Mentally Ill Man Kills His 2 Children, Hangs Himself

By Janeth Joseph

Kilimanjaro — A man who is suspected to be mentally ill allegedly killed his two children on Tuesday by slitting their throats with a panga before hanging himself early this week.

Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander Wilbroad Mutafungwa confirmed the incident. “Preliminary investigations show that the two children had their throats slit by a sharp object believed to be a panga,” he said.

The RPC identified the man as Yohan Gladson of Gohaparane, Same District. His age could not be immediately established.

The children were identified as Esther Yohana, 6, and Tumaini Yohana, 3.

Mr Mutafungwa said according to “reliable sources”, Mr Gladson had been suffering from epilepsy, and seemed to have been mental deranged.

The three bodies are being preserved at Same District Hospital.

In a separate incident, the police have arrested one man after he was allegedly found in possession of over 672 kilogrammes of khat.

The suspect is a livestock officer in Mwanga District. He was arrested in Boma Ng’ombe Hai District, yesterday morning.

“Police on patrol were suspicious of the suspect who was driving along the Moshi-Arusha highway. A search conducted after he was stopped revealed that he had a huge consignment of khat,” the RPC said.

In Tanznaia khat, also known as miraa is considered a narcotic substance. Anyone caught cultivating the intoxicating plant is liable to a Sh20 million fine and or a 30 year sentence.

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Tanzania: Regional Commissione Bans Cross-Village Levy On Farmers’ Crops

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Moshi — Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Saidi Meki Sadiki, has issued a directive to respective authorities to stop henceforth charging growers levies at every village the products are transported.

Mr Sadiki said the system is not proper and hence not fair to growers who use much resource in production, only to end up making losses due to uncalled for taxes at villages that have nothing to do with the crops or farmers.

He said the only tax that farmers are legally responsible to pay is to the village on which the crops are grown.

He ordered Moshi District Commissioner (DC), Mr Kippi Warioba and Moshi Rural District Council Executive Director, Ms Butamo Ndalahwa, to liaise with village executive committee leaders to formally scrap out the levies.

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Teenage Golfer Earns National Team Call-Up for ECA Cup

By Suleiman Jongo

Dar es Salaam — Jay Nathwani of Arusha Gymkhana Club has earned his first national golf team call, following his heroics at the World Junior Open 2016 held in Scotland recently.

Nathwani, currently playing handicap 12, is among a proficient team of 14 players who will be competing to make a cut for selection ahead of this year’s East and Central Africa Golf Challenge teeing off on October 25 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tanzania Golf Union ( TGU) chairman Joseph Tango said yesterday that Nathwani’s inclusion in the national team could be the basis of bigger fortunes ahead.

Tango has congratulated the teenage golfer for his selection and urged him to train even harder, saying he has the potetntial excel internationally.

Tango said that the team will later be reduced to nine golfers, who would represent the country at the prestigious regional Golf Challenge event.

At least 12 national teams are expected to battle for the regional supremacy.

Other golfers selected in the team are Arusha based- Abbas Adam, who plays handicap 1 and Adam Said who plays handicap 2. The duo plays for Moshi golf club. Others are Elisha Mbwambo, Georhe Sembu of TPC Moshi and Isaack Wanyenche of Kili Golf.

Other members of the provisional squad are Victor Joseph, Amani Said, Salim Sharif and Idan Iziku, all are playing for Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club. Also in the list are Henrick Nyenza, Erick Obare, Richard Mtweve and (Lugalo Golf Club).

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Tanga Stars Braced for Nyerere Championship

By Brown Msyani

Tanga — Tanga Stars have unveiled a 14-member team that will battle it out at the two-day Nyerere Memorial Hockey Championship scheduled to kick off on Friday in Moshi.

Ten highly rated Tanzanian clubs have so far confirmed their participation at the event, which is designed to commemorate the late Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, who died on October 14, 1999.

Tanga Stars coach Sir Shamshudin said they were poised for the tournament, which according to him, will be more competitive considering the teams that have registered.

“We have prepared very well, so we hope to make our presence felt at the championship. It is my belief that it is going to be very competitive judging by the teams that will be slugging it out,” the coach said.

He named the players comprising the team as Mufadal Juzer, Mohamed Rajab, Ibrahim Njuki,Yakobo Nakari,Tassao Elakin and Juma Maneno.

Others are Deeep Visram, Nael Asher, Reekash Gohil, Mihir Gohil, Smitesh Wadgama, Ally Sele and Peter Antony.

Shamshudin the tournament will also help give his players experience as they smart from two consecutive defeats at the hand of Arusha Twigas and Moshi Khalsa.

“We played two friendlies and lost them, but they gave us lessons that we have addressed. However, this tournament has come at the right time and hopefully my players will gain more experience there,” he said.

Speaking with The Citizen yesterday, the Tanzania Hockey Association (THA) secretary, Kaushik Doshi, said the tournament will be bankrolled by the Sikh Community of Moshi. It is the fifth edition they will be sponsoring.

Doshi named other teams that will be eying top prizes in Moshi as the defending champions Moshi Khalsa, Kili Vijana, Magereza, Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), El-Hilal, Dar Khalsa, DI and Zanzibar. The previous edition was held in 2014 with Moshi Khalsa A making the most of their home ground advantage. They stunned tournament favourites Tanzania Prisons in the exciting final. Moshi Khalsa A registered a 4-2 win in post-match shootouts.

The two teams were level 1-1 after the regulation time, which forced them to go into the penalties. Doshi disclosed that they will use this tournament to identify the best players who will form the national team for the forthcoming international assignments.

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