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Ikulu's Sh148bn allowance gravy

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    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    • Parliamentarians and Bunge employees to pocket almost Sh37 billion
    By The Citizen Reporter
    2009-11-19

    The Office of the President and Cabinet Secretariat receives the highest the allocation of funds for staff allowances, and will this financial year alone, gobble up some Sh148.7 billion in payments, a new report says.

    The extra earnings by the civil servants in the President's Office have put it at the top of the 10 leading ministries and public agencies, whose employees wallow in the allowance gravy train, according to the report compiled by Policy Forum, a non-governmental organisation.

    Allowances allocated to the office, including the State House, went up by Sh15.6 billion in the 2009/2010 budget, a 12 per cent increase over the Sh133.1 billion spent in the year 2008/2009. The amount was Sh133.1 billion in the 2007/2008 budget.

    Parliament follows in a distant second position, and will see the MPs and staff of the National Assembly earn a whopping Sh36.8 billion in allowances over the same period. Parliament's vote reflects a 40 per cent increase over the Sh26.3 billion spent the previous year.

    According to the report, the Police, under the Ministry of Home Affairs is third place with Sh33.3 billion. Fourth is the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training with Sh32.3 billion.


    In fifth place is the National Service, whose staff will allowance payments amounting to Sh29.4 billion this year. This the single largest increase in the allowances by a massive 1,125 per cent. The agency received Sh2 billion and Sh2.4 billion over the past two respective financial years.

    Prison services, also under Home affairs, come sixth with Sh16.5 billion, followed by the Accountant-General's office, with Sh16.5 billion.

    The Prime Minister, Regional Administration and Local Government are eighth with Sh13.5 billion, while the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives and Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism end the list with Sh12.3 billion and Sh11 billion, respectively.

    The ministries of Local government, Tourism and the Prisons Department had their allowances raised by between 57 per cent and 133 per cent.

    The Policy Forum programme coordinator, Mr Semkae Kilonzo, told The Citizen yesterday that the report had been released to inform discussions during the planned week-long forum to assess progress in government efforts to fight poverty and enhance growth.

    The report was compiled using the government's own budget reports and other official documents. Mr Kilonzo said the document should form the basis of debate on policy by the government, donors and other non-state actors during the Mkukuta review meeting.

    The report titled, 'Reforming Allowances: A Win-Win Approach to Improved Service Delivery, Higher Salaries for Civil Servants and Saving Money', analyses the consequences of the allowances culture on public service delivery.

    "A good chunk of the allowances goes into meetings, whose importance and priority, have been queried by the public and should provide evidence for insightful discussions," said Mr Rakesh Rajani, of Twaweza, a citizen-centred advocacy programme to development and public accountability that was involved in compiling the report.

    According to the report, the government budgeted some Sh506 billion ($390 million) for allowances last fiscal year (2008/9), equivalent to the annual basic salary for 109,000 teachers, or over two thirds of all the teachers. The amount will be Sh571.1 billion this financial year.

    The allowances under the President's Office alone are more than the combined budgets of the ministry of East Africa Cooperation (Sh14.4 billion), ministry of Information, Culture and Sports (Sh22.3 bilion), ministry of Labour, Employment and Youth Development (Sh16.9 billion), ministry of Defence and National services (Sh27.6 billion), and ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children (Sh21.5 billion).

    Policy Forum warns that despite consolidations in the wage bill in 2002 and last year, allowances this year still equaled 59 per cent of the total amount. Despite the current economic crisis, this year?s allowances were raised by 13 per cent.

    The report shows that two thirds of all allowances are spent on four items alone, namely per diems and daily allowances (Sh154 billion), national expenses -to pay for things like parades (Sh109 billion) and ration allowances (Sh60.5 billion). Per diem allowances have rapidly increased to 100 per cent over the two-year period.

    The organization argues that allowance rates considered incentives likely to induce and reward behaviour that is counterproductive to the provision of quality services by public servants.

    Officers working at the headquarters are said to earn five times more in allowances compared to those toiling in harsh conditions in remote areas.

    "By reducing allowances, the government could save money, improve the salaries of public servants and better align staff incentives with the provision of quality products and services,"says Policy Forum.

    Foreign trips are rich avenues said to provide government officers with an opportunity to line up their pockets with lucrative allowances that range from Sh403,000 to Sh546,000 a day.

    The scramble for such trips is captured by details of a government delegation to the annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank held from last October 2 to 8 in Turkey.

    Tanzania sent a 25-member delegation that put to shame the total of 26 delegates representing the rest of the East African Community member states of Kenya (nine), Rwanda (five), Burundi (five) and Uganda (seven).

    This one trip alone, assuming a mid-level allowance and travel on discounted business class, likely cost the country more than Sh173 million.

    Recently, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda intervened to curtail the holding of seminars and training meetings he said were unnecessary. His office now approves workshops to be funded by the State and has reportedly saved billions of shillings.

    The President, ministers and top bureaucrats have also come under criticism for endless foreign trips and meetings through which hundreds of millions of shillings are paid to them in allowances and per diems.

    The Ntukamazina Commission on the harmonisation of public service salaries also recommended the curtailing of workshops and foreign trips to raise at least Sh40 billion for the improvement of public sector salaries.

    The report, which has yet to be made public, has elicited protests from workers unions, which have since served the government a 90-day notice to implement the recommendations or face a nationwide strike next January.
     
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    Na bado Kikwete akiulizwa kwa nini nchi ni masikini anabaki kujiuma uma tu
     
  3. Mpita Njia

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    Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous
     
  4. Zitto

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    Brilliant study.

    These are official. Un official allowances are much more than this and it could be equal to meremeta and yearly (meremeta was once 150bn).

    Thanks Rakesh......
     
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    ..yaani Tanzania inapeleka watu 25 kwenye mkutano wa IMF.

    ..Burundi,Kenya,Rwanda,Uganda, wamepelekea jumla watu 26.

    ..Tanzania tunakosa maendeleo kwasababu waliopewa dhamani hawana utashi wa kutimiza wajibu wao.
     
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    The salaries and allowances of political office holders are out of tune with economic realities of Tanzania as a developing country. In a country with pervasive poverty and decayed infrastructure, paying public officers with one-third of the national wealth will continue stifle economic development and retard the country's progress. The result of this squandermania is the bad state of roads, dilapidated school buildings, collapse of healthcare, bridges, militancy, armed robbery, kidnappings, unemployment, prostitution, corruption, infighting and election rigging. The salaries should be reviewed downwards and aligned to the salaries as obtained in the public service. No wonder elections are fought on a do or die battle, because of the perks of office. Public officers should be made to render selfless service rather than becoming parasites to the national till.
     
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    hivi barabara ya mandela imekamilika marekebisho?
     
  8. Shy

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    wewe inakuhusu nini
     
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    This is another article that deals with the same issue. Check the government officials logic on why it would be improper for senior government officials to fly economy, FV$#KING AMAZING!!!!!! :mad:
    Courtesy of the Guardian

    Allowances cost nation a fortune, says new report




    PCCB Cheif Dr Edward Hosea




    Funds allocated by the government as per diem, travel and other allowances for public servants have trebled in the last eight years, according to a just-released policy report.
    The report says this is an increase greater than applied to any other item during the period under review, adding that the allowances could come to as much as a hefty 385bn/- a year.
    If the allowances were capped at 30 per cent of the wage bill, notes the report, there would be a saving of 285bn/-.
    Meanwhile, an additional 100bn/- would be saved if government officials cut on the use of business class air tickets as well as other transport costs and accommodation expenses.
    The report, ‘Reforming Allowances: A win-win approach to improved service delivery, higher salaries for civil servants and saving money’, is the work of the Policy Forum and Twaweza and was published earlier this week.
    Its publication comes only days after the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) announced that it was investigating reports of Members of Parliament unlawfully receiving double payments while on official duty.
    It says typical return business class trip to New York on British Airways costs $6527, while an economy class one costs a mere $1774.
    Rakesh Rajani of Twaweza, an East Africa-wide initiative that seeks to increase citizen access to information and basic services, explains that the government would thus save over 6m/- per return trip by one senior civil servant travelling abroad if a policy on economy class only for government-funded foreign trips were adopted.
    He computed the resultant saving as equivalent to the cost of building one classroom.
    It is noted in the report that an assistant director or a principal officer travelling abroad on a trip paid for by the government pockets a daily 546,000/- in allowances.
    This is not only in financial terms but also means that civil servants are likely to spend most of their time attending workshops and claiming allowances or lobbying for an upcoming workshop than providing quality services to the clients, according to the report.
    The report calculates that the highest paid civil servant (maximum salary of 2.7 million per month) going on a five-day trip abroad would easily double his or her salary from allowances.
    “Allowances create incentives for people to travel instead of doing their core work. This will continue for as long as senior officials can earn more in per diems from one foreign trip than the average Tanzanian farmer earns in one year of hard work,” notes Rajani.
    He says despite the disruptive impact of the global economic crisis, allowances constituting part of the government budget were increased by 13 per cent this financial year. No government ministry or department was found to be an exception on this score.
    The reports says donors, the government and NGOs ought to shoulder the blame for the waste of public funds for constantly organising well-paying seminars, workshops and training of questionable value and impact to the citizens.
    It cites the recent example of Tanzania’s 25-strong team to last month’s Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank which was heavier in terms of numbers than the delegations of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda combined.
    It estimates that, assuming that mid-level allowance and discounted business class air ticket applied, the government most likely spent more than 173 million on that trip alone.
    Finance and Economic Affairs deputy minister Omar Yussuf Mzee said in a telephone interview with this paper yesterday that he had not seen the new report, adding that all the government had done was to raise the salaries of civil servants by four per cent and had not touched allowances.
    But he was categorical that it would not be proper for a senior government official to fly economy class a whole eight hours or longer between Dar es Salaam and New York while government officials from poorer countries had first class tickets.
    “We are in fact generally doing better than some other countries because we occasionally travel with senior government officials flying first class yet they are from poorer countries than Tanzania. This is a system that we have agreed upon in the government,” he said.
    The deputy minister added that it was not all the members of delegations that flew business class “and in the particular case of our delegation to IMF/World Bank meeting, the number of team was big because the delegates were going for different duties and activities”.
    He elaborated: “You have people from different departments in the delegation, some being from the central bank and other government institutions. This is the only place where you could meet executives from international banks and representatives of different institutions all together, while we would have incurred much higher costs had we chosen to meet them in their respective countries,” said the minister.
    He further noted that occasions like the annual IMF/World Bank meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank comprise so many events that heads of delegations and senior executives need to travel with a number of assistants to help them. “For instance, it is not feasible for ministers going for conferences outside Tanzania to physically take with them all the relevant files or documents. They also obviously would need aides to furnish them with vital information as promptly as possible,” he pointed out.
    This is not the first time for the issue of hefty allowances being paid to public officials to be subjected to public debate.
    Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda was recently quoted as saying that the government was wasting huge amounts of public funds on the purchase of posh vehicles for public servants and on workshops and seminars.
    He also recently noted that the 2bn/- the government gave to the Open University of Tanzania was “equal to the budget on allowances for only two senior government officials, given to them just to attend some useless meetings”.




    SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN



    http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=10157
     
  10. Tumain

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    Unproductive goverment spending..huwezi ku-measure value added kwenye items zifuatazo
    1. Semina/workshop/ locally and international...bilions of shillings
    2. Allowances travel/perdiems (business class) international and local
    3. Expensive goverment cars...fuel, spare and repair..damn...the list goes on
     
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    [It says typical return business class trip to New York on British Airways costs $6527, while an economy class one costs a mere $1774.




    This is freaking ridiculous!....About Three weeks ago i escorted my friend going back home,in one of the biggest airports in the far east countries where am staying,...fortunately we met some other group of Tanzanians who were going back home on the same trip(with Emirates) to Dar Es Salaam,,,,my friend was happy that he got fellow traveling mates to the same destination.
    Few minutes later we came to a surprise that all of these guys were on another LEVEL(Business Class ) and my friend couldn't have a company no more.
    And these guys were all Public servants who came for A One week seminar,,,,because these guys were about 6,when i wanted to know the airfare for the Business class and do the math?...i was cursing.....And Hawa manjemba walikuwa pale wananipigia mastori za kushangaa infrastructure ya aiport and kujiuliza why uwanja wa Dar is that smalll;;;;;Dude i was like,,,,,let me go back home...!
     
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    Dude, looks like you lifted this straight from

    http://www.thisdayonline.com/ncomments.php?id=135393

    Andrew Ohianwusi
    02.11.2009 22:54
    The salaries and allowances of political office holders are out of tune with economic realities of Nigeria as a developing country. In a country with pervasive poverty and decayed infrastructure, paying public officers with one-third of the national wealth will continue stifle economic development and retard the country\'s progress.The result of this squandermania is the bad state of roads, dilapidated school buildings, collapse of healthcare, bridges, militancy, armed robbery, kidnappings, unemployment, prostitution, corruption, infighting and election rigging. The salaries should be reviewed downwards and aligned to the salaries as obtained in the public service. No wonder elections are fought on a do or die battle, because of the perks of office. Public officers should be made to render selfless service rather than becoming parasites to the national till.
     
  13. Nyani Ngabu

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    Ahahahahahahahaaa....that's what's up dude. Keep putting these muthafuckas on blast.

    But this Shy dude got no shame...he lifted the whole damn thing and passed it off as his/her own....dayyuuuum!!! Very pathetic...
     
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    Bill Powers kawakalia kooni.
     
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    Hiyo Policy forum ndo ya BP?
     
  16. Ndjabu Da Dude

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    Nothing's safe anymore these days. People steal anything. Even your JF swag could be at stake dude!
     
  17. Nyani Ngabu

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    Heck yeah dude...mofos been tryna jack my swag for a minute now...
     
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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03syaOMDnak&feature=related[/ame]
     
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    Tumerogwa na mchawi tusiyemjua maana hata haya manjemba yameshindwa kujua kwanini JKN Airport imechoka... aaaghhhh!
     
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    Hii kitu inauma kuliko maelezo kwa kweli yaani dah basi tu kwa kweli. Mimi siku zote najiuliza hivi kosa gani kubwa tulilokosa mpaka tunachapwa fimbo kiasi hiki? Hawa wajinga mm siwalaumu sana nawalaumu wale tuliowapa dhamana ya kutuongoza. Inagoma kabisa kuingia akilini kwamba wanao muda wa kwenda kulibusu kombe la dunia lakini hawana muda wa kushugulikia mambo muhimu ya kitaifa.

    Huyu baba wa Bagamoyo ndugu zangu ninazidi kushindwa kumuelewa kabisa ni kwanini aliomba kwenda ikulu, I mean ni kitu gani aliazimia kwenda kukifanya kule. Yaani hata angeazimia tu kwamba ndani ya miaka mitano hakuna mtoto wa shule kusoma akiwa amekaa chini I'm sure angefanikiwa kwa kubana matumizi ya kipuuzi kama ya hii report. Lakini wapi bwana yuko busy na kuuza sura na watoto wa hapa Mbagala tu wakikaa chini kufanya mtihani, wale wa Nanjilinji sina taarifa ila wapo maskini wengine nimewaona jana wao hata darasa hawana wanasomea chini ya mti na kuna lijitu limespend $ 6000 za business class badala ya $ 1777 za economy ikiwa ni pesa za walipa kodi kwenda shopping UAE. Huku kama si kurogwa ni kitu gani?
     
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