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Questions surround Prime Minister’s list of leading taxpayers

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by nngu007, Oct 30, 2011.

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Addressing the closing session of the 2011/2012 parliamentary budget, the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, named 15 companies which he said led in tax payment in the country.

    However, Mr Pinda's 15 list did not only end up raising more questions than answers, but also helped to confirm a long held view that many big companies were not paying taxes!

    Indeed, if there is any area where corruption appears to have come here to stay, it is in the realm of tax payment.

    Many companies and business persons are known to pay very little in taxes after corrupting some officials in the Tanzania Revenue Authority, TRA, some of whom own castles in the form of houses and businesses in numerous urban centres in the country all from ill-gotten money.

    For instance, in Mr Pinda's list there is only one mobile phone company, Airtel which is reported to have paid 63.6bn/- in taxes.

    It is important to note that Airtel, which also leads in changing ownerships (another area that raises many questions), is the second largest in the country (with 5.9m subscribers).

    Interestingly, a leading mobile phone company, Vodacom Tanzania Limited (with 10m subscribers), does not appear anywhere in the prime minister's list!

    Commonsense shows that if Airtel with 5.9m subscribers can cough up 63.6bn/- in taxes, then Vodacom which has almost double the number of subscribers should be able to cough 127.2bn/- in taxes.


    The question is why was Vodacom omitted from the prime minister's list? Or is it a question of the mobile phone company being a bad tax payer?


    Surely, if Vodacom Tanzania Limited can readily give out its number of subscribers, in the same vein the government through the TRA should be able to tell the public how much the company coughed up in terms of taxes.


    Even if the prime minister's list was intended to give the names of only big companies that were in the forefront in paying their taxes, there is no way Vodacom Tanzania Limited would have missed the boat.


    Other mobile phone companies which were omitted from the prime minister's list with the number of their subscribers in bracket are tiGO (4.6m), Zantel (1.3), Tanzania Telecommunications Company (226,000), Sasatel (8,498) and Benson (2074).


    As can be noted from the foregoing list, leading Tanzania's mobile phone companies are Vodacom, Airtel, tiGO and Zantel.


    Another discrepancy in the prime minister's list of leading taxpayers is the presence of only one mining company, Resolute.


    Other top-flight mining companies such as Bulyanhulu Gold Mine Ltd, North Mara gold Mine Ltd, Pangea Minerals Ltd, and Geita Gold Mining Ltd, to mention a few were missing from the prime minister's list, once again, raising more questions than answers over the credibility of the list.

    It should be noted that according to Tanzania Extractive.
    Industries Transparency Initiative (TEITI), Resolute ranked 5[SUP]th[/SUP] in tax paying mining companies. While the first four companies are; Bulyanhulu, Noth Mara, Pangea (Tulawaka and Buzwagi), and Geita Gold Mine.

    Another major company which misses in the all-important prime minister's list is that of Azam Bakhressa which one of the biggest companies in East and Central Africa, selling food to Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    As noted earlier, Airtel which was originally known as Celtel before it became known as Zain is best known in the country for changing names after every two to three years.

    Although the government has remained mum over this queer ownership changing conduct, however, many analysts link the move to tax evasion.

    The prime minister's list of 15 companies with their paid up taxes in bracket issued are as follows: Tanzania Breweries Ltd ( 165.4 bn/-), National Microfinance Bank (108.6 bn/-), Tanzania Cigarette Company (92.1 bn/-), National Bank of Commerce (89.9 bn/-), CRDB Bank Ltd (79.2 bn/-), Tanzania Ports Authority (76.8 bn/-), Tanzania Portland Cement (73.4 bn/-), Airtel (T) Ltd (63.6 bn/-), Tanga Cement Company Ltd (43.6 bn/-), Standard Chartered Bank Ltd (40.0 bn/-), Citibank (T) Ltd (35.7 bn/-), Resolute (T) Ltd (32.1 bn/-), Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (25.9 bn/-), Tanzania Distillers Ltd (13.4 bn/-), and Group Five International (PTY) Ltd (9.5 bn/-).
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    Gad ONEYA JF-Expert Member

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    Vodacom not only milk money from its long list of subscribers, but also make lots of money from its mobile banking department of Vodafone M-Pesa..! All these should be coyly scrutinized...
     
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    Makupa JF-Expert Member

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    Good analysis,though nguo07 you forgot to include the likes of Toyota Tanzania Limited and Alaf
     
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    Ndinani JF-Expert Member

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    You mentioned Bakhresa as missing from the list of those you thought should have appeared given the scope of their operations; How about Mohamed enterprises, Zakaria and IPP, these local companies do not pay their fair share of taxes because they support CCM!!
     
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    Makupa JF-Expert Member

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    Ipp not a big company,it only happens that the owner knows publicity
     
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    Mdondoaji JF-Expert Member

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    Ndinani,

    Bakhressa Turnover yake kwa mwaka ni karibu $300 Million. Tuchukulie tax is 30% wanalipa tax si chini ya Bilioni 166.5 wanalipa kila mwaka kama tax. Hakuna kampuni inamfikia lakini tunaambiwa sio katika walipa kodi wakubwa. Hembu soma hapa zaidi:-

    Bakhresa Grain Milling (BGM) Malawi is the market leader in fl our
    milling in Malawi. BGM Malawi is part of the Bakhresa Group of
    companies, a leading industrial house founded by the Bakhresa
    family in Tanzania in the 1970s. The Bakhresa Group currently operates
    in Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Malawi, Uganda, Kenya,
    Zambia, rwanda, and Mozambique. Its fl our milling operations in
    East Africa make up more than 89% of total sales. The Bakhresa
    Group also operates food, transportation, and logistics businesses,
    mainly in Tanzania. It has an annual turnover of more than $300
    million and employs nearly 2,000 people in the region.


    Source: IFC
     
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    Bulesi JF-Expert Member

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    Mdondoaji naona umekuwa mbaguzi kidogo huko IFC hakuna data za wakina Zakaria, Mengi na Gulam Dewji [ Zakaria, IPPP and Mohamed Enterprises respectively]? I have no doubt in my mind kuwa huyu Bakhressa analipa kodi yake kwani kampuni zake inaelekea zinaendeshwa kitaalam ; lakini hawa wazalendo wengine wakina Mengi kwa mfano ni dhahiri kuwa wanalipa kodi wanayotaka wao na sio kodi stahiki wanayotakiwa kulipa!! Ujanja ujanja wao unajidhilisha pale Mengi kwa kutumia inffluence yake wakamkopesha mdogo wake tapeli fedha za NICOL halafu baada ya kupata fedha kampuni ikafilisiwa na walalahoi mpaka leo hawajapata hata senti moja ya dividend toka kwenye hii so called investment vehicle ya wazawa. Wanatumia ujinga wa wananchi kujipatia utajiri na serikali haiwachkulii hatua za kisheria kwani matendo yao ni Security fraud kosa ambalo nchi zilizoendelea hubeba adhabu kali sana. They find immunity kwa kuwa karibu na Rais wetu, what a despicable system.
     
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    Anayetakiwa kutoa data ni TRA na sio hawa wanasiasa

    je website ya TRA inasemaje kuhusu hizi stats


    ohhhh nimesahau haturuhusiwi kuuliza utendaji mbovu wa TRA kwa sababu kule kuna MCHAGGA NA MKRISTO

    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD!
     
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    Makupa JF-Expert Member

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    Yo deserve to die
     
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    lukindo JF-Expert Member

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    na anayeuliza kwa nini nchi hii haina pesa na aache kuanzia sasa! Wanopaswa kulipa kodi hata wangelipa nusu yake to kiasi cha pato la taifa kinge triple!
     
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    Bigirita JF-Expert Member

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    Hii inaitwa kenge has gone on Safari!!
    umehoji lini ukakatazwa??..........vere vere LOW!
     
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    Chapakazi JF-Expert Member

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    hahaha....hii kitu ni only possible kwa nchi ya wapumbavu!
     
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    Tata JF-Expert Member

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    Tafadhali angalia maneno unayotumia Chapakazi. Ina maana kama na wewe umo kwenye hiyo nchi ya wapumbavu basi na wewe ni m........ Labda useme kuwa uko ughaibuni na umeshabadilisha uraia wa nchi tayari.
     
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    Mdondoaji JF-Expert Member

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    Kaka/Dada Bulesi,

    Zakaria, Gulam Dewji, Mohamed Dewji hawagusi ndani ya Bakhressa. Bakhressa jamaa wa IFC wanamfuata yeye na sio yeye kuwafata wao uone jinsi gani huyu jamaa alivyo na mshiko. Hata hivyo hata kama hawa wanalipa kodi haingii akilini serikali inashindwa kuanisha wanalipa bei gani na kama wanalipa kodi kidogo wapelekewe bili ya kulipia kodi iliyobakia.

    Inakuwa kichekesho Airtel ina wateja milioni 5.6 ilipe kodi zaidi ya Vodacom yenye wateja milioni 10 Tanzania. Unajiuliza inakuwaje hata hawa wawe wamelipa kidogo kuliko Airtel?
     
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    Chapakazi JF-Expert Member

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    Kwani nasema uongo? Upumbavu mwingi. ivi kweli mtu mwenye akili anaweza ku-support ccm? umeshaambiwa madudu yao, bado mtu anapiga kelele ccm, ccm...huyo ni MPUMBAVU!
     
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