TRA excels in revenue collection, says JK JAPHET SANGA in Ileje Daily News; Sunday,October 12, 2008 @20:03 President Jakaya Kikwete has announced that Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) last month broke its monthly revenue collection record after collecting 427bn/-. Speaking after receiving Ileje District development report, President Kikwete said the amount had never been collected by the authority since its inception in 1996.In July and August this year, TRA collected only 268bn/- in each month, creating fear that the budget could be affected. According to the authority's recent report, TRA has never exceeded 327bn/- in its monthly collection.President Kikwete revealed the record after the District Commissioner, Ms Esther Wakati, said that Kiwira Coal Mine Company had not been paying tax to the District Council. He told the DC to take the necessary actions against any tax defaulters, as they had the mandate to do so including taking culprits to court.The president said that TRA had managed to collect such amount because it had been strict and aggressive in collecting taxes, urging the council to borrow a leaf from the authority. On his part, the District Executive Director, Gladis Dyamvunye, said that the firm owes the council arrears totalling 7.5m/- for 2007 and 2008 and that they had issued a notice of suing the company.Meanwhile, Kyela residents have been told to desist from 'smuggling' medicine to neighbouring Malawi, therefore, causing drugs shortage in the border district. In his third day tour of Mbeya Region on Saturday, President Kikwete told a rally at Kimbalu that instead of 'smuggling' the drugs to Malawi, they should ask their kith and kin to come for treatment to Kyela. The president was reacting to reports that there was a shortage of medical supplies in hospitals, forcing patients to seek treatment in Rungwe District -- about 50 kilometres away.However, he told another rally at Mwakangale ground here that measures had already been taken to avert further shortage by deploying more serious medical personnel. The president said after a successful campaign in construction of primary and secondary schools, efforts were now being directed at building dispensaries and health centres."Our intention now is to ensure that we have a dispensary in every village and a health centre in every ward so that people do not walk more than five kilometers for medical services," he said. Kyela district has 29 dispensaries, 24 of which are government run, four owned by religious organisations and one by a civil organisation -- KCP.The district has two hospitals, one owned by a religious organisation at Matema and a government hospital. It has one health centre at Ipinda. The president also called on people to abstain from reckless sex as the HIV infection rate was high in the region. Mbeya ranks second to Iringa with 17 per cent infection rate.In most cases, he said, people contracted HIV/Aids out of volition as they had the luxury to fix a date, time and place to meet. "But why go without protective gear (condoms)?" he asked. He said there was no emergency in courting as people had ample luxury to decide on a venue, date and time, therefore, reminded them to carry condoms on such missions to avoid the pandemic. On malaria control in the district, President Kikwete said Kyela was one of the 26 districts in the country that would benefit from residual spraying and distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets to children less than five years old.