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Opposition unveils 10 trillion/- budget

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  1. MwanaFalsafa1

    MwanaFalsafa1 JF-Expert Member

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    Bilal Abdul-Aziz
    The opposition camp in Parliament yesterday unveiled a 10.27trn/- alternative budget for the 2009/10 financial year, allocating a hefty share of the resources to four key sectors, namely education, infrastructure, agriculture and health.

    Moving the alternative budget estimates for the fiscal year starting July 1, in the House in Dodoma , Shadow minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Hamad Rashid Mohamed gave education 22 per cent and infrastructure 20 per cent of the total shadow budget.

    Hamad, who also doubles as leader of the opposition camp in the House, gave 12 per cent of the total budget to agriculture, a similar per cent to health, 9 per cent to energy, 10 per cent to water, 5 per cent to science and technology and 10 per cent to other sectors.

    The presentation of the alternative estimates is a formality reflecting the parliamentary opposition’s collective proposals for a comparative budget.

    Hamad told Parliament that the alternative budget allocated 4.6trn/-, to development activities, out of which 1.4trn- will be obtained locally and 3.18trn/- from foreign aid.

    According to Hamad, the opposition also suggests the allocation of 5.6trn/- for recurrent expenditure- 1.5trn/ to pay back the national debt, 2.5trn/- for ministries, 101bn/- for regions, 1.4trn/- for local (district) council authorities and 71bn/- for miscellaneous expenses.

    “The opposition camp’s alternative budget estimates will enable the government to use local resources to finance development activities by 31.17 per cent. Current reliance of the development budget on foreign aid is 100 per cent,” he said.

    Additionally, he said the budget estimates would help the country cut reliance in general to 30.97 per cent, compared to the current 33.45 per cent in estimates tabled in the House by Finance and Economic Affairs minister Mustafa Mkulo last week.

    Hamad also suggested in his estimates the raising of the minimum wage for public servants to 315,000/- from 80,000/- paid to the workers by the government, promising that details would be included in the opposition’s budget for public service sector.

    The opposition camp also advised the government to source more funding for the budget from myriad of alternatives instead of borrowing internally as suggested by Mkulo last week.

    Potential sources for more funding include the selling of at least 25 per cent of government shares in various companies and other investments like Celtel, NBC, BP and Kilombero Sugar Company.

    In his two-hour national budget speech for the 2009/10 financial year which Mkulo moved in Parliament on Thursday last week, the minister asked the House to endorse a 9.5trn/-, 6.6trn/- for recurrent and 2.8trn/- for development.

    In his proposal, Mkulo gave over 64 per cent of the total package to six priority sectors, namely agriculture, education, infrastructure, health, water and energy.

  2. Kasheshe

    Kasheshe JF-Expert Member

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    upuuzi mtupu, sasa mkiwa na bajeti yenu... Haya tumekubali tumeipitisha... haya tekelezeni sasa.
    Acheni usanii jadli bajeti ya Mkulo ambayo ndio itakayotekelezwa.
    Ama kweli mtu akisifiwa na sifa zikamkaa anafanya maajabu.