Wahisani wanaochangia bajeti kuu ya Tanzania (GBS) wameikataa bajeti waliyopelekewa na serikali ya Tanzania kuwa ni tofauti na iliyopitishwa na bunge Julai mwaka huu. Jamani hii si aibu na kashfa kwa serikali ya Tanzania. Nani ameibua kashfa hii? Stay tuned. UPDATE: Tuesday, 07 December 2010 By The Citizen Reporter Tanzanias development partners have said the deficits that are complicating implementation of the 2010/11 Budget are a consequence of both the lack of adequate consultations between the government and donors and poor budget processes. Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday at the ongoing National Policy Dialogue meeting, a representative of donors who support Tanzanias budget, Mr Svein Baera, said the 2010/11 Budget was prepared on the basis of over optimistic revenue forecasts matched with high expenditures. He noted that the government also failed to put in place a strategy that would facilitate prioritisation of expenditures in the event of revenue shortfalls as it is happening now. There are differences between the budget presented to the IMF executive board and the one approved by Parliament in July 2010 , with much more optimistic revenue forecasts and a higher level of domestic financing used to justify sharply higher expenditures, said Mr Baera, a minister counselor at the Royal Norwegian embassy in Dar es Salaam. He noted that poor budget preparations that do not take care of possible future revenue shortfalls undermine the credibility of the budget as an effective policy and planning tool. He noted further that deliberate avoidance of dialogue with donors by the government calls into question the quality of our policy dialogue and partnership. Donors contribute about 36 per cent of Tanzanias the budget resources. The 14 GBS development partners under, the chairmanship of Norway, are expected to give Tanzania $534 million (Sh748 billion) this financial year. The amount is $220 million less than the $754 million given during the last financial year . The government tabled a Sh11.6 trillion Budget in Parliament in June, promising to finance over half of it (Sh6 trillion) from revenue collections. The Finance and Economic Affairs minister, Mr Mustafa Mkulo, who was also present as donors laid blame on the government, declined to respond. When pressed by The Citizen, he said he would only offer clarification on Wednesday when issues specific to the Budget would be discussed in the ongoing meeting. Mr Mkulo invited Mr Baera to his office for discussions, noting, however, that the government would deal with all the issues raised by development partners at the meeting. Following the donors accusations, the MP for Kigoma North, Mr Kabwe Zitto, said he would pursue the matter further to know exactly what happened. Its very shocking .Ive launched investigations into this so that the truth may be known normally, one expects the government to present to development partners what has been passed by the National Assembly, the firebrand opposition MP, who is participating in the meeting, told The Citizen. In his investigations, Mr Zitto stated, he would first aim to get hold of the budget that was handed to development partners and outline differences between it and the one that Parliament passed. Our aim will be to see to it that the government explains which of the two it is implementing... is it the one passed by Parliament or the one that was presented to donors? he said. In order to sort out the revenue gap in the Budget, donors yesterday urged the government to consider reducing tax exemptions so that they are at par with those granted in other countries. This could contribute significantly to increased domestic revenue and close the fiscal gap over the medium to longer term, Mr Baera said. A recent analysis by Uwazi-Twaweza reveals that Tanzania has granted tax exemptions amounting to $3.8 billion during the past ten years, even as the country grapples with failure to meet revenue collection targets. In 2008/09 and 2009/10, tax exemptions were 2.8 and 2.3 per cent respectively, of the countrys GDP. According to Uwazi, in Kenya and Uganda tax exemptions amounted to one per cent and 0.4 per cent of the countries GDPs respectively.