This reminder has been given by the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), Suleiman Jaffo when addressing district executives on internal revenue among the councils for the first quarter of this financial year, July - September.
Councils’ internal revenues for the financial year are expected to reach 765.48bn/- and that for the first quarter the councils collected 166.2bn/-, equivalent to 22 percent of estimates, he said.
Councils are supposed to collect 25 percent revenue cited in their annual estimates but 121 councils were unable to do so while only 54 councils collected 25 percent or more, he said, specifying that in the past, DEDs who failed to attain the targets were questioned and steps taken.
“I must tell DEDs that this is another warning not to evaluate yourselves with your predecessors. Revenue collection is the condition to enable you to stay at your positions as you have been appointed to assist the president, so you have to administer revenue collection,” he declared, reminding the district executives that they will be watched closely in the coming three months.
He said if targets are not attained they should not blame anyone, as these reports on revenue collection are essential criteria to use in removing DEDs.
Jaffo said that directors who falter in revenue collection and in expenditure should go and ask their predecessors.
He said the Buhigwe DED must evaluate himself, directing the permanent secretary “to put this in its proper perspective because I went to Buhigwe and found that even development projects proceed at a very slow pace.”
He said the situation shows great weakness and the council must evaluate itself and follow up must be done to identify the problem.
Jaffo said Msalala District Council was the first in revenue collection as it has already collected 52 percent of its target for this financial year.
Kyerwa District Council is the last as it had collected just three percent of its stipulated target in the same period, he stated.
Rukwa Region leads percentage wise by collecting 31 percent of its target for all councils in the region, and the region that came last in this category is Mtwara which collected 13 percent of its target for the region’s councils.
On collection volume Dar es Salaam Region leads by far by collecting 39.53bn/- for its councils.
The last region in revenue collection by volume is Kigoma which collected 2.12bn/- during the same period, to which the minister said the region must also watch out. Dodoma City Council came last in the category by collecting only 18 percent of its annual target, he said.
On municipal councils, Jaffo said Sumbawanga Municipal Council leads by collecting 42 percent of its target while Kigoma Municipal Council came last by collecting only nine percent.
Kigoma officials have been faltering in revenue collection for a long time now, the minister cautioned.
He said Tunduma Town Council leads by collecting 39 percent internal revenue while Nanyamba Town Council comes last by collecting only four percent.
He reminded the directors that during the past financial year, 2018/19 Nanyamba was also last, and the situation was persisting.
He said for municipal councils, Ilala Municipal Council leads by volume, collecting 13.05bn/- while Geita Town Council leads by volume for town councils, collecting 2.34bn/- while Nanyamba Town Council came last with 74.72m/- only.
In regard to district councils Chalinze leads by volume by collecting 2.o5bn/- while Buhigwe is last by collecting 35m/-, the minister noted, urging DEDs to pull up their socks to ensure their councils contribute adequately to public revenues.
In the period July - September 2019 the councils spent 40.88bn/- out of 340.68bn/- for the whole of the financial year in the implementation of development projects, equivalent to 12 percent.
The delay in using the electronic system in tax collection particularly POSS machines arose from some of the machines being tampered with, he said, urging the DEDs to institute investigations thereof.
There are many areas where revenue is collected in cash and pass through collectors’ hands and there are delays in banking the same, he further cautioned.
If there is any embezzlement of government funds in such delays the regional commissio0ner will be held accountable, he added.