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The government has withheld 38bn/- which had been allocated for major projects in Dar es Salaam after it judged the pace of implementation to be unsatisfactory.

Addressing media recently, the Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr. Ashatu Kijaji, who had visited a total of 22 projects, said that Treasury was so unhappy with the pace of implementing those projects that it decided the most appropriate action for the government to take was to withhold the funds.

The projects whose funds have been withheld include the upgrading of Oysterbay Beach which had been allocated TZS 14.1 billion, Tandale modern market which had been allocated TZS 9.7 billion as well as Kibada modern market which had TZS 14 billion.

“These projects need to be implemented as a matter of urgency,” said Dr. Kijaji, adding following the decision to withhold the funds the government would not release the monies allocated for the second phase “because supervisors of these project would be the same.”

“We will only release the funds if we see satisfactory progress being made,” she said and urged Kinondoni, Ilala and Ubungo District commissioners to strictly supervise closely the projects for which Treasury has already released funding.

The 22 projects, which are financed by a TZS 147 billion Treasury grant released in May 2018 include Kisutu, Mburahati and Magomeni modern markets; Vingunguti Abattoir and Mbezi Luis Upcountry Bus Station.

Early this month, twelve local government authorities received funding amounting to 137.38 billion shillings from the Government towards 15 strategic revenue generation projects. 

Speaking in Dodoma after signing the contract that enabled the transfer of the funds  for projects the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr. Doto James said the LGAs depended on the central government for funding  of their projects by more than 80 percent.

The funding provided would facilitate implementation of projects in Kinondoni, Kigamboni, Iringa, Biharamulo, Hanang, Tarime, Kisarawe, Kibaha, Bagamoyo and Ilemela dictricts along with the city councils of Mwanza and Tanga. 

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