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MPs orders Treasury to disburse funds for completion of projects

28th March 2013
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Members of Parliament and National Assembly staff carry Chambani legislator Salim Hemed Khamis after he collapsed while attending a parliamentary committee meeting in Dar es Salaam yesterday. He was rushed to hospital but no details were immediately available. (Photo: Salome Kitomary)

The Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure Development has told the Finance ministry to disburse funds to the Ministry of Transport as allocated in the fiscal year 2012/13 within three months, so as to enable it to implement the earmarked projects.

This was said yesterday in Dar es Salaam by Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Peter Serukamba when briefing journalists shortly after it had approved the proposed 2013/2014 budget of the Ministry of Transport.

“The implementation of projects in the Ministry of Transport has been impeded by the Ministry of Finance as they it hasn’t disbursed the remaining funds on time. We are told that only 25 and 30 percent of internal and external funds respectively have been issued,” he said.

Serukamba said the committee has approved at least 550bn/- for the Transport Ministry’s 2013/14 fiscal year which will be for both development and recurrent expenditures.

Unlike the previous fiscal years, he said, this year the ministry has set aside a huge budget of 390.521bn/- for development projects, in which railway and airport were given top priority, and about 158.475bn/- for miscellaneous expenditure.

 According to Serukamba, the budget for development expenditure which is 89bn/- will be used for the construction of Terminal “III” of the Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport while 12bn/- will be used to pay Tazara workers’ arrears.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs chairman, Edward Lowassa said the committee has passed the report of Arusha International Conference Centre after having listened and understood details that it wants to invest in the construction of modern houses, a convention centre and a shopping mall in the area.

"We will go to Arusha to see locations where they plan to invest through the construction of those houses, and then we will meet with the AICC authorities and encourage them to speed up the implementation of their plans,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lowasa said Chambani MP, Salim Hemed Khamis (CUF) member of Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs who yesterday collapsed while attending the meeting. He was rushed to  Muhimbili National Hospital where he was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for further treatments.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN