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National Stadium charges reduced

26th January 2013
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Deputy Minister, Amos Makala

The Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports has reduced some of the charges of the 60,000-seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The ministry has, however, cancelled fees for stadium technical supports, pitch preparations, cleanliness, security, field, tickets, electricity and 10 percent of gate collection which was being taken by the government in soccer matches staged in the stadium.

Deputy Minister Amos Makala said yesterday that the ministry will now take 15 percent of the gate collection which will cater for the costs of axed toll services.

Before the move, money for teams was deducted to pay fees for stadium technical supports and all other enumerated costs, while the government is now settling for 15 percent and Value Added Tax (VAT), he said.

The government had agreed to reduce its charges and leave out some of the costs after complaints by premier league teams that the government was taking more money from gate collections than the competing sides.

The ministry, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and the premier league committee yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on financial aspects of using the stadium, to reduce complaints.

Juliana Yasoda, the Director of Sports in the ministry, signed on behalf of the government and TFF Secretary General Angetile Osiah signed for the soccer body.

They agreed that security in stadium be taken care of by the parties and if damage occurs, the competing club sides will be held responsible.

Makala maintained that if a club is not be satisfied with the agreement, the ministry will give them the stadium at a cost of 20m/- per match.

Meanwhile, the deputy minister has said that the government was in the last stages of making sure that the TFF account which was seized by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) is restored.

TRA seized one of TFF accounts taking 157m/- demanding Pay As You Earn (PAYE) for salaries of foreign coaches, whereas the money as part of a 300m/- deposit as per requirements of premier league sponsorship.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN