The Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Economy government is set to discuss the 2012/2013 budget outline today, which sources say has risen to 15trn/-, posting an increase of 1.5trn/- compared to last year.
According to the sources priorities of the budget are railway, airports and electricity.
Priorities in the current budget are transport and transportation, infrastructure (railways, ports, roads, airports, national optic fibre), water, electricity, job creation in the private and public sector, agriculture and irrigations.
The sources from the committee told The Guardian that the issue of reducing government expenditures was addressed.
Meanwhile the parliamentary Local Authorities Accounts Committee (LAAC) has given Bagamoyo district council a two-week ultimatum to produce a new financial report which clearly shows the expenditure amounting to 1.13b/- on two projects, including health and District Agricultural Development Plans (DADPs).
LAAC vice-chairman Iddi Azan gave the order yesterday after his committee had reviewed the district's financial report for 2010/11, which was submitted by district executive director Samuel Sarianga.
“The report isn’t genuine. It has figures which have not been fully analyzed. You should have indicated the items purchased and their prices and receipts for each item,” he said.
He ordered the municipal authority to review the report within two weeks and submit it to the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) before sending it back to the committee.
For his part, Bagamoyo district chief medical officer Dr. Bwijo Bwijo said his office had purchased essential drugs worth 161.8m/- for dispensaries and health centres.
“The package is the same for health centres and dispensaries, so far we have essential drug packages for 42 dispensaries and five health centres,” he noted.
Apart from health and agriculture, Azzan asked about the use of 59 litres of petrol for a power tiller, purchases of agricultural materials amounting to 4m/- and a tractor tht supposedly cost 39m/-.
He said the prices of tractors differ according to the tractors' sizes and power, so the report should analyze each clearly.
He ordered the authorities from agriculture and health sectors to ensure they refund 15m/- which was said to have been used to buy a plot for building a secondary school.
“You should ensure to give back the money, otherwise you will have to give a clear analysis of how the money was spent,” he said.
The LAAC further noted that about 400m/- had been transferred from the council account without permission of ward executive officers. The money was utilized for an unintended purpose; while it was supposed to build a bridge it ended up being used for the construction of classrooms.