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Frozen accounts invite dialogue

29th November 2012
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Leodegar Tenga

The Tanzania Football federation’s president Leodegar Tenga yesterday hurriedly flew back from Kampala to attend the frozen accounts issue.

Tanga said he needs a dialogue with the Ministry for Information, Culture and Sports in resolving the frozen accounts of the football federation by the Tanzania Revenue Authority.

TRA last week froze the football federation’s NMB account demanding unpaid tax arrears of two Brazilian coaches who worked in Tanzania from 2006 to 2010.

The TRA need a Pay As You Earn money resulting from the salaries of Marcio Maximo and his assistant Itamar Amorim.

However, the TFF says the coaches were paid through the Ministry and not through the soccer body.

TRA has instructed the national Microfinance Bank to deduct 157,407,968/- as a compensation for the unpaid PAYE as required by statutory regulations for the working class in the country.

Tenga says the ministry is responsible for the payment if at all is legal as the football federation was not effecting the salary payment to the coaching duo.

The coaches were being paid their salaries from tax payers’ money as authorized by the President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete to assist the football federation through football promotion.

“This is serious case but would be resolved through dialogue as we are planning to meet the ministry’s officials the soonest”, said Tenga.

Tenga said the money deposited into the body’s NMB account are earmarked to facilitate the Mainland premier soccer league whose second half of the season kicks off in January.

The case needs to be resolved quickly before the league schedule resumes as otherwise there will be huge distortion in the football calendar.

Tanga did not blame the TRA for the action but he only said most of the football coaches worldwide usually seal off tax-free contracts.

He expressed his sincere appreciation to the President Kikwete for providing a huge relief to the football federation through payment of the coaches’ remunerations.

However, the two coaches’ salaries are still unknown to the public.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN