Several suppliers in Mara region have threatened to sue the government for failing to pay them 2.0bn/- they are claiming for services they rendered to government institutions including food supplies.
Edward Muhere, speaking on behalf of the suppliers told The Guardian in an exclusive interview that the government has not cleared its debts of 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years.
Muhere said some suppliers have threatened to stop providing food and other important services to teachers and nursing colleges and secondary schools in Mara region, while others are planning to sue.
Muhere appealed to President Kikwete to direct the relevant institutions including the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Home Affairs to pay debts so as to enable suppliers to continue the services.
Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Permanent Secretary Selestine Gesimba admitted to owing the suppliers, saying the ministry was checking to ensure they were genuine before payments are effected.