Bagamoyo distributes 227 bags of sugar to orphanages, govt schools  

20Apr 2019
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
 Bagamoyo distributes 227 bags of sugar to orphanages, govt schools  

BAGAMOYO District Commissioner Zainabu Kawawa has confiscated 227 bags of smuggled sugar and later distributed the consignment to public schools and orphanage centres.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Kawawa warned dishonest business people from engaging in illegal importation of the sweetener and other products since they will all be seized and donated to the needy.

“Importation of sugar and other products into our district should be done through authorised ports. Importers must adhere to country laws including payment of government taxes,” said the DC.

She said the district security and safety committee is well organised to ensure control of illegal imports through unauthorised ports. She noted that Bagamoyo district is determined to control illegal imports to boost revenue collections.

Kawawa said her office was working hard to create an enabling businesses and investment climate. She said the district authority has already organised a joint meeting with stakeholders, traders and government departments and institutions to discuss how to eliminate bureaucracy in issuance of importation permits.

She said stakeholders are expected to come up with suggestions on how to control illegal imports and taxes evasion.

She mentioned some of the government institutions which will take part in the meeting as the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Customs and revenue departments and members of the district security and safety committee.

Kawawa hinted that the aim of conducting the meeting was to inform the public on the conducive environment available that could enable businesspeople to use the Bagamoyo port in order to boost government’s revenue collections.

“We want to bring together stakeholders to discuss how the district can create an enabling business environment,” said Kawawa.

The DC however challenged the schools to make good use of the provided sugar. She warned teachers that stringent actions will be taken against any of them who will attempt to take the sugar for personal use.