This was stated by the Regional Executive Secretary, Rehema Madenge as she presented the revenue collection report for the 2018/19 to Deputy Minister for Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Angeline Mabula, during her visit to the region.
Madenge whose speech was read by Majid Myao, the regional economist said the revenue collections came from Lindi Municipal, Kilwa and Nachingwea councils that exceeded the set targets.
She said during the period, the region was set to collect 2.870bn/- but for the period from July 2018 to June 2019, it was able to collect 4.7bn/- which is equivalent to 166 per cent, while the Ruangwa, Liwale Lindi and Mtama fails to meet the target.
She further noted that Lindi Municipality lead by collecting 2.982bn/- equivalent to 189 per cent, while the target was collecting 1.580/-, followed by Kilwa which collected 1bn/-.
Nachingwea was set to collect 1bn/- but afforded minimum of 181m/- equivalent to 181 per cent, Liwale collected 95.36m/- when they were supposed to collect 100m/-.
Speaking of land disputes, the Deputy Minister in the ministry of lands, Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Angeline Mabula, said already the region has formed a regional committees to hear and resolve disputes and grievances and compensation claims.
Mabula has called on all councils in the country to make sure that they pay the Central Government taxes.
She said council leads in evasion of central government taxes, despite being owners of various revenue sources, they have had problems with taxation from central government, while citing some of those sources including markets and bus stops.
"They all collect taxes but they have been difficult to submit to the central government its taxes", said Mabula.