Kagera Sugar Co. wants bridge completed, applauds TRA visit

25Oct 2021
Selemani Mpochi
The Guardian
Kagera Sugar Co. wants bridge completed, applauds TRA visit

​​​​​​​DELAYS in the completion of a bridge over Kagera River that connects Karagwe District with Missenyi district where Kagera Sugar Company is located was affecting the company’s productivity and impinging on its ability to pay the relevant taxes, the company has declared.

Tanzania Revenue Authority commissioner general Alphayo Kidata (4th-R) poses for a photo with Kagera Sugar Company board chairman Seif Ali Seif (4th-L) and agronomists during the tour by a delegation of members of the TRA top management to the firm in Missenyi District, Kagera Region, at the weekend. Photo: Selemani Mpochi

Board chairman Seif Ali Seif said he was pleased with efforts by President Samia Suluhu Hassan in her vision of cooperation between the private sector and the government, asserting that the visit by TRA Commissioner General Alphayo Kidata would further the tax body’s understanding of the situation facing large taxpayers.

In physically visiting the factory to understand what was actually going on, the visit will enable TRA to know about challenges facing the factory, and the sugar sector in general, thus be in a better position to work together in finding solutions thereof, he stated.

Further delays in completing the bridge would touch off losses owing to impending destruction of over 150,000 tonnes of sugarcane, a situation that could not be taken into account with distant tax assessment, he said.

TRA officials praised the company for its efforts in uplifting the country’s sugar sector, with the commissioner general noting that the weekend visit by TRA top officials at the factory in Kagera Region was part of a series of visits to premises of large taxpayers.

“Truly, this is a big investment by an indigenous Tanzanian who has responded to the government’s call to strengthen the country’s industrialization drive and contribute to the nation’s economic growth,” he said.

Kagera Sugar Company’s investment has provided direct employment to more than 7,000 people, many of who are youth from the country’s tertiary institutions, as well as 60,000 informal jobs in the region. 

The TRA CEO expressed pleasure to see Kagera Sugar Company employing graduates from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) as well the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).among other institutions of higher learning.

This would push the transfer of kills in the sector and localization of technology, he stated, noting further that visit sought to explore tax and investment issues in sugarcane cultivation and sugar production, citing the company’s outlay as a serious investment to be emulated by investors elsewhere in the country.

The visit was in response to the call by President Samia seeking the TRA to collect tax by means of legal compliance, to which the TRA made an effort to know activities of large taxpayers, he added.