Minister revokes appointment of TDB registrar

29Jun 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Minister revokes appointment of TDB registrar

​​​​​​​MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina has revoked the appointment of the acting registrar of the Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) Dr Sophia Mlote over irregularities.

​​​​​​​Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina.

The minister said that he wasn’t satisfied with Dr Mlote’s work performance.

The changes came few days after the minister conducted an impromptu visit at Ubungo   in Dar es Salaam where small-scale traders conduct their dairy businesses and found a number of irregularities and complaints from the traders.

In a statement issued by the ministry head of communication, Elibariki Mafole stated that the traders had complained about TDB officials who have been adding paints and kerosene into their milk  products with the intention of destroying their businesses .

Mpina directed TDB officials to suspend their operation  and wanted immediate measures to be taken to educate them on the best way of conducting businesses instead of destroying their products.

According to the statement, the appointment of another registrar will be named in due course.

“However, after the minister arrived at the area, he queried about officials destroying the milk but the officials failed to provide a clear answer,” read part of the statement.

Ester Elius, one of the dairy traders at Ubungo said that the operation conducted by the TDB officials to destroy their milk had caused big losses as some of the traders had no capital to continue with theie businesses.

She urged the government to provide them with loans so as to improve their businesses and produce quality products as required by the law.

The minister further directed the coordinator of private sector desk at the ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Stephen Michael to convene a meeting with entrepreneurs so as to discuss their challenges and see how he   help them which include linking them with financial institutions.

For his part, Justa Kshumba, TDB officer said that the destruction of the sub-standard milk is conducted as per regulations which she however failed to prove to the minister.