Morogoro authorities issue 3,000 IDs to small traders

03Jun 2020
Michael Sikapundwa
The Guardian
Morogoro authorities issue 3,000 IDs to small traders

AUTHORITIES in Morogoro Region have distributed 3,000 identity cards (IDs) to small traders as part of the implementation of President John Magufuli’s directive.

Morogoro District Commissioner, Regina Chonjo.

The exercise will be implemented in phases whereas for the first phase, the municipality has distributed 3,000 IDs.

Speaking during the handover event, Morogoro District Commissioner, Regina Chonjo said they have put in place simplified procedures for traders to acquire the IDs whereas one must have his/her business details verified by ward executive officers (WEO).

She said after verification, traders are provided with special application forms before paying for the cards through selected banks namely, CRDB, NMB and NBC.

Chonjo insisted the need for petty traders to have the IDs to avoid entering into conflicts with the government when it comes to issues of tax collection.

“We have given the cards to traders who have met the set criteria, those entitled for the IDs includes traders running business with a maximum profit turnaround of 4m/-,” she said adding that to get the card one must also have a national identification number, a driving license or passport.

Traders with less capital are not recognised by the Tanzania Revenue Authority and do not own TIN number, she said.

Acting municipal business officer, Sikujua Mfaume said the IDs have been more improved with increased features such as registration number and holder’s picture. She said the municipal is preparing a database for all the petty traders.

Chairman of the Morogoro petty traders association, Faustine Almasi commended the government for coming up with the plan which will facilitate their operations.

Almasi said that establishment of a database will enable them operate smoothly as well as be able to claim for better working premises.

“We are now officially recognized, we can claim for our rights which include having better working sites,” he noted.

In December 2018, President Magufuli directed RCs to issue the IDs to petty traders so that TRA could identify them and stop harassing them since they will be recognised by the government.

The 20,000/- worth each ID cards which are renewable annually are given to traders running a business with a maximum profit turnaround of 4m/-.

He noted that the move will broaden the country’s tax base which by that time stood at just 12.8 per cent against a population of over 50 million.  Kenya’s tax base stood at 18.5 percent against a population of 40 million and Rwanda, which has 11 million people, has a tax base of 15.8 percent.

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