Morogoro cement price hikers to appear in court, says RC

26Nov 2020
The Guardian
Morogoro cement price hikers to appear in court, says RC

AUTHORITIES in Morogoro Region have warned that it will take stern measures including taking to court all cement dealers who will be found selling the commodity at 25,000/- per 50kg bag.

The caution was given early this week by the Regional Commissioner, Loata ole Sanare when speaking to the traders in the region on the issue of the current cement price hike without justification.

The RC said then government has conducted investigations and found out that Morogoro municipality was leading in the cement price rise compared with other regions in the country, the situation he said was totally unacceptable.

He said the legal steps against cement price hikers will start immediately after completion of investigations and might include closure of their businesses.

He said he had already issued directives to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in Morogoro Region that whoever would be arrested for the offence should have his/her trading licence as cement dealer revoked.

A cross section of traders in Morogoro Region appealed to the government to ban export of cement so that it becomes readily available in the country to arrest its rising price.

One of the traders, Thabit Islam said among the reasons that cause the commodity’s rising cost was long queues at cement factories waiting to load the cement into trucks, thereby causing trucks take long time on the roads.

“We appeal to the government to ban cement exports so that it becomes easily obtainable in the country, as you often find a truck spending 14 days at the cement factory due to large numbers of foreign bound trucks. In those foreign countries, their cement factories have been closed due to Covid-19 pandemic,” Islam said.