Mwanza records 10.3 per cent increase in revenue collection

22Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mwanza records 10.3 per cent increase in revenue collection

TANZANIA Revenue Authority (TRA) in Mwanza region has collected 173.46bn/- between July 2018 and 2019 as compared to 157.14bn- collected from July 2017 to June last year that is equal to the increase of 10.3 percent.

Mwanza Regional Commissioner, John Mongella revealed this on Monday when reading implementation reports of the ruling CCM election manifesto of 2015 for the period between January and June this year in the region.

He also said that internal revenues collected by all district councils in the region for the period between July 2018 and June this year has amounted to approximately 32bn- as compared to 23bn- collected in the period between July 2017 and June 2018 that is an increase of 39 percent.

Some of the strategies to increase revenues in Mwanza region include ensuring that all collections are made electronically to avoid loopholes of misappropriation of the funds, he said.

He stressed that other strategies are to control misuse of financial resources, improving participatory task forces in the central and local governments authorities as well as increasing new sources of revenues among other things.

According to the RC, the region through Mwanza city and Ilemela municipality have got 5.5bn- for the first phase to implement strategic projects in Mwanza city.

He mentioned the projects as building of a modern market in Pamba ward, extension of Nyegezi Bus Terminal and building of Nyamhongolo Bus Terminal that is meant to increase the councils revenues and reduce dependency from the central government and when completed, the projects will cost 22.5bn- in total.

The RC noted that revenue of Mwanza region has been on the increase from year to year owing to the increase in production in different sectors.

According to him, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Mwanza regional revenue has increased from 10tr/- in 2016 to 11tr/- in 2017 earning it the second place after Dar es Salaam.