Zitto Kabwe calls for existence of stadium agent

19Jun 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Zitto Kabwe calls for existence of stadium agent

A few days after the government had abolished taxes for the importation of artificial grass in Tanzania's cities, a prominent politician, Zitto Kabwe, has insisted the plan needs to be improved.

Jamhuri Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Dodoma.

Zitto made the remarks on Tuesday. He said the government's move to abolish the artificial grass tax was a good thing and augurs well for sports promotion in the country, but it has to be improved and done nationwide.

He disclosed: "Many stadiums in the country are in bad condition and many are owned by the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the facilities have not been improved.''

"It would be better if they were put under government supervision or we set up a stadium agency that will oversee the stadiums in the country to ensure they are better," he said.

He also said the government's strategy to remove taxes on artificial grass is a good strategy, but the beneficiaries of the scheme are few.

He stated: "Those who will be exempted from the levy are the cities of Tanga, Arusha, Mbeya, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, and Dodoma.''

He disclosed: "So it would be better if this artificial grass program would target all regions in the country.''

The ACT-Wazalendo party leader has also called on the government to consider changing immigration laws, to allow for dual citizenship for the benefit of sports in Tanzania.

Zitto said even if the government does not want to do the same for all citizens, it should look at the issue in the field of sports because the country is losing many athletes who are Tanzanians with foreign citizenship and talent, who could give national fame and income as well.

"For example, there is a player called Yusuph Poulsen, whose father is a Tanzanian from Tanga, in the past, he once said that before playing for the Danish national team he wanted to play for Tanzanian team, Taifa Stars, but his plan could not come to fruition due to the absence of the law," he said.

Zitto said dual citizenship has now benefited Comoros, Madagascar, and even Cape Verde, with most of the isles' players being based abroad, but they originate from the isles.

Such players opted to serve the mentioned isles' national teams, which are now a threat to more successful nations in African football.

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