PM orders disaster committees to make donation reports public

By Francis Kajubi , The Guardian
Published at 09:40 AM Apr 19 2024
PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa
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PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed district and regional disaster management committees to issue detailed reports on the amounts of money and items donated to help disaster victims.

The premier issued the directives in the National Assembly yesterday during Prime Minister’s questions session when responding to a question by Agnes Hokororo (Special Seats) who wanted to know the reason behind public officials not giving detailed feedback on money raised money to help disaster victims.

Majaliwa admitted that he has been canvassing for public donations when disasters such as fire and floods strike and therefore people have the right of being informed about the administration of the donations.

“I would like to take this opportunity to direct all disaster management committees from the village level to the regional level to make sure that reports for donations are made public,” he said.

“The information should be given in terms of value and utilisation so that the general public and development partners’ trust is restored.”

He pointed out some of the disasters that he had participated in canvassing for donation but reports are yet to be shared with the public as the fire at Mbuyuni SMEs market in Moshi town where the public and development partners donated money for restoring the facility.

“When fire razed down Lindi Secondary school, I was on the frontline to raise awareness for public donation but the report of what was collected remained a secret of the regional disaster management committee. We need to make such information known to the public,” he said.

According to him, the reports for Hanang mudslides, Kilombero and Rufiji floods that have claimed lives and properties must be made public by disaster management committees in the respective areas.

“The Prime Minister’s Office has the role of enabling disaster management committees to undertake their responsibilities but not to collect information about donated money or items,” he said.

“I direct the committees to change their perception and start sharing information about the donations to the general public.”