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PostSubject: Jk challenges local gov't authorities: The link between local gov't and the Central gov't.   Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:34 am

JK tells local councils: Make your own money

2008-07-17 11:12:47
By Lydia Shekigenda, Korogwe, Tanga


President Jakaya Kikwete has advised local governments to build up their own sources of revenue rather than rely solely on central government subsidies.

Speaking in Korogwe yesterday, President Kikwete said subsidies were only meant to back up the councils` operations.

He said there was no need to have local authorities which did not depend on their own sources of income.

``The government does not need district councils whose main task is simply to supervise the administration of funds from the central government,`` the President said.

``The councils are meant to assist the central government in development matters by using their own money,`` he said.

He said local governments which failed to collect their own revenue were not supposed to exist.

The challenge resulted from a report presented by Korogwe District Commissioner Betty Mkwasa, which indicated that the district was facing a shortage of class rooms and teachers`quarters.

President Kikwete said such problem could be solved locally as the councils could raise their own money which would be backed up by subsidies.

He also directed the local authorities to formulate bylaws which would penalize responsible parents who failed to send their children to secondary schools.

Korogwe District Commissioner had said that many pupils opted not to join secondary schools after completing standard seven, but instead went to urban centres to work as house helpers.

She said the district authorities, through the deployment of a task force, had managed to compel 534 pupils out of 632 who passed standard seven examinations to join various secondary schools
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