By Azania Post Reporter
THE government in Tanzania has set aside shillings 487.7billion for public servants who will be promoted following completion of verification of academic certificates in the public sector, it has learnt.
Speaking to members of Media, the Director of Information Services and government spokesperson, Dr Hassan Abbas said that another shillings 35.2bn/- has been set aside for salary arrears.
He said different claims made by the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) against President John Magufuli and his government are false and must be ignored by the public.
Dr Abbasi said the Congress misquoted Dr. Magufuli when addressing the 33 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Local Authorities in Tanzania (ALAT), where he refused to increase councillors’ allowances from 350,000/- to 800,000/-, an increase of 150 per cent.
The government spokesperson said the President's statement was first taken out of context by Chadema, saying that the information service provided proof that caught them on their lie.
"It is dangerous for a trade union of the status of TUCTA to believe false reports being spread on social media by opposition parties.
He added, "There is nowhere in the President’s speech where he refused to implement yearly salary increment, other than responding to the councillors’ request for increased allowances."
He noted that during the Labour Day celebrations in May, this year, President Magufuli said he’d temporarily halted promotion since the verification exercise was still going on, but promised that promotion will resume soon after its completion.