DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania's opposition coalition on Saturday criticised the government budget plan tabled in parliament on Thursday, saying it lacked financial discipline.
Freeman Mbowe, leader of the opposition in parliament and chairman of Tanzania's leading opposition party, Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), said the lack of financial discipline and poor resource allocation were likely to affect the implementation of the 2018 fiscal year budget.
Mbowe said, in a news conference held in the capital Dodoma, that Tanzanian government has for two consecutive financial years been violating the Finance Act by allocating funds to various projects without parliament's approval.
"Parliament has powers to supervise the government and endorse funds for implementation of projects," Mbowe said.
Mbowe said he was concerned that the 2018 government budget will be hardly implemented due to problems in resource allocation, adding that the government in 2017 fiscal year had failed to disburse funds for crucial ministries, including agriculture, water, livestock, and fisheries. Presenting budget estimates for the 2018 financial year, the Minister for Finance and Planning, Philip Mpango, said on Thursday Tanzania will raise its spending in 2018 fiscal year to 14 billion U.S. dollars, up by 2.4 percent compared with the previous year.
The bulk of the spending will be allocated to infrastructure, education and water projects, said Mpango.