News From Parliament
- Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 01:06
- Written by ISSA YUSSUF in Zanzibar
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BACKBENCHERS in the Zanzibar House of representatives have continued to complain against huge allocation of funds to organise meetings and seminars in almost all budgets for the 2012/2013.
Debating the Ministry of Social Welfare, Youths, Children, and Women Development budget, backbenchers Ismail Jussa Ladu (CUF-Mjimkongwe), Salmin Awadhi Salmin (CCM-Magomeni) expressed fury at increased budgets to meet seminar costs.
“I ask the minister for finance to review the budget for seminars and meetings, and reallocate the funds to other serious development programmes,” advised Mr Hamza Hassan Juma (CCM-Kwamtipura) as Mr Ladua asked his colleagues in the House to be tough on inappropriate use of public funds.
Most legislators cast blame on executives in different ministries for involving in dubious financial deals, urging the ministry to spare no efforts in fighting embezzlement of public funds. “All allocations should be scrutinized,” they argued. Mr Mzee promised the House that he would re-examine the amount of money allocated for meetings and seminars.