CHAMA cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) presidential candidate, Mr Tundu Lissu, has promised to improve key social sectors including agriculture, health, education and water for the economy to grow once elected as president.
Making the pledge at political rally at the Gymkhana Grounds, in Bukoba Municipal Council on Tuesday, Mr Lissu said that for quite a long time, farmers in the country have been toiling but still earn meagre price(s) from their farming produce.
“If voted, Chadema will allow coffee farmers to sell their crops in the market of their preference such as Uganda, Kenya, which offer higher prices and terms.
“It doesn't make sense that traders are allowed to access other markets, but farmers are restricted.
Our government that focuses on freedom, justice and people's development will allow them to access and sell their produce in any market that offers better prices,” he said.
Mr Lissu reiterated his pledges to abolish charging petty traders 20,000/- for provision of Identity Cards (IDs) as well as protecting the welfare of public servants.
“IDs are provided for free to workers, students, businessmen through the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA). But, the 20, 000/- annual fee charged by the government will be abolished three months after assuming office,” he said.
Furthermore, he reiterated his promise to increase salaries and promote public servants regularly.
Mr Lissu said the Chadema-led government will do everything possible to boost the role of fishermen in Tanzanian's economic growth efforts, while at the same time turn Kagera Region into a trade hub for the entire Lake Zone and neighbouring countries-Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
He said his administration will reduce what he described as high tax rates, which traders were being exposed to, adding: “Traders are being subjected to unrealistic tax estimates, which they fail to pay and they end up closing their businesses.
Our position is that residents in resource rich areas should benefit first because they are the ones who suffer from environmental impacts during implementation of the projects.”