IN his frequent speeches the Fifth Phase Government under President John Pombe Magufuli (now dead and may his soul rest in peace), used to be reminding fellow Tanzanians that no one would come from outside to develop this country.
In this scenario, his school of thought was simple and straight that even a country one might be tempted to admire was built by the people, who paid taxes to the government to implement community projects and support the economy to be stable. That again reinforced his idea that there is no free lunch in this planet, and if one does not want to work, one should be ready to die, which translated to his slogan of hapa ni kazi tu.
Shedding light on that, the sixth phase government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan has also been advocating and reminding the citizens to pay taxes as civic duty. Equally, every citizen should be aware that no foreign aid would be enough to support domestic developments, and this means that all of us as nationals; we must carry our own cross and support the government in its initiatives, especially by seeing into it that each and every one pays taxes.
Once taxes are paid on time, the government would be at a position to discharge its numerous responsibilities for the same citizens, and these duties should be considered as essential obligations.
Just to quote Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: “Taxes are the price we pay for civilisation.” More specifically, taxes are the price we pay for Tanzania we love. A well-functioning revenue system is a necessary condition for a strong, sustained and inclusive economic development. For that matter, Tanzanians should know that taxes collected on goods or services would be spent in the same public sector for their own social benefits to run hospitals and pay teachers who are teaching our children.
Taxes also in turn will come back to pay for the military expenses guarding the country, and police maintaining law and order as well as property of the nationals. As citizens are being enlightened on the importance of paying taxes, one ought to also know that ignorance about tax payment, can lead one to a variety of problems and this is the area that requires no politics.
For that matter, every citizen should enquire to know how much one has to pay as tax. Once paid, the State would be able to provide maintain a streamlined government and run both visible and invisible services to its citizens including pension funds, welfare, and homeland security.
Citizen should not groan for the burden of the tax, instead should think about the utilities that they receive from the taxes, because still our taxes are friendly.