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Tamko la Kiongozi wa chama cha ACT Wazalendo ndg. Zitto Kabwe kuhusu Ripoti ya CAG mwaka 2013/2014

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Tamko la Kiongozi wa chama cha ACT Wazalendo ndg. Zitto Kabwe kuhusu Ripoti ya CAG mwaka 2013/2014

1) Taarifa nyingine ya CAG imetoka, kwa mujibu wa Katiba ya JMT na kwa mujibu wa sheria za nchi. Taarifa hii imechelewa kutolewa kulingana na mabadiliko ya Ratiba za Bunge ambapo hapo awali taarifa ilikuwa ikitoka mwezi Aprili na kuwezesha kuchangia katika mchakato wa Bajeti ya nchi. Taarifa ya mwaka huu na ile ya mwaka Jana imetoka wakati wa Bunge la Bajeti na hivyo Bajeti ya Serikali haijazingatia hoja za ukaguzi ili kuboresha mfumo wa matumizi ya fedha za umma. Ni vema utaratibu wa zamani wa ripoti kutolewa mwezi Aprili urejewe ili wabunge waweze kutumia ripoti hizo wakati wa kamati katika kujadili makadirio ya Bajeti za Wizara mbalimbali.

2) Taarifa kama miaka iliyopita bado sio nzuri. Mapato mengi ya Serikali bado yanapotea. Uk. 53 wa Taarifa unaonyesha kuwa mizigo inayoingizwa nchini kupita kwenda nchi jirani zinazotumia bandari zetu hubakia nchini na kuingizwa sokoni hivyo kukwepa kodi. Mwaka 2013/2014 mizigo ya transit iliyobaki nchini kiudanganyifu ilikuwa zaidi ya bidhaa 6000 kwa mujibu wa Taarifa ya CAG. Hivyo kodi ya tshs 836 bilioni haikulipwa kwa mizigo hiyo sawa sawa na 10% ya makusanyo yote ya kodi za ndani. Tshs 836 bilioni ilipotea mwaka 2013/14 peke yake. Wakati hili linatokea Serikali ipo ukata mkubwa na kushindwa kuendesha miradi yake mbalimbali. Fedha iliyokwepwa idara ya forodha peke yake inalipa Madeni yote ya wakandarasi wa barabara wanaoidai TANROADS na riba kulimbikizwa kila mwaka. Fedha hii ingelipa Madeni yote ya mfuko wa PSPF wanayoidai Serikali. Fedha hizi zingeweza kulipia miradi 2 mikubwa nchini ya BVR na vitambulisho vya Taifa ambayo inasuasua kutokana na ukata.

Natoa wito kwa CAG kwanza kuweka wazi orodha ya bidhaa hizo zilizobakia nchini na kuingizwa nchini bila kulipa kodi. Vile vile CAG aweke wazi wafanyabiashara wote walioagiza bidhaa hizi na vyombo vya kiuchunguzi vichukue hatua za kuwashtaki wafanya biashara hawa mara moja.

Natoa wito kwa Kamati ya Bunge ya PAC kuwaita mara moja maafisa wa TRA kujieleza mbele ya kamati kuhusu suala hili na kuandaa taarifa maalumu bungeni ili kuanika uoza huu unaopoteza mapato mengi sana ya Serikali.

3) CAG kaonyesha kuwa kuna ubadhirifu mkubwa sana kitengo cha maafa cha ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu ambapo tshs 163 billioni za chakula cha maafa hazikukusanywa katika kipindi cha miaka 5 iliyopita. Huu ni kama mrija wenye wastani wa tshs 32 bilioni kuchotwa kwa kisingizio cha chakula cha maafa kwa wananchi. Kwa malezo ya CAG ni kwamba Watumishi wa Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu wamekula fedha za chakula cha misaada. Maana hakuna uthibitisho wa kuwa mahindi yaliyogawanywa na taarifa kutolewa na Wakala wa Akiba ya Chakula (NFRA). Kitengo cha maafa ofisi ya PM kimekuwa mrija wa wizi wa fedha za umma, wizi ambao umekuwa ukifanyika bila ya kugunduliwa kwa miaka 5 sasa. ACT Wazalendo inaisihi Kamati ya Bunge ya PAC kufanya uchunguzi maalumu kwenye kashfa hii ya tshs 163 bilioni katika Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu na Wakala wa Hifadhi ya Chakula ( NFRA).

4) ACT Wazalendo inalitaka Bunge kuchukua stahiki dhidi ya Wizara ya Ujenzi kufuatia ripoti ya CAG kuonyesha kuwa Wizara ilidanganya Bunge katika kupitisha Bajeti ya tshs 252 bilioni ambapo kati yake tshs 87 bilioni ziliibiwa au matumizi yake kutoeleweka.

5) ACT Wazalendo inampongeza CAG kwa kuendelea na zoezi la kisheria la kukagua mahesabu ya vyama vya siasa. Hii inaweka misingi ya uwajibikaji kuanzia kwenye vyama vya siasa, taasisi muhimu sana katika ujenzi wa demokrasia. Vyama vya siasa vichukulie ripoti ya CAG kama changamoto ya kutoa kwanza kibanzi kwenye macho yao ili kuwa na ‘ moral standing’ ya kupambana dhidi ya ubadhirifu wa fedha za umma nchini.

Zitto Kabwe

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RATIBA -KAMATI YA BUNGE YA HESABU ZA SERIKALI (PAC) JANUARI 2015

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KAMATI YA BUNGE YA HESABU ZA SERIKALI (PAC)

RASIMU YA RATIBA YA UKAGUZI WA MIRADI NA KUJADILI HESABU ZILIZOKAGULIWA ZA SERIKALI KUU NA MASHIRIKA YA UMMA KUANZIA TAREHE 05 HADI 24 JANUARI 2015,

MKOA WA MOROGORO NA OFISI NDOGO YA BUNGE, DAR ES SALAAM

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MAENDELEO NA MAGEUZI KATIKA UKAGUZI NA KAZI ZA KAMATI YA HESABU ZA SERIKALI

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December 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

PAC imeanza uchunguzi kuhusu ukwepaji kodi unaofanywa na makampuni ya Kimataifa

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PAC imeanza uchunguzi kuhusu ukwepaji kodi unaofanywa na makampuni ya kimataifa.

Leo tarehe 30 Machi 2014, kamati ya BUNGE ya PAC imeanza rasmi uchunguzi kuhusu ukubwa wa tatizo la ukwepaji kodi na utoroshwaji wa fedha unaofanywa na makampuni ya kimataifa ( multinational corporations). Uchunguzi huu unatokana azimio la umoja wa kamati za PAC za nchi za SADCOPAC lilioamuliwa Arusha, Tanzania mwezi Septemba mwaka 2013 ( Azimio lilisomeka – PACs should initiate investigations on the extent of tax avoidance/evasion and illicit money transfer in their jurisdiction).

Leo PAC imekutana na Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania (TRA), Benki Kuu ya Tanzania (BOT), Kitengo cha Fedha Haramu ( FIU) na Mdhibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Hesabu za Serikali (CAG) kwa ajili ya majadiliano ya awali kuhusu uchunguzi huo.

Kamati imeelezwa kuwa tatizo la ukwepaji kodi ni kubwa sana na linagusa sekta zote. TRA imeieleza kamati mifano mbalimbali kwa kila sekta namna gani Taifa linapoteza kodi. Njia zinazotumika ni pamoja na udanganyifu katika mikopo, udanganyifu katika bei za mauzo ya bidhaa zinazouzwa nje na mikataba ya biashara miongoni mwa makampuni yanayohusiana. Uchunguzi uliofanywa na TRA kwa kampuni mojawapo wa uchimbaji madini unaonyesha kuwa kampuni hiyo iliyotangaza hasara mwaka 2011 iligundulika kuwa kumbe ilipata faida ya dola za kimarekani 327 milioni.

Sekta ya Utalii na mahoteli inaonyesha kugubikwa kiasi kikubwa na ukwepaji kodi kwa kampuni katika sekta hiyo kutumia mikataba na makampuni yanayohusiana yaliyokwenye Tax Havens ambayo inahamisha mapato mengi kwenda offshore (profit shifting and base erosion).
Kamati imeelezwa na BoT kuwa hivi sasa kuna uchunguzi maalumu unaoendelea kuhusu ‘illicit financial transfer’ kutoka Tanzania.

Pia ameeleza kwamba hatua zimeanza kuchukuliwa kufunga akaunti za makampuni ya madini yaliyopo offshore kwani sababu za makampuni hayo kuwa akaunti nje hazina msingi tena. Hata hivyo changamoto kubwa ni mikataba waliyoingia na Serikali ambayo inawaruhusu kufungua akaunti offshore na kuweka mapato yao yote ya mauzo ya madini huko.

Utoroshaji wa fedha kutoka Tanzania ni changamoto kubwa sana ya maendeleo ya Tanzania katika kupambana na umasikini. Utoroshwaji umekuwa ukikua mwaka hadi mwaka. Taarifa ya benki ya maendeleo Afrika inaonyesha kuwa mwaka 2010 peke yake Tanzania zilitoroshwa jumla ya dola za kimarekani bilioni 1.3 ambazo zilikuwa sawa na asilimia 5 ya Pato la Taifa (GDP) na zaidi ya asilimia 20 ya mapato ya ndani ya TRA.

Kamati ya PAC itaendesha uchunguzi na kuandaa taarifa itakayowasilishwa bungeni kwa hatua zaidi. Hii itakuwa ni mara ya kwanza kwa BUNGE la Tanzania kuendesha uchunguzi wa aina hii. Pia Tanzania imekuwa nchi ya kwanza katika eneo la SADC kutekeleza azimio hili. Nchini Uingereza kamati ya PAC ya BUNGE la uingereza iliendesha uchunguzi kama huu na makampuni makubwa kama google, Amazon na Starbucks waligunduliwa kukwepa kodi nchini humo. Kwa nchi za Afrika sekta yenye kutorosha fedha na kukwepa kodi kwa wingi ni sekta ya madini, mafuta na gesi. Mwaka 2013 mwezi Desemba kamati ya PAC Tanzania ilikutana na PAC – UK ili kupata uzoefu wa namna ya kuendesha uchunguzi wa aina hii.

Zitto Kabwe, MB
Mwenyekiti, PAC
Dodoma
30-03-2014

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CAG yet to receive parties audit reports

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CAG yet to receive parties audit reports

Chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC),Mr Zitto Kabwe PHOTO|FILE

In Summary

NCCR-Mageuzi chairman James Mbatia refuted reports that the party has not submitted its audit reports for four consecutive years.

Dar es Salaam. The office of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) said yesterday it was yet to receive audit reports from any of the nine political parties getting subvention.

The remark is in response to a controversy triggered by remarks of the chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Mr Zitto Kabwe. His committee has since summoned six of the parties to explain why their accounts were yet to be audited.

The response by the deputy CAG, Mr Francis Mwakapalila, is likely to intensify the subvention controversy which has put the political parties and Mr Kabwe in a face-off in the last one week.

Zitto has accused nine political parties with representation in the Parliament of failing to submit their financial accounts to the CAG for auditing. He directed the registrar of political parties to suspend the subsidies of the parties for their failure to comply with the guiding law.

Zitto claimed that the parties had failed to submit audit reports accounting for a total of Sh67.7 billion in the past four years — a requirement made by the Political Parties (Amendment) Act, 2009.

The deputy CAG told The Citizen that the truth about the controversy will be known on Friday at a joint meeting of all the parties.

He, however, clarified that the CAG’s office had allowed parties to seek the services of external auditors. According to Mr Mwakapalila, the CAG can contract qualified firms to audit the political parties.

“Political parties are expected to maintain proper accounts every year and submit their financial reports, audited by the CAG, to the registrar of political parties,” he detailed.

PAC has summoned the parties on Friday to explain why they failed to submit the said reports. “We will know who was right or wrong, I hope the CAG will also be there. Let’s be patient,” he added.

The nine political parties have been insisting that they have submitted their audited accounts to the CAG and accused Mr Kabwe of overstepping his mandate.

Already, the Civic United Front (CUF) said it would not attend the Friday meeting and accused Mr Kabwe of acting beyond his legal powers.

The party’s deputy secretary general (Mainland), Mr Julius Mtatiro, said his party was not on the list of the parties that have not submitted their audit reports.

The ruling CCM has strongly accused the PAC, saying it was aware of the requirements of the law and that the it had has been submitting its audit reports to the CAG.

Its Publicity and Ideology secretary, Mr Nape Nnauye, said the Tanzania Audit Corporation has audited its accounts from 2003/04 to 2010/2011. “We’re waiting for the 2011/2012 audit report which is still with the external auditors,’’ adding that the report would be forwarded with the CAG once it is ready.

NCCR-Mageuzi chairman James Mbatia refuted reports that the party has not submitted its audit reports for four consecutive years.

“Our accounts were audited and we sent reports to the registrar,’’ he said.

He said, however, that the CAG’s office was cash-strapped and unable to oversee the auditing of political parties.

Chadema Information officer, Mr Tumaini Makene, said his party was playing by the rules as far as financial propriety and transparency were concerned. According to Zitto’s committee, CCM has failed to account for Sh50.97 billion, Chadema (Sh9.2 billion), CUF (Sh6.29 billion), NCCR-Mageuzi (Sh677 million), UDP (Sh33 million), TLP (Sh217million), APPT-Maendeleo (Sh11 million), DP (Sh3.3 million) and Chausta (Sh2.4 million).

Meanwhile, two PAC members yesterday defended Mr Kabwe against attacks by political parties allegedly for personalising the subvention issue, saying the matter was owned by the Committee.

They told The Citizen separately that Zitto had full blessings of members of the PAC before he made the statement to the effect that accounts of nine political parties had not been audited for four years.

“That is the position of our committee and not Zitto’s creations as political parties want the public to believe,” said a member of the committee, Mr Abdul Marombwa.

He said they were wondering why the political parties were personalising the issue while the matter surfaced the committee met registrar of political parties, Mr Francis Mutungi, who revealed the information.

“There is no Zitto’s agenda here, we all sat and agreed on the matter,” he said.

Another PAC member who asked not be named said their team was implementing Political Parties (Amendment) Act, 2009, which requires them to submit the parties accounts to the CAG for auditing and forward the audit reports to the registrar.

“The registrar confirmed to us none of the nine parties fulfilled that legal requirement,” he said.

“That was not Zitto’s statement, it was the outcome of the meeting,” he insisted.

Source: THE CITIZEN http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Cag-yet-to-receive-parties-audit-reports/-/1840392/2041932/-/jwtkmj/-/index.html

RUZUKU YA VYAMA VYA SIASA

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Msajili wa Vyama vya Siasa-Jaji Francis S.K.Mutungi

Msajili wa Vyama vya Siasa-Jaji Francis S.K.Mutungi

Shilingi bilioni 67.7 zimelipwa na Serikali kwa vyama vya siasa katika kipindi cha miaka 4, 2009/2010 mpaka 2012/2013. Fedha hizi hazijakaguliwa kwa mujibu wa Sheria.

Mahesabu ya Vyama vya siasa nchini yanapaswa kukaguliwa na Mdhibiti na Mkaguzi Mkuu wa Mahesabu ya Serikali kwa mujibu wa Sheria tangu mwaka 2009. Tangu mwaka huo Kamati ya PAC haijawahi kuona Taarifa ya CAG kuhusu ukaguzi wa vyama vya siasa. Nilihoji tangia Aprili 2011 https://zittokabwe.wordpress.com/category/ruzuku-vyama-vya-siasa/

Kamati imemwita Msajili wa vyama ili kufafanua ni kwa nini Vyama vya Siasa nchini havifuati sheria (vifungu vya sheria vimeambatanishwa hapa chini). Uvunjifu huu wa Sheria ni wa makusudi au wa kutokujua? Sheria inataka Mahesabu ya vyama yatangazwe kwa uwazi, tena kwa Government Notice. Umewahi kuona? Tarehe 15 Oktoba, 2013 Kamati ya PAC itatafuta majibu haya kutoka kwa Msajili na ikibidi vyama vyenyewe. Tunataka uwazi wa matumizi ya Fedha za Umma.Vyama vya siasa ndio vinaunda Serikali, uwazi unaanzia huko ili kuepuka fedha chafu kama za EPA kuingia kuvuruga uchaguzi.

Vyama vifuatavyo vimepokea Ruzuku ya jumla shilingi bilioni 67.7 tangu mwaka wa fedha 2009/2010;

  • CCM tshs 50.97 bilioni
  • CHADEMA tshs 9.2 bilioni
  • CUF tshs 6.29 bilioni
  • NCCR – M tshs 0.677 bilioni
  • UDP tshs 0.33 bilioni
  • TLP tshs 0.217 bilioni
  • APPT – M tshs 11 milioni
  • DP tshs 3.3 milioni
  • CHAUSTA tshs 2.4 milioni

Political Parties Act, No. 5 of 1992 as ammended from time to time.

14. -(1) Every political party which has been fully registered shall—
a) maintain proper accounts of the funds and property of the party;
b) submit to the Registrar –

“(i) an annual statement of the account of the political party audited by the Controller and Auditor-General and the report of the account.” (This became law in March, 2009)

ii) an annual declaration of all the property owned by the party.

(2) The Registrar, after inspecting any accounts or report submitted pursuant to this section may, for the benefit of the members or the public, publish any matter relation to the funds, resources or property of any party or the use of such funds, resources or property.

(3) The Registrar shall publish in the official Gazette, an annual report on the audited accounts of every party.

18. -(1) Subventions granted to a party may be spent only on

(a) the parliamentary activities of a party;
(b) the civil activities of a party;
(c) any lawful activity relating to an election in which a party nominates acandidate;
(d) any other necessary or reasonable requirement of a party.

(2) Subventions granted to a political party shall be accounted for to the Registrar, separately from the accounting for other funds of the party.

(3) Any party which fails or neglects to account for subventions in accordance with this Act, shall forfeit the right to any subsequent subvention due to the party in accordance with this Act.

(4) Where the Registrar is for any reasonable cause, dissatisfied with any account of subventions submitted by any party, so much of the subvention which has not been accounted for or has not been accounted for satisfactorily, shall be deducted form any subsequent subvention due to the party.

(5) If by reason of failure to submit an account or for any other reason, the Registrar has reason to suspect that any offence under the Penal Code may have been committed in relation to the money which has not been committed in relation to the money which has not be been accounted for, he may make a report to a police station, and the officer in charge of that police station shall cause the matter to be investigated.

18A. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 14 and 18, every political party receiving subvention in accordance with this Act shall, not later than 3151
October every year, submit to the Registrar financial statements and audited accounts reflecting any other source of funds and details regarding the manner in which such funds were used.” (became law in 2009)