Tanzania’s parliament speaker resigns over national debt criticism

167 Views

Tanzania Parliament Speaker Job Ndugai has resigned.

In a statement, Ndugai said his decision was voluntary and in consideration of the government, the country, and his party Chama Cha Mapinduzi.

He thanked parliamentarians and President Samia Suluhu for their support.

Ndugai’s resignation comes a few days after he apologised to President Suluhu over remarks he made regarding the country’s borrowing.

The Citizen reported that Ndugai had claimed Tanzania risks being auctioned due to rising national debt.

Last week a video clip went viral showing the Speaker criticise what he called unhealthy borrowing.

The Citizen added that while he issued the apology, Ndugai said the clip had been edited to stain his relationship with Suluhu.

The Citizen reported that Ndugai had claimed Tanzania risks being auctioned due to rising national debt.

Last week a video clip went viral showing the Speaker criticise what he called unhealthy borrowing.

The Citizen added that while he issued the apology, Ndugai said the clip had been edited to stain his relationship with Suluhu.

This comes barely three days after Ndugai apologised for his remarks on Tanzania’s borrowing from external sources.

Speaking at a public rally in his Kongwa constituency in Dodoma on December 27, Ndugai said that Tanzania should stop accepting loans from external lenders and instead expand its domestic revenue streams to pay for development projects.

His remarks attracted uproars within the ruling CCM party forcing Ndugai to retract his comments.

“It was just a call to Tanzanians to accept taxes, levies and such government charges as a necessary part of increasing internal government revenues to help cover costs for social services such as health, education and the like,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.