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Tanzania’s Ministry of Finance and Planning says it has concluded plans to introduce an electronic budgeting system in the 2021/22 financial year.

The move will reduce revenue loss and strengthen financial accountability, a senior official said on Monday.

Mary Maganga, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the new system known as ‘PlanRep’ is web-based planning and budgeting system.

She added that PlanRep will replace the spreadsheet programme used by government agencies, institutions and corporations.

She told a five-day capacity building training seminar on the electronic budgeting system in the capital Dodoma that the new system will incorporate strategic plans, revenue projection, budgets, expenditure tracking and physical implementation.

The electronic budgeting system will help increase efficiency in management and monitoring of investments by public organisations and corporations.

Subsequently, it will increase the performance and government revenue, Athumani Mbuttuka, the country’s Treasury Registrar said.

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Zimbabwe to Extradite Ex-Leader Mugabe’s Ally

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The Zimbabwean government is seeking to extradite a former minister and top ally of former president Robert Mugabe who is wanted over corruption allegations from South Africa.

Zimbabwe has formally asked South Africa to extradite former local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

Zimbabwe’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Kasukuwere must return home to face trial for illegally parcelling out land to former first lady Grace Mugabe’s sister.

Kasukuwere, who was the ruling Zanu PF’s political commissar by the time Mugabe was toppled in a military coup in 2017, fled to South Africa during the ensuing upheavals in Zimbabwe.

In an extradition request sent to South Africa, the NPA said the former minister, who was once touted as a future Zanu PF leader, will receive a fair trial if he is extradited.

“This request is not being pursued for political reasons or any ulterior purposes,” wrote NPA’s Nelson Mutsonziwa.

“Zimbabwe guarantees that Saviour Kasukuwere will receive a fair trial in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe. The Republic of Zimbabwe also undertakes to render assistance to South Africa in any criminal matter,” he added.

The two neighbours do not have an extradition agreement but Zimbabwean authorities say there are provisions to seek legal mutual assistance from South Africa in extradition cases.

Mr Kasukuwere, whose Harare mansion was attacked by Special Forces on the night of the coup, said he will resist attempts to extradite him.

“It is a political dispute that has been weaponised. I was shot at and they couldn’t arrest me on November 2017. The shooting has not been investigated to date. A coup continues to this day. Let us return to constitutionalism,” he said.

South Africa is yet to respond to another extradition request for Mugabe’s last Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi.

Mzembi, who is accused of criminal abuse of office, also says he is being persecuted over political differences with President Emmerson Mnangagwa that emanated from the coup.

President Mnangagwa has also demanded the extradition of Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, who sought refuge in Kenya after the coup.

Kenya is yet to respond to the request.

Last month, the 77 year-old ruler threatened to push for the extradition of Mr Mugabe’s loyalists, accusing them of influencing South Africa to adopt a tough stance against Zimbabwe.

South Africa’s ruling ANC has of late become very vocal about Zimbabwe’s deteriorating economic situation and human rights violations.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe accuses its neighbour of meddling in its internal affairs.

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Violence As Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party Holds Primary In Kwekwe

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At least one policeman was reportedly injured in a scuffle between Zimbabwe’s thousands of Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) supporters and riot police during the ruling party’s primary election on Sunday.

The incident happened at the ruling ZANU–PF’s district HQ offices in Kwekwe following demonstrations against suspected corruption and bribery allegations against election presiding team led by one Rtd Col Dr Kahuni and party’ provincial vice chairperson, Robert Nyathi.

Several vehicles parked inside the district HQ yard were damaged during the disturbance.

The protests started after the Kwekwe Central Constituency structures rejected the use of ZEC’ voters roll in the poll. Several voters accused National Commissar, Victor Matemedanda, and the election presiding team of corruption after he ordered the use of 2018 elections voters roll which many say favoured Kandros Mugabe.

Mugabe, a church bishop, lost the party’s Kwekwe Central parliamentary election in 2018.

The 47-year-old is contesting against Energy Ncube, 26, popularly known as Dalla, for the parliamentary position left vacant following the death of Masango ‘Blackman’ Matambanadzo.

Party supporters demanded the use of cell registers only, while Rtd Col Kahuni and his presiding team refused to budge to the demands leading to the demonstration.

Police were said to have fired live rounds and threw tear-gas canisters at demonstrators before they were overpowered by angry party supporters.

Matemedanda directed the party leadership in Midlands Province to use the 2018 elections voters roll on September 30.

In a memo by one Dr Davison Gomo, the department of Commissariat said “We write to advise that party members wishing to vote or to be voted in the primary by-election should have their names appear in the 2018 Constituency voters roll.

“We are aware that the temptation to bus in people from outside the constituency is a high possibility and we are keen and committed to ensuring that the primary by-election reflects the will of the people”, read the memo.

Zanu PF provincial chairperson, Engineer Daniel Mckenzie Ncube admitted that the election could not take off after the party was forced to abandon the process due to a number of challenges chief among them the sharmbolic 2018 elections voters roll.

“I can confirm that we have called off the Kwekwe primary election until further notice.

“The election faced a lot of challenges and one of them was the use of 2018 elections voters roll. It came to our attention that a lot of party members who voted in 2018, were found not to be on the same voters roll. The same was with party cell registers and this forced us to cancel the election”, said Ncube.

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Tanzania’s Electoral Body Suspends Opposition Leader From Campaigning

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Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has barred the main opposition presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu, from campaigning for a week.

The NEC said its ethics committee had taken the decision following complaints from trwo political parties – the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM; Party of the Revolution) and the opposition National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA).

The parties accused Mr Lissu of falsely claiming that President John Magufuli had held a secret meeting with district bosses with the intention of influencing the outcome of the polls.

Lissu was also accused of calling on the public not to accept any vote rigging, urging them to take to the streets in protest.

Lissu denies the accusations and has the right to appeal against the suspension of his campaign.

Earlier, Lissu said his Chadema party had received a letter from the police ordering him to appear before the head of investigations in Dar-es-Salaam over rigging allegations he made against the President.

He, however, said he would ignore the summons and instead attend a planned meeting with foreign envoys.

He said the letter does not outline the offence he committed to warrant being summoned:

Tanzanians head to the polls on October 28 to elect members of parliament and president. Incumbent John Magufuli is seeking a second five-year term.

Lissu is the main opposition challenger for the presidency

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