A section of law makers in Tanzania have question the decision by the President John Pombe Magufuli to re-allocate monies meant for union day celebrations to a road expansion program.
Magufuli last week called off the National Union day celebration slated for April 26 in which the nation commemorates the merging of the two states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form the United republic of Tanzania in 1964.
He asked that the money meant for the celebrations be allocated to the expansion of a road in the port region of Mwanza.
However, speaking during an induction course on Legislation in Dar es Salaam, members of parliament majorly from opposition Civic Union Front (CUF) and moderates from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party questioned the actions of the frugal president in calling off national events.
They demanded to know from the facilitator of the training; Dr. Semboja Haji whether it was in order the head of state to redirect monies allocated by parliament from the consolidate fund to serve a purpose than that it is meant for. The MPs submitted the actions could demean the powers of parliament.
“The impression this gives is that government is above parliament” said Tanzania special seats Member of Parliament Lucia Mlowe.
Magufuli his non-extravagance campaign with slash the budget of Legislators congratulation party from 250 million to 20 million and directed that the money be used to purchase beds for a national hospital.
He also called off the 2015 World Aids day celebration and directed that the funds be set aside for the buying of drugs for people living with HIV/AIDS.