Unnecessary expenditure brief vol 2, July 2010
The provision of primary services is a great challenge in Tanzania since fi nancial resources are
scarce. Nevertheless, most people agree that the government’s budget allocation and execution is
ineffi cient. In this brief, we try to instance careless handling of public monies by focusing on a
list of six budget items which we deem to be severely fraught with unnecessary expenditures. This
list includes ‘Training’ (domestic and foreign), ‘Allowances’ (non-discretionary, discretionary, and
in-kind), ‘Travel’ (in-country and out-of-country), ‘Acquisition of New Vehicles’, ‘Fuel, Oil and
Lubricants’ and ‘Hospitality Supplies and Services’.
In 2008, the Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda acknowledged the existence of unnecessary expenditures
and announced efforts to increase control over and economize those expenditures. For this second
edition of the brief on unnecessary expenditures, we have examined how far the government’s
statements are actually refl ected by the fi gures of the last three budget books. We have, therefore,
analyzed whether the aggregated amounts of unnecessary budget items have been cut. We also
looked at disaggregated data to identify how each government institution has contributed to the
overall level of unnecessary expenditures.