Tanzania’s Speaker Of Parliament Resigns Days After Publicly Blasting President Suluhu

Tanzania’s Speaker Of Parliament Resigns Days After Publicly Blasting President Suluhu

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By Spy Uganda Correspondent

The speaker of Tanzania’s National Assembly Job Ndugai resigned from his position on Thursday days after a public fallout with President Samia Suluhu over the East African country’s debt burden.

He claimed Suluhu had an “insatiable appetite for loans” and warned that her government’s continued borrowing “risk the country being auctioned”

Ndugai had come under sharp criticism from the party for comments last month in which he said Tanzania was in danger of being auctioned off with its external debt burden continuing to increase.

He said Tanzania should stop accepting loans from external lenders and instead extend its domestic revenue streams to finance development projects.

In response, President Suluhu said Tanzania would not be put off from prioritising external loans over domestic taxes to complete major infrastructure projects.

Ndugai, who publicly apologised to the president, however, insisted his comments were misrepresented and aimed at critics of Parliament’s endorsement of an unpopular mobile money transfer tax.

Meanwhile, he issued a resignation statement saying his decision was a personal one and for the greater good of the country, the government and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.

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