Friday, 6 March 2009

PM Pinda launches ballot to find killers

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Reporters

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda yesterday launched the secret ballots that will be used to identify people suspected of involvement in albino killings. Mr Pinda at the same time warned local authorities against diverting funds to the countrywide exercise.
The warning came in the wake of reports that some councils were planning slash their development budgets to get funds needed to finance the exercise ordered by President Jakaya Kikwete.
The councils have opted to divert funds from their development budgets because the central government has not provided money for the exercise.

Ilala Municipal Council has already announced that it will spend Sh206 million from its budget to finance the exercise. Mwanza Regional Commissioner James Msekela also announced yesterday that the region planned to spend Sh145 million for the exercise. Mwanza is among the regions worst hit by albino killings.

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