THE Civic United Front (CUF) Chairman, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba , has called upon the Minister for Finance , Ms Saada Mkuya to be firm on government financial management and bold to oppose projects which are not budgeted for. Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam, Prof Lipumba said that since the government is in a bad financial situation as it spends more than collection, the Minister for finance must be bold enough to confront whoever goes beyond the financial regulations regardless of one's position. Prof Lipumba said special attention is needed in the infrastructure sector as he claimed that majority of the road construction contracts are signed while there are no enough resources as a result the contractors are not timely paid and this leads to delays in completion of the projects. Moreover, he said, as the country gears towards the draft constitution, a lot of financial resources are needed to ensure that the process reaches its target, thus it needs a firm and committed minister to handle and balance the situation. However, Prof Lipumba was skeptical if Ms Mkuya has the capacity to handle the crucial ministry due to what he termed as limited experience in high post. "The Minister for Finance is a key person for the running of the national economy as well as policies to that effect, much as we aknowledge her appointment as a woman as far as gender issues and union matters are concerned, we believe she is too young for that post," he said. He added that going by her CV posted on the Parliament website, Ms Mkuya lacks political, academic and administration experince especially on issues of public financial management.
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