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Tanzania Premier Pinda refuses new car; calls for accountability

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By GLV Correspondent.

Dar es Salaam-Tanzanian premier Pinda has refused to take his luxurious new Land cruiser VX 8 which cost Tanzania Shs 280 Million, saying that he has his old car and there is no need for the luxury car when most of Tanzanians live in poverty.

“If the car I was given by the government the first time I became prime minister is still serving the purpose, why a new one? No, my car is still in its form. If I take that new and expensive car, that would be misuse of public funds,” Pinda said.

Swearing in for the second term recently, Mr. Pinda pledged his commitment to solving the problems of the majority of Tanzanians living in the rural areas, most of whom are farmers and pastoralists. He urged fellow MPs to rally behind him, noting that without assisting farmers in overcoming their obstacles, no tangible development would be attained.

“Whenever I introduce myself as a farmer’s son, I am not joking. It is true that I am and would, therefore, like to urge all the MPs and other Tanzanians to help lift farmers, pastoralists and beekeepers out of abject poverty,” said earlier the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) politician.

Mr Pinda said that the new car is expensive for nothing, as he had his car which is still in good condition.  He proposed that the luxury car should be given to another person.

Specifications

Toyota Land Cruiser VX-R8 Seater, 4.5L Turbo Diesel
Engine : 4.5 L Turbo Diesel
Transmission : 6 Speed Automatic

“Our Ministers and other leaders have this tendency of driving new cars and living a high life which takes a lot of money and I am calling all officials to minimize expenses and think of our local farmers who are too poor,” Pinda narrated.  According to the report Tanzania has more than 280 cars of the same model since 2008 which are now sold at low price to buy new ones.

Premier Pinda

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