Despite the insufficient funds for the national budget, there are items in this budget that are
considered unnecessary due to their perceived negligible utility to the majority of Tanzanians.
It is fortunate that the government has also recognized this problem of unnecessary expenditure
and has through its top officials like the Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda committed to increase
control over and economize those expenditures.
The sum of all unnecessary expenditures in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)
as well as regions fell from 684 billion (bn) Tanzanian Shillings (TSh) in financial year (FY)
2008/09 to 530 bn TSh in FY 2009/10, which is a reduction of 22.4 percent. But, for the FY
2010/11 these expenditures are expected to rise slightly to 537 bn TSh, a move which
contradicts the government’s stated commitment to spend its resources more wisely.