PETS exercises key for community development

The Executive Director of Pugu Poverty Alleviation Agency, Mr. Abraham Silumbu, says citizens are to blame for poor utilization of public funds done by the government executives since they do not often conduct Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) exercises. The organisation is a grantee of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Silumbu made the remarks recently when speaking on the importance of conducting PETS exercises in the country.

He urged citizens to make sure that they monitor public funds periodically instead of sitting back and wait for development.
“Being able to conduct PETS exercises will help them know the truth and take action against unfaithful executives. This will help strengthen transparency in utilization of public funds and other resources,” he says.

He also says that the blame should be on the society for not participating in PETS exercises, which contribute to bad utilization of public resources.

Mr. Silumbu says, the government has been open to give guidelines on how to conduct PETS but the citizens are the obstacle in implementing it.

A guideline was given on December, 2009 by the Prime Minister’s office (Local Governments) which requires the community to monitor PETS, says Mr. Silumbu.

He adds that the community has been complaining on the bad utilization of public resources but they have not shown any effort to demand on their right to know.

He says that through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) his organisation has provided awareness on the same in Kitunda, Kivule, Msongola and Pugu wards in Dar es Salaam.

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