BY TIGANYA VINCENT Cement traders
in Tabora region have been warned not to use the free market and the presence of a shortage of the product to hurt vulnerable people by raising prices with the aim of making a big profit.
The statement was issued yesterday by Tabora Regional Commissioner Dr. Philemon Sengati during a visit to inspect the shops of large and small cement retailers to see the state of the supply of cement.
He said traders are key stakeholders in cooperating with the Government in development activities and should ensure that cement is sold at a cheaper price that does not hurt the people and make them feel sorry for their Government.
“In theory the free market products zinapopungua market prices shoot … I want businesses of cement should not use the context of the shortage of cement wanting to get ‘super profit’ that hurts citizens” stressed
addition that the prefect had warned also traders of cement to retail stores who sell cement for 23,000 / = to 30,000 / = shillings to stop immediately and increase the Government will take action against those who defy.
He said it is not possible for them to buy at the rate of 19,000 shillings / = and want to sell at the rate of 23,000 shillings / = who add four thousand shillings.
Dr. Sengati said the rate is high compared to wholesalers who earn a profit of 200 shillings per bag and the cost of transporting goods from factories is higher compared to them here in Tabora region.
“We have found that retailers are selling cement for 23,000 shillings / = to 30,000 / = when the goods are taken here in Tabora and it does not cost much to transport goods… the act is to make more money by hurting the weak wany ”He said.
Dr. Sengati said business people should be patriotic by connecting with the vision and vision of the Fifth Phase Government which wants quality and a better life for the people.
The owner of Vimajo and Sons Company who is one of the biggest cement traders in the region Victor Chami told the Governor that he is selling a 50 kg bag for 19,000 shillings after a shortage of cement from 18,500 shillings before the problem.
He said this cement is scarce and sometimes they are forced to buy it from their fellow traders who are saving and that is why he has added a little more.
The trader added that they have now decided to buy Camel cement after what they were buying in bulk in Tabora Dangote Region was not available.
He said they buy the cement at a cost of 13 shillings, 340 / = at the factory in Dar es Salaam and the cost of transport is 5,000 shillings / = and the unloading workers pay them 100 / = shillings and the rest is their profit.
Chami said due to the high demand for cement in the country because of the large projects being built by the Government and the needs of the people it is good for the Government to crack down on cement producers to increase production and stop exporting.
He said once the government completes its projects, producers should be allowed to export to Tanzania.
Chami told the Tabora Regional Commissioner that he had heard the people crying that he would sell cement for the original price of 18,500 shillings / = as it was before the cement ran out in the region.
He called on his fellow traders to see the possibility of downloading them so that the public would not be harmed.