The President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, announced the resumption of annual salary increase for civil servants.
Her statement comes seven years after the late John Magufuli abandoned the system of annual pay rises in 2016. Without disclosing the increase to the public, she assured staff that good things were on the way, as seen in The Citizen Tanzania, a news agency In Tanzania.
President Hassan Samia urged businessmen not to raise prices in their shops due to wage increases as she addressed the nation at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro on International Workers’ Day.
“We are resuming annual salary increments, which were initially frozen. We will restart this year and hope to do the same moving forward,” she said.
“I thought this year we should return them to all employees, there are salary increases we are preparing, and we will continue as we had been doing in the past,” she added.
The proposed wage increase, which included a 23.3% increase in the minimum wage for civil servants, was approved by President Hasan on May 14, 2022. Salary payments for the 2021/22 financial year totaled Sh1.59 trillion.
The Tanzanian President stressed that not everyone benefited from the government’s 23.3 percent wage increase last year. The intention was to raise the minimum wage and a few other things, but most earned nothing.
“Including myself, employee number one. But the other thing is that we increased the workers’ allowances, and the beneficiaries of this are the workers with high salaries who did not benefit from the 23.3 percent salary increase. I know there are some institutions that could not pay when we gave the allowances, the budgets had already passed, so the harvest will come this year,” the president said.