A sugar storage facility in Dar es Salaam. In a move to protect local sugar factories, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has ordered authorities to control importation of sugar under special permits. PHOTO | FILE
Tanzanian MPs have petitioned President John Magufuli to rescind a ban on sugar imports, citing a shortage of the commodity in the country.
President John Magufuli ordered government agencies to stop issuing permits to sugar importers, saying there were dishonest traders known to have been colluding with corrupt public servants to import sugar at the expense of local producers who have huge stocks of the commodity.
Sugar Board of Tanzania (SBT) Director General Henry Semwaza allayed fears of sugar shortage in Tanzania and said that there is adequate stock of sugar.