Tanzania increases dependence age on health insurance to 21 years from 18

Tanzania President Samia says committee on COVID-19 has already been formed Source: Chief Spokesperson of the Government of Tanzania

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has on Saturday announced that the government has decided to increase the age of dependence on health insurance from 18 to 21 years.

Suluhu made the announcement during this year’s labour day celebrations marked at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza region in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian President also said that despite her desire to increase salaries, the Government cannot do so at present, due to a number of challenges including the outbreak of COVID-19.

She however announced that the government will reduce the PAYE Tax by one percent from the current 9% to 8%.

Suluhu also ordered all public officers who were previously fired for being class 7 drop-outs, to be remunerated.

She added that the delay in payment of retirement benefits saddens her and longs to see every retired employee getting  paid immediately.

This comes a day after Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) endorsed President Samia Suluhu Hassan as the party’s chair, replacing former President John Magufuli who died in March.


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