Stone Town, Tanzania - September 9, 2015: View on typical narrow Stone Town street with souvenir shops on Zanzibar island. Man is sitting on a small chair in front of his shop. Bikes and motors are parked on the street.Typical buildings with Arabic and Indian influance.
Stone Town, Tanzania - September 9, 2015: View on typical narrow Stone Town street with souvenir shops on Zanzibar island. Man is sitting on a small chair in front of his shop. Bikes and motors are parked on the street.Typical buildings with Arabic and Indian influance.

The government of Tanzania intends to deregister 3,436 cooperative societies across the country over irregularities, including lack of permanent addresses and lack of leadership, a senior official said on Sunday.

Japhet Hasunga, the Minister for Agriculture, said records with the Registrar of Cooperative Societies showed that there were a total of 11,149 cooperative societies but 3,436 have no permanent addresses, 1,250 were dormant and 6,463 were active.

“I have directed the Registrar of Cooperative Societies to deregister the 3,436 cooperative societies that do not exist according to the law,” Hasunga told a news conference in the capital Dodoma.

He said a cooperative society was liable to deregistration if it failed to have an office and its leaders were not known by authorities.

“Another reason that leads to deregistration of a cooperative union is that it fails to conduct its activities six months after it was registered,” said the minister. Enditem

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