Zanzibar — Some members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives have called for proportional representation in the defence and security organs as a way of stemming grievances.
The representatives believed that Zanzibaris are under represented in security organs, arguing that top posts such as Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Chief of Defence Forces should also be made available for Zanzibaris. "For long time, the IGP position, and head of Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) and other top positions in the Union have never been occupied by Zanzibaris, why?," Mr Saleh Nassor Juma (CUF- Wawi) wondered.
Mr Jaku Mohamed Ayoub (CCM- Muyuni), and Mr Salim Abdallah Hamad (CUF- Mtambwe) also demanded answers from the government as to why the Union presidents have never appointed Zanzibaris to the top positions in the defence and security forces.
Responding to the concerns, the Minister of State (responsible for union affairs), Mr Mohamed Aboud Mohamed, said that the Union President has been empowered by the Constitution to appoint people of his choice.
"There is no mechanism stipulated in the Constitution for the president in appointing people to hold such posts. But the upcoming Union constitution review is an opportunity for reforms. Let us use the opportunity to give our views," said Mr Mohamed. He urged farther that it was time for legislators and Zanzibaris to discuss grievances and suggest to the Warioba Constitution commission for consideration.
"However, as both governments also continue discussing different issues in the Union, all adults in Zanzibar should have the opportunity to give opinions on the commission," he added.