14 November 2012

Tanzania: Delegates Call For Action On Corruption

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President Jakaya Kikwete addresses delegates during Chama Cha Mapinduzi elections.

DELEGATES at the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) National Congress have called on leaders of the party to nullify the results of the elections that were marred by acts of corruption.

They also urged the party leadership to dismiss members causing divisions within the party. They also called for the formation of a task force that would make sure that the 'wounds' caused by the just ended party elections are healed.

These issues emanated from the various reports presented by groups that discussed reports presented on Monday by Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and the Second Vice-President of Zanzibar, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi, as well as various ministers.

The government was also urged to arrange visits by its ministers around the country to explain to people on the various projects implemented as a way of fulfilling the promises made during the 2010 national elections that are also in the party's manifesto.

The Mbinga East Legislator, Gaudence Kayombo, was the first to present the group reports. He said that his group, which was chaired by the Minister of State in the President's Office - Relations and Coordination, Stephen Wassira, agreed that there was a need to revoke all the dubious election results in a bid to end the tendency by some members to buy leadership.

"We found it appealing that all the elections which were marred by acts of corruption be nullified and polling be repeated," he said. They also proposed that it was high time that the government increased efficiency in executing its duties and ensure that the country's resources were used in such a way that would benefit all regions evenly.

The group also proposed that those among members and leaders who have been going out of formal ways of presenting issues by using the media instead of meetings to criticize the party and its government should be dealt with accordingly.

"Some leaders have been good at making questionable statements in the media instead of addressing such issues through party meetings. It is high time that disciplinary measures are taken against them," he said. Another group which was represented by Mr Emmanuel Rwegenyeza wanted the party to get tough in the war against corruption.

They also commended the government for increasing the budgetary allocation for the Higher Education Students' Loans Board (HESLB), but called on the increased supervision in ensuring that money reaches the intended beneficiaries.

Another presenter, Mr Damas Mukasa, reiterated the need for the government to take serious measures against corruption and embezzlement of public funds. "Our group calls for formation of a task force that will deal with the work of reuniting members after divisions occurred during the just ended elections within the party," he said.

Ambassador Ali Mchumo who presented on behalf of another group said that it was not enough to speak ill of the corruption acts without taking measures to end the practice. Responding to the concerns raised by various groups, Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda thanked the groups for their good work.

He promised that the government would work on all the recommendations. "All the points brought up by the representatives of the groups will be worked upon by the government and in three months time we will send written answers in all regions," he said.

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