Mwanza — UNION of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC) has supported three regional press clubs in the Lake Zone by providing office equipment worth 105m/-.
The press clubs that benefited from the assistance include Mwanza, Kagera and Mara. Handing over the office equipment in Mwanza, UTPC President, Mr Kenneth Simbaya said that the show of support is to enhance press clubs in the country to become efficient and improve performance.
"UTPC has been established to improve press clubs so that they are able to operate smoothly and empower journalists to contribute to national economic development," said Mr Simbaya. He said that if journalists grow to be independent, it would make them proactive in contributing to national economy.
Mr Simbaya opined that the equipment they donated to the press clubs will enable journalists to work independently, and called on the clubs to use the equipment with care and for their intended purposes. He cautioned press clubs which will abuse the equipment instead of using them to ensure that members of the press in their respective areas become credible when addressing society challenges and problems.
On another note, Mr Simbaya also warned journalists who have become mouthpieces for the affluent in society instead of being the voice of the voiceless. "Some reporters have failed at being ethical and that brings their credibility into question. They apparently have forgotten that they are supposed to be model citizens and never take sides in their daily responsibilities," he said.
He further called for unity among scribes, saying that they should never allow themselves to be divided for any reason. UTPC Executive Director, Mr Abubakar Carsan said that the equipment for the press clubs will facilitate the same to become independent in executing their responsibilities at the clubs' offices and improve journalists' efficiency in reporting.
He said that Mwanza, Mara and Kagera press clubs have represented other clubs which will get similar office equipment. The equipment included desktop computers, printers, laptops and photocopy machines, among others.