24 January 2013

Tanzania: PMs Should Not Be MPs, Says Pinda

THE Premier, Mr Mizengo Pinda, has suggested that prime ministers should not be appointed from among Members of Parliament.Mr Pinda, who is a Member of Parliament (Mpanda East), said the move would help ease premiers' burden and leave them to concentrate on national issues without having to worry much about their constituencies.

In his briefing after presenting his views to the Constitutional Review Commission in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, Mr Pinda said he is also for the curtailment of powers of the president.

He said the president's roles should be reduced, such as appointment of top government or heads of organizations.On the other hand, the PM suggested that the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar should be considered as a major achievement and should, therefore, be maintained.

He called for provision of a commission that would ensure the Union runs smoothly and resolve whatever issues that need to be ironed out.

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