Sabahi (Washington, DC)

24 January 2013

Tanzanian Prime Minister Should Not Be Parliamentarian, Pinda Says

Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda on Wednesday (January 23rd) told the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) that the country's prime minister should not be appointed from among lawmakers, Tanzania's Daily News reported.

Pinda, himself a parliamentarian representing Mpanda East, said the move would help prime ministers concentrate on national issues rather than worrying about their constituencies.

Pinda also advocated limiting the powers of the president and highlighted the importance of maintaining the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, which has been a major issue before the CRC.

Association of Tanzanian Employers executive director Aggrey Mlimuka made a similar statement before the CRC on Tuesday, advocating that lawmakers should be forbidden from serving simultaneously as cabinet ministers and members of parliament, Tanzania's The Guardian reported.

Mlimuka also called for a reduction in the number of cabinet posts in order to reduce the budget and curb government influence on all areas of society.

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