4 February 2013

Tanzania: Water On the Card in Mnyika's Motion

Dodoma — THE tenth session of the National Assembly continues on Monday with a private motion by Mr John Mnyika (Ubungo-Chadema) after the ordinary question and answer session.

Mr Mnyika's motion is expected to be tabled after deliberations on a private motion tabled last week by Dr Khamis Kigwangala (Nzega-CCM) in which he proposed the formation of a fund that will assist in youth self employment through agriculture.

The motion by Mnyika seeks to ask Parliament to pass declarations on measures to be taken to ensure that Dar es Salaam residents get clean and safe water and proper handling of waste and sewage.

It is also expected that this week another private motion by Mr Joshua Nassari (Arumeru East-Chadema) will be tabled.

He will highlight on how activities of the National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) affect education in the country. Still on education, it is eagerly anticipated that the State will bring in Parliament primary and secondary school curricula as it was requested by Mr James Mbatia (Nominated-NCCR-Mageuzi).

After a heated debated last week on weaknesses in the education sector as per Mr Mbatia's motion, the Minister of State (PMO-Parliamentary Affairs and Coordination), Mr William Lukuvi, intervened and promised that the government will give MPs the curricula before this meeting is adjourned.

Debate on the weaknesses in the education sector took a new twist last week as Opposition Members of Parliament staged a walkout in protest of the decision by Deputy Speaker Job Ndugai not granting Mr Mbatia's request to postpone his motion.

Both members of the ruling party (Chama Cha Mapinduzi) and the opposition agree in principle that issues raised by Mr Mbatia are of genuine concern and some have hinted that they are waiting for the government to table the curricula as promised. This session of the National Assembly is expected to end on Friday.

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