9 February 2013

Tanzania: Dar's APRM Performance Exemplary

Dodoma — TANZANIA has been recognized as a good performer in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in terms of good governance in Africa and the world at large.

Premier Mizengo Pinda told Parliament that President Jakaya Kikwete presented the country's report to his peers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 26, this year. He was winding up the Parliament session that started on January 29, this year.

In the report which would be used as reference, the president outlined the country's success in areas of good governance, rule of law and human rights and was appreciated by fellow African countries as exemplary. However, there have been several challenges that were noted which included bolstering the union and maintaining the country's peace and stability.

"Members of APRM suggested that we as a country that enjoys relative peace should maintain the especial 'gift' when it comes to issues relating to religion," he said. He said that peers have advised that we make good use of the Constitutional review process to build a better Tanzania.

The premier also stressed on the need to maintain peace and stability in the country to bolster national unity. He said that the country, despite its diversity in tribes, has been enjoying relative peace and stability more than many countries in Africa, something we as Tanzanians should be proud of and strive to maintain as it brings the nation a good reputation at international level.

"Tanzanians enjoy many freedoms including free speech and the right to form associations and elect leaders. The government has made it possible and the people should cherish that," he said.

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