20 February 2013

Tanzania: Mbowe Pushes for Adoption of Provincial Governance System

Arusha — AFTER having shelved (for some time) the provincial governance system, which his party had touted for years, the Chairman of Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), Mr Freeman Mbowe, has dusted the ideology.

"The only way ordinary Tanzanians can benefit from resources found in their vicinity is to divide the country's governance system to county or provincial levels," stated Mbowe while addressing hundreds of Arusha residents during a political rally held at Ngarenaro Primary School grounds.

"Tanzania is a very big country whose size is equivalent to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi joined together, and it is therefore impractical to have everything decided from Dar es Salaam, by few people making up the central government," said Mr Mbowe, who also launched Chadema Northern Zone political mission chapter.

"Our party wants each province to have its own governor, who will be voted by people, unlike now that we are seeing a system in which Regional and District Commissioners are forced down your throats by people seated in Dar es Salaam," the opposition party leader said.

After launching the party's northern zone mission office in Arusha, Mbowe moves to establish two more zones in Mwanza and Shinyanga to be known as Lake Zone West and East, before proceeding to Kigoma for the same mission.

The Karatu Member of Parliament, Pastor Israel Natse, is currently the acting chairman for the Chadema Northern Zone mission comprising Tanga, Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions. Pastor Natse used the zonal chapter's launching occasion to express his dissatisfaction over the state's handling of the 'bitter' issue of the killing of church leaders in Zanzibar and Geita, saying the controversial murders had strong political and religious motives.

Chadema's new zonal mapping mission seems to be slowly but surely replacing the 'Movement for Change' (M4C) operations which again had replaced the previous 'Operation Sangara,' and is expected to help the party gain more ground towards the anticipated 2015 General Election.

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