As required by the law, all full-council sessions in the City, Municipal and District Councils must be conducted openly with members of the public present but the recent such meeting held at the Arusha City Hall breached the rule.
Ward Representatives who attended the monthly full-council session in Arusha about a week ago, raised pandemonium in the hall demanding explanations as to why such gathering was taking place without the City residents being notified.
The hue and cry was started by the Councilor for Ngarenaro Ward, Mr Issaya Doitha demanding that the City Director, Ms Sipora Liana should explain to the house why the full-council public session was taking place without the Arusha public itself being there to listen and witness.
The uproar heightened as practically all the local ward representatives who were present in the hall, started to query why the tax-payers were not there to see and hear how their money was being spent or misspent. They demanded full explanations in writing from the director's office. Since when did the full-council meeting started to be conducted behind the curtains, they queried?
Mr Paul Lotta Laizer who represents the Baraa Ward pointed out that for quite sometimes now the City Director's office has been breaching section 12 of the Act which called for people's participation in full-council sessions at City, Municipal and District levels. "The Director is clearly disrespecting local residents and must take responsibility for that," he fumed.
Even though the new City Director, Ms Liana later admitted that indeed that was a major shortcoming from her office and apologized from the councilors, vowing that such an 'overlook' will not be repeated in future, the ward representatives did not take lightly what had happened.
Later the City Mayor, Mr Gaudence Lyimo who was chairing the council session intervened and apologize on behalf of the city council and its director, pleading for the councilors to forgive and forget, because 'all will be rectified in the future!'