POLITICIANS should not be part of the constitutional assembly if the interests of the general public are to be prioritised in the new constitution, the Institution of Engineers Tanzania (IET) has said.
The constitutional assembly is a body composed for the purpose of drafting or adopting the constitution. IET President, Eng. Malima Bundara, told a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Sunday that politicians have a tendency of favouring their interests in decision making bodies, saying the constitutional assembly should be formed by members of different groups.
"Since the constitutional assembly is going to adopt the mother of all laws, its members should be from different groups," said Dr Bundara while briefing journalists on views presented by constitution council formed by IET to the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).
He noted that among the views presented by the constitution council of IET members were the three tier government with one president of the Union and that the governments of mainland and isles be under prime ministers.
"The constitution should clearly stipulate that the Union constitution is the main law of the constitutions of both mainland and isles," he said. Eng. Bundara explained that such a proposed government system would be a panacea for Union complaints.
He said the Union government should depend on its own source of income in order to avoid reliance on the two governments. The other proposal was that the Union government should have one president and a prime minister. Eng. Bundara pointed out that the constitution council has also proposed the formation of a land commission that will address conflicts resulting from land ownership.