FORMER Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Sethi Kamuhanda has asked media to continue using the prevailing freedom of the press responsibly.
Speaking at a farewell ceremony in Dar es Salaam on Friday, Mr Kamuhanda said the government has expanded freedom of the press to enable journalists operate professionally. We are among the few countries with a significant number of media outlets and acceptable freedom of the press. Let us continue guarding this to continue availing citizens with information and knowledge,"he said.
He seized the opportunity to ask media owners to provide good working environment for their journalists, noting that it was important, for example to enable them travel around the globe to expand their world view.
"Many journalists today continue to work under poor working conditions. It is the role of media owners to enable them executes their duties in better environments," he said. "Journalists who do not travel have a narrow view of the world.
Travelling helps them to have a comparative understanding of the rest of the work in the context of their country," he said. Thanking all employees of the Ministry for the cooperation they accorded him, he said he faced some challenges while serving at the ministry, though there were also some achievements to celebrate and build on further in the subsequent period.
He said the Ministry had achieved a number of things under the tenure in areas of youths, sports and culture. "When I joined the Ministry I wanted to scale up gender equality and have an administration whose composition is equal between men and women.
In my term, women have illustrated that they are capable of working efficiently and giving advice for good impact," he said. Present included the current Permanent Secretary, Ms Sihaba Nkinga , directors in the ministry and other officials.
Mr Kamuhanda's tenure at the ministry ended last month, when President Jakaya Kikwete made some changes in the government's top line-up, appointing new permanent secretaries, transferring some and also retiring others.