Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: MPs Pass Reports On Community Services

Dodoma — IN a rare spectacle lawmakers across the political divide spoke with one voice and the National Assembly unanimously adopted on Friday, reports tabled by the parliamentary committees on Community Services and Community Development.

Contributing to the reports earlier, Mtera MP Livingstone Lusinde (CCM), complained that the health sector was not included as one of the six priority areas in the Big Results Now (BRN) initiative.

"For an economy to grow it requires a healthy population and it is astonishing that the health sector is not listed as one of the priority areas of the BRN," the politician charged.

The BRN involves six priority areas including energy and natural gas, agriculture, water, education, transport and resource mobilisation.

Mr Lusinde complained that it is unfair to allocate a single day to deliberate on reports tabled by the two parliamentary committees, given the fact that they cover the provision of basic social services including health, education and general welfare of the population.

"It seems also that government pays little attention to ministries covered by the parliamentary committees.

"We are all witnesses of poor health services across the country; I think it is high time we MPs were treated in local health facilities instead of being referred abroad, so that we face up to the poor services that our people experience," the controversial MP suggested.

He took a swipe at government ministers whom he accused of not being serious on issues raised in the august House, as it was the case in other countries where the parliamentary committees had visited recently.

"In China ministers lose weight when National Assembly sessions approach but the case is different here, we are busy browsing on social media networks.

"If this august House is to be respected we should make sure that every session gets rid of underperforming ministers and this will enhance discipline amongst them," he said.

The Mtera MP noted of the fact that some ministers hardly visit rural areas to witness on first hand problems faced by the population there.

Mr Lusinde did not stop at ministers, he took to task fellow MPs who sign at meetings and then vanish in thin air shortly thereafter just to be paid allowances.

Kigoma North MP Zitto Kabwe (Chadema) urged social security funds to devise plans to cover farmers through their cooperative unions.

"Only six per cent of the population is covered by social security funds, it is not ideal therefore to introduce pension for elders with this small coverage.

"Farmers constitute a large number of the population, covering them will widen the coverage of people on social security," the opposition legislator proposed.

He also complained that despite increment of funds allocated for the education sector between 2007 and 2012, here was no concrete improvement that has been recorded in the sector.

Mr Zitto cited lack of motivation for some teachers as among factors for poor performance in the sector, as they concentrate on activities to improve their well-being rather than teaching.

Kondoa North MP Zabein Mhita (CCM), noted that majority of teachers countrywide were living and teaching in deplorable conditions.

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