President Jakaya Kikwete
Former Tanzania Labour Party (TLP) secretary general Hamad Rajabu Tao has described as impressive President Jakaya Kikwete’s achievements in the last six and half years in power.
Presenting a paper to a handful of religious leaders who turned up for a one-day seminar on Monday to discuss achievements and challenges facing the fourth-phase government in power, Mr Tao said President Kikwete’s government had managed to restore peace in Zanzibar.
“The government has been able to restore peace in the Isles, where there had been divisions to an extent that members of CCM political party would not attend a funeral of a fallen member of CUF,” he explained. He said there were shops designated for Chama Cha Mapinduzi members and Civic United Front, including mosques.
“The fourth-phase government in power managed to restore peace and tranquility in Zanzibar, by putting in place a government of national unity, which brought in CUF,” he added. Mr Tao said President Kikwete took a firm stand in taking to task the former Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa, two other ministers and one Permanent Secretary following allegations of corruption.
He said this had never happened in the country since independence, adding that previously such government officials would have been given other official duties such as ambassadorial duties. He also outlined the government’s efforts in ensuring secondary schools were built in every ward, bringing education closer to the people.
He however noted that the government had failed to resolve the electricity shortage problem which has effected industrial production and triggered inflation. Rev Alphonce Temba of Penuel Healing Ministry said he did not see the importance of Members of Parliament, who once elected relocate to Dar es Salaam, leaving their voters to wallow in poverty. He said the new constitution should require all MPs to stay in their constituencies to help solve their voters’ problems, rather than moving to Dar es Salaam.
Source Tanzania Daily News