There is a pressing need to have a clause in the new constitution that would give room for the retired president to be arraigned in court to answer charges over his alleged involvement in suspected acts of impropriety while in office.
This was said by residents of Mchinga, in Lindi Municipality during a forum to discuss the new constitutional draft, which was organized by Lindi NGOs network through the funding from the Foundation for Civil Society.
LINDI - The people of Ruangwa District in Lindi region through their district Civil Society Network have suggested taking the country back to the old era of Tanganyika government that ceased to exist when the United Republic of Tanzania was formed in 1964.
KILIMANJARO - Citizens of Same District in Kilimanjaro region have urged the government to improve on the performance of the current two-tier government system, instead of jumping to the three-tier one - which is bound to be a burden to the country.
In the draft constitution forum organised by KWIECO Organisation through the funding of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) more than 95 percent of about 100 participants said Union Matters should be increased from seven as stipulated in the draft to ten - by adding education, gas and minerals.
LINDI - More than 10 CSOs in Mchinga, Lindi region have supported the formation of a three tier-government as proposed in the first draft of the Constitution, saying it will create equality and independence in every part of the Union unlike the current two-tier government system.
The new national constitution should include and recognize local farmers as important people in the economic development of the nation.
The Association of Children, Youth and Development (CYAD) in Kinondoni district made the call in Dar es Salaam at the end of August when airing views on the draft constitution after the organization received a grant from Foundation for Civil Society.
“We commend the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) for recognizing and including various groups of people in the draft constitution, but local farmers have not been adequately included despite their vast importance in the agricultural sector which is the engine of our local economic development”, said Laurent Minja, a CYAD member.
Mr Minja, who is a resident of Msigani ward in the district, said CRC should consider their views and recognize local farmers’ rights in the new constitution.
“For being recognized in the constitution as crucial people in the country’s economic development our farmers will have been assured of getting important needs, such as reliable subsides from the government and markets for their produce”, he said.
The association’s meeting brought together residents of Msigani, Malamba Mawili and kwa Yusuf ward residents in Kinondoni District to discuss the draft constitution.