The Tanzania Higher Learning Institutions Students' Organisations (Tahliso) has cautioned parties or politicians against using university students to achieve their vested interests.
Tahliso chairman Paulo Makonda sounded the warning at the launching of the Umoja website here.
He said it was important to respect the fact that universities were places for studying and living an academic life, not a place for party politics.
Makonda urged university students to shun serving politicians, adding that many students have lost direction and have been affected academically due to concentrating in politics.
“I appeal to fellow students, let's study about politics, but we should not allow politicians to destroy our lives. You've witnessed how some of our colleagues have had their lives trampled down, once politicians achieve their goals, even when you call them, they don't pick up [their phones]," he said.
Addressing the question of loans for university students, the Chairman said that it was still a major challenge, calling on the government to change the method of giving out loans to enable more students to access them.
Works deputy minister Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, who launched the website, said the government had better start making good use of experts from within the country to bring about positive change in society.
He said if intellectuals and academicians currently in the country would be used properly, the country would perform better economically. The deputy minister urged students not to use shortcuts to achieve their goals.
On the writing of a new constitution, Dr Mwakyembe called on intellectuals and academicians to use their knowledge and skills to educate the masses in a bid to help them give informed opinions.