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Govt will work on MPs` concerns - PM

24th April 2012
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Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda

Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda said yesterday that the government would work on the issues related to massive corruption, embezzlement of funds, accountability, raised by members of Parliament.

Adjourning the National Assembly session in Dodoma, the Premier pledged government commitment to work on the MPs’ suggestions and recommendations on the respective issues, which have drawn public attention in the last two weeks.

“We heard MPs’ concerns…the government has received their views and advice…we will work on them,” said Pinda.

He said the government would closely follow-up implementation of the recommendations in the various reports of parliamentary committees.

Pinda assured MPs that the government would take appropriate actions to enhance governance and accountability in the public domain.

In this respect, he said, the government would make sure that government executives — at different levels — from central, council, down to grass-root levels, including executive agencies, execute their duties diligently and observe ethics.

He praised the work done by parliamentary committees in uncovering problems in the government operations and recommending remedial measures, saying the system helped to enhance “checks and balance” in the operations of the three pillars of the state  the Parliament, Executive and Judiciary.

According to the premier, MPs focused on key issues accountability, governance, misuse of public funds, embezzlement of public resources, in central and local governments, and state executives.

He saluted MPs for transparency and openness during the discussions on reports related to government misdeeds presented in the Parliament.

MPs recommendations, according to Pinda, focused on strengthening management of government organs — ministries, executive agencies, public organisations, regional and local government authorities; instilling controls in public expenditures, setting effective mechanisms to stamp out corruption and misappropriation of public resources.

The Prime Minister’s speech touched on the constitution review process, social security funds, and examination results for Standard Seven and Form Four for last year.

On Constitution Review the PM called upon wananchi to cooperate with the Commission to make the process successful.

“The aim of the government is to ensure that all Tanzanians participate fully without any discrimination in the entire process of writing new constitution,” the Primer said.

Pinda further called upon the public to use the social security funds effectively because they are an important catalyst for poverty reduction and economic growth.

“We should work with social security fund authorities to educate wananchi on the importance of becoming members for their own benefits,” Pinda said.

On the education sector he said there were still a number of challenges specifically on infrastructure and the quality of education in general.

He however said that the government has been taking steps to ensure that the quality of education in the country improved.

Pinda cited the performance in science subjects saying that in 2011 the passmark was 61.3 percent compared to 56.1 percent in 2010.

The results illustrate the government commitment on the steps it has taken in improving education sector.

He further reminded the public that August 26 this year will be a day for counting the national population, calling on members of parliament to sensitize people on the importance of the exercise.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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