Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda has called on legislators to maintain discipline, saying uncalled for interruptions damage the House's image.
She sounded the warning yesterday when inviting Dole member of Parliament Sylvester Mabumba (CCM) to chair the mid-morning session. She said some MPs had been making regular uncalled for interruptions when another MP was speaking, hence boring viewers who normally make a follow-up on parliamentary activities via television sets.
“I want the chairman to gain some experience; I will leave him to chair the remainder of this session because I have got other commitments. But please cut down on unnecessary interruptions because they are damaging our image to the people," she said.
Elaborating, she said currently, the House’s image to the society was not good because some MPs had been speaking out of turn and without following regulations.
She claimed to have received a lot of phone calls and short messages from people complaining about some misconducts by some MPs in the House.
She said she was spending a lot of time to deal with interventions, which consumed time and reduced the number of MPs who would otherwise, get the chance to contribute to the budget speech.
“We need to grow up, there is no reason for us to lose the respect of the people. We need to change and maintain our image to the voters,” she said.
Contributing to the government budget for the 2011/2012 financial year, Mtera Member of Parliament Livingstone Lusinde (CCM) said the government should find an alternative way to reduce traffic congestions in Dar es Salaam city.
He said the only way to reduce congestions in the city was for leaders to shift to Dodoma. He said some leaders staying in Dar es Salaam did not even work properly as they spent most of their time in traffic jams.
“If we don’t solve this problem we are not going to succeed in implementing our development plans, because people spend most of their time in traffic queues,” he said.
He advised the government to stop using the images of animals on banknotes and instead use the pictures of former government leaders as a way of honouring them. He said that Tanzania cannot advertise its tourist attractions through banknotes, but can do so through media outlets.
Lusinde said the government should continue using the pictures of late presidents and founders of the nation, Julius Kambarage Nyerere and Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume.
Ilemela MP Highness Kiwia (CHADEMA) said the government should do all it takes to fight corruption. He said with corruption, the government was likely to fail in implementing some of its development projects.
“Corruption is very bad, you cannot even compare it with a war,” he said. Kiwia also called on the Minister for Energy and Minerals to speed up processes for new power projects. He said Tanzanians were tired of hearing about government plans, saying all they wanted was electricity.