Tanzanians have been advised to respect applicable laws if they want to attain and promote good governance.
Presenting a paper on relationship between citizens and public leaders in bring about development at a debate forum held in Malindi District yesterday, Handeni District Court resident magistrate in charge Jonathan Mgongoro called on members of the public to respect the laws.
He said it was good for them to follow and respect the laws at all stages of decision making.
"Every one of us is a member and key law stakeholder. Make sure you follow laws, when making decisions even if it means removing your leaders you have voted for," said Mgongoro.
The resident magistrate, who was presenting his paper to the debate organised by the Union of Tanga Civil Societies Organisation (TACSO), said lack of good relationship between people and leaders was a big challenge, adding that recognition of one’s rights and responsibilities was the only solution to obey the laws.
Contributing to the debate, participants blamed their leaders for putting personal interests before public interests.
Tacso coordinator David Chanyeghea said good debates built capacity and made citizens well informed of the issues going on in their country.