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Constitutional commission urged to collect opinions from all groups

16th April 2012
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The confederation of associations of people with disabilities in Tanzania (SHIVYAWATA), which is made up of nine national associations, has called on the recently appointed National Commission for coordination of opinion gathering on the writing of the New Constitution for the United Republic of Tanzania to ensure it reaches out to all groups of people in the country.

It urged the inclusion of all groups especially people with disabilities. The commission was appointed and sworn in last week by President Jakaya Kikwete with former Prime Minister Justice Joseph Sinde Warioba, as chairman and two of its members are people with disabilities, Alshairmaa Kwegiya, who is Special Seats MP and BBC journalist Ally Saleh.

SHIVYAWATA said they supported the appointment made by the president and called on the commission not to ignore minority groups. The confederation called on the commission to emulate what Kenya and South Africa did in the process of writing new constitutions, whereby opinions from all groups in society were taken seriously.

SHIVYAWATA also called on Tanzanians to cooperate with the commission, while also taking into account the interests of minority groups so that they would also be part of society.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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