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Dr Shein: Local government reforms under way

6th May 2012
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Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein

Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein has said his government is planning major reforms in the local government and regional administration to improve service provision and eliminate underperformance at work place

The Isles President was addressing North B District Council workers at Kitope, North Unguja Region, shortly after the inauguration of construction of a one storey building to be used as the council’s headquarters, a project estimated to cost Sh300 million.

He likened the prospect to reforms on Tanzania Mainland which he said since their introduction remarkable changes have been noted in public service delivery.

"We hope that these reforms will give directive(s) on public service provision and will bear fruits not only in providing service to the citizens but also making it even better,” noted President Shein

He said the reforms include establishing contracts in employment, which will give room to employers to assess their performance of workers, unlike the current system which employs individuals on permanent basis.

Shein said this would inspire change in public service performance because before renewing the employment contract, particular employees would be first assessed based on their performance. This would automatically be a challenge to employees to work hard for better performance record. He advised civil servants to have work plan on weekly and monthly basis.

Earlier, the stated that his government was determined to increase the number of nursery schools because they lay a good foundation for pupils’ development, praising the 1964 government policy of free education.

He said it had provided opportunities for many youths to access education, as opposed to the situation in colonial era when there were very few schools in the Isles.

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY
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