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PM defends country`s image in Parliament

12th August 2011
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Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda yesterday faulted Tanzanians failing to recognise and value the status accorded to their country by other people and nations around the world.

He was responding to a question by Susan Lyimo (Chadema), who had a view that the country’s status had gone down following allegations that it was a major transit route for illicit drugs in the region.

“It is not true that the status of this country has gone down …the chart is still high …the problem with Tanzanians is that they don’t value and respect the status of their country accorded by other people and nations,” Pinda said.

He cited the prevailing peace, saying that the country was leading in direct foreign investments as well as good economic growth in the region.

He further explained that the Drug Control Commission had been doing its job by holding accountable all those discovered to have been involved in drug business, by filing cases in courts.

Commenting on allegations that some religious sects were involved in illicit drug trafficking, Pinda said that President Jakaya Kikwete’s statement was not meant to convict clerics, but to let them help fighting against the vice.

“The President’s statement was just a caution and he focused on those religious leaders from mushrooming churches who use religion as an umbrella to conduct illegal business,” the premier said.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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