An opposition legislator, Said Amour Arfi (Mpanda-Central, Chadema) has praised President Jakaya Kikwete for his commitment to improving good governance in the country.
Arfi was speaking on the sidelines of a stakeholders meeting recently with an African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) team in Mbeya.
He told the press that the commitment of the CCM government under Kikwete to implement the APRM in the country was an indication of its readiness to see the economic well-being of Tanzanians improved.
“I have participated in this APRM process since it was incepted in 2007. What I can say is that since this is a voluntary governance assessment process and Tanzania has joined and implemented it, we should all praise the government for its commitment," he said.
Arfi, who is also Chadema national vice-chairman, said after the visit by about 20 experts to review governance structures in the country, he hoped the government would work on its recommendations.
“At this point I may not speak on behalf of my political party, but what I can say is that if the government will implement the recommendations of the common wananchi, the country will attain more political stability,” he said.
While in Mbeya the team of top African experts met regional commissioner Abbas Kandoro, who briefed them on the ongoing reforms to ensure that Tanzania had efficient and transparent local government authorities.
“At the regional level the government has initiated various reforms to ensure good governance. We have initiated transparency processes of granting funds to local councils by rewarding those who get clean audit reports and sanctioning poor performers,” said Kandoro after receiving the team in his office.