Kondoa-South legislator Juma Nkamia (CCM) has challenged the government to promulgate the new media policy with a view to improving reportage.
Nkamia said a new media policy would, besides ensuring quality reportage, save editors from getting into trouble with the authorities.
Meanwhile, Speacial Seats lawmaker Stella Manyanya has faulted Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) secretary general Dr Wilbroad Slaa over what she termed as "encouraging people not to contribute to development projects" in her constituency.
Manyanya made the remarks in the National Assembly on Wednesday when debating budget estimates for the Prime Minister’s Office for 2011/2012 fiscal year.
She said that Dr Slaa visited Songea district in Ruvuma region recently where he allegedly restricted the villagers from contributing to development projects while knowing that it was their responsibility to do so.
“There are some politicians going about in different regions convincing the people not to contribute to development plans,” she said, adding: “I respect Dr Slaa very much, but he recently came to my village and barred people from collaborating with the government in their development efforts”.
She charged further that Dr Slaa’s spouse, Josephine Mshumbusi, had one time sent her nasty messages through her mobile phone for no good course.
“I have on my phone some of the nasty messages which were sent to me by his wife”, she said.
Earlier, she had called on the government to ensure university lecturers were well paid because they were currently owed by the government a total of 9.5bn/- in three-year arrears.
She said the government should pay them within three months after the budget was endorsed.