Members of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to detest tendencies which may weaken their nation and divide them on the basis of tribalism, religious beliefs, colour or political ideologies.
Winding up the second meeting of the 10th Parliamentary meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda told the MPs that unity and political will were crucial in building the country's economy as one people with a view of fighting against poverty.
“Each one of us has to ensure that Tanzania develops. Let us work hard with all our efforts, expertise and creativity. I believe our cooperation as MPs and the people will make us achieve expected results,” said Pinda.
He explained that the most important issue ahead of them after the general election was the unity of the country.
“I ask you to put forward national interests. We have to preserve our peace and harmony and ensure that we fight against policies that may divide us as Tanzanians,” he stressed.
He further said that he had discovered that the House was full of both talented young and elderly MPs of various professions.
“There are experts in all fields, elderly and young people, who have rich experiences and expertise. It is my hope that the experiences and expertise we have will be used to build our country and help Tanzanians from where we are to a more advanced stage,” he said.
He reminded the legislators that the people who elected them as representatives depended on them to make changes to their lives.
“From this point of view, I urge you to be patriotic in everything that we do for the benefit of our nation and its people,” Pinda said.
He told the House that there was still a long journey to go.
“If we collaborate, put aside our political differences and be concerned with the needs of our voters, we will certainly achieve our goals,” he explained.