More efficient use of resources, closer monitoring of public organizations and more investment into education are needed to take the country to the next level of development in the next 50 years.
This was the consensus of academicians, politicians, activists and ordinary people who spoke during a dialogue organized by the University of Dar es Salaam Staff Association (UDASA) yesterday.
The dialogue which was part of celebrations to mark 51 years of independence focused on the kind of Tanzania people would like to see 50 years to come.
“We must act now if we are really serious about liberating this country in the coming 50 years… we should utilise our resources to produce more professionals and let youths access full sponsorship from the government” said Deo Filikunjombe, Ludewa Member of Parliament.
He cited improper use and misallocation of the country’s resources and massive corruption as the cause of poverty after fifty one years of independence.
The outspoken MP said such habits has resulted into a number of problems such as students failing to secure loans for education, shortage of teachers, doctors and lack of some hospital equipment.
Filikunjombe cited the problem ghost workers in government departments and ministries saying that the government was losing about 70bn/- annually in payment to ghost workers.
An Economist and University of Dar es Salaam lecturer, Dr Haji Semboja said the government should monitor public organizations more closely in the coming 50 years, especially those which a few individuals have turned into almost their own properties.
“There are public organisations which have been turned by few individuals into almost their own properties. As a result they don’t benefit the government…this should not be left to continue,” he said.
He also said that State Mining-Corporation (Stamico) and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation should be given the power to oversee the country’s oil, gas and minerals so as to protect the resources.
Executive Director of the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation Joseph Butiku said most Tanzanians especially academicians don’t understand the foundations on which the nation was built.
He said the majority of youths in the country have been joining in politics to become members of parliament, presidents without first knowing the the national ethos, as a result they fail to fulfill their mission.
For his part, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe said in order for the country to develop it was important to strengthen the country’s peace tranquility.
Membe said Tanzania was respected worldwide due to the prevailing peace and therefore it is the role of everyone to protect it by avoiding religious conflicts, ethnicity and tribalism.
He said politics and economy were important means of fulfilling people’s demands but if misused they can cause chaos in the country and lead to breakdown of peace and stability.
“Politics and economy are the means in fulfilling people’s demands. However when they are used badly they can unleash chaos in the country and destroy peace and stability of the nation” said Membe
Information, Science and Technology Deputy Minister January Makamba said that politicians have big influence in building or destroying peace and stability of the country.
He said chaos within political parties can also contribute to disturbance of peace and stability in the nation.
For her part MP Ester Wassira said that killing of Arusha Declaration has contributed to the country’s problems, with people no longer showing patriotism and respect for human rights.