CHADEMA, NCCR-Mageuzi, TLP and a CUF Opposition Members walk-out from the Parliament chamber in Dodoma yesterday in protest against Deputy Speaker Job Ndugaiís decision to turn down a request by nominated Member of Parliament James Mbatia to postpone his private motion. (Photo; Khalfan Said)
The official opposition camp in Parliament is now seeking to move an emergence motion seeking a vote of “no confidence” against the Speaker, Anne Makinda, her deputy, Job Ndugai and three chairpersons allegedly for unfair practices against opposition legislators during House proceedings.
The move was revealed by the opposition Chief Whip, Tundu Lissu when he briefed the media on how Makinda and Ndugai handled a private motion by James Mbatia, (Appointed, NCCR Mageuzi) on the poor state of the country’s education system.
In protest, Mbatia declined to wind up his private motion for alleged unfair treatment from the deputy speaker (Ndugai).
Lissu told reporters shortly after a brief consultative meeting with opposition MPs that they were “totally dissatisfied” by the Parliament leaders’ practices and that it was high time appropriate action was taken.
The outspoken legislator for Singida East (Chadema) also called for what he called “serious disciplinary measures” against the Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa.
He noted that Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda should take action against Kawambwa, or face the same fate – a vote of no confidence.
Although most of the legislators supported Mbatia’s motion, the move against leaders of the National Assembly and Kawambwa is unlikely to have any significant impact based on the fact that the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) enjoys a massive majority of 261 out of the current 352 seats – and it isn’t clear if all of the 91 opposition parties are unanimous on this single matter.
Apart from punching numerous holes in the country’s education system -- including high degree of corruption and inefficiency in several departments -- Mbatia also told the House on Thursday that there were no official curriculum and that he was ready to resign his position if proven to the contrary.
The MP also gave a long list of bad practices and directly accused the Education Materials Approval Committee (EMAC) of corruption.
EMAC is composed of experts from the Tanzania Institute of Education, the University of Dar es Salaam, directorates within the ministry of education, subject specialists from the school inspectorate division, teachers as well as stakeholders from other relevant organizations.
The approval committee is chaired by the Chief Academic Officer in the ministry and is comprised of at least 15 highly qualified individuals.
However, Kawambwa owned up the accusations and said his office would investigate and take appropriate action.
He also said that the proposed new education policy of 2010 would be ready for submission at a cabinet meeting sometime this April, which would address most of the problems raised by Mbatia.