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Opposition plans demo in support of their MPs

9th February 2013
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Benson Kigaila, Chadema Director of the Organisation

Speaker of the United Republic of Tanzania Parliament Anne Makinda, and Deputy Speaker Job Yustino Ndugai have abused powers and defended the government unnecessarily, a Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) said yesterday.

Single Benson, Chadema Director of the Organisation, faulted Speaker Makinda for giving a bad image of the opposition parties to the public stating in the National Assembly that they are a source of conflict in the House.

Citing a private motion by MP John Mnyika for Ubungo (Chadema) on water conditions in the City of Dar es Salaam, which the Deputy Speaker canceled, Benson said it was not the right step.

“What’s happening in Parliament is rape of democracy and the weakness of the Deputy Speaker to handle matters labelled as violence which is typical in some of our societies,” he said.

He also mentioned Nominated Member of Parliament and Chairman of NCCR-Mageuzi James Mbatia’s motion on the weakness of the education sector. Deputy Speaker Ndungai dismissed the motion, resulting in nearly all the Opposition MPs to walk out of the chamber when the Parliament was in session.

He claimed that almost always the Speaker led the National Assembly when only a member of ruling CCM presented a motion, noting that this trend was ‘not being responsible, ’ as it is contrary to her portfolio.

He noted that they have been forced to deliver the presentation to the public to help them decide about the Speaker of the Parliament and the Deputy as well.

Meanwhile, CHADEMA and other opposition parties are organising a welcome march on Sunday for their members of parliament at the end of the current two week-parliament session for exemplary participation in the session.

Benson said they need a parliament that can speak the voice of the voiceless and not that of the government.  The march is expected to start from the Ubungo Bus Terminal and end at Tazara, to be followed by a rally at Temeke grounds.

He said they also planned to tour ten zones namely east, west, north, south, southern highlands, central, eastern lake, western lake, Pemba and Unguja to denounce how the Opposition was treated by the  Speaker in the National Assembly.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN