‘More needs to be done to get rid of corruption in Tanzania’

01Dec 2017
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
‘More needs to be done to get rid of corruption in Tanzania’

TANZANIA’s anti-corruption war has taken centre stage in the debate on integrity and ethics ahead of the 2017 International Human Rights Day, with calls for more to be done towards reducing the problem in the country.

Participants in the ongoing debate on ethics, corruption and good governance in Dodoma have noted that from the look of things, the war spearheaded by President John Magufuli appears to be single-handed so far.

Some point to this week's revelations of further rot at the port of Dar es Salaam by both the president and Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, on separate visits, as a clear indication that public leaders especially at lower levels have not changed in their stance towards graft.

The general consensus seemed to be that while the fifth phase government as an entity has shown determination and commitment to practically fight corruption, individual elements within that government look to be out to derail the collective effort.

Much as the government has strengthened several watchdog and oversight institutions, a lot more needs to be done, the participants agreed.

Presenting a topic titled ‘The fifth phase government is practically fighting corruption; What is the role of other stakeholders?’ prominent local businessman Ali Mfuruki said the government alone cannot end the problem given its deep roots in society.

He asserted that the fight against corruption is not being waged with similar vigour at all levels of government, and called on public leaders to do what they preach in terms of the matter.

Urging all wananchi to play their roles effectively, he said the latest revelations from the Dar port shows that corruption is still rampant in government offices.

“This discourages members of the public who should help in the fight against corruption," said Mfuruki.

Dr Chris Mauki of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) said the root cause of corruption stems from lack of ethics from family levels right up to public offices and political levels.

He called on parents to help build ethics at household levels, and thus help in bringing up future generations of leaders in the right way to get them to uphold ethics and shun corruption.

"Ethics should be built at all levels of leadership if the war against corruption is real," Dr Mauki stated, adding that fewer Tanzanians now seem to display guilty consciences when it comes to dabbling in corruption.

Prof Suleiman Ngware of the University of Dodoma (UDOM) also saluted President Magufuli for his relentless crusade to instil true accountability and ethics in his government.

He attributed the continuing lack of ethics among many public officials to reduced patriotism among Tanzanians.

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