Avoid politics: Ndugai tells regional leaders

08Jul 2021
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Avoid politics: Ndugai tells regional leaders

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Job Ndugai has challenged regional commissioners (RCs) and regional administrative secretaries (RAS) not to behave like politicians and instead perform their duties as government representatives.

He argued there are some other local government authority leaders who fail to strongly promote government development agenda and get snared in political wrangles.

Ndugai made the statement while officiating at the closure of a four-days leadership capacity building workshop for the RCs and RAS from all the regions in Tanzania mainland.

He noted while politicians, especially members of parliament work to please the electorates in order to be elected again, the local government leaders are purposely in the position to champion government agendas.

However, he called on them to maintain rule of law in their duties and not go beyond the limit since national laws have the provision to tame them. “It is sad that some of you do not fully perform their duties as representatives of the president and get dragged into political squabbles” he said.

The speaker also warned them not to be drunk by power, saying that is one of the most dangerous things a leader can do, also calling on them to cooperate with other leaders in their areas of work.

He said the training organized by the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (TAMISEMI) and is undertaken by the Uongozi Institute will help some of the newly appointed leaders up their skills in leadership.

He called on the leaders to embrace good relationships with leaders from other state organs like judges and politicians, saying they all need cooperation from the government for them to perform their duties.

Earlier, Minister in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (TAMISEMI), Ummy Mwalimu praised the local authority leaders for the good work they do.

However, she challenged them to strongly oversee development projects and work hard to avoid misappropriation of funds while also working to increase revenues.

She said the training will help them provide improved services to the public. “There is need have keen leaders who can supervise government activities and resources at the local levels” said the deputy minister.

In vote of thanks, the Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Martin Shigela noted that they have agreed to implement all that they learnt at the workshop.

He added that they would do everything possible in accordance with trust shown on them by President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Shigela argued that throughout the workshop, the leaders showed high level of commitment, an indication that they are ready to go and change things for better at their work places.

“We have got tools that will help us cooperate at work as well as move forward government development agendas” he said, adding that they promise to cooperate with other leaders, including politicians at their areas.