Minister underlines need for war on corruption

19Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Minister underlines need for war on corruption

DEPUTY Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Josephat Kandege, has underscored the need for every Tanzanians to play their roles in the fight against corruption so as to enhance good governance.

DEPUTY Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Josephat Kandege.

“Corruption denies people their rights and can put any government at risk as citizens will consider it not responsible for them. Let us join hands with the government since it has shown a way in the fight against corruption and the results can be seen. Concerted efforts are required to end corruption”, he noted.

He was speaking last week in Dodoma when closing a two-day workshop to members of civil societies organized by a non-governmental organization dubbed ‘Unite for our Rights’. Participants from across all the regions shared experience, opportunities and challenges they face when presenting various recommendations to policy makers.

The workshop which was also attended by the media, international organizations, delegates from European countries and government officials was supported by Actions for Democracy and Local Governance (ADLG)and Civic Education Teachers Association (CETA).

The organization, Unite for our Rights project was facilitating provision of civic education, good governance and the fight against corruption in seven regions in Tanzania mainland. They are, Geita, Simiyu, Ruvuma, Lindi, Mara, Kagera and Coastal region. The training were funded by Europeans countries in collaboration with Konrad Adeneur Stiftung (KAS).

Project manager, Maria Kayombo said a baseline survey in 2017 by konrad Adeneur Drifting showed there were weaknesses on local government authorities’ accountability system. She said the community and civil Societies had poor knowledge on demanding accountability and transparency.

According to her, poor and lack of transparency on income collections and expenditure at villages, wards and district levels was a problem, but there are some improvements.

However, she said that corruption deeds cannot end overnight, hence the need for

The Unite for our Rights project has implemented its activities in the country for three years and has now handed over the responsibility to local government authorities.

Daniel El-Noshokaty is the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Country Director, he insisted that combating corruption is the responsibility of all Tanzanians. He commended the government support throughout the project implementation period.

The European Union (EU) countries have promised to provide Euro15 million to support local government authorities as they took over the responsibilities which were implemented by Unite for our Rights, specifically the anti-corruption drive.