Ministry reviews laws on community development

19Jan 2022
Correspondent
Dodoma
The Guardian
Ministry reviews laws on community development

THE government is working with stakeholders to change outdated policies and laws on community development.

Dr Dorothy Gwajima, the Minister for Community Development, Gender and Special Groups

Dr Dorothy Gwajima, the Minister for Community Development, Gender and Special Groups made this affirmation in a press conference following the first management meeting of the ministry.

The meeting was meant to assess various issues in the ministry, including the interpretation of various guidelines, in the wake of the move by President Samia Suluhu Hassan to split the former health ministry for better focus on various issues in community development.

One task regarding community development is to make sure to unite the people behind the government, she said, underlining that the government has done a lot of which many people appear to be unaware, she said.

There are issues that the people want to involve the government, but do not have an anchor to do so, thus the ministry will make sure the tasks of community development officers are carried out as it was in the past, she said.

The government plans to involve stakeholders in the review of policies, laws and other guidelines that are clearly outdated, she asserted, outlining outdated policies as including one relating to women that was made more than 25 years ago, along with policies on elders and children that need amending in collaboration with stakeholders.

 “I thank President Samia for creating the ministry and appointing me to head it and I must say the ministry has many challenges.

“As you can see, I am a medical doctor as is the permanent secretary, but his deputy is a lawyer, the ministry has many issues involving the law,” the minster added.