Provide enough room for public to freely air grievances –Samia

07Apr 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Provide enough room for public to freely air grievances –Samia

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday tasked local government authorities to provide enough room for people to freely express their grievances without being intimidated.

President Samia made the directives shortly after swearing-in permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries at the State House in Dar es Salaam.

She said that when national leaders—president, vice president, or the Prime Minister tour various regions in the country met with people with banners that express various grievances some of which can be solved by the local leaders available.

“And if this happens, one banner risks an executive director or district commissioner to go,” she said.

President Samia cautioned regional authorities such as District Commissioners who fail to tackle issues at the local level that they risk being sacked as such grievances are supposed to be tackled at regional level and not the central government and therefore called on them to work with the people to understand their complaints and find solutions.

However, she stressed that while they are required to tackle the people's challenges at the local level they should not prevent them from expressing their views.

“We will deal accordingly with anyone who prevents the people from expressing their views on challenges they are facing if it comes to my attention that they are prevented from airing them out,’” she said.

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