New call to finalise Katiba-making process

ACTIVISTS, through the Tanzania Constitution Forum (TCF), have called upon the government to finalise the new constitution-making process for the country to get the new document.

TCF Chairman, Mr Deus Kibamba, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the new constitution would iron out shortcomings in the current fundamental principles, pointing out it should address gender inequality.

“We’re planning to meet Members of Parliament (MPs) in January, next year, to discuss on the new constitution,” said the TCF chairperson in a statement read on his behalf by Ms Mpendwa Chihimba, representing Women Fighting AIDS in Tanzania (WOFATA).

WOFATA is among the 184 civil societies forming TCF, which is under the leadership of a National Steering Committee (NSC), with the aim to provide platform for Tanzanians to participate in the implementation of the new constitution making process. Mr Kibamba hailed a number of initiatives carried out by the Fifth Phase Government under President John Magufuli, saying the initiatives have facilitated to restore integrity among the civil servants.

But he said the new law would tremendously facilitate the initiatives implemented by the fifth phase government, saying the government can finalise the constitution making process without pressure.

“The new constitution will make President Magufuli to leave behind a legacy to Tanzanians after his term in office ends,” he observed. Mr Kibamba further noted that TCF and the Policy Forum would soon launch guideline on the ‘New Direction’ to attain the new constitution signalling to embark on a second phase of the constitutionmaking process.

“The guideline is aimed to raise awareness to the people as well as to mobilise them and policy makers on a second phase of the process,” he said. Mr Kibamba added that the constitution was an ideal guideline for any government to run its activities efficiently.

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