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The Chairperson of the Constitution Review Commission, rtd Justice Joseph Warioba has urged the
media to focus and cover issues aimed at improving the draft constitution.
Addressing the Constitutional Council for the Media Industry in Dar es Salaam on August 20, 2013, Justice Warioba said the Commission was not receiving new proposals but would appreciate to receive responses on the ideas and views reflected in the draft constitution.
The Constitutional Council meeting organized by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) brought together over 130 delegates from across the country.
At this stage, he said, the Commission is poised to produce a new constitution.
He recalled that it took the Commission five months to collect views from the public and sifted through the various proposals and views culminating in producing the draft.
Most of the views raised by the public were good but the Commission could accommodate all of them, he clarified.
However, he noted it is unfortunate the media has mostly concentrated issues of governance and power structure.
There are important issues in the draft constitution which were raised by members of the public, he said listing them as health, land ownership and education.
On the land issue, Warioba said people had questioned who has the right to own land. Is it wananchi or investors and on education people were challenging on the quality of education with others suggesting that the special English medium schools known as academies should be disbanded to ensure provision of equity education for all children in government run schools regardless of the financial status of their parents.
Equally on health members of public were dissatisfied with the inequitable provision of health services as the less fortunate members of the public end up in health services or dispensaries with chronic shortages of medicine while the well to receive good services in better health facilities.
Warioba also dismissed views aired during public rallies mainly by politicians saying that the Commission does not entertain endless verbal exchanges.
“We should be careful”, the CRC chairperson said cautioning that by entertaining such views ‘we could end up with factional constitution”.
He said the constitution should be premised on sound principles, national values and human rights.
Warioba also declined to respond on the question of three tier government posed by a journalist during the meeting.
During the meeting most of the proposals raised by media practitioners and stakeholders during the zonal meetings of the constitutional Council of the media industry were refreshed.
At the end of the meeting, the Executive Secretary of the MCT, Kajubi Mukajanga, urged the delegates who felt strongly on views which were not given out during the meeting to send them in writing to MCT for consideration in the final document which will be presented to the Commission.
Two officials from the Commission, who attended the meeting, clarified a number of pertinent issues on the proposals raised and some issues on the draft constitution.
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