A LEADING academic at the University of Dar es Salaam has urged Tanzanians to support President John Magufuli in his efforts to ensure that leaders and civil servants are accountable to the people.
Upon taking over the highest position on land, President Magufuli has instituted stringent measures to weed out corrupt and incompetent officials in the country’s bloated civil service.
“Even the draft constitution lays emphasis on accountability of leaders to the people. This is what President Magufuli is doing,” said Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, a law professor.
“We are on the process of re-writing a new constitution, I request my fellow Tanzanians to support what President Magufuli is doing because he is encouraging the public to consider the rule of law,” he added.Prof Kabudi, a journalist- cum-academic, made these remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Doctor Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, a famed Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer.
He said as the nation is on the move of drafting a new constitution, “we have to consider that a good constitution is that stressing on the basis of democracy, justice, rule of law and enforces accountability and integrity to the leaders and the public in general.
Commenting on Dr Ambedkar, Prof Palamagamba said he was a leader who introduced a system of Five-Year Development Plan in India that Tanzania copied and is still using it up to date.
The Indian famed politician was also the chairman of his country’s constitution drafting committee. The Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Sandeep Arya, said yesterday was Dr Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, a man who gave Indians the Constitution.
“His work has been inspirational and significant, not only to Indians but for people across the world. To celebrate the 125th birth anniversary is to remind the world about the work performed by ‘Dr Babasaheb’ during his life,” he said.