DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), begins its
one week extraordinary meetings aimed at making major changes in its
constitution and some of its standing regulations.
The series of
meetings in the political capital Dodoma will climax on Sunday when the party
convenes its extraordinary general congress, which is mandated to approve the
changes announced by CCM Chairman and Tanzanian President John Magufuli last
year included not allowing a party member to hold more than one leadership post,
be it within the party or outside.
already forced some changes within the party with some top leaders announcing
their decision not to contest for leadership posts which they were holding now.
There are a
number of CCM leaders who are currently holding two leadership positions either
in the party or within the party and in the government.
would force party wings to also amend their constitutions in order to align with
the CCM constitution.
proposed changes, the number of members of the party’s National Executive
Committee (NEC) will be reduced from 388 to 158.
number of members to the party’s Central Committee (CC) has also been trimmed
from 34 to 24.
those who will become CC members by virtue of their positions, there will be
only six CC members to be elected by NEC, three from Mainland Tanzania and three
comprised of not more than 14 members elected by NEC as well as not more than
five members appointed by the national chairman.
also seek to reduce the number of party official meetings.
Under the new
arrangements, NEC will now meet after six months as opposed to four months under
the current regime.
extraordinary general congress is also expected to prepare and release a time
table for the party elections to be conducted later this year.
Tanzania NGOs call for review of laws
impeding women’s development
DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s Association of Non-Governmental Organisations on
Wednesday marked the International Women’s Day by appealing to the government to
fast track the process to review laws that provide limited access of women to
participate in economic activities.
dealing with the protection of human rights, also said they were not happy with
the fall in the number of women appointed in various administrative posts.
a representative from the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), said the
government’s plans to build an industrial economy will not succeed if there will
be no gender balance.
lowering the number of women in executive and political positions denied them
their right to contribute in building the national economy.
“If we were
to count the number of female Members of Parliament we will find them occupying
only 30 percent of the entire number of the MPs,” said Sillayo.
“And again we
have only four women in the cabinet out of 19 ministers,” she said.
government efforts to develop an industrial economy, gender inequalities still
persist and in most cases women are the victims,” she added.
founder of the Msichana Initiatives Association, said it was high time the
government respond to various social and economic challenges in the country in
order to empower women.
Chairperson of the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT-Wazalendo)
opposition party, urged women from all walks of life to keep exploring
opportunities that would earn them income at the same time raising their voices
against gender discrimination.
“As we mark
this year’s International Women’s Day, we challenge gender inequalities and
ensure women of all ages benefit from policies and programmers that promote
equality, and respect the human rights of women of all ages, abilities and
statuses,” said Mgwhira.
contested in Tanzania’s presidential race in the 2015 general elections, said
empowering women was a cross-cutting issue that needed intervention from public
and private sectors.
to financial institutions to loosen lending conditions to enable women acquire
loans to enable them engage in entrepreneurship activities.