Tanzania Civil Societies demand accountability on APRM, good governance

By Own Correspondent, Dar es Salaam – More than 50 representatives of Civil Society organizations meeting in Dar es Salaam, have unanimously agreed to work relentlessly in demanding for governments adherence to principles of good governance through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

The CSO reached the agreement at the end of their two day seminar over the week end, organized by the South African based CSO (EISA) hosted by the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC).

Speaking during the opening of the seminar, Mr. Harold Sungusia from LHRC, said Tanzania has failed to show its commitments to the APRM process saying that indicates how the government is not happy with governance. “APRM is a unique African intervention to governance problems in Africa which demands signatory governments to fully commit themselves to the process,” he said adding:

“But for Tanzania unlike other countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana, we are dragging feet behind this process. We had a good report produced in 2009 but we see nothing is going on to implement the proposals. We now know that the country has even failed to pay its annual commitment fees to the AU on APRM for the last seven years.”