Tanzania: Kikwete lauds APRM for objective report on state of governance

By Special Correspondent, Dodoma – President Jakaya Kikwete has applauded the report of the Africa Union’s governance assessment body-the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Tanzania chapter and underscored his governments’ commitment to implement recommendations from APRM reports.

President Kikwete issued the commitment in Dodoma yesterday during a sensitization seminar to members of the ruling party CCM top body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

“APRM is like a mirror that helps us to see ourselves where we are and what we have achieved in terms of ensuring democratic leadership and good governance and economic development in our countries.

“It is against this truth that we are more than ready to implement your recommendations when the right time comes,” said the President. Under the process Tanzania was reviewed by an external panel of expert in March, 2012.

He said he has passed through the report and is confident that the process was transparent enough and objective one that’s why there are issues that the government has been congratulated for good performance but on the other hand the report has also revealed governance deficits.

Earlier on, highlighting to the NEC members on the APRM process, the chairperson of the APRM Tanzania, Prof. Hassa Mlawa on his speech read on behalf of him by an APRM Board member, Theckla Shangali commended the CCM government for acceding to the mechanism.

An APRM board member John Magalle Shibuda (MP) reminded the CCM members that APRM is a process that follows the earlier policies of TANU on self critic for correction and urged them to implement the major reports to be issued and periodic assessment.

Tanzania is currently among 30 out of 54 African countries participating in the APRM process which is repeated every after four years o review the status of governance in the member states.