By Azania Post Reporter
THE process of writing a new constitution in Tanzania is expected to take more time contrary to how many activists may assume since the government has announced to work on other priorities, the Prime Minister; Kassim Majaliwa has informed Parliament in Dodoma this morning.
Responding to a question by Temeke legislator Ally Mtolea (CUF), during an impromptu question and answer session, Premier said the government will now address social projects like health, water, education and infrastructure.
Earlier the MP said that already the fourth phase government has spent billions of money in the first step of writing the new constitution for more than two years.
“I just wanted to know whether this government has plans in mind to develop the idea of writing new constitution as proposed by the last administration,” he said.
Reacting, the Premier said at this time, the government has directed all its efforts to minimize or remove challenges facing her people.
There are so many challenges such as water, health and education, we think these have to be addressed first, then after self satisfaction we will go to the rest.
Majaliwa said the government will embark on new constitution writing upon completion of all public projects for economic development of Tanzania.
On their part, activists have been pushing the government to fast track writing of new constitution and make it as a national agenda.
According to the executive director of the Tanzania Constitution Forum (TCF), Hebron Mwakagenda, it was time to complete the process of writing the new constitution by going back to the Warioba Second Draft Constitution which truly incorporated what the people wanted.
“It is never too late. We still have time to write a new constitution that will help move forward the Tanzania agenda. But the new constitution should accommodate views of the majority not of the few,” he explained.
The former Vice Chancellor of St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT), Dr. Charles Kitima, agrees that a new constitution was crucial but said for democracy to flourish it was far more important for Tanzanians to develop the habit of respecting the rule of law.
“We have the tendency of not following the law, breaching the constitution. If this is not checked in the new constitution, however good it is, will remain futile,” Dr. Kitima said.
Tanzania started the process of writing a new constitution in 2012, after former President Jakaya Kikwete appointed a 32-team of the Constitutional Review Commission headed former Prime Minister, Joseph Warioba.