Tanzania government has been challenged to revisit its civil service transfer policy and subsequent regulations to avoid dismantling the family which constitutes the nucleus institution of the nation.
The present practice whereby husband and wife are separated without taking the welfare of the family into consideration is dysfunctional, a conference called by the Christian Professionals of Tanzania (CPT) to discuss Ethics and Economy in commemoration of 20 years after Mwl. Julius Nyerere observed.
A policy that gives room to separating spouses does not augur well for the welfare of the state. It creates fertile ground for infidelity and thus contributes to moral decline in and possible disintegration of the country’s first cell. It also increases chances of raising the rate of new HIV infections.
Couples forced to live apart in the course of implementing a government decision may under deliver in their places of work thus impacting the volume and quality of the national economy.
Children, particularly those who attend day school and who constitute the majority, are hit directly. The degree of impact could be very considerable if parents are transferred to different places in the country.
In the not-so-far past it was a condition for transfers in the civil service having to take care of the interest of married workers. This is no longer the case today. In the recent transfer of the government seat, there are wives who have had to move to Dodoma to keep their employment and benefits, leaving their husbands and children behind in Dar es Salaam.
Family incomes are also hit reducing the overall success level of national poverty alleviation programme.
Presenting a synopsis of the conference, Prof. Beda Mutagahywa hinted on family friendly policies to guarantee peace maintenance in society which, in turn, strengthens the moral quality of a nation and creates a climate for people wanting true, not just material progress.