By Azania Post Reporter
KIGOMA Ujiji Municipality in Tanzania has been asked not to be engaged in all issues related to Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiatives , since the country has already pulled out from the organization.
This was said today in Parliament, by the Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service and Good Governance), George Mkuchika, when responding to a basic question raised by Kigoma Urban legislator, Zitto Kabwe (ACT Wazalendo).
In his question, the MP had wanted the government to explain why it has withdraw its membership out of the OGP and allow Kigoma Ujiji to continue engaging with the initiatives despite nation’ decision.
Reacting, Minister Mkuchika said already the government has made decision to pull out from the organization because it had subscribe to other initiatives with similar objectives as a substitute.
The country pulled out of the initiatives championed by former President Jakaya Kikwete more than eleven months ago.
Mkuchika said the government has recently the access to information act which promotes access to information and disclosure about activities at every level of the government.
He said the government was already party to the Afrcian peer review mechanism (APRM) which advocates simliar objectives as those in the OGP
“I would like to remind councilors in Kigoma region to adhere to the government decision, other wise stern measures including dissolving their full council would be taken,” he warned.
Since 2011 when Tanzania joined the OGP it has been investing in the initiatives with high hopes of making government business more open to its locals.
The intention is to make the Government business more open to its citizens hence improve public service delivery, government responsiveness, combating corruption and building greater trust.
As stipulated under the Tanzania OGP Action Plan of 2012/2013, the OGP commitments are focused on the four pillars namely transparency, accountability, citizen’s participation and technology and innovation. Main focus was in the Health, Education and Water sectors.
On transparency, the commitment is to improve various government websites to enable citizens to access information freely and timely. A citizens Budget in simplified language has been produced. The aim was to make citizens aware of the national budget components.