Govt pledges to resolve inheritance challenges

KILIMANJARO: THE government has pledged to continue working on inheritance challenges facing widows in the country.

The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, and Coordination), Ummy Nderiananga, made the remark on Thursday during the handover of gas stove to widows in Kiriche village, Makuyuni ward, Moshi district, Kilimanjaro region.

She said, currently, widows face difficulties in managing inherited properties, calling upon them to continue being strong.

“We are aware that women face numerous obstacles when it comes to inheritance. When the father passes away, they become guardians of the children, and a lot of them have been deprived of their rights since they haven’t been taught about inheritance. I want to reassure you that you have government support,” she said.

She further said that the exercise is also in line with President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s special campaign to encourage the use of clean cooking energy, as it is the heart of climate change mitigation for inclusive sustainable development in the country.

“Women are the ones who bear the cooking responsibilities. Men always wait for food at the table, and they are sometimes unaware of the procedures that women go through to prepare it, like cutting trees for firewood, which pollutes the environment.

We are now launching a campaign to use alternative energy sources for cooking,” she noted.

The Special Seats Ward Councilor, Gladness Mfinanga (CCM), advised the women to use the stoves as intended in order to save the environment.

“Following the environmental destruction caused by drought and extreme heat, I urge people to plant trees in our residential areas as part of efforts to conserve environment,” she advised.

Ms Mwanasha Kidaya, a resident of Kifula Township in Makuyuni Ward, commended the government for continuing to implement significant development projects, such as the use of clean cooking energy noting that it has provided them with much comfort in the face of several difficulties.

“We really appreciate your support and we pledge to protect the environment. Before, it was difficult to collect wood or charcoal, particularly during the rainy season. However, now that environmentally friendly energy is available, it will be beneficial to us,” she said.

Echoing this, Saidingi village resident Ms Zuwena Sado urged people to be inspired to adopt renewable energy sources, noting that doing so will help them stay healthy and ready for some of the problems posed by climate change.

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