SOME Members of Parliament (CCM) yesterday expressed their appreciation to the National Assembly for passing bills in the just ended parliamentary meeting in Dodoma saying the bills are significant to the country’s development.
Among the bills endorsed recently by the Parliament include the Political Parties (Amendment Act), 2018 Bill. The House also approved the establishment of rural water agency and the upgrade of five game reserves to National Parks. The approval brought to 22 the total number of national parks managed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA).
The lawmakers unanimously approved the upgrading of Biharamulo, Burigi, Kimisi, Ibanda and Rumanyika game reserves to national parks. Speaking at the Parliament Offices in Dar es Salaam the MP for Mbinga Urban, Mr Sixtus Mapunda explained that the approval of the political parties’ bill will probably help to shape the system within the political parties. He said the Act is going to change the system of political parties to become institutions.
“These political parties are supposed to be institutions, we cannot allow political parties to look like individuals’ properties, we should therefore reject some political parties to have permanent chairpersons… this will be a serious problem in our political and leadership systems,” he noted.
According to him, the new bill places Tanzania on good position in terms of democracy in Africa. “It is obvious that many political parties in the country preach democracy but majority do not live it, this new bill will help to bring changes,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Mlalo MP, Mr Rashid Shangazi said for upgrading Biharamulo, Burigi, Kimisi, Ibanda and Rumanyika reserves to be National Parks will help to promote tourism industry in the country.
He said, earlier the reserves were not the safe places for tourism and other related businesses since they were home to criminals. He said by upgrading them to National Parks will ensure security and smoothness of doing business.