FORMER First Lady, Salma Kikwete, has said there is a pressing need for the society to work together in fighting an increasing habit of uttering abusive language in public places.
Mama Salma, who is also a Member of Parliament (Special Seats), said the boorish behaviour posed a huge threat to the country’s younger generations.
She made the remarks at Zinga village in Bagamoyo District, Coast Region recently during a public meeting organised by Umoja wa Wanawake Tanzania (UWT) in Bagamoyo District.
Mama Salma was responding to a school teacher Ms Luciana Magige’s concern after she had complained about the growing use of abusive language in public places, especially at bus stands.
Ms Kikwete admitted that it was true that the use of abusive language in such places was rising day after day which if left unaddressed would affect communities, especially young people.
She took time to ask the audience to report to local leaders unscrupulous individuals who tend to utter dirty language so that they can be taken to police for further actions.
“It is very true that this habit of using abusive language in public places is increasing nowadays. It is a big shame and a danger to our children who are exposed to such dirty words,” she said.
For his part, Bagamoyo legislator Dr Shukuru Kawambwa admitted that the use of abusive language in the streets and other public places was appalling.
He said: “These acts are against our culture and should be fought to save our generation.”
During her tour, the former First Lady also had the opportunity to inspect other development projects in the district, talk to residents and respond to their questions regarding transport, health and other burning issues.