THE Crisis Resolving Centre (CRC) for women has counselled the group to make wise decisions by choosing leaders who will be earnest pushers of the country’s development agenda October 28, this year.
The Coordinator of the Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) affiliation, Ms Gladness Munuo, said in an exclusive interview that through a special awareness raising campaign, they have been advising women to make a critical assessment of candidates’ pledges.
Ms Munuo cited among the targets as young women and women with disabilities at Kisarawe District in the Coast Region, Mchinga Village (Lindi) and Ruangwa.
According to her, the roles and demands of these special groups in the society should be among priority areas in the contestants’ campaigns.
The goal of raising awareness is to enrich the group with knowledge of what they should be considering while casting their votes during the October polls.
“These special groups need to identify leaders who will help them overcome their problems and maintain the same pace. “The time has come for the special group to choose leaders whose priority areas include health, raising women economically, women and children protection,” said Ms Munuo.
She noted that the target is to reach at least 80 per cent of the population via the mass media and another 20 per cent in the programme areas.
The CRC coordinator elaborated that the programme will be continuous as a wakeup call for the people, particularly the special groups on why they should vote for a particular leader.
“A woman with disabilities should be able to know why they should choose a certain leader...likewise they should also be in a position to vie for certain leadership posts. That is why the programme will be continuous,” she stressed.
Much as they would want the programme to be extended in a large part of the country, she cited a problem of lack of enough funds to reach the groups directly.
She pointed out that the programme began in August this year, after securing a permit from the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and is intended to last up to November, 2020, giving room for an assessment.