PM calls for joint efforts to fight corruption

DODOMA: PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa launched the country’s Fourth National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan (NACSAP-IV) on Sunday, calling for joint efforts in the fight against graft, which he said to be deep-rooted and pervasive in society.

“This strategy has considered responsibilities of all key players including government officials, citizens, the private sector, religious-based and civil society organisations, development partners and political parties, among others,” Mr Majaliwa stated in the capital city Dodoma.

He urged Tanzanians to say no to corruption by not giving or accepting bribes anywhere.

“You are key stakeholders in fight against the corruption. You are important players in fighting the violation of human rights. To get rid of such evil acts the citizens are supposed to uncover unethical conduct and violation of human rights,” the Premier argued.

In his directives, Mr Majaliwa underscored the need for preparing a special public education plan, which will see everyone getting to know what is in the five-year NACSAP-IV.

He also asked all sectors both the public and private to intensify transparency in service delivery to get rid of corruption and blatant violation of human rights.

The premier further asked all players in the implementation of the strategy to borrow a leaf from experience of the past, especially from those who were involved during the implementation of previous NACSAPs.

At the event, Mr Majaliwa handed over copies of the Anti-graft Strategy and plan to several Ministers and Deputy Ministers who attended, as well as several stakeholders in the anti-corruption value chain.

The document outlines key priorities, strategies and targeted interventions to effectively tackle graft at all levels.

Mr Majaliwa launched the five-year NACSAP IV during the climax of the Integrity and Human Rights Day which was marked at the national level in the country’s capital, Dodoma.

The celebrations coincided with the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

The government has been marking Integrity and Human Rights Day annually on December 10 as a way to assess efforts in the fight against corruption and to promote transparency, accountability, human rights and good governance.

The fourth NACSAP was prepared by the government in collaboration with a consultancy—Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF).

The document is a comprehensive framework that outlines key priorities, strategies and targeted interventions to combat corruption effectively.

It includes preventive measures, such as strengthening anti-corruption institutions and mechanisms, promoting transparency and accountability in public administration and enhancing citizen participation in fighting corruption.

Furthermore, the strategy focuses on creating a culture of integrity by promoting ethical standards and values among public officials and citizens.

It also aims to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and the judiciary in prosecuting and penalising corruption cases.

Earlier in his remarks before welcoming the Prime Minister, the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance), George Simbachawene said the government had made tremendous strides in the fight against corruption and violation of human rights.

The Minister paid tribute to President Samia Suluhu Hassan for coming up with an eleven-man Commission to investigate the performance of criminal justice institutions, which is led by retired Chief Justice, Chande Othman.

“The decision shows her dedication and commitment in the fight against human rights violations in the country and above all her 4Rs philosophy which calls for Resilience, Reforms, Reconciliation and Rebuilding is yet another evidence that her government is well determined to intensify criminal justice systems,” he added.

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