TACKLING MORAL DECAY: State to tighten screw

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said the government will ensure effective enforcement of law, rules, regulations and guidelines against people who destroy national values in a bid to tackle moral decay.

He said it is the role of every Tanzanian to ensure they maintain the culture, norms and traditions in children’s upbringing so as to build a generation that upholds human dignity.

Premier Majaliwa made the statement on Saturday in Dodoma, when he was representing President Samia Suluhu Hassan during a symposium held to mark 101 years since the birthdate of the late Nyerere.

“We must strive to have a nation whose generation will uphold national values, law, rules, regulations, culture and norms that observe dignity,” he said, urging Tanzanians to keep on living according to the traditions, culture and norms as well as being guided by the laws of the land.

Moreover, he directed various ministries to come up with a special training manual that will enable youths to have a deep understanding of the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

The directives were for the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports as well as the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government.

The manual, he said, should benefit all youths in all levels of education from primary schools to higher education learning institutions.

He underscored the importance of the government to put in place a mechanism that will inherit youth with the thought and philosophy of the founding father of the nation.

“There are a lot of things youths need to be told so that they know who Mwalimu Nyerere was and his leadership qualities and philosophy” he insisted.

“Other issues that the younger generation need to inherit include the life of Mwalimu Nyerere especially after retirement from the government and active politics as well as recognising his efforts in peace building and independence to Southern African countries and Africa at large,” he added.

He explained further that young people have to be imparted with knowledge on Mwalimu Nyerere’s talent and skills that he applied during the liberation struggles for independence together with his bold determinations in unifying the country.

The late Mwalimu Nyerere devoted his life to building the country and the lives of ordinary Tanzanians, from rural to urban dwellers. The Founding Father of the Nation succeeded in initiating and idealising many major construction projects across the country, some have been and continue to be implemented by his successors.

Nyerere was not only a revered national leader, but will always be remembered as successful global icon who spread the message of peace, promoted integrations among countries and regions. He also ensured decent standards of living for all and worked toward extending justice beyond Tanzanian borders.

He said youths must also be informed that despite the country having more than 120 tribes that share traditions, culture and language but the nation is still  unified through Kiswahili language.

The Premier called upon parents and guardians to be friendly to their children and keep a close eye on them so that they can be free to share with them any violence acts.

Mr Majaliwa advised religious leaders apart from spiritual teachings they must remind their congregations on the need to play their role in observing ethics and shy away from acts that are against the faith and communities’ wellbeing.

It is through the Late Mwalimu Nyerere vision and philosophies he created a strong base for development, leadership codes and ethics, war against corruption that he created a strong political and leadership base in the country as well as the Union of Tanzania.

On his part, former Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda advised the youth to be guided by patriotism, hard work, discipline and fear of God, if they are to walk in the late Mwalimu Nyerere’s path.

Chairman of the Institute of Memorial of Mwalimu J.K Nyerere, Mr Paul Kimiti expressed the institute’s desire to construct the Mwalimu Nyerere museum in Dodoma which is the designated Capital city.

There were a number of presentations from the Member of Parliament for Kilosa Constituency Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, TBC Director General Dr Ayoub Rioba and the University of Dodoma Vice Chancellor Prof Lughano Kusiluka.

During their presentations, the renowned academicians spoke of Mwalimu Nyerere’s patriotism, self-reliance and leadership philosophies that resulted into shaping the Tanzania of today.

The symposium was attended by participants from primary and secondary schools as well as higher learning institutions in Dodoma.

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