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MWAZA STILL BEHIND TO ADHERE ACCESS TO INFORMATION

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Mwanza   Regional  Commissioner’s  office  and  the  City  Council     marked   most   secretive  public  institutions  in the  region  and  hindering    media  freedom   as  article  nineteen   provided  in the   Constitution  of the  United  Republic  of Tanzania of 1977.

According  to the  research  done  by  MISA Tanzania  Chapter , on access  to  information  in Local  Government  Authorities   and  Central  Government  represented   by  Commissioners  office  in Tanzania,   Mwanza  scored    the  second  position  behind  the Dar es Salaam  from  the  bottom    to  adhere access   to  information   in  both  categories  the  Regional   Commissioner’s Office  and The  City  Council.

According  to  the  report  Mwanza  Regional  commissioner’s   office scored 9 out  of  40 and   the  City Council  scored 9  out  of  40  , according  to  the  criteria  set  for  the study,  both  of  them  are most enigmatic  institutions

The some  Regional  commissioners   offices   done well    according  to  the  report  are Arusha  and  Dodoma . Also  some City  Council  done  well   according  to the  report  is  Mbeya  City  Council.

The report  recommended   that, the  access  to  information  Act 2016 is  already  in place , there  is  a need  for sensitization  of the  among public   servant, its  is  public  offices  where   most  of  the  information  is  generated , thus important they  know  what law entails.

There  is  a need  for  training/ seminars /workshops  for  public  officials  on freedom of  information  issues  and  the  public ‘s  right  to  know (Access to  public  –  held  information).

Tanzania signed  international  treaties   on access  to information as  human right, Universal    Declaration OF  Human  Rights, 1948, (Article 1), African  Charter  on  Human  and People’s  Rights (Article 4), The  Declaration of  Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa.

Despite the absence of a Right to Information law in Tanzania, advancements in the adoption of Information and Communication technology (ICT) in the country are enabling wider information availability in the public domain.

However, several impediments still stand in the way of citizens’ enjoyment of the right to information as guaranteed by the Constitution.

According to a new report by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), provisions under various laws and regulations, some as old as 40 years, have been used to restrict access to information.

MISATAN’s  emphasis is on extending   access to information  campaigns  whereby   Civil Society  Organizations  and  organized  communities  will  be  galvanized  to  utilize  access to  information to better their social –economic conditions.

By Edwin Soko, Chairpeson (OJADACT)

Executive  Director( IGT)

CO- Global  Mass Media Co. Ltd

Media Rights   Activist

PhD Candidate

Mobile: 0754551306

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