Diplomats Challenge Govt to Fight Corruption

Dar es Salaam – The government can earn more trust from the citizens and investors if it succeeds in eradicting corruption within its entities, say members of diplomaitc corps.

Speaking separately in the city over the weekend, ambassadors of Netherlands and China to Tanzania Jaap Frederiks and Dr Lu Youqing respectively, expressed support for President John Magufuli’s efforts at tackling graft, saying the vice remains Tanzania’s biggest impediment to achieving sustainable developments.

Mr Frederiks made the remarks during the celebrations to mark the Netherlands King’s Day, while Dr Lu said this at an event to award Tanzanians employed by Chinese companies in the country.

The award-giving ceremony was aimed at encouraging workers to work and foster relationship between the two countries.

The two ambassadors said fighting corruption is one of the best ways to boost public trust.

Since assuming office late last year, Dr Magufuli has been taking robust steps to address graft.

He has suspended a number of senior officials over corruption and misuse of public funds in his his crusade to clean up his fifth phase government.

“Trust among citizens depends, to a large extent, on the governments’ actions to fight corruption,” said Dr Lu.

He advised the government to ensure all Tanzanians benefit from the resources the country is endowed with.

He noted that the government’s efforts to turn around the country’s economic fortunes should go hand in hand with the fight against corruption.

Meanwhile, Mr Frederiks voiced concern over the Zanzibar political situation, particularly on the Government of National Unity, terming it as a spot in the otherwise positive democratic growth.

SOURCE: The Citizen