President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania Calls for Unity Ahead of General Elections

President Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has vehemently called for unity ahead of the national general elections later this year. In addition, he thanked the Tanzanians for showing patriotism, wisdom and maturity despite taints by leaders who preach division. “Don’t waste a minute listening to those who plan ill for the country by dividing us on racial, union and religion lines,” he advised. Political parties in Tanzania are gearing up for the general elections and have been called upon to present their manifestos to the people other than empty and hatred campaigns. Sources told Newstime Africa that the general election will, to a large extent, be shaped by political events that happened in 2009.

The ruling, government, has been accused of spending billions of tax payers’ money on endless foreign trips. Moreover, the country is reported to lag behind in the region in attracting foreign investors. In his New Year message, the President cited that the global recession has adversely affected the country’s economy. “The country projected an economic growth of 7.8 percent but dropped to 5 percent coupled by decline in revenue collection that went down by 9 percent,” he said.

The government is in a rescue mission that will eventually change the country for the better due to the recovery of economies of developed countries. Meanwhile, the Tanzania government has embarked on a subscribers’ cell-phone registration drive across the country. The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) says a law is underway that will see the sim-card registration mandatory. Statistics within the government reveal that there is an increased mobile phone usage in the country. Over the past eight years, the number of subscribers has risen from 300,000 to 14 million within the six mobile phone service providers in the country.

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