Monday, May 4, 2015
Researchers flouts over poor governance of CDCF fund in the country
In this area, researchers concluded that, chairpersons of the fund (Elected MPs) through which the study was carried out used the money mostly for their personal interests and gain and not targeting the purpose for which it was established. Citing an example of the 2010 general election, Manara said that most MPs used the fund to print their pictures on T-Shirts that they distributed for campaigning which is contrary to what was purposely intended. The report has elaborated in the area of participation and concluded that the objectives have been violated in the sense that, development committees in districts do not incorporate villagers in their meetings in decision making at a ward levels. The report has found out that all decisions for a particular project to be pursued by the fund are passed at district level an aspect that denies the rights of villagers which is not in accordance with the laws that established the fund. In the area of equity there is no right as most projects are not accomplished once passed an aspect that has caused the existing of poverty stricken situation among the beneficiaries of the fund most of whom are low income people at village level. Contributing to the debate, a participant known as Benadetha Bungulu suggested that, Tanzania needs to amend the laws so as to get rid of MPs who misuse the money targeted for people’s development. However, she said that the Parliament should form a committee that would monitor the all developments under which the money is spent and people in a constituency must be incorporated to see how they benefit as this comes from the tax payers’ coffers. The fund which was established by an Act of Parliament is always meant to facilitate social development projects such as construction of water wells, dispensaries, purchase of school desks and other related social needs in every electoral constituency in the country. Elected Members of Parliament are automatically entitled to be chairpersons of the fund and have a duty to strictly observe four major priority areas for which the fund was established are strictly implemented for the benefit of the people in a given constituency in the country.