Investments: Samia urges good sense, not just laws | Land Portal

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday reminded senior administrative officials to use good sense to boost investments, instead of being held back by law provisions

She made this remark when addressing senior administrative officials for various regions , cautioning them to undertake their duties diligently, as she will not tolerate underperformance.

The president said she was aware that those entrusted with such positions at local government levels abuse such positions, like arrogating land for their own use against interests of people in those areas.

Instead of sorting out conflicts they seek to acquiring large parcels of land and thus enter into the cycle of endless land disputes, she cautioned.

"Once among your duties will be to resolve land disputes in your respective areas. Mi government will have no mercy on any of you found to be part of the problem", she said.

She emphaseized that appointees must undertake their responsibilities  diligently , as in doing so they will be promoting peace, speeding up development, increasing people's revenues and the national income.

The lines of precaution made the greater part of the president's address after swearing in recently-appointed Regional Administrative Secretaries (RAS), and a scatter of other top officials, including CEOs of the Fair Competition Commission (FCC) and the Workers Compensation Fund (WCF).

She made passing reference to the two appointments saying they were just swapping offices, but hinted at having detailed instructions for them for which an appointment at State House will be given to each of them, namely FCC Chief Executive Officer William Erio and the Director General of WCF, Dr John Mduma.

Others sworn in were the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Commissioner of Police Camilius Wambura and the Commissioner of Police (Finance and Logistics) Hamad Khamis Hamad, whom the president said were well versed in those areas and ought to do a good job in their new functions.

President Samia also directed that public officials need to work using regular law enforcement procedures and not taskforce enforcement methods, so as to ensure that people get their rights.

“The law is at hand, make use of it and not otherwise, to fast track people’s development,” she stated, urging them to collaborate with public officials and political leaders in their zones of work as they are all implementing the CCM election manifesto even if they have different political persuasions for some of them.

She said top regional officials are responsible for all development projects taking place in their respective areas. “Go and inspect to see whether it meets value for money and report to higher authorities,” she pointedly insisted..

“Work out on land disputes and inheritances where women are the most affected and suffer a lot,” the president underlined.

She demanded that they take prompt action on absenteeism, negligence and other ills, and directed that people facing disciplinary measures from the Public Service Commission should not be piling up appeals on such actions.

“I’m aware that there are civil servants who tend to appeal after being punished for poor
attendances in their duty stations,” she observed, urging stern position taking on such situations.

“When performing your duties, you should also consider effecting promotions where they are due,” she said, noting that many civil servants who have criteria arem’t promoted to the grades they deserve.

Citing the issue of gender proportionality, President Samia said the number of women in recent appointments was 46 percent, which shows the contribution women make in bringing about development.

Their ability to deliver will be a stimulus to select more women in decision making organs or vice versa, the president quipped..

On Monday, President Samia made a number of changes to the Regional Administrative
Secretary (RAS) line up and appointed top officials of the Fair Competition Commission (FCC) and the Workers Compensation Fund (WCF).

William Erio, erstwhile heading the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), shifts to head the FCC, replacing Dr John Mduma who shifts to the WFC.

Former CCM Deputy Secretary General (Mainland), Rodrick Mpongolo became RAS for Katavi while Batilda Buriani, aformer cabinet minister and envoy to Kenya and to Japan at differemt periods was picked RAS for Shinyanga.




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