Youths go for farmers’ inclusion in new constitution


The new national constitution should include and recognize local farmers as important people in the economic development of the nation.
The Association of Children, Youth and Development (CYAD) in Kinondoni district made the call in Dar es Salaam at the end of August when airing views on the draft constitution after the organization received a grant from Foundation for Civil Society.
“We commend the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) for recognizing and including various groups of people in the draft constitution, but local farmers have not been adequately included despite their vast importance in the agricultural sector which is the engine of our local economic development”, said Laurent Minja, a CYAD member.
Mr Minja, who is a resident of Msigani ward in the district, said CRC should consider their views and recognize local farmers’ rights in the new constitution.
“For being recognized in the constitution as crucial people in the country’s economic development our farmers will have been assured of getting important needs, such as reliable subsides from the government and markets for their produce”, he said.
The association’s meeting brought together residents of Msigani, Malamba Mawili and kwa Yusuf ward residents in Kinondoni District to discuss the draft constitution.

In related to development, the association has opposed the appointment of retired public servants as directors or chairpersons of public companies for not more than two terms.
Rajab Ngonge, a participant, said retired public servants should not be appointed to any post in public companies on the ground that such a move would deny current serving civil servants an opportunity to progress in such positions.
“Most current serving civil servants are denied promotions at their workplace, thereby frustrating them”, he said, adding that the move also denies youth’s employment opportunities in public companies.
About 30 CSOs in Dar es Salaam were funded by the FCS to organize constitutional forums.

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