Civic Education on the Proposed Constitution 2014 and the General Election
The civic education on the analysis of the Tanzania Proposed Constitution 2014, Referendum and the Tanzania general election has reached in Bahi, Gairo and Kilosa through the program of Peace, Social-Economic Justice and Good Governance of CCT.
The Christian Council of Tanzania through the mentioned program among other things aims at minimizing the gross violation of human rights, empower citizens to hold the duty bearers accountable and provide civic education to the community in order for the community to understand their rights, duties and responsibilities.
Various studies, news and reports have shown that in Tanzania there is rising/ emerging of Human Rights violations concerns especially about, the killings and mutilation of people with albinism, child abuse, human trafficking, property grabbing (from the widows and orphans) and gender based violence including domestic violence, marital rape and marriage of young girls. There is also a growing use of excessive force by police officers, prison guards, and sometimes by military personnel, which have left behind injuries and even deaths.
However, inadequacy of legal knowledge is a huge barrier to a better life and dignity to masses of people in Tanzania especially in the rural areas. This ignorance is taken by some duty bearers to abuse the masses and infringing their economic, social and political rights. Lack of accountability by duty bearers has in addition led to mismanagement of public resources and poor service delivery particularly to the most vulnerable groups in the community.
Thus, the Christian Councils of Tanzania through the program Of Peace, Social-Economic Justice and Good Governance has intervened to promote sustainable peace, respect of human rights and human dignity at the community through the provision of civic education, empower citizens to hold government accountable through Public Expenditure Trucking Surveys (PETS). Also to minimize the violation of human rights though training and the use of paralegal who provide legal aid to the community. For sustainability of both PETS committees and paralegals, we have integrated them in IR-VICOBA.
With this vision, on 16th day of April to 24, April 2015, The program officer of Peace, Social-Economic Justice and Good Governance, accompanied by Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers from CCT, had the opportunity of providing civic education to the communities of Bahi, Kilosa and Gairo on the Tanzania Proposed Constitution 2014, Referendum laws and the General election.
The main objectives of the workshop were as follows:
- The community to understand the analysis of the Tanzania Proposed Constitution of 2014 and to answer the question, whether the proposed Constitution has met the people’s opinions and expectations.
- The community to understand the main reasons as to why they should register themselves using new system of BVR kits.
- The community to have knowledge on the Referendum, the law governing referendum and elections.
- The plans on how each and every participant should participate in spreading the knowledge acquired.
After the thorough analysis of the proposed constitution, the entire participants had some knowledge of the proposed constitution, and the question of whether the proposed Constitution has met the people’s expectations received the answers which were extracted from the members contributions which prove they have understood well the analysis. The CCT-PME facilitates the workshop through interaction and involvement of the workshop member to answer what they have learned during the two days workshop. All responded well, some mentioned the articles from the Proposed Constitution, these prove beyond the reasonable doubt that the lessons was well received.
As the PSEGG program we expect that PETS, paralegals and VICOBA facilitators, religious and government officials understand well the proposed constitution, and actively educate the community about it and encouraging the community to actively participate during the referendum and the general election processes. And therefore at least 75% of potential voter participate in the voting process particularly on the Referendum (As they understand the Proposed Constitution in details) and the general election so that Good Governance can prevail in Tanzania.
 Human Rights report 2013, published by the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHR). Human Rights Watch report