CCT Annual Pets Festival 2015
A total of 42 participants from Geita, Gairo, Kilosa, Bahi and Chunya attended the Festival; 2 being religious leaders 3 officers from District Executive Council and 31 PETS Facilitators from six districts. The festival ended in the evening of 13/11/2015 and all the participants attended were happy and promised to work for change in their communities. CCT-Program Officer thanked the participants for their participation and their contribution to the success of the event.
What is PETS?
Public Expenditure Trucking System/Survey is a system used to track the flow of public resources from the highest levels of government to front-line service providers. Citizens are empowered to hold the duty-bearers accountable. This project was started in Bahi District in 2007 as a pilot project later it was expanded and adopted to other Districts in different regions.
CCT among other project is implementing a project of Public Expenditure Tracking System/Survey in six district of Tanzania that is Kilosa, Bahi, Gairo, Geita, Chunya and Same. In 2015 CCT, through the program of PSEJGG prepared CCT Annual PETS Festival to recognise the work done by PETS committee and PETS Facilitators; and to equip and mentor them into becoming active PETS Master Trainers.
PETS master Trainers along with PSEJGG-CCT program Officer started the festival with peace demonstration of the participants, along ELCT-Gairo grounds and the peace demonstration was received by the District Executive Director Hon. Aloyce H. Buhori, and the religious Leaders Rev. Lupyana Mgimba Aglican Church and Rev. Aidin Kaseka.
PSEJGG CCT Program Officer, Miss Beatrice Dengenesa, told the participants that the main theme of the festival was to make a self reflection of where we are coming from, where we are now and where we are going with the project of PETS committee in our villages. Also to recognise and celebrate the success of PETs committees for the whole time they have been involved in these activities. To understand accountability from the ground, how the people at the community level participated in holding the duty bearer accountable. And lastly to examine ourselves how much we have archived so far along the way since 2007.
PET’s master trainers were happy and they sent their note of thank you to CCT for their contribution towards bringing Social, Economic Development and Good Governance at the community level.
Achievement, So Far
From 2007 to date, we have more than 100 Village PETS Committees and among them, they have succeeded in tracking various projects which most of them have brought positive changes to the communities. These committees have succeeded in holding local leaders accountable and have been able to build capacity to citizens on questioning duty bearer about public fund expenditures and services delivery. People are actively make a follow up to the public project funds, people are now aware of their rights and they can claim and demand them from the duty bearers as the case of Mpamantwa Village..
The project has equipped 15 PETS Master Trainers ,from these Districts includes Mbwana Omary, John Makorokoro, SelinaMbeti ,Joel Mwihambi and Peter Kihiyo just to mention a few. Linkage of the community and the central and local Government authorities, through PETS activities had led us to suppress the gap existed for the longest time between the ruler and the ruled.
PETS have succeeded in imparting civic education to the community, and mobilise the community to choose member of Pets Committee, mentoring these committee through capacity building workshop, has brought astonishing result to these districts. Below are samples of CHANGE STORIES out of PETS ACTIVITIES.
MPAMANTWA STONE QUARRYING
This project has a long history where PETS committee mobilize the villagers to demonstrate against SANDS Company on their activities of quarrying stones without any consideration for the villagers. Following villager demonstration they passed a resolution that, SANDS Company will build a Secondary School, water wells and construct the village road the obligation which was unfulfilled. In 2015 the villagers boycotted again against SANDS Company and together they requested the meeting with the Minister of Energy and Mineral resources Hon. Simba Chawene who met with them and command SANDS Company to construct the road and fulfill the rests of the agreements. (See annex No. 1)
THE FISHING DAM PROJECT OF ZOMBO VILLAGE
A lot have been achieved in Kilosa to make headlines, the construction of the bridge due to PETS intervention, the Zombo water Tank, the Zombo administration block, are among the few success stories we have gathered from Kilosa.
In 2015, the PETS committees in Kilosa have tracked the Fish dam projects, where the investor was paying only 90,000 Tshs annually following the fishing activities in the dam. The village PETS committee had intervened and discovered that the investors is earning more compare to the fee he had been paid to the villagers, the PETS committee mobile and requested for a village assembly where they brought it as a meeting agenda. As a result the tender was advertised and the investors who promised to pay 900,000/= TSH won the tender and had already paid the fee for 3years the amount of Tsh 2,700,000. Through PETS intervention the village has been able to save Tsh 810,000/= which has been lost from the previous contract.
MABANA SECONDARY SCHOOL IN MBIGIRI/MAGOLE
PETS committee discovered the construction of Mabana secondary schools’s buildings does not match the standards required. PETS committee has intervened and reveals the mismanagement of the funds for the building projects. The village chairman and the Village executive officers were apprehended .On October 2015 the school was closed down for standard renovation.Just to mention few of them.