Zanzibar — “WHEN a public institution underperforms, we blame them, but let us also build a culture of praising them if they perform well,” those are phrases of President Hussein Ali Mwinyi when he addressed a meeting to rejoice this yr’s International Anti-corruption day and Human Rights Day.
The Anti-corruption and Human Rights days are celebrated on December 9 and December 10 respectively, however Zanzibar blended the times and celebrated them on December 16 at a vibrant match held on the Zanzibar Beach Resort Hotel. The International days have been skipped as a result of ninth December is Tanganyika nationwide Independence Day.
In August this yr, Dr Mwinyi blamed the Zanzibar Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Authority (ZAECA) for incompetence and laziness in serving to the federal government curb misappropriation of public price range and failure to carry executives responsible in tasks that don’t replicate value-for-money.
He made the condemnation on ZAECA after receiving the 2020/21 audit document unveiled by way of the Zanzibar Controller and Auditor General, Dr Othman Abass, which presentations that greater than 4.6bn/= used to be no longer accounted for by way of more than a few executive entities throughout the duration beneath evaluation.
“If we were committed in work like the CAG, we wouldn’t see over utilization of public funds. This has been repeating itself in audit reports. ZAECA is doing nothing to help the government. It must evaluate itself,” Dr Mwinyi lamented, resulting in the resignation of the chief director of ZAECA adopted by way of some reforms and appointment of a brand new director.
But virtually 5 months later, the Isles President expressed happiness on how ZAECA and different tools were tackling corruption and coping with unethical leaders in executive, which is development in having responsible leaders and just right governance.
Reforms taken by way of Dr Mwinyi in selling an perspective of transparency, inclusiveness and collaboration subsidized by way of enabling elements, basically political will, a loose media and sanctioning mechanisms have helped to strengthen just right management and preventing corruption.
Dr Mwinyi poured reward on Zanzibar Public Leaders’ Ethics Commission (ZAPLEC); ZAECA; Controller & Auditor General (CAG); Tanzania Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG); and Department of Good Governance for being on course in addressing malpractices in the federal government.
“These institutions deserve praise since they are now performing well in fighting the unacceptable practises in public offices. When they do good, we need to motivate them,” the enthusiastic President defined to the members of the development dubbed ‘Ethical and Human Rights Day,’ beneath the theme “Let us unite towards corruption, embezzlement public price range, robbery of public belongings, and advertise morals, human rights and the principles of excellent governance for social building.’
He stated in spite of the development, the problem of marketing duty, combating corruption and financial crime calls for joint efforts between the federal government and personal establishments, and that ZAECA has the duty to paintings in collaboration with more than a few native and overseas establishments for its effectiveness in addressing corruption and financial crime.
“ZAECA must also collaborate with Law Enforcement Agencies, Civil Societies, Défense and Security Agencies, the Anti-Corruption Authority (Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB-TAKUKURU) and international organizations. Strengthening collaboration increases public awareness over the effects of corruption and economic crime.” he defined.
He stated that it’s conceivable to make Zanzibar a corruption loose nation with responsible leaders in any respect ranges, will have to the collaboration in anti-corruption and unethical leaders’ campaign proceed unabated, and that his executive is totally dedicated to make sure ethical and monetary self-discipline in public places of work.
“I would like to remind my fellow leaders that leadership is to serve people as stipulated in the Zanzibar Constitution of 1984 and that the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has put in place strategies to curb corruption,” he stated.
He stated that leaders’ ethics and belongings declaration paperwork submitted to ZAPLEC lately are 2,485 and the ones submitted after the cut-off date have been 11 in 2021, and that the Commission gained and treated a complete of twenty-two lawsuits of violations of ethics and misconduct.
The lawsuits have been about abuse of energy (18), sexual harassment (2), favouritism in employment (1) and neglecting the circle of relatives (1). The lawsuits are already in other phases of being treated. For the yr 2021/2022, ZAECA controlled to avoid wasting a complete of one.3bn/-.
“I would like to inform you that I have already taken disciplinary action against leaders who the Commission reported to me for being unethical and abusing their powers. I also urge other disciplinary and appointing authorities to discipline unethical leaders,” Dr Mwinyi stated.
Present throughout the instance have been First Lady Maryam Mwinyi, Second Vice President Hemed Suleiman Abdulla, Chief Secretary Eng. Zena Ahmed Said, Speaker of the House Mr Zubeir Ali Maulid, Chief Justice Khamis Ramadhan Shaban and the State Minister- President’s Office (Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Service, and Good Governance) Mr Haroun Ali Suleiman.
Minister Haroun passed over a CD containing actions by way of President Mwinyi in the previous two years of his management and a trophy in reputation of his nice contribution in growing human rights in the rustic and admirable luck in the warfare towards corruption.
Mr Assa Ahmad Rashid, chairperson of ZAPLEC stated his fee has been progressing smartly on account of political will, however there are delays in filling belongings declaration paperwork, the place best 795 out of 2527 (about 32 p.c) of all public leaders have crammed them. They have been meant to fill and post them by way of December 31, of yearly.
The ZAPLEC chair put emphasis on leaders to watch laws and ethics in order that they serve voters and other folks with integrity and in addition collaborate with the media to extend public consciousness at the unfavourable affect of corruption and misconduct on building.
The celebrations held in Zanzibar have been colored by way of Quran recitation by way of Hassan Ali Kombo/Quran recitation and translation, Kaswida lyric; poem by way of Ms Farida Rajab Taufiq; and a brief drama portraying the significance of staring at ethics and keep away from corruption practices.
UNDP Administrator Mr Achim Steiner stated, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. With a vow to ensure the rights of everyone everywhere, this first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) remains the most powerful commitment on human rights that our global community has made.”
In the a long time because the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have turn into extra recognised and extra assured around the globe. It has since served as the root for an increasing gadget of human rights coverage that lately focuses additionally on prone teams similar to individuals with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrants.
However, the promise of the UDHR of dignity and equality in rights, has been beneath a sustained attack in contemporary years. As the arena faces demanding situations in new and ongoing pandemics, conflicts, exploding inequalities, morally bankrupt world monetary gadget, racism, local weather alternate – the values, and rights enshrined in the UDHR supply guideposts for collective movements that don’t depart any person at the back of.
Author: Daily News