The public is enraged at the mere fact that 300,000/- per day, is considered a small amount as per diem and general allowances per day by the constituent assembly members or the Katiba people, as I so fondly like to address them. 300,000/- Tanzanian shillings.
I believe Dar is the most expensive place to live in the country so for the average low-middle income family in Dar, 300,000/- is a blessing. 1,400/- on a daladala everyday- 300,000/- would last 214 days or roughly 7 months.
Not bad. 20,000/- for house groceries per month- you know, the normal stuff cassava, charcoal, beans, mchele- 300,000/- would last 15 months.
1 year, 3 months of guaranteed eating and being grateful. Blessings. The Katiba people are in-charge of getting the United Republic’s second Constitution ever in the history of the nation of Tanzania. Ever! It is a big deal.
The outdated one is well, outdated. 50 years on, it is outdated, ancient if you will. The mere fact that Tanzania is updating its constitution is in itself a major historical move that will change the course of our nation forever.
But we all know this, right? So being selected to be part of the team overseeing this, would be a big deal for any Tanzanian, in my opinion. But again, we all know this. Having your name go down in history, along with other names, as having been part of something so grand is a big deal.
A major patriotic moment for any true patriot. You, me and most Tanzanians think so, but not the guys who have actually been selected. 300,000/- Tanzanian shillings. The 201 Katiba people, who were selected from 3,636 nominees, are at a deadlock asking for more pay.
300,000/- isn’t enough- mind you, this is before they have even set a foot in through the door to do what the nation requires of them or even put a word on paper.
And there was that little issue of constituent assembly members not getting the code of conduct drafts as there were insufficient copies- apparently due to the fact that some members took more than 1 copy leaving others without any.
Sort of like how a kindergarten class would be with a few of the kids taking extra crayons and leaving the rest sans crayon and crying to the teacher. Sort of. We’re off to a very rough start and conspiracy theorists are already hot on the trail of these issues.
The main issue of the matter is 300,000/- shillings not being enough. OK. I’ve been following up on this issue rather closely but I seem to have missed the place where it stated that constituent assembly was to help fund the Katiba people’s individual personal projects.
Finishing up that house, taking the side ‘baby’ on holiday, buying new clothes and whatever other ‘urgent’ expense may just take precedence as we sit and wait for the new constitution of the United Republic. Mungu Ibariki sana Tanzania.