The Constituent Assembly must embrace patriotism and focus on building a new nation if Tanzania is to get a good constitution, CA members have said.
Mr James Mbatia (Nominated-NCCR-Mageuzi) said when debating the draft standing orders that there was a clear indication that narrow political interests were taking precedent over national interests in the Assembly.
He said CA members should maintain unity and solidarity when discussing the draft constitution.
“We are here as part of the process of writing a new constitution. It is disappointing to see that there are attempts to exert political influence on the assembly. We are not here to represent our parties. Our focus must be on the draft constitution, not political games,” he said.
Debate on the draft standing orders has since Wednesday been dominated by political posturing, dividing the assembly into two sides.
Mr Mbatia said CA members should have Tanzanians and the nation in mind and aim for a new constitution that will not favour the interests of any political party or group. “We have been asking for a new constitution for many years. Today we have this opportunity…we must focus on creating statues that will guide this country for the next 50 years. Let us forget our political affiliations and other unrelated issues for the sake of this very important moment in our country’s history,” said Mr Mbatia, who is also the NCCR-Mageuzi national chairman. Civic United Front chairman Ibrahim Lipumba said CA members should understand that they have a pivotal role to play in writing a new constitution.
He urged members should avoid seeking cheap popularity and instead focus on laying the ground for a supreme law that would brighten Tanzanians’ and the country’s prospects.