Mnyika: Draft laws don’t favour wananchi on mineral use

The Shadow minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr John Mnyika, said on Saturday that the new Constitution draft, which was unveiled in June, 2013, in Dar es Salaam, did not put in consideration ordinary wananchi on the issue of natural resources utilisation.

He said the draft was not clear on how wananchi would benefit from natural resources allocated in various parts of the country.

Mr Mnyika who is also a member of Parliament for Ubungo (Chadema), said following the ongoing “dispute” between the people and foreign investors as well as the confusion on contracts that have been blamed for weakening the mining sector, there was a need for the draft to identify how natural resources would benefit Tanzanians directly.

The Shadow minister was speaking during Chadema’s visit of Geita urban. 

Mr Mnyika and party chairman Freeman Mbowe were in Geita to mobilise residents to air their views on the formation of a new Mother Law. 

Mr Mnyika said the draft talked about human rights, but failed to clearly stipulate the rights of wananchi. (Salum Maige)

on land, minerals, water and forests ownership and utilization.

According to Mr Mnyika, such natural resources were very crucial for every ordinary mwananchi in both rural and urban areas and that the Constitution Review Commission must see how it could incorporate them in the mother law.
Source: The Citizen, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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