This is the fourth year of the current government administration, whose slogan has been �Better life for all Tanzanians�. This promise was made by the Tanzanian Government when it assumed power in 2005.
As indicated in the National Development Vision, 2025 and MKUKUTA, one of the objectives of this
Government is to improve and promote good governance to bring about sustainable development. Good governance principles include respect for the rule of law, accountability, transparency, respect for human rights,
democracy, fighting corruption and embezzlement, as well as participation of citizens in matters that concern
In any democratic society, citizens have the right to follow-up on the actions and statements made by
Government leaders in order to ensure that the Government is responsible and accountable to the people who put it into power. Through the media, meetings and the party manifesto, the Government has been giving different promises and directives to its offi cials to improve effi ciency in serving the people. As a citizen, you should ask yourself: Does the Government fulfi ll its promises? If yes, to what extent? If not, why not? By doing this, praise should be given to the Government when it succeeds and explanations should be demanded when it fails.
For the citizens to be able to monitor Government actions, they need to be well informed of what the Government has promised them. However, many citizens are not aware of these Government promises and do not know that it is their right to see that the Government is fulfi lling what it promised to the people.
This lack of awareness on the part of the citizens is the main obstacle stopping them from questioning
the Government, allowing many promises to remain unfulfi lled. Conscientizing citizens on their rights and
responsibilities will enable them to monitor the Government, thereby making it accountable to the people.