11th November 2009.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Tanzania have been challenged to practise transparency, accountability and good governance in line with what they have been urging the government to do.
The call was made by a prominent businessman in Tanzania, Reginald Mengi during the CSOs Excellence Award ceremony held on 29th October 2009 at Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam.
Mengi, who is the Executive Chairman of IPP limited said, much as CSOs have a crucial role in supporting citizens to bring about development, their efforts can only be effective if they practice what they preach.
He also said that CSOs would not be successful in demanding transparency and accountability from the government and other institutions if they themselves did not practice these values.
He also advised CSOs’ to find out the underlying reasons for the negative perception by some government leaders and members of the public about CSOs and work towards changing that.
Mengi’s recommendations match with the study undertaken by the Foundation for Civil Society on “Public Perception on Civil Society Organisations in Tanzania.”
The report of the study, which has been released recently, reveals that people recognised the contribution of CSOs in development processes but had some concerns about their transparency and accountability.
In addition, Mengi urged members of the CSOs to empower citizen so that they participate effectively in the on going war against corruption in the country.
“Civil society organisations must make sure that all citizens are participating in the war against corruption”, he said.