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War against corruption intensifies through e-govt

THE Internet Society (ISOC) Tanzania Chapter sees promising results in the war against corruption as the government now embraces online services through e-government system.

The society’s remarks come at a time when the fifth phase government has heightened the fight against the vice in the country. The ISOC Tanzania chapter has been branched off from the ISOC global which is a non-profit organization, with its presence in more than 130 countries worldwide.

The internet society supports and promotes the development of the internet as a global infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives and a force for good in society. It also advocates for internet that is accessible to everyone.

Chairman of the ISOC Tanzania Chapter, Mr Abibu Ntahigiye, said e-government system will remove face-to-face contacts between public officials and service seekers which has been a loophole for corruption.

“Face-to-face contacts create an environment for corruption, we commend the government for utilizing the internet and come up with the e-government system,” he said.

He was speaking during a media workshop in Dar es Salaam on multi-stakeholder framework to internet governance and gender digital divide. Secretary General of the ISOC Tanzania Chapter, Mr Nazarius Kirama, called for use of other technologies to enable people living in areas that telecommunications companies have not reached to access internet.

For instance, the ISOC Tanzania implements pilot projects on community network in Kondoa district, Dodoma region. The project is meant to provide basic internet access to the community which is still unconnected.

Lecturer of the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Mr Damas Makweba, who is also a member of the ISOC, said Tanzanians still need to learn from internet users in developed countries.

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Author: By BERNARD LUGONGO

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