Siha implement President Samia's directive on anti-corruption education for scouts

Siha implement President Samia's directive on anti-corruption education for scouts

THE Government in Siha District, within Kilimanjaro Region has started implementing the directive provided the President Samia Suluhu Hassan which required all districts and regions administrations in the country to facilitate anti-corruption related education to all scouts in the country.

This was stated recently, by the Siha District Commissioner (DC) Mr. Thomas Apson while launching this year's Kilimanjaro region’s version of the 2021, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) which were held in Siha district, in Kilimanjaro region.

"You all understand that our beloved President issued this directive recently and which was aimed at building the capacity and professionalism on fight against corruption for all scouts in the country most of whom are still young so that the country could be subject to future leaders and parents who won't entertain corruption", he said.

He continued to say that by empowering the scouts that would also be part of the fight against violence due to the fact that there were times when corruption become part of sexual violence and even violence against children in one way or another.

Commenting on the annual 16 days activism, Mr. Apson commended various activists in the fight against GBV and VAC whom he said were (activists) committed to the cause and resources in combating sexual violence and violence against children while facing various challenges which he said included those of activists risking their own lives while on duty.

"There some of the activism work that pose many risks including that of one endangering his or her their life; it is due to these factors that I now direct all security organs within the district to make sure all activists and whistle blowers on issues concerning GBV and VAC are protected whenever they find themselves in danger while committing their duties”, he said.

Mr. Apson commended the non-governmental organization the Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange Consultancy Organization (Kwieco) for its efforts meant to address various forms of violence, especially violence against children, whom he said included girls who are still in school pursuing their education.

He also commended the Friedrich Neumann Foundation (FNF) for its significant contributions including that of the fight against gender-based violence and violence against children, whereby he (DC) pledged his co-operation and that of the Siha district government to the two organizations while carrying out their responsibilities in the district.

For her part Ms Elizabeth Mushi from Kwieco said this year's 16 days activism occasion was been observed while various kinds of GBV and VAC incidents continued to re-emerge.

"This annual occasion is very important in the fight against violence due to the fact that activists will have the opportunity to discuss on issues concerning various forms of violence, especially violence against children and how to curb them," she said.

"Everyone has a role to play in the fight against child abuse; it is important that everyone fulfills his or her role, especially considering the fact that children are human beings just as their parents are which means they part of the society in the country", she added.

Ms Mushi, who represented the Kwieco CEO Ms Elizabeth Minde at the event, commended the government for its co-operation and continued support to the organization while it (Kwieco) continued to carry on with its day-to-day activities.

Earlier, the representative of FNF organization which are the funders of the project implemented by Kwieco, Ms Veni Swai said the organization was cooperating with Kwieco in implementing the fight against GBV and VAC project in 12 villages in Siha district and that the project involved 12 schools from 12 villages, whereby she said the schools were from both primary and secondary levels of education.

Author: HECTON CHUWA in Siha

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