Tanzanian Minister for Home Affairs Kangi Lugola on Thursday warned civil society organizations (CSOs) against insulting the government and misleading people.
Speaking at the launch of the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC)’s sub-office in the capital Dodoma, Lugola said of late there has been a handful of CSOs that pretended to criticize the government in power but ended up insulting the government.
“Such CSOs will face the full force of the law,” warned Lugola.
“They have gone one step further misleading people that the fifth phase administration of President John Magufuli is doing nothing. This kind of activism is wrong because people are witness to the transformations taking place in the country,” said the minister.
He added that “people have been witness to reforms being undertaken by the government, including the construction of infrastructure such roads, and bridges, and the introduction of free education.”
At the same time, Lugola expressed the government’s commitment to working closely with CSOs in efforts to help improve human rights in the country.
He praised some CSOs in the country which he said were doing good work such as providing legal services to people, thus broadening human rights.
Lugola thanked LHRC for the good work it has been doing since its establishment over two decades ago.
He said the government has allowed establishment of such CSOs, calling on others to emulate the good work of LHRC which works closely with the government in solving people’s problems. Enditem