Kikwete to dissolve TZ parliament

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete is due to dissolve parliament Thursday thereby officially launching councilor, parliamentary and presidential election campaigns.

Tanzania’s general elections are slated for October and according to the constitution, it’s the president’s prerogative to disband the National Assembly ahead of the polls.

According to the National Assembly schedule, the head of state is set to address the parliament on Thursday and subsequently close the tenth National Assembly in the country’s political capital, Dodoma.

Reports from Dodoma however, indicate some lawmakers have threatened to stop the president from shutting down parliament over pension benefits.

The legislators are demanding a clear clarification from the government on the actual amount they will pocket as pension after their five-year tenure expires.

Earlier reports said the MPs would get a whopping Tsh230million each but this website understands the figure could be Tsh160million each. 

Deputy Speaker Job Ndugai announced the Assembly Speaker Anne Makinda will meet with the steering committee Wednesday evening to address the issue.