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Bunge to give MPs offices and researchers in Dodoma

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    This follows the Parliament’s plans to construct permanent structures in Dodoma to serve as offices for the lawmakers.
    Opening a one-day media workshop on the parliamentary reporting, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai (pictured) said: “…we are working into this matter so that MPs are empowered with people who are competent in researching key issues before being presented in the house....”
    He said that despite the fact that MPs have their own offices in their respective constituencies, “we think it is necessary to set up MPs offices here in Dodoma as the case is in other parliaments across the globe.”
    “We are looking into the possibilities of rehabilitating the Tanzania Motors’ building as a prospective location…,” he said.
    “…legislators need to have aides, who will have the ability to research on social and other issues that MPs may wants to present in the House...,” Ndugai, adding that opposition camp in the House also needs have a advisors and researchers.
    “The current Standing Orders are not all bad, but there are some which need to be polished so as to give enough space for MPs to play their responsibilities of serving their voters,” he explained.
    He also stated that the current Standing Orders have positively contributed to make the current Parliament more active than it was before.
    Ndugai also suggested that there is a need for journalists to specialise in parliamentary reporting, so that they write issues happening in the House competently.
    The seminar was organised by the National Assembly in collaboration with Bunge Press Association of Tanzania (Bupat) and was facilitated by Ayoub Ryoba, a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam.