- Feb 11, 2007
to Kigoma North MP Zitto Kabwe, who is travelling to America on the prestigious International Visitor Program: Leadership Development for Young Political Leaders.(Photo: Courtesy of US embassy)
Zitto in US for international visitor...
By Guardian Reporters
Kigoma North MP Zitto Kabwe is heading to the US this Sunday to take part in a three-week five cities programme on Leadership Development for Young Political Leaders.
The prestigious international visitor leadership programme is run by the US State Department on behalf of the American people.
A press statement issued yesterday by US embassy in Dar es Salaam said during his visit, Kabwe, who is also Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Investments, Parastatals and Government Institutions, will discover the dynamic engagement of youths in the US political system and how the society encourages grassroots activism and accountability.
``More specifically, his programme will focus on the activities surrounding the 2008 US presidential campaign and other elections at the state and local level,`` the statement said.
Kabwe will be joined by 25 other young political leaders from Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania.
Others will be from Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Serbia, Swaziland, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda, the West Bank and Zimbabwe.
According to the US Embassy, Kabwe will begin his study tour in Washington, D.C., and will meet with personnel at the two major political parties, in addition to key non-governmental organisations such as America`s Promise (led by Colin Powell), American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and the Center for Civic Education; and they will take a tour of the capital.
Participants will also receive an introductory orientation to American culture, an overview of federalism, and the structure of the US Government and political system.
From Washington, the participants will travel to New York where they will focus on youth voting and political participation.
Commenting on the trip, Kabwe said the programme was critical for his political career and will add value to his parliamentary work thereby delivering better services to the people of Kigoma and Tanzanians at large.
``I hope to learn about the US and at the same time inform others about Tanzania and build a strong network of global contacts. To me, the most important challenge we must overcome is to end single party dominance in our country. I will learn ways and means to strengthen Tanzania`s democracy and democratic institutions,`` he said.