Senior citizens now want parliamentary representation
by Habiba Swedi
The retired people association of Arusha (CHAWAMA) is currently in the process of forming committees in every ward of Arusha municipality.
According to the associationís spokesman, Emmanuel Mollel, these committees will be playing the roles of advocacy and improving the lives of old, retired people in the local areas.
Mollel, said there are over 1,000 old, retired people currently enrolled as members of the association Arusha region. The association was formed in 1993.
The old people association, now has branches in Usa River, Mto-wa-Mbu and Babati district, with plans to expand and cover other areas as well.
Current efforts to establish, ward-based executive committees have so far succeeded in forming one at Kimandolu in which, Emmanuel Sibisi is the first chairman and Amilehi Matechi, secretary.
These committees, set to work in the local areas will also ensure that, the membersí health and well beings are properly taken care of.
However, the spokesman also pointed out that, all sectors and age groups have representatives in the Parliament but old people have been neglected.
Mollel, said the association intend to take this matter up to the national level in order to make sure that, old people also get represented in the Parliament.
July 25, 2003.