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TANZANIA: Mahanga Warns Against FGM Prastices In Dar

The Ukonga Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Makongoro Mahanga, has warned Kitunda and Msongola Wards residents in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam over practising Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to young girls.

Dr Mahanga, who is also the Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Youth Development, said at the weekend that the FGM was illegal and totally against human rights. He warned that those who perpetuate the practice will have legal action taken against them.

He was reacting to recent reports that some girls were forced by their parents to leave their homes after escaping from being cut. The MP was touring the constituency to inspect implementation of election manifesto of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

“I am not impressed at all by some of you who are involved in FGM, a tradition which has been overtaken by event and pose serious health risks to the girls. You should desist from involvement in this evil or face legal action,” he said.

Dr Mahanga said he was saddened by recent research which revealed that Ukonga Constituency, particularly in Kitunda and Msongola wards, lead Dar es Salaam city in cutting young girls. “This is a shame to us,” the vivid angered MP said.

A Msongola resident, Mr Chacha Ryoba, said FGM was fuelled by misconception that uncut women were not complete, leading to men shunning from marrying such girls. He urged his colleagues to change their mindsets on such belief.

The MP also seized the opportunity to assure residents in the two wards that the government, under the ruling party was committed to redress problems they were facing, by implementing the party’s election manifesto in terms of improvement of infrastructure and other social services. He said, he would follow up the progress made in the promise of construction of Mvuti-Mbande road to tarmac level and elevation of Kivule -Kitunda - Msongola road to gravel level.

Meanwhile, Kitunda residents have appealed to the government to pull down business kiosks erected along Mombasa Road through Moshi Bar to Msongola, to allow smooth construction of the road. They said such structures, if allowed to remain, would hinder the construction of road at required standard. They made the appeal at a meeting called by Dr Mahanga and attended by CCM leaders, party members and other residents from Kipunguni B and Kivule areas, to hear their grievances.

SOURCE: Daily News

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DATE: 13/01/2009

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