Sikika Conducts SAM in Five Districts
Since October 2012, Sikika has been implementing Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) in five districts of Kondoa, Kiteto, Mpwapwa, Singida and Iramba.
The objective of this activity was to promote social accountability within the health sector and sensitize citizensto demand for justification, explanation and take corrective action where public resources have not been utilized effectively, efficiently.
Through SAM implementation, Sikika experienced various immediate outcomes. Some of the Councilors did not only acknowledge the importance of SAM, but also used SAM skills to initiate accountability processes. In Kiteto for example, Full Council made a resolution that formed a special committee to hold field visit to verify issues raised by SAM team and the committee confirmed the issues were genuine.
In Kondoa, Councilors directed the District Executive Director to call for extra ordinary Full Council to discuss SAM report. In Mpwapwa, a SAM team member who is a councilor initiated private motion against the LGA for its failure to address decisions made by full council to use available CHF to repair four ambulances, which have been grounded for the past six months causing gap in emergency health services.
Moreover, citizens gained confidence of SAM findings during public dialogue and they have started being active in demanding for accountability For example, during a community meeting organized by Hon (Ms) Zubein Mhita in Kondoa North, citizens asked him to answer issues raised by the SAM team during public hearing before they could proceed with the meeting. Because the MP did not attend the hearing, he failed to answer the questions
The exercise was made possible through SAM teams which comprised of 16-18 people who represented citizens (5), Full Council (2), CSOs (3-4), WEOs (1), LGA (1), Religious leaders (1), PLHIV (1-2), groups with special needs (1) and opinion leaders (1).
With the support of District Commissioners, we plan to continue implementing SAM as we believe the exercise will go a long in making citizens realize their rights and hold their leaders accountable.
We would like to thank all District Commissioners who supported us during the exercise. These include: Mr Christopher Kangoye (Mpwapwa), Mr Omar Kwaang (Kondoa), Ms Queen Mlozi and Mr. Msambya (Singida) Hon. Martha Umbula (MP) (Kiteto), and Mr Yahaya Nawanda (Iramba).
Sikika Support EJAT Event!
The 2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) Gala night was really exciting and heartwarming event for journalists from both print and electronic media. Coordinated by Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and partners, this annual event was celebrated on 5th April 2013, at Diamond Jubilee hall in Upanga.
Sikika joined hands with MCT and other institutions that support right to information & human rights to commemorate this special day for Tanzanian journalists. It was also a great opportunity to network, learn and share experience with Media associations as well as like-minded organisations.
We supported the awards to acknowledge journalists’ contribution to Sikika’s advocacy work, strengthen relations and encourage the press to investigate and cover health governance issues. During the occasion, Sikika’s Executive Director, Mr. Irenei Kiria presented the award to Beatrice Shayo (Nipashe newspaper), who won under health category.
Tanzanian journalists, photojournalists and cartoonists from different media organisations received awards for winning under various categories. The President of Zanzibar, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein was the guest of honour.