Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TALKING POINT : Quitting OGP: how much more secretive should Tanzania be?


By Deus Kibamba

I had somewhat hesitatingly let myself believe reports that my home country Tanzania was soon to withdraw from the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Initiative after participating so successfully in the mechanism since the country joined it more than five years ago! If this becomes true, I said to myself, then Tanzania would have joined the growing list of countries transitioning to become the most secretive in the world!

This comes at a time when we have witnessed similarly earth-shaking moves by President John Pombe Magufuli’s administration, in office since November 5, 2015.

In a more-or-less similar vein, rumours had it that the Presidential Delivery Bureau operating under the Big Results Now (BRN) banner was to be dismantled. In due course, this became a reality!

Also, Tanzania has been rumoured as championing withdrawal of African Union member-countries from the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC)!

On the other hand, the Afric