age to remain 60
By Ludger Kasumuni, The Guardian,
October 10, 2003
The Prime Minister, Frederick Sumaye, has said the government
does not have plans to reduce the retirement age for civil servants, even
if the life expectancy continues to decline in the wake of increasing
Sumaye said this when responding to questions from journalists during a
question and answer session, which was recorded by Radio Tanzania Dar es
Salaam (RTD) yesterday.
“We will not reduce the current retirement age on grounds of increasing
HIV/AIDS deaths. Despite the decline in life expectancy, the government
will continue to uphold the current legal retirement age for civil
servants,” Sumaye said.
Sumaye was specifically responding to a question asked by the Acting
Director of RTD, Eda Sanga, who had wanted to know whether the government
would reduce the retirement age for public servants from 60 to 50 years in
view of the pandemic.
Before answering the question from the journalist, Sumaye said the
practical solution to check HIV/AIDS spread was individual behavioural
He said unsafe sex was the major vehicle for transmission of the AIDS
causing virus in developing countries.
According to the PM, research findings have shown that without changing
behaviour, within 10 years to come the economies of African countries,
, will decline by 20 per cent.
Citing the countries with an alarming rate of HIV/AIDS spread, he said the
was worse with life expectancy of merely 36 years in the wake of the
He said countries, which have managed to raise awareness on safe sex like
, had been able to reduce the HIV/AIDS deaths.
Meanwhile, Sumaye said he had extended the seven days’ order given to
Tanga regional administration to implement his directive on preparing a
strategy for reducing drop-out cases in primary schools.
He said the deadline of 50 days, which he had given to Tanga regional
authorities, had expired and that the authorities had requested him for a
“Tanga Region has the highest drop-out cases in primary schools, which
is against the government policy on Universal Primary Education (UPE)
development. We must appreciate that there must be something wrong,” the
Prime Minister said.
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