Over seventy-two District Commissioners and District Executive Directors from the Southern Highland Zone began a one-week Leadership Programme on Monday, 11 September, organised by the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government in collaboration with UONGOZI Institute.

This is the third group of DCs and DEDs that have participated in the Programme, with the aim of training all DCs and DEDs from mainland Tanzania by the end of the year in order to improve their leadership competencies.

So far, 148 DCs and DEDs have been trained in two zones.  This third phase will train DCs and DEDs from the Southern Highlands Zone covering the regions of Mbeya, Iringa, Rukwa, Njombe, Ruvuma, Songwe, Shinyanga and Dar es Salaam.

The opening ceremony of for the Leadership Programme was officiated by Hon. Selemani Jafo, Deputy Minister for the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government. In his opening remarks, he emphasised the need for DCs and DEDs to implement their duties effectively in order meet the expectations of the general public who rely on them to deliver tangible results in this fifth-phase Government.

Hon. Jafo further directed the leaders to ensure that they comply with the Procedures, Public Service Regulations and Principles in place while bearing in mind the existing administrative boundaries, stressing the need for the improvement of workplace relations.

“Through this training, it is my belief that we will all have a common understanding of how to work strategically towards bringing about the development required by citizens, as you will have a better understanding of how the Governement operates, bearing in mind the boundaries in place, separation of duties and protocols, as well as the level of confidentiality and ethics required of public officials,” stated Deputy Minister Jafo.

According to the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja, the objective of the training is to enhance key leadership competencies of the DCs and DEDs in making strategic choices, leading people and managing other resources and excelling in personal leadership qualities.

“The leadership programme focuses on issues related to good governance, ethics, integrity and anti-corruption; issues affecting collaboration among government leaders; and the importance of personal leadership and emotional intelligence in their leadership roles,” said Prof. Semboja.

The fourth and final stage of the Leadership Programme for over 100 DCs and DEDs who have not yet participated in the Programme is expected to be undertaken in December, 2017.