The Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mr. Rashidi Kawawa, attend a passing out ceremony of The?
GV PAN DOWN FROM flags TO Militia marching past Prime Minister Kawawa (2 shots)
SCU Prime Minister Kawawa on viewing stand at attention
SV Militia slow march past
CU Prime Minister
SV Militia marching past with fixed bayonets
SV PAN Government officials watching parade
GV more militia march past
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Background: The Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mr. Rashidi Kawawa, attend a passing out ceremony of The People's Militia on Saturday (24 November). About a thousand men took part in the parade, which was held at the Janghvani playing ground in the capital, Dares Salaam.
The Militia, which was formed in 1971, is in addition to the country's other defence forces, which number about 10,000. It gives a basic military training to men and women, office workers and farmhands alike.
In a debate in Parliament on Thursday (22nd November), Prime Minister Kawawa defended the militia against recent criticism in the press, and radio. The militia, he said, like any other public institution, was open to criticism, but this did not mean that its members should be disheartened. Mr. Kawawa said there had been some isolated cases of bad behaviour by militiamen, but these, he said, must not be treated as a source of discontent against the entire establishment.