Adadi Mohamed Rajabu has been a leading Member of Parliament on road safety matters in the United Republic of Tanzania. Multisectoral collaboration is key to building consensus around road safety legislation. In this regard, Mr Adadi cooperates readily and openly with all relevant government ministries, the civil society coalition, journalists and WHO colleagues to raise awareness about the policy and legislative gaps in the country and identify solutions that are in line with best practice and fit the country’s context.
Mr Adadi is known for his success in reaching across party lines to build a coalition of Members of Parliament to support introduction of much needed legislation, including proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act. In doing so he aims to strengthen legislation on key risks, including speeding, drinking and driving, and failing to use seat-belts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints to save lives. His efforts among his peers led to the signing of a Declaration in January 2017 by 32 Members of Parliament in favour of strong road safety policies and laws. More than 100 members have now expressed support through signing the Declaration. Mr Adadi has noted “It is time that our laws become part of the collection solution of the road safety problem.”