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New Tanzania Constitution: Lawyers warn Politicians against Hijacking Process

Lawyers in Tanzania know exactly what they want. And it is not politicians interfering with the country’s constitutional process

As Tanzania resumes the process to write the country’s new constitution, learned friends through their mainland legal bar association, are engaging members of the public towards achieving the goal.

The Tanganyika Law Society through the TLS organized, Public Debate on Reinstatement of Constitutional review process, in Arusha, warned against politicians hijacking the process.

The learned friends insisted that when it comes to the country’s top guiding document, it is the ordinary citizens who should be taking the steering wheel.

“When it comes to writing the nation’s constitution, the task should be left to the people with little if any interference from the politicians, be it members of the parliament or government officials,” said Dr Rugemeleza Nshala.

Dr Nshala was speaking during the first panel of dialogue which dealt with the Legal Framework on Constitutional Review Process.

The discussion session was being moderated by Senior Advocate Alute Mughwai and involved inputs from other legal experts such as Advocates Beatus Malima, Iddi Mandi and Dr Elifuraha Laltaika.

On his part, Dr Elifuraha Laltaika said many people are still unaware that the constitution is part and parcel of their daily lives and overall existence.

“Tanzanians should know that their constitution is a holy document, through which, it will be determined how their future survival will be, their rights, how they eat, dress, travel, talk or be served by their leaders,” pointed out the lecturer of the Tumaini University College of Makumira.

Dr Laltaika – Law lecturer and Director of Research and Consultancy at Tumaini University College of Makumira

Also attending the debate is John Mnyika is the Secretary General of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA).

Mnyika whose part is the main opposition in the country, pointed out that the Judge Joseph Warioba’s draft constitution already has all the required components.

Most important, according to Mnyika, the draft includes Tanzanians views and contribution on how the country should be managed.

Judge Warioba’s draft constitution document was lauded

“We therefore need to resume the process where the Warioba Commission paused, so much has already been done by his team,” said Mnyika.

Other speakers during the two panels of discussion include Senior Advocates, Harold Sungusia and Awadh Ali Said.

The Public debate featured plenary discussions regarding the interests of Civil Society Organizations, Non-Government Organizations, Trade Unions and General Public.

Panelist during the dialogue were Deus Kibamba, Dr Ananilea Nkya and Gratian Mukoba made presentations. 

On the issues of legal framework on Constitutional Review Process, Advocates Beatus Malima and Iddi Mandi made expert contributions.

The Tanganyika Law Society President Dr Edward Hosea officially opened and closed the one-day public debate on constitutional review.

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