Friday, November 18, 2011


"We don’t need JK’s Commission! It will disturb the process by being malicious to the process in favour of the ruling party....we need first of all to amend the current Constitution especially article 98. The amendment that shall allow formation of an independent commitee not emanating from JK or any president thereto. This commission shoul include representatives from all walks of life ranging from ordinary citizens, religious leaders, CSOs, politicians and political parties, legal experts etc in our country that will collect the views of the people...it is not possible to suspend a constitution in any society if there is no revolution by mass or military coup de tat. In peaceful mood as in Tanzania we cannot suspend the current constitution...mind you to suspend a current constitution in absence of military coup de tat or mass revolution like the ones in Egypt, Tunisia or elsewhere amount to treason which is one of the capital offences in our law. Even JK HAS NO POWER legally to suspend a constitution because he was sworn in to defend it no matter how bad it is...." - A Young Tanzanian Lawyer in a Constitutional Debate, March 2011

Cf. Kikwete's speech: http://www.wavuti.com/4/post/2011/11/mazungumzo-ya-rais-kikwete-na-wazee-wa-dar-es-salaam-18-11-2011.html


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