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Activists: Saturday`S Demo Over Dowans On

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    Activists have vowed to hold a peaceful demonstration this Saturday to put pressure on the government not to pay Dowans Tanzania Limited and Dowans Costa Rica USD 65 million (112bn/-) as ordered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Tribunal.

    Last month, the High Court of Tanzania threw overboard a petition by the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) that sought to block the payment, which the ICC Tribunal awarded to Dowans last year for breach of contract.

    But Tanesco argued it would not afford to pay the compensation because if it did so, its operations could be ‘severely affected'.


    The Dowans saga has drawn attention to the public, forcing various civil organisations and Tanesco workers to reject the payment and to threaten to demonstrate some few days ago.


    But yesterday activist from various CSO whose representatives gathered at the Legal and Human Rights Centre offices said their planned demonstration scheduled for this Saturday was on.


    Giving details, Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Association (Tango) program officer Musa Bilegea said the demonstration would starting from Tanesco's head office at Ubungo around 8:00am to Jagwani grounds.


    He said human rights activists, university students and ordinary citizens from all corners of the city and all walks of life are welcome to participate.


    "We have seen the government hesitating to appeal the case. It has taken two weeks now since it said it will do so," he said.


    LHRC parliamentary affairs officer Marcossy Albanie said he had already informed the police officially about the event. "We did this since last week and we hope they have understood because citizens have the right to demonstrate peacefully according to the constitution," he said.


    High Court Judge Emilian Mushi said when ruling against Tanesco last month that the court could not interfere with the findings of the ICC Tribunal because the case was adequately addressed, advising Tanesco to pay Dowans for damages.

    By Gadiosa Lamtey, The Guardian


     
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    Watanzania Mlandamana? Au yalikuwa Maneno?
     
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