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Mkapa`s immunity on spotlight

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    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Mkapa`s immunity on spotlight

    2008-04-28 09:33:49
    By Gadiosa Lamtey

    Two ministers yesterday sidestepped questions as to whether former President Benjamin Mkapa is immune from trial on charges related to offences that he might have committed while in office, but which are outside the scope of presidential duties.

    Reached for comments, both Constitutional Affairs and Justice Minister Mathias Chikawe and Sophia Simba, Minister for State (Good Governance) in the President`s Office, were not in a position to give a clear answer.
    Minister Chikawe said he was unable to give comments because he was bed-ridden.

    ``As I`m talking to you now, I`m lying on bed. I`m sick. I advise you to call the Attorney General,`` said the minister, without giving other details, including those related to his illness.

    However, efforts to reach Attorney General Johnson Mwanyika by telephone proved futile.

    In a brief telephone interview, the Minister of State in the President`s Office (Good Governance) Sophia Simba said her office was not in a position to make any comments because issues on the Constitution and laws of the land fell under the portfolio of the Constitutional Affairs and Justice ministry.

    ``The good governance portfolio is charged with matters surrounding good governance. I therefore advise you to contact the relevant ministry,`` she said in a brief interview with this reporter.

    The Speaker of the National Assembly, Samuel Sitta, who spoke to The Guardian news desk on his way back to Dar es Salaam from Dodoma, said he did not have an answer.

    ``I don`t know the procedures employed on the matter. I think it would be better if you talked to the assistant to the Prime Minister. They areworking on the matter, including scrutinizing the evidence. I cannot just speculate,`` said Sitta.

    Aloyce Kimaro, the CCM legislator for Vunjo, told The Guardian that as peoples` representatives, the MPs were bound to oversee government performance by telling the authorities what the wananchi wanted them to do.

    ``Whoever committed an offence should be prosecuted and if sufficiently proved that he has a case to answer, then he must be impeached,`` said Kimaro.

    However, in a separate interview yesterday, a senior lecturer and dean of University of Dar es Salaam`s Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Dr Sengondo Mvungi, said the law actually provided for impeachment of a retired President.

    ``The Constitution protects the President when he executes official duties at the State House, but the law allows taking to task a president doing private business while violating the laws of the land,`` said Dr Mvungi.

    He said the Constitution protected the president when performing legitimate public duties vested unto him by the wananchi, like inspecting guards of honour, but not undertakings which defied the laws of the land.

    Dr Mvungi urged President Jakaya Kikwete to decide what was the best thing to do in view of current circumstances.

    Already, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has told Parliament that the government had begun working on allegations of abuse of office and other excesses levelled against some third-phase government leaders.

    Pinda, who was responding to a question, asked MP Hamad Rashid, the leader of opposition in Parliament, said immediate former president Mkapa would be among those to be scrutinized.

    Both the retired president and Daniel Yona, who served as Energy and Minerals minister under him, are alleged to have bought the 4bn/- state-owned Kiwira coal power project at 700m/-.

    According to Hamad, Mkapa and Yona violated the law on public leadership ethics which restricts government leaders from using public office for private gain.

    Pinda told the House that the government was still making a follow-up on the reports so as to know what exactly happened and that any relevant information would be made public after completion of the investigations.

    He said the government wanted to know the truth of the matter, and was therefore working hard to establish whether the allegations were criminal or ethical before taking appropriate action.

    However, Pinda, a trained lawyer, said that allegations hinging on ethics could hardly be solved by court system and would thus most likely be treated politically, but also added that substantive allegations of a criminal nature would be dealt with by courts of law.

    Talking on the same matter, a CCM MP who opted for anonymity, told The Guardian: ``If a school child from my constituency asked me this question, I would teach the child about Article 46 of the country?s Constitution, which dwells on the matter.``

    He said Clause One of the Article disallowed institution of criminal legal proceedings against a sitting President, while clause two disallowed any proceeding, including civil and criminal against a sitting President in relation to offenses committed before assuming the presidency.

    However, the MP said Clause Three of the same Article provided for prosecution and institution of criminal legal proceedings against retired presidents on actions done apart from official duties they performed as president.

    SOURCE: Guardian
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