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New Law - Let's All Be Sober

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Sheria (The Law Forum)' started by nngu007, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    The Citizen

    Now that the Constitutional Review Bill has been withdrawn from Parliament, Tanzanians must reorganise themselves for further, more fruitful discussions on what content they would like to featured in the envisaged document.

    As we have had the opportunity to say in this space, sobriety is crucial when debating on the kind of constitution a country is seeking to write. Yes, because this is a document that is defined as the supreme law of the land, which determines a destiny of a citizenry, people.

    It was such a pity that some tended to look at what they wanted included or excluded in the Constitution in a narrow-minded context: political party, religion, geographical origins, etc.

    This explains for the booing and heckling from some otherwise intelligent people during the debates on the proposed constitution in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Dodoma.

    We should bear in mind that a constitution is solid document that must be detached from partisanship. It is not about the ruling party or the opposition, since under democracy anyway, there is no guarantee whatsoever that today's party in power will remain at the helm forever.

    We all must view the Friday, April 15 withdrawal of the Constitutional Bill as a fresh opportunity for more sober debates on a document in which we all have a stake, irrespective of our political or social affiliation.