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Opposition leaders come up with constitution proposal

Discussion in 'KATIBA Mpya' started by Mwiba, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Mwiba

    Mwiba JF-Expert Member

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    Opposition leaders come up with constitution proposal


    The opposition yesterday announced a raft of drastic changes in a "draft document" as part of its "roadmap to a new constitution" often derided by the Government as a selfish agenda.

    A team comprising mainly opposition politicians and civil society representatives unveiled the proposals at hotel in Dar es Salaam.

    Led by Civic United Front (CUF) chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba the group announced a proposed framework that drastically reduces the powers of the President and calls for a new three-tier government.

    Presenting the proposed "draft constitution" to stakeholders at the Blue Pearl Hotel in the city, Prof Lipumba said the framework was open to public criticism

    He said it would be presented to the Government after deliberations by "the stakeholders".

    However, the Government has in the past laughed off the opposition's demands saying they were unnecessary and not in the public's interest.

    Reacting to similar demands early last year, former Constitutional Affairs minister Mary Nagu said there was nothing wrong with the current Constitution to warrant "drastic changes" called for by the opposition.

    But yesterday, the team in addition to demanding lesser President's powers proposed to have a federal union state with two provinces.

    It proposes a "Federal Republic of Tanzania" led by a president, with "Zanzibar and Tanganyika" being the two provinces with their own governors.

    According to the draft, this is aimed at "doing away with the prevailing controversy and disagreement over the governance of the Union".

    And the judiciary under the proposed model would have a federal court of appeal as its supreme body, and separate high courts for the proposed provinces of "Tanganyika and Zanzibar".

    In addition, the draft presented to representatives of civil society, political parties and religious institutions, shows that the President would have no powers to appoint judges, members of parliament and the secretariat of the National Electoral Commission.

    Instead, the chief justice of the proposed federal court of appeal, in consultation with chief justices from the two provinces' judicial service commissions would appoint judges to the "Federal Court of Appeal of Tanzania".

    The document calls for a "representative Electoral Commission comprising members from different sectors of the society".

    Such members could be drawn from all political parties that would have fielded presidential candidates, and contestants in at least 10 constituencies.

    These would also be taken from civil societies involved in public administration, Christian groups and Islamic institutions.

    Moreso, the "Registrar of Political Parties' office, Attorney-General, police and Treasury" should be represented in the Commission, the team suggested.

    A chairman to head the proposed federal electoral body would be elected from among the chosen representatives.

    Dr Sengodo Mvungi, a member of the team, said this model would "enhance equality and competence" in the three pillars of government.

    But he said while suggesting the clipping of presidential powers, the draft maintained immunities and related privileges enjoyed by the head of state.

    Other changes proposed in the document includes the reduction in the number of parliamentarians to 300. Thirty per cent of these would be women.
     
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    The problem is Tanzanians are not Tanganyikans!!!! who want to go back to 1960's??
     
  3. Recta

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    Katiba yetu ni kweli haiendani na hali halisi ya nchi yetu na inahitaji mabadiliko makubwa sana. Sehemu kubwa ya Katiba ina matatizo kutokana na mabadiliko madogo yaliyofanywa wakati wa kuruhusu vyama vingi vya siasa nchini. Mabadiliko yale yalitakiwa kuifanyia complete overhaul Katiba nzima, kwakuwa nchi ilikuwa imeamua kubadili mfumo wake wa uongozi kwa kiwango kikubwa.

    Nadhani ni vizuri kuanza kujadil Katiba yetu na hasa katika nguvu za Rais kuteua na ushiriki wa wananchi kuamua. Nafikiri pia ingekuwa vyema kuweka hiyo draft hapa ili iweze kujadiliwa kwa mapana zaidi.
     
  4. Mwiba

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    No one wants to go back but we want to turn back !
     
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    Is it OPPOSITION Leaders draft or CUF leaders proposal?
     
  6. Mpaka Kieleweke

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    Next week CUF will be holding their National leaders election, Prof.Lipumba vs Prof.Safari.

    what will be the next step watch out closely.
     
  7. Mwiba

    Mwiba JF-Expert Member

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    Just is the starting point of the Ending of CCM Empire & colonization.Wapinzani wanaonyesha nia njema kabisa kuwa inawezekana kuwepo serikali tatu jambo ambalo mafisadi hawataki kulisikia ,sasa hivyo vyama vilivyokutana ni vingi na vinawakilisha matakwa ya wengi ,asije mtu hapa akasema kuwa CCM ina watu wengi ,huo ni uwongo kwani hakuna sehemu inayoonyesha kuwa CCM imeweza kushinda uchaguzi bila ya kukwiba popote pale wanaposhiriki uchaguzi basi kwao ni vita vya kufa mtu kwa kutegemea mapolisi dizaini za akina Zombe ,leo huyo weshamtupa. ndio CCM hiyo kwa wasio ijua.
     
  8. Kaniki1974

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    Katiba mpya ni suluhisho la kwanza kwa ustawi na nchi yetu. Tunahitaji visionary constitution, a concise one. Sio blah blah lisiloeleweka!

    Nasikia US constitution is so concise, old and still holds the American purpose todate! mlio huko nielewesheni hili......
     
  9. Shadow

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    Kaniki heshima yako,

    Kuhusu Katiba ya Marekani inahistoria ndefu na mpaka sasa imeshafanyiwa mabadiliko zaidi ya kumi na tano. Kuibadili Katiba ya Marekani ni kazi kweli kweli next to impossible.

    Naweza kulelezea kuhusu katika ya Marekani kwa ufupi haikupikwa na mkoloni (Mwingereza) kama yetu. Kumbuka Katiba ya marekani ilitengenezwa na majimbo huru na kuunda shirikisho ambalo mpaka sasa kuna majimbo 50. Kumbuka haya majimbo ni kama nchi huru na yanaserikali, katiba na mifumo yao ambayo haiko katika shirikisho.

    Mimi kwangu, model ya Marekani, tunaweza kuiangalia na kuchukua yale yanayoweza kulingana na hali ya Tanzania.

    Upande mwingine, tunaweza kuangalia South Africa na Botswana kama model kutoka katika SADCC ambazo tunashabihina baadhi ya mambo lakini mwisho wa siku ni Watanzania wanaotakiwa kuamua ni mfumo gani wa kufuata.

    Ombi: tunaweza kuwekewa hapa hiyo draft ya katiba mbadala?

    Shadow.
     
  10. Buchanan

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    Hayo mabadiliko ya Katiba wanayodai CUF hawajasema yataondoaje umaskini na kuleta maisha bora kwa kila mtanzania. Naona mabadiliko yanayodai ni yale yatakayowawezesha wao CUF kuingia madarakani, only that, kwa kuwa proposal yao inaongelea mambo ya Court of Appeal, High Court na Electoral Commission, na pia kupunguza madaraka ya Rais! Haya madaraka makubwa ya Rais yakipunguzwa, so what? Pia proposal yao inaongelea mambo ya udini (kuingiza wakristo na waislamu kuhusu representatives wa Electoral body), sio ajabu kwa sababu chama hiki walishakishutumu kwa hilo na kimekuwa kinapalilia sana hilo!
     
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    What is wrong with that?
     
  12. Buchanan

    Buchanan JF Diamond Member

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    Nchi hii imekuwa na amani na utulivu kwa muda mrefu. Vitu hivi havikuja accidentally ila ni kwa kuwa serikali imeachia taasisi za dini kufanya mambo yao bila kuingiliwa na serikali. Hiyo ndio njia pekee ya ku-avoid religious conflicts! Usicheze na migogoro ya kidini ndugu yangu. Moto ukianza kuuzima kwake kazi sana! Hili la waraka wa wakatoliki na MWONGOZO wa waislamu limeshaanza kutuweka mguu sawa! Open your eyes pls!
     
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