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`Seif jumping gun in new constitution process`

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    Published On: Fri, Dec 30th, 2011
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    Published On: Fri, Dec 30th, 2011


    Zanzibar's first Vice-President Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad

    Concerns have been raised over the move by
    Zanzibar First Vice-President Seif Sharif Hamad to air his views on the set-up of the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar and how to sove problems dogging it on the ground that doing so is violating the Constitutional Review Process Act.

    This was said by National League for Democracy (NLD) in a press release signed by the party's secretary general, Khamis Haji Mussa.

    The statement said that Seif violated Section 18 of the Act which was endorsed by Parliament in October, this year, and assented to by President
    Jakaya Kikwete shortly after.

    Mussa said that the Act forbids any individual or institution from mobilising, instigating or conducting campaigns with the aim of calling on the people to follow the demands of political parties in discussions on the new constitution.

    He said that on December 24, this year, Seif taught people what they should demand in order to have them included in the new constitution when addressing a public rally at Kibandamaiti grounds in

    "It's unfortunate that Seif, in his speech, instigated people to follow what he wants, and this is contrary to the law," said Khamis.

    He said since Zanzibar was guided by rule of law, in his position as a national leader, Seif should not have taught people what to claim in the new Union constitution.

    He said his party believed that Zanzibaris were people of sound minds and were aware of the thorny issues in the Union and could express them appropriately without having to be taught by any leader of a political party.

    The secretary general said further that at the rally Seif called for the establishment of a central bank and police force for Zanzibar, and the Union presidency should be in turns.

    "NLD challenges state and law-enforcing organs to work on Seif's speech so that the law should take its course," said Khamis in the statement.

    He said as the country was heading towards discussing the new constitution, this was not the appropriate time for political parties or civic organisations to teach people what was to be included in the Union constitution.

    He said the new constitution should result from people's own views and not from the policies of some political parties or civic organisations.

    He argued further that teaching people what to claim was a criminal offence according to the new law.

    A commission to coordinate the collection of people's opinions on the new constitution is expected to be formed in the near future by President Kikwete.

    Source The Guardian