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Statement by the Tanganyika Law Society on the Arusha Incident of 5th January, 2011

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  1. Livanga

    Livanga JF-Expert Member

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (to be published in its entirety)


    9
    th January, 2011


    DAR ES SALAAM


    The Tanganyika Law Society (“TLS”) is the National Bar Association for mainland


    Tanzania, which was established under The Tanganyika Law Society Act, Chapter


    (CAP) 307 R.E. of 2002. Under the said Act, the TLS has the mandate to, among other


    things, assist the Government in matters affecting legislation, the administration and


    practice of law, as well as to protect and assist the public in all matters touching,


    ancillary or incidental to the law – in short, the observance of rule of law and good


    governance.


    Following media and individual reports on the clashes in Arusha between the Police


    Force of the United Republic of Tanzania (“Police Force”) and Chama Cha Demokrasia


    (Chadema) supporters in Arusha Municipality, the TLS communicated with several


    sources in Arusha, including its members, members of the media and victims of the


    violence to confirm the veracity of the reports. Our attempts to communicate with or


    contact the police officers in charge of Arusha Municipality were not successful.


    It was brought to our knowledge that on 5
    th January, unarmed Chadema leaders and


    supporters staged a peaceful procession in Arusha Municipality, pursuant to a


    notification of the same delivered to the Arusha Municipality Officer Commanding


    District (OCD) on 31
    st December, 2010 and in furtherance of a 4th of January letter


    from, and consultative meeting with, the OCD confirming the security detail for the


    procession and assembly. We know that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on


    national news at 8PM (that is, less than twenty four hours before the intended


    procession) on 4
    th January issued a verbal warning stopping the procession but


    allowing the public assembly. We also know that despite the warning, the procession


    took place as planned.


    We are informed that subsequent to this, the Police Force used force to stop the


    procession and to disperse the assembly, which resulted in at least two (2) deaths and


    injuries to several unarmed civilians. We are further informed that during the fracas,


    journalists conspicuously identified as such were targeted by the Police Force for


    simply covering the unfolding events, and that after the fracas the Police Force did not


    initially allow advocates to gain access to the people who were in police custody.


    Article 20
    of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, 1977 (“the


    Constitution) guarantees every citizen the right to freedom of association and


    assembly.
    Section 43 (1) of The Police Force Auxiliary Services Act, CAP 322 R.E.


    2009 prescribes a procedure for anyone desirous of convening, collecting, forming or


    organizing any assembly or procession in any public place pursuant to their


    constitutional right to assembly, which only requires notifying the Police Force in the


    area of the place and time at which the meeting will take place and the purpose of the


    meeting. It is our understanding that the requirement of notification is prescribed by


    2


    law to ensure that the Article 20 constitutional right is
    preserved and protected - and


    not infringed upon
    - by the Police Force. It is our view that the verbal warning issued


    by the IGP, in effect, banned the procession by Chadema because it did not provide for


    a clear alternative to when Chadema could hold its procession. But where there is a


    right, there is a remedy and Chadema should have sought recourse within the


    confines of the law. However, we are not certain that the IGP’s verbal warning


    afforded Chadema with adequate opportunity to pursue any means prescribed in law


    to either overrule the IGP’s warning or to stop the procession from physically taking


    place. That notwithstanding, the Police Force should neither be the cause of nor cause


    violations of constitutionally protected rights.


    Article 18
    of the Constitution guarantees every person the right to freedom of


    expression, which includes the right to freely express ideas and opinions as well as


    the right to communicate and be informed. This right serves to protect expressions,


    information and communications, including that of media personnel. From the


    reports we received, it seems that this right was abridged by the Police Force.


    Section 54
    of The Criminal Procedure Act, CAP 20 R.E. 2009 obligates a police officer


    to cause reasonable facilities to be provided to enable a restrained person to


    communicate with a lawyer, a relative or friend of his choice. From the reports we


    received, it seems that this right was – at least initially - infringed upon by the Police


    Force.


    Firmly committed to upholding and strengthening the rule of law and good


    governance by the State, knowing that when properly upheld, rule of law and


    good governance protect people from the arbitrary powers of the State; ascribing


    to the notion that impunity always leads to greater crimes; and believing strongly


    that justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done:


    I. The TLS calls upon civilians and the State and its organs to observe and abide


    by the laws, the rule of law and good governance; and


    2. The TLS strongly condemns the actions taken by the Police Force in denying


    the constitutional rights of association and assembly and of expression; and


    3. The TLS strongly condemns the use of excessive force by the Police Force in


    dispersing the crowd of unarmed, peaceably processing and assembled


    civilians; and


    4. The TLS calls on the Government of Tanzania to probe into the cause of and to


    investigate this unfortunate incident, to bring those accountable to task in


    accordance with the laws, and to continue using peaceful means of upholding


    rule of law and securing democracy for the national good.


    Submitted by and on behalf of the Tanganyika Law Society


    PRESIDENT
     
  2. Obuntu

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    We need more VOICES!
     
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    Felix kibodya simamia haki, kamwe usimwogope mtu. Nakuamini unaweza, na uwezo unao, na ni wakati sahihi TLS kuonesha nguvu/uhai wake kwa kuipambanua sheria.
     
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    maaskofu wameshatoa, bado wachungaji
     
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    Utakuwa na uharo kwenye ubongo wewe..................

    Hili tamko lime-base kwenye catholic canonical law hapa au katiba na sheria za Tanzania?

    Kwa nini tunashindwa kuwa na akili timamu na kuwa kama mijibwa jike.

    You real are infra-human, at least to say.
     
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    Sheria sasa ifuate mkondo wake, tukio hili ni baya sana, na hasa linapofanywa kwa maagizo ya viongozi wa juu wa serikali. Serikali gani isiyotumia busara katika kutenda, isiyo na huruma kwa raia wake?

    Tunajua hatuna serikali halali, lakini kwa nini basi wasiwe hata na busara hata kidogo. Nasisitiza, sheria ifanye kazi yake kwa wakati huu, halafu 2015 wazalendo tutafanya kazi yetu ya kurudisha heshima ya nchi yetu.
     
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    If even the learned brothers have this time decided to come to the open and be counted, you can take it from me things are getting hot.
     
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    Hivi umemaanisha nini hapa. Hebu tufafanulie sawasawa kalagabaho! we need to understand what you have in mind. Kaa kidogo ufikiri halafu ulete hoja yako kwa maneno yatakayoeleweka.
     
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    Tanganyika Law Society, you guys make us (helpless wananchi) feel proud that at least there are existing some remnants in the legal fraternity who would still come to our aid at a great time of need like this.

    Ni kweli UWEZO MNAO wa kuifanya Tanzania yetu hii hii hapa kuwa mahala pazuri sana kwa kila mmoja wetu kuishi raha mstarehe bila kilio cha maonevu wala dhuluma. Pole pole wananchi tunaanza kuwatambueni umuhimu wenu na huko mbeleni kidogo huenda pia tukaamua kuanza kuwathamini kama taasisi muhimu katika ustawi mzuri wa taifa letu kwa ujumla.

    Lakini hebu niambieni TLS ilikuaga wapi miaka yote hiyo tulipokua tunanyanyaswa kushoto kulia na kusainishwa mikataba ya kitapeli kila kukicha? Chonde msinyamazie hili swali langu kwa ni swali la wengi tu.
     
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    Nchi lazima iendeshwe kama nchi. Nchi si jamvi la wahuni au wanywa kahawa na wacheza bao na story zao zisizo na kichwa wala miguu. Tujifunze kufuata sheria na taratibu. Tusijisahau kuwa madaraka ni dhamana. Kama tunaua watu hovyo ipo siku tutawajibika.
     
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    Nimeichakachua hii statement ili iweze kusomeka kwa mtiririko mzuri!:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    (to be published in its entirety)
    9th January, 2011

    DAR ES SALAAM

    The Tanganyika Law Society ("TLS") is the National Bar Association for mainland Tanzania, which was established under The Tanganyika Law Society Act, Chapter (CAP) 307 R.E. of 2002. Under the said Act, the TLS has the mandate to, among other things, assist the Government in matters affecting legislation, the administration and practice of law, as well as to protect and assist the public in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law – in short, the observance of rule of law and good governance.

    Following media and individual reports on the clashes in Arusha between the Police Force of the United Republic of Tanzania ("Police Force") and Chama Cha Demokrasia (Chadema) supporters in Arusha Municipality, the TLS communicated with several sources in Arusha, including its members, members of the media and victims of the violence to confirm the veracity of the reports. Our attempts to communicate with or contact the police officers in charge of Arusha Municipality were not successful.

    It was brought to our knowledge that on 5 th January, unarmed Chadema leaders and supporters staged a peaceful procession in Arusha Municipality, pursuant to a notification of the same delivered to the Arusha Municipality Officer Commanding District (OCD) on 31st December, 2010 and in furtherance of a 4th of January letter from, and consultative meeting with, the OCD confirming the security detail for the procession and assembly. We know that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on national news at 8PM (that is, less than twenty four hours before the intended procession) on 4th January issued a verbal warning stopping the procession but allowing the public assembly. We also know that despite the warning, the procession took place as planned.

    We are informed that subsequent to this, the Police Force used force to stop the procession and to disperse the assembly, which resulted in at least two (2) deaths and injuries to several unarmed civilians. We are further informed that during the fracas, journalists conspicuously identified as such were targeted by the Police Force for simply covering the unfolding events, and that after the fracas the Police Force did not initially allow advocates to gain access to the people who were in police custody.

    Article 20 of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, 1977 ("the Constitution) guarantees every citizen the right to freedom of association and assembly. Section 43 (1) of The Police Force Auxiliary Services Act, CAP 322 R.E. 2009 prescribes a procedure for anyone desirous of convening, collecting, forming or organizing any assembly or procession in any public place pursuant to their constitutional right to assembly, which only requires notifying the Police Force in the area of the place and time at which the meeting will take place and the purpose of the meeting. It is our understanding that the requirement of notification is prescribed by law to ensure that the Article 20 constitutional right is preserved and protected - and not infringed upon - by the Police Force. It is our view that the verbal warning issued by the IGP, in effect, banned the procession by Chadema because it did not provide for a clear alternative to when Chadema could hold its procession. But where there is a right, there is a remedy and Chadema should have sought recourse within the confines of the law. However, we are not certain that the IGP's verbal warning afforded Chadema with adequate opportunity to pursue any means prescribed in law to either overrule the IGP's warning or to stop the procession from physically taking place. That notwithstanding, the Police Force should neither be the cause of nor cause violations of constitutionally protected rights.

    Article 18 of the Constitution guarantees every person the right to freedom of expression, which includes the right to freely express ideas and opinions as well as the right to communicate and be informed. This right serves to protect expressions, information and communications, including that of media personnel. From the reports we received, it seems that this right was abridged by the Police Force.

    Section 54 of The Criminal Procedure Act, CAP 20 R.E. 2009 obligates a police officer to cause reasonable facilities to be provided to enable a restrained person to communicate with a lawyer, a relative or friend of his choice. From the reports we received, it seems that this right was – at least initially - infringed upon by the Police Force.

    Firmly committed to upholding and strengthening the rule of law and good governance by the State, knowing that when properly upheld, rule of law and good governance protect people from the arbitrary powers of the State; ascribing to the notion that impunity always leads to greater crimes; and believing strongly that justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done:

    I. The TLS calls upon civilians and the State and its organs to observe and abide by the laws, the rule of law and good governance; and

    2. The TLS strongly condemns the actions taken by the Police Force in denying the constitutional rights of association and assembly and of expression; and

    3. The TLS strongly condemns the use of excessive force by the Police Force in dispersing the crowd of unarmed, peaceably processing and assembled civilians; and

    4. The TLS calls on the Government of Tanzania to probe into the cause of and to investigate this unfortunate incident, to bring those accountable to task in accordance with the laws, and to continue using peaceful means of upholding rule of law and securing democracy for the national good.

    Submitted by and on behalf of the Tanganyika Law Society


    PRESIDENT
     
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    Pascal Mayalla JF-Expert Member

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    TLS ni joka jingine la mdimu hili ambalo hutisha tuu wachuma ndimu lakini haling'ati!. Afadhali hata LEAT, LHRC, TGNP na TAMWA. Wao TLS ni ku issue tu statement, that is all no action yoyote!. Hivi hawa TLS, wamewahi kuitask serikali kwa action yoyote kwenye issue yoyote ya kisheria kwenye haya maroroso chungu mzima ya kisheria?.
     
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    Kaa la Moto JF-Expert Member

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    Asante sana Pasco kwa kuliona hili mkuu. Hizi taasisi nyingie hazijuhi hata wajibu wao jinsi ulivyokuwa wa maana katika linchi hili. Ni kama limbwa linalobweka kwa kurudi nyuma lionapo mwizi. Asante.
     
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