Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Proposed new law to escalate looting, Chadema claims

Lissu alleges Draft has more shortfalls than 1977 law 
By Patty Magubira, The Citizen Reporter
  • Lissu says Tanzanians should emulate Kenya and Zimbabwe whose constitutions allowed them to sue their sitting leaders in case they sleep on the job

ShArusha. Abuse of office, embezzlement, and looting of natural resources will continue to haunt Tanzania if wananchi vote for the new proposed constitution, the main opposition Chadema has cautioned.
Entrusting the President alone with the duty of disciplining leaders as proposed in the draft law was tantamount to licensing them to become lousy, corrupt, and natural resource looters.
The Chadema lead lawyer, Mr Tundu Lissu, said at the weekend that the draft law was fraught with more shortfalls than the 1977 Constitution.
Mr Lissu, who was educating leaders and members of the main opposition party on the difference between the 1977 Constitution and the Draft Law, said cosmetics changes imposed on the new proposed constitution intended to please wananchi only.
It was time Tanzanians emulated Kenyans and Zimbabweans whose constitutions allowed them to sue their leaders in case they goofed, Mr Tundu Lissu said.
He cited charges of crimes against humanity which President Uhuru Kenyatta of the neighbouring country is facing at the International Criminal Court.
Most of the changes imposed on the Draft though seemed pleasant to women, farmers and pastoralists could neither be implemented nor enable them to hold leaders accountable, he said.
The Chadema leaders and members supported their party’s decision to zoom around the country to educate people on the contents of draft law ahead of the referendum.
They, however, called on leaders of the Coalition of the Defenders of the People’s Constitution popularly known in its Kiswahili acronym as Ukawa to unite for the sake of Tanzanians.

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