Public Seminar – Tanzania: A new constitution? – London, 28/2/2015

graphic from The East African

Graphic from The East African

The Britain-Tanzania Society and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are organising what promises to be a fascinating seminar on the proposed new constitution for Tanzania, in London. The text below is taken from the event flyer, and key details are as follows:

  • Saturday 28 February 2015 – 2.00-5.00pm
  • In the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
  • Co-organised by the Britain-Tanzania Society (BTS) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

At the end of April, Tanzanians will vote to decide whether to approve a new Constitution. If it is approved – and it has to pass in both Zanzibar and on the Mainland – it will come into effect for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections at the end of October.

The draft is controversial, because it does not follow the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Commission chaired by former Prime Minister Joseph Warioba, which proposed a “three-parliament solution” – a parliament for Zanzibar, a parliament for the Mainland, and a Federal Parliament covering issues that affect both.

However, many other issues are also included in a constitution, including the powers and discretion of the President, and the relationship of the President to the bunge and to the courts, access to information, freedoms of the press, rights of women and minorities, e.g. to own land, and dual citizenship.

These matters will be introduced by a team of speakers, after which there will be plenty of time for discussion.

Speakers:

  • Frederick Longino has a doctorate from York and previously worked for the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Tanzania.
  • Professor Abdul Paliwala taught in the Law Faculty in Dar es Salaam in the 1970s and at Warwick University – he is a specialist on international development law and human rights.
  • Yussuf Hamad is senior lecturer in Swahili at SOAS.
  • Aikande Kwayu is a blogger (at www.aikandekwayu.com) and writer with a PhD from Nottingham and is a research affiliate of the Centre for Comparative and International Education at Oxford, and a development research consultant at Bumaco Ltd.

This event is open to anyone interested in Tanzania. No need to book in advance – just come if you can.

Venue map:

Details from http://btsociety.org/app/images/events2015/constitution_seminar_feb2015.pdf