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Shein chides at graft in the judiciary


Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein

Zanzibar President, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, on Tuesday joined more than 100 lawyers, legal practitioners, and stakeholders to celebrate the first Law Day marked by strong condemnation of graft in the judiciary.

Dr Shein told the gathering that political and financial corruption hampers the delivery of justice in the Isles. “It is disturbing that justice is being denied because of corruption embedded in our society. Lawyers need to abide by ethics and be free from political intrusion and corruption to win public trust,” said Awadhi.

He noted that it was important to help people understand the role of the rule of law and the role of lawyers, judges, prosecutors and the court system.  President Shein said the challenge was to help the people understand how the law protects their freedom, and to strengthen their faith in the legal system and enhance their confidence in the country’s courts.

Main speakers at the function included Mr Omar Othman Makungu (Zanzibar Chief Justice), Mr Othman Masoud Othman (Attorney General- AG), Mr Ibrahim Mzee (Director of Public Prosecution- DPP), and Mr Awadhi Ali Said (President of Zanzibar Law Society).

Chief Justice Makungu said his office has already started dealing with corruption related cases vowing to strengthen the justice system, and called on his colleagues to avoid graft and reject any external interference in case hearings.

The AG said that corruption is a huge problem that requires serious joint commitment to eradicate, as the DPP said it was a challenge in delivering justice. Late Professor Haroub Othmnan of the University of Dar es Salaam was remembered at the gathering for initiating the idea for Zanzibar to have a National Law Day.

The day aims at educating the public on the achievements of the legal system, to highlight challenges, and celebrate the progress in the rule of law.

By ISSA YUSSUF, Tanzania Daily News

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