Tanzanian president John Magufuli said Monday he was not going to sign execution warrants for any death row inmates sentenced to die by hanging after being convicted of various serious crimes.
He made the remarks at the State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam while officiating at the swearing-in of the east African nation’s newly appointed Chief Justice Ibrahim Hamisi.
“I am aware of the difficulties in implementing such sentences, so I am telling the courts not to submit to me the list of names of the prisoners who are in line to be hanged to death.”
Magufuli’s statement comes at a time when there are a total of 465 inmates currently on death row and waiting to be executed in various prisons across the country.
At the same time, President Magufuli also commended senior members of the country’s judiciary, particularly judges, for the job they were doing to try to uphold the rule of law.
He said his government will continue to collaborate with the judiciary as a whole in addressing key national challenges.
He also called on justice-dispensing officials across the country to speed up execution of their duties and move to stamp out negative aspects like corruption within the judicial system. Enditem