Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Judicial Staff Challenged On Integrity, Ethics

Lushoto — MINISTER for Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Mr Mathias Chikawe, has directed judicial workers under his ministry to abide by professional ethics so they can earn people's trust and credibility.

He said the people depend on legal institutions to get their rights in various matters; therefore, the workers should be very keen on ethical issues by providing good and fair service.

Mr Chukawe was speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Lushoto Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) over the weekend. He said there were complaints from 'wananchi' that some workers in his ministry were involved in corruption, which, he said, was contrary to the legal workers' code of conduct.

He said his ministry was responsible of ensuring that the people got their rights without any sort of segregation, but involvement in corruption by some workers meant that some people who had no money would easily lost their rights, which was not the aim of having such legal institutions in the country.

"We must discharge our duties with high discipline; we need to be fair to all the people when giving judgment... corruption will drive or influence you to give decisions which are contrary to the reality about the case at hand... Let us be fair and ethical," he stressed.

Mr Chikawe warned the workers that he would not tolerate corruption in his ministry and that he was ready to take legal, but stern measures against any worker who would be involved in such acts. "I shall sack workers who tarnish the good image of my ministry by involving in corruption.

Since we are fighting corruption how then should we ourselves can involve in such a dirty game... we must clean ourselves before judging others ..We must come to the point of earning people's trust in our service because we are here for them and by them," he pointed.

Earlier, IJA Council chairman, Judge (rtd) John Mroso, had asked the government to provide more funds so the college could meet its requirement in order to improve the learning environment and provide better education. About 896 law students graduated at the ceremony, out of whom 629 got certificates and 267 got diplomas.

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