27 December 2013

Tanzania Constitutional Process Taking Too Long, Civil Society Group Says

The Tanzania Constitution Forum (TCF) has expressed concern that the process of drafting a new constitution is taking too long and will not be ready in time for the government's promised deadline in April 2014, Tanzania's The Guardian reported Friday (December 27th).

Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, TCF acting chairman Hebron Mwakagenda said the number of stages involved in making the constitution were slowing down the entire process.

"We have been saying this, and we say it again, that it is impossible for the country to have its new constitution on April 25th next year, despite the fact that authorities are disputing the fact," Mwakagenda said.

The TCF will call a meeting next week to elect 20 of its members to attend the constituent assembly, he said.

"We also support the recommendation of holding a constitutional general meeting to deliberate the matter," Mwakagenda said. "This is for the interest of the nation as the meeting will set the basis for members to talk about constitutional affairs in general."

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