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Issue No. 0933
December 10 - 16, 2016

Courts/ Police Log


Charles Mkumbo,
Arusha Regional Police Commander,
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Five perish in bizarre  road accident

By Joseph Lyimo

Five people lost their lives and eleven others were injured after the vehicle in which they were travelling skidded and overturned on the Arusha-Babati highway in Maisaka Area, Manyara Region.

The passengers apparently embarked in Magagu to travel to Babati to attend a send-off party.

Manyara Regional Police Commander, Mr. Francis Masawe said that the accident occurred on December 2, this year at 6:30 p.m. in Maisaka Area in Babati Town.

Mr. Masawe said that the police were still investigating the accident, althought the preliminary findings indicate that the vehicle, a Nissan Pick Up with registration number T 444 BSH, slipped off the road at high speed and overturned.

Commander Masawe said the accident occurred at the area commonly known as Kwa Mama Ango. The names of the driver nor the proprietor of the vehicle were currently unknown, but the vehicle had been carrying a brass band  and photographers who were travelling to Babati to entertain and  take photographs for the send-off party.

The Doctor-in-Charge of Babati Referral Hospital, Dr. Gabriel Sonno, said that the hospital first received three bodies  and  13  injured persons, but later more two bodies were brought in. Among the dead were two students who had been selected to join Form One in the  coming academic year.

Dr. Sonno named the dead as Ramadhan Juma, Margaret Charles, Elias John, Martha Jackson, and a trumpet player who was identified only as Anthon, resident of Arusha.

One of the survivers, Ezekiel Mhim, said the passengers had asked the driver not to drive at high speed, but that he ignored their advice. The driver is alleged to have continued to drive athigh speed and that at the Ango Restaurant he drank some alcohol. Later a dog ran into the road and as the driver attempted to avoid  it the vehicle overturned.

 

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African Court rejuvenates 10-year agenda  

By Correspondent Francis Ameyibor

Arusha (Tanzania)--The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights (AfCHPR) has set out a rejuvenated agenda for the next 10 years judging from its achievements and challenges over the past decade.

‘’African Court is neither a Court for the States nor a Court of the Judges, but rather a Court for all African citizens desirous to see an Africa, which adopts zero tolerance to human rights violations. It is under this one condition that the African Court would have any sense and be able to make its mark in our common struggle to build a more worthy, more humane and more prosperous Africa,’’  stated  Justice Sylvain Oré , President of the African Court .

Justice Ore, who was speaking at the international symposium on a decade of human rights protection by the African Court, tagged the issue of accessto the Court as one of the pillars for the next 10 years, whilst calling for more sustained adhesion by States.

He said for the African Court to grow in legitimacy and authority in the next 10 year ‘’It has to have the means to accomplish its mission, both human and material’’.

The African Court President also recalled the crucial role of the African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), which has been at the forefront of the establishment of the Court.

He challenged CSOs not to give the impression that its mission came to an end after the establishment of the Court.
CSOs are still crucial in the next 10 years especially when the issue of the scope and quality of the Court’s decisions. CSOs should continue to deploy its efforts on issues even more significant as the rights of women especially through a more active application of the Maputo Protocol, which has now been in force for 10 years.

Justice Ore expressed concern that in the 10 years of the existence of the Protocol establishing the African Court, its jurisdiction was recognised by only 30 States, and only eight of them had authorised individuals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to seize the Court.

He raised issues with emerging challenges about the legitimacy and authority of the Court, stressing that: ’’In my view, this is a monumental challenge because every time the authority of the Judge is questioned, it is the rights of litigants that are under threat. Similarly, there is no greater challenge for a Judge than not seeing the litigant enjoy the benefit of the decisions it has rendered’’.

The African Court President asked African Governments to undertake introspect ion the use of investing so many resources to establish a Court when the enforcement of its decisions is completely unsustained or left entirely to the discretion of States without any follow-up mechanism.

About 150 delegates including the academia, CSOs, Organs of the African Union, judiciary representatives of regional and sub-regional human rights institutions, media practitioners attended the two day commemoration.

 

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