EALS Writes to Minister on Threats to Tanganyika Law Society

Wednesday 22nd February, 2017. The East Africa Law Society has today written to the Hon. Minister for Constitutional Affairs and Justice of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe to express dismay at statements attributed to him in several media stories wherein  he called into question the continued existence of the Law Society of Tanzania Mainland - The Tanganyika Law Society.  In the statements, the Hon. Minister is quoted condemning the Tanganyika Law Society for what he calls "activities of political activism" and threatens to institute measures to deregister the Tanganyika Law Society. The threats are believed to have been precipitated by the presence of opposition leaning candidates among those vying for the Presidency of TLS in their upcoming 18th March Executive Council elections.

In the letter, we  point out the import of the independence of the legal profession in International law highlighting numerous treaties and conventions that all protect this independence. The letter goes on to describe the threat to disband the Tanganyika Law Society, as undermining the rule of law given its potential to deprive the general public of a competent, ethical and well governed legal profession. 

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