Tanzania: Public leaders arraigned in Ethics Tribunal, as Presidantial advisor on arrest warrant

By Own Correspondent, Dodoma – Three public leaders yesterday appeared before the now re-invigorated Ethics Tribunal in Dar es Salaam facing various charges of not adhering to the Public Leadership Code of Ethics as stipulated by the 1995 Act.

According to our Dar es Salaam sources arraigned to the tribunal before its chairperson, Judge (rtd) Damian Lubuva, all the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Those who appeared in the tribunal include the Singida District commissioner, Paschal Mabiti, Mbulu district executive director, Simon Mayeye and Rorya MP (CCM), Lameck Airo.

The tribunal has said that a number of 23 public figures including more highly regarded figures have already been summoned to appear in the proceedings that will run for five days consecutively.

One of those who failed to appear and an arrest warrant will be issued include the President Jakaya Kikwete’s political advisor, Mr. Rajab Luhwagi. According to Judge Lubuva, the accused will have the right to defend themselves before the tribunal suggested disciplinary measures against them.

The current government of President Kikwete has shown all faces of strictness in dealing with good governance and accountability in the public service.