Zanzibar pledges to improve judiciary, administration of justice

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 29– Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein said on Wednesday the government will continue improving the judiciary towards administration of justice.

Closing the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA) conference in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Shein said: “The government will provide a conducive environment for the judiciary for it is the crucial pillar of the state.” “The aim is to see justice is being done to all,” he said in a speech read on his behalf by the Zanzibar Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs Haroun Suleiman Ally. Shein said the conference had been of great help to judicial officers as they were reminded of the importance of objectivity and professionalism when performing their duties. For his part, the Zanzibar Chief Justice Omar Makungu said the independence of the judiciary in Zanzibar was protected by the laws of the land. “The independence of the judiciary depends on the laws and principles of the country, but there is a need to address budget deficits for the judiciary to operate effectively and efficiently,” said Makungu.

The CMJA was opened on Monday by vice president Samia Suluhu Hassan who assured judicial officers of the government’s commitment to supporting the judiciary in Tanzania and to ensuring it was free from corruption. Suluhu said the government in collaboration with the judiciary had embarked on the establishment and implementation of initiatives aimed at enabling the judiciary to become more effective, efficient and accountable in the fight against corruption and case delays. The Zanzibar archipelago merged with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the union government of Tanzania. – XINHUA