7 Dec 2008


The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) is now set to conduct an indepth study on the causes behind the spate of killings of albinos and people with other related skin disorders, the Commission’s Chairman, Judge Amir Manento, has announced. 

Judge Manento told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the killings were an ugly blot on the country’s image, and it was important that all stakeholders joined in to fight the vice, but that a thorough investigation on the motives behind the killings needs to be done to facilitate its elimination. 

The Commission, he said, takes the albino killings seriously, and that it was high time a lasting solution was found soon. The Acting CHRAGG Executive Secretary, Ms Mary Massay, told reporters that the Commission was currently raising funds for the countrywide study. 

“We are serious about this … the commission will soon carry out a special investigation on the killings and their impact on society … in the next two years we will hopefully be in a position to deal decisively with this national shame,” Ms Massay said. On the state of human rights in the country, Judge Manento said that available statistics show that Dar es Salaam Region was leading with many acts of abuse being recorded. Though small geographically, the region is home to the country’s largest concentration of people in comparison to other urban settings in the country. He cited the increasing number of street children, rapes, criminal killings among many other examples of human rights abuses. He commended the government for addressing the issue with the seriousness it deserved, but said there were still many areas in which people feel still need more action taken to curb abuses of individual rights and freedoms. 

Judge Manento said many of the complaints the Commission had received so far were levelled against the police and prisons departments, old age and related retirement benefits and the job market. Beginning this year (on December 10), Tanzanians will for the first time celebrate - and consecrate the day – as an annual anniversary. This year’s theme is ‘Justice and Dignity for us all’

SOURCE: Daily News

SO WE ACTUALLY HAVE THE COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE?LEAVE THE HUMAN RIGHTS STUFF ASIDE,WHAT'S THE COMMISSION DONE SO FAR IN FIGHTING UFISADI?ISN'T THAT PART AND PARCEL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE?OK,MAY BE IT'S CONDUCTING A 10-YEAR STUDY ON THAT BEFORE IT COULD DEAL DECISIVELY WITH THAT MATTER.

DOES IT REALLY MAKE ANYSENSE WHEN YOU HEAR THAT THE COMMISSION IS NOW SET TO CONDUCT AN INDEPTH STUDY ON THE CAUSES OF THE KILLINGS OF ALBINOS,AS IF THIS PROBLEM STARTED A FEW MONTHS AGO!THESE GUYS COULDN'T EVEN AFFORD TO SAY WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WHEN THEY ARE BUSY SOLICITING FUNDS FOR THE STUDY OR DURING THE 2 YEAR TIME WHEN THE STUDY IS BEING CARRIED OUT,IF IT WILL AT ALL!

THE KILLINGS NOT ONLY VIOLATE THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS,WHICH THE COMMISSION WAS CREATED TO OVERSEE,BUT ALSO INDICATE THAT THOSE ASSIGNED WITH THE TASK OF PROTECTING CITIZENS HAVE FAILED TO DELIVER,WHICH TRANSLATES INTO POOR GOVERNANCE.

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