Tanzania new events cry foul over registration delays as polls close to



As Tanzania braces for civic elections in 5 months and a normal election subsequent 12 months, questions are being raised on one other key side, the registration of latest political events.

Two new events have voiced their frustrations over delays and different hurdles in securing registration certificates in time for the native authorities elections in October, amid experiences that the Workplace of the Registrar of Political Events has blocked all new registrations in the meanwhile.

The fledgling Impartial Folks’s Get together (IPP) and Motion for Human Justice (AHJ Wajamaa) declare they’ve paid the required Tsh1 million ($384) charge for provisional registration however are nonetheless awaiting phrase from the registrar’s workplace.

They are saying the unexplained hold-ups quantity to denying them the suitable to take part within the elections at ward, council and parliamentary ranges, and paint a poor image of Tanzania’s democratic course of at a very delicate time.

In a letter addressed to President Samia Suluhu final December, a replica of which The EastAfrican has seen, AHJ Wajamaa accused the registrar, Choose Francis Mutungi, of suspending new celebration registration for an “indefinite” interval late final 12 months.

Learn: ACT-Wazalendo prepares for subsequent elections with out Zitto on the helm


The EastAfrican contacted the registrar on phone for remark and he mentioned that he was not ready to reply any questions with no bodily assembly at his workplace within the administrative capital Dodoma.

“I can solely provide the background of what you’re inquiring about in the event you meet me face-to-face right here in Dodoma,” he mentioned. “As for the 2 candidates, they should comply with the proper procedures as specified by the regulation and laws governing political celebration registration.”

Tanzania at present has 19 registered political events and has not registered any new ones for a minimum of a decade, the most recent being ACT-Wazalendo in Could 2014.

In November 2016, the registrar cancelled out three different events — Chama Cha Haki na Usawa (Chausta), African Progressive Get together of Tanzania (APPT-Maendeleo) and Jahazi Asilia — for contravening regulation provisions associated to correct protecting of economic and property information. Choose Mutungi mentioned on the time that the choice was based mostly on an audit of political events on compliance with the regulation and its laws.

AHJ Wajamaa mentioned in its letter to President Samia, dated December 19, 2023 and signed by founder chairperson Maghus Msambila and secretary Kube Lowassa, that it had data to the impact that Choose Mutungi had put a cease on new political celebration registrations since round September to make means for a recent audit of current events.

“This order doesn’t make clear when the verification ends and registration of latest events resumes. It additionally doesn’t state whether or not it was a proper or casual order endorsed by your self (Samia). We discover it onerous to consider that an establishment of such standing, led by a choose and incorporating many authorized consultants, doesn’t perceive the implications of taking such motion until by order from greater authorities,” the letter said.

The celebration mentioned it had been in search of registration since 2016 and accomplished all formalities in 2022, together with assembly related circumstances and paying the registration charge. However follow-ups with the registrar’s workplace have drawn a clean to date.

Learn: Zitto Kabwe to problem Samia in 2025 polls

“We have now not been advised why our registration continues to be on maintain, what the issue is or how lengthy we should always proceed to attend,” they mentioned within the letter.

“It’s got to a degree the place nobody on the workplace is answering our cellphone calls aside from the registrar himself who supplied no solutions apart from to inform us to remain affected person. And but they proceed to carry on to the charge we paid.” AHJ Wajamaa known as for President Samia’s intervention to resolve the matter.

IPP co-founder Andrew Bomani, whose father Mark Bomani was as soon as Tanzania’s attorney-general, mentioned he and Vyonheaven Urima had been chasing registration for over a 12 months, solely to be advised not too long ago that that they had “failed to offer proof of Tanzanian citizenship,” amongst different documentation points.

“Not solely does this undermine our primary democratic rights, it additionally threatens to place us prone to statelessness,” Mr Bomani advised The EastAfrican.

In line with correspondence between IPP and the registrar’s workplace, the celebration was notified on March 4, 2024 that the paperwork it had offered in assist of its software didn’t conform with necessities set out within the Political Events Rules of 2019. These included incomplete information within the varieties to “sufficiently show Tanzanian nationality” and failure to stipulate the celebration’s tackle, structure and insurance policies.

In line with the letter signed by Sisty Nyahoza on behalf of the registrar, copies of delivery certificates for Mr Bomani and Ms Urima weren’t sufficient to “verify citizenship.”

In a response to the registrar’s workplace dated March 6, the celebration founders mentioned they had been contemplating authorized motion.

within the mild of apparent makes an attempt to dam our registration by utilizing methods.”

“Until your workplace can present correct examples of what kind of paperwork are wanted to indicate what citizenship entails, we will search additional clarification from the courts on this matter,” they mentioned. “We’re starting to get a transparent image of intent to disclaim us the suitable to take part within the upcoming elections and we inform you that we are going to use each means to safe that proper, together with submitting a court docket petition to forestall these elections from happening till the registration of our celebration is accomplished.”

Learn: Tanzania opposition missing intra-party democracy

On the problem of an workplace tackle, they mentioned they had been awaiting a minimum of momentary registration earlier than in search of everlasting premises.
“It’s past motive to anticipate us to begin incurring the prices of renting workplace area earlier than we even know the destiny of our software,” they argued.

IPP mentioned in its letter that the registrar’s workplace already has all of the documentation wanted to perform registration and the celebration sees no have to hassle about submitting additional paperwork.

The celebration’s software additionally included copies of nationwide identification playing cards and passports belonging to Mr Bomani’s dad and mom Mark and Rahma.

On request, Mr Bomani additionally confirmed The EastAfrican copies of his personal ID card attributable to expire in April 2030 and his most up-to-date Tanzanian passport, which expired in 2017.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *