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Tanzania approves law granting president immunity

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Lawmakers passed a controversial bill that grants immunity to the president and several top officials from lawsuits regarding any act or omission in duties.

The bill was rejected by 220 civil society organizations that said it is breaching constitutional rights, such as equality before the law, accountability and separation of powers.

“A majority of the MPs voted for the Bill and now we wait for the President to sign it into law,” The Citizen quoted Deputy Speaker Tulia Ackson, after changes were passed.

“An application under this section shall not be admitted by the High Court unless it is accompanied by an affidavit stating the extent to which the contravention of provisions of articles 12 to 29 of the constitution has affected such person personally,” according to the amendment.

The opposition were against the bill which gives immunity not only to president, but also to vice president, prime minister, speaker, deputy speaker and chief justice.

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