Use ‘Mama Samia legal aid campaign’

He made the call on Thursday when launching the campaign which will be implemented for three years from March 2023 to December 2025.

Majaliwa said the campaign will help broaden people’s understanding of the law and access to justice, justice delivery systems, legal issues and human rights. He said the education will be provided in collaboration with government institutions, civil society organizations and development stakeholders.

“The campaign is expected to improve access to justice for disadvantaged people, especially women, children and other vulnerable groups. It will contribute in strengthening peace and stability as well as boosting individual’s income and enhancing national unity,” said the premier.

According to him, other benefits of the campaign are to help strengthen the legal aid service delivery systems at all levels from the central government to local governments.

He said the participation of stakeholders involved in the legal aid service will increase by 80 percent at the levels of both central and local governments.

The premier instructed the Ministry of Constitution and Legal Affairs to set up a good system to handle the legal challenges that will be raised during the campaign.

“Let us not leave the people without getting answers to their challenges. This will help create a good image for the government and authorities who have approved the existence of this campaign,” he said.

Majaliwa asked the ministry to execute its duties efficiently by adhering to professionalism so that Tanzanians get justice on time.

“For those who cannot afford the costs of hiring independent lawyers, the ministry should make sure they get legal aid services at reasonable charges,” he added.

Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Dr Damas Ndumbaro said the campaign follows instructions by President Samia Suluhu Hassan to ensure they provide legal education and help the needy across the country.

He said plans are to provide legal education in areas of land disputes, inheritance, marriage and child law especially on sexual violence.

The slogan of the campaign is “Unite with Mama Samia to oppose cruelty, respect the dignity of your fellow, protect your neighbors’ child; let’s build a country with dignity, honor and peace”.

Ndumbaro said the campaign will be implemented on both sides of the Union in collaboration with various government institutions and stakeholders including the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Attorney General, social welfare officers, colleges and higher education institutions.

Others are the Tangayika Law Society (TLS), Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP), Legal Services Facility (LSF), Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC), European Union (EU), UNDP, Women in Law & Development in Africa (WiLDAF) and NMB Bank.

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