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Title:Human rights and the preventive detention act 1962 of the united republic of Tanzania: some operative aspects
Author:Kalunga, L.T.
Periodical:Eastern Africa Law Review
Geographic term:Tanzania
Abstract:The constitutional evolution in Tanzania after independence was a reflection of the evolution in independent Ghana. The 1962 Republic Constitution of Tanzania had borrowed very heavily from Ghana's Republic Constitution of 1960. The Republic Constitution of Ghana was a model for very many newly independent African states which had a very strong feeling of changing the constitutional structures left over by the British. The arguments which were made in fact reflect a desire for change and for having a strong executive president. Republican Constitutions created very strong presidents with very vast executive powers. In Tanzania, the evolution of the Constitution since independence indicates that the head of state or president is a very powerful figure indeed with almost absolute power under the Constitution. The overall picture which emerges is that constitutional grounds have been so tilled and otherwise prepared such that the seeds of dictatorship benevolent or otherwise may be sown, sprout and flourish. It is in this context that the author discusses the Preventive Detention Act, 1962. - Notes.