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Title:The right to freedom of political association in Tanzania: taking stock of the practice and constitutional developments
Author:Wambali, Michael K.B.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African and international law
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:freedom of assembly
freedom of association
constitutional law
Abstract:This paper explores how the major changes brought about by the 1992 legal and sociopolitical reforms ('Mageuzi') in Tanzania have affected the right to freedom of political association and assembly in the country. After a comparative analysis of the contents of these rights as comprised in the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania and similar regional and international instruments, the discussion moves towards the laws which generally allow the government in power to manipulate the practice and enjoyment of the rights to freedom of political association and assembly. The paper argues that the way in which these rights are articulated in political practice in Tanzania has a lot to do with the low level of government commitment to change in order to liberate itself from the legacy of the former one-party political system that was discontinued by the 'Mageuzi' reforms. This was exemplified more clearly in the related right to freedom of political participation, especially as related to the question of whether independent candidates should be allowed in all elections. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]