Monday, 17 February 2014

What to expect from Mtikila at the Constituent Assembly!

With the Constitution Constituent Assembly starting it's sessions tomorrow in Dodoma, there is plenty to expect from the members. With the members already known one person who will no doubt be vocal especially on the issue of the Union Government must be Reverend Christopher Mtikila. He has built a reputation for being the kingpin of taking matters to court. He has had and continues to have a history of court battles in Tanzania. He has fought and won the legal battle of an independent candidate at the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). An self styled advocate of one government system in Tanzania and an opposer of a union government, Mtikila has sparked numerous inciting and inflammatory remarks. He is also known to be a fierce critic of Mwalimu Nyerere. He opposed him openly. 

The question is what will his selection as a member of the Constituent Assembly (CA) add? Do we need a dissenting voice in the Assembly? Do we need a fiery character to voice out concerns that remain fundamental in the constitution? In a seminar conducted for the members of the Assembly last week, Mtikila made very uncouth and inappropriate remarks which didn't augur well with a selection of the members. Why did the President select him? He says the constitution process is not constitutional yet he is a member of the CA now. How will that work out? These questions will surely be answered after the 70 stipulated days of the CA.

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