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THE STATUS OF TLS ELECTIONS FOLLOWING THE AMENDMENT OF THE TLS ACT IN JANUARY 2020

Dear Esteemed Learned Brothers and Sisters,

I have the greatest honor to write to you, on behalf of your Governing Council, giving you an update on the state of the TLS, in particular, the election of its leadership, a task that is supposed to be carried out annually between March and April every year. Unfortunately, this year, we have not been able to hold the election within those two months due to a series of events that rendered it impossible to hold them.  To start with I wish to extend your Governing Council’s words of condolences for those who have lost their loved ones due to the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) and those who have relatives suffering from this global pandemic. This disease has not and does not deprive the bereaved families of their loved ones but the opportunity to bury them and closure as well. We urge all of you, and all fellow Tanzanians, to take good care of ourselves to defeat this pandemic. Your Governing Council understands that our legal practices have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and that most of us are struggling to make the ends meet. We do say Poleni Sana and we urge you and ourselves to persevere and surely, we shall overcome.

In November 2019 your Governing Council learned that the Government was planning to table to the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, a Bill known as The Written Laws Miscellaneous Amendments (No.8 of 2019) in January 2020. Your Governing Council thought that the Bill if passed, was going to profoundly change our Society’s institutional structure as well as powers and rights of the members in the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Bill also geared at introducing 7 Zone Chapters and make each zone to be represented in the Governing Council by one person and end the direct election of members of the Governing Council by the AGM. It did not end there, as it also sought to introduce a two one-year tenure of members of the Governing Council including the President, Vice President, and the Honorary Treasury and statutorily establish the position of the Executive Director and the manners of removing him from office, hitherto, employed contractually by the Governing Council.

Your Governing Council convened immediately on the 19th of November 2019 and after long but methodical deliberations it decided that the intended amendments needed the considerations of all members of TLS in their respective Chapters. The Secretariat was told to inform members of this resolution and that members should convene and hold their respective extraordinary chapter general meeting to deliberate on the proposed amendments and give their views. Chapters leaders were to submit the views of their members to the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee.  Your Governing Council was heartened by the rapid and enthusiastic responses of the members. The Chapters meetings were held in early December 2019. Thereafter the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee sifted through the views and came up with a series of recommendations that were submitted to the Governing Council.

Members were almost unanimous while airing their views, that their right to elect their leaders should not be taken away, zonal offices and a representative AGM were going to overburden TLS as they entail huge financial outlays on TLS. They were of the view that the two-one-year term for the President, Vice President, Honorary Treasury and 8 Members of the Governing Council was not good to the Society as it is going to keep the current system of electing TLS leaders annually instead of a two or three-year term proposed by TLS members.

In January 2020 TLS presented its views to the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania in writing as well as during the public hearing on the 17th of January 2020. TLS pointed clearly the flaws of the said Bill and how it was going to not only overburden it financially but it will somewhat deprive members of their right to elect their leaders and hold them to account directly. The zonal offices pose a threat of planting “zonalism” in the Society instead of nationhood in the minds of the members.    Unfortunately, when the Parliament met it almost passed the Bill the way it was first submitted by the Government. The President of the United Republic of Tanzania assented to it on the 14th of February 2020 and the law is now in force.

Following the passage of the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act No 1 of 2020 the Governing Council met on the 7th of February 2020 and decided the following that:

  1. That the AGM should be held in Arusha on 25th of April 2020 and it is to be preceded by the General Elections of the Society to be held on the 23rd of April 2020 and that the Annual General Conference be held on the 24th of April;
  2. That the Governing Council should invoke its powers to invite members to take part in the AGM, Annual Conference and the General Elections of the Society; and
  3. That the Nominations Committee should be informed of these decisions and the members as well.

Unfortunately, a few days later the Chairperson of the Nominations Committee, Mr. Tom Nyanduga resigned from his position for undisclosed personal reasons. This had had huge ramifications. Your Governing Council was forced to make a search for a new Chairperson of this important committee, the position that is traditionally held by a former president of the Tanganyika Law Society.

It took some time to find a former President ready to step in and become the Chairperson of the Nominations Committee. On the 21st of February 2020 Mr. Charles Rwechungura, former president, agreed and the Nominations Committee met on the 29th of February 2020 and upon deliberating on the task ahead of it was of the view that the elections process could not take place under the TLS Elections Regulations GN No 116 of 2018, the TLS AGM could not be properly constituted following the amendment of the TLS Act, there was a need to convene an extraordinary General Meeting to deliberate on the amendment’s implications and that where possible there is a need to meet with the Attorney General to appraise him on the legal crisis caused by the amendments.

Your Governing Council met on the 3rd of March 2020 to receive the Nominations Committee’s recommendations and the status of the TLS leadership as it tenure is supposed to come to an end in April 2020. After much deliberations, it was resolved that:

  1. The TLS leadership will continue to exist as per section 31(b) of the Interpretation of Laws Act so as to ensure a smooth transition of leadership from the current one to the new one after the elections are held;
  2. The Drafting Committee should draft the Elections Guidelines to be used to provide guidance on the positions created by the Written Laws Miscellaneous Amendment Act No 1 of 2020 within 4 days.
  3. That the Governing Council should meet immediately thereafter meet to deliberate on the Guidelines.

On the 7th and 8th of March 2020 the Drafting Committee met and drafted the Elections Guidelines which were later on approved by the Governing Council on the 13th of March 2020.

In its meeting of the 13th day of March 2020 the Governing Council also established seven (7) TLS Zones i.e. Mzizima, Bagamoyo, Northern, Western, Lake, Southern, and Central.   The Governing Council also established six new chapters: Kinondoni, Ilala, Temeke, Ubungo, Kigamboni, and Pwani. The six chapters arise out of Dar es Salaam Chapter which due to the fact that 70% of all practicing advocates in the country are in Dar es Salaam and that since the annual general meeting is primarily a representative one then to ensure that advocates from Dar es Salaam region receive a fair representation then each district in Dar es Salaam should become a chapter.

The Governing Council was further informed that since the TLS Elections Regulations require the issuance of a 60-day notice before elections are held, then there was no way the AGM could be held on the 25th day of April 2020. It was on that basis that the Governing Council was forced to push back the AGM to be held between the 22nd to the 27th of June 2020. It was further resolved that the TLS Annual Conference be held in the morning to the afternoon of the 25th day of June 2020; the General Elections be on the 25th to the 26th day of 2020. That the pre-AGM be held from the 22nd to the 24th of June 2020. That given the shortness of time all pre-AGM, Society General Elections will be held in Arusha. The Governing Council invoked its powers to invite all members to take part in all these important meetings.  Members, however, have as usual the right to choose the CLE seminars they wish to attend.

On the 19th day of March, the Nominations Committee prepared the Timeline for the General Election by the Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee also resolved that the Call for Nominations be issued to all members with a deadline being the 14th day of April 2020. The Secretariat on the 25th day of March 2020 sent the Elections Guidelines of 2020 together with TLS Elections Regulations GN 116 of 2018 to the members which were followed with the Call for Nominations on the 1st day of April 2020.  It needs to be remembered that on the 31st day of March 2020 the Secretariat published/circulated the Annual Conference, General Meeting and the AGM Notice to the members.

That was the state of affairs until the 15th day of April 2020 when TLS President received a letter from the Attorney General questioning the legality of the TLS Elections Guidelines and the elections that will be guided by it. The AG insists that the new election regulations be promulgated first before elections are held and that the current leadership of TLS continues to hold office until the proper elections are held as per the new regulations citing section 45 of the Interpretation of Laws Act Cap 1 R.E. 2002. Given its huge legal implications your Governing Council met virtually on the 17th day of April 2020 and decided to do the following:

  1. That the Drafting Committee to convene immediately and prepare a draft TLS Elections Regulation 2020 incorporating the guidance provided in the Guidelines;
  2. To prepare a response to the AG’s letter;
  3. Seek a meeting with the Attorney General to appraise him on the status of the TLS elections as well as the legal import of the Elections Guidelines, together with the desire of the Your Governing Council to hold the elections as scheduled; and
  4. Members be informed of all these developments so as to know what is going on.

It is your Governing Council’s hope that this rendition of the series of events has put you in the picture and removed any lingering questions as to the status of the TLS elections. Your Governing Council is keen to see that the elections are held as scheduled barring any outside force or event. We do urge all members to take TLS to continue taking TLS’s affairs seriously and also vie for positions to fill all positions that by law become vacant each year and the new positions.  Your Governing Council will keep you informed on any new developments.

Issued by the order of the Governing Council on the 27th day of April 2020.

PDF DOCUMENT ==>> https://tls.or.tz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/THE-STATUS-OF-TLS-ELECTIONS-FOLLOWING-THE-AMENDMENT-OF-THE-TLS-ACT-IN-JANUARY-2020.pdf

Dr. Rugemeleza A.K. Nshala

President

TAHADHARI JUU YA MLIPUKO WA VIRUSI VYA CORONA (COVID _19) NA MABADILIKO KATIKA UTOWAJI WA HUDUMA  

Ndugu mwanachama wa Chama cha Mawakili Tanganyika,  Mwananchi na Mdau wetu;
Kutokana na idadi  ya maambukizi ya virusi vya Corona (COVID-19) kuzidi kuongezeka, Chama cha Mawakili Tanganyika (TLS) kinatoa wito kwako kuzidi kuchukua tahadhari ya kujikinga na maambukizi ya ugonjwa huu ambapo mpaka sasa,   unazidi kuenea ulimwenguni  kote kwa kasi kubwa, vifo vinazidi kuongezeka  na kinga au  tiba yake bado haijapatikana.
TLS imeamua kuchukua tahadhari na hatua zaidi katika kupambana na ugonjwa huu kwa kuulinda umma,  wanachama wake, wafanyakazi na wadau wengine kwa ujumla:

Tahadhari na Kujikinga dhidi ya Corona (COVID-19)
Ni vyema kuchukua tahadhari kabla ya hatari katika kupambana na kujikinga na ugonjwa huu  kwa kufanya  na kuzingatia yafuatayo:
(i)                 Kuepuka sehemu za Mikusanyiko.
(ii)               Kuepuka safari au mizunguko isiyo ya lazima,
(iii)             Kunawa Mikono kwa maji tiririka na sabuni mara kwa mara,
(iv)             Kutumia Vitakasa Mikono (sanitaizer),
(v)               Kula mlo kamili na kula vyakula vyenye vitamin C kwa wingi ili kuimarisha kinga ya mwili,
(vi)             Kufanya Mazoezi ili kuhimarisha afya kamili,
(vii)           Kuzingatia  kikamilifu maelezo ya maelekezo yanayotolewa na Wizara ya Afya au Serikali, na
(viii)         Kwenda kituo cha afya au kutoa taarifa pale utakapokuwa  au utakapomuona mtu mwenye  dalili za ugojwa huu kama vile mafua makali, homa kali, kushindwa kupumua vizuri, maumivu ya kichwa na dalili zingine zilizo elezwa na Wizara ya Afya.

Pamoja na kuushauri umma, wanachama na wadau wetu  kuchukua tahadhari na kujikinga na ugonjwa huu, Chama pia kimechukua hatua mbalimbali katika kupambana na ugonjwa huu katika mazingira yake ya kazi  kama ifuatavyo:

Kusitisha shughuli zote zinazohusisha mikusanyiko

TLS imesitisha shughuli zote zinazohusisha mikusanyiko ya watu ikiwemo semina (CLEs), mikutano na warsha  mpaka hapo ambapo mamlaka husika zitakapotangaza kuwa ni salama kuendelea na shughuli hizi.
Vikao vya Kamati pamoja  na Baraza la Uongozi la Chama

Vikao vya kamati zote za chama pamoja na vikao vya Baraza la Uongozi la Chama vitafanyika  kwa njia ya kieletronikia.
Huduma za Msaada wa Kisheria na Maswala ya Kimaadili dhidi ya Mawakili

Huduma hizi zitaendelea kutolewa kama kawaida kwa kufuata utaratibu ufuatao:
(i)                 Huduma hizi zitatolewa kwa siku za Jumanne na Alhamisi tu kwanzia saa Nne asubuhi hadi saa Nane mchana.
(ii)               Mteja anatakiwa kuleta nukushi ya nyaraka zake ( photocopy) zikiwa katika bahasha.
(iii)             Mteja atapewa fomu ya maelezo ambayo atajaza taarifa zake na maelezo ya shauri lake kwa ufupi. Fomu hiyo itapatikana mapokezi
(iv)             Baada ya kujaza fomu hiyo mteja ataingiza ndani ya  bahasha aliyokuja nayo yenye nukushi za nyaraka zake na kuweka katika sehemu maalum atakayoelekezwa.
(v)               Mteja atapewa namba ya simu  au barua pepe kwa ajili ya mawasiliano zaidi kuhusu shauri lake.
(vi)             Mteja hataruhusiwa kuonana ana kwa ana na afisa wa msaada wa kisherai au afisa maadili   mpaka pale atakapopigiwa simu.
Utolewaji wa Vitambulisho kwa Wanachama

(i)                 Vitambulisho vya mawakili  waliopo mikoani vinaendelea kutolewa na viongozi wa chapter kama ilivyokuwa mwanzo.  Mawakili wa mikoani mnaombwa kuwasiliana na viongozi wenu wa chapter watawaeleza utaratibu , muda na mahali pa kuchukua vitambulisho vyenu.
(ii)               Kwa mawakili waliopo Dar es Salaam vitambulisho vitatolewa kwa siku ya Jumanne na Alhamis tu  kwanzia saa Nne asubuhi hadi saa Nane Mchana. Mwanachama anatakiwa kufika kuchukua kitambulisho chake pale tu atakapopokea ujumbe wa SMS kuwa kitambulisho chake kipo tayari. Mwanachama akishapokea SMS kuwa kitambulisho chake kipo tayari, anatakiwa kuja kukichukua katika siku na muda uliopangwa  hapo juu.

Tunawasisitiza wanachama kujaza taarifa zao za Chapter walizopo kwenye akaunti zao za Wakili Data Base. Kitambulisho hakiwezi kutengenezwa kama taarifa za mwanachama hazijajazwa au hazijakamilika.

Sekretariat

Kutakuwa na wafanyakazi wachache watakaofika ofisini kwa  utaratibu wa zamu  kutoa huduma kutokana na maagizo yaliyotolewa na Mamlaka (Serikali na Mahakama). Wafanyakazi hao watafika katika muda uliopangwa kila siku. Hata hivyo,  wafanyakazi waliopo zamu watachukua tahadhari zote za kujilinda na ugonjwa huu ikiwemo kunawa mikono kwa maji tiririka na sabuni, kutumia vitakasa mikono (sanitaizer), kuvaa barakoa, na kupimwa joto la mwili kabla hawajaingia ofisini na kutekeleza majukumu yao. Wafanyakazi wengine wataendelea kufanya kazi wakiwa nyumbani au mahali pengine popote kulingana na majukumu.
Huduma Zingine kwa Umma ,Wanachama na Wadau Wengine Katika ofisi ya Makao Makuu

Huduma zingine kwa umma, wanachama  na wadau wengine zitaendelea kutolewa  kwa njia za mtandao kwanzia saa Nne asubuhi hadi saa Nane Mchana . Hata hivyo tunaomba wanachama wetu , wananchi na wadau wengine kwa ujumla, kwa huduma ambazo sio za lazima kufika katika ofisi zetu kutumia nyia nyingine za mawasiliano kama  simu au barua  pepe.
( Zingatia: Muda wa kupiga simu ni kwanzia saa Nne Asubuhi hadi saa Nane  Mchana siku za Kazi)

Zifuatazo ni njia za mawasiliano na wahusika kamili:

(i)                 Mapokezi  na Huduma za Utawala Piga simu Na. 0777815757 au  0778120424  email info@tls.or.tz
(ii)               Vitambulisho piga simu No. 0779939038 plubuva@tls.or.tz
(iii)             Msaada ya Kisherai simu Na. 0778626212 mwingwaj@gmail.com
(iv)             Semina na CLE 0779626281 rsalvatory@tls.or.tz
(v)               Malipo ya Ada, Risiti na matatizo yote yanayohusu malipo  piga Simu Na. 0778626212 vmbuligwe@tls.or.tz
(vi)             Malalamiko ya Kimaadili dhidi ya Mawakili  0779626299 vswai@tls.or.tz
(vii)           Huduma zingine za wanachama 0778626286 amuro@tls.or.tz
(viii)         Huduma za Machapisho  Na. 0779626280 publication@tls.or.tz
Huduma Zingine kwa  Wanachi , Wanachama na Wadau wengine Katika Ofisi Zetu za Mikoani (Chapters)

Huduma zingine kwa umma, wanachama  na wadau wengine zitaendelea kutolewa mikoani siku za Jumatatu, Jumatano na Ijumaa kwanzia saa Nne asubuhi hadi saa Nane Mchana.  Kwa wateja wa msaada wa kisheria na malalamiko ya kimaadili dhidi ya mawakili utaratibu utakuwa ule ule wa kupokea nyaraka  (nukushi) kama ilivoainishwa hapo juu.
Kwa huduma ambazo sio lazima kufika katika ofisi hizo  zitatolewa kwa njia ya mawasiliano ya simu na barua pepe
( Zingatia: Muda wa kupiga simu ni kwanzia saa Nne Asubuhi hadi saa Nane  Mchana siku za Kazi)

Zifuatazo ni njia za mawasiliano na wahusika kamili:
Mwanza   0713501134 tlsmwanzachapter@gmail.com
Mbeya     0779626216 au 0755626442 mbeyachapter@tls.or.tz
Arusha     0779626219 , 0712762799 arushachapter@tls.or.tz
Dodoma   0779626215 au 0779626221 dodomachapter@tls.or.tz , mkessy@tls.or.tz
Mtwara     0765030889   fawasi@tls.or.tz , mtwara@tls.or.tz

Kwa Mawakili, wanachi na wadau wengine  walipo mikoa  ambayo haijatajwa hapo juu wanaweza kupiga simu moja kwa moja kwenye namba za kipengele namba 5 (cha makao makuu) au kuwasiliana na viongozi wao wa chapters.
Chama kitaendelea kutoa taarifa za utekelezaji wa shughuli zake kwa kuzingatia hali na mwenendo wa maambukizi ya virusi hivi vya Corona pamoja na taarifa zitakozokuwa zikitolewa na mamlaka husika.

Chukua Taadhari, Kabla ya Hatari

Tangazo hili limetolewa na Chama cha Mawakili Tanganyika (TLS)

Regards,

|Tanganyika Law Society Secretariat

TAARIFA MUHIMU: UENDESHAJI WA MASHAURI YA MIGOGORO YA KIKAZI MAHAKAMA KUU KITENGO CHA KAZI DAR ES SALAAM

Ndugu mwanachama, salaam kutoka chama cha Wanasheria Tanganyika

Tunapenda kukutaarifu kuwa tumepokea barua kutoka Mahakama Kuu ya Tanzania Divisheni ya Kazi Dar es Salaam, ambayo inatoa utaratibu wa uendeshaji wa Mashauri ya Migogoro ya Kikazi Dar es Salaam kwanzia  Jumatatu tarehe 30/03/2020  kutokana na mlipuko wa Virusi vya Korona (COVID-19)

Barua imeambatanishwa yenye kueleza utaratibu huo. Bonyeza hapa kusoma barua

 

APPOINTMENT OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE

This is to inform you that the Governing Council has appointed Mr. Charles Rwechungura to be the Chairperson of the TLS Nomination Committee as per Tanganyika Law Society ( Elections) Regulations GN 116 of 2018.

The appointment has been made after receiving a resignation letter from the earlier appointed Chairperson of the Nomination Committee, Mr. Tom Nyanduga.

On behalf of the Governing Council, the TLS Secretariat would like to extend our appreciation to Mr. Charles Rwechungura for his acceptance and willingness to serve the Society in this important position of the Chairperson of the Nomination Committee.  

We wish Mr. Charles Rwechungura together with other members of the Nomination Committee all the best in facilitating a free and fair election of the Society leadership.

For your recollection, the following are members of the Nomination Committee;

  1. Mr. Charles Rwechungura ( Chairperson)
  2. Hon. Dr. Robert Makaramba ( Vice-Chairperson)
  3. Capt. Ibrahim Bendera ( Member)
  4. Ms. Joyce Kasebwa ( Member)
  5. Ms. Dosca Mutabuzi ( Member)

 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION TO FACILITATE PRINTING OF ADVOCATES IDs

TLS Secretariat has started printing Advocate IDs for the year 2020-2022. As such we request you to verify your information in your Wakili Database Profile in terms of the Chapter you belong and mobile number. Should be there any changes to your information, please communicate the same to your respective Chapter office/Chapter Leaders who will then forward it to the TLS HQ.

Please be informed that once your ID has been printed, you will be notified by text SMS that your ID is available for collection. (Please remember to provide the correct mobile number in your Wakili Database Profile)

Members who never had an ID in the past years, and those who have been recently sworn in as Advocates (December 2019), should send their scanned signatures in a PDF format (not pictures in any form)  to plubuva@tls.or.tz with their roll numbers.

Members in Dar es Salaam will have an opportunity to affix their signatures at the time of collecting their ID’s after being notified to collect your ID.

We humbly request your cooperation to make this activity run smoothly, speedy and efficient.

EALS TRAINING WORKSHOP ON LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING AND STATUTORY INTERPRETATION

This is to inform you that, The EALS Institute, the training wing of the East Africa Law Society (EALS), invites you to a 5-day bespoke workshop on Legislative Drafting and Statutory Interpretation.  The workshop takes place in Arusha – Tanzania from 24th – 28th February 2020 at a venue to be confirmed shortly.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

The Course is designed for Lawyers, Clerks and Parliamentary staff, Members of Parliament or Assemblies who deal with legislation and the law-making process.  Divided into two parts, the course topics provide an opportunity for an all-round appreciation of legislative and policy-making for beginners while serving as a refresh-course for experienced practitioners.

Please find attached the workshop brochure with detailed information about the course for onward consideration.

download here ==> Legislative Drafting - 2020(v4)

ADVOCATE WITH UNKNOWN STATUS

Dear Member,

The TLS in collaboration with Judiciary is updating the Role of Advocates with the view of understanding the status of all Advocates.

It has come to our knowledge that, some members, their status are unknown.

We have attached to this email the list of members with unknown status, therefore we request any member with information (Death, Suspending, etc.) regarding advocate on the list to share with us the information through amuro@tls.or.tz

See the attached … Copy of unknown 2020

Call for Comments on the Upcoming Bills &Miscellaneous Amendment 2020

Greetings from Tanganyika Law Society!

TLS has received the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendment) of 2020 and two Bills  (Attached herein) which are due for your comments by 15th March 2020.

The Miscellaneous Amendment seeks to amend the following;

1.The Advocate Act,( Cap 341)

2.The Agricultural Inputs Trust Fund Act,( Cap 401)

3.The Electricity Act, (Cap. 131)

4.The Fertilizers Act, (Cap. 378)

5.The Forest Act, (Cap. 323)

6.The Grazing land and animal feed resources Act, (Cap.180)

7.The Interpretation of laws Act, (Cap. 1)

8.The Labour Institutions Act, (Cap. 300)

9.The National Defence Act, (Cap. 192)

  1. The National Parks Act, (Cap. 282)

11.The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Act, (Cap. 284)

12.The Seeds Act, (Cap. 308)

  1. The Sugar Industry Act, (Cap. 251)
  2. The Wildlife Conservation Act, (Cap. 283)

Kindly send your comments to mkessy@tls.or.tz copying jmwingwa@tls.or.tz and  glorykaaya95@gmail.com

 

Download here ==>

THE WRITTEN LAWS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) ACT, 2020

THE WRITTEN LAWS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL, 2020

The Plant Health  Bill, 2020

-THE PLANT HEALTH BILL, 2020 (1)

The Deep Sea Fisheries Management and Development Bill, 2020.

THE DEEP SEA FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT BILL, 2020 (1)

 

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