DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday
launched new electronic passports aimed at enhancing national
security and controlling illegal immigrants.
“The travel document, among other things, will enhance national
security, control illegal migrants and play a key role in revenue
collection,” Magufuli told his audience of diplomats and senior
government officials at the Immigration Services headquarters in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
The president said the e-passports will be available at the cost of
150,000 Tanzanian shillings (about 67 U.S. dollars) apiece and will
be valid for 10 years.
The project to make the e-passports was jointly implemented by the
government of Ireland and HID Company, a United States-based service
provider, at the cost of 57.82 million U.S. dollars.
Paul Sherlock, the Irish Ambassador to Tanzania, said: “Tanzania has
made a milestone in launching the e-passport because many countries
across the world are struggling to produce the state-of-the-art
passports and many of them have failed.”
Anna Makalala, the Commissioner General for the Immigration
Services, said the project to produce the e-passports started to be
implemented in September 2017, and the first phase was completed
She said the old passport holders should now start replacing them
with the e-passports, adding that the old passports will remain
valid until 2020.
Mwigulu Nchemba, the Minister for Home Affairs, said the government
was determined to improve services rendered by the Immigration
Services which played core role in maintaining peace and security of
Over 25 mln Tanzanians cannot
access judiciary services: chief justice
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Chief Justice Ibrahim Juma said on
Tuesday more than 25 million Tanzanians out of a population of 50
million could not access judiciary services due to lack of courts.
“Statistics for the Judiciary action plan indicate that court
services are not easily accessed by more than 25 million
Tanzanians,” said Juma at the inauguration of the Bagamoyo district
court in the east African nation’s Coast region.
“But, we are tackling this problem by building more courts in
various parts of the country,” said the chief justice.
He said ongoing improvements in facilities under the judiciary were
aimed at increasing access of the services by members of the public,
and ensuring justice was delivered in convenient time.
On Monday the chief justice also inaugurated a World Bank-funded
training and information resource center to improve the efficiency
and transparency of the judiciary.
Juma said the construction of the training center was part of the
World Bank’s support to Tanzania’s five-year strategic plan to
achieve citizen-centric judicial modernization.
Juma said the center will offer training programs in legal,
administrative and judicial topics and law reform areas for about
900 judicial officers and about 6,000 court staff in the judiciary.
“It will help upgrade skills that are necessary to cut backlogs and
delays in hearing of cases, and improve service provision to
citizens,” said the chief justice.
World Bank Country Director for Tanzania Bella Bird said that as
Tanzania moves toward a middle-income status, it is extremely
important to underscore the pivotal role that the judiciary plays in
achieving social and economic development.
The World Bank allocated 65 million U.S. dollars for the
Citizen-Centric Judicial Modernization and Justice Service Delivery
An effective justice system is critical for fighting corruption,
improving accountability and transparency, and delivering better
public services that the citizens of Tanzania need, especially
women, the poor and generally the vulnerable segments of the
population,” she said.