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Tanzania seeks out-of-court settlements of some cases in international courts: official

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania –  The east African nation of Tanzania is seeking out-of-court settlements of some cases filed against the government in international courts.

The declaration was made by the country’s legal authorities on Tuesday.

Tanzania’s Attorney General Adelardus Kilangi informed the country’s parliament that the focus of the government was to save cost of running the lawsuits.

Kilangi told the House that the government was doing everything possible to avoid lawsuits in the preparation of contracts with investors, contractors and suppliers.

The Attorney General made the remarks while responding to a question from Saed Kubenea, a member of Parliament for Ubungo constituency, regarding steps the government is taking in handling cases in international courts after it had been sued for terminating contracts.

The member of parliament requested that the government explain why certain public institutions were still engaging private lawyers despite the 2018 amendments to the law governing the Attorney General’s Office under which all lawyers in the public service were placed under the Office.

Responding, the Attorney General said some public institutions had already signed agreements with private lawyers before the amendments. They have to honor the signed agreements.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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