Judge’s appeal to magistrates on corruption and money laundering cases


By George Sembony

Lushoto. Resident magistrates were urged to cultivate understanding and enhance their knowledge and capacity to deal with corruption and money laundering cases.

The call was made by High Court Judge Edwin Kakolaki when he opened a training course for 200 resident magistrates on dealing with corruption and money laundering and the return of illegally acquired assets.

Judge Kakolaki, at the start of the training at the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) in Lushoto, Tanga Region, stressed the need for magistrates to be more aware of offences, saying that they were sometimes committed by people with a high level of understanding. in the regions where they committed the offenses and may even be lawyers.

Judge Kakolaki said the court had dealt with this issue in various ways so that the magistrates were involved.

He said they should not shy away from providing education on the negative impacts of corruption and money laundering on individuals and the nation as a whole.

He reminded the magistrates that the administration of justice is their responsibility and urged them to make good use of their freedoms as magistrates and the independence of the judiciary to decide the cases before them without fear or favour.

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Judge Kakolaki also reminded all magistrates and members of the judiciary of the importance of upholding ethics in the judiciary and in the public service as a whole.

He said it was their responsibility to adhere to various rules, procedures and ethical guidelines.

“Your work of justice must go hand in hand with the existence of good values.

“In your professional life, continue to be a mirror and an example of good manners, fear of God and avoidance of creating an environment of misconduct in public office,” he said.

At the same time, Justice Kakolaki reminded judicial staff of the Chief Justice’s instructions to intensify efforts to learn about all ICT-related issues so that they can better understand and simplify their work, including by enabling them to complete their sentences on time.

Speaking at the event, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary of Tanzania, Wilbert Chuma, warned that if the fight against corruption, economic sabotage and money laundering is not properly handled, the consequences would be disastrous for the country.

A total of 200 judges attended the training, which is scheduled to end on Saturday February 12, 2022.

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