Dar es Salaam. The Mama Samia Legal Aid Service Campaign has kicked off today in Dodoma, where a total of 80 wards, and 240 villages will be reached, according to the Ministry for Constitution and Legal Affairs.
The campaign which was launched on February 15, 2023, aims to provide education to citizens on issues of the rule of law and human rights, to build the capacity of stakeholders in the justice delivery chain, and to improve systems, policies, and laws in order to enhance access to justice in the country.
In a statement released by the ministry on April 28, 2023, the three-year campaign which will cover all regions in Tanzania- Main land and Zanzibar is expected to complete by December 2026.
“For this year, it will cover regions of Dodoma, Shinyanga, Manyara, Ruvuma, Kigoma, Morogoro, Njombe, Rukwa, and Kagera,” the statement reads in part.
The campaign will be implemented in collaboration with the Legal Services Facility (LSF) whose chief executive Lulu Ng’wanakilala serves as the Vice-Chair of the Campaign Committee.
“We are in this campaign as part of our aspirations to see that citizen know their rights, there are robust systems, and improved collaboration of stakeholders by catalysing deliberate efforts to improve the legal aid sector in the country, including the government allocating financial resources through the legal aid services fund, which will make these services sustainable,” Ms Ng’wanakilala said about the campaign.
According to the Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Dr Damas Ndumbaro the campaign has been named after President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts to promote human rights, the rule of law, obedience to the law, and legal education for the public.