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Hukumu Ya Rufaa Ya Godbless Lema

Hukumu Ya Rufaa Ya Godbless Lema

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INTHECOURTOFAPPEALOFTANZANIAATARUSHA(ORAM:KIMARO,J.A.,LUANDA,J.A.,AndMASSATI,J.A.)CIVILAPPEALNO47OF2012GODBLESSJONATHANLEMA.•..........••.•.•••.....•..••........•..•.•.....APPELLANTVERSUSMUSSAHAMISMKANGAAGNESSGIDIONMOLLELHAPPYEMANUELKIVUYO
........................................RESPONDENTS
(AppealfromthedecisionoftheHighCourtofTanzaniaAtArusha)(Rwakibarila,J.)dated5
th
April,2012inMiscellaneousCivilCaseNo.13of2010
JUDGMENTOFTHECOURT
4TH
&
2ptDecember,2012
LUANDA,JA:InOctober,2010ourcountrywitnessedyetanothermultipartyGeneralElection.InArushaconstituency,Mr.GodblessJonathanLema(henceforththeappellant)ofChamachaDemokrasianaMaendeleo(henceforthCHADEMA)emergedavictorafterhescooped56,196against
 
hisopponentsfromotherpoliticalparties,interalia,Dr.Batilda5alhaBurianofChamachaMapinduzi(henceforthCCM)whogot37,460.TheabovenamedrespondentswhoaccordingtothepetitionwerereferredasregisteredvotersandwhoweremembersoftheCCMweredissatisfiedwiththeresults.So,theyfiledanelectionpetitionintheHighCourtofTanzaniaatArushatochallengethesameandprayedthattheresultsbenullified.Theirmaingroundofcomplaintraisedinthepetitionisthattheappellantuttereduncivilwordsduringthecampaignofwhichtheirtotalsumwerescandalousanddiscriminatorywithaviewtoexploitingreligion,sexandresidencedifferences,asaresultofwhichtheelectorsrefrainedfromvotingforDr.Burian.Therespondent'scasehadfourteenwitnessesincludingthepetitioners;whereastheappellant'scasehadfourinclusivetheappellant.TheHonAttorneyGeneralwhowasjoinedasanecessarypartydidnotcallanywitness.Afterhearingthepartiesandsubmissionsmadebytheirrespectlearnedcounsel,thetriallearnedjudgefoundoutthattheappellanthadcommittedsomeoftheactscomplainedof.HeaccordinglyavoidedtheelectionwithcoststotherespondentsanddirectedtheDistrictRegistrarof
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theHighCourt,ArushaRegistrytoinformtheDirectorofElectionintermsofsection114(1)-(7)oftheNationalElectionAct,Cap.343RE.2002(theAct)sothatsanctionbeimposedupontheappellantlikedisqualificationfromvotingatanelection.Theappellantwasaggrieved,hencethisappeal.Inthisappeal,Mr.AluteMughwaiandMr.MoldestAkidalearnedcounselwhoalsoappearedintheHighCourt,advocatedfortherespondents;whereasMr.MethodKimomogoroandMr.TunduLissulearnedcounselwhoalsorepresentedtheappellantintheHighCourtappearedfortheappellant.TheHonAttorneyGeneralwasrepresentedbyMr.TimonvitallslearnedPrincipalStateAttorneywhoalsoappearedintheHighCourt.Theappellanthasraisedeighteengroundsinhismemorandumofappeal.Howeverhavingcarefullyreadtherecordofappealwiththememorandumofappealweproposeandindeedwefinditpropertoresolvefirsttheissueofstandingoftherespondentsinbringingthispetitionastheissuedidnotcomeoutveryclearly.Thisisbecausethequestionofstandingisfundamentalininstitutinganyactioninacourtoflaw.
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