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Judge Mohamed Chande Othman named new CJ

27th December 2010
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The new Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman

President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has appointed Judge Mohamed Chande Othman the new Chief Justice with effect from tomorrow.

The appointment follows the retirement of Chief Justice Augustino Ramadhani which becomes effective today.

Before his new appointment, Judge Othman, 58 (pictured) served as judge in the High court of Tanzania and the court of appeal for seven years.

He is a reputed independent expert in human rights issues.

He graduated with Bachelor degree in law (LLB) from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and later earned a Masters in law from the University of Webster, Geneva, Switzerland.

He is currently a senior adviser to the United Nations on Human Rights.

As a former chief of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and ex-prosecutor of East Timor’s UN administration, he boasts of rich international experience and exposure in the management of judicial affairs.

He will be sworn in at 10.00 am today at State House grounds in Dar es Salaam.

Justice Ramadhani, who has attained the official retirement age of 65, was appointed CJ in 2007 UDSM bade him farewell on Friday.

Traditionally, it is the outgoing CJ who recommends three people for appointment from amongst judges of the Court of Appeal to the President, who, in consultation with the National Intelligence and Security Service (TISS) makes his pick.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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