State unfreezes CRDB rights group accounts

22Apr 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
State unfreezes CRDB rights group accounts

​​​​​​​BANK accounts of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC), which were frozen by state agencies for seven months have been reopened.

Vicky Ntetema, the THRDC board chairperson.

Vicky Ntetema, the THRDC board chairperson said in a statement yesterday that board is thankful to President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her expressed reaffirmation of human rights and good governance.

The reopening of accounts follows a directive from government authorities that initially ordered freezing of the accounts to allow investigation into certain allegations which has now been rescinded with instructions for reopening of the accounts, the statement indicated.

The coalition’s accounts were closed last August, a situation which affected implementation of the coalition’s responsibilities as per its plans for the year 2020, she said., noting that THRDC will continue to collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure the protection of justice and human rights.

THRDC shall work with government institutions, non-governmental organizations, the judiciary, the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG), development partners, lawyers, academic institutions, the Registrar of NGOs and the media in ensuring the protection of human rights is done effectively and professionally, the statement elaborated.

.She similarly lauded donor agencies and institutions that helped to ensure that the coalition continued to implement its activities “as it worked to seek reconciliation with the police force.”

The network will pursue its operations on the basis of its 2021 plans, said Ntetema.

Following closure of its accounts, THRDC temporarily suspended operations, citing that the police force ordered CRDB Bank to block the THRDC account, for allegedly signing contracts with donors without consulting the Treasury or the Registrar of NGOs.

“Dear members and stakeholders, following an emergency board of directors meeting, the board has come into conclusion to temporarily suspend the coalition’s operations until further notice. The board apologizes to its members and stakeholders for the inconveniences caused by the decision including the delay in payments and such related issues,” Ntetema had declared at that time.

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